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Note: Please note revised start time, this meeting now starts at 7.45pm 


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Councillor North welcomed everyone to the meeting. Members of the Committee and officers introduced themselves.


Apologies for Absence

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Apologies were received from Councillors Klute and Poyser.


Declarations of Substitute Members

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There were no declarations of substitute members.


Declarations of Interest

If you have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest* in an item of business:

§  if it is not yet on the council’s register, you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent;

§  you may choose to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest that is already in the register in the interests of openness and transparency. 

In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.


If you have a personal interest in an item of business and you intend to speak or vote on the item you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent but you may participate in the discussion and vote on the item.


*(a)  Employment, etc - Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

(b)    Sponsorship - Any payment or other financial benefit in respect of  your expenses in carrying out duties as a member, or of your election; including from a trade union.

(c)    Contracts - Any current contract for goods, services or works,    between you or your partner (or a body in which one of you has a beneficial interest) and the council.

(d)     Land - Any beneficial interest in land which is within the council’s area.

(e)     Licences- Any licence to occupy land in the council’s area for a month or longer.

(f)      Corporate tenancies - Any tenancy between the council and a body in which you or your partner have a beneficial interest.

 (g)    Securities - Any beneficial interest in securities of a body which has a place of business or land in the council’s area, if the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or of any one class of its issued share capital. 


This applies to all members present at the meeting.


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There were no declarations of interest.


Order of Business pdf icon PDF 41 KB

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The order of business would be as per the agenda.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 239 KB

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That the minutes of the meeting held on 7 March 2023 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


23 Goswell Road, London, EC1M 7AJ pdf icon PDF 4 MB

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Full Planning application for the change of use of the existing building to Use Class E (Commercial, Business and Service); associated external refurbishment works and installation of plant equipment and a sedum roof.

(Planning application number: P2022/4189/FUL)


In the discussion the following points were made:


  • Meeting was advised of a number of updates to conditions in the published report, as follows: that the title of condition 11 (delivery and servicing plan) be updated; that condition 12 (use of roof terraces) revert to no roof terraces to be provided; conditions 13 (cycle parking) and 17 (refuse and recycling) contain an update and revision to plan number reference; condition 27 (ventilation) to be updated to refer to new document provided to Council and condition 30 (PV panels) is a new condition to require details of PV panels following commitment to provide these.

·       Members were advised of a change of Head of Terms, that an accessible transport contribution of £18,000 has being proposed.

·       The Planning Officer advised that the key planning considerations include the background and history; its design and appearance; land use and energy and sustainability.

·       Meeting was reminded that application was granted planning permission on 2 November 2021, and that there have been a number of revisions to the consented scheme which includes a, change of use from vacant educational use to office; a modified site allocation which seeks use of vacant property for office; no extensions to building; that scheme proposes a formation of biosolar roof with no rooftop terrace being proposed.

·       In addition to the above changes, there will be an upgrade of existing elevations to spandrels, panels and fenestration; there will be a defined end user; provision of affordable workspace of which 3.5% peppercorn rent for 30 years; formation of glazed active frontage to two elevations to illuminate space; Co2 reductions of 90 % plus use of PV and ASHP.

·       On the façade treatments, the Planning Officer advised that existing bricks will be cleaned and repointed, that the scheme will have new dark grey window frames; also pressed metal panels to the vertical elements and new concrete effect panel with channel detail in centre. Also the scheme will have a new ground front entrance with a proposed photomontage and sesame lift to the Goswell entrance.

·       Meeting was advised that scheme lies within the Central Activities Zone (‘CAZ’); Bunhill & Clerkenwell Key Area (Core Strategy) and Employment Priority Area (Office) so the proposed use fits well and is policy compliant.

·       On the issue of affordable Workspace, the Officer advised that 91sqm dedicated AWS at ground with active frontage, kitchen, WC, disabled toilet and accessible shower and importantly as a compromise officers have been able to secure a 30 year duration with peppercorn rent.

·       In terms of neighbouring amenity, Planning officer advised that there is no increase to building envelope, that as there is no roof terraces proposed, there is no overlooking and loss of privacy concerns. Also in terms of noise and disturbance from the proposed plant, meeting was informed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.