Agenda and draft minutes

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Town Hall

Contact: Ishbel Morren  Email: democraticservices@watford.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

46.

Apologies for absence

    Minutes:

    There were no apologies for absence.

     

47.

Disclosure of interests

    Minutes:

    There were no disclosures of interests.

48.

Minutes

    The minutes of the meeting held on 8 January 2020 to be submitted and signed.

    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on 8 January 2020 were submitted and signed.

     

49.

19/00778/FULM Land To The North Of Thomas Sawyer Way Watford pdf icon PDF 903 KB

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    Redevelopment of the site to provide 192 no. residential dwellings, comprising of 50 no. flats and 142 no. houses, and a community centre alongside associated landscaping, amenity space, access and parking. (Amended description and amended plans received 2nd Dec 2019)

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Chair advised the committee that this item had been withdrawn from the meeting’s agenda.

     

50.

19/01232/COU - 4 Park Avenue pdf icon PDF 585 KB

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    Change of use of an existing building in use as a C2 Care Home into a 13 bedroom HMO Sui Generis, hip to gable roof structure with side and rear dormers.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The committee received the report of the Interim Head of Development Management, including the relevant planning history of the site.

     

    The Principle Planning Officer (OO) introduced the report, explaining that the application proposed the change of use of the existing building in use as a C2 Care Home to a 13 bedroom home of multiple occupation (HMO) Sui Generis, hip to gable roof structure with side and rear dormers.  The application was submitted with a supporting statement explaining that the building would continue to house vulnerable people but the level of care or support would not be the same as required under a Class 2 Care Home.

     

    Members discussed how the use of the building as an HMO would provide for greater flexibility and in response to a question about any future sale of the property, the Interim Head of Development Management explained that there were no conditions that would restrict the building’s use and that the HMO complied with policy that currently applied.

     

    The committee raised issues about the potential for the premises to stop providing any care or support in the future and reverting to a standard HMO, and of the possible implications for residents.  The Interim Head of Development Management advised that this was unlikely to be the case as the managers of the property had a 25 year lease.

     

    Members talked about how premises were categorised as care homes, and the Interim Head of Development Management clarified that the categorisation was determined by the Care Quality Commission and not the planning authority.  She concluded discussions by explaining that there would be no reduction in the number of dwellings as a result of the change of use of the property to an HMO.

     

    The Chair moved the officer’s recommendation.

     

    RESOLVED –

     

    That planning permission be approved subject to a s.106 to vary the traffic regulation order and provide fire hydrants and the following conditions:

     

    1.      The development to which this permission relates shall be begun within a period of three years commencing on the date of this permission.

     

    2.      The development shall be carried out in accordance with the following drawings, unless otherwise approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority:  Drawing Nos. 001, 002, 001 (1/11/2019), 002 (1/11/2019) and Location Map.

     

    3.      All the external surfaces of the development shall be finished in materials to match the colour, texture and style of the existing building.

     

    Informatives

     

    IN907 Consideration of proposal in a positive and proactive manner

    IN910 Building Regulations

    IN912 Hours of Construction

    IN911 Party Wall Act

51.

19/01412/VAR – Clarendon House, 33 Bridle Path pdf icon PDF 561 KB

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    Variation of Condition 2 (approved drawings) of planning permission 18/00409/FULM for the demolition of existing office building and erection of a mixed-use building of part 4, part 9 and part 14 storeys comprising 41 no. residential apartments and 1,800sqm of office space, with associated infrastructure including landscaping and basement car parking. Revised building configuration and elevations.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The committee received the report of the Interim Head of Development Management, including the relevant planning history of the site.

     

    The Development Management Team Leader introduced the report explaining that the application proposed a variation of Condition 2 (approved drawings) of planning permission 18/00409/FULM for the demolition of the existing office building and erection of a mixed-use building of part 4, part 9 and part 14 storeys comprising 41 no. residential apartments and 1,800sqm of office space (Class B1a), with associated infrastructure including landscaping and basement car parking.

     

    He advised that the main changes to the approved building would be an increase in the footprint of the building extending closer to the site boundaries, deletion of the small four storey building extension that had proven unfeasible to build (with this floor space incorporated into the main building), reconfiguration of the internal floor space of the office and the flats to provide improved, and more efficient layouts and amended fenestration to building elevations.  

     

    The Chair moved the officer’s recommendation.

