Planning Report and Presentation – The Head of Planning Services submitted a report in respect of application PLA142/22 Former John Lewis At Home, Kingstanding Business Park, Kingstanding Way, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent and this was summarised at the meeting by James Moysey Principal Planning Officer and illustrated by means of a visual presentation.
Updates and additional representation – Since publication of the agenda report, the presenting officers updated:
- Further correspondence had been received from Kent County Council (KCC) which advised that that a figure of £3,500 pounds was secured in regard to a TRO within a Section 106 agreement to address the previous concerns raised by KCC in regard to access to the site from the larger car transporters, and this had been agreed with the applicant.
Registered Speakers – There was 1 speaker that registered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution (Planning Committee Procedure Rules)
· John Hendy, Director at the Hendy Group.
Matters of clarification by Officers and Committee Members’ questions to Officers included:
- It was envisaged that the applicant’s drop off facility would be in the service area to the rear of the site, closer to the Booker Wholesaler entrance. Conditions 19, 20 and 21 addressed various issues related to travel and parking on the site.
- The two outstanding highways issues were confirmed as; parking and the distribution of parking and how that was split between customer, staff and forecourt space; and the other, whether a contribution was required towards sustainable transport options. Further information received related to parking was being reviewed by Kent County Council (KCC) Highways.
- An explanation as to why the application was put before Members to grant delegated powers was provided.
- The existing car parking surfaces was not proposed to be amended, and KCC Flood and Water Management had been consulted on the application and raised no objections subject to a couple of conditions that were addressed.
- There were EV charging points shown on the proposed site plan and condition 14 required those to be implemented prior to the first use of the development and retained thereafter.
Committee Member debate and Officer clarification included:
- Concerns related to flooding and drainage were raised and it was confirmed that site did not fall within an area of high flood risk or Flood Zone 2 or 3 or a strategic flood risk area. Paragraph 10.7 of the report and condition 18 addressed that issue and both were read for the benefit of the meeting.
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 Bailey seconded by Councillor Britcher-Allan and a vote was taken to grant delegated powers to officers to approve the application in line with the officer recommendation.
RESOLVED – That DELEGATED POWERS TO GRANT PLANNING PERMISSION be granted to application PLA142/22 subject to the resolution of the outstanding highway matters to the satisfaction of the Head of Planning Services and subject to the plans, conditions and informatives as set out in the agenda report.