Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee
Wednesday, 11th September, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone. View directions

Contact: Andrew Tait  03000 416749

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Minutes - 10 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 264 KB


RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 10 July 2019 are correctly recorded and that they be signed by the Chairman.


Site Meetings and Other Meetings


The Committee agreed to postpone its tour of permitted development sites that had been scheduled for 8 October until the New Year.


Application TM/02/2663/MR97/R (KCC/TM/0017/2019) - Details of Interim Restoration (Conditions 2b and 22), Working, Restoration and Aftercare Scheme for the area marked in yellow on Drawing P1/1782/2 (Condition 8), a Woodland Management Scheme (Condtion 24), Aftercare Scheme (Condition 27) and an Archaeological Watching Brief (Condition 30) pursuant to Permission TM/02/2663/MR97 which allows for clay and sand extraction from the quarry at Park Farm Quarry, Platt Industrial Estate, Maidstone Road, Platt; Echoraise Ltd (trading as J Connolly and Sons Ltd) pdf icon PDF 2 MB


(1)       Mr H Rayner moved, seconded by Mr A Booth that consideration of this matter be deferred due to inaccuracies in the report and that the opportunity caused by the deferment be taken to hold a site visit in order to inspect the site access arrangements.

            Lost 4 votes to 6 with 1 abstention.  


(2)       The Committee agreed to the addition of three Informatives to the recommendations. These were that the applicants should consider the potential for further measures to reduce the noise levels arising from the defined temporary operations to  below 70dB LAeq; that they should explore the potential for an alternative access route through Nepicar Farm Quarry; and to encourage them to form a liaison group with the local community.  


(3)       On being put to the vote, the recommendations of the Head of Planning Applications Group were carried by 6 votes to 3 with 2 abstentions. 


(4)       RESOLVED that:-


(i)            approval be given to the application pursuanttotherequirements ofConditions2, 8,22,24,27 and30 of Permission TM/02/2663/MR97 subject to furtherconditions, including conditions covering dailyHGVmovements being limitedto58 (29in/ 29out)on MondaystoFridaysand to 30 movements (15 in /15 out)on Saturdays;  no work, exceptforarchaeologicalinvestigations,takingplaceinphases2 and3, noranydisturbanceof therouteof RestrictedByway MR247Buntil the diversionof thisrightof wayislegallyconfirmedandtherevisedrouteprovided on site; and the submission for approval of drawingsreflectingtheamendedrouteof rightof wayMR24  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.


Proposal CA/19/1046 (KCC/CA/0108/2019) - Installation of new public canoe/kayak pontoon, six timber changing cubicles, upgrading of existing fishing swims/platforms and upgrading of existing footpath from the car park to the riverbank at Grove Ferry Picnic Site, Grove Ferry Road, Wickhambreux; KCC Country Parks pdf icon PDF 949 KB


(1)       Mr H Rayner informed the Committee that he was a member of British Canoeing.  This did not constitute An Other Significant Interest and he was able to approach the determination of the application with an open mind.


(2)       The Head of Planning Applications Group referred to paragraph 11 of the report and asked the Committee to note that application sought to improve 6 rather than 7 existing fishing platforms. 


(3)       The Head of Planning Applications Group reported correspondence from the Local Member, Mr M J Northey in support of the proposal.


(4)       RESOLVEDthatpermission be granted to the proposal subject to conditions, including conditions covering thestandardthree-year time limit; the development beingcarried outinaccordancewith the permitteddetails; and, prior to the commencementofworks(includingvegetationremoval)toinstallthe pontoon, thesubmission for approval of a method statementdetailingthevegetationmanagementmeasuresthat willbe implementedtoavoidandmitigateimpactstowatervolesandtheirburrows.




Proposal MA/18/502882 (KCC/MA/0084/2018) - Creation of a 3G artificial turf pitch (ATP) with fencing, floodlighting and associated features at Maidstone Grammar School, Barton Road, Maidstone; Governors of Maidstone Grammar School pdf icon PDF 5 MB



(1)       Mrs Sharon Thompson, Head of Planning Applications Group declared that she had a conflict of interest in respect of this item as her daughter had attended Maidstone Grammar School until the end of the Summer Term in 2019.  She confirmed that she had played no part in the consideration of this application and had delegated responsibility as Head of Planning Applications Group for this case to Mr Paul Hopkins, Principal Planning Officer, lead for community development.   Mrs Thompson then left the meeting for this particular item.


