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49.

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To approve the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 19 October 2017, as a correct record.

 

Minutes:

Resolved: That the minutes of the Development Control Committee held on 19 October 2017 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

 

50.

Declarations of Interest or Predetermination

Including any interests not already registered

Minutes:

Councillor Purves declared that it had been suggested to her that she had predetermined Minute 54 - 17/00330/FUL - Summerhill, Seal Hollow Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3SH, therefore she would speak as the local ward councillor only and leave the room before the debate.

51.

Declarations of Lobbying

Minutes:

All Members of the Committee declared that they had been lobbied in respect of Minute 53 - 17/02279/FUL - Swanley Centre, London Road, Swanley KENT BR8 7TG.

Unreserved Planning Applications

 

There were no public speakers against the following item and no Member reserved the item for debate. Therefore, in accordance with Part 7.3(e) of the constitution, the following matter was considered without debate:

 

52.

17/02701/FUL - Suffolk House, 154 High Street, Sevenoaks Kent TN13 1XE pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Installation of new car park lighting scheme.

Minutes:

The proposal sought permission for installation of a new car park lighting scheme.  The application had been referred to the Committee as the applicant was Sevenoaks District Council.

Members’ attention was brought to the main agenda papers and the amendments in the late observation sheet.

Resolved:  That planning permission be granted subject to the following conditions -

1)   The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

      In pursuance of section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

2)   The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: Site location plan with red outline date stamped 23rd August 2017, drawing no. 1597-S-63-LAY-02 REV. 04, drawing no. 1597-S-63-LAY-05 REV. 02, Elevations - As Proposed drawing no. JHP-SHS-002, Car park elevations As Proposed drawing no. JHP-SHS-004 Revision A.

      For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

3)   Lights hereby approved shall be installed in accordance with the details in the Lighting Report

      To maintain the integrity and character of the area as supported by EN1 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

4)   The intensity of the illumination shall not exceed 800 candelas /m2 and shall be static

      To safeguard the visual appearance of the area as supported by EN1 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

5)   The building and car park shall not be illuminated outside the hours of 07:00 to 22:00.

      To safeguard the residential amenity of the locality.

6)   Prior to the commencement of development details of lighting poles shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and installed in accordance with the approved details and thereafter maintained as such.

      To safeguard the visual appearance of the area as supported by EN1 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

53.

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Installation of 2 x wall hung fascia signs.

Minutes:

The proposal sought permission for installation of 2 x wall hung fascia signs.  The application had been referred to the Committee as the applicant was Sevenoaks District Council.

Members’ attention was brought to the main agenda papers.

Resolved:  That planning permission be granted subject to the following conditions:

1)   The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

      In pursuance of section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

2)   The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: Site location plan with red outline date stamped 23rd August 2017, drawing no. 1597-S-63-LAY-02 REV. 04, drawing no. 1597-S-63-LAY-05 REV. 02, Elevations - As Proposed drawing no. JHP-SHS-002, Car park elevations As Proposed drawing no. JHP-SHS-004

      For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

3)   Lights hereby approved shall be installed in accordance with the details in the Lighting Report

      To maintain the integrity and character of the area as supported by EN1 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

4)   The intensity of the illumination shall not exceed 800 candelas /m2 and shall be static

      To safeguard the visual appearance of the area as supported by EN1 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

5)   The building and car park shall not be illuminated outside the hours of 07:00 to 22:00.

      To safeguard the residential amenity of the locality.

6)   Prior to the commencement of development details of lighting poles shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and installed in accordance with the approved details and thereafter maintained as such.

      To safeguard the visual appearance of the area as supported by EN1 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

 

Reserved Planning Applications

 

The Committee considered the following planning applications:

 

 

54.

17/02279/FUL - Swanley Centre, London Road, Swanley KENT BR8 7TG pdf icon PDF 903 KB

Hybrid application for the phased redevelopment of part of the Swanley Square Shopping Centre and land to the rear, comprising a detailed application for Blocks 1, 2 and 4 and an outline only application (with details relating to appearance and landscaping reserved) for Blocks 3, 5, 6 and 7.

Blocks 1, 2 and 4 comprise the erection of three buildings ranging between 3 and 11 storeys in height comprising 210 residential units (build to rent and market), 1,457sqm of retail/commercial floorspace (Use Class A1-A5, B1), a multi storey car park and associated public realm surface level parking, landscaping and access works.

Blocks 3, 5, 6 and 7 involves the demolition of existing buildings/structures and outline parameters for four new buildings which will comprise up to 93 residential units (market) and up to 2,861 sqm of commercial floorspace (use classes A1-A5, B1) up to 958 sqm of community floorspace; and associated public realm surface level car parking, landscaping and access works.

