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Items
No. Item

203.

Introductions

Minutes:

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

204.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

205.

Declarations of Substitute Members

Minutes:

There were no declarations of substitute members

206.

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.

207.

Order of Business pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Minutes:

The order of business would be as per the agenda.

208.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2020 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.

209.

Site of Harvist Under Fives, Hornsey Road, London, N7 7NN pdf icon PDF 4 MB

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Minutes:

Erection of a new building, up to 5 storeys in height, to provide 30 flats, together with associated amenity space and detached refuse store. 

 

(Planning application number: P2018/4131/FUL)

 

In the discussion the following points were made:

·         The Planning Officer reminded Members that a scheme for 29 units was originally presented to the Planning committee on 18th May 2020 with a recommendation for approval subject to conditions and a Section 106 agreement.

·         Members were advised that a final decision had not been issued by the Council , however applicant has taken the opportunity to submit a revised scheme to include one additional unit through the subdivision of one of the units into 2 flats.

·         Members were reminded that all issues had been considered by the Committee in May which is appended to the report. No issues have arisen as a result of the minor revision.

·         Meeting was advised of a correction in the report which indicated that there were 2 objectors instead of 3 and that the issues raised by the third objector are similar and had been fully addressed and considered when planning permission was granted.

·         The Planning Officer advised that with the revised scheme there will be no noticeable external alterations except an increase in the width of a 4th floor terrace pillar by 10cm.

·         Meeting was informed that although the revised scheme would result in the reduction of the proportion of affordable housing to 50% by unit it is still policy compliant.

·         In terms of the quality of residential accommodation, the Planning Officer advised that the sub division of the 4th floor flat will result in two 1- bed units with floor space of 58sqm and 66sqm which exceeds the minimum national standard of 50sqm for a 1-bed/2 persons flat.

·         In response to a question on loss of light, the Planning Officer advised that the units would be dual aspect with good access to good natural light and ventilation with the smaller flat benefitting from 6sqm of external amenity space in the form of a balcony whilst the larger unit would enjoy a balcony and roof terrace.

·         A member raised concern over the use of a gas boiler in terms of carbon reduction.  Officers clarified that planning policy allows the use of communal gas boilers where connection to a decentralised energy network or to a combined heating and power system is not feasible, which is the case with this application.  The Planning Officer advised that no objections had been received from the Council’s Energy Officer when the scheme was originally submitted in May 2020.

·         On the suggestion of including an additional condition stating that notwithstanding the present energy option proposal and for the energy strategy to be revisited in the future, the Planning Officer advised that this is included in the S106 agreement, however an informative could be included with the planning permission to reinforce the view of the committee on this issue.

·         On the issue of future proofing and connection to decentralised energy  ...  view the full minutes text for item 209.

210.

218 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RR pdf icon PDF 4 MB

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Minutes:

To add 218 Upper Street to Islington’s Register of Locally listed Buildings

 

In the discussion to the following points were made:

·         Officers are seeking for Committee to recommend to the Corporate Director of Environment and Regeneration that 218 Upper Street be formally adopted onto the Register of Locally Listed Buildings and Locally Significant Shopfronts.

·         The Design Officer informed the meeting that the building which is located on the raised pavement of the north-western end of Upper Street directly abuts the Upper Street North Conservation Area on its southern and eastern side of the building and is within the setting of several other designated heritage assets (listed buildings) including the Grade 1 listed Union Chapel and the Grade II listed Compton Terrace on the upper side of Upper Street.

·         218 Upper Street has recently been a subject of pre application discussions and during the process the significance of the building was identified and assessed. The building has consequently been treated as a non-designated asset during the pre-application stage.
 

·         Members were advised that design officers having identified the building which used to be occupied by Nat West Bank on Upper Street possesses local architectural and heritage significance have requested for it to be added to the Register of Locally Listed Buildings and Locally significant Shopfronts in recognition of their value as irreplaceable heritage assets which contribute to the quality of the local built environment, enhance the local street and sustain a sense of Islington’s local distinctiveness.

·         The Design Review Panel have advised that the building has an inherent architectural quality in that it is both elegant and possesses notable decorative details. It was also noted that the building contributes positively to the setting of the conservation area and that considering the building was the first bank branch to be rebuilt after the Blitz, it has both historic and communal value.

·         The Register of Locally Listed Buildings and Locally Significant Shopfronts is a list of buildings, structures and shopfronts in the borough which whilst not listed by the Secretary of State for their national importance, the Council recognises to be of local importance due to their architectural, historical or environmental significance.

·         The purpose of the Local list is to ensure that care is taken over decisions affecting the future of those identified as heritage assets, including alterations proposed through the planning process. Members were advised that considering locally listed buildings are not statutory listed there is no requirement for Listed Building Consent to carry out works to locally listed buildings.

·         The Officer informed the meeting that as part of the process, the Council applied to Historic England for the building to be listed but was refused on grounds that it did not meet the high bar for listing in the national context but they did acknowledge that the building possesses claims to local interest.

·         On the question of low windows, meeting was advised that local listing would not preclude any works to the façade or interior of the building, that under paragraph 197  ...  view the full minutes text for item 210.