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DDMC Reports 2021-22

Meeting: 27/10/2021 - District Development Management Committee (Item 37)

37 EPF/1126/21 - 9 Powell Road, Buckhurst Hill pdf icon PDF 42 KB

(Service Manager – Development Management) To consider the attached report for ratification of the decision to grant planning permission under delegated authority for a single storey front extension to the garage and a change to a habitable room.

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Minutes:

N Richardson presented a report for ratification of the decision to grant planning permission under delegated authority for a single storey front extension to the garage and a change to a habitable room.

 

N Richardson explained that this application had originally been dealt with by Officers under delegated authority. However, it had subsequently been discovered that the Applicant was closely related to a serving District Councillor, and the application should have been referred to this Committee for a decision. The Committee was requested to ratify the Officer’s original decision to grant planning permission.

 

            Decision:

 

(1)        That the original decision to grant planning permission to planning application EPF/1126/21 at 9 Powell Road in Buckhurst Hill be ratified, subject to the following conditions:

 

1…The development hereby permitted must be begun not later than the expiration of three years beginning with the date of this notice.

 

2…The development hereby permitted shall be carried out and retained strictly in accordance with the following approved plans: Existing and proposed east and north elevations, Existing and proposed west and south elevations, Existing and proposed sections and roof plan, Existing and proposed floor plans, Existing and proposed site plan, and location plan, proposed first floor plan, proposed section A-A.

 

3…The materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of the development hereby permitted shall match those in the existing building [or those shown on plan number: Existing and proposed east and north elevations, Existing and proposed west and south elevations, Existing and proposed sections and roof plan, Existing and proposed floor plans, Existing and proposed site plan, and location plan, proposed first floor plan, proposed section A-A, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.


Meeting: 27/10/2021 - District Development Management Committee (Item 43)

43 EPF/0919/21 EPF/1042/21 - Civic Offices Conder Building & Car Park, 323 High Street, Epping pdf icon PDF 92 KB

(Service Manager – Planning Policy & Implementation) To consider the attached report for the redevelopment of the existing office building and car park. Demolition of the existing office building and alterations to connection to existing Listed Civic Centre. Development to comprise new apartment buildings and houses to provide a mix of residential units (Use Class C3), revised vehicular and pedestrian access from High Street, all associated car and cycle parking, servicing, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

 

Grade II Listed building consent for the redevelopment of the existing office building and car park.

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Minutes:

The Planning Officer, E Holton-Walsh, presented a report for the redevelopment of the existing office building and car park, including the demolition of the existing office building and alterations to the connection with the existing Listed Civic Centre. The development would comprise new apartment buildings and houses to provide a mix of residential units (Use Class C3), revised vehicular and pedestrian access from the High Street, all associated car and cycle parking, servicing, hard and soft landscaping and associated works. Grade II Listed building consent was also sought for the redevelopment of the existing office building and car park.

 

E Holton-Walsh drew the Committee’s attention to the addendum report that had been tabled at the meeting, which detailed some changes in the Section 106 Legal Agreement financial contribution figures, as well as two late representations. The key issues of Design and Heritage, Neighbouring Amenity, Ecology, Parking and Sustainability for the application were detailed to the Committee. Planning Officers had concluded that:

 

·        the application site had been proposed for allocation (ref: EPP.R8) in the Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version (LPSV) to provide new residential accommodation. The proposal would provide additional housing which was a benefit that should be afforded significant weight in the planning balance, particularly in light of the acute housing shortage within the District. The scheme would also provide a significant amount of affordable housing;

 

·        the proposals would integrate satisfactorily with the surrounding townscape in terms of scale, massing and overall design;

 

·        less than substantial harm to the conservation area had been identified, but, as per the guidance in the NPPF, this harm was outweighed by the significant benefit of bringing the buildings back into long-term viable uses, and the public benefit resulting from the provision of new and affordable homes;

 

·        the proposal would safeguard the significance of the listed building;

 

·        the proposals would have an acceptable impact on the living conditions of neighbouring properties in terms of light, privacy and outlook;

 

·        In terms of transport, the extent of car and cycle parking was acceptable and, in combination with the submitted Travel Plan, would help reduce reliance on the private car and the transition to sustainable modes of travel;

 

·        the sustainability aspects of the proposal complied with the current policy; and

 

·        overall, the proposed development was compliant with the requirements of the Development Plan and the LPSV.

