Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

Venue: Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road, Brentford

Contact: Kay Duffy on 020 8583 2067 or email;  kay.duffy@hounslow.gov.uk 

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15.

Municipal Business pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Area Committee Clerk, Agenda Item 1.

 

Councillor Dennison reiterated his request for notes of previous meetings of the S106 Sub-group for a period of 12 months from June 2009.  Members briefly discussed the remit and powers of the sub-group and suggested that in future its recommendations be taken to Planning meetings, which meet more frequently than Monitoring meetings.

 

When deciding whether to hold the sub-group meetings in public, members reserved the right to go into private session when discussing confidential matters.

 

Resolved:

That Councillor Curran represent Syon ward, joining councillors Carey (Osterley & Spring Grove), Harmer (Brentford) and Sampson (Isleworth), on the S106 Sub-group.

 

That the S106 Sub-group meet in public for all non-confidential matters and that the recommendations of the Sub-group be brought before the Planning Area Committee for decision.

16.

Apologies for Absence, Declarations of Interest under the Council's Town Planning Code and Disclosure of Personal and Prejudicial Interests as defined by the National Code of Conduct

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Cadbury who was presenting an item at Central Hounslow Area Planning Committee this evening.

 

The following declarations were made:

 

Agenda Item 5 – 16 Harewood Road, Isleworth:

Councillors O’Reilly and Reid declared that they knew people who lived on this road.

 

Agenda Item 6 – 16 Castle Road, Isleworth:

Councillors Sampson and Dennison had received correspondence. Councillor O’Reilly had 2 meetings with the owners of the application property.

 

Councillor Curran declared a prejudicial interest on account of his personal friendship with the owner of the application property and noted that he would be leaving the meeting for the duration of the discussion on this item.

 

Agenda Item 7 – West Thames College, London Road, Isleworth:

Councillors O’Reilly and Reid had met with Council officers on the matter. Councillor Reid knew local residents and had received correspondence in relation to the application.

 

Agenda Item 9 – Proposed Bus Stop Improvements, Thornbury Road:

Councillor Reid noted that she knew residents in the immediate vicinity of the bus stops and had close family at and an interest in a property in Church Road to the north of the bus stop site.

 

Councillor Mayne noted an interest as the Lead Member for Community Safety and Enforcement.

 

Agenda Item 10 – High Street Brentford – bus stop and loading bay proposal:

Councillor Mayne noted an interest as the Lead Member for Community Safety and Enforcement.

 

Agenda Item 11 – Proposed Cycle Lanes – Ealing Road:

Councillor Harmer declared a prejudicial interest in this item, as a resident of Ealing Road, and noted that he would withdraw from the meeting for the duration of the discussion.

17.

Minutes of the meeting held on 17 June 2010 & Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 17 June 2010 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record, subject to the following amendments:

 

Minute 2 – Apologies for Absence, declarations of Interest…

(Agenda Item 10 - BSkyB):

Councillor Reid clarified that one of the people she knew at BSkyB was a close family relation. Correct the word “director” to “directors”.

 

Minute 2 – Apologies for Absence, declarations of Interest...

(Agenda Item 11 – Hamilton Road Area CPZ):

Final paragraph: Correct the word “Environment” to read “Enforcement”.

 

Minute 3 – Minutes of the meeting (Matters Arising):

Councillor Reid clarified that she had sought advice from Mr Walsh, Borough Solicitor representative, on the fact that she had taken part in the debate on the Hartham Road item after her short absence from the meeting. She stated that she would not have done so had the matter under discussion been a planning item.

 

Referring to the Members Town Code of Good Practice, Mr Walsh read out the following: “Don’t vote or take part in the meeting’s discussion on a proposal unless you have been present to hear the entire debate, including the officers’ introduction to the matter.” Mr Walsh advised that, although this referred specifically to planning matters, members should treat highways matters in the same way to ensure a consistent approach.

 

Minute 9 – 75 Windmill Road: (Voting Record):

Councillor Dennison wanted to record that he had not voted in favour of the proposals.

 

Minute 11 – Syon Lane Station Area – Results of CPZ consultation:

Councillor Dennison stated that it was agreed that ward councillors as well as statutory authorities should be consulted.

 

Matters Arising:

 

Minute 4 - 66 Beech Avenue, Brentford:

Marilyn Smith, Planning Officer, informed members that the applicant had not yet amended the plans. She suggested that, should the applicant refuse to amend the submitted plans, the application could be refused under delegated powers. She was satisfied that the reasons for refusal had been detailed at the last meeting as loss of light to the neighbouring property.

