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Councillor Toby North 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 Klute and Poyser.


Declarations of Substitute Members

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Councillor Kay substituted for Councillor Poyser.


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There were no declarations of interest.


Order of Business pdf icon PDF 39 KB

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The order of business would be as per the agenda.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 249 KB

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That the minutes of the meeting held on 19 July 2022 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


1 Torrens Street, London , EC1V 1NY pdf icon PDF 6 MB

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Application for full planning permission for the partial demolition of the existing building, construction of two new floors, reconfiguration of floorspace and renewal of the existing facades to provide new office floorspace (Use Class E(g)), retail floorspace (Use Class E(a)&(b)), a replacement public house (Sui Generis), alongside new access arrangements, landscaping improvements, new public realm and other associated works.

(Planning application number: P2022/0871/FUL

The Chair informed Councillor McHugh that having left the room briefly while the item was being considered she could not participate in the deliberation and decision. 


In the discussion the following points were made:

·       The Planning Officer informed the meeting that since Committee papers were published objections were received from 5 local residents and also the Angel Association, the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society and Historic Building’s and Places, objecting on issues already addressed and outlined in the report, with the following additional points raised:

-       That any impacts on the amenity of residents on Duncan Terrace should be considered within the context of the existing building at 391-393 City Road

-       Additional impacts relating to noise and disturbance associated with the replacement public house and proposed plant equipment in particular air conditioning units would be unacceptable if not suitably controlled

-       That the development should have more active frontages and should involve significant improvements to Torrens Street

-       That a building that has been so recently constructed should not be demolished

·       The Planning Officer informed the meeting of an amendment to condition 18, requesting a revised Fire Statement to address a number of minor issues regarding fire safety.

·       Meeting was advised that the site is within London’s Central Activities Zone and is located within the Angel Town Centre and forms part of the Angel & Upper Street Special Policy Area.

·       Members were informed that the proposal is not considered to cause harm to the character or appearance of surrounding heritage assets.

·       In Land use terms, the Planning officer advised that the proposal would result in a 7,152sqm uplift of office floor space in London’s Central Activity Zone; a maximisation of commercial floor space in accordance with the NPPF, London Plan Policies and the adopted & emerging Local Plan; a 255sqm new retail unit with active frontages in the Angel Town Centre; the reprovision of the public house, 715sqm new affordable workspace fitted out to Cat A+ specification at peppercorn rent for 20 years and a substantial improvement to the public realm including improvements to Torrens Street and a route through to the High Street.

·       Also on the site’s western elevation, at street level along Islington High Street, flexible retail uses (Class E (a) & (b)) are proposed which will introduce a new active frontage to the proposed development and the public house (Sui Generis) will be retained on the site’s south-eastern elevation, along Torrens Street.

·       In addition to the above, the Planning Officer noted that the existing basement level would be retained and reconfigured providing space for on-site servicing, delivery and waste refuse vehicles. Cycle facilities are also  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.