(1) The Head of Planning Applications Group read comments sent to her by the Local Member, Mr J Wright in opposition to the proposal.
(2) Major Karl Ryalls, JP addressed the Committee in opposition to the proposal. Mr Nathan Anthony from Lee Evans LLP joined the meeting virtually and spoke in reply.
(3) During discussion of this item, the Committee asked the Chairman to write on its behalf to the Director of Children, Young People and Education to recommend that she explore the potential for the installation of photovoltaic panels on site and to seek reassurance that the BREAM and sustainability features incorporated into the scheme would be delivered.
(4) On being put to the vote, the recommendations of the Head of Planning Applications and the additional action set out in (3) above were agreed by 10 votes to 2.
(5) RESOLVED 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 and approval of details of all construction materials to be used externally prior to the commencement of development; the removal of the section of paving which juts into the 3m sports pitch run- off area and its replacement with grass prior to the occupation of the new building; the installation of tree protection fencing prior to the commencement of development; the submission for approval by the County Planning Authority within 6 months of the granting of this permission of details of the “Remembrance Imagery” which is to be positioned on or adjacent to the new school building and installed prior to the occupation of the new building; no development commencing until a programme of archaeological work is submitted and agreed in writing by the County Planning Authority; the development being carried out in accordance with the Construction Management Plan Revision 05, dated 20/12/2021. works only being carried out on site between the hours of 0800 and 1800 on Mondays to Fridays, 0900 to 1300 on Saturdays with no operations on Sundays or public holidays; the permanent retention of all existing vehicle parking on site; details of covered cycle stands being submitted for approval prior to their installation on site, and being permanently retained thereafter; the submission of a revised School Travel Plan prior to occupation of the new building; the submission of a detailed sustainable surface water drainage scheme prior to the commencement of development; the submission of a verification report covering the sustainable surface water drainage scheme for approval by the County Planning Authority in consultation with the Lead Local Flood Authority prior to occupation of the development; no infiltration of surface water drainage into the ground taking place other than with the written approval of the County Planning Authority and only being used in those areas where there would be no unacceptable risk to controlled waters or ground stability; no further development taking place if during development contamination not previously identified is found to be present, until a remediation strategy has been agreed with the County Planning Authority; the submission of details of a lighting scheme including hours of use, level of illumination and ongoing control over any new lighting on site; the submission of a Construction Environmental Management Plan prior to commencement of development in order to outline the precautionary mitigation approach on ecological matters; the submission for written agreement by the County Planning Authority of an Ecological Enhancement Plan within 3 months of work commencing on site; and the submission for written agreement by the County Planning Authority of a Habitat Establishment and Management Plan within 3 months of work commencing on site;
(b) the applicants be advised by Informative that:-
(i) registration with Kent County Council of the School Travel Plan should be through the “Jambusters” website;
(ii) only clean uncontaminated water should drain to the surface water system. Roof drainage should drain directly to the surface water system (entering after the pollution prevention measures). Appropriate pollution control methods (such as trapped gullies and interceptors) should be used for drainage from access roads and car parking areas to prevent hydrocarbons from entering the surface water system. There should be no discharge into land impacted by contamination or land previously identified as being contaminated. There should be no discharge to made ground. There must be no direct discharge to groundwater;
(iii) planning permission does not convey any approval to carry out work on or affecting a public highway and that engagement with KCC Highways and Transportation would be required at an early stage; and
(iv) they are strongly encouraged to install photovoltaic panels in the area designated, and other renewable features into the scheme to enhance the energy efficiency of the building; and
(c) the Chairman be requested to write to the Director of Children, Young People and Education to recommend that she explore the potential for the installation of photovoltaic panels on site and to seek reassurance that the BREAM and sustainability features incorporated into the scheme would be delivered.