Agenda and minutes
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Councillor Picknell welcomed everyone to the meeting. Members of the Committee and officers introduced themselves.
Apologies for Absence
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Councillors Mackmurdie declared
a personal interest in item B1-1 Berry Place and Councillor Convery
declared a personal interest in B2-10 Kiver Road.
Both Councillors Mackmurdie and Convery were not involved in the deliberation and decision making of the applications which they had declared their personal interests having left the meeting room.
Order of Business
The order of business would be B3,B1,B4 and B2.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 9 April 2019 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.
Installation of plant equipment
(9 no. units) above existing flat roof at second floor level (first
floor roof) including associated screening enclosures and other
In the discussion the following points were made:
Planning Officer informed the meeting that the description under
image 3 on page 9 which reads the following wording -‘which
has now been removed following
enforcement investigation’ be deleted as it is
Members were reminded that the application was due to an
enforcement action following the unauthorised installation of air
conditioning equipment to the main roof, however this has now been
removed. The Planning Officer advised that the plant equipment at
second floor remains in situ, as the applicant had submitted an
Members were advised that the position of the proposed air
conditioning units above the flat roof of the two storey building
is acceptable as the units are set in from the south and east
elevations which ensures that any views from the public realm is
largely obscured with the only views possible from the public realm
to the west.
· An objector was concerned about one air conditioning unit operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and regarded the mitigation proposal as insufficient to address the noise levels especially as it had not been tested. The objector queried the hours of operation of the other 8 air conditioning units as proposed by the applicant, requesting that the times to reflect what was stipulated in the previous application of 8.00am to 8.00pm instead of the 6.30am to 8.00pm be restored.
· Members proposed to revise condition 8 to allow the use of a timer to control the operation of the 7 air source heat pumps and 1 air conditioning unit between the hours of 08.am and 20.00pm Monday to Fridays only.
Objector was concerned with the inaccurate noise report submitted
by the applicant and the measurement of background sounds as not a
fair reflection of the current situation and the construction work
in the surrounding area. There was also concern about the air
conditioning units be in operation over the weekend when the office
In response to noise concerns and its impact on the amenity of
neighbouring residents, the agent informed members that only 1 out
of the 9 air conditioning units would be in operation for 24hours
and although placed in an acoustic enclosure, the units will be
emitting 5 decibels lesser than the required noise
On the issue for the need of air conditioning units being used for
24 hours, the agent advised that the parent company is based in
Australia hence the need to have skeletal staff to manage the
London office and its servers.
Members enquired about the proposed operating hours for of the
units and in particular on the weekend.
Councillor Clarke proposed a motion that the operating hours be
amended to read from 8.00am to 8.00pm, Monday to Friday. Councillor
Graham seconded the motion and it was carried.
· With regards ... view the full minutes text for item 69.
Erection of mansard roof extension with 2no. dormers to the front and rear elevations. Erection of a single storey rear ground floor extension with a glazed roof and associated alterations.
(Planning application number: P2019/1016/FUL)
In the discussion the following points were made:
The Planning Officer advised the meeting that item is before
Committee as the applicant is a ward councillor. Members were
advised that no objections had been received.
The Planning Officer advised that the proposed extension remains
subordinate to and preserves the scale and integrity of the
original building. Members were advised that the extension is of an
acceptable scale and appearance and not visible from the public
The meeting was advised that the proposal is not considered to
prejudice the residential amenity of neighbouring amenity and not
contrary to policy DM2.1 of the Islington Development Management
Polices June 2013.
With regards to subsidence concerns raised by neighbours, the
meeting was advised that party wall issues are a civil matter and
are not a material planning consideration.
· In response to concerns that the proposal will be setting a precedent, the Planning Officer advised that with regard to rooflines outside conservation areas, paragraph 5.153 of the Islington Urban Design Guide 2017 states that there is more scope to introduce roof extensions where it is high quality design.
That following consideration of the case officer’s report (the assessment and recommendations therein), the presentation to Committee, submitted representations at this meeting, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions and set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report.
Erection of an additional storey above the existing roof level to allow additional B1 office floorspace, and associated alterations.
(Planning application number: P2018/2849/FUL)
In the discussion the following points were made:
The Planning Officer advised members that no additional updates had
been received since the publication of the agenda.
