Kimpton House antennas planning application

Just in case you missed it, the blog entry Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions – May13th 2017  highlighted the following planning application;

  • No of Neighbours Consulted: 0
  • Date Registered: 10 May 2017
  • Address: Communication Station, GLN 540, Roof Top, Kimpton House, Fontley Way, SW15
  • TEAM: W
  • Proposal: Notification of the intention to install 3no antennas on freestanding support frames, 3no 300mm transmission dishes and 1no radio equipment cabinet.

The following highlights further detail regarding this planning application;


To: WBC

Sent: Friday, June 30, 2017 10:55 PM

Subject: Kimpton House – Planning Application 2017/2559

Thank you for the outline below.


From: WBC

Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 9:50 AM

Subject: RE: Kimpton House – Planning Application 2017/2559

Thank you for your further e-mail dated 24th June 2017.

As I advised you in my previous e-mail dated 22nd June, whilst the Council has deemed it appropriate to agree in principle to granting UK Broadband Ltd permission to erect a telecoms installation, this will be subject amongst other issues, to them submitting relevant technical information and a method statement for the consideration of Housing and Regeneration Department technical officers. If this is approved and should an agreement for lease be subsequently entered into, a technical inspection of the roof will be undertaken both prior to and subsequent to installation to ensure that no damage is caused. However, I am advised by Mono Consultants that the equipment itself is very lightweight and indeed there is usually no penetration of the roof structure itself which could create any possible damage.

I trust that this addresses any concerns you may have but if you have any further queries please contact me.


Sent: 24 June 2017 17:58

To: WBC

Subject: Kimpton House – Planning Application 2017/2559

many thanks for the detailed response below, this is very much appreciated.

I understand the requirement to make good if something has adversely impacted, though how would the Council know whether any damage has occurred, for as I understand there is not a review of the finished works for each and every planning application that has been sanctioned.

In this instance, how would the Council be aware of any damage that may have been caused?

Would a representative of the Council assess the before-work and after-work progress?


From: WBC

Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:10 AM

Subject: Kimpton House – Planning Application 2017/2559

Thank you for your recent e-mails addressed to @@@, dated 12th and 20th June 2017, concerning planning application 2017/2559 relating to Kimpton House. Your enquiries have been referred to me for investigation and reply.

The planning application to which you refer has been submitted by Mono Consultants, acting as agents for an organisation called UK Broadband Ltd, who have approached the Council as landlord with a request to install telecommunications equipment on a number of its residential tower blocks, including Kimpton House, for the purpose of the provision of wireless broadband services to the local community. As Kimpton House already has an existing telecommunications installation on the roof, where the provider is Everything Everywhere Ltd, the Council as landlord has deemed it appropriate to agree in principle to also granting UK Broadband Ltd permission to erect a further installation, subject to them submitting relevant technical information and a method statement  for the consideration of Council technical officers and then entering into a lease agreement and agreeing to make payment of a suitable yearly rental sum in consideration. An initial submission has been sent to the Council and at present heads of terms in relation to a lease are being negotiated by the Council’s appointed property contractor. Certain conditions within any such lease which is negotiated are quite detailed but  essentially ensure that the commercial tenant should make good any damage which they cause at their own expense and that they indemnify the Council for any costs which it itself incurs in making good any damage. Hence affected leaseholders will not incur any service charge costs should such remedial works be required.

As part of the process of seeking Council consent for such an installation, the organisation is also required to submit a planning application under Schedule 2 – Part 16 of the General Permitted Development Order. However, as my colleague, @@@ in the Council’s Planning Team has already advised you, the Council has no discretion during the assessment of an application of this type, furthermore there is no requirement to consult on applications made under the Permitted Development Order and as the proposal complies with the requirements under Schedule 2, it has been approved as permitted development

At the point when any proposed lease agreement is to be entered into, all affected residents will be duly consulted concerning the proposed installation.

