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The Chair informed the meeting that Item 4,
Unit B4 at 5 And 6 Athelstane Mews,
London, N4 3EH had been withdrawn by the applicant. The order of
business would be B2,B1 and B3.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 31 October 2017 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.
Proposed change of use of the first and second floors and roofspace of the existing ancillary accommodation of the public house (A4 use) to create 3 self-contained residential flats (C3 use), being a 1 x 3 bedroom unit and 2 x 1 bedroom units. Erection of first floor side/ rear extensions, roof terraces at first floor, raising of the roof by 0.3m and front, and rear dormer windows. Installation of 1 x air condenser unit to the rear yard at ground floor level to serve the public house, adjacent to proposed refuse and cycle storage area.
(Planning application number: P2015/5085/FUL)
In the discussion the following points were
Members were advised that the proposed change of use of the upper
floors of the public house to self-contained residential units was
considered acceptable in terms of its impact in land use terms on
the surrounding area and the retained public house
The objector at 4 Prebend Street was concerned that she had not
been included in the assessment of the proposal by Planning
Officers considering that it would result in loss of natural light
to her child’s bedroom window.
Other concerns included the overdevelopment of the site resulting
in a sense of enclosure and the suggestion that an office
development rather than public house would be more preferable in
the area. In addition she was concerned with the potential noise
pollution from the proposed siting of the air conditioning unit and
that the location of the refuse bins adjacent to her wall would
result in an increase in vermin due to overfull bins.
The applicant advised Members that most of the objections had been
addressed in the report and that the benefit of restoring the
public house that had remained vacant for over 3 years outweighed
any harm to the amenity of the neighbouring residents.
Members enquired about the methodology employed to assess the loss
of light to the neighbouring resident. In response the Planning
Officer acknowledged that in this instance that due to the
separation distance, and given that the application site was
located north-east from the north-west facing window, the BRE test
that requires a 25 degree angle drawn from the centre line of the
affected window would not be obstructed. In this case because that
angle would not be breached, no further testing would be required
and no impact, in the professional opinion of the officer was
likely. No further testing utilising the provision of VSC and DD
would be required as such.
· A suggestion to defer the item so that an assessment could be undertaken by the applicant on the impact of the proposal on the loss of light to neighbouring residents was noted.
Councillor Gantly proposed a motion to defer for the reason outlined above. This was seconded by Councillor Nicholls and carried.
That consideration of the application be deferred for the reasons outlined above.
Basement excavation to enlarge existing cellar including creation of front lightwell with metal grill above. Erection of single storey rear infill extension, replacement of door to existing rear ground floor extension, installation of new rooflights to rear roof slope. Installation of double glazed timber sash windows to front and rear elevations at ground, first and second floors, installation of fanlight to front door, installation of 2x2 timber front door, installation of replacement lead roof over second floor front bay window, alterations to front steps and paving, alterations to side boundary walls with no. 13 & 17 to the front and rear of building, installation of timber front gate and pillars to front boundary wall.
(Planning application number: P2017/2758/FUL)
In the discussion the following points were
The Planning Officer advised Members that 10 objections had been
received over the two consultation periods and issues raised
included a sense of enclosure especially in relation to 13 St
George’s Avenue, impact on the amenity of neighbouring
residents and overdevelopment of the site.
The Planning Officer informed the meeting of an additional
condition to be included in the recommendations to address concerns
about the detail designs of the front door. Condition 8 shall read
- The new front door shall accurately replicate, in terms of
material, profile and detailing, the original door surviving to the
property. The door shall be a painted timber door comprising
of two glazed panels over a single lower solid panel.
An objector was concerned that the assessment of the proposal was
contrary to a number of policies in particular DM3.22,2.16 and
1.27. She was also concerned that the consultation process was
inadequate and the potential noise pollution during the
A neighbouring resident was concerned that the scheme would
adversely impact on her well-being and health having previously
suffered post-traumatic stress. Objector was also concerned that
the structural method statement provided was not detailed enough
and that the proposal would result in light loss and a sense of
· The Planning Officers advised that noise pollution concerns would be addressed by a proposed condition requesting a construction management plan to be submitted before any works commence. With regards to concerns about the lack of a detailed basement excavation plan, Members were advised that although a material planning consideration, Officers had requested a condition that that no work should commence until an independent expert Structural Method Statement had been submitted and approved in writing in consultation with Building Control.
· Members in their deliberation sought clarification of the daylight diagrams indicating the impact of the single storey side return infill on the neighbouring 13 St George’s Avenue. Officers drew Members attention to the autumn equinox diagram as the most standardised image. Members took the view that any additional shadow was barely noticeable and therefore attributed the majority of shading to the existing two storey closet wing.
· In discussion Members advised that the proposed extension appeared similar in height, scale and massing as other modest extensions previously approved elsewhere in ... view the full minutes text for item 61.
External alterations to the building to include the following: a replacement entrance porch and door to the Athelstane Mews elevation; 5 replacement windows to the Athelstane Mews elevation; a replacement entrance to the Charteris Road elevation; 1 replacement entrance door with fan and side lights to the Charteris Road elevation; the replacement of 1 ground floor window and 2 first floor windows to the Charteris Road elevation; the replacement of 1 external door to the Charteris Road elevation; 2 existing openings altered and new windows inserted to the Charteris Road elevation; the replacement of 3 rooflights; and associated alterations as part of the general works to the buildings.
(Planning application number: P2017/3807/FUL)
In the discussion the following points were
The Planning Officer informed Members of a number of amendments and
changes to the report-
10.23 to be deleted as the Juliet balcony is not included in
Members were advised that application was brought to Committee due
Members were advised that although prior approval existed for the
Concerns such as the proposed change in use, overlooking, noise
In response to concerns about the proposed works to existing
windows at ground
The agent informed Members that the refurbishment of the building
Members agreed that the proposal is policy compliant and that
issues raised by
Councillor Picknell proposed a motion to grant. This was seconded by Councillor Nicholls and carried.
That planning permission be granted subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report plus the amendments within the report ... view the full minutes text for item 62.
External alterations to the
buildings to include the following: a replacement entrance porch
and door to the Athelstane Mews
elevation; an existing opening adjusted to create a new window
adjacent to the porch to Athelstane
Mews; the replacement of 1 window, reinstatement of 2 windows and
bricking up of 1 window to the ground floor of the Athelstane Mews elevation; the creation of a
Juliette balcony to first floor level of the Athelstane Mews elevation; the replacement of 1
window to the first floor of the Athelstane Mews elevation; 2 existing window openings adjusted on the first
floor of the Athelstane Mews elevation;
the replacement of 1 window to the southern section of the
Charteris Road elevation; 2 existing
window openings and 1 door adjusted to the southern section of the
Charteris Road elevation; the creation
of a bin store to the Charteris Road
access point; the replacement and insertion of 7 rooflights, and associated alterations as part of
the general upgrade works to the buildings.
(Planning application number: P2017/1903/FUL)
Members were informed that above item had been withdrawn for consideration by the applicant.