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


Apologies for Absence

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Apologies were received from Councillor Woolf.


Declarations of Substitute Members

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Councillor Khurana substituted for Councillor Woolf.


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Councillor North declared a personal interest with regards to items B3, B4 & B6.


Order of Business pdf icon PDF 54 KB

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The order of business would be B3, B4,B6,B2,B5 and B1


14 Charterhouse Buildings, London, EC1M 7BA pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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Change of use of building from Class F1 (genealogy library) to Class E (office); erection of two-storey roof extension to provide additional Class E (office) floorspace; fourth floor terrace; recladding of existing building; installation of mechanical plant; and associated works and alterations.

(Planning application number: P2021/1386/FUL)

In discussion the following points were made:

·         The Planning Officer advised that site is not statutorily or locally listed nor is located within a designated conservation area, however the site is located within proximity to the Charterhouse Square Conservation Area and Hat & Feathers Conservation Area.

·         The character and use of the vicinity is dense and mixed with commercial, residential and educational uses located within a close range.

·         Members were advised that the existing use of the building as a genealogical library is no longer required as the nature of their work has now been digitalised.

·         The existing building will be refurbished and extended to create a five storey providing a total of 1487sqm of office floor space.

·         The extension would be constructed from metal and concrete cladding with glazing and that the roof space is proposed as an amenity terrace for the office occupiers with associated balustrading around the perimeter.

·         The proposal includes two small/micro office units (91sqm each ) at lower ground level, which represents 12% of the floor space of the overall proposal.  

·         In addition, the Planning Officer advised that permission is being sought for a new façade to the front of the building to replace the existing brickwork elevation with textured concrete panels as well as metal cladding and enlarged glazing with vertical fin detailing and that at ground level, the entrance of the building is proposed as a large glazed opening with a metal finish to create an office reception area.

·         The proposal will provide 19 cycle parking spaces at lower ground floor level with another separate plant area proposed to be located at roof level.

·         In land use terms, the Planning Officer advised that the loss of the genealogy library is acceptable and that the proposed provision of 1478sqm of office floor space is acceptable given that it is located within multiple designated areas where the development, growth and maximisation of business floorspace is encouraged.

·         In terms of neighbouring amenity, the Planning officer acknowledged that a number of objections have been received regarding loss of daylight and sunlight to their properties. Meeting was advised that although there are marginal transgressions to BRE guidance, it is considered that these transgressions are marginal and that conditions recommended will minimise the impact of the development upon neighbouring amenity such as privacy and overlooking, noise and light disturbance to an acceptable level.

·         The planning reiterated both the sustainability and energy measures highlighted in the report and the planning benefits.

·         The agent described the scheme as a sustainable form of development including energy efficiency measures, that it will deliver high quality accommodation in an area of high demand whilst enhancing the street scene and the character of the area.


Councillor Poyser proposed a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 285.


30 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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Demolition of existing building and construction of a four-storey building (with basement levels) comprising Office use (Class E) with associated works

(Planning application number: P2021/1692/FUL) In the discussion the following points were made:

·       The Planning Officer informed the meeting that since the agenda was published, a further 8 representations were received bringing the number up from 23 to 31, with no new issues raised, as they have been addressed in the report.

·       The site is currently built out to a single commercial storey with a pitched roof, was historically used as a vehicle repair workshop and more recently as a temporary photographers and prop store.

·       The uses surrounding the site are mixed with both commercial and residential. Commercial use is located at lower level in neighbouring nos. 26, 27 and 29 Bastwick Street and 50 Pear Tree Street and other buildings along Bastwick Street

·       Members were advised that the scheme proposes to build a 4 storey building with basement levels and it comprises 1,778sqm office floor space.

·       Feedback as a result of consultation has been taken on board which has resulted in revisions such as the lowering of the uppermost storey building by 0.5m from 3m to 2.5m and the partition of the occupation of the office space into five SME sized units which will all be accessed from Bastwick Street.

·       Main considerations of the scheme include land use, its design and appearance, neighbouring amenity, transport and highways and energy and sustainability.

·       The proposed 4 storey office building complies with the overarching land use policy as it would result in the increase business use of office floor space and the provision of SME’s within the Employment Priority Area and Central Activities Zone in accordance with both Local and London Plans.

·       In terms of layout the proposed ground floor level will include the main entrance and the reception lobby to the building, office floor space and the bin store accessed from Bastwick Street

·       The SME’s floor space will be located in the entirety of the basement level, with 4 small units measuring between 66 and 77sqm to be accessed via the main entrance and the office space and the floors above would have access to the cycle storage at the lower basement levels.

·       The Planning Officer advised that natural light will be achieved through all the units for the SME’s via the light wells and the stepped back light well in the front, which is a similar arrangement of the nearby basement office space in Pear Tree Street.

