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Councillor Klute welcomed everyone to the meeting. Members of the Committee and officers introduced themselves and the Chair outlined the procedures for the meeting.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence was received from Councillor Spall.


Declarations of Substitute Members


There were no declarations of substitute members.


Declarations of Interest

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Councillor Poyser declared a personal interest in item B5, The City University as he was a postgraduate student many years ago.


Order of Business


The order of business would be B4,B5,B2,B3 and B1.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 93 KB




That the minutes of the meeting held on 4 June 2019 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


34 Drayton Park Islington, London N5 1PB pdf icon PDF 4 MB

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Refurbishment and extension of existing building to provide a part 1/part 5 storey building comprising 3,054sqm flexible business (Use Class B1) floorspace and 209 sqm restaurant (Use Class A3) floorspace (1,298sqm overall additional floorspace) with ancillary plant room and storage at basement level.


(Planning application number: P2019/0228/FUL)


Prior to the committee presentation, the planning case officer raised several points of clarifications and corrections, these matters included:

·                     Page 38 of the Agenda, Condition 7 relating to cycle parking provision, the condition notes that the scheme shall provide for no less than 60 spaces. However, a total of 54 spaces are proposed. The provision of 54 spaces is acceptable against planning policy and standards (Appendix 6 of the DMPD requires 41 spaces);

·                     Page 43 Condition 24 relating to the rear wall planter, the proposed planter would be artificial and therefore does not require irrigation, therefore it is suggested that reference to irrigation should be removed from the condition wording;

·                     There was a typo graphical error relating to the address of Item B1, which was immediately rectified by Democratic Services. Letters sent to consultees had the correct site address as does the officer report throughout, therefore this will not prejudice the determination of this item;

·                     Paragraph 10.36 of the report on Page 24 notes the height of the rear boundary wall at 1.9m from the garden level of the neighbouring properties, where in fact the rear boundary wall measures 2.2m from that point (from those properties to the rear);

·                     Paragraph 10.68 of the report (Page 30) notes that the existing 2.7m high rear wall would be extended in height by virtue of an 850mm planter on top bringing the total height of the rear boundary treatment to 3.55m in height ‘as measured from the raised garden level of those properties to the rear, which back onto the site.’ However, the extended boundary treatment due to the introduction of the proposed planter would increase the height of the boundary treatment from 2.2m to a height of 3.0m as measured from the raised garden levels to the rear and the 3.55m measurement as referenced would actually represent the new height of the boundary from the patio level at the application site. This is made clear in the next paragraph 10.69 of the report which addresses the respective level changes;

·                     Paragraph 10.69 which notes the proposed planter would be 800mm in height whereas it would actually measure 850mm in height which is made clear on drawing 3086/221/A.

·                     10 objections were noted within the report (Page 14, paragraph 8.2), however it should be clear that a total of 7 objections were received.


In the discussion the following points were made:

·         Members were advised that condition 20 has been agreed with the applicant which ensures that the external part of the rear patio is to be used at certain time of the day protecting the amenity of the adjoining residents.

·         The planning officer informed members that the site has been vacant for a long time and the scheme  ...  view the full minutes text for item 109.


Emirates Stadium, 75 Drayton Park, London, N5 1 BU ( (Coach Parking Locations: Queensland Road, Hornsey Road, Sobell Centre, Hornsey Street, Finsbury Park) pdf icon PDF 4 MB

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The applicant is seeking a permanent permission following approval of details application P2015/1142/AOD for the previously consented locations

(Planning application number: P2019/2022/AOD)


Prior to the committee presentation, the planning case officer raised several points of clarifications and corrections, these matters included:


·         The following corrections be made to Condition 3 relating to the restricted use of Sobell Centre – replace 12 Coaches with 11 Coaches and remove the words “or such other location as advised by the MPS”.


·         Comments from TfL and Hackney Council were received which raised no objection to the proposals.


·         An Incident Report (regarding the dumping of waste in January 2019) from a resident of Queensland Road was sent to the officer prior to Committee


·         Response made by Steer on behalf of the applicant, this was circulated prior to the meeting, and copies made available on the night for members if needed.


