Planning Appeal refused by planning inspector for new house at 1 Byron Gardens, Poets’ Estate, Sutton

Sutton Council refused the planning application Ref C2015/71087/FUL, dated 12th January 2015, on 17th March 2015 supporting local residents’ views that the scheme was unsuited to the site.

The applicant went to appeal to the planning inspector based in Bristol, as is allowed under planning law (the Appeal Ref No. is: APP/P5870/W/15/3008608), against the decision of Sutton Council.   The development proposed was for “the erection of one bed end-of-terrace residential property with associated parking and landscaping”.  The site is quite near the junction of Byron Gardens with Orchard Way, in the Poets’ Estate.

We have been advised today that the appeal has been dismissed.

 

Poets Estate – 10 Big Actions by the FOCUS Team

Some things we’ve done for you in the Poets’ Estate:-

1) Benhill Rec. We installed new play facilities, planted lavender beds and removed the old skateboard ramp.

2) Westmead Road/Carshalton Grove. We asked the Council to investigate and prevent future floods in this area.

3) Colston Avenue/Coleridge Avenue/Court Drive. We installed new yellow lines to reduce commuter parking.

4) Free Grit. We installed new grit bins in many locations in the Poets’ Estate/Westmead area of the Carshalton Central ward, including at the junction of Sutton Grove/Waterloo Road.

5) Street Trees. We have got planted 81 street trees in Carshalton Central ward many of them in the Poets’ Estate.

6) Mead Crescent. Road was resurfaced.

7) Shirley Avenue. Road and pavements were resurfaced.

8) Westmead Allotments. Better secure fencing installed.

9) Shorts Road/West Street Footpath. We asked the council to clear dog mess and asked police to monitor the area.

10) Wrythe Rec. We installed new play facilities in the rec. We asked that the railings are refurbished and work is underway.

And….We have also kept residents informed and supported residents in the various planning applications affecting our area. Examples are the Carshalton Athletic Football Club’s applications for 3G plastic surface for the football pitch and extended hours of lighting both of which were unanimously refused by Sutton Council’s planning / development control committee.

1 Byron Gardens, Sutton: Planning Appeal Dismissed by Government Inspector

Jill, Hamish and Alan are pleased that the Government’s planning inspector has upheld Sutton Council’s decision to refuse planning permission to develop the land at 1 Byron Gardens. The developer went to appeal and the inspector has turned it down, agreeing with the Council’s reasons for refusal.

The planning inspector said that the proposed development would significantly harm the character and appearance of the area. The development would have been contrary to Sutton Council’s planning Policies, which require good urban design that respects context and distinctive local character. The development also failed to follow Sutton Council’s Planning Guidance.

Cllr. Alan Salter said: “The planning application C2013/68158/FUL was received last September by Sutton Council to develop land at 1 Byron Gardens. It was refused by Sutton Council last November.”

Cllr. Jill Whitehead added: “The main issues were the concerns about the effect on the character and appearance of the area and the effect on the living conditions of neighbours, especially the outlook from properties on Orchard Way. The inspector said that the proposed building would be attached to the side of No.1, protruding to within 2m of the highway boundary and standing at an awkward angle relative to the carriageway.

Cllr. Hamish Pollock said: “The scheme resulted in awkward dimensions of the site, which combined with the orientation of No.1 meant that the proposed dwelling could not be satisfactorily accommodated. The proposed new building would appear as an anomaly in the “streetscene” in Byron Gardens, failing to reflect its prevailing character and appearing cramped within the site.”

Carshalton Central’s Street Tree Planting Schedule 2013

Cllr. Hamish Pollock who is a tree enthusiast asked the council’s tree expert for a list of the newly planted street trees recently and here it is. Sorry that it is such a long list but it demonstrates the council’s commitment over recent decades to improving our all-important street scene in Carshalton Central ward and indeed through the borough of Sutton.