The meeting was informed that results from the submitted daylight
assessment indicate that where losses did occur it was acceptable
and within the BRE Guidelines. Members were informed that it was
noticeable that windows located in proximity to the application
site such as No.27 and No.28 Myddelton
Street would not be unreasonably impacted beyond its existing
An objector was concerned that the proposal would impact the
amenity of neighbouring properties;
overlooking concerns with regards to the communal gardens and their
loss of privacy; daylight sunlight loss and the historical impact
on the character of the property and surrounds.
In response to objectors concerns about loss of privacy, the agent
advised that condition 10 provides details of the visual privacy
screening which will be submitted for approval and prior to it
being used and condition 11 will restrict the hours of operation of
the roof terrace.
Members welcomed the design and importantly applicant’s
decision to use similar brickwork to match the existing appearance
of the building, however concerns were raised about the purpose of
the roof terrace despite the proposed hours of operation as noted
in condition 11. Members acknowledged the sunlight and daylight
loss concerns but regarded it as not significant to affect
· Members were concerned with the roof terrace and its use by office employees and the difficulty of monitoring and enforcing its use. Members noted the screening details, however suggested that notwithstanding a new condition be included stating that both the roof terrace and flat roof areas at rear first and second floor level cannot be used as roof terraces or sitting out spaces other than for essential maintenance or repair, or escape in case of emergency.
· Members agreed suggested condition 10 (details of screening) and Condition 11 (hours of use/operation for the terrace) should be deleted.
· Councillor Convery proposed a motion to include a condition which restricts the use of both the roof terrace and the flat roof as amenity space. This was seconded by Councillor Mackmurdie and carried.
ADDITIONAL CONDITION RESTRICTING USE OF REAR FLAT ROOF AREAS: Notwithstanding the hereby approved plans including drawing numbers 17.235.102 Existing and Proposed 1st Floor Plan, 17.235.103 Existing and Proposed 2nd Floor Plan & 17.235.104 Existing and Proposed Roof Plan no permission is granted for any use of the rear flat roof areas at first and second floor levels as any form of amenity or sitting out space of any kind whatsoever and shall not be used other than for essential maintenance or repair, or escape in case of emergency.
REASON: To prevent the undue overlooking, loss of privacy and noise and disturbances to adjoining residential properties.
That following consideration of the case officer’s report (the ... view the full minutes text for item 71.
Retrospective application to change the use of the property from a single dwelling house (C3 use) to be retained as a mixed use; comprising of residential (C3) & childcare(D1) uses for a temporary period of 2 years.
(Planning application number: P2019/0223/FUL)
In the discussion the following points were
Planning officer informed the meeting that condition 3 of the
report relating to hours of operation should read 07.30 to 18.00
hours and not 09.00 to 18.00 hours.
The Planning Officer advised members that the application had been
submitted as a result of an enforcement investigation following a
compliant raised about the unauthorised use of the property.
Members were reminded that the existing childcare facilities had
been operational since August 2009 and its present use would be
immune from enforcement action in the event of it still being
operational by August 2019.
Members were informed that although the loss of the existing
residential floor space would not be acceptable in land use terms,
the introduction of a child care facility and loss of the
pre-existing residential use is considered on balance to be
The Planning Officer informed members that the proposal will allow
the applicant seek alternative locations for the childcare
facilities, after which the host property would be reinstated to a
single dwelling house.
The applicant informed the Committee that she was in the process of
looking for alternative locations for the existing child care
facility, were hoping to hire a hall and were actually in the
process of downsizing the scale of the facility.
Members welcomed Ofsted’s high rating, but noted that the
provision of child care in this location amounts to a loss of
residential floor space which is contrary to the Council
· A suggestion for an informative be included in the permission stating that the child care facility be limited to a 2-year period after which it will revert back to being a single dwelling was noted. Members agreed that the exact wording of the informative be delegated to the planning officer and the Chair.
Officers advised members to correct a typo in condition 3
controlling the hours of use of the nursery to change from the
report which stated to begin at 9am and to replace this time with
07.30 am to 18.00pm Monday to Fridays.
· In response to issues of noise disturbance to neighbouring properties and the use of rear garden, the planning officer informed the meeting that conditions 3 and 4 in the report addresses those concerns.
Councillor Convery proposed a motion to include an informative stating the temporary nature of the permission granted. This was seconded by Councillor Graham and carried.
That following consideration of the case officer’s report (the assessment and recommendations therein), the presentation to Committee, submitted representations planning permission be granted subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report and an informative to be included as stated above, the wording of which is to be delegated to officers and the Chair.
CONDITION ... view the full minutes text for item 72.