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


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Councillor Spall.


Declarations of Substitute Members


Councillor Gill substituted for Councillor Spall.


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There were no declarations of interest.


Order of Business pdf icon PDF 43 KB


The Chair advised that Item B2 would be considered before item B1.  Items A6 and A7 would be considered after the determination of planning applications.


The City University, 10 Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB pdf icon PDF 7 MB

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Alterations and extension at 6th and 7th floor levels of the University Building to provide an extension to the library as well as replacement of the glazing units on the 1st - 6th floor facades and associated works.


(Planning application number: P2019/1124/FUL)


An addendum to the officer’s report was laid round.


In the discussion the following points were made:

·         The Planning Officer advised that the proposed development was adjacent to the Northampton Square Conservation Area and in the vicinity of a number of listed buildings.

·         The Planning Officer set out the representations received in relation to the application, as set out in the officer’s report and the addendum.

·         Since the report was published a request had been made to Historic England to list the building. The Planning Officer advised that this was a material consideration. If the request was successful then the applicant would need to reapply for the proposal under the Listed Building Act. Officers summarised the process followed by Historic England for determining if a building should be listed or not.   The Council’s Legal Officer advised that the scheme should be bought back before the Committee for reconsideration ahead of the decision being issued if the building was indeed listed.

·         It was clarified that paragraph 8.24 of the officer’s report, page 52 of the agenda pack, should read ‘The site is located to the north of Northampton Square and taking account of the orientation of the site to the sun, there wouldn’t be any undue impact to ecology or tress as a result of overshadowing.’

·         In response to a question, the Heritage Officer clarified that the Northampton Square Conservation Area was last reviewed in the 1990s. The Heritage officer discussed the heritage assets their special interest and how this was affected by the proposal.  The Heritage Officers conclusion was that harm was not caused to heritage assets.  The Committee discussed this and agreed that no harm would be caused.

·         Daylight / Sunlight assessments had demonstrated that the development would not have an unacceptable impact on neighbouring properties.

·         A previous application determined in 2013 required the site to be subject to a management plan, specifying matters such as hours of operation and security requirements. It was clarified that the management plan was still valid and would continue to be applicable should the application be granted.

·         Four objectors addressed the Committee. Objections included: that the height of the proposed development exceeded 30 metres and therefore was not compliant with the Finsbury Local Plan; that the proposed development was out of keeping with existing structure and in contrast to nearby heritage assets; that the development would affect local residents’ enjoyment of Northampton Square; that there had been inadequate consultation with local residents; that the development would lead to an increase in the number of students and a corresponding increase in nuisance and antisocial behaviour; that the building is of architectural importance and should be listed; and that the university did not operate the library in accordance with its management plan.

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68-72 Brewery Road, London, N7 9NT pdf icon PDF 6 MB

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Change of use from a flexible B2/B8 use to a flexible B1c/B2/B8 use


(Planning application number: P2019/0779/FUL)


In the discussion the following points were made:


·         The proposed development was in a locally significant industrial site.

·         The application did not seek alterations or extensions to the exterior of the building.

·         Officers advised that, as no significant works to the building were proposed, it was not considered appropriate to require accessibility improvements to the building.




That planning permission be granted subject to the conditions and in informatives set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report.



Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 105 KB




That the minutes of the meeting held on 2 May 2019 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


Membership, Terms of Reference and Dates of meetings pdf icon PDF 94 KB

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a)    That the Sub-Committees be confirmed as five member Sub-Committees and that the terms of reference be noted.


b)    That the allocation of seats was determined in accordance with the advice in the report.


c)    That councillors Picknell, Convery, Clarke, Graham and Mackmurdie be appointed as members of Planning Sub-Committee A for the current municipal year or until their successors are appointed.


d)    That Councillors Kay, Klute, Spall, Poyser and Woolf be appointed as members of Planning Sub-Committee B for the current municipal year or until their successors are appointed.


e)    That it be noted that Councillor Picknell had been appointed Chair of Planning Sub-Committee A and Councillor Kay had been appointed Chair of Planning Sub-Committee B for the municipal year or until their successors are appointed.


f)     That it be noted that any member who was a member or substitute member of the Planning Committee could substitute at any meetings of either Sub-Committee if they had not been appointed as a member of the Sub-Committee.