Sutton is great place to live and work

Sutton is a great place to live and work

Ashcombe Road, Carshalton 17 Prunus Sunset Boulevard
Browning Avenue, Sutton 1 Prunus Amanogawa
Browning Avenue, Sutton 13 Prunus Virginiana Canada Red
Browning Avenue, Sutton 42/44 Prunus Amanogawa
Byron Gardens, Sutton 12 Prunus Amanogawa
Byron Gardens, Sutton 3 Prunus Tai Haku
Court Drive, Sutton 20 Malus Trilobata
Croft Road, Sutton GDN 1 Acer Campestre
Florian Avenue, Sutton 07-09 Acer Campestre
Florian Avenue, Sutton 30 Crataegus Monogyna
Florian Avenue, Sutton 43 Acer Campestre Streetwise
Harrow Road, Carshalton 83/85 Prunus Amanogawa
Harrow Road, Carshalton Opp 49(Island) Prunus Sunset Boulevard
Harrow Road, Carshalton s/o 57 Wales Avenue Prunus Unidentified Species
Mead Crescent, Sutton 14 Prunus Unidentified Species
Meadow Road, Sutton 06-08 Prunus Amanogawa
Meadow Road, Sutton 23 Prunus Amanogawa
Milton Avenue, Sutton 27 Prunus Amanogawa
Milton Avenue, Sutton S/O 137 Westmead Road Prunus Amanogawa
Orchard Way 26 Acer Campestre Streetwise
Orchard Way, Sutton 1 Malus Trilobata
Orchard Way, Sutton 30 Crataegus Monogyna
Park Close, Carshalton Opp 13 (Adj fence) Acer Pseudoplatanus
Shirley Avenue, Sutton 14 Prunus Sunset Boulevard
Shirley Avenue, Sutton 71 Prunus Amanogawa
Westmead Corner, Carshalton OS Babyland (Paved Area) Acer Campestre Streetwise
Westmead Road, Sutton 164 Crataegus Monogyna

Blakehall Road

O/S 7-9

Sorbus Aria ‘Majestica’

Byron Gardens

33/35

Amalanchii Lamarkii ‘Robin Hill’

Coleridge Avenue

GDN.4

Acer Campestre ‘ Streetwise’

Meadow Road

27

Crataegus Laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’

Court Drive

22

Acer Campestre ‘ Streetwise’

Laburnum Avenue

O/S 18

Laburnum X Watereri

Brookside

O/S 9

Prunus Royal Burgundy

Carshalton Park Rd

36

Tilia Tormentosa ‘Chelsea Sentenel’ Agreed By Two Properties

Woodstock Road

26

Sorbus Aucuparia

Woodstock Road

41

Crataegus Laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’

Brookside

opp 2  -side of 1

Amalanchii Lamarkii ‘Robin Hill’

Laburnum Ave

1

Laburnum X Watereri

Laburnum Ave

2

Laburnum X Watereri

Brookside

s/o 18 Carshalton Place  (nr 15 Brookside)

Laburnum X Watereri ‘Vossi’

Salisbury Road

O/S 31/33

Prunus Royal Burgundy

Brookfield Avenue

O/S 9

Sorbus Aucuparia

Planning Application for house at land to the side of 1 Byron Gardens, Sutton

Your local FOCUS team does try to keep you the residents informed about all major applications and to represent local residents when applications are likely come to the development control committee, usually if they are deemed to be “major” applications or if there have been at least 10 letters of objection from local residents. 

Cllr. Hamish Pollock says: “Sutton Council has recently received a planning application for a house at  the land to the side of number 1 Byron Gardens, in the Poets’ Estate, Sutton”. 

Cllr. Jill Whitehead says: “The application is for the erection of a part one part two storey 4 – bedroomed end of terrace house together with two car parking spaces and widening of existing access. You can view all the details and comment upon the plans on line by clicking on:

http://5.150.92.212/FASTWEB/detail.asp?AltRef=C2013/67421&ApplicationNumber=&AddressPrefix=1+Byron+Gardens&submit1=Go

Cllr. Alan Salter says: “You can also write to the council’s planners at 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton SM5 2jG quoting the planning application number C2013/67421.