In the discussion the following points were made:

·         The Planning officer informed members that Arsenal Football Club is seeking to secure a permanent permission for match day coach parking locations for the 2019/20 season. Members were reminded that the planning committee had granted temporary permissions to the club previously so that a full assessment on issues such as security, traffic and neighbouring amenity.

·         The Planning highlighted the arrangements and restrictions that is applied in coach parking locations (Queensland Road, Hornsey Road, Sobell Centre, Hornsey Street and Finsbury Park) in order of priority.

·         The officer reminded members about the original plans to use the Stadium undercroft, however in light of advice received from the Metropolitan Police Services Counter Terrorism Unit, the undercroft was never used.

·         The Committee heard evidence from 3 objectors on issues such as lack of trained parking stewards resulting into damage to the glass canopy above No.1 Queensland Road and drivers ignoring the Council’s anti idling campaign. Concerns were raised about the air quality in particular and contrary to the Council’s Air quality strategy as published on the council website.

·         The agent in response informed the meeting that the club has facilitated different permutations of coach parking over the last 13 years with some tweaks introduced in certain locations and the present arrangement has been in place for over 5 years.

·         On the issue regarding sewage being deposited, the agent advised of only one instance and both driver and coach company were penalised. Also on the issue of damage to the glass canopy, agent noted that this was not related to the coach .

·         On the suggestion about reducing some of the locations, the meeting was advised that this would limit the ability to be resilient especially if and when more parking is required. The meeting was advised that evidence shows that overtime there will be fewer coaches being used to attend matches by football fans.

·         In response to the air quality concerns, members were advised by the agent that when applications for permits are received, all coach operators are notified of the future requirement that kicks in when the Mayor of London’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 110.


Old Street Station, Old Street, Islington, london, EC1Y 1BE pdf icon PDF 8 MB

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Excavation and construction of a new station entrance to provide access to St. Agnes Well and Old Street Station. Construction and installation of a public lift to provide access to St Agnes Well; a service lift and bin store adjacent to the existing clerestory; and associated works including external cladding of the existing clerestory and proposed service lift and bin store.


(Planning application number: P2019/0528/FUL)


In the discussion the following points were made:

·         The Planning Officer advised that additional comments have been received from Hackney Council. Members noted the comments were largely supportive but did raise concerns relating to changes proposed to the roadway in the London Borough of Hackney.  Members advised that they appreciated the concerns, however officers advised that they fell outside of the scope of the planning application.

·         Members were advised that planning permission is required for particular elements of the scheme such as a proposed new station entrance, a new passenger lift, a refuse store/plant enclosure and service lift and the installation of new cladding

·         Members were reminded that at present the Old Street Station lacks a sense of place in the public realm and that the elements before the committee were crucial to the wider scheme as reconfiguration of the roundabout could not take place unless a new station entrance is constructed to account for the loss of some of the other subway entrances.

·         Members noted the Council’s statutory duty to preserve and enhance/to do no harm to heritage assets. Members acknowledged this duty and placed great weight on this. The officer explained the significance of the Leysian Mission building and members agreed.  It was agreed that harm to the setting of the building would be less than substantial harm, and that not-withstanding the statutory duty to place great weight on this, the benefits were considered to outweigh the harm.  The benefits include promoting safer cycling and pedestrian facilities, an iconic design with biodiverse green roof, improvements to accessibility and the wider public realm. 

·         Members acknowledged that the revised proposal had come a long way from the first iteration of the scheme – and praised TfL’s co-operation and willingness to liaise with officers to overcome earlier material issues. 



That following consideration of the case officer’s report (the assessment and recommendations therein), the presentation to Committee, submitted representations and objections provided verbally at this meeting, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 and subject to conditions to secure the following and delegated to the following: the Head of Development Management Team, the Team Leader Major Applications  and the Team Leader Planning Applications to make minor changes ( additions, removals or amendments) to the conditions.



