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DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS
Members are invited to disclose any interest in any of the items on the agenda at this point of the meeting.
Members may still disclose any interest in an item at any time prior to the consideration of the matter.
No interest was disclosed at the meeting.
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 16 May 2019 and to authorise the Chairman to sign them.
The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 16 May 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
The Committee received a
developer presentation from Freddie Heaf (BUJ
The main comments raised by Members for further consideration prior to submission of a planning application were:
· Clarification sought on whether the existing trees around the perimeter of the site would be retained.
· Clarification was also sought on the amenity space strategy.
· The developer was invited to consider the level of car parking provision and whether the proposed provision would be appropriate given the low level of bus accessibility.
· The developer was also invited to consider whether the proposed unit types meet the borough’s accommodation needs, notably family units.
· Further detail was sought on how the ground floor layout of the development takes into account designing out crime principles.
· Further details were sought on the width of the junction between London Road and Spring Gardens with regards site lines for vehicle access and egress to the site.
Councillor Joshua Chapman addressed the Committee.
The Committee considered the report and following a motion RESOLVED on a vote of 5 to 2 with 1 abstention to REFUSE PLANNING PERMISSION on the grounds that:
The proposed development by reason of its poor quality of detailed design would result in an incongruous character and appearance that would be harmful to views in and out of the conservation area, detracting from the urban grain and visual amenity of the area; and would therefore fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Romford Conservation Area.
Councillors Patel, Hawthorn, Ryan, Themistocli and Whitney voted for the resolution.
Councillors Crowder and Darvill voted against the resolution.
Councillor Williamson abstained from voting.