Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Applications Committee
Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 10.00 am

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

Contact: Andrew Tait  03000 416749

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Minutes - 4 December 2019 pdf icon PDF 277 KB


RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 December 2019 are correctly recorded and that they be signed by the Chairman.


General Matters


The Head of Planning Applications Group informed the Committee that following the consideration and referral of the Dover Grammar School for Boys application (DOV/19/01120 / KCC/DO/0195/2019), the  Secretary of State had decided that the former Dover Grammar School for Boys building was not of listable quality.  The Committee’s decision to grant permission for the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of a new teaching block (Minute 19/61) had therefore been confirmed. 


Application TW/19/1343 (KCC/TW/0093/2019) - Replacement processing plant and ancillary office and welfare buildings involving variation of Condition xvii of Permission TW/79/353 and the submission of details pursuant to Conditions iii (b), xiv, xv, xvi, xviii and xxii of Permission TW/79/753 at Stonecastle Farm Quarry, Whetsted Road, Five Oak Green, Tonbridge; Tarmac Ltd pdf icon PDF 3 MB


(1)          Representations from the Local Member, Ms S Hamilton had previously been circulated to the Committee. 


(2)       The Head of Planning Applications Group reported the receipt of late correspondence requesting that consideration of the application be deferred.  She stated that, having considered these representations, she did not consider that there were any grounds to amend the report or its recommendations. 


(3)       Mr A Chilvers, Mr S Gledhill and Mrs C Mackonochie addressed the Committee in opposition to the application. Mr M Pendock and Mr A Bate (Tarmac Ltd) spoke in reply.


(4)       The Committee decided to amend the lighting condition in order to specify that it would be designed to minimise light spill.  It also added two Informatives. The first of these advised to effectively comply with the condition regarding the requirement to maintain the access road in good order so as to minimise noise and dust impact. The second advised that the applicant should explore the potential for the provision of a 3-phase electric power supply to the plant site to replace the permitted diesel generators and install and use such a power supply as soon as reasonably possible.


(5)       On being put to the vote, the recommendations of the Head of Planning Applications Group were unanimously agreed as amended in (4) above.


(6)         RESOLVED that:-

(a)          permission be granted to the application subject to conditions, including conditions covering the   re-imposition   of  the conditions   imposed   on   Permission TW/79/753(amendedordeletedas necessary to reflectsubsequent approvalsorwhat is nowpermitted); theratedoutputof theprocessingplantbeingrestrictedtono morethan 20 tonnes per hour; processedmaterialstockpilesbeingrestrictedtono morethan6min height; external lighting being designed to minimise light spill and onlybeingused whennecessaryand asproposed; anew landscape,restorationandaftercare  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Proposal SE/19/3123 (KCC/SE/0239/2019) - Erection of single storey activity hall on existing car park and relocation of 11 parking spaces within the site at Riverhead Infants School, Worships Hill, Riverhead, Sevenoaks ; Governors of Riverhead Infants School pdf icon PDF 2 MB


(1)       The Head of Planning Applications Group reported correspondence from the Local Member, Mr N J D Chard which included a suggestion that a Local Liaison Group be set up to meet on a regular basis in order to improve dialogue between the School and the local community  with an invitation being extended to the local County and Borough Councillors and Members of the two Parish Councils.  The Committee agreed to add an Informative to this effect. 


(2)       Mr Martin Denton addressed the Committee in opposition to the application.  Mr Michael Mamalis (GAD Architecture) spoke in reply on behalf of the applicants.


(3)       The Committee decided to strengthen the landscaping condition by specifying that replacement trees should be planted.   It also added an Informative asking the applicants to consider the provision of passive infrastructure, including accessibility to an adequate electrical supply and ducting to enable the installation of electric car charging points.


(4)       On being put to the vote, the recommendations of the Head of Planning Applications Group were unanimously agreed as amended in (1) and (3) above.


(5)       RESOLVED that:-


(a)          permission be granted to the proposal subject to conditions, including conditions covering the standard 3 year timelimit; the developmentbe carried outin accordance with thepermitteddetails; the submission for approval of details of externalmaterials; measuresto protectexistingtreesduringconstruction,includingthose setoutinthe ArboriculturalMethod and ImpactStatement; the submission for approval of a preliminary   risk   assessment, site   investigation, options appraisaland remediationstrategyanda verificationplanand reportto meet EnvironmentAgencyrequirementsconcerningthe potential forhistoricland contamination andthe protection of controlled w  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Matters dealt with under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 155 KB


(1)       The Head of Planning Applications Group reported an Urgent Decision taken under Sections 10.15 and 10.16 of Part 2 of the Constitution.  This was an application from Robert Body Haulage for urgent activity at Borough Green Landfill to facilitate the M20 Road Works in February and March 2020.


