Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Wednesday 23rd June 2010 7.30pm

Development Control Committee

Two applications in Wallington South were being considered at this meeting: an application for 2a-8 Brambledown Road to reduce the previously agreed s106 contribution towards affordable housing; and a change of use application for 43 Woodcote Road for a KFC hot food takeaway to replace an estate agents’ in Wallington High Street.

As ward councillors we wished to object to both of these applications but none of us were able to attend (Monica was due to attend but sadly had to go to a funeral instead). We therefore provided written submissions instead.

We stated that we had objected to previous applications for 2a-8 Brambledown Road and as the new application was not a significant change from those applications our objections still stood. The previous application had been turned down by the Development Control Committee but been allowed on appeal. It was pointed out that the council’s new “Sustainable Design and Construction IPG” was a material consideration that had not been adequately addressed. We also questioned the validity of basing the amendment on current market values when the profit on the development of forty-two self contained flats is in all probability likely to be substantially in excess of the amount agreed of £277,000. We were very pleased that the application was deferred to further investigate the valuation issue.

On the application to change an estate agent into a KFC our objections were based on the potential increase in litter, traffic and anti-social behaviour noticeably associated with takeaways in Wallington Town Centre which would put people off using the town centre in the evenings rather than ‘increase the town centre’s viability’. The proximity of the KFC to three troublesome pubs and a number of other takeaways was felt would increase the likelihood of anti-social behaviour. Although sympathetic to ward councillors concerns the committee received assurances from the applicant that all measures would be taken to be a socially responsible business and officers felt that the conditions imposed would be sufficient to protect the amenity of the area and so the application was granted.

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