Meeting Details

Planning Committee
17 Aug 2016 - 19:00 to 22:00

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Standard Items
MEMBERSHIP:

Councillors:  Hynes (Chair), Cogan, Conlan, Ahmed-Shaikh, Mahmood, Manro, Nagpal, Raza, Sumner, Proud, Busuttil, L. Wall, R. Wall.

*Cllrs Ahmed-Shaikh, L. Wall and R. Wall are substituting for Cllrs Summers, Aslam and Camadoo respectively.
1. Apologies for Absence
  

Apologies were received from Councillor Busuttil.

2. Urgent Matters

Any urgent matters that the Chair has agreed should be considered at the meeting.

There were none.
3. Declarations of Interest
To note any declarations of interest made by members
There were none.
4. Matters to be Considered in Private
  
There were none.
5. Minutes
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 20th July 2016.

The Committee considered the minutes of the meeting held 20th July 2016.

  
RESOLVED:
That the minutes of the meeting held on 20th July 2016 be agreed as a correct record of the meeting.
 
6. Site Visit Attendance
Record of members attendance at site visits
The Chair informed that the following councillors had attended the planning site visits:
Councillors: Hynes, R Wall, Cogan, Conlon, Mahmood, Manro (previously), Nagpal, Raza, L. Wall, Proud and Sumner. Apologies were received from Councillors Busuttil, Ahmed-Shaikh
 
  

Application 01 in respect of Land at Toplocks Depot and Maypole Dock, Glade Lane, Southall UB2 4PL (Ward: Norwood Green)

Proposal: Construction of a three-storey high apartment building containing 3 no. 3-bedroom flats and 23 no. houses ranging between three and four-storeys high (16 no. 3-bedroom and 7 no. 4-bedroom) (total of 26 residential units in social rent tenure) with access taken from a new vehicle and pedestrian street from McNair Road and alterations to Glade Lane to enable vehicle access to the development; 26 car parking spaces; a swing bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over Maypole Dock and associated footpaths / cycle paths between Maypole Dock and Glade Lane; hard and soft landscaping and ecological enhancements throughout the site - (Departure from the Local Plan).

Steve Barton (Strategic Planning Manager, Planning Services) handed over to Elizabeth Piper, the case officer, who introduced the application, details as above, and referred Members to the amended representations in the briefing notes and further representations. The scheme was recommended for approval with conditions as per the report and briefing notes 

Robert Harman, a local resident, addressed the Committee in objection to the application, representing the Maypole Dock Residents Association and houseboat community. There were no objections to the site being developed for housing, but there were serious objections to the proposed swing bridge link route through Maypole Dock. 

The footbridge would create an alleyway with the potential to create a hot spot for anti-social behaviour impacting on new and existing tenants.

There are already well established routes via the bridge on Havelock Road less than 5 minutes away which link the Havelock Estate residents to Toplocks, the Canal Side Park and beyond.

There are better solutions for pedestrians which should be given higher priority.
There is a more direct walking route to the Southall Gateway. North from Toplocks Depot and continuing along the railway or by making improvements to the local bus service so that it runs between the Southall Gateway and the estates    

The costs of constructing the bridge and resulting maintenance would run into hundreds of thousands of pounds and the cost of the additional strain on police resources in dealing with anti-social behaviour and criminal activity in this proposed ratrun.

Social costs included;

Loss of privacy, safety and security
Loss of moorings and gardens
Loss of community cohesion     

Whilst the development was supported the swing bridge through Maypole Dock was not and he urged members to remove this element from the application.


Chris Struthers, Planning Manager at Catalyst addressed members in support of the application. Catalyst had enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the Council dating back over 50 years. Catalyst’s long term commitment in the Borough continues with a strong presence in Southall with over 1,500 homes, including the regeneration of the Havelock Estate. This 100% social rented scheme will not only deliver 26 new affordable family homes for Southall, but the development will also accommodate residents ‘decanted’ from the second phase of the neighbouring Havelock scheme. The proposal further includes the delivery of one of the key objectives of the Southall OAPF – the construction of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Maypole Dock in order to reconnect the residents of the Southall area with the Glade Lane Canalside Park to the east of the site. This sustainable development includes the following:


High Quality Architecture;
Attractive Sympathetic Landscape Design including  ecological enhancement in light of the SINC designation;
Improved Accessibility through the provision of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Maypole Dock; and 
Security Measures to protect and provide privacy to the Maypole Dock residents. 

Since the last Committee meeting, Catalyst  have worked with planning officers to provide clarity on the s106 contributions in relation the Council’s adoption and maintenance of the canal bridge which was the reason for deferral. Agreement has been reached with the planning and highways team in relation to this cost.

Catalyst are aware of the concerns of the Maypole Dock residents in relation to the proposal. In response to this, the bridge and its associated footpath has been redesigned and repositioned to further reduce its impact on the dock residents and the moorings. In addition to this further landscaping improvements have been made to this area to create additional screening for existing dock residents as well as new security gates to keep the dock private and secure.

It is considered that the revisions to the bridge and footpath further enhance the benefits of the proposal, which should weigh heavily in its support, including delivering family housing, delivering the bridge and enhancing the ecological value of the site.

In conclusion the proposed development is vital in supporting the regeneration of the Havelock Estate and will deliver an additional 26 much needed social rent family homes for the area. Catalyst have endeavoured to work positively with Planning Officers to create a sensitive proposal that is sympathetic to the planning constraints of the site and offers benefits to the local residents in return.

In response to a question from Councillor Ahmed-Shaikh, it was confirmed that only one residential mooring space would be lost.

Councillor Ray Wall commented that he had no objection to the building development, but questioned why the bridge was necessary if there was another bridge a 5 minute walk away as this would in fact be beneficial in terms of exercise. Councillor Mahmood expressed similar concerns.

Steve Barton stated that the bridge was an essential component of the overarching strategy within the Southall Framework Document providing linkages to green spaces. Whilst this was a small development there were also major applications to the South East of Southall Station which included high density housing so that access to Glade Lane was of critical importance together with related infrastructure improvements such as the cycle/footbridges and it was on that basis that the scheme had been put forward. He advised that the scheme could not progress without the swing bridge.

Members moved to a vote

RESOLVED:

Recommendation agreed to GRANT planning permission, subject to S106 and conditions as set in the report and amended (condition 4) and recommendation as set out in the briefing note.

 
   

Application 02 in respect of Dormers Wells Infant School, Dormers Wells Lane, Southall, UB1 3HX  (Ward: Dormers Wells)

Proposal: Two single storey extensions to the north elevation; replacement boundary fence; installation of canopy to north elevation and associated landscaping works (Regulation 3- Council's own development) (Departure Application)

The case officer, Alan Corcoran, introduced the application, details as above. The scheme was recommended for approval with conditions as per the report and briefing notes.

There were no objector or applicant speakers registered.

In response to a question from Councillor Ray Wall it was confirmed that the extension would be built on hard standing and that there would be no net loss of playground space due to the landscaping to the west of the site.

RESOLVED: 
Recommendation agreed to GRANT planning permission, subject to conditions as set out in the report.

9. Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on 21st September 2016.
It was noted that the next meeting would take place on Wednesday 21st September 2016.
PAUL NAJSAREK
Chief Executive
9th August 2016

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