(2)       Following discussions with the relevant KCC Local Member (Mr H Rayner) and the Chairman of the Planning Applications Group (Mr R A  Marsh),  the Head of Planning Applications Group had used her delegated powers to agree that Borough Green Landfill could open to allow the proposed works on those days and times referred to enable the request set out below:  


“Robert Body Haulage Limited has been approached by the company that are doing the M20 road improvements at the moment. They have lane closures in place over four weekends in February and March 2020 where they need to dig out the old carriage way and lay the new Type 1 Sub-base on a Saturday, so they can put the tarmac down on the Sunday. I have been in touch with other local landfill sites and they have the same working hours as us, 07.00 HRS to 13.00 HRS on a Saturday. With works taking place at junction 4 and on the M26 slip road, we are the closest landfill site to the works as you know.


 I have attached the dates, times, locations and estimated tonnage for your consideration.


1 Bottom of M26 C/B on slip 08/02/20: 20 loads muck away and 360t Type 1 sub-base Dig 06:00-13:00 T1 10:00-16:00;


2 Bottom of Jct 4 C/B on slip 15/02/20: 35 loads muck away and 640t Type 1 sub-base Dig 06:00-18:00 T1 10:00-21:00;


3A Bottom of Jct 4 L/B off slip 29/02/20: 25 loads muck away and 460t Type 1 sub-base Dig 06:00-15:00 T1 15:00-23:00


3B Bottom of Jct 4 L/B off slip 07/03/20: 26 loads muck away and 480t Type 1 sub-base Dig 06:00-15:00 T1 10:00-18:00


We are Sourcing the Type 1 sub-base from Hanson’s at Allington”


(3)       In coming to the decision to grant the request, all concerned had given considerable weight to the desirability of securing a solution to the waste disposal needs associated with the M20 roadworks, the lack of available alternatives and the fact that it would not otherwise have been possible to secure any formal planning permission in time to facilitate the proposed operations.


(4)       For the avoidance of doubt, the approval only related to those operations necessary for the stated works.  The additional hours were not permitted to be used for the receipt of other waste or other operations not directly associated with what had been proposed.  The approval was also given on the understanding that HGVs would be routed to and from the site via that part of Wrotham Road (A227) to the north of the site access, the A20 (north of the M20), the M26 and M20.


(5)       RESOLVED to note matters dealt with under delegated powers since the last meeting  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


KCC Response to Consultations pdf icon PDF 304 KB

Additional documents:


(1)       Mr J Burden informed the Committee that as Leader of Gravesham BC, he would not participate in any discussion of KCC’s response to Gravesham BC’s Local Validation List (Item F5).


(2)       RESOLVED to note Kent County Council’s responses to the following consultations:-


(a)           Application 19/00025/AS Location - Land between railway line and Willesborough Road, Kennington, Kent. Proposal - 'Hybrid planning application seeking: outline planning permission (all matters reserved except for points of access) for up to 437 dwellings; formal and informal open space incorporating SuDS; and associated services, infrastructure and groundworks; and (ii) full planning permission for the erection of 288 dwellings; the creation of serviced plot of land to facilitate the delivery by Kent County Council of a two-form entry primary school with associated outdoor space and vehicle parking; a new Bowls Centre including a clubhouse of 292 sq m, ancillary buildings and a bowling green; a local centre to provide 280 sq m of A1 (retail), 180 sq m of A1 (retail foodstore) , 100 sqm A3 (café), 75 sq m A5 (takeaway), 190 sq m D2 (gym/fitness studio space), open space incorporating SuDS; vehicle parking; and associated services, structural landscaping, infrastructure and groundworks. **Subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment**;


(b)          Tonbridge and Malling Borough Local Plan - Additional Information Consultation;


(c)          Canterbury District Local Plan Review - Draft Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report;


(d)          Ash Parish Council Neighbourhood Development Plan - Regulation 14;


(e)          Gravesham Borough Council Local Validation List (Local List) of Validation Requirements for Planning Applications;


(f)           Folkestone & Hythe District Council - Core Strategy Review Submission Draft 2019 Consultation – Proposed Amendments;


(g)          Folkestone & Hythe Core Strategy Review Submission Draft 2019 consultation on Revised Housing Requirement;


(h)          Application SE/19/02616 for 850 homes at Stonehouse Park, Broke Hill Golf Course, Halstead, Sevenoaks;


(i)            Application TM/13/01535/OAEA (Phase 3, Kings Hill). The application includes details of a Landscape Strategy pursuant to Condition 23 (partial discharge), Landscaping Scheme pursuant to Condition 24 (partial discharge) and details of external lighting pursuant to Condition 33 (partial discharge) of the same Consent; and


(j)            Application SE/19/05000/HYB Location - DSTL Fort Halstead Crow Drive Halstead Sevenoaks KENT TN14 7BU Proposal - Hybrid application comprising, in outline: development of business space (use classes B1a/b/c) of up to 27,659 sq m GEA; works within the X enclave relating to energetic testing operations, including fencing, access, car parking; development of up to 750 residential dwellings; development of a mixed use village centre (use classes A1/A3/A4/A5/B1a/D1/D2); primary school; change of use of Fort Area and bunkers to Historic Interpretation Centre (use class D1) with workshop space and; associated landscaping, works and infrastructure. In detail: demolition of existing buildings; change of use and works including extension and associated alterations to buildings Q13 and Q14 including landscaping and public realm, and primary and secondary accesses to the site.