Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 27 July 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames TW18 1XB

Contact: Karen Wyeth  Email: k.wyeth@spelthorne.gov.uk

Link: Members of the public may hear the proceedings by tuning into the Council's YouTube channel

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 326 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2022 as a correct record.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2022 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

 

There were none.

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Planning application 21/01750/FUL & 21/01751/LBC - The Old Fire Station, Market Square, Staines-upon-Thames TW18 4RH pdf icon PDF 473 KB

Ward

Staines

 

Proposal

21/01750/FUL

Application for planning permission for the conversion of the existing Grade II listed “Old Fire Station” into a dwelling house and erection of 4 no. dwellings with access, parking, boundary treatment and associated works.

 

21/01751/LBC

Application for Listed Building Consent for the conversion of the existing Grade II listed “Old Fire Station” into a dwelling house and erection of 4 no. dwellings with access, parking, enclosure and associated works.

 

Recommendation

Both applications are recommended for approval subject to conditions as set out at Paragraph 8 of the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Description:

 

Application 21/01750/FUL – The conversion of the existing Grade II listed Old Fire Station into a dwelling house and erection of 4 no. dwellings with access, parking, boundary treatment and associated works.

 

Application 21/01751/LBC – Listed Building Consent for the conversion of the existing Grade II listed Old Fire Station into a dwelling house and erection of 4 no. dwellings with access, parking enclosure and associated works.

 

Additional Information:

 

Both these applications were originally called in by Cllr Siva.  However, on 18th July, the councillor withdrew her request for these matters to be determined by the Planning Committee, but this was after the agenda had been published.

 

Nevertheless, it is the view of officers that it remains in the public interest to have these applications publicly determined.

 

Public Speaking:

 

In accordance with the Council’s procedure for speaking at meetings, Beata Krzystek from Fluid Architecture spoke for the proposed development raising the following key points:

 

-       The site has been boarded off and visually inaccessible for more than 20 years and has a significant negative impact on the conservation area

-       It encourages antisocial behaviour whilst remaining empty

-       This application is a completely fresh design that addresses all the comments previously made by the Planning Committee

-       Historic England has been consulted with to ensure that the proposed plans respect the grade II listed old Fire Station and Town Hall

-       The mass of the building has been designed to be least impactful from the opposite side of the Thames

-       The proposed scheme contributes to the public realm

-       It is set back from the old Fire Station so complements its historic assets

-       It creates a visual link connection between the old Fire Station and the Memorial Gardens

-       This development will bring back life and improve the setting of these important historical assets

 

Debate:

During the debate the following key issues were raised:

 

-       This is a prominent position within the Staines Conservation Area

-       All previous objections had been addressed within the revised application

-       This development would add to the re-generation of Staines

-       This is an overdevelopment of the site

-       This does not improve Staines

-       The Council’s policies seem to support the application

-       5 units on this site does not constitute overcrowding

-       This is a neater proposal than the one previously submitted

-       It is positive that it does not obscure the view of the old Town Hall from all directions

-       Brickwork on new units should match those of the old Town Hall

-       Lack of disabled access due to the units due to steps

-       The development of this site would make the area prettier and more appealing to visitors

-       Section 7.65 of the report states that the site is mainly located within Flood Zone 2. How much is ‘mainly’? - In response, the Planning Development Manager advised that the majority of the site fell under Flood Zone 2 with only a very small part  ...  view the full minutes text for item 45/22

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Major Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To note the details of future major planning applications.

Minutes:

The Planning Development Manager submitted a report outlining major applications that may be brought before the Planning Committee for determination.

 

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

 

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Planning Appeals Report pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To note details of the Planning appeals submitted and decisions received between 16 June 2022 and 13 July 2022.

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.