Agenda and draft minutes

Development Control Committee
Thursday, 14th December, 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks. View directions

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Items
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56.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 42 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 16 November 2017, as a correct record.

 

Minutes:

Cllr. Clark commented that with regard to Minute 54 in the paragraph detailing the Committee's concerns about the proposal, he had commented that he was concerned that the proposed market day bus service would not be effective because it merely duplicated existing bus services and served few, if any, areas of the town which did not already have bus routes, and he thought this ought to be mentioned as a separate concern to back up the third ground for refusal.

 

Resolved: That the minutes of the Development Control Committee held on 16 November 2017 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record, subject to the insertion of the following words at the end of the second paragraph on page 54:

 

“A Member was concerned that the proposed market day bus service only duplicated existing services and did not reach new areas.”

 

57.

Declarations of Interest or Predetermination

Including any interests not already registered

Minutes:

Councillor Raikes declared for Minute 59 – 17/03105/CONVAR - Sevenoaks Rugby Football Club, Plymouth Drive, Sevenoaks, Kent  TN13 3RP that he had in interest as Member of Sevenoaks Town Council, who owned the land but that he would not vote on the item.

 

Councillors Ball, Barnes, Hogg and Horwood declared for Minute 60 - 17/01628/FUL - 11 - 13 High Street, Swanley, Kent  BR8 8AE that they had previously considered the matter when it was discussed by Swanley Town Council but remained open minded.

 

Councillor Layland declared for Minute 61 - 17/01690/FUL - Abbeyfield, Stangrove Lodge, Manor House Gardens Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5EG that he was the local ward Member but would remain open minded.

 

Councillor Williamson declared for Minute 62 - 17/02363/FUL - Warren Court Farm, Knockholt Road, Halstead, Kent TN14 7ER that he was the local ward Member but would remain open minded.

 

Councillor Horwood further declared that that he was now employed by UK Power Networks but he did not feel that this was a conflict with any of the items considered.

 

58.

Declarations of Lobbying

Minutes:

All Members of the Committee declared that they had been lobbied in respect of Minute 61 - 17/01690/FUL - Abbeyfield, Stangrove Lodge, Manor House Gardens Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5EG and Minute 62 - 17/02363/FUL - Warren Court Farm, Knockholt Road, Halstead, Kent TN14 7ER.

 

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:

 

 

59.

17/03105/CONVAR - Sevenoaks Rugby Football Club, Plymouth Drive, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3RP pdf icon PDF 224 KB

Variation of condition 3 of 14/02458/FUL for levelling and extension of the existing reinforced grass track to provide overspill car parking; with amendment to allow use of the overspill car parking to accommodate displaced season ticket holders during the development of the multi storey car park, between 1st January 2018 and 30th June 2019, Monday to Friday 6am to 6.30pm.

Minutes:

The proposal sought a variation to condition 3 of 14/02458/FUL for levelling and extension of the existing reinforced grass track to provide overspill car parking; with amendment to allow use of the overspill car parking to accommodate displaced season ticket holders during the development of the multi storey car park, between 1st January 2018 and 30th June 2019, Monday to Friday 6am to 6.30pm.  The application had been referred to Development Control Committee as the District Council was the applicant for the submitted scheme.

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

 

Resolved:  That the additional car park hereby permitted shall only be used

 

1)        at times when sports events are taking place on the playing field (as shown within the blue line on the site location plan submitted with the application); or

 

2)     between the hours of 0600 and 1830, Monday to Friday, between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2019, by holders of season tickets.

 

Reason:  To restrict the function and use of the car park for purposes connected to outdoor sport and the temporary use as an overspill car park to maintain the functioning and openness of the green belt, in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

60.

17/01628/FUL - 11 - 13 High Street, Swanley, Kent BR8 8AE pdf icon PDF 932 KB

Proposed demolition of existing building. Erection of new three storey building to provide A1 Retail at part ground floor and C3 residential accommodation 11 units at ground to second floor with a 12th unit in attic floor space. Provision of rear undercroft car/cycle and motorcycle parking.

Minutes:

The proposal sought planning permission for: proposed demolition of existing building; erection of new three storey buildings to provide A1 Retail at part ground floor and C3 residential accommodation 11 units at ground to second floor with a 12th unit in attic floor space; and provision of rear undercroft car/cycle and motorcycle parking. The application had been referred to Development Control Committee by Councillors Clare Barnes and John Barnes to consider the highways and parking related impacts of the development in accordance with policy T2 of the Allocations and Development Management Plan (2015).

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 3 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: SLP.01, S.02, PL.01/D; 02/B; 03/B; 04/C; 05/A; 11; 12/B; 21/C; 22/C.

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

3)   No development shall be carried out on the land until -

a) Intrusive investigations have taken place to establish the existence of soil contamination and any other potential contamination and / or landfill gas in accordance with the recommendations within the hereby approved Stage 1: Desktop Study and Risk Assessment Report (by Your Environment, ref. YE3108 Revision 1, May 2017); and

b)  The investigation methodology together with any proposed remedial measures and a timetable for the works have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. Site investigation and remediation design shall be undertaken by an appropriately qualified environmental specialist. They will need to demonstrate and state that the site is capable of being remediated to make it suitable for its intended use. For the purposes of this condition, an "appropriately qualified environment specialist" is a person who has a recognised qualification and / or appropriate experience in environmental chemistry and risk assessment.  This will be the person(s) who has designed and specified the remediation works, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the local planning authority. No development shall be carried out otherwise than in accordance with the approved details. The local planning authority is satisfied that it is fundamental to the development permitted to address this issue before development commences and that without this safeguard planning permission should not be granted.

