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No. Item


Attendance by Reserve Members

To note the attendance at this meeting of any duly appointed Reserve Members.


Reserve Members may attend meetings:-


(i)                 to take the place of an ordinary Member for whom they are a reserve;

(ii)               where the ordinary Member will be absent for the whole of the meeting; and

(iii)             the meeting notes at the start of the meeting at the item ‘Reserves’ that the Reserve Member is or will be attending as a reserve;

(iv)              if a Reserve Member whose intention to attend has been noted arrives after the commencement of the meeting, then that Reserve Member can only act as a Member from the start of the next item of business on the agenda after his/her arrival.


RESOLVED:  To note that there were no Reserve Members in attendance at this meeting.


Right of Members to Speak

To agree requests to speak from Councillors who are not Members of the Committee, in accordance with Committee Procedure 4.1.


RESOLVED:  That, in accordance with Committee Procedure Rule 4.1, the following Councillors, who were not Members of the Committee, be allowed to speak on the agenda item indicated:




Planning Application

Jo Dooley



Norman Stevenson




Georgia Weston

1/02 & 1/03



Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from:


(a)               all Members of the Committee;

(b)               all other Members present.


RESOLVED:  To note that the following interests were declared:


Agenda Item 10 – Planning Applications Received (item 2/04)


Councillor June Baxter declared a disclosable pecuniary  interest in that the applicant was a Member of the Conservative Group.  She would leave the room whilst the matter was considered and voted upon.


Councillor Stephen Greek declared a disclosable pecuniary  interest in that the applicant was a Member of the Conservative Group.  He would leave the room whilst the matter was considered and voted upon.


CouncillorPritesh Patel declared a disclosable pecuniary  interest in that the applicant was a Member of the Conservative Group.  He would leave the room whilst the matter was considered and voted upon.


Agenda Item 10 – Planning Applications Received (item 1/03)


Councillor Keith Ferry declared a non-pecuniary  interest in that he regularly walked his dog on Headstone Manor recreation ground, which bordered the application site.  He would remain in the room whilst the matter was considered and voted upon.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 98 KB

That the minutes of the meeting held on 2 September 2015 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.


RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 2 September 2015 be taken as read and signed as a correct record, subject to the following amendment being inserted at page 18, item 2/09:


The Committee received representations from an objector, Alan Thackrey, a resident and Roger Hill, the applicant.


Public Questions, Petitions and Deputaions

To receive any public questions received in accordance with Committee Procedure Rule 17 (Part 4B of the Constitution).


Questions will be asked in the order notice of them was received and there be a time limit of 15 minutes.


[The deadline for receipt of public questions is 3.00 pm, Friday 25 September.  Questions should be sent to  

No person may submit more than one question].


RESOLVED:  To note that no public questions were put, or petitions or deputations received.


References from Council and other Committees/Panels

To receive references from Council and any other Committees or Panels (if any).


RESOLVED:  To note that there were none.


Representations on Planning Applications

To confirm whether representations are to be received, under Committee Procedure Rule 29 (Part 4B of the Constitution), from objectors and applicants regarding planning applications on the agenda.


RESOLVED:  That in accordance with the provisions of Committee Procedure Rule 30 (Part 4B of the Constitution), representations be received in respect of item 1/03 on the list of planning applications.


[Note:  Planning application no 2/05 was deferred, and so the representations were not received].



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Report of the Divisional Director, Planning - circulated separately.


Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Planning Protocol, where Councillors disagree with the advice of the Divisional Director, Planning, it will be the Members' responsibility to clearly set out the reasons for refusal where the Officer recommendation is for grant.  The planning reasons for rejecting the Officer's advice must be clearly stated, whatever the recommendation and recorded in the minutes.  The Officer must be given the opportunity to explain the implications of the contrary decision.

Additional documents:


In accordance with the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, the Addendum was admitted late to the agenda as it contained information relating to various items on the agenda and was based on information received after the despatch of the agenda.  It was admitted to the agenda in order to enable Members to consider all information relevant to the items before them for decision.


RESOLVED:  That authority be given to the Head of Planning to issue the decision notices in respect of the applications considered.


The Committee adjourned at 20.43 for a brief comfort break and resumed at 20.50.




Reference:  P/2163/15 (ORIGIN HOUSING)


Description:  Demolition Of Existing Buildings (Use Classes D1/ B1) And Redevelopment Of The Site To Provide 123 Residential Flats (Use Class C3) Including Affordable Housing Within A Building Ranging From 6 To 10 Storeys In Height With Refuse Stores, Vehicle And Cycle Parking Spaces At Lower Ground Level; Raised Podium Amenity Area; Associated Landscaping, Access Ramps, Boundary Treatment And New Electronic Entrance Gates At Rear; New Vehicle Crossover With Access Drive From Sherwood Road (Reinstatement Of Existing Vehicle Access Points); Associated Mechanical And Ventilation Plant Including Photovoltaic Panels; Relocation Of Existing Electric Sub-Station


The Chair advised that prior approval had been granted for Townsend House to be converted to residential, but the applicant had wanted to submit a scheme for both properties to provide a better standard of accommodation.


