Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Wednesday, 17th March, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Online

Contact: Andrew Tait  03000 416749


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Minutes - 10 February 2021 pdf icon PDF 124 KB


RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 10 February 2021 are correctly recorded and that they be signed by the Chairman.


Site Meetings and Other Meetings


The Head of Planning Applications briefly informed the Committee that it was still not possible for the Committee to undertake a site visit to Covers Farm, Westerham in the light of the current Covid-19 pandemic.



Proposal DOV/20/01048 (KCC/DO/0178/2020) - Creation of two new sections of road as dedicated Bus Rapid Transit route for buses, cyclists and pedestrians only. Section 1 - New road, 1.0 km in length, connecting Whitfield Urban Expansion to Tesco roundabout at Honeywood Parkway via new overbridge over A2. Access to bridge will be controlled by bus gates. Section 2 - New road, 1.1 km in length connecting B & Q roundabout on Honeywood Park Road to Dover Road near Frith Farm, with access to Dover Road controlled by a bus gate. Providing access to future phases of White Cliffs Business Park at Dover Fastrack - Land to the north of Dover and to the south of Whitfield; KCC Major Capital Projects pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Additional documents:


(1)       The Head of Planning Applications informed the Committee of representations received from Aardvark Planning Law on behalf of Halsbury Homes. 


(2)       In the light of comments received from Guston PC, the Head of Planning Applications asked the Committee to agree to the revision of draft conditions 12 and 13 through the removal of the words: “unless otherwise approved in writing with the County Planning Authority.”  This was agreed. 


(3)       The Clerk to the Committee read out representations from Guston PC, Sebastian Charles of Aardvark Planning Law and from Jack Pugsley of WSP in reply on behalf of the applicants. 


(4)       Mr G Lymer and Mr N J Collor were present for this item as Local Members and addressed the Committee.


(5)       On being put to the vote, the recommendations of the Head of Planning Applications as amended in (2) above were agreed by 12 votes to 0 with 1 abstention.


(6)      RESOLVED that:-


(a)       permission be granted to the proposal subject to conditions, including conditions covering the developmentbeginning within3 yearsof thedate of thepermission; the development beingcarried outin accordancewith thesubmitted details; prior to the commencement of section 1 of Fastrack details of all the proposedstructures, including the overbridge, retaining walls, paving and hard surfaces,carriageway design and materials being submitted to the County Planning Authority for   written approval; the construction of Section 2 of the Fastrack road being carried out  in accordance with the WSP Materials Schedule document and drawing numbersKCC/HTW/1100/001, KCC/HTW/1100/004, and KCC/HTW/1100/005; details of the fences, railings and gates being submitted for   the written approval of the County Planning Authority prior to their installation, and thereafter being implemented asapproved and retained; details of the permanent bus shelters being submitted for the     written approval of the County Planning Authority prior to their installation and thereafter being implemented asapproved and retained;  the implementation of the landscape design proposals as set out on drawing numbersDVFT-WSP-S1-XX-DR-L- 0101-0108 Rev P05 Landscape General Arrangement Plans 1-8, DVFT-WSP-S1-XX-DR-L-0201 Landscape Cross Section, and DVFT-WSP-12-XX- DR-L- 0202-0204Rev P01Typical LandscapeDetails within thefirst planting season following the opening of each section of the road to ensure that the visual impact of the    development issoftened throughthe landscapingproposed;  the replacement of any trees, shrubs hedges etc that are destroyed, dead or dying  within 5 years of planting, with large nursery stock of the same species in the same  paces; the Landscape Management and Maintenance Plan (WSP, July 2020) beingimplemented as detailed for the lifetime of the development, and to be regularly reviewed, with any updates being submitted to theCounty Planning Authority forwritten approval; prior to the commencement of the development of each individual Fastrack road section, tree protection measures for all trees and hedgerows being retained in close proximity being erectedand retained for theduration ofthe works; a Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP) being submitted to the County   Planning Authority for written approval prior to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.


Matters dealt with under delegated powers pdf icon PDF 140 KB


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; and


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



KCC Responses to Consultations. pdf icon PDF 205 KB

Additional documents:


(1)       In the light of Members’ unavailability, the Head of Planning Applications undertook to inform the organisers of the discussion on the Swale Borough Local Plan that the date of this discussion should be rearranged.  


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


Outline planning application, with all matters reserved except for access, for a mixed-use urban extension comprising: up to 1,650 residential units (use class C3); residential care home (use class C2); two form entry primary school (use class F1); land for the expansion of the existing Birchington medical centre; mixed use centre (use class E, F1 and F2); and associated infrastructure including provision of a new strategic link road between Minnis Road and Manston Road, alterations to existing junctions and new access arrangements from Minnis Road, Park Lane, Canterbury Road and Manston Road/Acol Hill, a new recreational and leisure shared-use link between Minnis Road and Park Lane, green infrastructure including public open space and associated facilities, landscaping, formal and informal play areas, utilities (including drainage) and associated ancillary works and structures.