In answer to the points you raise in your second e-mail to @@@ dated 20th June 2017, I would comment as follows :

  1. How much does the Council make from this arrangement ? – Whenever the Council enters into such an agreement which is essentially a commercial leasing arrangement, it negotiates a commercial rent with the installer for effectively renting an area of roof space. This rental will vary from site to site but any such rents in relation to Housing blocks where the Council is landlord, are credited to the Housing Revenue Account. Where the term of any such lease is in excess of 7 years, these have to be registered with HM Land Registry and in such circumstances the details of the lease are within the public domain and the information they contain, including the initial rental sum, can be obtained by making the appropriate application for a copy of a lease to HM Land Registry on payment of a fee. The existing lease at Kimpton House currently held with Everything Everywhere Ltd, was granted for a term of 10 years and a copy can be obtained by making an application, although I can advise that the initial annual rent was set at  £14,000 per annum.

With regard to any lease which may be entered into with UK Broadband Ltd, as this has yet to be completed it is not possible to provide you with any details of the proposed rent at this stage and in any case and upon completion details can only be obtained if it falls within the public domain.

  1. How much will the Council make from the amended arrangement under this planning application ? –   Covered in point 1 above.
  2. Are there any blocks on the Alton Estate which are subject to this arrangement ?  – Yes
  3. 4.    If the answer to number 3 is ‘yes’, can you please highlight which buildings ?    – At present Kimpton House and Binley House are the only two blocks on the Alton Estate where telecommunications equipment has been installed on the roofs.

I trust that his addresses the points you have raised, but please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further queries in relation to this matter.


From: WBC

Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:13 PM

Subject: RE: Kimpton House planning application 2017/2559

Further to your emails dated 12 and 20 June 2017 addressed to @@@ in relation to the above planning application.

Your queries have been forwarded to the Leasehold and Procurement Manager, @@@, to investigate and respond to you direct in due course.


To: WBC

Sent: Monday, June 12, 2017 6:06 PM

Subject: Kimpton House planning application 2017/2559

I have been in contact with the Planning department regarding an application which has taken place for Kimpton House.

Interestingly, the planning application cited that no neighbours were consulted and the Planning team cite that there was no requirement for this consultation to take place. However, it might be reasonable to suggest that residents are notified if the works? Apologies if such notice has been done and I am not aware or have missed it.

Additionally, there does not seem to be any plans in place to review the before work and after work status. It would not be unreasonable to suggest that someone from the Council make sure that no damage is done by this work that could result in a service charge cost in future years?


From: WBC

Date: 12 June 2017 at 16:05:10 BST

Subject: RE: Kimpton House planning application 2017/2559

Yes I can confirm that there is no obligation to inform residents about the application – there may however be a duty from freeholder under the lease arrangement however this would be a civil matter separate from the Council and the assessment of this application.

No, the planning department would not check any before or after work to assess the installation of the proposed equipment.

I trust this assists.


Sent: 12 June 2017 13:29

To: WBC

Subject: Kimpton House planning application 2017/2559

Many thanks for the quick response.

To confirm two points please.

There is no obligation to inform residents of the block that this work is taking place?

Does the Council check the before and after work to assess whether any remedial work by the contractors are required?


From: WBC

Date: 12 June 2017 at 09:30:04 BST

Subject: RE: Kimpton House planning application 2017/2559

Thank you for the below email.

The application was applied for under Schedule 2 – Part 16 of the General Permitted Development Order, the Council has no discretion during the assessment of an application of this type (it either complies or it doesn’t), furthermore there is no requirement to consult on applications made under the Permitted Development Order. The proposal complies with the requirements under Schedule 2 – Part 16, and as such it was approved as permitted development.

With regards to your final question I note that this is a Civil issue that does not fall within the Council’s jurisdiction.

If you have any further questions please let me know.


Sent: 11 June 2017 18:31

To: WBC

Subject: Kimpton House planning application 2017/2559

regarding this application can more information please be provided.

What is the reason for no planning permission being required for this application?

The residents were not consulted and should be made aware of the work to be done on the building. Perhaps they would like to know that additional electromagnetic waves will be bouncing off the top of the building.

Additionally, with any work done how will leaseholders be able to assured that none of the works, current or future will slip into their service charges?


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