Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 28th October, 2020 10.30 am

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PLA48/20

Chairman's Introduction pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Announcement on procedural matters.

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The Chairman opened the meeting, introduced Committee members and officers in attendance, and outlined procedural matters of the meeting.

PLA49/20

Apologies pdf icon PDF 5 KB

Apologies for absence as reported at the meeting.

 

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Apologies were received from Councillor Mrs Thomas.

PLA50/20

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive any declarations of interest by Members in items on the agenda.

 

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No declarations of interest were made.

PLA51/20

Declarations of Lobbying (in accordance with the Protocol for Members taking part in the Planning Process, Part 5, Section 5.11, Paragraph 6.6) pdf icon PDF 6 KB

If a Member has been lobbied in connection with any application on the agenda, this should be declared at the start of the meeting, whether by, or in support of, the applicant or objectors.

 

Members in doubt about such a declaration are advised to contact the Legal Services Manager/Monitoring Officer before the date of the meeting.

 

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Councillors Atwood, Backhouse, Cobbold, Funnell and Hall advised that they had been lobbied by objectors on application PLA56/20 Land Adjacent Tesco Car Park, Cornford Lane, Royal Tunbridge Wells.

 

Councillors Hamilton, Poile, Pound, Warne, Bland and Noakes advised that they had been lobbied by objectors and supporters on application PLA56/20 Land Adjacent Tesco Car Park, Cornford Lane, Royal Tunbridge Wells.

 

Following clarification from the Legal Officer, Councillors Atwood, Backhouse, Funnell, Hamilton, Poile, Pound, Warne, Bland and Noakes confirmed they had received a petition in objection to application PLA56/20 Land Adjacent Tesco Car Park, Cornford Lane, Royal Tunbridge Wells.

PLA52/20

Site Inspections pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To note the application sites visited, as recorded at the meeting.

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Due to the current restrictions Members had not undertaken any site visits.

PLA53/20

To approve the minutes of the meeting dated 9 September 2020 pdf icon PDF 172 KB

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Members were asked to note an update to the resolution on application PLA32/20 Land Adjacent Rothermere Close Walkhurst Road Benenden Cranbrook Kent.

 

Resolution now stated:  That the application be granted subject to the completion of a legal agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) the plans, conditions and informatives as set out in the agenda report.

 

RESOLVED – That subject to the above amendment the minutes of the meeting dated 9 September 2020 be recorded as a correct record.

PLA54/20

To approve the minutes of the meeting dated 23 September 2020 pdf icon PDF 161 KB

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RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 23 September 2020 be recorded as a correct record.

PLA55/20

Reports of Head of Planning Services (attached)

The running order of the applications listed below is subject to change and will be agreed by the Chairman and announced at the meeting.

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The Chairman confirmed the order of business was:

 

8A, 8C, 8B and 8D.

PLA56/20

Application for Consideration - 19/00884/FULL Land Adjacent Tesco Car Park, Cornford Lane, RTW pdf icon PDF 694 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA56/20 Land Adjacent Tesco Car Park, Cornford Lane, Royal Tunbridge Wells and this was summarised at the meeting by Mr Kevin Hope, Principal Planning Officer and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

Updates and additional representation – The report was updated to include conditions relating to trees and landscaping as below:

 

·         Submission of an Arboricultural method statement

·         Tree protection details

·         Soft landscape scheme

·         Soft landscape implementation 

 

Registered Speakers – There were 13 speakers that registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)

 

Public Objectors

 

·         Ms Shelly Harris, a local resident.

·         Ms Sarah Clarke, a local resident.

·         Mr Colin Gibbs, a local resident.

·         Mrs Kathryn Franklin, on behalf of Pembury Society

 

Public Supporters

 

·         Mr James Brown, Brown and Co Planning

·         Mr Alec Philpott, Mayer Brown

·         Paul Hendy, The Hendy Group

·         John Hendy, The Hendy Group

 

Parish Council Representative

 

·         Katy Brooks, Chairman of Pembury Parish Council

 

Borough Councillors

 

·         Councillor Jane March, Cabinet Porfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development supported the application.

·         Councillor David Reilly, Pembury objected to the application.

·         Councillor Paul Barrington-King, Pembury objected to the application.

·         Councillor David Hayward, Pembury objected to the application.