·       Conditions/obligations have been recommended to restrict the use of the building for office use only within Class E and that the SME’s will remain in perpetuity and not be amalgamated.

·       In terms of the proposed 4th storey, meeting was advised that this will be set back from the principle elevation so that it would largely not be visible from the other side of Bastwick street and although slightly visible within view of Central street, the uppermost floor of the 4th storey will be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 286.


34 York Way (Jahn Court), 34B York Way (The Hub), Albion Yard and Ironworks Yard, Regent Quarter, Kings Cross, London N1 pdf icon PDF 9 MB

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Refurbishment of existing building; 5 storey partial infill extension to eastern elevation, single storey extension to northern elevation and two storey roof extension with roof terrace to provide additional Office floorspace (Class E(g)(i)); reconfiguration and alterations of front and rear entrances to the western and eastern elevations; provision of one flexible Retail (Class E(a)), Café Restaurant (Class E(b)), Fitness (Class E(d)) and Office (Class E (g)(i) unit at ground floor level; provision of cycle store and associated facilities at basement level and plant at basement and roof level with green roofs and other associated works. Listed Building Consent application: P2021/2360/LBC also submitted.

(Planning application number: P2021/2270/FUL)

Item was taken in conjunction with item B4 which is seeking listed building consent

In the discussion the following points were made:

·       Meeting was advised that since the publication of the report officers have received additional comments from 9 residents and that Officers consider that no new material planning issues have been raised.

·       Planning Officer highlighted a correction to paragraph 6.14 of the report, that the fourth floor roof extension to Jahn Court is recessed by 2.5 metres from the eastern elevation rather than 2.7 metres.

·       Meeting was advised that on further review of the daylight assessment, officers would like to make the following minor corrections to the total figures in the daylight assessment in the officer’s report as follows:

-       At paragraph 10.244 on page 227, 149 rather than 102 rooms were assessed;

-       That 42 instead of 40 windows and 12 rooms and not 9 as stated in the report would fail the BRE guidance criteria, so  15.1% of the windows would fail to meet the BRE Guidance rather than 14.4% and 8.0% of rooms would fail BRE guidance rather than 8.8%.

-       In addition a correction to paragraph 10.248 on page 229, that in the Ironworks, 40 windows rather than 42 would meet the BRE guidance and 11 rather than 14 rooms would meet the BRE guidance with the result that 54.7% rather than 57.5% of windows passing and 61.1% of rooms rather than 77.8%

·       Meeting was informed that site is part of the Regents Quarter  which comprises two city blocks of building and lies within Kings Cross Area and is within the designated Central Activities Zone and Employment Growth Area.

·       The Planning Officer advised the meeting that the key material considerations are principle of development, land use, affordable workspace, design, conservation and heritage, neighbouring amenity, biodiversity, energy and sustainability, highways and transport, safety and security and fire safety.

·       Meeting was advised that the existing building was consented as part of a redevelopment approved in 2002 and that the proposal would primarily increase the floor space and improve the quality and efficiency of the existing floor space within the building as well its flexibility of use and is acceptable in principle.

·       With regards land use, members were advised that Jahn Court has an existing Class E(g)(i) office use and that the provision of additional class E office use within  ...  view the full minutes text for item 287.


34 York Way (Jahn Court), 34B York Way (The Hub), Albion Yard and Ironworks Yard, Regent Quarter, Kings Cross, London N1 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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Listed Building Consent application in connection with external works to parts of Jahn Court at 34 York Way, which adjoin the exterior of the Listed Building at 34B York Way, comprising of the removal of paving and railings and structures/fixtures for the glazed front entrance and skylight to Jahn Court; and the re-provision of a new front entrance structure adjoining the listed building, and replacement paving and associated works, adjoining the listed building, and replacement of entrance door with glazed door. Associated planning application ref: P2021/2270/FUL.

(Planning application number: P2021/2360/LBC)


In the discussion the following points were made:

·         This item was considered with item B3 which is a linked application for a full planning permission ( see details above )


Councillor Clarke proposed a motion to Defer. This was seconded by Councillor North and carried.




That consideration of the application be deferred for the reasons outlined above.




New River Head, Land Rear of 28 Amwell Street, Amwell Street, London, EC1R 1XU pdf icon PDF 4 MB

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Change of use and conversion of Grade II listed buildings known as the Engine House, Boiler House, Coal Store and Windmill Base from Class E (Commercial, Business and Service) to Class F1 (Learning and Non-Residential Institution) for gallery, exhibition and education use with ancillary shop, cafe and office uses. Occasional use as an events venue for private hire. Partial demolition of North Stores and single and two storey extension in two locations at eastern and western end. Construction of foyer link between North Stores and main buildings. Provision of cohesive landscaping scheme and associated public realm enhancements and creation of permissive pedestrian route through the Site. Reconfiguration of new vehicular and pedestrian access into the site from Amwell Street. Pedestrian and servicing access to the Site will be provided from Myddelton Passage. (Listed building consent also submitted ref: P2021/1553/LBC).