In the interests of pollution prevention and to protect public health in accordance with policy SC1 of the Core Strategy and paragraphs 120 and 121 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

4)   No occupation of any of the residential units shall take place until a verification report demonstrating completion of works set out in the approved remediation strategy and the effectiveness of the remediation shall be submitted to and approved, in writing, by the local planning authority. The report shall include results of sampling and monitoring carried out  ...  view the full minutes text for item 60.

Reserved Planning Applications

 

The Committee considered the following planning applications:

 

61.

17/01690/FUL - Abbeyfield, Stangrove Lodge, Manor House Gardens Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5EG pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Demolition of existing vacant care home and redevelopment to provide a new care home (Use Class C2) with a total of 85 rooms; integrated communal and support facilities, landscaped residents gardens, staff areas, refuse storage, parking and associated infrastructure and services.

Minutes:

The proposal sought planning permission for demolition of an existing vacant care home and redevelopment to provide a new care home (Use Class C2) with a total of 85 rooms; integrated communal and support facilities, landscaped residents gardens, staff areas, refuse storage, parking and associated infrastructure and services.  The application had been referred to Development Control Committee as Councillor Layland had concerns over the potential impact that the development would have on pedestrian and highway safety along Mont St Aignan Way.

 

Members’ attention was brought to the main agenda papers and late observation sheet which amended the recommended conditions.

 

The Committee was addressed by the following speakers:

 

Against the Application:   -

For the Application:        David Churchill (Agent)

Parish Representative:     Clive Pearman (Town Councillor)

Local Member:                -

 

Members asked questions of clarification from the speakers and officers. Officers confirmed that the distance from the vehicle gate to the highway would be 15 metres and from the pedestrian gate to the pavement edge would be 3 metres. Officers also confirmed the pedestrian gate was indicated to open in to the site.

 

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

 

Members discussed the application, in particular noting that Mont St Aignan was a relief road but that there was extant planning permission for a similar entrance.

 

The Chairman moved an amendment to the motion, that an informative be added advising the applicant to liaise with the Kent County Council as Highways Authority regarding the provision of appropriate signage to alert vehicles on Mont St Aignan Way of elderly people crossing the road. The amendment was put to the vote and was agreed.

 

The amended motion was put to the vote and it was

 

Resolved: That That planning permission be granted subject to the applicant entering into a Section 106 obligation covering a highway contribution and 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)   No development apart from demolition, site clearance and the creation of the access from Mont St. Aignon Way shall be carried out on the land until samples of the materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of the building hereby permitted have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The development shall be carried out using the approved materials. The local planning authority is satisfied that it is fundamental to the development permitted to address this issue before development commences and that without this safeguard planning permission should not be granted.

 

To ensure that the appearance of the development is in harmony with the existing character of the EN1 as supported by Policy EN1 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

3)   No development shall be carried out on the land until full details of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 61.

62.

17/02363/FUL - Warren Court Farm, Knockholt Road, Halstead, Kent TN14 7ER pdf icon PDF 502 KB

Demolition of the existing buildings and hardstanding on-site and the erection of 29 No. dwellings comprising 6 No. two-bedroom, 15 No. three-bedroom, 6 No. four-bedroom, and 2 No. five-bedroom houses, hard and soft landscaping.

Minutes:

The proposal sought permission for the demolition of the existing buildings and hardstanding on-site and the erection of 29 No. dwellings comprising 6 No. two-bedroom, 15 No. three-bedroom, 6 No. four-bedroom, and 2 No. five-bedroom houses, hard and soft landscaping.  The application had been referred to Development Control Committee by Councillor Williamson to consider the impact of the bulk of the development on the Metropolitan Green Belt in accordance with policies EN1 and H1 of the Allocations and Development Management Plan (2015).

Members’ attention was brought to the main agenda papers and late observation sheet which amended recommended condition 18 within the report. Officers further amended recommendation A(a) for Officers only to make any reasonably necessary minor adjustments in order to facilitate the permission as granted.

 

The Committee was addressed by the following speakers:

 

Against the Application:  Mrs Sullivan

For the Application:        David Churchill (Agent)

Parish Representative:     Phil Draper (Town Councillor)

Local Member:                Cllr. Grint

 

Members asked questions of clarification from the speakers and officers.  

 

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 application in full, particularly noting that the majority of the site had been allocated for housing in the ADMP. The rear of the site was not allocated and was in the Green Belt but was previously developed.

 

Resolved:  That

A: That planning permission be granted subject to:

a)       The conditions set out below, subject to the officers being authorised to make any reasonably necessary minor adjustments in order to facilitate the permission as granted.

b)       A satisfactory legal agreement made under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) and any other appropriate legislation being completed no later than 19 January 2018 (PROVIDED THAT if officers are satisfied that the applicant has agreed in writing to the extension of the statutory period for determination, officers are authorised to agree to the extension of the time for completion of the legal agreement and the issue of the decision notice).

c)       The S106 legal agreement shall include the following requirements:

          i         Provision of on site affordable housing.

Conditions

1)       The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of 3 years from the date of this permission

2)       The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: 16-2571-001/A; 002/M; 003/E; 004/E; 005/D; 006/C; 007/C; 008/C; 016/B; 017; 020/E; 022/B; 023/A; 024/B; 026/C; 027/C; 028/C; 030/A; 031/B; 034/E; 040; 041, JBA 16/241-03/B.

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

3)       No development shall be carried out on the land until a remediation strategy that includes the following components to deal with the risks associated with contamination of the site have each been submitted to and approved, in writing, by the local planning authority:

a.  A preliminary risk assessment which has identified:-

i. all previous uses
ii. potential contaminants associated with those uses
iii.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 62.

 

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