Minutes:

The proposal sought planning permission for a hybrid application for the phased redevelopment of part of the Swanley Square Shopping Centre and land to the rear, comprising a detailed application for Blocks 1, 2 and 4 and an outline only application (with details relating to appearance and landscaping reserved) for Blocks 3, 5, 6 and 7.  Blocks 1, 2 and 4 comprised the erection of three buildings ranging between 3 and 11 storeys in height comprising 210 residential units (build to rent and market), 1,457sqm of retail/commercial floorspace (Use Class A1-A5, B1), a multi storey car park and associated public realm surface level parking, landscaping and access works. Blocks 3, 5, 6 and 7 involved the demolition of existing buildings/structures and outline parameters for four new buildings which would comprise up to 93 residential units (market) and up to 2,861 sqm of commercial floorspace (use classes A1-A5, B1) up to 958 sqm of community floorspace; and associated public realm surface level car parking, landscaping and access works.

The application had been referred to Development Control Committee at the discretion of the Chief Planning Officer, as the development was of a significant nature.  Members’ attention was brought to the main agenda papers and amendments in the late observation sheet.

 

The Committee was addressed by the following speakers:

 

Against the Application:    Judith Brickell

For the Application:          Marcello Burbante (Agent)

Parish Representative:      Paul Darrington (Town Councillor)

Local Member:                 Cllr. Dyball

 

Members had questions of clarification for the speakers and the officers.   It was clarified that preventative fire measures were not a material planning consideration but were regulated by Building Control.  Queries were made to do with the parking provision and how it would operate and whether there was enough especially if supermarket car parks currently used were no longer free; the proposed transport scheme/ bus service; the need for the height.  It was stated that a viability assessment had been submitted and that it clearly demonstrated the need for the amount of residential units to make the project viable. It was clarified that the Council’s Housing Policy Team would be involved in discussions around the provision of accommodation to those with local connections.  Officers clarified the calculations used to work out parking provision.  There was no data on where people came from to access the market.

 

It was moved by the Chairman and duly seconded that the recommendations within the report as amended by the late observations, be agreed.

 

Members debated the item in full and discussed the need to regenerate Swanley town centre.  The need for denser residential units was acknowledged especially with regards to protecting the greenbelt, however there was concern as to the size bulk and height of this particular application.  There was concern that the height would be out of place and character of the area.  There was also concern expressed with regard to parking provision; traffic and air quality; infrastructure; and loss of light to neighbouring units. 

 

The motion was put to the vote and it was lost.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 54.

At 9.28 p.m. the Chairman adjourned the Committee for the convenience of Members and Officers. The meeting resumed at 9.35 p.m.

 

 

55.

17/00330/FUL - Summerhill, Seal Hollow Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3SH pdf icon PDF 395 KB

Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of a replacement dwelling.

Minutes:

The proposal sought planning permission for the demolition of existing dwelling and construction of a replacement dwelling.  The application had been referred to Development Control Committee by Councillor Purves on the grounds that the proposed house was substantial and results in an over-development of the plot, had a harmful effect on neighbouring amenity and may cause damage to the oak tree in the neighbouring property.

Members’ attention was brought to the main agenda papers and amendments in the late observation sheet.

 

The Committee was addressed by the following speakers:

 

Against the Application:    Lorna Kelly

For the Application:          Jacquie Andrews (Agent)

Parish Representative:      Edward Waite (Town Councillor)

Local Member:                 Cllr. Purves

 

Members asked questions of clarification from the speakers and officers.  

 

(Cllr. Purves left the room)

 

It was moved by the Chairman and duly seconded that the recommendations within the report as amended by the late observations, be agreed.

 

Members debated the item in full and particularly discussed the extra bulk and scale.

 

The motion was put to the vote and it was lost.

 

Councillor Horwood moved that planning permission be refused on the grounds of EN1, EN2 and SP1.  This was put to the vote and it was

Resolved:  That planning permission be refused on the following grounds -

1)     The excessive bulk, mass and scale of the proposed dwelling would harm the character and appearance of the local area, due to the building being incompatible with the existing properties in the local area. This conflicts with policy SP1 of the Sevenoaks Core Strategy, policy EN1 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan and the Sevenoaks Residential Character Area Assessment Supplementary Planning Document.

 

2)     The excessive bulk, height, mass and scale of the proposed dwelling would harm the residential amenities of the occupiers of Dawning House and Levenhurst, to the east of the site.  This is due to the overbearing effect the building would have on the neighbouring properties due to the difference in ground levels and the proximity to the boundary. This conflicts with policy EN2 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

 

 

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