Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Applications Sub-Committee (1) - Tuesday 17th September, 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Rooms 18.01 & 18.03, 18th Floor, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP. View directions

Contact: Georgina Wills: Committee and Governance Officer  Tel: 020 7641 7513; Email:  gwills@westminster.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Membership

To note that Councillor Elizabeth Hitchcock had replaced Councillor Peter Freeman.

 

To note any further changes to the membership.

Minutes:

1.1      It was noted that Councillor McKie had replaced Councillor Roca.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by members and officers of the existence and nature of any personal or prejudicial interests in matters on this agenda.

Minutes:

2.1      The Chairman explained that a week before the meeting, all four Members of the Committee were provided with a full set of papers including a detailed officer’s report on each application; together with bundles of every single letter or e-mail received in respect of every application, including all letters and e-mails containing objections or giving support. Members of the Committee read through everything in detail prior to the meeting. Accordingly, 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 Committee, it did not mean that the issue had been ignored. Members will have read about the issue and comments made by correspondents in the papers read prior to the meeting.

 

2.2      Councillor Devenish declared, in respect of Items 3 and 5, that the sites are located in his ward.  However, he had not been lobbied by anyone on the applications.   He also declared in respect of Item 3 that he knows Charlotte Yarker who is the sister of a former Councillor.

 

2.3      Councillor Hitchcock declared in respect of Items 3 and 5, that the sites are located in her ward.  However, she had not been lobbied by anyone on the applications.

 

2.4      Councillor Murphy declared in respect of Item 2 that the site is located in his ward.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 153 KB

To sign the minutes of the last meeting as a correct record of proceedings.

Minutes:

3.1      RESOLVED: That the Chairman, with the assent of the members present, signed the minutes of the meeting held on 20th August 2019 as a correct record of proceedings.

4.

Tree Preservation Order TPO 652 (2019) 21 Chepstow Place, London, W2 4TT pdf icon PDF 565 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

4.1      The Solicitor to the Council introduced the report and informed members that on the 18th June 2019 the City Council made a provisional Tree Preservation Order (TPO) to protect one golden false acacia tree (labelled T1 on the TPO plan) located in the back garden of 21 Chepstow Place, London, W2 4TT. The TPO was provisionally effective for a period of six months from the date it was made (18th June 2019) during which time it may be confirmed with or without modification. If not confirmed, the TPO would lapse after 18th December 2019.

 

4.2      The TPO was made because the tree had high amenity value and made a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Bayswater conservation area. The City Council, having been made aware of the proposal to remove the golden false acacia tree, considered it expedient in the interests of amenity that a TPO was made, in order to safeguard its preservation and future management.

 

4.3      Confirmation of the TPO would not preclude the appropriate management or removal of the tree in the future, subject to the merits of a future application.

 

4.4      One objection to the TPO had been received.

 

4.5      The City Council’s Arboricultural Officer had responded to the objection.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

That Tree Preservation Order No. 652 (2019) be confirmed without modification with permanent effect.

5.

Tree Preservation Order TPO 649 (201957 Hamilton Terrace, London, NW8 9RG pdf icon PDF 504 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

5.1      The Solicitor to the Council introduced the report and informed members that on 30th April 2019 the City Council made a provisional Tree Preservation Order (TPO) to protect one red maple tree (labelled T1 on the TPO plan) located in the back garden of 57 Hamilton Terrance, London, NW8 9RG. The TPO was provisionally effective for a period of six months from the date it was made (30th April 2019) during which time it may be confirmed with or without modification. If not confirmed, the TPO would lapse after 30th October 2019.

 

5.2      The TPO was made because the tree has high amenity value and made a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area (St John’s Wood). The City Council, having been made aware of the proposal; to remove the red maple tree, considered it expedient in the interests of amenity that a TPO was made, in order to safeguard its preservation and future management.

 

5.3      Confirmation of the TPO would not preclude the appropriate management or removal of the tree in the future, subject to the merits of a future application.

 

5.4      Objection to the TPO had been received from: - MWA Arboriculture Ltd, Bloxham Mill Business Centre, Barford Road, Bloxham, Banbury, OX5 4FF.

 

5.5      The City Council’s Arboricultural Officer had responded to the objection.

 

           RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

           That Tree Preservation Order No. 649 (2019) be confirmed without modification with permanent effect.

6.

Planning Applications

Applications for decision

1.

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

Minutes:

Demolition of top floor and erection of replacement floor plus one storey extension, rear extensions, and replacement facades with associated external alterations for use as a 366 bed hotel (Class C1) with flexible use at part of ground floor for restaurant/hotel use (Class A3/C1).

