Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 6th April, 2022 5.00 pm

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PLA145/21

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.

 

The Chairman introduced Councillor David Scott who made a statement of apology to the Committee.

PLA146/21

Apologies pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Apologies for absence as reported at the meeting.

 

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Apologies were received from Councillors Bailey and Pope.

PLA147/21

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 66 KB

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

 

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Councillor Warne declared a significant other interest in application PLA152/21 Land at Brick Kiln Farm, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent as she had recently commenced employment with Natural England who had objected to the application. Councillor Warne made statement at the beginning of the application and withdrew from the Council Chamber while the application was discussed.

PLA148/21

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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Councillors Atwood, Backhouse, Bland Fitzsimmons, Funnell, Hamilton, Patterson, Poile, Pound and Warne advised that they had been lobbied by supporters on application PLA152/21 Land at Brick Kiln Farm, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent.

 

Councillors Atwood, Backhouse, Bland Fitzsimmons, Funnell, Hamilton, Patterson, Poile, Pound and Warne advised that they had been lobbied by objectors on application PLA153/21 34 Dornden Drive, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

PLA149/21

Site Inspections pdf icon PDF 28 KB

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

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Members had not undertaken any site visits.

PLA150/21

To approve the minutes of the meeting dated 16 March 2022 pdf icon PDF 208 KB

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RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 16 March 2022 be recorded as a correct record.

PLA151/21

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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PLA152/21

Application for Consideration - 21/03299/REM Land At Brick Kiln Farm High Street Cranbrook Kent pdf icon PDF 747 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA152/21 Land at Brick Kiln Farm, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent and this was summarised at the meeting by Ms Marie Bolton Principal Planning Officer and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

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

 

1.    Condition 17 – Removal from the consideration pending final detail/licence.

2.    Condition 8 – Condition 8 (now 10) referred to removal of permitted development - Classes A-D now and not A-F as in reports.

3.    Additional Conditions – Inclusion of conditions as circulated to Councillors 6 April 2022. 

4.    Parking numbers – The applicant has confirmed 352 and an additional 35 spaces for visitors. 

5.    Landscape – The scheme is considered to be a landscape led scheme and the open space provision is some 6.66 ha within the site. 

6.    Additional Comment – Late comment received from the Parish Council – regarding eco credentials and PassivHaus.   conditions regarding energy conservation have been secured on the outline application and the strategy set out. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council have no policy policy to secure PassivHaus.

 

Registered Speakers – There were 5 speakers that registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)

 

Objectors:

·         Ms Philippa Gill, a local resident

·         Ms Liz Daley, a local resident

·         Mr Tim Kemp, a local resident

 

Supporters:

·         Mr Terry Gamble, on behalf of the applicant

 

Borough Councillors:

·         Councillor Nancy Warne, Benenden and Cranbrook spoke in objection 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.        Officers confirmed that the site was allocated since the 2016 Site Allocation Local Plan and already had outline planning consent, therefore the only matters for consideration were the Reserves Matters and the additional conditions circulated to Members.

             ii.        The report set out details of community engagement and it was advised that additional engagement that had taken place with opportunities given through advertisement of the application.

            iii.        It was confirmed that the adopted policy was 35% affordable housing which this scheme achieved as set out in the outline application as part of the Section (S)106 agreement, this could not be revisited and allocations were on a cascade basis.

           iv.        It was advised that social rent was not a requirement on this scheme but was included as a current requirement within the emerging local plan.

             v.        Officers considered that the affordable housing would be tenure blind.

           vi.        In response to speakers comment about Corn Hall not advanced, it was advised that Corn Hall remained allocated within the site allocation local plan and was proposed to be allocated separately within the submission local plan.

          vii.        It was advised that the principle of the 15 metre ancient woodland buffer represented existing policy and the scheme did achieve that.

         viii.        Specialist officers were satisfied that this was a landscape  ...  view the full minutes text for item PLA152/21

PLA153/21

Application for Consideration - 21/03884/FULL 34 Dornden Drive, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. pdf icon PDF 247 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA153/21 and this was summarised at the meeting by Ms Kirsty Minney Planning Officer and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.

 

Updates and additional representation – None.

 

Registered Speakers – There were 3 speakers that registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)

 

Objectors:

·         Ms Tanya Paulo, a local resident

·         Mr Steve Clarke, Planning Consultant from the Graham Simpkin Partnership  

 

Borough Councillor not on the Committee:

·         Councillor Harry Allen, Langton Green, Speldhurst and Bidborough spoke in objection to the application.

 

Matters of Clarification by Officers and Committee Members’ Questions to Officers included:

              i.        The Legal Officer stated that Members should consider the application before them and comments made by a speaker relating to politics should be disregarded.

             ii.        Members and Officers both stated that applications were determined uniquely on their merits and the Committee did not rely on precedent in planning.

            iii.        Officers advised that this was a sustainable location where infilling could be agreed in principle in terms of the pattern of development.

           iv.        It was advised that the proposed dwelling had been reduced in scale was set back so that it was more in character with the pattern and the street scene area of Longmeads.

             v.        The layout of the dwelling had been changed to address concerns about overlooking and a condition would ensure that rear and side windows facing 32 and 34 Dornden Drive would be obscure glazed and any opening would be above the 1.7 metres.

           vi.        A noise impact assessment was submitted and Environmental Protection were satisfied with the conditioned mitigation measures which included acoustic glazing and ventilation for the dwelling.

          vii.        It was advised the refusal of a previous application in the area was based on pattern of development as it was a backlanded site accessed between two properties and the potential impact on ancient woodland.

         viii.        The size of the rear garden of 87 Longmeads was discussed in terms of its suitability for the proposed dwelling, and officers considered that it was relatively wide by modern standards.

           ix.        It was advised that there were no adopted space standards in terms of garden space but each application was considered on its own merits and in this case the key point was to ensure the building line of Londmeads was respected.

             x.        Officers considered there was no increased risk in terms of health and safety by putting an additional dwelling adjacent to the substation.

 

Committee Member Debate and officer clarification included:

              i.        Notwithstanding the changes made, it was questioned whether the proposal was still an overly prominent, cramped form of development and not in keeping with the character of the road.

             ii.        It was felt that in comparison to the previous application available online and with the reduction in size, the issue of overlooking from the rear of 32 Dornden drive had been address.

            iii.        It was considered that the size of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item PLA153/21

PLA154/21

Application for Consideration - 21/03715/LBC Town Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. pdf icon PDF 132 KB

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Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA154/21 Town Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent and this was summarised at the meeting by Mr Michael Taylor Planning Officer 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:

              i.        Members did not ask questions.

 

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.        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 Hamilton, seconded by Councillor Bland and a vote was taken to approve the application in line with the officer recommendation.

 

RESOLVED – That application PLA154/21 be granted subject to the plans, conditions and informatives as set out in the agenda report.

PLA155/21

Appeal Decisions for Noting 5 March 2022 to 29 March 2022 pdf icon PDF 60 KB

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

PLA156/21

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.

PLA157/21

Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 28 KB

The next Planning Committee was scheduled for Wednesday MM YYYY.

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The next Planning Committee meeting was scheduled for Thursday 28 April 2022.