 

Matters of Clarification by Officers and Committee Members’ Questions to Officers – Members raised a number of questions and officers confirmed the following:

 

              i.        The Council’s Landscape and Biodiversity Officer offered a response to the concern raised about a nightingale bird spotted on the site.

             ii.        Officers considered that material considerations existed to warrant departure from the site allocation 2016 policy.

            iii.        Attention was drawn to the NPPF policy which set out that arguments for a refusal on the basis that an application was premature could seldom be justified where a Local Plan has yet to be submitted.

           iv.        Kent County Council (KCC) Highways and Highways England offered no objections to the impact of the development on safety or capacity grounds due to mitigation measures secured as part of the application.

            v.        Paragraphs 10.95 to 10.102 include comments from KCC Highways on the loss of the Park and Ride and the feasibility study carried out.

           vi.        It was stated that each application was assessed entirely objectively in line with the professional standards and requirements of the RTPI.

          vii.        It had been specifically set out that objections to applications were factored in as part of the determination and assessment of planning applications, along with other matters which included policy, national policy and material considerations.

         viii.        Members were advised that there were high levels of communication between Planning Policy and Development Management which meant that the mitigation measures and the loss of the Park and Ride were being factored in to the work on the Local Plan.

           ix.        Members were reminded that each application should be dealt with on it’s own merit and there should be no comparison between other applications.

            x.        Condition 3 secured as part of mitigation improvement works to roundabout and access area.  ...  view the full minutes text for item PLA56/20

PLA57/20

Application for Consideration - 20/02070/FULL Land East Of Water Lane Hawkhurst Cranbrook Kent pdf icon PDF 574 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA57/20 Land East Of Water Lane Hawkhurst Cranbrook Kent and this was summarised at the meeting by Mr Richard Hazelgrove, Principal Planning Officer and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

Updates and additional representation – None.

 

Registered Speakers – There were 2 speakers that registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)

 

Public Supporters

 

·         Mr Robert Hughes, Hughes Planning.

·         Ms Clare Escombe, On behalf of Hawkhurst Parish Council

 

Matters of Clarification by Officers and Committee Members’ Questions to Officers – Members raised a number of questions and officers confirmed the following:

 

              i.        That this was the first time that Officers had recommended approval for a truly isolated dwelling under the terms of NPPF paragraph 79(e); a scheme previously granted permission in Goudhurst some years ago was close to the village settlement boundary .

             ii.        Paragraph 2.12 on page 102 out the agenda set out the changes in the scheme from the previous application.

 

Committee Member Debate – Members  proceeded to discuss the application and the principal issues. Points raised included:

 

              i.        Members stated that it was an interesting and exciting application.

             ii.        It was acknowledged that the applicant had gone to great lengths in terms of design of the building and landscaping to enhance biodiversity on the site.

 

Decision/voting – On the basis that members were satisfied that all relevant planning considerations had been covered within the report, a motion was proposed by Councillor Bland, seconded by Councillor Warne and a vote was taken to approve the application in line with the officer recommendation.

 

RESOLVED – That application PLA57/20 be granted subject to the plans, conditions and informatives as set out in the agenda report.

PLA58/20

Application for Consideration - 20/02298/LBC Tunbridge Wells Library Adult Education Centre Museum And Art Gallery Mount Pleasant Road RTW pdf icon PDF 331 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA58/20 Tunbridge Wells Library Adult Education Centre Museum And Art Gallery Mount Pleasant Road Royal Tunbridge Wells and this was summarised at the meeting by Hazelgrove, Principal Planning Officer, and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

Updates and additional representations – None.

 

Registered Speakers – None.

 

Matters of Clarification by Officers and Committee Members’ Questions to Officers – Members raised a number of questions and officers confirmed the following:

 

              i.        No questions were raised.

 

Committee Member Debate –Members  proceeded to discuss the application and the principal issues. Points raised included:

 

              i.        No matters of significance were discussed.

 

Decision/voting – On the basis that members were satisfied that all relevant planning considerations had been covered within the report, a motion was proposed by Councillor Poile, seconded by Councillor Pound and a vote was taken to approve the application in line with the officer recommendation.

 

RESOLVED – That application PLA58/20 be granted subject to the plans, conditions and informatives as set out in the agenda report.

PLA59/20

Application for Consideration - 20/01742/LBC Telephone Call Box Nevill Gate Royal Tunbridge Wells Kent pdf icon PDF 157 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA59/20 Telephone Call Box Nevill Gate Royal Tunbridge Wells Kent and this was summarised at the meeting by Ms Williams, Planning Officer, and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

Updates and additional representations – None.

 

Registered Speakers – None.

 

Matters of Clarification by Officers and Committee Members’ Questions to Officers – Members raised a number of questions and officers confirmed the following:

 

              i.        That a condition would secure the details of finishes and materials however it was expected for the phone box to be restored in it’s current form.

             ii.        A condition would secure that appropriate workmanship would be undertaken.

 

Committee Member Debate –Members  proceeded to discuss the application and the principal issues. Points raised included:

 

              i.        No matters of significance were discussed.

 

Decision/voting – On the basis that members were satisfied that all relevant planning considerations had been covered within the report, a motion was proposed by Councillor Backhouse, seconded by Councillor Hamilton and a vote was taken to approve the application in line with the officer recommendation.

 

RESOLVED – That application PLA59/20 be granted subject to the plans, conditions and informatives as set out in the agenda report.

PLA60/20

Appeal Decisions for Noting 29/08/2020 to 15/10/2020 pdf icon PDF 131 KB

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PLA61/20

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.

PLA62/20

Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 5 KB

The next Planning Committee meeting to be held on Wednesday 18 November, at 10.30am.

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The next Planning Committee meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 18 November 2020.