Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Wednesday, 10th June, 2020 10.00 am

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Contact: Andrew Tait  03000 416749

Items
No. Item

22.

Chairman's Opening Remarks

Minutes:

The Chairman opened the meeting by setting out the manner in which he intended to conduct the Committee’s business so that the meeting could deal with the challenges posed by its Virtual nature in the most efficient way practical.  He explained that, in order to help the smooth running of the meeting, he would formally move the recommendations of the Head of Planning Applications Group prior to the consideration of each application. This did not in any way imply any intention on his part to indicate his views on the application.

 

23.

Minutes - 27 May 2020 pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Minutes:

(1)       Mr J Burden asked the Committee to note that he had attempted to participate in the meeting but had not been able to do so for technical reasons. He had nevertheless observed it in its entirety.

 

(2)       RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 27 May 2020 are correctly recorded and that they be signed by the Chairman.

24.

Site Meetings and Other Meetings

Minutes:

The Head of Planning Applications Group informed the Committee that arrangements for a site visit to Covers Farm in Westerham were still being considered in the light of Government advice.

 

25.

Application TM/19/1779 (KCC/TM/0152/2019) - Variation of Condition 7 of Permission TM/14/2728 to allow for a combined total of up to 240 HGV movements per day (120 in / 120 out ) to take place associated with all operations and uses at the site (including landfill, recycling and restoration) at Borough Green Quarry, Wrotham Road, Borough Green; Robert Body Haulage Ltd pdf icon PDF 639 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(1)       Mr M A C Balfour informed the Committee that he had been an LEA – appointed Governor at Grange Park School which was affected by the application.  This was neither a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest nor an Other Significant Interest and he was able to approach the determination of the application with an open mind.

 

(2)       Mr H Rayner informed the Committee that although he was a Member of Wrotham PC which had strongly objected to the application, he would be participating as a Member of the Committee. He had previously written to Democratic Services to explain that he had excused himself from all Parish Council discussions on this matter and was therefore able to approach the determination of the application with an open mind.

 

(3)          The Clerk to the meeting read out a joint written representation received from Wrotham, Borough Green and Platt Parish Councils together with additional comments from Borough Green PC.  He then read out a reply on behalf of the applicants from Mr David Maher of Barton Willmore.

 

(4)          Mr H Rayner asked the Committee to defer consideration of the application as Wrotham School had not been consulted on the application and because he believed there were inaccuracies in the report relating to vehicular access during peak school hours which were sufficiently significant to make this course of action essential. 

 

(5)           The Clerk advised that, as the Chairman had already formally moved the recommendations, the Committee would need to vote on them.  Should the Committee wish to defer consideration of the application, it would need to vote against the original motion. If it did so, it would be open to Mr Rayner to propose a deferment.

 

(6)       On being put to the vote, the recommendations of the Head of Planning Applications Group were carried by 7 votes to 6.  

 

(7)       RESOLVEDthat:-

 

(a)          permission be grantedto the application to vary Condition7 of Permission TM/14/2728 to read:

 

HGV movements associated with  the  quarry  restoration,  landfill  and recycling operations shall, together, not exceed 240 HGV movements per day (120 in / 120 out);”

         

(b)       all other  conditions  previously  imposed  on  Permission TM/14/2728 be re-imposed (updated where relevant to reflect current practices). These extant conditions cover operations ceasing by 21 February 2042 or upon the completion of restoration of the quarry; the cessation of all earlier recycling operations permitted on site; hours of operation being 0700 and 1800 hours on Mondays to Fridays and between 0700 and 1300 hours on Saturdays; no HGVs leaving the site during peak school travel times (term time 0800 to 0845 and 1500 to 1545 on Mondays to Fridays during term time); wheels and chassis cleaning; HGVs being sheeted / covered; a 10mph speed limit on the haul road; the implementation of the approved dust control scheme;      noise controls (55dBLAeq.1hr daily and 70dBLAeq.1hr for temporary operations, when measured at any noise sensitive property); maintenance of a noise attenuation bund; operation of the recycling plant  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.

26.

Proposal GR/20/156 (KCC/GR/0019/2020) - Demolition of existing single storey teaching block and erection of detached two storey teaching block with single storey activity studio, car park extension and associated landscaping works at Mayfield Grammar School, Pelham Road, Gravesend; KCC pdf icon PDF 555 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(1)          Mr J Burden informed the Committee that he was the Local Member and also the Leader of Gravesham BC which had given its views on the Proposal.  He had excused himself from all discussions of the Proposal by the Borough Council and was therefore able to approach its determination with an open mind.

 

(2)       The Head of Planning Applications Group informed the Committee that the Memorandum of Understanding between KCC Children, Young People and Education and KCC Highways, Transportation and Waste had been received after publication of the report and that the recommendations needed to be revised to reflect this.  The Head of Planning Applications also advised that a further representation had been received which included comments relating to cycle parking provision and querying whether there was sufficient road width for heavy goods vehicles to turn into the construction access when other vehicles were parked on the Street.

 

 

(3)       The Clerk to the meeting read out representations from Mr Alastair Thrush (a local resident) and the response on behalf of the applicants from Mr Matthew Blythin (DHA). 

 

(4)       Dr L Sullivan (Local Member) was present for this item and addressed the Committee. 

 

(5)        During discussion of this item, the Committee agreed to an additional Condition and three Informatives to the recommendations.  The extra Condition specified that the upper floor glazing in the elevation facing properties in The Avenue was to be opaque.  The Informatives strongly encouraged the applicant to explore the potential for incorporating photo voltaic panels and other renewable energy features into the scheme; encouraged the applicant to explore the potential for the relocation of the air conditioning unit or measures to minimise its acoustic impact; and encouraged the applicant to explore the potential to make provision for construction traffic on site.

 

(6)       On being put to the vote, the recommendations of the Head of Planning Applications Group, as amended in (2) and (5) above were carried by 8 votes to 3. 

 

(7)     RESOLVED that:-

 

(a)          theapplicationbe referredtotheSecretary of State for Housing,CommunitiesandLocal Government, andsubject tohisdecisionand to the signed Memorandumof UnderstandingbetweenKCCChildren,Young PeopleandEducationandKCCHighways,TransportationandWaste (which has now been received  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

Matters dealt with under delegated powers pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Minutes:

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 (None); and

 

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

 

28.

KCC Responses to consultation

Minutes:

There were no reports under this heading.