Agenda and draft minutes

Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee - Tuesday 8th October, 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Rooms 18.01 & 18.03, 18th Floor, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP. View directions

Contact: Georgina Wills: Committee and Governance Officer  Tel: 020 7641 7513; Email:  gwills@westminster.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Membership

To note any changes to the membership.

Minutes:

1.1       There were no changes to the membership.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by members and officers of the existence and nature of any personal or prejudicial interests in matters on this agenda.

Minutes:

2.1       Councillor Gotz Mohindra explained that a week before the meeting, all six Members of the Committee were provided with a full set of papers including a detailed officer’s report on each application; together with bundles of every single letter or e-mail received in respect of every application, including all letters and e-mails containing objections or giving support. Members of the Committee read through everything in detail prior to the meeting.  Accordingly, if an issue or comment made by a correspondent was not specifically mentioned at this meeting in the officers’ presentation or by Members of the Committee, it did not mean that the issue had been ignored.  Members will have read about the issue and comments made by correspondents in the papers read prior to the meeting.

 

2.2       Councillor Mohindra also declared that in respect of item 2, he had attended a pre-application meeting with Council officers for a similar scheme.

 

2.3       Councillor David Boothroyd declared that he is Head of Research and Psephology for Thorncliffe, whose clients are companies applying for planning permission from various local authorities. No current schemes are in Westminster; if there were I would be precluded from working on them under the company’s code of conduct. Some Thorncliffe clients have also engaged planning consultants who are separately representing the applicants at the meeting, these being: Turley on item 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and JLL on item 2. However, Councillor Boothroyd stated that he did not deal directly with clients or other members of project teams, and planning consultants are not themselves clients.

 

2.4       Councillor Boothroyd then made the following declarations as they related to the agenda:

 

            Item 1: That he was a friend of Councillor Maggie Carman who had made a representation and that he had sat on a Committee that had considered a previous application for this site.

 

            Item 2: That the applicants were part of the Freshwater Group and other companies in the Group were also lessors of home in Paddington, and managing agents of the block.

 

2.5       Councillor Murad Gassanly declared that in respect of item 1, he was a friend of Councillor Andrew Smith, however he had not discussed the application with him.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To sign the minutes of the last meeting as a correct record of proceedings.

 

To Follow.

Minutes:

3.1       RESOLVED:

 

            That the minutes of the meeting held on 24 September 2019 be signed by the Chairman as a correct record of proceedings.

4.

Planning Applications

Applications for decision

1.

Whiteleys Centre Queensway London W2 4YH pdf icon PDF 6 MB

Minutes:

Variation of Condition 1 of planning permission dated 19 November 2018 (RN: 18/04595/FULL), which itself varied Conditions 1, 15 and 16 and removal of Condition 49 of planning permission dated 1 November 2017 (RN: 16/12203/FULL), which varied Condition 1 and removed Condition 10 of planning permission dated 27 April 2016 (RN: 15/10072/FULL) for: Demolition of and redevelopment of building behind retained and refurbished facades to Queensway and Porchester Gardens facades to provide a mixed use development comprising three basement levels, ground floor and up to 10 upper floor levels, containing 103 to 129 residential units (Class C3), retail floorspace (Class A1 and A3) facing Queensway and arranged around a new retail arcade below re-provided central atrium and central retail courtyard, public car park, hotel (Class C1), cinema (Class D2) gym (Class D2), crèche (Class D1), with associated landscaping and public realm improvements, provision of 103 basement residential parking spaces, cycle parking and associated basement level plant and servicing provision. NAMELY, variation of Condition 1 to increase number of residential units from 129 to 153 units, including 14 affordable units; amendment to townhouses along Redan Place; amendment of residential unit mix; reduction in basement excavation depth with associated amendment to car and cycle parking and basement level plant, relocation of servicing bay to ground level and removal of public car park; revisions to hotel, cinema and gym floorspace, including increase in hotel room numbers to 111 and relocation of swimming pool to hotel; removal of crèche use; and replacement of windows to parts of the historic façade with double glazed windows.

 

Additional representations were received from the Head of Affordable Housing and Strategy (03.10.2019) and Whiteleys (October 2019).

