Conservation Planning – September 2016

This is an update for September 2016, covering planning matters within the Conservation Areas and Areas of Special Local Character.

1. New Planning Applications and Appeals.

New Planning Applications:

  • 18 High St (Village Café & Bistro): Change of use from Use Class A3 (cafe / bistro) to Use Class A4 (bar and craft beer shop).
  • 56-58 High St (KFC): Alterations to shop front involving installation of new door, new cladding and decoration. Also new and changed signage.
  • 178-182 High St (currently Quilters): 1st and 2nd floor rear extension, conversion of roofspace to habitable use to include 3 x front dormers, 4 x side dormers and change of use from Use Class A1 (Retail) to Use Class C3 (Residential) to create 6 x 2-bed and 3 x 1-bed self-contained flats, balustrade to rear to form communal terrace and alteration to bin/cycle storage.
  • 2 Sharps Lane: 2-storey rear extension.
  • 19 Sharps Lane: Details pursuant to discharge conditions No. 6 (Fencing) of planning permission from Feb 2016.
  • 15 King Edwards Road: Variation of condition 3 (approved drawings) of previous application for the ‘Erection of two detached houses with dormers and integral garages, new crossovers and associated external works (involving demolition of the existing house)’ to allow for the addition of a basement to both properties and alterations to the elevations of the approved dwellings. RVCP have again written to the planning officer expressing concerns about the damaging precedent that would be set if the application to install basements is approved.
  • 67 Manor Way: Change of use from single dwelling to 4 x 2-bed self contained flats, first floor rear extension with associated parking and amenity space involving installation of vehicular crossover to front.

New Appeals:

  • Telephone kiosks outside 50 and 140 High Street: Internally-Illuminated signs.


2. New decisions taken on Planning Applications and Appeals

Decisions on Planning Applications

Approved: None.


  • 17 Manor Road: Erection of a ground and first floor rear extension. This would be a further extension of a house extended sideways in 2009. Refusal reasons included size, design, bulk, depth, as well as overdominance and overlooking.
  • Rose Cottage, 11 Poplars Close: First floor rear extension. Reason for refusal: size, scale, bulk and design.
  • 73 High Street (Santander): Installation of digital merchandising TV at front. Reason for refusal: visually intrusive and out of character with the prevailing pattern of shop signage in this locality.
  • 18 Sharps Lane: Application for a non-material amendment to previous planning permission from 2014 to allow for amendments to the catslide roof to create additional floorspace. Reason for refusal: The proposed increase in height and depth of the catslide roof over the two storey side extension does not constitute a non-material amendment. 

Decisions on Planning Appeals


3. Outstanding Planning Applications and Appeals with decision pending

Overdue at end September

  • Former Mill Works, Bury Street – external security lighting. I was informed by the case officer (on 28th July) that they had just received a  revised lighting scheme from the developer’s agent, based on comments from local residents and the Metropolitan Police Crime Prevention Officer, and that they intend to carry out a neighbour reconsultation on the revised plan prior to determination. Decision was originally due 22nd January.
  • 47/49 High St (Specialized Cycles): 1st/2nd floor rear extension to create 5 flats with cycle spaces.  RRA and RVCP wrote to the original case officer expressing our concerns relating to the unsuitability of the proposed flats for living accommodation, overdevelopment of the site and implications for parking. The then new case officer (Polly Harris-Dorf) informed me on 27th July that she is waiting for the agent to arrange a site inspection for her before she can progress it to a decision.  The case officer has changed again since then. Decision was due 18th May, previously 8th April.
  • 112 High St. (Vision Express): Change of use of 1st floor from dwelling to shops and 1-storey rear infill extension. Decision was due 23rd September, previously 14th July.
  • 3 Pembroke Road (formerly rear of 157-161 High St): Roof conversion to create a 2-bedroom flat (8 rear rooflights, 2 front rooflights, 8 side rooflights). We wrote to the case officer requesting refusal as currently stated, and suggesting an alternative design. Decision was due 2nd August.

Due in October

  • Land adjacent to 2 Park Cottages, The Oaks: 2-storey, 1-bed, end of terrace dwelling house. Decision due 3rd October.
  • 1 Manor Road:  Raising of roof to create first floor with habitable roof space to include 1 x rear dormer and 2 front, 2 side and 1 rear rooflights and 2-storey side extension with alterations to front, side and rear elevations (Resubmission). There are some concerns about the size of the proposed development in a relatively small plot. Relevant history: Previous applications refused in Feb and Sept 2015, new application submitted in Jan 2016 withdrawn in Mar 2016. Decision due 3rd October.
  • 30 Midcroft:  Single storey side extension. Decision due 4th October.
  • 22 High Street (was V&A Dessert Lounge): Change of use from Use Class A1 (Shops) to Sui Generis for use as a Beauty Treatment/Nail Bar. Decision due 5th October.
  • 61A Kingsend: Conversion of roofspace to habitable use to include a rear dormer and 2 x front rooflights. Decision due 14th October.

4. Other Key Matters

  • Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) building: This building is in a critical position within the conservation area, between Manor Farm and St Martin’s / the Almshouses, and it is in poor condition. This site has been put up for sale by the council.
  • The Crock of Gold: There was some concern that one of the original chimneys had been demolished. On investigation it has been discovered that it was in danger of collapsing and so had to be removed on safety grounds.
  • The Six Bells: There has been some correspondence from residents concerned about the fact that the Six Bells is falling into disrepair. The RVCP have written to the Council and been told that they are considering a pre-application proposal for the site.*
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