 

Additional representations were received from the resident, Chilworth Mews (11.9.2019), the resident, 35 Wilworth Mews (11.9.2019), the resident, 5 Chilworth Mews (11.9.2019), the resident, Chilworth Mews (5.11.2019, 11.9.2019), the resident, Chilworth Mews (11.9.2019), the resident, 27 Chilworth Mews (11.9.2019), neighbour of Chilworth Mews (11.9.2019), SEBRA (11.9.2019), the resident, Chilworth Mews (12.9.2019), the resident, 21 Chilworth Mews (11.9.2019) and the resident, 99 Eastbourne Mews (12.9.2019).

 

Late representations were received from Councillor Heather Acton (17.9.2019); the resident and landlord, 87 Eastbourne Mews; YardNine (12.9.2019); the resident, 19 Chilworth Mews (14.9.2019); the resident, 23 Chilworth Mews; and the resident, 21 Chilworth Mews (11.9.2019).

 

Mark Younger, Agent on behalf of the applicant spoke in support of the application. 

 

Amy Rogers spoke in objection to the application.

 

John Walton addressed the Sub-Committee on behalf of the South East Bayswater Residents’ Association.

 

The presenting officer tabled the following changes to the recommendation and to the draft decision letter:

 

Minor Amendment to Officers Report

 

1.              Page 167 - AMEND the Carbon Off-set Payment figure at 1 (c) of the recommendation to state the following:

 

c) Carbon Off-set Payment of £141,243.00

 

REASONFOR AMENDMENT:

The figure was omitted from the published report. 

 

2.              Page 202 – AMEND condition 10 as follows:

 

Prior to occupation you must provide to us and we must have agreed

 

a. An Operational Management Plan for the hotel and restaurant uses. 

b. A Servicing Management Plan

cb Details of how you will manage a No Coach/No group bookings policy

dc. Details of Electric Vehicle charging points for LGV delivery use and the 4 DDA car parking bays.”

 

REASON FOR AMENDMENT:

A separate condition is recommended requiring a Servicing Management Plan. 

 

3.              Page 205 – AMEND condition 205 as follows:

 

“All servicing must take place between 07.00-20.00; on Monday to Saturday and 09 10.00-16.00 on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Servicing includes loading and unloading goods from vehicles. and putting rubbish outside the building.

 

           REASON FOR AMENDMENT:

The applicant proposes commencing servicing on Sundays and Bank Holidays one hour later to help address residents’ concerns.  Removal of reference to putting rubbish outside the building will also prevent the applicant from leaving rubbish outside the building. 

 

4.              ADD the following condition 32 to the draft decision letter:

 

Notwithstanding the outline servicing plan submitted, you must apply to us for approval of a detailed Servicing Management Plan in relation to the hotel and restaurant premises.

 

The Servicing Management Plan will include details of the operational safety measures that will be employed to restrict the use of reversing “bleepers” associated with vehicles reversing into the loading bay at 40 Eastbourne Terrace.  An associated risk assessment must also be provided. 

 

The Servicing Management Plan will also include confirmation of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.

2.

Marble Arch Apartments, Harrowby Street, London, W1H 5PQ pdf icon PDF 965 KB

Minutes:

Erection of a single storey roof extension to provide eight additional residential units (Class C3) (2 x 1-bed, 3 x 2-bed and 3 x 3-bed units). Relocation of existing water tanks to new roof level.

 

An additional representation was received from the Chair of The Marylebone Association (9.9.2019).

 

Late representations were received from Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects Ltd (16.9.2019); the resident, Marble Arch Apartments (16.9.2019); the resident, Marble Arch Apartments (16.9.2019); the resident, Marble Arch Apartments (16.9.2019); the resident, Marble Arch apartments (17.9.2019); the resident, Flat 7, Harrowby Court (16.9.2019); the resident, Marble Arch Apartments (16.9.2019); the resident, 25 Molyneux Street (17.9.2019); the resident, 11 Harrowby Street (16.9.2019); the resident, Marble Arch Apartments (16.9.2019); the resident, Marble Arch Apartments (16.9.2019); the resident, Marble Arch Apartments (16.9.2019); the resident, Marble Arch Apartments (15.9.2019); the resident, Marble Arch Apartments (15.9.2019); the resident, Marble Arch Apartments (15.9.2019); the resident, 44 Harrowby Street (14.9.2019); Jon Hughes, (14.9.2019); and resident, 52 Harrowby Street (14.9.2019).

 

The presenting officer tabled corrections to the officer report and the following changes to the recommendation and to the draft decision letter:

 

Corrections

Page 227: Paragraph 2, Line 2

Should read’…reductions in NSL of 0.7 (30%) or below, rather than ‘…(30%) and above’.

