Agenda, decisions and minutes

North Planning Committee
Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 5 - Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1UW. View directions

Contact: Liz Penny  01895 250185

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Items
No. Item

128.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

129.

Declarations of Interest in matters coming before this meeting

Minutes:

Councillor Higgins declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 7 as a resident had discussed the matter with him. He left the room prior to commencement of the discussion on this item.

130.

To sign and receive the minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED That: the minutes of the meeting dated 4 December 2018 be approved as an accurate record.

131.

Matters that have been notified in advance or urgent

Minutes:

None.

132.

To confirm that the items of business marked Part 1 will be considered in public and that the items marked Part 2 will be considered in private

Minutes:

It was confirmed that all items of business were in Part I and would be considered in public.

133.

53 & 53A Hawthorne Avenue, Eastcote - 15248/APP/2018/3353 pdf icon PDF 282 KB

Two x 2 storey, 3 bed semi-detached dwellings with habitable roofspace, 1 x 4-bed detached dwelling with habitable roofspace with parking and amenity space, installation of vehicular crossover to front and demolition of existing bungalows

 

Recommendation: Approval

Decision:

RESOLVED That: the application be approved.

Minutes:

Officers presented the application which sought planning permission for the erection of two x 2 storey, 3-bed semi detached dwellings with habitable roofspace, 1 x 4-bed detached dwelling with habitable roofspace with parking and amenity space, installation of a vehicular crossover and demolition of the existing bungalows. A similar application had previously been refused due to insufficient parking provision. In the current application six car parking spaces would be provided - two for each of the semi-detached houses and two for the detached property. It was not considered that the development would have a detrimental impact on visual amenity.

 

A petitioner spoke in objection to the application. Key points raised were:-

 

·         58 residents had signed a petition objecting to the proposal;

·         The proposed planning conditions addressed some, but not all, of residents' concerns;

·         It was alleged that a case could be made regarding the detrimental impact on neighbours - particularly those at 48a and 50 Lime Grove;

·         It was claimed that there would be a sense of dominance due to the increased height of the proposed buildings which would effectively be three-storeys high;

·         It was suggested that the application did not meet the requirements of B20, B21 and B24 of the Hillingdon Local Plan;

·         Residents felt the site was being overdeveloped - two small bungalows would be replaced by new dwellings which could potentially accommodate a total of 19 people;

·         Most houses along that side of Hawthorne Avenue were small therefore the new development would not be in keeping with the road.

 

The applicant's agent spoke in support of the application. Key points mentioned included:-

 

·         It was claimed that the proposed development had been designed to match the existing houses and be similar in style to no.55;

·         Adequate parking was now being proposed;

·         The internal area would exceed the minimum standards required;

·         The proposed vehicular crossovers had been approved by the Highways team;

·         It was claimed that there would be no detrimental impact on visual amenity;

·         The development would not exacerbate parking stress in the road;

·         In response to questions, it was confirmed that the previously proposed scheme did not include rear dormer windows.

 

Members requested clarification regarding the matter of overlooking resulting from the proposed dormer windows and it was confirmed that the legal distances would be met.

 

With regards to parking, the Head of Planning responded to Councillors' questions advising that it would not be possible to withdraw rights to parking permits in this situation since sufficient parking was being proposed as part of the scheme.

 

Councillors expressed some concerns regarding the proposed development citing potential over-development and height issues. It was confirmed that the previous scheme had not been refused on matters relating to size and scale. The dormers were deemed to be acceptable.

 

Clarification was requested regarding the lamppost to the front of the property. The Highways Officer confirmed that the developers would have to pay for the adjustment / relocation of said lamp column if necessary.

 

Councillors raised no further objections. The Committee therefore  ...  view the full minutes text for item 133.

134.

Springwell Barns, Springwell Lane, Harefield - 50620/APP/2018/1517 pdf icon PDF 231 KB

Single storey infill extensions, internal and external alternations and conversion from a single 5-bed dwelling to 2 x 3-bed dwellings

 

Recommendation: Approval

Decision:

RESOLVED That: the application be approved.

Minutes:

Councillor Higgins had declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item and left the room prior to the discussion and voting.

 

Officers introduced the application which sought planning permission for the erection of a single storey infill extension, internal and external alterations and conversion from a single 5-bed dwelling to 2 x 3-bed dwellings. Members were advised that the site lay within the Green Belt. Planning permission had originally been granted in 1991 and was renewed in 1996. There had been no changes to green belt policy since that time. It was confirmed that the proposed unit sizes met the required standards.

 

Councillors commented that the proposed development raised no issues in terms of height and bulk.

 

The officer's recommendation was moved, seconded and, when put to a vote, unanimously approved.

 

RESOLVED That: the application be approved.

135.

3 Highfield Drive, Ickenham - 4075/APP/2018/3495 pdf icon PDF 233 KB

Boundary wall to front (Part retrospective)

 

Recommendation: Approval

 

Decision:

RESOLVED That: the application be approved.

Minutes:

Officers introduced the application and tabled an addendum relating to condition 3. The application sought planning permission for a boundary wall to the front of the property (part retrospective). Members were informed that the street scene was residential in character and appearance comprising a mix of properties with small boundary walls and hedges.

 

Members commented that the boundary fence would make a positive contribution to the street scene as there were already a number of similar boundary walls along the road.

 

Members raised no objections. The officer's recommendation was moved, seconded and, when put to a vote, unanimously approved.

 

RESOLVED That: the application be approved.

136.

514 & 514A Victoria Road, Ruislip - 72489/APP/2018/3204 pdf icon PDF 274 KB

Removal of Condition 7 (Secured by Design) of planning permission ref: 72489/APP/2017/43 dated 14/09/2017 for the change of use from a shop (Use Class A1) to a children's nursery (Use Class D1) including alterations to elevations

 

Recommendation: Refusal

Decision:

RESOLVED That: the decision on this application be deferred to enable the Head of Planning to discuss it further with the police.

Minutes:

Officers presented the application which sought to remove Condition 7 (Secured by Design) of planning permission for the change of use from a shop (Use Class A1) to a children's nursery (Use Class D1) including alterations to elevations.

 

Members were informed that a site visit had been carried out by officers alongside the Metropolitan Police. The Secured by Design Officers at the Metropolitan Police had objected to the removal of Condition 7 and raised concerns relating to the security of the premises. It was confirmed that security at the site included a key code entry system, palisade fencing and CCTV. The Police had stated that the key code system was not secure and requested that it be removed.

 

Councillors sought further clarification regarding the security currently in place at another premises a few doors away (at 524 / 526 Victoria Road) which had the same owner. It was confirmed that Security by Design had been awarded to said premises on 18 December 2014. In response to Councillors' questions, it was also confirmed that security measures in place at the two sites were broadly the same. In view of this, Members raised concerns that there appeared to be an inconsistency in the approach of the Metropolitan Police regarding the two sites. Should the current applicant appeal against the decision, it was felt that the Council would be in a difficult position.

 

Members agreed that the inconsistency was a concern and wished to explore the Secure by Design policy further to better understand this. The Head of Planning and Enforcement agreed to discuss the matter further with the Police in order to gain a better understanding of the issue and, potentially, establish a more robust reason for refusal.

 

The Committee moved, seconded and unanimously agreed to defer the decision to enable the Head of Planning and Enforcement to discuss the matter further with the Metropolitan Police.

 

RESOLVED That: the decision on this application be deferred to enable the Head of Planning and Enforcement to discuss it further with the Metropolitan Police.

137.

Section 106 Quarterly Report pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED That: the report be noted.

Minutes:

RESOLVED That: the report be noted.