PROPOSAL: redevelopment including demolition of existing dwelling and detached garage to provide 4 x 2 storey (4 bed) semi-detached dwellings with habitable attic levels; proposed vehicle access; parking; separate amenity space; bin and cycle stores (as amended by the Supplemental Addendum).
The Committee heard from Councillor Susan Hall who urged Members to refuse the application.
Councillor Marilyn Ashton proposed refusal for the following reason:
1) the proposal would constitute “garden grabbing”, whereby there is a presumption against development on garden land, and this development would be largely sited on the existing property's garden, contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework (2021), Harrow SPD garden land development (2013), CS1.A and CS1.B Harrow Core Strategy (2012), DM1 Harrow Development Management policy (2013).
The proposal was seconded by Councillor Christopher Baxter, put to the vote and lost.
The Committee voted and resolved to accept officer recommendation.
The Planning Committee was asked to:
1) to agree the reasons for approval as set out in the report; and
2) delegate authority to the Interim Chief Planning Officer to grant planning permission upon full resolution of all outstanding drainage matters relating to the site and subject to conditions in Appendix 1.
That if drainage matters are not addressed to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority by July 13th 2022, or as such extended period as may be agreed by the Interim Chief Planning Officer, then it is recommended to delegate the decision to REFUSE planning permission to the Interim Chief Planning Officer on the grounds that: The proposed development, in the absence of an adequate flood risk assessment and associated details fails to appropriately address the potential flood risk of the development, contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework (2021), policies SI12 and SI13 of The London Plan (2021), Core Strategy (2012) policy CS1, and policies DM9 and DM10 of the Harrow Development Management Polices Local Plan.
DECISION: AGREE Officers’ Recommendation to delegate authority to Interim Chief Planning Officer.
The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to agree the reasons and delegate authority was by majority of votes.
Councillors Brown, Maru, Parekh and Shah voted to grant the application.
Councillors Ashton, Baxter and Patel voted against the application.