(2)       Mr Paul Hopkins, Principal Planning Officer informed the Committee that his children had been pupils at Maidstone Grammar School and that the youngest of them had left at the end of the Summer Term in 2017.  One of his nephews had also attended the School until the end of the Summer Term 2019.  He confirmed that since his children had left, he had had no direct involvement or personal interest in the School and that there would be no personal benefit to himself or his family if planning permission were granted.   Whilst he would not normally be placed in such a position, the Corporate Director and the Monitoring Officer had advised that, in the absence of a suitable alternative officer with the necessary expertise on community development, he would be able to advise the Committee on this occasion.  The Head of Planning Applications Group had therefore delegated her responsibility for the functions relating to town and country planning and development management matters for Maidstone Grammar School to him.


(3)       Mr Aftab Khan (Amey: Lighting) and Mrs Jenefer Taylor (Amey: Noise) were present to give detailed advice to the Committee on their responses as the Council’s advisors on these matters. 


(4)       Correspondence from Mr C Brockwell, Mr R Davey, Mr J Doody, Mr P Edwards, Mr D Harwood and Mr A Tilbury in respect of the application had previously been circulated to all Members of the Committee. 


(5)       The Principal Planning Officer informed the Committee of the content of correspondence from the Local Members, Mr R H Bird and Mr D S Daley in support of the application.


(6)       The Principal Planning Officer asked the Committee to agree to Mr Bird’s suggestion that the tree-planting Informative should be strengthened so that the applicant was strongly encouraged to plant additional trees as suggested by Amey Landscape.       This was agreed.


(7)       Mr David Ealham addressed the Committee in opposition to the application. Mr Mark Tomkins (Head Teacher) spoke in reply.


(8)      The Committee agreed to the inclusion of an additional Informative advising the Applicants to establish a local liaison group involving local residents.


(9)        The Chairman put the recommendations of the Principal Planning Officer, as amended in (6) and (8) above) to the vote.

Tied 5 votes to 5 with 2 abstentions


(10)     In accordance with Committee Procedure Rule 2.26 (2), the Chairman declared that he was using his casting vote in favour of the recommendations set out in (9) above. 


(11)     RESOLVED that:-  ...  view the full minutes text for item 40.


Matters dealt with under delegated powers pdf icon PDF 164 KB


(1)          The Head of Planning Applications Group reported an urgent decision taken under Section 1.7 of Appendix 2 Part 3 of the Constitution. This decision had been taken after publication of the papers for the Committee meeting. This was a Request by Gallagher Aggregates Ltd for out of hours working at Hermitage Quarry, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone to enable the supply of aggregates for the preparation of HGV holding sites on behalf of the Department of Transport for use in the event of a hard Brexit.


(2)       The request sought a 3-hour extension to the operating day to allow Hermitage Quarry to open between 1800 and 2100 hours on Mondays to Fridays and between 1300 and 1600 hours on Saturdays for a 6 week period prior to the end of October 2019 to enable the delivery of aggregates to the HGV holding sites being prepared for the Department for Transport.  Gallagher Aggregates Ltd indicated that it hoped to supply the majority of the aggregates during the normal working day but that use of the additional hours might be necessary in order to meet the deadline.


(3)       A similar request to supply aggregates for the Manston Lorry Park Project was approved in February 2019 for the period prior to the end of March 2019 and reported to the 6th March 2019 Committee.


(4)       The views of the Chairman of the Planning Applications Committee and the Local Member, Mr P J Homewood were sought in advance of the decision being made.  Neither had an objection to the request. 


(5)       In agreeing to the request, considerable weight had been given to the exceptional circumstances in this case; the urgent need to make appropriate arrangements for a potential hard Brexit; the views of the consulted Members and the fact that it had not been possible to secure any formal planning permission in time to facilitate the proposed operations.


(6)       For the avoidance of doubt, the approval only related to those operations necessary for the delivery of aggregates (including loading HGVs) and the additional hours were not permitted to be used for other operations at the quarry.


(7)       In agreeing to the request, Gallagher Aggregates Ltd was also required to advise the County Planning Authority in writing of the start and end of the 6- week period and those days where the extended operating hours were used.


(8)       RESOLVED to note matters dealt with under delegated powers since the last meeting relating to:-


(a)         County matter applications;


(b)        County Council developments;


(c)          Screening Opinions under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017;


(d)         Scoping Opinions under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (None); and


(e)         The Urgent decision taken under Section 1.7 of Appendix 2 Part 3 of the Constitution as set out in (1) to (8) above.


KCC responses to consultations pdf icon PDF 134 KB


RESOLVED to note Kent County Council’s response to the following consultations:-


(a)          Application Y19/0257/FH – Outline application with all matters reserved at Otterpool Park Development, Ashford Road, Sellindge;


(b)        Innovation Park Medway, Rochester; and


(c)        Marden Neighbourhood Plan – Regulation 16.