Agenda and draft minutes

Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee - Tuesday 8th June, 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: 18th Floor, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP

Contact: Georgina Wills: Committee and Governance Officer  Tel: 07870 548348; Email:  gwills@westminster.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Membership

To note any changes to the membership.

Minutes:

1.1      There were no changes to the membership.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members and Officers of the existence and nature of any pecuniary interests or any other significant interest in matters on this agenda.

Minutes:

2.1      The Chairman explained that a week before the meeting, all six Members of         the Sub-Committee were provided with a full set of papers including a detailed officer’s report; together with bundles of the letters or e-mails received in respect of this application containing objections or giving support.  If an issue or comment made by a correspondent was not specifically mentioned at this meeting in the officers’ presentation or by Members of the Sub-Committee, it did not mean that the issue had been ignored.

 

2.2      Councillor James Spencer declared that in respect of Item 2 he knew one of the objectors, however he had not entered into any correspondence with any of the objectors and he would approach the application with an open mind.

 

2.3      Councillor Jim Glen declared that in respect of Item 1 he had met several of the objectors, but he had formed no opinion on the application and he would approach the application with an open mind. He also declared that he was Trustee of the Westminster Tree Trust.

 

 

2.4      Councillor Boothroyd declared he was Head of Research and Psephology for Thorncliffe, whose clients were companies applying for planning permission from various local authorities. He was precluded from working on any scheme in Westminster under the company’s code of conduct.

 

Gerald Eve and Montagu Evans were planning consultants for some Thorncliffe clients, and were also acting for applicants at the meeting. He did not deal directly with clients or other members of project teams, and planning consultants were not themselves clients.

 

In respect of item 2, some of those who had made representations, including Cllrs Begum and Talukder, were considered his friends.

 

2.5      Councillor Rigby declared that in respect of Item 1 he had sat on a previous Sub-Committee which had considered the application. In respect of Item 2 he had previously been the Deputy Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration and as such had been aware of the application, but he had formed no opinion on the application and would approach it with an open mind. One of the objectors was also a former Westminster City Council Councillor but he had held no discussions with him regarding the application. In respect of Item 3 he had sat on a previous Sub-Committee which had considered an application on the same site.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 206 KB

To sign the minutes of the meeting as a correct record of proceedings held on

 

·       13 April 2021

 

·       20 April 2021  

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

3.1      RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meetings held on 13 April and 20 April 2021 be signed by the Chair as a correct record of proceedings.

4.

Planning Applications

Applications for decision

1.

Development Site Bounded By Ebury Street, Pimlico Road, Avery Farm Row, Ebury Square And Cundy Street London pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Minutes:

Application 1 Comprehensive residential-led mixed-use redevelopment, including demolition of Kylestrome House, Lochmore House, Laxford House, Stack House, Walden House and structures attached to Coleshill Flats; tree removal and pollarding; erection of a partial sub-basement, basement and buildings varying in height from five to 11 storeys, to provide affordable homes (Class C3), market homes (Class C3), senior living accommodation (comprising Class C3 and / or Class C2), alongside a range of uses at partial sub-basement, basement and ground floor level including retail (Class A1), restaurants / cafes (Class A3), drinking establishments (Class A4); offices (Class B1), community space (Class D1), cinema (Class D2); use of the lower ground floor of the Coleshill Flats as retail and / or workspace (Class A1 and / or B1); provision of new pedestrian routes; basement car parking; basement and ground floor circulation, servicing, refuse,, ancillary plant and storage; provision of hard and soft landscaping; landscaping works and creation of new play facilities at Ebury Square; rooftop PV panels; rooftop plant equipment; refurbishment and relocation of Arnrid Johnston obelisk to elsewhere within the site; refurbishment and relocation of the water fountain on Avery Farm Row; repair and relocation of the telephone boxes on Orange Square; and other associated works.(This is a phased development for CIL purposes). Application 2 Demolition of structures attached to Coleshill Flats on Pimlico Road; works to the eastern boundary wall at the eastern side of Coleshill Flats on Pimlico Road; minor alterations to the rear facade of the Coleshill Flats at lower ground floor; refurbishment and relocation of the Arnrid Johnston obelisk to elsewhere within the site; refurbishment and relocation of the water fountain on Avery Farm Row; repair and relocation of telephone boxes on Orange Square; and other associated works in connection with comprehensive residential-led mixed-use development.