 

Members broadly supported the suggested course of action and added bulk and scale of the development to the reasons for refusal.

 

Minute 5 – Hamilton Road Area – Results of CPZ consultation:

Members sought an update on when the remedial works were to take place and on the feasibility study for matchday parking in the area. The Clerk, Kay Duffy, confirmed that she would ask Mr Sahota, Developments & Parking, to respond in writing to all members.

 

Minute 11 – Syon Lane Station Area – Results of CPZ consultation:

Councillor Reid wished to record in the minutes that she and Councillor O’Reilly had received correspondence from local residents and had attended a public meeting on this matter.

18.

16 Harewood Road, Isleworth pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Director of Environment, Agenda Item 5.

 

Marilyn Smith introduced the submitted report and displayed site photos. She confirmed that there was precedence for this type of extension within the vicinity and assured members that there would be no impediment to the light to No. 18, confirming that the application fell within the Residential Extension Guidelines.

 

Councillor Carey moved approval of the officer’s recommendations, seconded by Councillor Mayne.

 

Voting Record:

Voted for: all councillors.

 

Councillor Dennison commended the report author, noting that this was the clearest report he had seen to date.

 

Resolved:

That planning application number (00556/16/P1) (P/2010/1042) for the erection of a part ground floor, part two-storey side extension and a ground floor rear extension to the house at 16 Harewood Road, Isleworth be approved, subject to the conditions in the submitted report.

19.

16 Castle Road, Isleworth pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Director of Environment, Agenda Item 6. Additional information was submitted via an Addendum Report, Agenda Item 14.

 

Councillor Curran, having declared a prejudicial interest, left the meeting at this point.

 

Ms Smith introduced the report and the tabled Addendum Report, drawing members’ attention to the reasons the report had come to Area Committee. She reminded members that the rules on Permitted Development had changed in 2008 from measurements of volume (up to 50m3) to size (maximum 3m in depth) and expressed the view that proposal would be completely overbearing to the neighbouring property.

 

Councillor Harmer moved approval of the officer’s recommendations, acknowledging that the officers had worked hard to negotiate a suitable scheme with the applicant, whilst minimising its affect. This was seconded by Councillor Carey.

 

Voting record:

Voted for: all councillors.

Abstained: Councillor Curran (absent for the discussion).

 

Resolved:

That the application number (00213/16/P1) (P/2009/2395) for the erection of a ground floor rear extension to the house at 16 Castle Road, Isleworth be refused for the reasons given in the submitted report.

 

Councillor Curran was invited back into the meeting.

20.

West Thames College, London Road, Isleworth pdf icon PDF 246 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Director of Environment, Agenda Item 7.

 

Ms Smith explained at length the background of this case and informed members that officers were not recommending approval of temporary permissions, preferring instead to take enforcement action as the more pragmatic solution to the current situation, which would still allow the college up to one year to move the switchgear into its new building.

 

When asked whether substations could be included in Permitted Development (PD) by default, Jimmy Walsh, Borough Solicitor’s representative, informed members that the substation in question was currently on what was considered to be non-operational land and so would not benefit from any potential PD rights. The electricity company had a duty to show that it was PD. Hounslow Council had served 2 planning contravention notices asking for this evidence and neither had been responded to. The burden of proof was on the appellant and if it transpired that the location of the substation was PD, then the Council could reconsider its position but the clear legal advice was that the structure was not PD.

 

Councillor Carey moved approval of the officer’s recommendations, seconded by Councillor O’Reilly. Councillor Dennison noted serious concerns around the security of the site in question and asked how quickly the site could be secured. When asked by Councillor Reid why 6 months had been given for removal of the sub-station, Ms Smith explained that other enforcement cases had shown that the time given to remedy a breach had been insufficient in the past. Although the time limit could be reduced should members of this Area Committee wish, it was thought that 6 months would allow the college to locate an alternative site within the grounds.

 

Members reiterated their concerns on the security of the site and agreed to include a condition on the recommendations to make the current site more secure.

 

Voting record:

Voting for: all councillors.

 

Resolved:

That the 2 applications for planning permission for details pursuant to conditions referred to at 1.5 of the submitted report be refused.

 

That the Committee considers it expedient, having regard to the provisions of the Unitary Development Plan, and all material considerations, to grant authority for:

 

All necessary steps to be taken for the preparation, issue and service of an enforcement notice in relation to West Thames College, Isleworth requiring within six calendar months:

·        The removal of the substation

·        The removal of the concrete base under the substation

·        The making good of the site in accordance with the hard and soft landscaping scheme approved under reference 00570/A/P17 (10a)

·        The removal of all resultant debris, and for

 

The institution of any necessary legal proceedings in the event of a non-compliance with the above enforcement notice, pursuant to Section 179 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990; and

 

The carrying out of works in default under Section 178 of the Act in the event of non-compliance with the enforcement notice, including the recovery of the Council’s costs in carrying out such work.

