Agenda item

20190372 - Land adjacent to 90 Downs Road, Istead Rise, Gravesend DA13 9HQ

Decision:

Resolved that application 20190372 be REFUSED on the grounds of being considered to be an ‘inappropriate’ development in the Green Belt and no very special circumstances exist to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt.

Minutes:

The Board considered an application reference 20190372 which proposed the erection of a four bedroom dwelling with associated parking and landscaping at land adjacent to 90 Downs Road, Istead Rose, Gravesend DA13 9HQ.

The Principal Planner (Major Sites) advised that the proposal was to construct a detached dwelling within the side garden of 90 Downs Road within the Green Belt. The application site contained a number of trees, lawn and vegetation at the western end of the site. There were no buildings or structures within the redline boundary. Relevant appeal decisions and case law, as well as the appearance, position, character and setting of the site itself, had been taken into account in officers consideration of the extent of the settlement of Istead Rise relative to the application site. It had been concluded that the application site lay outside the settlement of Istead Rise which for the purposes of the NPPF was considered to be a village. There had been no significant changes in circumstances since that boundary had been defined.

The application site was not considered to meet any of the Green Belt exceptions as set out in paragraph 145 of the NPPF as it did not form part of the settlement known as Istead Rise and the proposal was therefore considered to be ‘inappropriate’ development in the Green Belt and no very special circumstances existed to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt. In addition there had been four previous refusals for residential development on this site ranging from 1980 to 2014 and this recommendation was consistent with the previous four refusals.

Members’ attention was also drawn to a decision of the Planning Inspectorate in relation to an appeal with regard to proposed residential development on Istead Arable Farmlands (Willerby Farm), which was approximately 0.5 miles to the north of the application site, the wording for which was set out in pages 166 and 167 of the report.

The application was before the Board on the request of Cllr John Burden so that Members could consider the proposal in relation to the village boundary in light of a recent appeal decision at Willerby Farm.

The Board heard the views of the public speaker who then answered a question from a Member.

Members were advised that no representations had been received from members of the public in response to the publicity given to the application.

The following points were made during discussion on this item.

·         Following a question in relation to the reason for the referral to the Board, Members were informed that two former ward Councillors, who each had a great deal of experience of the area, had approached the Leader of the Council with their concerns.

·         Concern was expressed that it would be premature to approve such an application before a review of the Green Belt boundaries in the Borough was undertaken through the next stage pf the Local Plan.

·         Support for the officer’s recommendation was expressed because there was a clear boundary to the settlement as viewed on the ground and if the incorrect decision was made it would set a precedent to neighbouring properties within the Green Belt.

Resolved that application 20190372 be REFUSED on the grounds of being considered to be an ‘inappropriate’ development in the Green Belt and no very special circumstances exist to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt.

Note:   (a)        Mr Andrew Wilford (Agent)(a supporter) addressed the Board.
            (b)        Cllr Dakota Dibben spoke with the leave of the Chair.

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