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To approve the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 10 June 2021, as a correct record.



Resolved: That the Minutes of the Development Control Committee meeting held on 10 June 2021 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.


Declarations of Interest or Predetermination

Including any interests not already registered


Cllr Osborne-Jackson declared for Minute 8 – 20/02892/FUL – Sevton, Powder Mill Lane, Leigh Kent TN11 9AR that he was predetermined and would be speaking as the local Member.


Declarations of Lobbying


All Councillors declared that they had been lobbied in respect of Minute 8, 20/02892/FUL - Sevton, Powder Mill Lane, Leigh KENT TN11 9AR.


The Committee considered the following planning applications:


20/02892/FUL - Sevton, Powder Mill Lane, Leigh KENT TN11 9AR pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Proposed retention of existing farm building and change of use to enable a horse cremation facility.



The proposal sought planning permission for the proposed retention of existing farm building and change of use to enable a horse cremation facility. The application had been referred to the Committee by Councillor Osborne-Jackson who fully supported objections raised by residents and Leigh Parish Council, which related to concerns about the impact upon residential amenity and highway safety due to increase traffic noise and smells.

Members’ attention was brought to the main agenda papers and late observation sheet which proposed an additional condition and amended condition 5 and the informative (1).

The Committee was addressed by the following speakers:

Against the Application:

Clive Reading

For the Application:

Charlie Sparrowhawk

Parish Representative:

Brett Skipper

Local Members:

Cllr Osborne-Jackson

Members asked questions of clarification from the speakers and officer. In response to questions the speaker for the application confirmed that the container was concealed and unmarked and approved by DEFRA for transporting the horses. The ashes would be returned to the owners, and there would be no storage facility on site for the animals. The horses would be brought in and cremated on the same day.

In response to questions the Case Officer confirmed that there were restrictions on vehicular movements on the site and that one horse could be cremated a day due to the time the full process took. In response to further questions the Environmental Health Officer advised that he was happy with height of the flue and that no monitoring limits were required as it was deemed that the emissions produced by the cremator would be too low to monitor. It was also confirmed that due to the second combustion within the process it would prevent visible remnants or smells coming out from the process, only colourless and odourless combustion would be there.

It was moved by the Chairman and duly seconded that the recommendations within the report, including the additional condition, informative and to amend condition 5 so that only one horse cremation could take place a day be agreed.

Members discussed the application and considered whether it would be appropriate to include a condition to specify the number of horse cremations able to take place in a week.


It was moved by Cllr Hunter and duly seconded by Cllr McGarvey that a maximum of 3 cremations take place in a week.

Members debated the motion.

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

Debate continued on the original motion, with particular focus on the hours of use and the number of hours taken for a cremation. Good maintenance of the machinery and flue was discussed by the Committee to ensure equipment continued to work properly.

It was moved by Cllr Perry Cole and duly seconded that machinery and flue be maintained in line with the manufactures guidelines with a register kept.

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

Debate continued on the substantive motion. Members discussed the proposed condition 10 and whether to specify further that it was all  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.


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