 

The Committee noted the summary of representations that had been received in relation to this application. The Committee heard from an objector, Epping Town Council and the applicant before proceeding to debate the application.

 

Cllr C C Pond opined that in relation to Buttercross Lane, the proposed development would not enhance the conservation area, and that he would oppose this application. Cllr S Rackham, whilst not against the proposal, would have preferred the planting of more trees to have been included.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, Planning Officers confirmed that the existing link from the Civic Offices to the existing Conder Building would be retained as part of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 43


Meeting: 27/10/2021 - District Development Management Committee (Item 42)

42 EPF/0918/21 - Epping Sports Centre, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping pdf icon PDF 92 KB

(Service Manager – Planning Policy & Implementation) To consider the attached report for the redevelopment of existing Sports Centre and car park. Demolition of existing Sports Centre.  Development to comprise a new apartment building and houses to provide a mix of residential units (Use Class C3), new vehicular and pedestrian access from Nicholl Road and new pedestrian access from Hemnall Street, all associated car and cycle parking, servicing, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Officer, E Holton-Walsh, presented a report for the redevelopment of existing Sports Centre and car park, including the demolition of the existing Sports Centre.  The development would comprise a new apartment building and houses to provide a mix of residential units (Use Class C3), new vehicular and pedestrian access from Nicholl Road and new pedestrian access from Hemnall Street, all associated car and cycle parking, servicing, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

 

The key issues of Design and Heritage, Neighbouring Amenity, Parking and Sustainability for the application were detailed to the Committee. Planning Officers had concluded that:

 

·        the application site had been proposed for allocation (ref: EPP.R5) in the Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version (LPSV) to provide new residential accommodation. The proposal would provide additional housing which was a benefit that should be afforded significant weight in the planning balance, particularly in light of the acute housing shortage within the District. The scheme would also provide a significant amount of affordable housing;

 

·        the proposals would integrate satisfactorily with the surrounding townscape in terms of scale, massing and overall design; 

 

·        the proposals would have an acceptable impact on the living conditions of neighbouring properties in terms of light, privacy and outlook;

 

·        In terms of transport, the extent of car and cycle parking was acceptable and, in combination with the submitted Travel Plan, would help reduce reliance on the private car and the transition to sustainable modes of travel;

 

·        the sustainability aspects of the proposal complied with the current policy; and

 

·        overall, the proposed development was compliant with the requirements of the Development Plan and the LPSV.

 

The Committee noted the summary of representations that had been received in relation to this application. The Committee heard from Epping Town Council and the applicant before proceeding to debate the application.

 

There were further concerns raised about the amount of parking being provided for this development. Cllr C C Pond was also concerned that the site was within 350 yards of the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) within Epping Forest, and felt that new dwellings should not be planned for construction within the buffer zone of the SAC; there was the potential for harm to the SAC from this development. Cllr J M Whitehouse shared the concerns expressed by Cllr C C Pond, but was pleased to see the existing pedestrian cut-through being retained.

 

L Grainger reminded the Committee that mitigation measures to reduce the potential harm to the SAC from this development had been proposed as part of the application, and the Council was working within the requirements of the agreed Air Quality Mitigation Strategy. The modelling had suggested that there would be a net reduction in vehicle movements when considered cumulatively across the five development sites.

 

Decision:

 

(1)        That planning application EPF/0918/21 at the Epping Sports Centre in Hemnall Street, Epping be granted planning permission, subject to:

 

(a)        the thirty-five planning conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the report on pages 447 – 468 of the agenda;  ...  view the full minutes text for item 42


Meeting: 27/10/2021 - District Development Management Committee (Item 41)