(Planning application number:P2021/1545/FUL&P2021/1553/LBC)

Cllr Khurana leaves prior to the consideration of this item and was not involved in the deliberations at all.


In the discussion the following points were made:

·         Site is within the New River Conservation Area and contains various Grade ll listed buildings and that the proposal includes development to various buildings across the site, the North Store is being extended to the west and a secondary storey introduced to the east. In addition, the meeting was advised that a linking foyer building is to be introduced in the Northern courtyard area between two existing buildings House as well as a new stair and lift. Also a café and raised terrace is proposed to the south of the site that requires various openings in the listed buildings and the scheme proposes a new pedestrian pathway that links Amwell Street with Myddelton Passage that requires an alteration to site levels to achieve appropriate levels of access.

·         Meeting was advised that in land use terms, the proposed change of use of the site to an art gallery Use Class F1, to be occupied by the House of Illustration is policy compliant , that it includes ancillary office accommodation, and cafe use.

·         Members were advised that occasional private hire events will be controlled by an Operational Management Plan.

·         Meeting was advised that the site is addressed by the New River Head and Claremont Square Planning Brief (2013) which outlines various long held aspirations for the site and that the application is considered to be able to meet these requirements to varying degrees. In addition a heritage interpretation strategy forms part of the application and this includes information boards across the site and installations in the Boiler House Cafe with QR codes providing access to further detailed information and history relevant to the site. The windmill base will also provide a permanent heritage interpretation space.

·         There is a desire for public access and to operate between 9.30am to 5.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday with potential for extending the hours of operation via S106 agreement.

·         On the harm to heritage assets, the planning officer advised that as it includes a Grade  ...  view the full minutes text for item 289.


Times House and Laundry Buildings (4-6 Bravingtons Walk, 8 Caledonian Street and part ground floor area of 3 Bravingtons Walk) Laundry Yard and part of Caledonia Street, Regent Quarter, Kings Cross, , London, N1 9AW pdf icon PDF 9 MB

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Refurbishment of existing buildings; partial demolition and infill extensions to the southern, northern courtyard and western elevations at ground, first, second, third and fourth floor level and part one, part two storey roof extensions to provide additional Class E(g)(i) Office floorspace at Times House; removal of plant room and entrance, alteration to the elevations and enlargement of existing windows to Laundry Building; further works include the provision of one flexible Retail (Class E(a)), Café Restaurant (Class E(b)), Fitness (Class E(d)) and Office (Class E (g)(i) unit, three flexible Food and Drink (Class E (b)) and/or Bar/Drinking Establishment (Sui Generis) units, and four Retail (Class E (a)) units at ground floor level; provision of outdoor terraces at first, fourth and fifth floor levels, basement cycle storage and associated facilities, green roofs, plant at basement and roof level; public realm works to Laundry Yard and infrastructure and related works, and new cycle parking on Caledonia Street.


(Planning application number: P2021/2269/FUL)

Cllr Picknell leaves prior to the consideration of this item and was not involved in the deliberations at all


In the discussion the following points were made:

·       Meeting was advised that since the publication of the report, 2 additional comments from residents have been received and that no new material planning issues have been raised.

·       The Planning officer highlighted a number of following corrections to the report, that at paragraph 10.23 of the report, the Affordable Housing Contribution should read as £229,813 rather than the £234,413.33 stated in the report and the height of the plant structure on the top of the west wing of Times House would rise to 24.3m rather than 24.8m and the top of east wing plant structure to Times House would rise to 24.85m rather than 21.85m.

·       Meeting was advised that following further review of the daylight assessment, a number of  corrections need to made to the total figures, that at paragraph 10.269 on page 522 of the report, 84 rather than 80 windows were assessed and 54 rather than 51 rooms were assessed.

·       It was also noted that minor reductions in the number of rooms that would fail the BRE Guidance is down to 5.56% rather than 5.9%.

·       Also on paragraph 10.276 of page 524 of the report, at 11 Caledonian Road, 6 windows and 6 rooms were assessed rather than 3 windows and 3 rooms, and that 5 out of the 6 windows would meet the BRE guidance rather than 2 of 3 windows.

·       Meeting was advised that site is part of the Regents quarter estate and located within the city block known as Block and comprises of Times House which is a mixed use building on the eastern and southern elevations to Laundry Buildings which is also a mixed use buildings located on the northern and western elevations.

·       Site is located within the Kings Cross Conservation Area and lies adjacent to the Keystone Crescent Conservation Area to the east and the St Pancras Conservation Area which is located to the west of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 290.