Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 8th December, 2021 5.00 pm

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PLA85/21

Chairman's Introduction pdf icon PDF 90 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.

PLA86/21

Apologies pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Apologies for absence as reported at the meeting.

 

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Apologies were received from Councillor Hamilton.  Councillor Fitzsimmons arrived at 5.15pm, Councillor Warne at 5.25pm.  Councillor Bill Hills was not present.

PLA87/21

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 66 KB

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

 

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No declarations of interest were made.

PLA88/21

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 28 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.

 

PLA89/21

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 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. 

PLA90/21

Site Inspections pdf icon PDF 28 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.

PLA91/21

To approve the minutes of the meeting dated 20 October 2021 pdf icon PDF 162 KB

To approve the minutes of the 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 reviewed the minutes.  No amendments were proposed.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 20 October 2021 be recorded as a correct record.

PLA92/21

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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PLA93/21

Application for Consideration - 21/01637/OUT - Benhall Mill Depot, Benhall Mill Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells. pdf icon PDF 274 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA 21/01637/OUT and this was summarised at the meeting by Richard Hazelgrove, Principal Planning Officer and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

Updates and additional representation – With reference to paragraph 1.08 – the exhumation and reinternment of burials was the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice and not a matter for the Council. An additional informative had been recommended that should any human remains be discovered, (and particularly if the site was sold on), the exhumation and reburial must be undertaken by the Ministry of Justice in accordance with all relevant legislation and Ministry of Justice licences. 

 

Registered Speakers – There was one speaker that registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)

 

Applicant

·         Mr Bryn Warlow

 

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

 

-       The description of the development was for the destruction of existing buildings and the construction of 9 dwellings.  The 9 dwellings was a fixed number.

-       In terms of the Constitution, unless the Council still owned the site at the point of submission, there was no requirement for the reserve matters (including the design elements) to be referred back to the Committee.

-       Under the terms of the scheme of delegation, it allowed for reserve matters and full applications up to 20 units without referral to Committee. 

-       If a Member wished to call the reserve matters in (which included the number of units in the application), then they were able to do so.

-       The only reason the application was before the Committee today was because the Council owned the land. 

-       In deciding the appropriate number of units suitable for this piece of land, the case officer would have explored the options through pre application discussions.  This would have included constraints on the site e.g. wildlife, access arrangements, visibility and it being on the edge of an urban area.  It was considered that a number higher than 9 was not possible.

-       There was a requirement for the provision of parking spaces and amenity areas.  As such, 9 units was deemed appropriate for the amount of land available.

-       The pattern and development in the immediate area was also a consideration when determining the number of units that were appropriate.

-       Also a consideration was the need to provide a new cemetery depot that was located to the west of the site.

-       It was agreed that a condition for the provision of electric charging points would be included.

-       The application was before the Committee as the Local Planning Authority and not as the land owner and not as the Council. 

-       Decisions on who would be building the houses was not a planning consideration and was therefore not a question for the Local Planning Authority. 

-       The only issue before the Planning Committee  ...  view the full minutes text for item PLA93/21

PLA94/21

Appeal Decisions for Noting pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To receive notice of Appeal Decisions determined between 9 October 2021 and 29 November 2021.

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

 

PLA95/21

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.

PLA96/21

Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 28 KB

The next Planning Committee was scheduled for Wednesday 12 January 2022.

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The next Planning Committee meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 12 January 2022.

PLA97/21

Application for Consideration - 20/02788/FULL - Highgate Hill, Hawkhurst, Kent

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RESOLVED – That pursuant to section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it may involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part l, Schedule 12A of the Act, by virtue of the particular paragraph shown on the agenda and on the attached report.

 

Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA 20/02788/FULL, Highgate Hill, Hawkhurst and this was summarised at the meeting by Peter Hockney,  Development Manager. 

 

Updates and additional representation –. None

 

Registered Speakers – There was 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:

 

-       Members raised a number of questions in relation to the application.

-       Officers were able to provide clarification to the issues raised and Members were content to agree the recommendations detailed in the report.

 

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 Patterson and a vote was taken

 

RESOLVED – That application PLA 20/02788/FULL, Highgate Hill, Hawkhurst, Kent be supported as set out in the agenda report.