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