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Items
No. Item

123.

Introductions

Minutes:

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

124.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Mackmurdie.

125.

Declarations of Substitute Members

Minutes:

There were no declarations of substitute members.

126.

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.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

127.

Order of Business pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Minutes:

The order of business would be B2 and B1.

128.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 15 October 2019 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.

129.

Classic house 174-180 Old Street Committee Report pdf icon PDF 10 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Construction of a two storey roof level extension and six storey side extension to the existing building to create 1,418 sqm GIA of additional office (Class B1(a)) floorspace, a nine storey side extension on the eastern elevation to accommodate an additional lift, reconfigured entrance to Martha's Buildings, new hard landscaping scheme on Martha's Buildings, roof terraces at seventh and eighth floors, installation of new plant equipment and provision of cycle and refuse stores. (Departure from Development Plan).

 

(Planning application number: P2019/2450/FUL)

 

In the discussion the following points were made:

·         The Planning Officer informed the meeting that the application site is located on the southern side of Old Street, adjoining the western side of Martha’s Buildings and not located within a Conservation Area, however the Bunhill Fields/Finsbury Square and St Luke’s Conservation Area.

·         Members were advised that the proposal provides an additional 1,418sqm of B1(a) office floorspace and Affordable Housing contribution of £226,880 and a contribution of £288,660 towards Affordable Workspace.

·         The Planning Officer advised that the proposal will result in the height of the building being increased from 27metres to 32 metres which amounts to a tall building. Members were also advised that the proposed extensions, alterations and additions to the existing building would result in improvements to its overall appearance. The proposals also include a new hard landscaping scheme on the Martha’s Buildings access road and the creation of roof terraces at seventh and eight floors for use in connection with the office accommodation.

·         On the question of whether the proposed material was sympathetic with the original building, the meeting was advised that a condition would be imposed requiring details and samples of all external facing materials including windows and a sample panel of brickworks and mortar will be submitted for approval.

·         With regard to sunlight and daylight loss, the Planning Officer advised that findings of the BRE report submitted confirms that overall the nature of the transgressions above the BRE guidance threshold were minimal and it only affected few units.

·         On the departure from the Tall building policy, the Planning Officer advised that although the site is not located in one of the areas designated in the Finsbury Local Plan as appropriate for a tall building, it has been demonstrated that the building would not be substantially taller than its neighbours and would not significantly change the skyline and was not in conflict with the aims of the policy in relation to relative heights and was acceptable in the site’s local context.

·         On the suggestion to reduce the height of the building in line with the policy on tall buildings, the agent informed the meeting that having tested the proposal, working with council officers, its full consideration by the Design Review Panel and the daylight assessment with minimal digressions, not much further could be done.

·         With regard the impact of the scheme on neighbouring amenity, Members were advised that the proposal would not result in unacceptable impacts on neighbouring residential nor office amenity, including any loss of daylight  ...  view the full minutes text for item 129.

130.

Paul Anthony House, 724 Holloway Road, London, N19 3JD pdf icon PDF 10 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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:

·         The Planning Officer reminded the meeting that following Committee’s consideration of the item at its meeting in September, a decision was taken to defer the item in order to allow officers and the applicant to have further discussions with TFL and consult with neighbouring residents on seeking revised delivery and servicing arrangements in consultation with TfL and neighbouring residents.

·         Members were informed that following the meeting on 24 September 2019, the applicant met residents, subsequently sent emails and completed a letter drop to invite neighbouring residents and ward councillors to discuss their main concerns. In addition, planning and highway officers undertook a site visit with TfL representatives to observe existing operations and discuss potential alternative options for deliveries and servicing.

·         The Planning Officer acknowledge that revised plans for both the ground floor of the building and transport statement had been submitted by the applicant which addressed amenity concerns raised by objectors at the September meeting.

·         In response to the delivery and servicing arrangements around the scheme, the TfL representative present advised that considering it is a red bus route, creating a loading bay on Holloway road would impact on bus operations in terms of bus journey time, raise issues of highway safety as buses would need to travel out of the designated bus lanes, which effectively introduces a number of additional hazards.

·         The TfL representative informed members that loading bays in that area would be difficult to enforce by TfL as it was considered highly likely that it would also be used for both drop off and pickups associated with the nearby station, and other local activities, with the result that the bay would potentially not be available to commercial vehicles legitimately attempting to service the building. Members were reminded that with this particular location, siting a loading bay in that vicinity would be challenging especially, with the additional attraction of being in close proximity to Upper Holloway Station.

·         On the suggestion of possible relocation of the bus stop on Holloway Road during construction work, members were reminded that considering this is a lesser scheme than the previous two applications, TfL would not agree to the temporary closure of the bus stop.

 

·         TFL also highlighted the number of bus journeys which take place every day on this stretch of road and contrasted it with the number of deliveries expected to the premises in question.

·         On the possibility of restricting personal deliveries to the occupants of the office development especially with online shopping and deliveries, the agent advised that although this would be difficult to enforce, the applicant would be willing to work with officers if an exact wording of the restriction, to be included as an informative.

·         The Planning Officer informed that the delivery and service management plan to be finalised through condition stipulates hours  ...  view the full minutes text for item 130.