Page 228: table

43 Harrowby Street: Window 180

Annual sunlight: Ratio 0.91 (9% reduction) rather than 0.84 (16% reduction)

44 Harrowby Street: Window 190

Annual sunlight: Ration 0.75 (25% reduction) rather than 0.83 (17% reduction)

Amended recommendations:

Grant conditional permission subject to a s106 legal agreement to secure:

 

i)                The completion of the development in its entirety and within a reasonable timescale

ii)                 Lifetime car club membership (minimum 25 years) in association with the new flats

 

 

Changes to draft decision letter:

 

Removal of Conditions 10 (and associated Informative 11) and 15 and changes to the recommendation as follows:

 

New Condition (14) and Informatives 11 and 12:

Condition:

You must apply to us for approval of details and drawings of a roof level maintenance safety system for the roof extension/water tanks hereby approved.

You must not start work on the relevant part of the development until we have approved in writing the details and drawings that you have sent us. You must then carry out the works in accordance with the approved details and drawings.

Reason:

To make sure that the appearance of the building is suitable and that it contributes to the character and appearance of the area and to the setting of neighbouring listed building and the Molyneux street and Portman Estate conservation areas. This is as set down in S25 and S28 of Westminster’s City Plan (November 2016) and DES1, DES 5 or DES 6 (or both), DES 9 and DES 10 of our Unitary Development Plan that we adopted in January 2007

Informative 11

Under condition 14, we would expect the roof level maintenance safety system to be in the form of a lanyard safety system rather than a balustrade/railing.

Informative 12

You must contact the City Council’s Arboricultural Officer (0207 641 7761) prior  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

20 - 21 Montpelier Mews London SW7 1HB pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Minutes:

Part demolition of front and rear facades and removal of existing third floor, alteration and refurbishment of front and rear facades including rear extensions at lower ground floor level, erection of new third floor level, erection of additional storey to create a new 4th floor level with roof terrace and mechanical plant and use of extended building as 10 flats (Class C3). Provision of cycle storage and bin store.

 

Late representations were received from the resident, 3 Montpelier Mews (16.9.2019)and the Chair, Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Forum (17.9.2019).

 

The presenting officer tabled the following recommended additional condition:

 

13. Prior to the commencement of the relevant part of the development, you must apply to us for approval of a feasibility report to establish the potential for the use of electricity for all heating/cooling requirements (including water heating) and whether alternatives such as air source heat pumps can be utilised. 

 

The scheme shall then be implemented and thereafter maintained in accordance with the approved details.

 

Reason:

To protect air quality in line with policy KBR34 of the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Plan (2018) and S31 of our City Plan (November 2016) and as agreed by the applicant.

 

Additional informative:

6. You are reminded of the publication ‘best practice guidance for construction standards and procedures’ by the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Forum, which should inform your construction management strategy.

 

Charlotte Yarker, agent on behalf of the applicant, spoke in support of the application.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

That conditional permission be granted subject to an additional condition as tabled and set out above.

4.

40-42 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8LT pdf icon PDF 831 KB

Minutes:

Use of the ground floor as a car showroom use (sui generis) and alterations to the shopfront.

 

Claus Anderson, agent on behalf of the applicant, spoke in support of the application.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

That conditional permission be granted.

5.

Kingston House South, Flats 40 To 90 Ennismore Gardens, London, SW7 1NG pdf icon PDF 772 KB

Minutes:

Alterations to main entrance including installation of new external ramp and new doors, repaving of entrance area, cladding of canopy and associated alterations.

 

George Vergottis spoke in objection to the application.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

That conditional permission be granted.

6.

Basement Flat, 47 Cleveland Square, London W2 6DB pdf icon PDF 681 KB

Minutes:

Retention of the installation of 4 uplighters recessed into the external slate paving of the lightwell and two 2 downlights recessed over the doorway to the lightwell.

 

A late representation was received from the resident, 47b Cleveland Gardens (undated).

 

Dr Lorraine Connolly spoke in support of the application.

 

Charles Hope spoke in objection to the application.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

1)        That conditional permission be granted.

 

2.        That conditional listed building consent be granted.

 

3)        That the reasons for granting conditional listed building consent as set out in Informative 1 of the draft decision letter be agreed.

7.

Various Blocks Hallfield Estate London W2 6EW pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

Replacement of communal lighting including new trunking and conduits.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

1)              That conditional permission for each application under Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 be granted.

 

2)        That conditional listed building consent for each listed building consent application be granted.

 

3)        That the reasons for granting each listed building consent as set out in Informative 1 of the draft decision letters be agreed.