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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 Ruth Hayes.


Declarations of Substitute Members

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There were no declarations of substitute members.


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There were no declarations of interest.


Order of Business pdf icon PDF 41 KB

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The order of business would be as the agenda.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 241 KB

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That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 February 2023 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


30 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3S 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: P2022/4253/FUL)


In the discussion the following main points were made:


·       The planning officer advised that since the publication of the report, further representations had been received to bring the total number of representations up to 28, two of which were in support of the scheme. An update to the daylight/sunlight assessment had also been submitted which matched the rear elevation to No 37 Bastwick Street.

·       In response to questions from members, the planning officer advised that the height of the proposed building was 13.6 metres. This was the same height as the refused application. However, the depth at the first, second and third floor had been reduced for this scheme. The separation distance was 13.9 at second floor level. At first floor level it would be greater than 7.5 metres.

·       Members noted that there were proposed conditions regarding obscure glazing, a noise limiting condition regarding the mechanical plant and a condition requiring any change to the provision of workspace to the submission of a planning application. The workspace included 4 SME work units, which would also be secured with the Deed of Planning Obligation. 

·       The daylight/sunlight assessment had included the new scheme at Peartree Street.

·       Regarding the local context, the bulk and massing had been reduced in this scheme, the second and third floor was more consistent and was considered more coherent than the previously refused application.

·       The Committee heard objections from three residents. The concerns raised included: the lack of consultation particularly for the most affected residential block; that the noise condition had not taken into account the revised positioning of mechanical plant; the discrepancies between the two sunlight/daylight reports; the destruction of the rear courtyard space bounded at the west by 44 Peartree Street which had previously been preserved during development and concern regarding the reduced daylight/sunlight to the garden at 45 Central Street due to the height of the development.

·       A resident also requested that, should the application be approved, work on the site only take place from 8am to 5pm and not on Saturdays.

·       The Committee heard from the applicant who made the following main points: the application included an opportunity to provide office space and to address an obvious gap in the street scene; significant massing reductions had been made at the rear compared to the previously refused scheme; a more traditional design with a mansard style roof had been submitted; the garden at 45 Central Street continued to receive sunlight and the test figures improved significantly after the date of the equinox; the reasons for the differences between the two daylight/sunlight models were also outlined i.e. the applicants’ daylight/sunlight report included OS data, drone analysis and also differences in the residential addresses included in the report; conditions had been proposed regarding eco green roofs, automated roller blinds and obscure glazing; a further height reduction to the building was not  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.