 

Action:  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.

21.

Thornbury Playing Fields, London Road, Hounslow pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Director of Environment, Agenda Item 8.

 

During discussion of the item the following comments were raised:

·        Members were generally supportive of the provision of facilities for teenagers, as this need had been identified.

·        Members requested that reference to the S106 funding be removed from the report to SDC as it was not a material consideration to the application.

·        Members noted that the comments detailed in the appendix were not addressed in the main report, particularly on security after dark and in the winter months and CCTV cameras. Members supported the location of the facilities in terms of including young people in the park and inviting new users into the park.

·        Members requested the inclusion of details on guided access for people with sensory and physical disabilities.

·        Members reiterated the need for improved access from St John’s Road and Sidmouth Avenue with associated signage.

·        Members asked that further consultation with residents be undertaken specifically on the soft landscaping designed to dampen noise levels.

·        Members suggested that this investment was small in comparison to what was needed for this site to make it a tremendous asset to the local community.

 

Resolved:

That members’ comments on the application be reported to the Sustainable Development Committee

22.

Proposed Bus Stop Improvements - Thornbury Road pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Director of Environment, Agenda Item 9.

 

Chris Calvi-Freeman advised members that the 39 houses consulted were those closest to the bus stops. He indicated that detailed records of each of the addresses consulted would be stored on file in future.

 

Because of the relatively minor bus service on this road (3 busses per hour) it was normal for bus stops to be situated on the departure side of the road, which had the added bonus of freeing up more parking for local residents. Being next to the clearway also improved sightlines for bus drivers and shortened the required length of the bus stop from 39m to 23m.

 

In relation to members’ concerns about cars parking on the bus stop, Mr Calvi-Freeman indicated that the unrestricted car parking in suburban areas such as Thornbury Road tended to be self-enforcing.

 

Councillor Curran moved approval of the officer’s recommendations, seconded by Councillor Mayne.

 

Voting record:

Voting for: Councillors Bains, Collins, Curran, Dennison, Harmer, Mayne and Sampson.

Abstain: Councillors Carey, O’Reilly and Reid.

 

Resolved:

·        The Area Committee noted the results of the recent consultation for two new bus stop clearways on Thornbury Road between Eversley Crescent and St Christopher’s Close.

·        The Area Committee approved the bus stop clearway proposals.

·        The Area Committee agreed that £900 be allocated from the Transport for London bus stop accessibility budget for 2010/11 for these works.

23.

High Street Brentford - bus stop and loading bay proposal pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Director of Environment, Agenda Item 10

 

Chris Calvi-Freeman introduced the submitted report and confirmed that he had consulted Nick Woods, Head of Traffic, on the proposals. The proposals would involve a simple rearrangement of the existing road markings and signage. The designed intention was that the kerb would sit flush with the bus along the length of the bus to improve access for wheelchair users and pushchairs. On the issue of enforcing compliance with the new arrangements, Mr Calvi-Freeman pointed to the existence of traffic cameras.

 

He informed members that the former proprietor of Whizzbike had not been happy with the plans, although it was unclear how much involvement he now had with the company he’d subsequently sold the business to. Members acknowledged that there was a loading bay situated at the rear of this business premises in addition to the 2 loading bays available within the proposed scheme on the main road. Mr Calvi-Freeman stated that the on-street loading bays were well used, though not as frequently as the car parking bays. It was acknowledged that the location of the loading bay (104 High Street) immediately next to the bus stop acted as an extension of the clearway when not in use. Mr Calvi-Freeman drew attention to the proposed build-out of the footway, which created a half border and meant that busses did not have to pull in the full 3 metres to the kerb.

 

Mr Calvi-Freeman did not support the view of some members that the proposals would increase congestion, stating that the narrowing of the carriageway would still allow sufficient room (2.9m) for all vehicles including trucks and busses to carefully pass stationary busses on the westbound side of the road, providing drivers on the eastbound side were courteous enough to move over. The fact the town centre was congested helped to control vehicle speeds and increase the safety of crossing pedestrians.

 

Mr Calvi-Freeman assured members that officers would be working to finesse the scheme further, resulting in an additional 1m width on the south footway. In the event that the developers of the land south of the High Street went ahead with the planned development, the carriageway could once again be widened.

 

Councillor Curran moved approval of the officer’s recommendations, seconded by Councillor Sampson.

