PROPOSAL: creation of fifth floor comprising of four flats (2 x 1 bed and 2 x 2 bed); bin and cycle stores.
Councillor Marilyn Ashton proposed refusal based on design in that it would be incongruous, visually intrusive and out of keeping with the existing building.
The proposal was seconded by Councillor Christopher Baxter. This was put to the voted and agreed.
The Committee resolved to delegate to the Chief Planning Officer to finalise the reasons for refusal, in consultation with the Chair and Opposition Spokesperson.
The following was the reason for refusal:
1) The proposal, by reason of inappropriate design would result in an incongruous and obtrusive form of development which would appear at odds with the subject building. As such the proposal would fail to meet with the high quality design aspirations of the National Planning Policy Framework (2021), and would conflict with Policies D3 D (11) of the London Plan (2021), Policy CS1.B of the Core Strategy (2012) and Policy DM1 of the Development Management Policies Local Plan (2013).
The Committee resolved to refuse officer recommendations.
The Committee was asked to:
1) agree the reasons for approval as set out in the report; and
2) grant planning permission subject to authority being delegated to the Chief Planning Officer in consultation with the Director of Legal and Governance Services for the completion of a legal agreement and other enabling legislation and issue of the planning permission and subject to minor amendments to the conditions (set out in Appendix 1 of this report) or the legal agreement. The Legal Agreement Heads of Terms would cover the following matters:
i. Parking Permit Restrictions – the development to be “resident permit restricted” in accordance with section 16 of the GLC (Gen Powers) Act 1974 and the developer to ensure that 1) all marketing/advertising material makes reference to this fact and 2) all agreements contain a covenant to the effect that future occupiers and tenants (other than those who are registered disabled) will not be entitled to apply for residents parking permit or a visitor permit. A contribution in accordance with the adopted fees and charges is required to amend the Traffic Management Order; and
ii. Legal Fees - payment of Harrow Council’s reasonable costs in the preparation of the legal agreement.
That if the Legal Agreement was not completed by 30 September 2021, or as such extended period as may be agreed by the Interim Chief Planning Officer in consultation with the Chair of the Planning Committee, then it was 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 a legal agreement to provide appropriate provision for restriction of resident parking permits would fail to comply with the requirements of policy T6 of The London Plan (2021), policy CS1 of the Harrow Core Strategy (2012), AAP19 of the Harrow and Wealdstone Area Action Plan (2013), and Policies DM42 and DM43 of the Harrow Development Management Policies Local Plan 2013 and would, therefore, be unacceptable.
The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to refuse the application was by a majority of votes.
Councillors Ashton, Baxter, Fitzpatrick and Patel voted to refuse the application.
Councillor Brown voted to grant the application.
Councillors Henson and Parekh abstained from voting on the application.