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The order of business would be B2 and B1.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.