 

Voting Record:

Voting for: Councillors Collins, Curran, Harmer, Mayne and Sampson.

Voting against: Councillors Carey and Dennison.

Abstaining: Councillors O’Reilly and Reid.

 

Resolved:

·        That the Area Committee noted the results of a recent consultation on the proposed relocation of the westbound bus stop of High Street Brentford in the town centre and the proposed provision of a Goods Vehicle loading bay immediately east of the relocated bus stop.

·        That the Area Committee approved the modified plans for the lengthened and relocated bus stop clearway, the new loading bay and the minor footway widening of the south side of the High Street Brentford adjacent to nos 104-121 High Street, as shown  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

24.

Proposed Cycle Lanes - Ealing Road (Great West Road to New Road) pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Director of Environment, Agenda Item 11.

 

Councillor Harmer, having declared a prejudicial interest in this item, left the meeting at this point.

 

Councillor Collins raised concerns about an area of brick weave paving outside the New Inn public house on the junction with New Road, where bollards and double yellow lines should have been installed to stop vehicles parking and blocking access and sightlines for pedestrians wishing to cross the road. Members asked that the officer revisit this section of the road with a view to including measures to prevent parking. 

 

Members noted concerns at the removal of the painted cross hatching on the centreline of the bridge, which they thought kept vehicles safely apart in what was fast moving traffic. Mr Calvi-Freeman suggested that there were safety issues with cross hatching, which encouraged drivers to cling to the kerb and could therefore endanger cyclists travelling ahead of fast moving cars. He would consult Head of Traffic, Nick Woods, again on the more challenging sections of the road.

 

Further concerns were raised that 2 car parking spaces outside 153 Ealing Road, when occupied, created a hazard by pushed the traffic further out into the road.  Members suggested moving the existing zebra crossing on the south side of Ealing Road closer to the junction with Braemar Road. Mr Calvi-Freeman indicated that the first thing he would do is to complete a full topographical survey.

 

Councillor Mayne supported the proposals, which he said should be carried out quickly to protect cyclists. In response to questions Mr Calvi-Freeman said the section of Ealing Road from the A4 roundabout to the McDonalds outlet could be divided into 2 parts with the narrower section south of New Road where parked cars along the road tended to keep vehicle speeds down. He could not say how effective the existing signage on that section had been in keeping cyclists safe.

 

Mr Calvi-Freeman suggested that officers could only progress proposals for which there was available funding. He suggested that he come back to this Area Committee with a design, which he would draw up in liaison with John Reynolds (Environmental Projects), to address the issues raised.

 

Councillor Reid moved approval of the officer’s recommendations, seconded by Councillor Dennison.

 

Voting record:

Voting for: all present councillors (with the exception of Councillor Harmer who was not present for this part of the meeting).

 

NOTE:

The Chair drew members’ attention to an email circulated by Councillor Harmer detailing an exchange between him and Satnam Sahota, Traffic & Developments, about available funding for the zebra crossing. Chris Calvi-Freeman stated that in subsequent discussions with the Planning Obligations Officer it was clear that the matter required further investigation. He assured members that a S106 report would be forthcoming on the matter.

 

Resolved:

·        The Area Committee approved the proposed advisory cycle lanes on Ealing Road (B455) between the A4 Great West Road and New Road at a cost of £9,250, and notes that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

Delegated Decisions Report pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Minutes:

See report from the Director of Environment, Agenda Item 12.

 

Resolved:

Members noted the submitted report.

26.

Urgent Business

Any other items, which the Chair accepts for consideration on the grounds of urgency

Minutes:

Taken from discussion in relation to 16 Castle Road, Isleworth:

Marilyn Smith informed members that officers had received a similar application to the 16 Castle Road application (Agenda Item 6), which they also wanted to recommend for refusal and which had been called into this Area Committee by ex-councillor, Phil Andrews. Members agreed that the officer should send details of the application to the Isleworth ward councillors who could then decide whether to call it in to this Area Committee or allow it to be dealt with under delegated powers.

 

The London Apprentice:

Members sought an update on the retrospective planning permission for The London Apprentice public house in Isleworth. The Clerk, Kay Duffy, agreed to pass the question on to the relevant officer who would respond to members of the Area Committee by email.

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Addendum Report pdf icon PDF 75 KB

If required, an addendum report will be published shortly before the meeting with any additional information relating to agenda items, not available at the time of publication of the main agenda.

Minutes:

See report from the Director of Environment, Agenda Item 14.

 

Resolved:

Members noted the submitted Addendum Report on 16 Castle Road, Isleworth.