41 EPF/0917/21 - Former School, Centrepoint Building and Council Depot Land at St John's Road, Epping pdf icon PDF 87 KB

(Service Manager – Planning Policy & Implementation) To consider the attached report for the redevelopment of the former school buildings and depot. Demolition of five buildings and the retention of three locally listed buildings. Development to comprise erection of new apartment buildings and the conversion, extension and change of use of the existing locally listed Centrepoint building and Cookery School to provide a mix of residential units (Use Class C3) and ancillary communal amenity areas. Extension and refurbishment of two existing locally listed semi-detached caretaker cottages. Revised vehicular and pedestrian access from St Johns Road and new pedestrian access from High Street, all associated car and cycle parking, servicing, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Officer, E Holton-Walsh, presented a report for the redevelopment of the former school buildings and depot, including the demolition of five buildings and the retention of three locally listed buildings. The development would comprise the erection of new apartment buildings and the conversion, extension and change of use of the existing locally listed Centrepoint building and Cookery School to provide a mix of residential units (Use Class C3) and ancillary communal amenity areas; the extension and refurbishment of two existing locally listed semi-detached caretaker cottages; revised vehicular and pedestrian access from St Johns Road and new pedestrian access from High Street; all associated car and cycle parking; as well as the servicing, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

 

The key issues of Design and Heritage, Neighbouring Amenity, Parking and Sustainability for the application were detailed to the Committee. Planning Officers had concluded that:

 

·        the application site had been proposed for allocation (ref: EPP.R4) in the Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version (LPSV) to provide new residential accommodation. The proposal would provide additional housing which was a benefit that should be afforded significant weight in the planning balance, particularly in light of the acute housing shortage within the District. The scheme would also provide a significant amount of affordable housing;

 

·        the proposals would integrate satisfactorily with the surrounding townscape in terms of scale, massing and overall design. Less than substantial harm to the conservation area and locally listed buildings had been identified, but, as per the guidance in the National Planning Policy Framework, this harm was outweighed by the significant benefit of bringing the buildings back into long-term viable uses, and the public benefit resulting from the provision of new and affordable homes; 

 

·        the proposals would have an acceptable impact on the living conditions of neighbouring properties in terms of light, privacy and outlook;

 

·        In terms of transport, the extent of car and cycle parking was acceptable and, in combination with the submitted Travel Plan, would help reduce reliance on the private car and the transition to sustainable modes of travel;

 

·        the sustainability aspects of the proposal complied with the current policy; and

 

·        overall, the proposed development was compliant with the requirements of the Development Plan and the LPSV.

 

The Committee noted the summary of representations that had been received in relation to this application. The Committee heard from Epping Town Council and the applicant before proceeding to debate the application.

 

Cllr C C Pond commented that he could not form a view of the heritage value of the buildings to be retained as part of the development, as there had not been a planning site visit to the location; however, the Council Depot land used to be a diary which had utilised electric vehicles.

 

Cllr H Brady had concerns that only 53 parking spaces were being provided for 180 plus new dwellings, and that the majority if the new residents would have cars and they would be forced to park in other locations across Epping. In  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41


Meeting: 27/10/2021 - District Development Management Committee (Item 40)

40 EPF/2925/20 - Cottis Lane Car Park, Cottis Lane, Epping pdf icon PDF 71 KB

(Service Manager – Planning Policy & Implementation) To consider the attached report for the redevelopment of existing surface level car park comprising the demolition of public toilets and the construction of a multi-deck car park, cinema (sui generis), commercial floorspace (mixed Class E), replacement public toilets and cycle store, all associated plant, together with new vehicular and pedestrian access, all hard and soft landscaping, and associated works.

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Minutes:

The Planning Officer, N Finney, presented a report for the redevelopment of the existing surface level car park at Cottis Lane in Epping, comprising the demolition of public toilets and the construction of a multi-deck car park, cinema (sui generis), commercial floorspace (mixed Class E), replacement public toilets and cycle store, all associated plant, together with new vehicular and pedestrian access, all hard and soft landscaping, and associated works.

 

The key issues of Design, Neighbouring Amenity and Sustainability for the application were described to the Committee. Planning Officers had concluded that:

 

·        the proposals would integrate satisfactorily with the surrounding townscape in terms of scale, massing and overall design;

 

·        the proposal would support the vitality and viability of the town centre; 

 

·        the proposals would have an acceptable impact on the living conditions of neighbouring properties in terms of light, privacy and outlook;

 

·        In terms of transport, the extent of car and cycle parking was acceptable and, in combination with the submitted Travel Plan, would support the transition to Electric Vehicles;

 

·        the sustainability aspects of the proposal complied with the current policy; and

 

·        overall, the proposed development was compliant with the requirements of the Development Plan and the LPSV.

