Agenda and minutes

Planning and Transportation Cabinet Advisory Board - Monday, 9th November, 2020 6.30 pm

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Chairman's Introduction pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Announcement on procedural matters.

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The chairman opened the meeting and outlined procedural matters of the meeting.


Apologies pdf icon PDF 5 KB

The receive any apologies for absence.

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There were no apologies received. Councillors Neve and Soyke were not in attendance.


Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive any declarations of interest by members of the Council in items on the agenda. For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer before the meeting.

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No declarations of interest were made.


Notification of Visiting Members Wishing to Speak pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To note any members of the Council wishing to speak, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 18, and which items they wish to speak on.

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Mr Jeremy Thompson Chairman of the Memorial Playing Field and Councillor David Scott registered to speak on agenda item PT7/19 Five Year Plan Update.


Minutes of the meeting dated 13 January 2020 pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To approve the minutes of a previous meeting as a correct record. The only issue relating to the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

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Members had the opportunity to review the minutes.


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 13 January 2020 be approved as a correct record.


Forward Plan as at 26 October 2020 pdf icon PDF 256 KB

To note forthcoming items set out on the Forward Plan.

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Members had the opportunity to review the Forward Plan.


RESOLVED – That the Forward Plan as at 26 October 2020 be noted.



Five Year Plan Update pdf icon PDF 381 KB

To consider the recommendations as set out in the attached report.

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Mr William Benson, Chief Executive presented his report which considered the current social and economic context that the Council operated in, and how this affected the Council’s ability to strategically plan in the short and medium term. The report set out the thought around how the immediate crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic was dealt with and the plans in place to deal with this in the short to medium term (12-24 months); highlighted the remaining plans for delivering out the viable projects within the existing Five Year Plan; set out new future priorities, and considered how the Council could establish an evidence base to support potential future plans or projects.


Councillor McDermott reminded Members the report had been written by politicians to help and assist Officers with the future plans of the Council and that all political questions should be relayed to Councillor McDermott and specific Five Year Plan questions to Mr Benson.


Jeremy Thompson, Chairman of Friends of The Memorial Playing Field in Paddock Wood registered to speak and points raised included:

·         That the Friends of the Memorial Playing Field fully support a new Community Centre in Paddock Wood.

·         The residents of Paddock Wood voted in the Parish Poll held on 15 January 2019 that the Memorial Playing Field was not the right site for a new Community Centre.

·         It was asked that the statement 3.10 had the words “on the Memorial Field” removed as that was not correct as no planning application had been submitted to date.

·         It was requested that the Committee found out from Paddock Wood Town Council what their plans are should the planning application fail.


Councillor David Scott registered to speak and points raised included:

·         Thanks were given to the Economic department for the work they had done in preparing this document during the Council’s response to Covid-19 and all that entailed.

·         Consideration of the changes to the population profile of Tunbridge Wells was critical.

·         Tunbridge Wells housing growth over 20 years at 6.7% had been slower than national average at 7.5% and the prices had risen faster than in England generally but also in relation to the surrounding towns.

·         The reference to Light Electric Vehicles in section 4.16 of the report was welcome.

·         Electric Vehicles did not require significant expenditure by the Council and a system should be trialled as soon as possible and include it in the design of our streets following Covid-19.

·         Councillor Scott recommended that the Committee approve this report to proceed with the proviso that the points raised were fully noted and included in the next stage of work required on this report.


Members of the Committee took account of the report and raised a number of questions and issues within their discussions. Points raised included:


              i.        The public realm had been completed and concerns raised had been acknowledged.

             ii.        It was suggested that there should have been more mention of social and affordable housing in the report due to national shortage. This was addressed and it was  ...  view the full minutes text for item PT7/20


Urgent Business pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To consider any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent, for the reasons to be stated, in accordance with Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

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There was no urgent business for consideration.


Date of the Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 5 KB

The next meeting was scheduled for 11 January 2021 at 6.30pm.

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The next meeting was scheduled for Monday 11 January 2021.