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Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

219.

Introductions

Minutes:

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

220.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Convery.

221.

Declarations of Substitute Members

Minutes:

There were no declarations of substitute members.

222.

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.

223.

Order of Business pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Minutes:

The order of business would be as per the agenda.

224.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 9 February 2021 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.  Agreement of the minutes was confirmed via a recorded vote taken by the chair, which showed that of the 9 members present at the meeting, 7 agreed, one abstained, and one recused themselves on the basis of having not been present at the meeting in question. 

225.

1 Lowther Road, London, N7 8US pdf icon PDF 32 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Demolition of the existing community mental health centre and the subsequent erection of a part 2, part 3, part 4 storey building for mental health outpatient facilities with associated cafe and office space, landscaping and public realm works.  

 

(Planning application number: P2020/2910/FUL) 

 In the discussion the following points were made: 

·         The Planning Officer advised committee that site which is roughly rectangular in shape with a wider splayed frontage onto Liverpool Road to the south, is bordered by Lowther Road on its western flank and Chillingworth Road to the north. It is adjacent to the St Mary Magdalene Conservation Area which adjoins the site to the immediate north-east. It is also situated opposite St Mary’s House (located to the north), which is a grade II listed building on Chillingworth Road. 

·         Members were informed that the surrounding area is predominately characterised by residential apartment blocks and some semi-detached terraced houses, with one property (No. 551 Liverpool Road) sharing the site boundary to the north-east. The average height of buildings in the area varies from three to four storeys, though there are some buildings of more significant height such as the listed building on Chillingworth Road, which rises up to six storeys in height. The nearby Council estates of Mersey and Ringcross, which also make up the character of the local area, are expressed as housing blocks of 5-6 storeys in height. 

·         A public consultation was carried out, 493 letters were sent out to neighbouring residents of which officers received 25 objections raising concerns about loss of daylight and sunlight, loss of privacy and increased overlooking, excessive height, scale and massing, impact on heritage assets, unacceptable construction impacts, overdevelopment of the site, noise and disturbance and anti-social behaviour from proposed use. 

·         With regards to daylight and sunlight losses, the Planning Officer explained that that a full daylight and sunlight assessment of all surrounding windows, rooms and gardens had been carried out, noting that although there are some minor losses of daylight to windows within neighbouring properties on Liverpool Road and Chillingworth Road, none of these result in noticeable adverse impacts to the rooms that they serve, however the proposal would have more noticeable impacts on two townhouses on Lowther Road and apartments in Arcadia Court, on the corner of Lowther Road and Chillingworth Road.  

·         The Planning Officers informed Members that in total 7 kitchens, 5 bedrooms and 2 living rooms in Arcadia Court would be adversely affected in Arcadia Court, that this is due largely to the undeveloped nature of the application site and the narrowness of Lowther Road, and that the retained levels of daylight to the affected windows are not considered unreasonable for an inner London location. The Planning Officer reminded the Committee that these impacts still need to be fully appreciated and weighed up in the overall planning balance. 

·         On the loss of daylight, the Planning Officer informed the meeting that a number of different scenarios have been modelled to ascertain what impacts alternative forms of development would have  ...  view the full minutes text for item 225.

226.

233-239 & 241-243 Pentoville Road & 172-176 Kings Road, N1 9NG pdf icon PDF 26 MB

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Minutes:

Rear and roof extensions (including dormer windows) to 233-239 and 241-243 Pentonville Road behind retained front and side facades following partial demolition; connection of 233-239 and 241-243 Pentonville Road with 172-176 King's Cross Road; provision of new and refurbished Office floorspace (Use Class B1a); creation of new retail unit (Use Class A1) at ground and lower ground floors of 241-243 Pentonville Road; replacement shopfronts to Pentonville Road facades; and associated servicing areas and plant. 
 