     

    RESOLVED –

     

    That planning permission be granted subject to the completion of a deed of variation to secure the planning obligations contained in the s.106 unilateral undertaking dated 5 June 2018 and the conditions listed below:

     

    1.      The development to which this permission relates shall be begun before 18th October 2021.

     

    2.      The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved drawings:-

               

                (PL)-E-001_01; (PL)-E002_01; (PL)-E-003_01; (PL)-E-004_01

                (PL)-P-0B0_01; (PL)-P-0G0_01; (PL)-P-001_01; (03)-P-002_01;

                (PL)-P-003_01; (PL)-P-004_01; (PL)-P-005_01; (PL)-P-006_01

                (PL)-S-001_01           

               

    3.      No construction works shall commence until a detailed noise mitigation scheme for the proposed flats (to include acoustic glazing, acoustic trickle vents and mechanical purge ventilation), to protect the future occupiers from noise from rail traffic on the adjacent railway line and the plant and equipment associated with the adjacent Holiday Inn Express and Egale office building, has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme shall achieve the internal noise levels for individual rooms as set out in British Standard 8233: 2014.

     

    4.      No construction works shall commence until full details and samples of the materials to be used for the external surfaces of the building (including walls, roofs, windows, doors and balconies) have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

               

    5.      No construction works shall commence until details of the window reveals for the office glazing and the windows to the flats have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall only be implemented in accordance with the approved materials.

     

    6.      The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the approved surface water drainage assessment carried out by JMP (ref. NW91602-FRA-01 dated July 2016) and the Technical Note (Ref. EWR001) by Elliottwood dated 5th December 2018 (approved under ref. 18/01570/DISCON), unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

     

                The mitigation measures shall be fully implemented prior to occupation and  

                subsequently in accordance with the timing  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.

52.

19/00936/VAR – Whippendell Marine, 477-479 Whippendell Road pdf icon PDF 480 KB

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    Variation of Condition 2 of planning permission ref. 18/00269/FULM for the redevelopment of the site to provide 81 apartments in 3 apartment buildings with associated access, parking, amenity space, bin store and bicycle/residential storage areas - minor amendments to the floor plans and elevations of the approved buildings.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The committee received the report of the Interim Head of Development Management, including the relevant planning history of the site.

     

    The Development Management Team Leader introduced the report, explaining that the application proposed a variation of Condition 2 of planning permission ref. 18/00269/FULM for the redevelopment of the site to provide 81 apartments in three apartment buildings with associated access, parking, amenity space, bin store and bicycle/residential storage areas with minor amendments to the floor plans and elevations of the approved buildings. 

     

    He advised that the changes to the internal floor plans had been made to achieve an acceptable fire escape strategy for the buildings.  The proposed changes to the elevations would maintain the design integrity and quality of the elevations of the three buildings as well as that of the development as a whole.

     

    The Chair moved the officer’s recommendation.

     

    RESOLVED –

     

    That planning permission be granted subject to the completion of a deed of variation to secure the planning obligations contained in the s.106 unilateral undertaking dated 5th June 2018 and the conditions listed below:

     

    1.      The development to which this permission relates shall be begun before 5th June 2021.

     

    2.      The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved drawings:-

               

    01258_S_00 P1, S_01 P1, S_02 P1, S_03 P1

                E18.026.SLP Rev2

                19-3493-1C, 2C, 3B, 4A, 5B, 6A, 7B, 8B

    01258_P_04 P1, P_05 P1

    01258_EL_08 P1

                D0328_001A, 002B, 003B

               

    3.      No demolition of the existing buildings or construction of the development shall commence until a detailed scheme to deal with the risks associated with the potential contamination of the site has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme shall include:

     

    i)               a preliminary risk assessment which has identified: all previous uses; potential contaminants associated with those uses. A conceptual model of the site indicating sources, pathways and receptors; and potentially unacceptable risks arising from contamination at the site;

     

    ii)      a site investigation scheme, based on (i) to provide information for a detailed assessment of the risk to all receptors that may be affected, including those off site;

     

    iii)     the results of the site investigation and risk assessment referred to in (ii) above and, based on these, an options appraisal and remediation strategy giving full details of the remediation measures required and how they are to be undertaken;

     

    iv)     a verification plan providing details of the data that will be collected in order to demonstrate that the works set out in the remediation strategy in (iii) are complete and identifying any requirements for longer-term monitoring of pollutant linkages, maintenance and arrangements for contingency action.

     

                No changes to these components shall be undertaken without the written approval of the Local Planning Authority. All works shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details.            

