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Apologies for absence


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To sign the Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 85 KB


The minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 were signed by the Chair.


Declarations of Interest

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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.



No declarations of interest were made.


Planning applications for determination by the Committee


20210390 - 94 Gordon Road, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent - Conversion of dwelling into 2 self-contained maisonettes (1 no. one bedroom and 1 no. two bedroom) incorporating the formation of a new basement lightwell at the front, an enlarged dormer window in the side roof slope and entrance door on the side elevation pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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Resolved that application 20210390 be DELEGATED to the Service Manager (Development Management) for the issue of planning PERMISSION subject planning conditions as set out in the report and completion of the Unilateral Undertaking for SAMMS.  


The Committee considered application reference 20210390 in relation to the conversion of a dwelling into two self contained maisonettes (one with 1 bedroom and the other with 2 bedrooms) incorporating the formation of a new basement lightwell at the front, an enlarged dormer window in the side roof slope and entrance door on the side elevation at 94 Gordon Road, Northfleet, Kent.

The Planning Officer introduced the report and advised that there was a typing error in paragraph 6.40 which should read “complies” not “conflicts”. An additional statutory consulteehad also responded with no objections. The Committee was advised that the proposal complied with the Council’s Core Strategy and the National Planning Policy Framework and there was therefore a presumption in favour of development. Members viewed photographs of the site which showed a residential area near the Rosherville recreation ground. Parking in the area was by permit only with some off-street parking. There was access from Gordon Road to the recreation ground via an alleyway that ran from the road alongside the curtilage of the application site and it was confirmed that the alleyway was not owned by the applicant.

The officer noted that this was a resubmission of an expired scheme for 2 two bedroom maisonettes. With regard to this application the ground floor flat now had one bedroom and a study as the room did not meet with National Space Standards for a bedroom. However, additional storage had been provided for both flats by means of the expansion of the lightwell.

In conclusion, the proposed development for a net increase of one dwelling unit (in this case one maisonette) would offer a minimal contribution towards meeting local need and delivery and, accordingly, added some weight in support of the application.  In this case, it was considered that the proposal would accord with local and national planning policy and was therefore recommended for approval.

The application was before the Committee because it had been called in by Cllr Lauren Sullivan, a Ward Councillor.

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

The Committee heard from Cllr Lauren Sullivan, a Ward Councillor, who also spoke on behalf of her fellow Ward Councillors Peter Scollard and Gurbax Singh.

The following points were made during discussion on this item:

·         Following a question with regard to the alleyway, the officer confirmed that it was a pedestrian path and not a driveway and should not be accessed by vehicles despite the fact that there was a vehicle parked on it in the photograph shown to the Committee. The alleyway led from the road to the park with no throughway to another road. Members were reminded that the alleyway was not in the ownership of the applicant, was not a material consideration and therefore planning conditions could not be imposed for its improvement. The officer undertook to take up the matter with the appropriate officer as to whether a barrier could be installed that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11a


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: -



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