Following questions and comments from Members, officers advised that:


·                     any impact of the development on the daylight and sunlight of surrounding properties had been considered and was considered to be within acceptable tolerances;


·                     any changes to parking controls in the vicinity of the site may be as a result of the parking review in south harrow and not the application itself;


·                     condition 7 required the applicant to provide revised details of the parking strategy. Currently, there were plans for 5 blue badge parking spaces. The comments from residents following the consultation regarding access related to the proximity of parking bays to the site’s access point;


·                     condition 17 would deal with waste storage and recycling bins;

·                     mail delivery vehicles were permitted to park on double yellow lines;


·                     additional conditions set out in the addendum would ensure that the development did not affect the privacy and amenity of neighbouring properties and would ensure that the site would be secure during construction;


·                     the level of density at the site was deemed to be acceptable and was consistent with guidelines of the London Plan.  50% of the units would be affordable housing stock and £267m would be raised through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which would be spent on improving the surrounding infrastructure.


a Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:

1.            The proposal is an over development, by reason of excessive height, scale and bulk, which will harm the character of the area and the amenities of neighbouring properties, contrary to policies DM1 of the Local  ...  view the full minutes text for item 164.


Extensions to Section 106 Planning Obligations pdf icon PDF 102 KB

Additional documents:


51 College Road, Harrow, HA1 1AA


Reference:  P/0737/15 (The Hyde Group)


Description:  Redevelopment of the Former Harrow Post Office to Provide 318 Flats (Class C3), 862 Sq. Metres Floor space for Retail (Class A1), Financial & Professional Services (Class A2), Restaurants and Cafes (Class A3), Pubs and Bars (Class A4), Hot Food Take-Aways (Class A5), Business (Class B1) and Non Residential Institutions (Class D1) Uses and 1,672 Sq. Metres Floor space for Library (Class D1) Use in Buildings of Up to 20 Storeys (134.5 Metres AOD) in Height; 2,413 Sq. Metres Public Realm including New Public Square; Basement and Surface Servicing and Parking (Total 50 Car Spaces, 3 Motorcycle Spaces and 521 Cycle Spaces); Principal Vehicular Access from Station Road and William Carey Way. Proposal also Includes Combined Heat & Power Plant; Hard and Soft Landscaping, Balconies and Roof Gardens; and Demolition of Former Post Office Buildings. (RESIDENT PERMIT RESTRICTED)


A Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:


The proposed development, in the absence of a Planning Obligation to (i) secure an appropriate level of affordable housing within the development, (ii) fund the provision of infrastructure directly related to the development and (iii) provide necessary commitments in relation to the development, would fail to provide affordable housing and would fail to mitigate the impact of the development upon infrastructure and the wider area, contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework, Policies 3.8, 3.11, 5.6, 6.3, 7.5, 7.7 and 8.2 of the London Plan (2015), Policies CS 1 and CS 2 of the Harrow Core Strategy (2012) and Policies AAP 1, AAP 6, AAP 10, AAP 11, AAP 19 and DM 50 of the Local Plan (2013), and the provisions of the Harrow Planning Obligations supplementary planning document.


An officer advised that to refuse planning permission on the basis of the s.106 not being completed by the deadline set would be deemed to be unreasonable, particularly since negotiations with the applicant were ongoing.  She added that it was not unusual for the deadline for the completion of a s.106 to be extended due to the complexities of negotiations.  These matters had now been resolved.


The motion was seconded, put to the vote and lost.


Decision:  Approved, an extension to the deadline for the completion of the s.106 Planning Obligation to 30th October 2015.


The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to grant the application was by a majority of votes.


Councillors Keith Ferry, Graham Henson, Nitin Parekh and Anne Whitehead voted for the application.


Councillors June Baxter, Stephen Greek and Pritesh Patel voted against the application.


Cumberland Hotel, 1-3 St. John’s Road, Harrow


Reference:  P/0586/15 (Origin Housing)


Description:  Demolition of Existing Hotel Buildings (Use Class C1) and Phased Redevelopment of The Site To Provide 123 Residential Flats (Use Class C3) Including Affordable Housing Within Two Blocks With Basement And Ranging From Five To Nine Storeys In Height; A Pedestrian Link Between Sheepcote Road And St John's Road With Associated Landscaping, Raised Planters, Boundary Treatment, Entrance Gates; New  ...  view the full minutes text for item 165.


Member Site Visits

To arrange dates for Member site visits that have been agreed during the course of the meeting (if any).


RESOLVED:  To note that the following site visits would take place:


1.            Car Park to the rear of the Crossway, The Broadway and the Middle Way (P/3702/15).