     

    4.      No construction works shall commence until a verification report demonstrating completion of the works set out in the approved remediation strategy (see Condition 3 above) and the effectiveness of the remediation has been submitted  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.

53.

19/01342/VARM - Land to the south of Thomas Sawyer Way pdf icon PDF 639 KB

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    Variation of Condition 2 (approved drawings) of planning permissions 19/00131/VAR and 17/01543/FULM for the development of a 253 unit residential care community for people above 55 years of age and with communal facilities including health club, swimming pool, café/restaurant and a multi-purpose village hall with associated landscaping, amenity space, access and parking and provision of a new path to link Stripling Way with the wider development site. Variation to change balcony glass balustrades to metal railing balustrades due to changes to Building Control Regulations.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The committee received the report of the Interim Head of Development Management, including the relevant planning history of the site.

     

    The Development Management Team Leader introduced the report, explaining that the application proposed a variation to Condition 2 of planning permission references 19/00131/VAR and 17/01543/FULM to change the approved glass balustrades to the balconies to compliant metal railings.  The reason for the amendment was due to changes in the Building Regulations to external materials on buildings over 18m high, following the Grenfell Tower fire.  Due to the lamination in the approved glass balustrades, these could not be used on the approved buildings. 

     

    In response to a question from the Chair, the Development Management Team Leader clarified that if building regulations subsequently altered allowing the use of glass balustrades a further application for planning permission would not be required.

     

    Members commented that it was good that building regulations had been amended following the Grenfell Tower fire.  Following a question in this regard, the Development Management Team Leader provided reassurance that it would not be possible for the developer to install the glass balustrades as buildings utilising these materials were not being signed off by the relevant fire officers under the revised building regulations; hence why developers were making subsequent applications.

     

    The Chair moved the officer’s recommendation.

     

    RESOLVED –

     

    That planning permission be granted subject to the completion of a deed of variation to secure the planning obligations contained in the s.106 unilateral undertaking dated 22 March 2018 and the conditions listed below:

     

    1.                  The development to which this permission relates shall be begun before 27th April 2021.

     

    2.                  The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved drawings:

     

                17003_SI(00)000_Site Location Plan_Rev A

                17003_SI(00)001_Site Plan_Rev J

                17003_SI(00)020_Pedestrian & cycle shared route

                17003_AL(00)100_Levels - 00 & 01 Block A_Rev R

                17003_AL(00)101_Levels 02-05 & 06-07 Block A_Rev R

                17003_ AL(00)102_Levels 08-09 & Roof_Block A_Rev M

                17003_AL(00)120_Levels 00 & 01 Block B_Rev O

                17003_AL(00)121_Levels 02-05 & 06-07 Block B_Rev L

                17003_AL(00)122_Levels 08-09 & Roof Block B_Rev P

                17003_AL(00)200_Sections A-A and B-B Blocks A and B_Rev I

                17003_AL(00)201_Sections C-C and D-D_Blocks A and B_Rev I

                17003_AL(00)310_Elevations 01 and 02_Rev D

                17003_AL(00)311_Elevations 03 and 04_Rev D

                17003_AL(00)312_Elevations 05 and 06_Rev E

                17003_AL(00)211_Entrance Bay Section_Rev A

                17003_AL(00)212_Entrance Bay Section_Rev A

                17003_AD(20)420_Typical Bay Section 01A and 01B_Rev H

                17003_AD(20)421_Entrance Bay Elevation 02_Rev C02

                17003_AD(20)422_Entrance Bay Section 02_Rev C02

                17003_AD(20)426_Block B_Car Park Bay Elevation_Rev C02

                17003_AD(20)427_Block B_Car Park Bay Sections 06, 07 & 08_Rev C02

                G8822/1_Topographic survey 1:200

                LN00516 L-2000 Rev.P01 – Hard Landscape Plan – Ground Level

                LN00516 L-2001 Rev.P01 – Hard Landscape Plan – Roof Gardens Block A

                LN00516 L-2002 Rev.P01 – Hard and Soft Landscape Plan Block B

                LN00561 L-7000 Rev.P01 – Soft Landscape Plan – Ground Floor

                LN00516 L-7001 Rev.P01 – Plant Schedule

                LN00516_L-9000 Rev.A – Tree Strategy Plan

                RT-MME-125046-01 (Arb)

     

    3.                  The development of the site shall be carried out in accordance with the details and recommendations contained within the following documents, unless otherwise approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

     

    a)         Design & Access Statement:  ...  view the full minutes text for item 53.

 

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