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    Planning Committee
    Wednesday, 18 September 2019 6.45 pm

    Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames

    Contact: Michael Pegado  Email: m.pegado@spelthorne.gov.uk

    Items
    No. Item

    Audio Recording Items 1-3 MP3 17 MB

    Additional documents:

    237/19

    Minutes pdf icon PDF 93 KB

    To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 21 August 2019 (copy attached).

    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on 21 August 2019 were approved as a correct record.

     

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    Disclosures of Interest

    To receive any disclosures of interest from councillors under the Councillors’ Code of Conduct, or contact with applicants/objectors under the Planning Code.

    Minutes:

    a) Disclosures of interest under the Members’ Code of Conduct

     

    There were none.

     

    b) Declarations of interest under the Council’s Planning Code

     

    Application No. 19/00815/FUL - White House, Kingston Road,

    Ashford, TW15 3SE.

    As this was a Knowle Green Estate (KGE) application, the Chairman declared on behalf of all Committee Members that they had received correspondence in relation to the application, but had maintained an impartial role, had not expressed any views and had kept an open mind.

    Councillors H. Harvey, A. Brar, R.W. Sider BEM and B. Spoor reported that they had visited the site and had maintained an impartial role, had not expressed any views and had kept an open mind.

     

    Application No. 19/00956/FUL - Land at Northumberland Close,

    Bedfont Road, Stanwell.

    As this was a Knowle Green Estate (KGE) application, the Chairman declared on behalf of all Committee Members that they had received correspondence in relation to the application, but had maintained an impartial role, had not expressed any views and had kept an open mind.

     

    Councillors H. Harvey and R. W. Sider BEM reported that they had visited the site and had maintained an impartial role, had not expressed any views and had kept an open mind.

     

    Councillor H. Harvey also reported that she had spoken with a resident of Cleveland Park and had maintained an impartial role, had not expressed any views and had kept an open mind.

     

    Application No. 19/01051/FUL - 15 London Road, Staines upon

    Thames, TW18 4EX.

    Councillors R.A. Smith-Ainsley, H. Harvey, R. Chandler, S. Dunn, R.W. Sider BEM and V. Siva recorded that they had received correspondence in relation to the application, but had maintained an impartial role, had not expressed any views and had kept an open mind.

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    Application No. 19/00815/FUL - White House, Kingston Road, Ashford, TW15 3SE pdf icon PDF 578 KB

    Ward

    Staines South Ward

     

    Proposal

    Provision of a 31 bed homeless hostel for single people on the site of the former White House.

     

    Officer recommendation

    To approve the application subject to conditions.

     

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Description:

    The application sought the provision of a 31 bed homeless hostel for single people on the site of the former White House, adjacent to the Council depot, on Kingston Road. The building is to be managed for Spelthorne Borough Council by the Salvation Army.

     

    The proposed hostel use is a sui generis use meaning it does not fall within a specific use class of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended), and specifically is not considered to be a residential use.

    As such the Council’s policies that apply to residential development were not applicable to this specific development.

     

    Additional Information:

    The Planning Development Manager gave the following updates:

     

    11 additional letters of objection were received.

    2 additional letters of support were received.

    1 additional complaint letter was received.

     

    Para 7.45, page 30 should read:-

    The block plan also shows that the closest window within the proposed development, for the units on the north west corner, would be 38m 36m to the front side boundary from the park boundary and over 40m from the rear side boundary to 364 in Kingston Road.

     

    Replacement Condition
    Condition 9 should be replaced with the following condition:

     

    1.)The rated noise level from the plant hereby approved shall be at least 10 dB(A) below the background noise level at the nearest noise sensitive property as assessed using the guidance contained within BS4142 (2014).

     

    Reason: To ensure that occupiers of neighbouring premises do not suffer a loss of amenity by reason of noise nuisance or the local environment from noise creep due to plant and machinery.

     

    Informative

    The applicant is advised that machinery, plant/equipment and extract/ventilation system and ducting should be are mounted with proprietary anti-vibration isolators and fan motors should be vibration isolated from the casing and adequately silenced.   The reason for this is to ensure that the amenity of occupiers of the development site/ surrounding premises is not adversely affected by vibration.

     

    Condition Amendment

    Condition 2 to be amended to include the Acoustic Planning Report, June 2019.