 

Additional representations were submitted by The Greater London Authority (25.05.21) and Grosvenor (02.06.21).

 

Late representations were received from a local resident (07.06.21). The minutes from the Sub-Committee meeting held on 16 February 2021 were also circulated.

 

The presenting officer circulated the following additional conditions:

 

Condition 62

You must apply to us for approval of a management plan for the Class C3 independent living units. The management plan should set out the occupancy restrictions for this type of accommodation and should be consistent with condition 63. You must not occupy any Class C3 independent living units until we have approved what you have sent us. Thereafter you must manage Class C3 accommodation in accordance with the details approved.

 

Condition 63

The primary occupants of the Class C3 independent living units shall only be persons over 65 years of age.

 

Condition 64

Pre-commencement condition – Notwithstanding the information submitted, you must apply to us for approval of a construction logistics plan. You must not start any work until we have approved what you have sent us. Thereafter you must carry out the development in accordance with the details approved.

 

James Wright addresses the Sub-Committee in support of the application.

 

           Anna Bond addresses the Sub-Committee in support  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.

2.

Darwin House, 104 Grosvenor Road, London SW1V 3LH pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Minutes:

Redevelopment of the site on a phased basis. Phase 1 - Demolition of 23 garages and former Balmoral Castle Public House. Phase 2 - Erection of a part seven storey, part six storey and part five storey building to provide community supporting housing (Class C3) (Block A). Phase 3 - Demolition of Darwin House. Phase 4 - Erection of part five storey and part four storey building to provide housing (Class C3) (Block B). All together with new public open space, hard and soft landscaping, car parking, cycle parking, plant and other associated works in each phase.

 

Additional representations were received from the Churchill Gardens Residents Association (02.06.21), Protect Churchill Gardens Residents Group (04.06.21) and twelve local residents (02.06.21, 27.05.21, 28.05.21, 31.05.21 and 04.06.21).

 

Late representations were received from Montagu Evans (04.06.21), six local residents (06.06.21 and 07.06.21), the WCC Housing Department (undated), WCC Highways (08.06.21) and Hereward & Co Solicitors (06.06.21).

 

    The presenting officer tabled the following revised and additional conditions:

 

Revised Condition no.26 (Energy)

 

You must provide, maintain and retain the following energy efficiency measures before you start to use any part of the development, as set out in your application. Photovoltaic panels. You must not remove any of these features. 

 

Condition:

The development shall be carried out in accordance with the energy efficiency measures set out in the approved Energy Statement. You must not remove any of these features.

 

Reason: To make sure that the development provides the environmental sustainability features included in your application as set out in Policies 36 and 38 of the City Plan 2019 - 2040 (April 2021).

 

Revised Condition no. 28: (Bats)

 

Pre Commencement Condition. You must apply to us for approval of details of the action you will take to protect bats in the area around the development. You must not start any work until we have approved in writing what you have sent us (after consulting Natural England). You must carry out these measures according to the approved details before you start to use the building.  (C43EA)

 

Pre Commencement Condition:

No demolition shall take place in respect of the Balmoral Public House and single storey garage blocks ( Phase 1 ) until the results of two bat emergence surveys have been submitted to and approved by the City Council as local planning authority in consultation with Natural England.

 

If the results of these surveys show that no roosting bats are present in these buildings, works can commence on site.

 

If the results show the presence of roosting bats, no demolition works shall take place until the applicant obtains a Licence from Natural England and details of the proposed mitigation measures. A copy of this Licence must be submitted to the City Council before any demolition takes place and the development must be carried out in accordance with this Licence at all times.   

 

Reason:

The submitted ecological report has identified the Balmoral Public House having moderate potential for roosting bats and therefore two emergence surveys are required to demonstrate whether bats  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

50 Eastbourne Terrace London W2 6LG pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

Change of use of Retails Units at ground and lower ground floor level along Craven Road from Classes A1/A2/A3 to Gym, Retail and or Restaurant (Class E).

 

A late representation was received from the South East Bayswater Residents Association (04.06.21).

 

Mark Younger addressed the Sub-Committee in support of the application.

 

Amy Rogers addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the application.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That conditional permission be granted subject to an additional condition to ensure access and egress to the Gym for customers and staff only took place from Craven Road, unless as a means of escape in an emergency, and an additional informative to encourage the use of electric vehicles for servicing.