98 Hyde Road - increase from 7 to 8 flats
07/12/2017 12:33:00......Posted by Lynne Hale
This evening I attended the Council’s Planning Committee Meeting where the latest application for 98 Hyde Road was being considered. This application was seeking the addition of an additional home to the previously agreed scheme, increasing the number from 7 to 8 flats.
Having already obtained consent for a development of 7 flats the developer went back to Planning with another application to increase this to 8 flats. It may not seem much but it increased the amount of the site which this development would occupy - an additional 110 square metres - which is of particular concern when the site is located within an area of high risk from surface water flooding. The total area to be concreted over now amounting to about 45% of the site, which is certainly out of character with neighbouring houses and their generous gardens.
Unfortunately the Labour-controlled Planning Committee did not sympathise and approved the application.
The other major problem which I had with this application was with the flaws in the statements which the developer had submitted to support the application. Whilst the same developer has done this before, the information submitted with 98 Hyde Road was littered with errors and was absolutely dreadful. Eg apparently the site is close to open spaces like Parkfields Rec and Stanhope Grove playing fields – which are in Bromley!! It is also apparently 135 metres from Monks Orchard bus stops in Shirley, which is miles away. It stated a PTAL (Public Transport accessibility Level) of 5 – but it’s actually 2; it referred to 3 storeys but detailed 4 storeys in the table immediately below this statement.
The Council’s Head of Development Management accepted my representations around these sloppy errors which left you wondering whether anything in the formal application was accurate, advising that the details would be thoroughly checked.
I addressed the Committee as follows:
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak on this application.
I appreciate that consent has already been granted for a similar flatted development on this site – of 7 two bedroom flats - but I just wanted to raise a few points about this application for 8 flats:
1. This proposal would in fact mean the loss of a 2 bedroom flat which would be able to accommodate a small family. There are plenty of 1 bedroom flats but its accommodation for families which we need in Croydon and I regret the loss of a unit which could accommodate a small family
2. It will occupy more of the site than the previous application with the additional flat roofed/lower ground floor rear projection - ref 4.2 - and with the increased hard standing of 110 square metres. (ref 7.6 and the Surface Water and Suds Assessment). This is of particular concern when the site is located within an area of high risk from surface water flooding.
3. This proposal would also compromise the character of this area which on the whole has single dwelling two storey houses with large gardens - this site will be about 45% concreted over
4. The application is deeply flawed in a number of respects with submitted drawings being inconsistent with the descriptions in the application details and a Planning, Design & Access Statement littered with errors relating to both the application and the site. Eg apparently the site is close to open spaces like Parkfields Rec and Stanhope Grove playing fields – which are in Bromley!! It is also apparently 135 metres from Monks Orchard bus stops in Shirley – miles away.
5. It states a PTAL of 5 – but its actually 2
6. It refers to 3 storeys but details 4 storeys in the table immediately below this statement
7. These may not be planning considerations but with these obvious sloppy errors you wonder how accurate the formal plans and drawings are. They certainly seem to fall short of basic standards which one would expect from a planning application and I really would ask that all these details are thoroughly checked
Whilst I hope that you will refuse the application, if you are approving it I would request that conditions be attached around:
• the use of the flat roof
• the Surface Water and SUDS assessment and
• a tree protection plan
Finally, it is acknowledged in the report – para 7.7 - that significant excavations will be required to provide the landscaping parking area, and the proposed conditions around this - and the boundary treatment - are welcomed to give adjacent occupiers some reassurance
In summary, however, I think that the impact of the changes proposed including the added rear projection are unacceptable; it is an overdevelopment of this site and I hope that you will refuse the application and let the 7 flat scheme proceed.