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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 Councillors Clarke, Convery and Hayes.


Declarations of Substitute Members

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Order of Business

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The order of business would be B2, B1 and B3.


Minutes of Previous Meeting

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The minutes of the previous meeting were not yet available and would be presented to the next meeting.


Old Barnsbury, The Barnsbury Estate, N1 0TJ pdf icon PDF 3 MB

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Full planning application for external alterations to all existing buildings (including replacement windows, doors and communal entrances) and landscaping, environmental and wayfinding works (including new bin and cycle stores, new railings to ramps, stepped access to existing buildings, play facilities, lighting, signage and gates).


(Planning application number: P2022/2454/FUL)


In the discussion the following points were made:


·       In addition to the information in the report, the Planning Officer stated that there had been 43 expressions of support for this application from residents on the Estate and that the applicant was the Newlon Housing Trust, rather than Newlon Housing Association, as stated in the report

·       In response to a question about the strategy for the planned reduction in car parking spaces, the Planning Officer confirmed that 28 spaces were being removed, following a survey of residents on car park demand. Once permits were no longer required by tenants, residents and leaseholders, there would be an opportunity to further enhance the reductions in car parking, by additional landscaping. However, the landscaping in the scheme was due to come forward at a future date, with the current priority being improvements to doors and windows and fabric improvements.  In response to a further question as to whether Condition 18 would secure the further landscaping in the long term, the Planning Officer was satisfied that Condition 18 was sufficient to achieve this.

·       In response to points raised by a resident, the applicant’s representative stated that the cycle targets related to new net uplift in homes and not refurbishment of existing homes. The applicant was working to improve secure cycling and visitor cycle stands and would increase it as car spaces were reduced.  There was very little secure bicycle parking at present.

·       In response to a question about the installation of new aluminium windows, a member sought reassurance that they would have adequate thermal breaks to avoid the build up of condensation. The applicant’s representative stated that composite windows were to be installed, which were tried and tested, and the design of the windows and their procurement were to be particularly monitored by Newlon.

·       Given the difference that the surrender of parking spaces was likely to bring to the development in terms of additional greenspace and cycling, a member asked whether the applicant had any plans to incentivise residents to voluntarily surrender parking spaces. The applicant’s representative said that, as this scheme was anticipated to run for 6- 8 years, they would be seeking to incentivise residents to surrender parking spaces at every opportunity. New permits would not be issued and the applicant would proactively promote alternative forms of transport wherever they could.  It was noted that there was a car club at new Barnsbury.

·       On the matter of the freeing up of parking spaces for landscaping, it would be preferable to have a dynamic assessment ready in order that there was a plan in place for their use.  The applicant’s representative said that they were also looking at increasing play space by 50%,  sustainable  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Vorley Road Bus Stand and 4 Vorley Road, London, N19 5JH pdf icon PDF 4 MB

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Demolition of existing part 1, part 2 storey community use building; the construction of 72 new dwellings with associated private amenity space for affordable and private homes, provided in three blocks of 13 storeys, 8 storeys, and 2 to 6 storeys, improvements to the public realm, the provision of a Medical Centre and a library, associated bicycle parking, mobility scooter stores, refuse stores and improvements to the public realm.


(Planning application number: P2022/1221/FUL)


In the discussion the following points were made:

·       On the matter of why the proposal for this site to deliver a new entrance and internal route though the Archway Centre complex had been discounted, the Planning Officer reported that, during the pre-application debate, discussion had taken place about whether the link could be designed through the development. Firstly, the quality of the link across the different levels of the Archway Complex had been questioned and secondly, the aspiration for a library and a medical centre together with a link was not feasible.

·       On the matter of the medical centre garden, a question was asked as to responsiblity for its maintenance and whether residents would have access.  It was noted that the Medical Centre (NHS) would have responsibility for the garden. Residents would not have access to this garden.

·       A question was asked about the substantial deviation from policy to allow 49% 2-bed and 51% 1-bed properties for market rent at this development. The Planning Officer noted that the GLA Housing SPG referred to the fact that specific Town Centre Sites might deviate from the more general housing mix standards and, in a town centre with this high accessibility, family units were less preferred and 1-bed units were in greater demand and more suitable to that location.

·       The wind impact of this building on Vorley Road meant that wind conditions would be the same in summer and windier in winter. However, all of the function of the street in those locations would be suitable for the activity in that area and the entrances would not be affected.

·       A question was asked as to whether any action had been taken by the developer to mitigate the design and  height of the plant room, which could be seen from Holloway Road. The plant room was set back from the parapet and it was not thought that it could readily be seen, though it might be visible from Junction Road.  A condition had been added to make the design more ephemeral and to look less solid.

·       A question was asked about how the reduction in car parking spaces at this site might impact on the surrounding area and whether there would be provision for blue badge spaces in the surrounding area and any spaces available on the site. The Planning Officer reported that there would be space for ambulance parking and various other bays could be accommodated in the transport statement. Two blue badge spaces would be available from the outset and, if there was demand, five further spaces would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.


14-22 Vale Royal and 184 York Way, London, N7 9AD pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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Alterations, extensions and partial change of use to create mixed use (Classes B8 and E(g)) buildings arranged over ground, first, second, part third, part fourth and part fifth floors and associated plant delivered in two phases.


(Planning application number: P2022/1847/FUL)


The Committee noted that the applicant was present to respond to any questions.  There being no questions from members, it was:



That following consideration of the case officer’s report (the assessment and recommendations therein), the presentation to Committee and submitted representations, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions and informatives set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report 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.