Agenda and draft minutes

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27.

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To approve the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 9 September 2021, as a correct record.

 

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the Minutes of the Development Control Committee held on 9 September 2021, be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

28.

Declarations of Interest or Predetermination

Including any interests not already registered

Minutes:

Cllrs Barnett and Layland declared for Minute 32 – 20/02988/OUT – Land North of Town Station Cottages, Forge Croft, Edenbridge Kent, TN8 5LR that they were ward Members for Edenbridge but would remain open minded.

29.

Declarations of Lobbying

Minutes:

All Members declared that they had been lobbied in respect of Minute 32 – 20/02988/OUT – Land North of Town Station Cottages, Forge Croft, Edenbridge Kent TN8 5LR.

 

All Members, except from Cllrs Perry Cole and Coleman decared that they had been lobbied in respect of Minute 33 – 21/01058/FUL – Lyndhurst Cottage, Hollybush Lane, Sevenoaks Kent TN13 3UN.

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:

30.

21/02430/HOUSE - The Castle House, Sevenoaks Road, Otford KENT TN14 5PB pdf icon PDF 999 KB

Removal of a small cupboard area, replacing the modern spindles to the banister, enlargement of second floor gable window, skylight facing southern elevation and works to increase capacity of internal gutter and outlet into external gutter at front of property.

Minutes:

The proposal sought planning permission for the removal of a small cupboard area, replacing the modern spindles to the banister, enlargement of second floor gable window, skylight facing southern elevation and works to increase capacity of internal gutter and outlet into external gutter at the front of the property. The application had been referred to the Committee for a decision as the applicant was a District Councillor.

It was moved from the Chair that the recommendation as set out within the report be agreed.

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 and details: Proposed first floor plan ref: ROY-001-PL-010 REV A; Proposed roof plan ref: ROY-001-PL-011; Proposed north elevation ref: ROY-001-PL-008; Proposed second floor plan ref: ROY-001-PL-007 REV A; Proposed internal gutter document prepared by Calfordseaden ref K170705; Heritage Statement ref 2021/75 dated June 2021; Design and Access Statement received 22/07/2021

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

 

31.

21/02431/LBCALT - The Castle House, Sevenoaks Road, Otford KENT TN14 5PB pdf icon PDF 1016 KB

Removal of a small cupboard area, replacing the modern spindles to the banister, enlargement of second floor gable window, skylight facing southern elevation and works to increase capacity of internal gutter and outlet into external gutter at front of property.

Minutes:

The proposal sought listed building consent for the removal of a small cupboard area, replacing the modern spindles to the banister, enlargement of second floor gable window, skylight facing southern elevation and works to increase capacity of internal gutter and outlet into external gutter at the front of the property. The application had been referred to the Committee for a decision as the applicant was a District Councillor.

 

It was moved from the Chair that the recommendation as set out within the report be agreed.

 

Resolved:  That listed building consent be granted subject to the following conditions

 

1)       The works to which this consent relates shall begin before the                expiration of three years from the date of this consent.

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

 2)      The rooflight(s) hereby granted consent shall have steel or cast metal frames [with central vertical glazing bar] fitted flush with the adjoining roof surface and shall not project above the plane of the roof. Prior to their installation, elevation drawings at a scale of 1:10 and horizontal and vertical section at a scale of 1:5 will be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.

To maintain the integrity and character of the heritage asset as supported by policy EN4 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

 3)      Prior to the commencement of works, window details (including architrave, frame, heads, glazing bars and mouldings, reveal, cill, lintel and method of opening) shown in elevation drawings at a scale of 1:10 and horizontal and vertical section at a scale of 1:5, will be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details

          To maintain the integrity and character of the heritage asset as supported by policy EN4 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

 4)      Prior to the commencement of works further details regarding the proposed alterations to the internal gutter are to be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval in writing. The details are to include the height of the increased gutter valley sides and the extent and specification of the replacement lead. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details

To maintain the integrity and character of the heritage asset as supported by policy EN4 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

 5)      The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans and details: Proposed first floor plan ref: ROY-001-PL-010 REV A; Proposed roof plan ref: ROY-001-PL-011; Proposed north elevation ref: ROY-001-PL-008; Proposed second floor plan ref: ROY-001-PL-007 REV A; Proposed internal gutter document prepared by Calfordseaden ref K170705; Heritage Statement ref 2021/75 dated June 2021; Design and Access Statement received 22/07/2021

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

 

RESERVED PLANNING APPLICATIONS

The Committee considered the following planning applications:

32.

20/02988/OUT - Land North Of Town Station Cottages, Forge Croft, Edenbridge KENT TN8 5LR pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Outline application for the erection of 340 dwellings, including affordable housing, land for a 4FE secondary school including playing fields, land for a new twin hall venue for Edenbridge Scout Group, creation of a new car park for Edenbridge Town Station and associated infrastructure improvements, allotments, associated access from Four Elms Road, emergency access, open space, attenuation areas and landscaping and some matters reserved save for means of access.

