Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Wednesday, 9th February, 2022 10.00 am

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

Contact: Andrew Tait  03000 416749


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Minutes - 12 January 2022 pdf icon PDF 227 KB

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RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 January 2022 are correctly recorded and that they be signed by the Chairman.


Site Meetings and Other Meetings

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The Committee noted that there would be a training session on New legislative changes relating to energy in buildings following the meeting.


Proposal MA/21/504154 (KCC/MA/0168/2021) - Construction of a service road route for HGV and other vehicle deliveries with concrete apron, associated lighting, fencing, and landscaping, re-siting of part of the existing barn, and the relocation of two storage containers at Newnham Court Farm, Bearsted Road, Weavering, Maidstone; KCC Strategic and Corporate Services pdf icon PDF 374 KB

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(1)          Mr Simon Cook (a local resident) addressed the Committee in opposition to the proposal. Mr Barry Stiff (KCC Major Capital Programme Team, Highways, Transportation & Waste) and Mr William Cassell (WSP Consulting) spoke in reply on behalf of the applicants.

(2)       Following discussion of the proposal, the Committee agreed to the following amendments to the recommendations:-


(a)       The insertion of an additional condition specifying that where open drainage gullies are proposed these should support biodiversity objectives.


(b)       The implementation of the recommended noise mitigation measures as set out in the noise assessment technical note also including measures to minimise noise when delivering to or leaving the site by switching off vehicle engines when static or parked as far as reasonably practicable.


(c)       Limitation of access to HGVs via the HGV route to be between 0730 and 2000 hours on Mondays to Saturdays by the use of locked  gates outside of these hours, with no HGV access on Sundays and Bank Holidays.


(d)       The submission of further details of proposed lighting, including hours of lighting use, which should have regard to the location of nearby residential property and biodiversity matters, including use of red filters as appropriate and be directed onto the location where needed.


(e)       An additional Informative advising the applicants that in preparing the required maintenance arrangements as part of the landscaping scheme condition, such arrangements are to provide maintenance to create a wildflower meadow. The maintenance schedule is to ensure that the extent of the meadow is appropriately recorded and demarcated and that the meadow area is cut in the autumn (ideally in October and November) in line with the maintenance of the wildflower meadow either side of Newnham Court Way.


(f)           An additional Informative advising the applicants that they are strongly encouraged in implementing the landscaping scheme, to explore the potential for native trees within the hedgerow to enhance landscape and biodiversity and to mitigate for the trees lost by the development.


(3)       On being put to the vote, the recommendations of the Head of Planning Applications as amended in (2) above were carried by 8 votes to 0 with 2 abstentions.


(4)       RESOVED that:-


(a)          permission be granted to the proposal subject to conditions, including conditions covering the standard 3 year time limit; the development being carried out in accordance with the permitted details; the submission of a scheme to deal with the risks associated with contamination including a site investigation scheme and detailed assessment of the risk to receptors; an options appraisal and remediation strategy giving full details of the remediation measures required and how they would be undertaken together with the submission of a verification plan providing details of the data that would be collected to demonstrate that the works set out in the remediation strategy are complete and identifying any requirements for longer term monitoring of pollution linkages maintenance and arrangements for contingency action; the Submission of a verification report demonstrating completion of the works set out in the approved remediation strategy;  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.


Matters dealt with under delegated powers pdf icon PDF 138 KB

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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 Assessments) Regulations 2017; and


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


KCC Response to Consultations pdf icon PDF 205 KB

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


(a)          Brenchley and Matfield Neighbourhood Plan (2020 – 2038) – Regulation 16 Consultation;


(b)        Future Hoo Consultation 2021: Second Round; and


(c)           Outline application MBC/18/504836 for development at Binbury Park, Binbury Lane, Detling.