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19.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Cllr Steve Thompson and Cllr Lyn Milner attended as his substitute.

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

20.

To sign the Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 2 September 2020 were signed by the Chair.

21.

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:

Led by Cllr Bob Lane, all Members present at the meeting made a voluntary announcement of another interest in respect of application 20200604 in that they all knew Councillor Diane Marsh who was the applicant. However, It was confirmed that this would not affect their decision making.

Cllr Harding made a further voluntary announcement of another interest in respect of application 20200604 in that Cllr Diane Marsh was a personal friend. However, he and Cllr Marsh had not discussed her application and there had been no-predetermination on this matter.

Cllr Tony Rice made a further voluntary announcement of another interest in respect of application 20200604 in that he was the Chair of the Gravesham Conservative Association of which Cllr Diane Marsh was also a senior member and was a close colleague. He confirmed that this would not affect his decision making.

Cllr Elizabeth Mulheran made a voluntary announcement of another interest in respect of application 20200604 in that she was friends with  a resident who lived at Timberlee who would be affected by the proposal. However, she and the resident had not discussed the application and there had been no-predetermination on this matter.

22.

Planning applications for determination by the Board

22a

20200604 - Garage Blocks, Arnold Avenue, Meopham, Gravesend DA13 0NU pdf icon PDF 464 KB

Decision:

Resolved that application 20202604 be PERMITTED subject to the following conditions, reasons and informatives as set out in the officer’s report.

Minutes:

The Committee considered an application reference 20200604 for the demolition of existing lock up garages and the erection of one 1 bedroom wheelchair accessible and adaptable chalet bungalow with associated parking.

The Principal Planner showed a plan of the site with the land in Borough Council ownership outlined in blue, with 8 lockup garages and an access road. It was confirmed that only two of the garages were in use. An aerial view showed the overgrown nature of the site and the garages in a state of disrepair. It was noted that the access road had been recently resurfaced. The site had experienced problems in the past with anti-social behaviour. The properties on Arnold Avenue had been mainly erected in the 1940s and were of mixed character.

The proposal was for a single storey L-shaped bungalow wheelchair accessible and adaptable with one parking space with a turning area and a small garden. The site included a small corner of the garden of 20 Arnold Avenue which had agreed by the tenant of that dwelling. It was intended that the mezzanine floor would be useable as a guest bedroom or for a carer and there would be a gable window and two small rooflights in the roof. It was noted that the amenity space of the proposal had been slightly constrained by the site. However, a wheelchair user occupant might find it difficult to look after a bigger space.

The proposal would have a slight impact on neighbouring properties at 19 and 21 Arnold Avenue and Timberlee on Whitehill Road. The gable window in the first floor of the proposed dwelling would be 21 metres away from the nearest houses in Arnold Road. The proposed dwelling would be 7 metres away from Timberlee but the part of the bungalow facing this residence at its nearest point would be only slightly higher than a garden outbuilding.

In conclusion, the officer recommended that permission be granted subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the report.

The application was before the Board because the applicant was Gravesham Borough Council.

The Committee heard the views of the public speaker who spoke in objection to this application and who answered questions from Members.

The following points were raised during discussion on this application.

·                     It was noted that the garages were not used because it was likely they were not big enough for the modern car.

·                     In relation to the outlook of Timberlee, it was suggested that the height of the proposed dwelling be reduced by 0.9 metres. The Committee was advised that a reduction would bring an inferior design to the dwelling for example, a flat roof and would also cause the loss of storage space and the mezzanine floor.

·                     The suggestion that a wheelchair user would prefer a small garden was considered to be patronising and it was also noted that the amenity area might be only outlook that the future occupant would have. The site was also surrounded by 2 metre  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22a

22b

20200670 - 135 Sun Lane, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5HW - Application for the demolition of a garage, erection of a single storey rear extension, construction of dormer extensions in the front and rear roof slopes with alterations to the roof and conversion of the roof space into habitable rooms - report herewith pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Decision:

Resolved that application 20200670 be PERMITTED subject to the following conditions, reasons and informatives as set out in the officer’s report and including an amended condition in relation to parking and an additional condition prohibiting use of the flat roof of the rear extension as a terrace area.

Minutes:

The Committee considered an application reference 20200670 for the demolition of the garage, the erection of a single storey rear extension, the construction of dormer extensions in the front and rear roof slopes with alterations to the roof and conversion of the roof space into habitable rooms.

The Principal Planner advised that the site was on the north east side of Sun Lane and the Committee was shown photographs of the front and rear of the hipped roof bungalow. It was noted that the garage in the rear garden had been demolished, two garden outbuildings built and that the existing vehicular access remained. The neighbouring terraced houses had been built in the early 1900s and the dwelling on the other side had been built in the garden of the application site. Three storey flats and Pegasus Court were on the opposite side of the road to the application site.

The Principal Planner confirmed that the property had never been extended. The application proposed to alter the current hipped roof design to a half hipped barn ends and this would increase the existing roof height by 0.55 metres and with box type dormers both front and rear. The Committee was shown a number of photographic examples of both types of traditional and box type dormers at the front of dwellings at the front of dwellings nearby and locally or elsewhere within the Borough that had been built or had been granted planning permission.  The dormers would enable the provision of three bedrooms, an ensuite bathroom and another bathroom in the roof space and would convert the existing bungalow into a chalet bungalow increasing the number of bedrooms from three to four in total. The key issues were set out in the report and it was noted that the rear dormers did not require planning permission.

An objection had been received from a neighbour living to the rear of the site. However, the proposal was a significant distance from the property line and the proposed single storey extension lined up with the property line of neighbouring properties. It was also noted that the single storey extension could be built under permitted development rights.

A Parking Plan had been submitted since the publication of the agenda which showed there was space for 3 vehicles to be parked alongside the dwelling which for the proposed 4 bedroom property should be sufficient. The Principal Planner also suggested an additional condition to prohibit the future use of the flat roof as an amenity space/sun terrace.

In conclusion, the officer recommended that permission be granted subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the report together with the suggested additional condition in relation to the flat roof of the single storey extension.

The application was before the Board as the applicant was a Gravesham Borough Councillor.

The following points were raised during discussion on this application.

·                     Following a question from a Member, the officer confirmed that had the applicant not been a Borough Councillor, then  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22b

23.

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.