The main grounds on which you can object to this development are:

–       Over-development/over-intensity of building

–       Development on back garden land

–       Overlooking neighbours and blocking their light

–       Building not in keeping with other homes

–       Parking problems/safety

–       Removal of street or garden trees

You cannot object on house value grounds, and as each application is taken on its own merit, you cannot compare it to any other local planning application. Precedent is also not a valid planning objection for the same reason.”

Carshalton Athletic Football Club & Carshalton High School for Girls sports plans

Residents in the vicinity of the football club off Colston Avenue, Carshalton will receive from Jill, Alan and Hamish in the next day or two a Special FOCUS leaflet. Please see link to the leaflet at the bottom of this posting.

We will be delivering the leaflet to all households in nearby roads in the Poets’ Estate (northern, eastern and middle sections as far as Kingsley Avenue) and also eastern end of Westmead Road, and all of Highfield Road and Rossdale. The leaflet contains the following text:-

Cllr. Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Council’s Environment & Neighbourhoods Committee, says: “Your ward councillors and three local resident representatives recently met the Carshalton Athletic Football Club Chairman (CAFC) and his team to discuss their plans for a new all-weather football pitch, to replace the current earth pitch. They intend to apply for substantial funds from the Football Association and submit a planning application to Sutton Council in the autumn, with building starting in summer 2014. They plan to replace current training activity in Wrythe Recreation Ground with activity on the all-weather pitch in the ground, thus reducing traffic and parking stress along Brookfield Avenue.

Cllr. Alan Salter adds: “In order to reduce other parking and traffic stress in the Colston Avenue area, the club plans to seek double yellow lines and road signage for its entrance in Colston Avenue, and also direct visitors to park in a largely unused alternative car park at the rear of the ground next to the Woodland Trust nature reserve, which can accommodate significant numbers of cars. We have asked the club to look at ways the new pitch (if it is agreed) could be shielded from residents in Mead Crescent to reduce noise and light problems e.g. by planting trees or erecting a noise barrier. CAFC is currently going door- to- door in local roads to seek local residents’ views on their proposals, and will report back shortly on their consultation exercise.

Cllr. Hamish Pollock, Chair of the Council’s Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee added: “We have also just been alerted to plans by Carshalton High School for Girls to build a new sports hall, on the adjacent site next to Carshalton Athletic Football Club. This could put extra parking pressure on residents in Brookfield Avenue, who have already commented to us about parental parking, and in other roads on the Poets Estate, as well as problems of lighting and noise currently referred to by local residents.”

More in a future posting.

FOCUS Special June 2013 Carshalton Athletic

Carshalton_Athletic

Potholes Reported by Cllr. Jill Whitehead

Cllr. Jill Whitehead has recently reported a large number of pot holes in and around the Carshalton Central neighbourhood including:-

1) The length of Gordon Road in the approach to Carshalton Beeches railway station.

2) In the centre of Cambridge Road (off Carshalton Road) where there are some wide white hashed markings.

3) By tree in Milton Avenue close to junction with Shirley Avenue (on the part of Milton Avenue that is between Shirley Avenue and Brookfield Avenue), and potholes at all four corners of Milton and Shirley Avenues junction.

4) Outside no 46 Milton Avenue close to the pavement and outside nos 52 and 54 Milton Avenue (ditto), (on the part of Milton Avenue that is between Shirley Avenue and Brookfield Avenue).

5) By tree in Milton Avenue, in middle of road close to green triangle and the junction with Byron Gardens (on the part of Milton Avenue that is between Brookfield Avenue and Erskine Road – this part of the road is in poor condition generally).

6) Benhill Recreation Ground: Large potholes in the park path alongside the children’s playground on the Harold Road side.

7) Potholes in Byron Avenue close to the junction with Westmead Road, and at the junction of Byron Avenue with Byron Avenue East.

8) Potholes in Kingsley Avenue at junction with Byron Avenue East.

9) Pothole near drain outside no 9 Kingsley Avenue.

10) Potholes at junction of Cowper Avenue and Byron Avenue East.

11) Potholes at junction of Kingsley Avenue and Shirley Avenue.

We hope that these can be attended to before too long.