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Walsingham House, 35 Seething Lane, London EC3N 4AH


Proposal: External alterations including the replacement of the 7th floor, the addition of two storeys office (B1) use with a plant room at roof level; infilling of the light well and the sloping roof fronting on to Crutched Friars; replacement windows; new entrances; flexible office (B1) / retail (A1) use of part of the ground floor; ancillary roof plant and cycle spaces.


The Committee received a late letter of objection from Mr Michael Will whose concerns related to daylight and sunlight hours and the Committee was given an opportunity to read it.


Mr Lance Harris spoke on behalf of the applicant relating to daylight and sunlight issues.


The Committee discussed the proposal in relation to sunlight and daylight issues including the extent of adverse sunlight and daylight impacts, the BRE Guidance, and Local Plan policies relating to protection of daylight and sunlight.   It was felt that the loss of light caused by the proposed development, although noticeable, was acceptable within the urban context of the City.  The Committee further discussed the positioning of the proposed staircase, travel plans, the increase in floor space and the filling of the light well.


Upon being put to the vote the application was approved unanimously.


RESOLVED – That authorisation be given to the Chief Planning Officer to determine the above application for the above proposal in accordance with the details set out in the attached schedule subject to:

a)    planning obligations and other agreements being entered into under Section 106 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 and Section 278 of the Highway Act 1980 in respect of those matters set out in the report, the decision notice not to be issued until the Section 106 obligations have been executed;

b)    Officers being instructed to negotiate and execute obligations in respect of those matters set out in "Planning Obligations" under Section 106 and any necessary agreements under Section 278 of the Highway Act 1980.

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