 

The Committee noted the summary of representations that had been received in relation to this application. The Committee heard from an objector and the applicant before proceeding to debate the application.

 

Cllr J M Whitehouse requested further clarification on condition 34 (Meanwhile Use Area [Cottis Lane]). L Grainger explained that there were ‘trigger points’ for the developer to bring forward alternative proposals if the proposed cinema was not developed, and the Council could take enforcement action if these alternative proposals were not forthcoming. The land could be used as publicly accessible open space as its ‘Meanwhile’ state.

 

Cllr H Kane enquired if there was a restriction on the opening hours of the new car park on Sundays and Bank Holidays, such as 10.00pm or 11.00pm? L Grainger explained that there had been no objections raised on this matter during the public consultation for the proposal, and it was in a town centre location. Cllr H Brady reminded the Committee that the current car parks were open 24 hours, seven days a week, and residents would use the car park when visiting the cafes and restaurants in the high street. L Grainger further added that the condition relating to opening hours of the development was for the proposed commercial uses, and did not include the car park or the meanwhile space – which would be subject to a further planning application as already outlined.

 

Cllr C C Pond lamented that these developments were predicated upon the construction of a multi-storey car park, when the Council should be encouraging residents to use their cars less, not more.

 

Decision:

 

(1)        That planning application EPF/2925/20 at Cottis Lane Car Park in Epping be granted planning permission, subject to:

 

(a)        the thirty-seven planning conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the report on pages 173 – 195 of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40


Meeting: 27/10/2021 - District Development Management Committee (Item 39)

39 EPF/2924/20 - Bakers Lane Car Park, Bakers Lane, Epping pdf icon PDF 105 KB

(Service Manager – Planning Policy & Implementation) To consider the attached report for the redevelopment of existing surface level car park to provide a leisure centre to include swimming pool, gymnasium, sports hall, squash courts and studio (mixed Class E (d) and F.2 (d)) together with disabled parking provision, new vehicular and pedestrian access, all hard and soft landscaping, and associated works.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Officer, N  Finney presented a report for the redevelopment of the existing surface level car park to provide a Leisure Centre to include a swimming pool, gymnasium, sports hall, squash courts and studio, together with disabled parking provision, new vehicular and pedestrian access, all hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

 

The key issues of Design, Neighbouring Amenity and Sustainability for the application were explained to the Committee, and that the proposal included improvements to the highways in the vicinity. Planning Officers had concluded that:

·        the proposals would integrate satisfactorily with the surrounding townscape in terms of scale, massing and overall design;

·        the proposal would support the vitality and viability of the town centre and provide enhanced leisure facilities for the community; 

·        the proposals would have an acceptable impact on the living conditions of neighbouring properties in terms of light, privacy and outlook;

·        the sustainability aspects of the proposal complied with the current policy; and

·        overall, the proposed development was compliant with the requirements of the Development Plan and the LPSV.

 

The Committee noted the summary of representations that had been received in relation to this application. The Committee heard from the applicant before proceeding to debate the application.

 

The Committee welcomed the proposal to retain a sports centre in Epping, for which there was a need, and with facilities that were not in the original proposal or the current Sports Centre did not have, such as Squash Courts and a Swimming Pool. The inclusion of a ‘green roof’ for the building was also welcomed. Planning Officers confirmed for the benefit of the Committee that there would be 6 ‘blue badge’ parking spaces available on the site, as well as over 300 parking spaces at the nearby Cottis Lane car park which were within easy walking distance of the new Sports Centre. In addition, the existing Sports Centre in Epping (Hemnall Street) would remain open until the new Leisure Centre was complete. The Committee noted the lack of parking available for School buses at the site, and Cllr C C Pond expressed some concern at the effect of the development on the amenities of the neighbours.

 

            Decision:

 

(1)        That planning application EPF/2924/20 at Bakers Lane Car Park in Epping be granted planning permission, subject to:

 

(a)        the thirty-five planning conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the report on pages 71 – 92 of the agenda; and

 

(b)        the completion of a Section 106 Legal Agreement to secure the planning obligations and financial contributions outlined on pages 17 – 19 of the agenda.