To agree the public minutes of the meeting held on 1 February 2022.
The Committee considered the public minutes of the meeting held on 1 February 2022 and approved them as a correct record.
Moor Lane (page 6) – A Member made reference to a further briefing note circulated to the Committee yesterday evening and the fact that this raised several important issues for Members. He went on to state that the proposals set out within the briefing paper were clearly contrary to planning policy in that they allowed for a number of security bollards to be located on the eastern side of the street rather than within the demise of 21 Moorfields. He highlighted that this would have a consequent negative, cumulative impact upon the Moor Lane greening plan. The Member recognised that, whilst the proposal was still to be finalised, it was clearly a poor substitute for the original plan, and featured some design proposals that were, in his view, entirely inappropriate for this location adjacent to the Barbican Conservation Area. He highlighted that the proposed introduction of seating here was also a concern to many and questioned how the Chair now intended to handle this matter.
The Chair highlighted that Officers were keen to hear Members’ views on the merits of the proposal and encouraged all those who wished to to comment on this by contacting Officers directly.
61-65 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FD (page 8) – A Member highlighted that, when this application was considered at the last meeting, a number of health and safety concerns regarding fire and smoke moving from one window to another due to the design of the building had been raised. She noted that this matter was to be resolved following the granting of planning consent but reiterated that she was uncomfortable with this approach, particularly considering the amount of funds that the City Corporation was dedicating to ensuring that its own housing stock was as safe as possible in terms of fire and smoke. She went on to question whether the Committee could be made aware when this matter was resolved. The Chair asked that the Member liaise directly with Officers on this matter.