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Agenda and draft minutes

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


Apologies for Absence

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Apologies were received from Councillors Clarke, Khondoker and Picknell.


Declarations of Substitute Members

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Councillor Williamson substituted for Councillor Khondoker and Councillor Kay substituted for Councillor Clarke.


Declarations of Interest

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Councillor Poyser declared that he would not take part in the discussion or decision making on Item B2.


Order of Business pdf icon PDF 44 KB

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The order of business would be B2 and B1.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 299 KB

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That the minutes of the meeting held on 5 October 2021 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


23 Goswell Road, London EC1M 7 AJ pdf icon PDF 4 MB

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Refurbishment and extension comprising demolition of eighth floor structure and replacement with single storey roof extension with accessible roof terrace and plant equipment above; demolition of external staircase to rear and replacement with six storey side infill extension above ground floor level; external alterations to all elevations; interior refurbishment and re-configuration of the existing building and associated alterations, all in connection with a change of use to Use Class E (Commercial, Business and Service).


(Planning application number: P2021/1292/FUL)


In the discussion the following points were made:

·         The planning officer stated that an additional condition should be added to prohibit smoking from taking place on the roof terrace to prevent odours and protect the amenity of residents.

·         In response to a member’s question about the comments made by English Heritage GLAAS (Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service), Condition 5 – Investigation and Recording of Archaeological Remains (Details) had been added to the list of conditions.

·         In response the member’s questions about the view from the extension, the applicant stated that that screening meant there would be no overlooking.

·         A member commented that the scheme was well designed.

·         Members stated that the building was in the Central Activities Zone (CAZ), the proposal would provide a relevant and appropriate use and would return the building to its original use.



That following consideration of the case officer’s report (the assessment and recommendations therein), the presentation to Committee and submitted representation, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions and informatives set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report with the additional condition outlined above and subject to the prior completion of a Deed of Planning Obligation made under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 securing the heads of terms as set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report.


Units A-D & Land to the Rear of Units 3-10, Bush Industrial Estate, Station Road, Islington N19 5UN pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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Installation of a Container to House Electrical Equipment along with a Distribution Network Operator Substation.


(Planning application number: P2020/2459/FUL)


Councillor Poyser, who had declared he would not take part in the consideration of Item B2 left the room for this item.


In the discussion the following points were made:

·         The planning officer reported that Paragraph 7.3 should have corresponded with Section 9 and not Section 10 of the report.

·         The planning officer stated that four additional representations had been received since the report had been written. The three objections and one submission in support of the application were all from people who had previously submitted representations in relation to this application and there were no new points made.

·         The Chair stated that the applicant was appealing on the grounds of non-determination and the application was being considered by the committee so the committee could indicate what its decision would have been, had the applicant not already appealed. The committee’s indicative view would then feed-in the views of members to the appeal process.

·         A planning officer stated that there was local concern that Ocado might unlawfully use the site. Enforcement officers were regularly monitoring the site and on the last visit, the site was not being used unlawfully. Enforcement officers would continue to monitor the usage and if unlawful use was implemented, enforcement action would be taken.

·         In response to a member’s question about whether the applicant had provided rationale for the application for a substation, the officer stated that the rationale given by the applicant was that it was for existing use and the officer assessment was that it could be required for existing use. In response to concerns that the substation could be required for unlawful use, the legal adviser stated that possible future unlawful use was not a relevant planning consideration.

·         A member queried whether, if planning permission was granted, this would enable or add weight to an enabling position in relation to a future planning application for a distribution centre on this site. The legal adviser stated that the decision on this application would not prejudice the decision on any future planning applications for the site.

·         A member asked whether the nearby student housing block was designated as a noise sensitive premises and the planning officer confirmed that this was the case for both the student housing block and the school.

·         In response to objectors’ concerns about the impact of substations on health, the planning officer stated that environmental health officers had advised that in line with International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidance, there were no health impact concerns about the substation.

·         In response to an objector’s concern that the adjacent park would be dug up as part of the construction, the planning officer advised that this was not part of the application and the permission of the council would be required.

·         In response to an objector’s concerns about light pollution from the site, a planning officer stated that light fittings on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 271.