Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021 5.00 pm

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Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS. View directions

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PLA59/21

Chairman's Introduction pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To receive any announcements 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.

PLA60/21

Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To receive any apologies for absence.

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Apologies were received from Councillors Bland, Funnell, Dr Hall and Pope.

PLA61/21

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To receive any declarations of interest by members in items on the agenda in accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct. For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer before the meeting.

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With reference to Planning application 20/03848/FULL – Paddock Wood Memorial Recreation Ground, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood Councillor Hamilton stated that as a Paddock Wood Town Councillor she would be fettering her discretion on this application as she had publicly stated her opposition to this site being used.  Councillor Hamilton confirmed that she would withdraw from the meeting while this application was being heard. 

PLA62/21

Declarations of Lobbying pdf icon PDF 29 KB

To receive any declarations of Lobbying in connection with any application on the agenda in accordance with the Protocol for Members taking part in the Planning Process, Constitution Part 5, Section 5.11, Paragraph 6.6. If a Member has been lobbied, 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 Legal Services Officers/Monitoring Officer before the meeting.

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Cllrs Atwood, Fitzsimmons, Hamilton, Hills, Patterson, Poile, Pound, Warne and Backhouse advised that they had been lobbied by objectors on application PLA/20/03848/FULL – Paddock Wood Memorial Recreation Ground, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood.

 

Cllrs Hamilton, Hills, Pound and Backhouse,  advised that they had been lobbied by supporters on application PLA/20/03848/FULL – Paddock Wood Memorial Recreation Ground, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood.

 

PLA63/21

Notification of Persons Registered to Speak pdf icon PDF 30 KB

To note any Visiting Members or members of the public wishing to speak, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Planning Committee Procedure Rule 3, and which item(s) they wish to speak on.

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Details of Members and members of the public who have registered to speak will be given under the respective planning applications.

PLA64/21

Site Inspections pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To note any application site visits.

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Members had been given the opportunity to visit the site – application 20/03848/FULL Paddock Wood Memorial Recreation Ground, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood.

 

PLA65/21

Minutes of the meeting dated 11 August 2021 pdf icon PDF 173 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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Minutes:

Members reviewed the minutes.  No amendments were proposed.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 11 August 2021 be recorded as a correct record.

PLA66/21

Reports of Head of Planning Services (attached) pdf icon PDF 28 KB

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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PLA67/21

Application for Consideration - 20/03848/FULL - Paddock Wood Memorial Recreation Ground, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood pdf icon PDF 640 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA 20/03848/FULL - Paddock Wood Memorial Recreation Ground, Maidstone Road, Paddock Woodand this was summarised at the meeting by Ms Jennifer Begeman, Principal Planning Officer and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

Updates and additional representation – None.

 

Registered Speakers – There were 11 speakers registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)

 

Objectors:

·         Councillor Don Kent

·         Mr Jeremy Thompson

·         Ms Wendy Morris

·         Mr John Haffenden

Supporters

·         Mr Matthew Blythin

·         Mr Rex Wakelin

·         Mr Fred Lemont

·         Ms Christine Spicer

Parish Council:

·         Councillor Meryl Flashman

Borough Councillors:

·         Councillor Rodney Atkins

·         Councillor Sarah Hamilton

 

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

 

-       It was confirmed, the beech tree, located on the south of the exit and on the boundary of the site had now been removed, and was a category B tree.  The removal was supported by the TWBC Tree Officer.  The tree was on the boundary with the neighbouring site which was currently being developed as terrace housing.

-       Access to the site would be improved which would satisfy any concerns raised by Kent Highways.

-       Information included in the report regarding the status of the Paddock Wood Cricket Club was received from Paddock Wood Town Council. 

-       Policy R1 of the Local Plan and paragraph 97 of the NPPF made clear that building on existing recreation ground and on open spaces was permissible provided the proposed development did not result in a deficiency of recreation space within the catchment area.

-       Further, that the loss of open space would be surplus to requirements and would therefore not materially impact upon the function of the open space nor its capacity for playing pitch provision.  It was confirmed that the remaining land would continue to be retained for recreational use.

-       There was a capacity issue with regards to sewerage.  As such, Southern Water had factored this development into their plans.  The three conditions included in the application ensured that appropriate measures would be taken.

-       The car park, tennis courts and pavilion were all within 80 meters of the ball strike and therefore the existing cricket square was not compliant for hard ball cricket.  There was no proposal to move the cricket pavilion.

-       Management of the different uses of the community centre would ensure that the  car parking spaces allocated would be sufficient.

-       The time limits on S106 money were not imminent.  The use of S106 money was not a factor for the consideration of this application.

-       The site for the community centre would remain central to the town even allowing for any future housing development as set out in the Pre-Submission Local Plan.

-       It was confirmed that the proposals met the conditions of paragraph 99 of the NPPF (paragraph 10.69 & 10.70 refers).  The inclusion of a children’s nursery  ...  view the full minutes text for item PLA67/21

PLA68/21

Application for Consideration - 21/02264/FULL - 1-9 Sussex Mews, Royal Tunbridge Wells pdf icon PDF 204 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA21/02264/FULL – 1-9 Sussex Mews, Royal Tunbridge Wells and this was summarised at the meeting by Peter Hockney, Development Manager and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

Updates and additional representation – None.

 

Registered Speakers – There were no speakers that registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)

 

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

 

-       The canopy with would be ancillary to the other uses of the building.

 

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 Atwood and a vote was taken to approve the application in line with the officer recommendation.

 

RESOLVED – That application PLA21/02264/FULL – 1-9 Sussex Mews, Royal Tunbridge Wells be granted subject to the plans, conditions and informatives as set out in the agenda report.

PLA69/21

Appeal Decisions for Noting pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To receive notice of Appeal Decisions determined between 31 July 2021 and 08 September 2021.

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

 

PLA70/21

Urgent Business pdf icon PDF 28 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.

PLA71/21

Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To note that the next scheduled meeting is Wednesday 20 October 2021.

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The next Planning Committee meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 20 October 2021.