Paul Anthony House, 724 Holloway Road, Islington, London, N19 3JD pdf icon PDF 9 MB

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Two storey roof extension to the existing building to create additional office space (B1a Use Class) along with associated refurbishment and external alterations.


(Planning application number: P2018/3191/FUL)


In the discussion the following points were made:

·         Planning Officer advised that although the proposal is now a minor development, as major applications for the same site had been considered by the planning committee on two previous occasions, it is agreed that in the interest of consistency it has been brought back to the main Committee.

·         Members were advised that since the application was considered by the committee there have been notable revisions to address concerns raised such as designs to the extensions and the scale and massing of the proposal.

·         Members were informed that site is located within Archway Town Centre and Archway Key Area. The proposal would result in an increase in office floor space and employment.

·         Members were advised that a comprehensive assessment of the proposed development on surrounding windows, rooms and gardens had been undertaken in accordance with BRE guidance and practice and results of the assessment show good levels of adherence with only minor transgressions to all but one property.

·         The Planning Officer set out the representations received in relation to the application as set out in the officer’s report which had been addressed by the application. Issues such as daylight and sunlight had been addressed following a number of revisions on the massing and design.

·         Three objectors addressed the Committee. Objections included loss of privacy as a result of overlooking from windows due to the additional floors and location of bin store in Fairbridge Road and its associated nuisance such as noise, smell and hygiene.

·         In response to the decision not to locate the servicing, deliveries and refuse collection on Holloway Road, members were advised that this is a Red Route and that TFL had lodged objection to servicing from the Holloway Road. Also the forecourt has limitation for vehicles to manoeuvre, turn around and exit, the frontage is partially blocked by a bus stop. 

·         In response to concerns that the revised daylight/sunlight assessment excluded the dwelling of one of the objector and how the hours of use of the terrace would be monitored, the Planning Officer acknowledged that the assessment did include the objector’s property and the results did not exceed the BRE guidelines. In terms of the hours of use, the meeting was advised of condition 7 which will address any concerns and protects the amenity of neighbouring properties.

·         In response to concerns that their views were not being considered, the agent advised that the scheme to provide office space conforms with the Council’s local plan as this brings back into use a building which has been vacated for a long time. In terms of overlooking, the meeting was advised that the design of the scheme has been altered and the massing has been shifted towards Holloway Road away from Fairbridge Road.

·         The agent advised that as an office building rubbish levels would not  ...  view the full minutes text for item 112.


The City University, 10 Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB pdf icon PDF 147 KB

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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)


In the discussion the following points were made:

·         Members were reminded that the substantive application was considered by the Committee on 4 June where the Committee resolved to grant permission subject to conditions and planning obligations.  At that time an objection letter from The 20th Century Society had been received on the day of the meeting but had not been taken into consideration. The letter was attached in full to the Agenda.

·         Members were also reminded that they were informed at the committee meeting on 4th June that a listing application for the host building had been made in the days immediately preceding the meeting, and that the application was outstanding at the time of the meeting.  Members also noted that the objection from the 20th Century Society made reference to the listing application, and recommended delaying the committee decision until the outcome of the listing application was known. 


·         The Planning Officer explained that notification had now been received advising that the listing application had been declined by Historic England.  The committee considered that the HE decision to decline listing took away from any weight attaching to the 20th Century Society objection.

·         The objector raised similar concerns highlighted during the previous meeting on 4 June and they included the impact of the scheme on the existing listed Georgian houses due to its massing and that the height of the extension would have an adverse effect on the character of the square.

·         In response to a question on whether any other circumstances had changed since the application was considered at the 4 June meeting, the Planning Officer advised that the 20th Century Society objection had been taken into account and carefully considered, along with the commentary from Historic England, however the objection did not alter the officers recommendation, as set out in the Committee report. 


That following consideration of the case officer’s report (the assessment and recommendations therein), the presentation to Committee, submitted representations and objections provided verbally at this meeting, the Committee’s previous resolution to grant planning permission was unaltered, and that permission be granted subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report and subject to the prior completion of a Deed of Planning Obligation made under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 securing the heads of terms as set out in Appendix 1.