Agenda, decisions and minutes

North Planning Committee
Wednesday, 21st April, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: VIRTUAL - Live on the Council's YouTube channel: Hillingdon London. View directions

Contact: Neil Fraser  Telephone 01895 250636 or email (recommended):  democratic@hillingdon.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

155.

Apologies for Absence

Decision:

None.

Minutes:

None.

156.

Declarations of Interest in matters coming before this meeting

Decision:

None.

Minutes:

None.

157.

To sign and receive the minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 149 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 11 March 2021 be approved as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 11 March 2021 be approved as a correct record.

158.

Matters that have been notified in advance or urgent

Decision:

It was confirmed that an urgent enforcement report had been added to the meeting agenda.

Minutes:

It was confirmed that an urgent enforcement report had been added to the meeting agenda.

159.

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

Decision:

It was confirmed that items 1-8 would be considered in public, and items 9-14 would be considered in private.

Minutes:

It was confirmed that items 1-8 would be considered in public, and items 9-14 would be considered in private.

160.

279 Swakeleys Road, Ickenham - 30255/APP/2020/4275 pdf icon PDF 489 KB

Erection of a two storey building with habitable roofspace to consist of 6 x 2-bed and 1 x 3-bed self-contained flats with parking and amenity space, involving demolition of existing dwelling.

 

Recommendations: Refusal

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That the application be refused.

Minutes:

Officers introduced the report, confirming that the applicant was seeking the erection of a two storey building with habitable roofspace to provide 6 x 2-bed and 1 x 3-bed self-contained flats with parking and amenity space, following the demolition of the existing dwelling. While there was no objection in principle to the redevelopment of the site, officers considered that the proposed layout, scale and design would result in an uncharacteristic form of development within the site's context, and would result in material loss of privacy for occupants of No. 277 Swakeleys Road. The application was therefore recommended for refusal.

 

By way of written submissions, petitioners objecting to the application made the following points:

 

·         The plans for no. 279 Swakeleys Road were not compatible with the local area.  The proposed building was on a corner site with a further road to the rear. As such, it would be particularly prominent when viewed from three public sides.

·         The proposed development was intrusive by reason of its scale and prominence; not harmonising with the character of the rest of this section of road,  which was residential in character with mainly two-storey family homes.

·         The development’s broad footprint was inconsistent with neighbouring houses which were built in line at both front and rear, and no. 277 would be badly overlooked and lose their privacy.

·         The proposed flats themselves were architecturally bland and would offer only a poor quality of accommodation. The rooms were too small, and there was no lift or step free access into the dwellings above ground floor level, so would not be accessible for wheelchair users and visitors.

·         The development did not provide sufficient amenity space, with a lack of garden space and tree planting.

·         The rear area would be over-busy with the designated parking spaces - well short anyway of what most people would deem necessary.

·         The development did not provide external bin stores, general lockable storage areas, bike sheds or charging points for electric cars.

·         The plan's siting and concentration would raise noise and air quality issues. Whilst the Highway Authority apparently considered any additional vehicle movements to be marginal, residents were concerned at potential additional traffic and difficulties of exiting the site, which could be hazardous to other drivers and to pedestrians, especially those heading to Vyners School down Warren Road.

·         There is very little additional parking nearby, for second cars and visitors.

·         Granting permission for vehicular access from Swakeleys Road properties onto Silverbirch Close would set a precedent which would turn the quiet safe cul de sac into a noisier, busier road and would reduce the amount of available parking spaces for those residents who didn’t have off-street parking.

·         Previous events and development work had effectively turned Silverbirch Close into a service road for Swakeleys Road.

·         If permanent rear access from Swakeleys Road from SBC was granted, this could encourage other Swakeleys Road residents to do the same.

 

By way of written submission, the agent for the applicant addressed the Committee, making the following points:

 

·         There were  ...  view the full minutes text for item 160.

161.

Wynnstay, High Road, Eastcote - 9292/APP/2021/63 pdf icon PDF 415 KB

Part two storey, part single storey rear extension, raising of ridge height and conversion of roof from hip to gable ends with gable end windows involving alterations to elevations.

 

Recommendations: Refusal

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That the application be refused.

Minutes:

Officers introduced the report, which was seeking approval for part two storey, part single storey rear extension, raising of ridge height and conversion of roof from hip to gable ends with gable end windows involving alterations to elevations. Officers considered that the proposed development, by reason of its size, scale, bulk, depth and design, including the disproportionate roof detail, represented an unduly intrusive and incongruous form of development, which failed to harmonise with the character and appearance of the original dwelling and the wider area. For this reason, the application was recommended for approval.

 

By way of written submission, a petitioner objecting to the application made the following points:

 

·         The application sought approval for a form of residential development that was disproportionately large and out of keeping with the adjacent houses, with the applicant wishing to raise the roof and extend the property some 8.4m beyond its original building line (excluding the conservatory).

·         The proposed extension was overbearing and unbalanced, having a disproportionately large roof with new roof lights, three in the front, 2 in the back and one at each side.

·         The roof line and proposed rendered finishes were out of keeping with the street scene, whilst the inclusion of side windows was likely to affect the privacy for adjoining properties. 

·         The significantly enlarged second floor roof space was identified in the plans as being for ‘storage’, but had clearly been designed for future conversion as habitable rooms.

·         The applicant had provided the land registry title plan, but not a site location plan showing the development in context. By using the Land Registry Title plan from 1957 instead of an Ordnance Survey plan, the potential impacts to surrounding buildings had been significantly underplayed as many of the neighbouring properties were not built at the time.

·         Contrary to the applicant’s claims, the house was already very visible from High Road Eastcote, Cheney Street and Birchmead Avenue, and the Eastcote Conservation Area. It was suggested that the Council request a townscape assessment to test the degree of impact to the setting of these conservation areas to demonstrate there is no impact.

·         It was requested that the application be refused, but if approved, residents requested that  the application be conditioned to ensure that storage space was not converted to habitable rooms. The position of the windows and potential to overlook neighbouring properties could not be tested in planning terms if the proposed use is ‘storage’, and once built, its future conversion could be carried out under Building Regulations approval, thereby by-passing planning law.

·         In the event that the applicant resubmitted a smaller planning application, under permitted development, residents would expect the building line to be taken from the original building line, which corresponded to the existing living room and not the conservatory, which was itself an extension.

The Committee supported the recommendation for refusal for the reasons set out in the report. The officer’s recommendation was therefore moved, seconded, and when put to a vote, unanimously agreed.

 

RESOLVED:  That the application  ...  view the full minutes text for item 161.

162.

S106 Quarterly Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

163.

Enforcement Report

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

164.

Enforcement Report

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

165.

Enforcement Report

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

166.

Enforcement Report

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

 

167.

Enforcement Report

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

168.

Enforcement Report

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the enforcement action, as recommended in the officer’s report, was agreed; and,

2.     That the Committee resolved to release their decision and the reasons for it outlined in the report, into the public domain, solely for the purposes of it issuing the formal beach of condition notice to the individual concerned.

 

This item is declared as exempt from publication as it involves the disclosure of information in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraphs 1, 2 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), in that the report contains information relating to any individual, information likely to reveal the identity of an individual and information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.