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34.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Cllr Conrad Broadley and Cllr Gary Harding attended as his substitute.

An apology for absence was received from Cllr Brian Francis and Cllr Christina Rolles attended as his substitute.

An apology for absence was received from Bob Lane and Cllr Derek Ashenden attended as his substitute.

35.

To sign the Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 15 December 2020 were signed by the Chair.

36.

Declarations of Interest

To declare any interest members may have in the items contained on this agenda.   When declaring an interest a member must state what their interest is.  Any declared interest will fall into one of the following categories:

 

A Disclosable Pecuniary Interest which has been or should have been declared to the Monitoring Officer, and in respect of which the member must leave the chamber for the whole of the item in question;

 

An Other Significant Interest under the Code of Conduct and in respect of which the member must leave the chamber for the whole of the item in question unless exercising the right of public speaking extended to the general public;

 

A voluntary announcement of another interest not falling into the above categories, made for reasons of transparency.

 

Minutes:

Cllr Tony Rice made a voluntary announcement of an other interest in relation to application reference 20190290 as was one of the Ward Councillors for Shorne, Cobham & Luddesdown. He advised that he had no previous involvement in the application and there had been no pre-determination on this matter.

Cllr Harold Craske made a voluntary announcement of an other interest in relation to application reference 20190290 in that the report (page 35) referred to the Kent Marshes Drainage Board of which he was the Vice-Chair. He confirmed that he had received no contact with regard to the application.

Cllr Jordan Meade made a voluntary announcement of an other interest in relation to application reference 20190290 as he was the Borough Council’s representative on the Gravesham Rights of Way Committee. The Committee had not discussed the application and there had been no pre-determination in this matter.

 

 

37.

Planning applications for determination by the Board

37a

20190290 - Nuralite Industrial Estate, Canal Road, Higham, Rochester ME3 7JA pdf icon PDF 14 MB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved that:

 

(a)  application 20190290 be DELEGATED to the Service Manager (Development Management), in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee, for the issue of planning PERMISSION subject to planning conditions and informatives as set out in the main and supplementary reports and the completion of a Section 106 Legal Agreement;

(b)  that Natural England be consulted on the Borough Council’s Appropriate Assessment and consideration of the response received including the potential need for additional requirements be DELEGATED to the Service Manager (Development Management), in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee; and

(c)   that the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee consult with the Higham Parish Council and the Shorne Parish Council in the exercise of their role in (a) and (b) above.

Minutes:

The Committee considered application reference 20190290 in relation to the Nuralite Industrial Estate, Canal Road, Higham for the systematic redevelopment of the existing site. This included the importation of inert materials to cap and landscape the historic asbestos landfill, thus containing the contamination risk. In addition, the existing buildings on the site would be demolished, making safe of existing contamination both through capping and removal of areas of hydrocarbon pollution would occur, the laying of new service and utility infrastructure and the construction of 11 new purpose built light industrial type units and a site office are all proposed.

The Principal Planner (Major Sites) drew Members’ attention to a number of key points.

Members were advised that paragraphs 5.1 to 5.29 of the report set out the history of the site from its original development in the late 19th century up until the present day. The application site was located within the Green Belt to the northwest of the settlement of Lower Higham. The site was also in close proximity to the Thames Estuary Marshes and the only vehicle access to the site was by the partly adopted road known as Canal Road.

The principle of employment use on this site had been established through the historical use of the site dating back to the late 19th century when it was first used as an asbestos factory and then subsequently for other various industrial uses. The redevelopment of an existing employment use would provide additional employment floor space and the principle of redeveloping the site for employment uses was acceptable in planning policy terms.

In relation to the contamination, planning policy at both a local and national level was clear that new development should seek to avoid adverse environmental impacts of land contamination and seek to remediate contaminated land. The Committee’s attention was drawn to the report which contained the detail on the contamination and remediation issues in paragraphs 5.43 to 5.81.

Members were also asked to note the following in relation to contamination.

·                    The site was originally developed as a factory to construct asbestos and other related building materials.

·                    From the 1980s onwards there was a decline in site activity due to health concerns around asbestos.

·                    The company filed for liquidation for the third and final time in November 1987.

·                    The liquidators continued their work until 1995 when they applied for the company to be formally dissolved. However, due to the outstanding unsecured creditors and unresolved court cases where serious illness and deaths had been associated with working at Nuralite, the company was still ‘technically’ in existence and still listed as such at Companies House.

·                    In addition to being used as manufacturing site for asbestos and other materials, the site had been used for significant landfilling (at the western end) for asbestos cement chipping, asbestos cement slurry and commercial waste with the license expiring in 1999.

·                    With the company going into liquidation there had been no formal closure of the landfill site.

·                    To aid understanding the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37a

37b

20201231 - Alexandrias Residential Home 147 Wrotham Road, Gravesend DA11 0QL - report herewith pdf icon PDF 139 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved that application 20201231 be PERMITTED subject to conditions as set out in the report.

Minutes:

The Committee considered application reference 20201231 for the change of use of a building to that of a residential care home (Use Class C2) to an 11 bedroom HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) (sui generis) with communal facilities and staffing areas to provide short-term supported accommodation at 147 Wrotham Road, Gravesend DA11 0QL.

The Principal Planner (Major Sites) (hereafter referred to as the officer) introduced the report and displayed a site location plan together with a diagram of the proposed internal alterations. It was noted that the building had been a residential home since 1991. No comments or objections had been received by the Council in relation to this application. The Committee was also advised that there was no impact on neighbouring properties.

Following a question from a Member, the officer confirmed that an HMO licence would require a valid fire safety certificate and separate legislation dealt with this subject.

In conclusion the officer stated that the application was national and local policy compliant and recommended the application for approval.

The application had been referred to the Committee as Gravesham Borough Council was the applicant.

The attention of the Committee was drawn to the registered public speaker in support of the application who did not wish to speak but was happy to answer any questions.

Resolved that application 20201231 be PERMITTED subject to conditions as set out in the report.

Daniel Killian (Applicant)(a supporter) was present.

38.

Planning applications determined under delegated powers by the Director (Planning & Development)

A copy of the schedule has been placed in the democracy web library and also in the Reception, Civic Centre: - http://bit.ly/1Uwy6bJ.

 

Minutes:

A schedule showing applications determined by the Director (Planning & Development) under delegated powers had been published on the Council’s website.