 

Late representations were received from Councillor Emily Payne (07.10.2019) and Councillor Maggie Carman (07.10.2019).

 

The presenting officer tabled the following amendments to the recommendations, conditions and the report:

 

Minor Amendment to Recommendation and Officers Report

 

1.     Page 10-11 - AMEND the recommendation and obligations as follows:

 

1.  “Subject to referral to the Mayor of London, grant conditional planning permission, subject to the completion of a deed of variation to the Section 106 agreement dated 1 November 2017 to secure the following originally agreed planning obligations, as set out below:

 

                 i.   Provision of 14 intermediate affordable units on-site and provision for Early and/or Late Stage Review mechanisms in accordance with required by the Mayors Affordable Housing and Viability SPG; 

               ii.   Costs of all the highway works associated with the development including the Stopping Up Order and the dedication of land;

               iii.   A financial contribution of £100,000 122,481.00 (index linked) towards improvements to play space in the vicinity of the development;

              iv.   Comply with the Construction Code of Practice, to provide a Site Environmental Management Plan prior to commencement of development and provide a financial contribution of £40,000 per annum during demolition and construction to fund the Environmental Inspectorate and monitoring by Environmental Sciences officers;

               v.    Provision of the cinema, ready for occupation hand over to the operator, prior to occupation  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.

2.

Development Site At 127-143 Oxford Street, 53-55 Berwick Street And 199-205 Wardour Street London pdf icon PDF 6 MB

Minutes:

Demolition of 127 Oxford Street and 205 Wardour Street, 129-131 Oxford Street, 133-135 Oxford Street (including 53-54 Berwick Street and 201 Wardour Street) (behind retained Oxford, Wardour and Berwick Street facades and partially retained interior), 137 Oxford Street, 139-143 Oxford Street (behind retained façade), 199 Wardour Street (behind retained front and rear façades) and 55 Berwick Street. Excavation to provide new Basement 02 level. Redevelopment of site to provide ancillary plant and facilities at Basement 02 and part Basement 01 level; nightclub (sui generis) at part Basement 01 and 02 with ground floor entrance at No. 55 Berwick Street; retail (Class A1) floorspace at part Basement 01, part ground and part first floor levels; office (Class B1) at part ground, part first and second to sixth floor levels, and roof top plant.

 

An additional representation was received from Jones Lang LaSalle Ltd (02.10.2019).

 

A late representation was received from Thames Water (08.10.2019).

 

The presenting officer tabled the following amendments to conditions 10 and 22:

 

Condition 10

Pre Commencement Condition.

Prior to the commencement of any demolition or construction on site the applicant shall submit an approval of details application to the City Council as local planning authority comprising evidence that any implementation of the scheme hereby approved, by the applicant or any other party, will be bound by the council's Code of Construction Practice. Such evidence must take the form of a completed Appendix A of the Code of Construction Practice, signed by the applicant and approved by the Council's Environmental Inspectorate, which constitutes an agreement to comply with the Code of Construction Practice and requirements contained therein. Commencement of any demolition or construction cannot take place until the City Council as local planning authority has issued its written approval of such an application.  

 

Pre Commencement Condition.

Prior to the commencement of any:

(a) Demolition, and/or

(b) Earthworks/piling and/or 

(c) Construction

On site you must apply to us for our written approval of evidence to demonstrate that any implementation of the scheme hereby approved, by the applicant or any other party, will be bound by the council's Code of Construction Practice. Such evidence must take the form of the relevant completed Appendix A checklist from the Code of Construction Practice, signed by the applicant and approved by the Council's Environmental Sciences Team, which constitutes an agreement to comply with the Code of Construction Practice and requirements contained therein. Commencement of the relevant stage of demolition, earthworks/piling or construction cannot take place until the City Council as local planning authority has issued its written approval through submission of details prior to each stage of commencement.

 

[No change to reason for condition]

 

Condition 22

You must provide the following sustainability features as shown on the approved

drawings before occupation of any part of the development:

- Rainfall attenuation tank (with a capacity of at least 70 cubic metres).

- Photovoltaic panels comprising at least 114 m2 104 m2 of net active area of roof and façade

mounted PV panels.

- Glazing  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.