Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 13th January, 2021 10.30 am

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PLA88/20

Chairman's Introduction pdf icon PDF 38 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.

PLA89/20

Apologies pdf icon PDF 9 KB

Apologies for absence as reported at the meeting.

 

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Apologies were received from Cllr Mrs Cobbold and Mrs Thomas. Councillor Hamilton was not present.

PLA90/20

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 9 KB

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

 

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No declarations of interest were made.

PLA91/20

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 9 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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No declarations of lobbying were made.

PLA92/20

Site Inspections pdf icon PDF 9 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.

PLA93/20

To approve the minutes of the meeting dated 9 December 2020 pdf icon PDF 154 KB

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Councillor Pound requested that the following points be included in the debate section for agenda item PLA84/20 Hawkenbury Farm, Hawkenbury Road, RTW Kent:

              i.        Concern about the lack of ‘partnership’ between Berkeley Homes and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

             ii.        That the application took the development outside the bounds of the site allocation in the local plan from 23-250 to a new figure of 271.

            iii.        That, in approving this application, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council missed out on 3.5/4 affordable housing units.

 

RESOLVED – That subject to the above points included, the minutes of the meeting dated 9 December 2021 be recorded as a correct record.

PLA94/20

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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PLA95/20

Application for Consideration - 20/02888/FULL Barn Course Horn Lane, Cranbrook, Kent. pdf icon PDF 262 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA95/20 Barn Course Horn Lane, Cranbrook, Kent and this was summarised at the meeting by Mrs Emma Franks Senior Planning Officer and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

Updates and additional representation – Since publication of the agenda report, the presenting officer updated as follows:

 

Amendment to refusal reason to include reference to Core Policy 4:

·         The proposal would introduce an unjustified new residential use in to an unsustainable rural location outside the Limits to Built Development as defined within the Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan 2006, which indicate the most sustainable areas for new housing development. The creation of front gardens would create a more formal residential context and harm the character and appearance of the rural lane. It is not considered that any benefits from the development significantly and demonstrably outweigh the harm it causes and the proposal would not constitute sustainable development and therefore fails to comply with the National Planning Policy Framework 2019, saved policy LBD1, EN1 and EN25 of the Tunbridge Wells Local Plan 2006 and Core Policies 6 and 14 of the Tunbridge Wells Core Strategy 2010.

 

Amendment to first para of condition 11:

·         The reserved matters relating to each plot shall have regards to the approved design guide, and plot passport unless otherwise agreed in writing. The design shall include details of the following:

 

One representation received:

·         Concern for the number and intensity of dwellings.

·         The North facing front garden spoiling the character of the lane.

·         The lack of provision for storage of electric bicycles.

·         Highway safety.

 

Registered Speakers – There were 4 speakers that registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)

 

Public Supporters

·         Mr David Bill, member of the public.

·         Mr Colin Frape, member of the public.

·         Mr Tim Pett, member of the public.

·         Mr Thijx Bax, Agent for the applicant.

 

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

              i.        Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council had raised no objections and requested that construction traffic should be managed carefully as it was a busy single track road with school traffic.

             ii.        Kent County Council (KCC) Public Right of Way had raised no objection.

            iii.        KCC Archaeology had confirmed that the application site lay to the South of a main site of Course Horn which was a possible moated medieval Manor complex and had requested that a watching brief be undertaken.

           iv.        The pond was not included as part of the application but it was included in the previous application.

            v.        It was not possible to say why successful applications in 1980 and 1982 to convert the barn were not taken forward.

           vi.        It was advised that the structural engineer had confirmed that the building was capable of being converted on the previous application and there was no reason to believe that this was not  ...  view the full minutes text for item PLA95/20

PLA96/20

Application for Consideration - 20/03281/FULL Land North Of 56 Culverden Down, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. pdf icon PDF 330 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA96/20 Land North Of 56 Culverden Down, Royal Tunbridge Wells, 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 was one speaker that registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)

 

Public Supporter

·         Mr Martin Hull, Director Kember Loudon Williams

 

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

              i.        The list of materials in the report were indicative of the most appropriate materials that were likely to be acceptable and these would come to the Council for consideration.

             ii.        It was advised that the application was Outline with the layout and access fixed.

            iii.        It was confirmed that the scale, appearance and landscape of the developments were not for consideration, each individual plot would come to the Council at reserve matters stage for consideration.

           iv.        The design guides were not fixed but indicative.

            v.        It was advised that the orientation of the buildings came under the layout were fixed as well as the road layout.

 

Committee Member Debate – Members of the Committee took account of the presentations made and raised a number of questions and issues within their discussions. These included:

              i.        Reservations were expressed about the size of self builds.

 

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 Pound seconded by Councillor Warne and a vote was taken to approve the application in line with the officer recommendation.

 

RESOLVED – That application PLA96/20 be granted subject to the plans, conditions and informatives as set out in the agenda report.

PLA97/20

Appeal Decisions for Noting 01/12/2020 to 04/01/2021 pdf icon PDF 105 KB

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RESOLVED – That the list of appeal decisions provided for information, be noted.

PLA98/20

Urgent Business pdf icon PDF 9 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.

PLA99/20

Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 9 KB

The next Planning Committee meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 27 January 2021.

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The next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 27 January 2021.