Councillors Kay and Ismail did not participate or deliberate on this item as they gave their apologies and left the meeting 

 

(Planning application number: P2020/0632/FUL) 

In the discussion the following points were made: 

·       The Planning officer advised committee that the application relates to a number of buildings on the southern side of Pentonville road and the northern part of Kings cross road and that site is designated within the Central Activities Zone (CAZ), Kings Cross Key Area and the Northdown Road Employment Growth Area. 

·       Site is located within the Kings Cross Conservation Area and although buildings on site are not statutory listed, there are a number of statutory listed buildings adjoining and close to the site. Buildings on site are locally listed. 

·       Although the proposal seeks to partially demolish some of the buildings, it will still retain its primary and some secondary facades to provide refurbished office on newly connected floorplates including an extended basement level. The proposal also seeks to replace the existing shopfronts. 

·       Key planning considerations are its site history, land use design and appearance and impact on heritage assents, neighbouring amenity, transport and highways and energy sustainability. 

·       Members were advised that in terms of land use, the proposal will result in an increase in both office and retail floor spaces on site. 

·       The scheme has been revised in particular with a view of addressing outstanding concerns relating to scale, height, bulk, design, appearance and its impact upon heritage assets. Revisions have also been taken with regards to the design of the appearance of the rear extension and the roof pitch on the Pentonville Road buildings.  

·       Members were informed that a previous scheme was refused by the Council on 18 November 2016 due to loss of workspace suitable for small and medium enterprises, demolition of three locally listed buildings, mass and scale of buildings and the quality of the development. A subsequent appeal on 17 October 2017 was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

·       Planning Inspector considered that the appeal scheme was too dominant within the street scene along Pentonville Road giving the church a subordinate appearance which would erode its significance. In addition, members were informed that the Planning Inspectors had concerns regarding the demolition of locally listed buildings, describing it as notable and a regrettable loss of a non-designated heritage asset which makes a positive contribution to the significance of the Conservation Area.  

·       In terms of land use consideration meeting the Planning Officer acknowledged that the scheme is considered acceptable given the increase of office space which is identified as a priority  ...  view the full minutes text for item 226.

227.

Site of Former Charter House( Also known as Caxton House) , 2 Farringdon Road & Units 501-520 London Central Markets Gate 30,45 Charterhouse Street, London , EC1M 3HP pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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Minutes:

Stopping Up Order of existing highway fronting Charterhouse Street and Farringdon Road under Section 247 of the Planning Act 1990 to enable the development of 33 Charterhouse Street, EC1M 3HP (references P120484). 

 
Councillors Kay and Ismail did not participate or deliberate on this item as they gave their apologies and left the meeting
 

(Planning application number: P2021/0246/FUL) 

 

In the discussion the following points were made: 

·       Meeting was advised that the area of land is on the corner of Farringdon Road and Charterhouse Street and is outside the hoarding of the Crossrail works site for Farringdon Station and opposite Smithfield Market. The application relates to a triangular piece of the highway piece of the footway which is a highway, maintained by the council and is included in the council’s List of Streets as highway maintained at the council’s expense. 

·       The Planning Officer advised that no objections had been received from the Council’s Highway Officer to the proposed stopping up of this section of Charterhouse Street and that this stopping up will not impact on vehicular traffic as there is sufficient room on the remaining footway for the free flow of pedestrians.  

·       Members were advised that the proposed stopping up of the area of land is necessary to enable the approved development proceed and is acceptable in highway terms. In addition Members were reminded that obligations will still remain in terms of consultation and a local inquiry may be held should the stopping even with the application being approved by the Committee  

 

Councillor Klute proposed a motion to approve the stopping up. This was seconded by Councillor Poyser and carried. 

 

 

RESOLVED: 

That following consideration of the case officer’s report (the assessment and recommendations therein), the presentation to Committee, approval was given to the stopping up, subject to the applicant first entering into an indemnity agreement to pay all the council’s costs in respect of the stopping up, on the following basis.