Minutes:

The proposal sought permission for the outline application for the erection of 340 dwellings, including affordable housing, land for 4FE secondary school including playing fields, land for a new twin hall venue for Edenbridge Scout Group, creation of a new car park for Edenbridge Town Station and associated infrastructure improvements, allotments, associated access from Four Elms Road, emergency access, open space, attenuation areas and landscaping and some matters reserved save for means of access.   The application had been referred to the Committee at the discretion of the Chief Planning Officer as the development was of a significant nature being major development within the Green Belt.

Members’ attention was brought to the main agenda papers and late observation sheet which amended condition 18 and added five additional conditions requested by Kent Highways. 

The Committee was addressed by the following speakers:

Against the Application:

Nigel Britten

For the Application:

Katherine Miles

Parish Representative:

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Local Members:

Cllr McGregor

Members asked questions of clarification from the speakers and officer. Questions for the officer centred on development within the Green Belt and the case of Very Special Circumstances. Members were advised that should the proposal be agreed, the application would go to the Secretary of State for approval as it went against Green Belt Policy and there was no current planning policy site allocation in place. Members were also advised that the S106 safeguarded the land reserved for the secondary school until 2040.

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

Members discussed the application, noting the importance of the Green Belt in the District but the benefits the development would bring to the area.

The motion was put to the vote and it was

Resolved:  That if the requirements of resolution A below are not met, resolution B be followed:

 

A)   That Planning Permission be granted subject to

 

i)             the application be referred to the Secretary of State as major development in the Green Belt, to decide whether to call the application in;

 

ii)           the conditions set out below, subject to any minor changes to wording being agreed in writing by the Chief Officer for Planning and Regulatory Services; and

 

iii)          a satisfactory legal agreement made under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) being completed no later than 30 November 2021, unless in accordance with a new timescale otherwise agreed in writing by the Chief Officer for Planning and Regulatory Services.

 

Section 106 Agreement

 

The section 106 Agreement shall include the following requirements:

 

  • Affordable Housing comprising of 40% affordable housing to be provided on site of which 65% of the affordable properties to be provided as Affordable Rented / Social Rented - 35% of the affordable properties to be provided as Intermediate Housing;
  • Highways Contributions comprising:

 £20,000 towards relining and resurfacing works in the vicinity of the Four Elms Village crossroads;

- £1,000 to be used by Edenbridge Town Council/Hever Parish Council to help fund traffic surveys in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.

33.

21/01058/FUL - Lyndhurst Cottage, Holly Bush Lane, Sevenoaks KENT TN13 3UN pdf icon PDF 919 KB

Demolition of existing dwelling and garage and replacement with 4 no. bedroom dwelling and garage.

Minutes:

The proposal sought planning permission for the demolition of the existing dwelling and garage and replacement with 4 no. bedroom dwelling and garage. The application had been referred to the Committee by Cllr Clayton for concerns relating to the impact on the Conservation Area, impact on the setting of locally listed buildings and impact on neighbouring amenity.

Members’ attention was brought to the main agenda papers and late observation sheet, which recommended and additional condition. 

The Committee was addressed by the following speakers:

Against the Application:

Tim Collingwood

For the Application:

James Cross

Parish Representative:

Town Cllr Clayton

Local Members:

Cllr Clayton

Members asked questions of clarification from the speakers and officer.

It was moved by the Chairman that the recommendations within the report, be agreed.

Members discussed the application and whether the modern design would contribute to the heritage of the area and whether the scale, density and materials were appropriate within the Conservation Area. Members expressed concern that the application would not preserve or enhance the Conservation Area. Concerns were raised that the design would appear too large, bulky and blocky and therefore out of keeping within the Conservation Area. It would be partly visible from the street. Concern was also raised that the development would negatively impact the amenity of the adjoining property’s garden where the existing building had respected it.

The motion was put to the vote and it was lost

It was moved by the Chairman that planning permission be refused on the grounds that the proposal was inappropriate development within the Conservation Area and was contrary to policy EN1, due to its height, bulk, scale and form, EN2 as it was harmful to residential amenity and EN4 due to the Sevenoaks Allocation Policy.

The motion was put to the vote and it was 

Resolved:  That planning permission be refused for the following reasons

1. The proposed development by reason of its bulk, scale, form and design, would fail to preserve the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and harm the visual amenity of the local area.  As such the proposal is contrary to policies EN1 and EN4 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

2. The proposals would result in a harmful impact upon the residential amenity of neighbouring properties, through the loss of privacy and overlooking.  As such the proposal is contrary to policy EN2 of the Sevenoaks Allocations and Development Management Plan.

 

 

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