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    Planning Committee
    Wednesday, 8 January 2020 6.45 pm

    Venue: Goddard Room, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames

    Contact: Chris Curtis  Email: c.curtis@spelthorne.gov.uk

    Items
    No. Item

    1/20

    Election of Vice-Chairman

    To elect a Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the remainder of the Municipal Year, following the amendment to the Conservative Group membership of the Committee in December 2019.

     

    Minutes:

    It was proposed by Councillor R.A. Smith-Ainsley and seconded by Councillor M. Gibson and

    Resolved that Councillor R.J. Noble be appointed Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee for the remainder of the municipal year 2019/20.

     

    2/20

    Minutes pdf icon PDF 69 KB

    To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 11 December 2019 (copy attached).

    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on 11 December 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

    Councillor N.J. Gething declared that he had previously worked for a law firm that acted for Drake Avenue Management Company in relation to the unadopted road providing access to the industrial estate and so had prior knowledge of the site.  He had discussed his position with the solicitor for the Planning Committee and Monitoring Officer and been advised that he may speak and vote on that particular item.

     

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

    There were none.

     

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    Application No. 19/01070/FUL - Drake House, Drake Avenue, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 2AW pdf icon PDF 372 KB

    Ward

    Staines

     

    Proposal

    Demolition of existing building and erection of an apartment block comprising 14 no. flats over three floors of accommodation with associated access from Gresham Road, car parking, landscaping and amenity space. Provision of 2 no. parking spaces for adjacent Gradus premises.

     

    Officer recommendation

    To approve the application subject to conditions.

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor A. Brar arrived late and did not participate in the debate or vote on this item.

     

    Description:

    Demolition of existing building and erection of an apartment block comprising 14 no. flats over three floors of accommodation with associated access from Gresham Road, car parking, landscaping and amenity space. Provision of 2 no. parking spaces for adjacent Gradus premises.

     

    Additional Information:

    The Planning Officer informed the Committee that no objection had been received from Environmental Health on air quality grounds.

     

    Public Speaking:

    In accordance with the Council’s procedure for speaking at meetings, Nicola Rickett spoke against the proposed development raising the following key points:

     

    ·         Concern over the adverse impact on existing units in Drake Avenue

    ·         Refuse concerns

    ·         Loss of industrial units

    ·         Lack of alternative industrial units

    ·         Fire safety concerns

     

    In accordance with the Council’s procedure for speaking at meetings, Graham Sturdy spoke for the proposed development raising the following key points:

     

    ·         The application was submitted following pre-application discussions

    ·         It is located within the urban area

    ·         It is located within a residential area

    ·         It is not in a designated employment zone

    ·         The current units are poorly located

    ·         There are 42 mixed use commercial properties available locally

    ·         Proposed conditions are fair and appropriate

     

    Debate:

    During the debate the following key issues were raised:

     

    ·         Nice looking scheme

    ·         Will replace old buildings

    ·         There is pressure from Central Government for additional housing to be provided

    ·         Concerns over impact on commercial refuse collection for existing units

    ·         Concern over location of proposed refuse bins

    ·         Access concerns

    ·         Query over pedestrian access

    ·         Query over affordable housing

    ·         Query over adequacy of the number of parking spaces

    ·         Query over the distance to the nearest bus stop in Kingston Road

    ·         Informative should be added asking the applicants to consider providing cabling to all parking spaces to allow for electric charging points in the future

    ·         Concern over noise from the existing Industrial units for new residents

    ·         Concern over construction traffic blocking Gresham Road causing disruption to residents

    ·         Concern over Drake Avenue being blocked

    ·         Query over whether the Crime by Design has been resolved

     

    Decision:

    The application was approved as per the agenda subject to the following additional informative:

     

    The applicant is advised to give consideration to providing cable to all parking spaces to allow for additional electric charging points in the future.

     

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    Planning Appeals Report pdf icon PDF 467 KB

    To note details of the Planning appeals submitted and decisions received between 28 November and 18 December 2019.

     

    Minutes:

    The Chairman informed the Committee that if any Member had any detailed queries regarding the report on Appeals lodged and decisions received since the last meeting, they should contact the Planning Development Manager.

     

    Resolved that the report of the Planning Development Manager be received and noted.

     

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    Urgent Items

    To consider any items which the Chairman considers as urgent.

    Minutes:

    There were none.