     

     

     

    Public Speaking:

    In accordance with the public speaking procedures, Martin Shortland spoke against the proposal raising the following comments:

     

    ·He is speaking for 500 residents

    ·The application submission is inaccurate

    ·The Statement of Community Involvement on consultation has been ignored

    ·The planning guidelines have been ignored

    ·A judicial review will be successful

    ·The site is unsuitable for the proposal

    ·The road is an accident blackspot

    ·No pedestrian crossing is provided

    ·There is limited bus access

    ·The site is remote

    ·Overbearing development

    ·Overdevelopment of the site

    ·Will set a precedent

    ·Harmful to residential amenity

     

    In accordance with the public speaking procedures, Ian Anderson spoke for the proposal raising the following comments:

     

    ·The application is in response to the Homeless Reduction Act - ambitious targets have been set

    ·It is a Sui Generis use and will have no permitted development rights

    ·The Council agreed in 2018 to build a hostel

    ·Building is orientated to minimise overlooking

    ·Many issues raised in the representations are  ...  view the full minutes text for item 239/19

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    Application No. 19/00956/FUL - Land at Northumberland Close, Bedfont Road, Stanwell, pdf icon PDF 588 KB

    Ward

    Stanwell North Ward

     

    Proposal

    Land at Northumberland Close, Stanwell

     

    Officer recommendation

    This planning application is recommended for refusal.

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Description:

    This application sought the erection of a building comprising 8,241 square metres to provide warehousing and distribution/logistics (Class B8) and associated offices together with associated access, loading/uploading, car parking, servicing and landscaping.

     

    Additional Information:

    The Planning Development Manager gave the following updates:

     

    1.  A response was received from Highways England raising no objection.

     

    2.  An Addendum to the revised Air Quality Assessment was submitted. The Council’s Pollution Control Officer had since responded by removing her objection to the proposal on air quality grounds subject to conditions relating to dust and electric vehicle charging. Consequently reason for refusal 6 on Section 9 (Recommendation) of the committee report was removed.

     

    3.  A revised noise impact assessment was submitted. However, the Council’s Environmental Health Officer responded by maintaining her objection on noise impact grounds.

     

    4.  The Heathrow consultation (para 8.75, page 87) expired on the 13/09/2019.  Spelthorne Council had sent a consultation response to this.

     

    5.  A late response from the applicant was received commenting on the objections raised by local residents under paragraph 6.2 of the report.  Most of the points raised had been covered in the committee report.  Of the other issues, many did not relate to the application or were not planning matters. With regard to ‘overlooking/loss of privacy’ and ‘noise and dust during construction’, these issues could be addressed by conditions if the application was approved.  With regard to ‘open space’, there was no planning designation on the site for open space in the current Local Plan.

     

    6.  Two late letters were received from the applicant. The first letter was confirming an interest from an operator JAS (Jet Air Service) who had expressed interest in occupying the building subject to planning permission.  The second letter was from Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) dated December 2018 to the owner of the land indicating HAL’s potential interest in acquiring the land.

     

    7.  Amendment to paragraph 3.1 of the committee report:

     

    3.1 The site has the following planning history:

    FUL/90/346                  

    Erection of 1,692 sq m (18,212 sq ft) of Class B8 storage and distribution warehousing with ancillary office accommodation, and provision of car and lorry parking.

    Approved

    19/09/1990

    8.            Amendment to paragraph 8.6 of the committee report:

    8.6 The GBA identified two tiers of land parcels: Strategic Green Belt Areas (‘Strategic Areas’) and Local Green Belt Areas (‘Local Areas’).  The assessment divided Spelthorne into two strategic areas that were consistent with the areas adopted by Elmbridge Borough Council for its GBA.  The application site lies within ‘Strategic Area B A’ which is described in paragraph 4.3.1 of the GBA as “a band of Green Belt maintaining separation between a number of settlements including Ashford / Sunbury-on-Thames / Stanwell, Staines-upon-Thames / Shepperton / Walton-on-Thames, and Chertsey, Addlestone, and Egham.a north-eastern band of Green Belt at the very edge of London which separates the London fringe settlements (e.g. Bedfont, Feltham, Sunbury-on-Thames and Hampton) from settlements to the south-west.  In its conclusion (section 7), the assessment affirms that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 240/19

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    Application No. 19/01051/FUL - 15 London Road, Staines upon Thames, TW18 4EX pdf icon PDF 701 KB

    Ward

    Staines

     

    Proposal

    Erection of two buildings to provide 173 residential homes and flexible commercial space at ground and first floors with landscaping and associated works, to be delivered as an extension to the wider redevelopment of 17-51 London Road under Application No. 19/00290/FUL, comprising an additional 22 homes above those within application 19/00290/FUL.

     

    Officer recommendation

    To approve subject to conditions and a legal agreement.

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Description:

    This application was for the erection of two buildings to provide 173 residential homes (Class C3) and flexible commercial space at ground and first floors (Class A1, A2, A3, B1, D1 or D2), with landscaping and associated works, to be delivered as an extension to the wider redevelopment of 17-51 London Road under application 19/00290/FUL, comprising an additional 22 homes above those within application 19/00290/FUL.

     

    Additional Information:

    The Planning Development Manager gave the following updates:

     

    Due to the way the legal agreements were to be linked,the Planning Committee should be aware that this application had been considered as an amendment to the existing planning approval 19/00290/FUL.  The finance considerations in para. 7.118 (page 131) and recommendation to grant in s9 (A) 1 and 2 (page 132) therefore reflected the variation to the existing s106 to account for the existing requirements and the additional 20 units at 15 London Road and 2 additional affordable housing units to Block E, resulting from this application.

     

    The conditions at s9 (B) (page 134 onwards) also reflected those attached to the existing planning approval 19/00290/FUL with appropriate amendments to incorporate the additional 20 units at 15 London Road and 2 additional affordable housing units to Block E, resulting from this application.

     

    Additional Condition

    An additional condition was recommended, as requested by the County Archaeology Officer:

     

    Condition: No development, with the exception of demolition to slab level, shall take place within plot 15 London Road until the applicant, or their agents or successors in title, has secured the implementation of a programme of archaeological work, to be conducted in accordance with a written scheme of investigation which has been submitted to and approved, in writing, by the Local Planning Authority.

     

    In the interests of the Staines Area of High Archaeological Potential, in accordance with Saved Policy BE25.

     

    Public Speaking:

    There were no public speakers for this item.

     

    Debate:

    During the debate the following key issues were raised:

    • The principle of high development has already been accepted
    • 15 London Road should have been demolished a long time ago
    • Will assist with our housing need
    • Will improve the appearance of London Road
    • Concern over traffic signals nearby
    • Concerns that CHP is not renewable energy

     

    Decision:

    The application was approved as set out in the Planning Committee Report, subject to the prior completion of a S106 agreement.

     

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    Application No. 19/00933/FUL - The Greeno Centre and Shepperton Recreation Ground, 45 Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton, TW17 9DH pdf icon PDF 312 KB

    Ward

    Shepperton Town

     

    Proposal

    Erection of an enclosed patio area to provide an external seating area for visitors to the Greeno Centre.

     

    Officer recommendation

    To approve subject to conditions.

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Description:

    This Application was for the erection of an enclosed patio area to provide an external seating area for visitors to the Greeno Centre including erection of railing boundary enclosure of 1.8m in height.

     

    Additional Information:

    Consultation response from the Council’s Pollution Control Officer raising no objection was reported.

     

    Public Speaking:

    There were no public speakers for this item.

     

    Debate:

    During the debate, the following key issues were raised:

     

    • The facility is a great asset
    • The facility is well used

     

    Decision:

    The application was approved as set out in the Planning Committee Report.

     

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    Tree Preservation Order TPO 263/2019 - Front verge at entrance to Shaftesbury Crescent, adjacent to 283 Ashford Road, Laleham, TW18 1QR pdf icon PDF 252 KB

    Ward

    Riverside and Laleham

     

    Proposal

    To protect one multi-stemmed Sycamore tree on the site.

     

    Recommendation

    To confirm without modification.

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Description:

    This Item sought the confirmation of Tree Preservation Order 263/2019, Front verge at entrance to Shaftesbury Crescent, adjacent to 283 Ashford Road, to protect one multi-stemmed tree on this site.

     

    Decision:

    The Tree Preservation Order 263/2019 was confirmed without modification.

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    Urgent Items

    To consider any items which the Chairman considers as urgent.

    Minutes:

    There were none.