Agenda, decisions and minutes
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Apologies for absence
An apology for absence was received from Cllr Samir Jassal and CllrDiane Morton attended as his substitute.
The minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday, 2 March 2022 were agreed and signed by the Chair.
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.
Cllr Mulheran queried the need to declare an interest as a member was the applicant for one item and the Chair confirmed that as all Members knew the elected it was not necessary to declare that on this occasion.
No other declarations of interest were made.
Planning applications for determination by the Committee
Resolved that the application be REFUSED Planning Permission for the following reasons:
1. DRAWINGS AND DOCUMENTS
For the avoidance of doubt, the decision to refuse this application was taken in relation to the following forms, plans and documents comprising the application:
Planning Application Form;
Design and Access Statement;
Drawing No. 039-P-001 – Site Location & Site Plan;
Drawing No. 039-P-010 – Existing Ground Floor Plan;
Drawing No. 039-P-011 – Existing First Floor Plan;
Drawing No. 039-P-012 – Existing Second Floor Plan;
Drawing No. 039-P-013 – Existing Roof Plan;
Drawing No. 039-P-020 – Existing West Elevation;
Drawing No. 039-P-021 – Existing North Elevation;
Drawing No. 039-P-022 – Existing South Elevation;
Drawing No. 039-P-023 – Existing East Elevation;
Drawing No. 039-P-040 – Existing West Car Park Elevation;
Drawing No. 039-P-042 – Existing South Car Park Elevation;
Drawing No. 039-P-043 – Existing East Car Park Elevation;
Drawing No. 039-P-041 – Existing North Car Park Elevation;
Drawing No. 039-P-100 ... view the full decision text for item 53a
The Committee considered 20220052 in relation to 55 Rochester Road, Gravesend, Kent.
The applicationwas for the construction of a third floor extension to facilitate the conversion of the existing roof penthouse to form 2 flats and reconfiguration of the parking layout.
The Team Leader (Development Management) introduced application 20220052 to the Committee and highlighted key points from the report.
the development is considered to constitute overdevelopment of the site which would result in a dominant and incongruous built form, out of character within the existing streetscene. It is therefore harmful to the character and appearance of the site and the wider locality and would contravene Policies CS14, CS15 and CS19 (LPCS)
Resolved that the application be APPROVED Planning Permission subject to the Conditions listed below:
1. The development hereby approved shall be begun not later than 3 years following the date of this permission.
Reason: In pursuance of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended by Section 51 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
2. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in precise accordance with the following approved plans and particulars:
SolarEdge three phase inverter datasheet received 13 October 2021;
Drawing (The Old Dairy Position of Inverter) received 14 October 2021;
Application form received 21 October 2021;
Drawing (The Old Dairy Solar Panels) received 25 October 2021;
Drawing (The Old Dairy Solar Panels – Location Plan) received 25 October 2021; and SolarEdge Designer Report received 14 December 2021.
Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.
Details of Solar Panels
3. The solar panels hereby permitted shall not be erected until full details of the solar panel array, including details of their height, mounting and distance from the ground, have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details and retained as such thereafter.
Reason: In order to protect and enhance the character and appearance of the site and locality, and in the interests of residential amenity, in accordance with Policies CS12 and CS19 of the Gravesham Local Plan Core Strategy 2014.
Soft Landscaping Scheme
4. The solar panels hereby permitted shall not be erected until full details of a soft landscaping scheme associated with the development, including boundary screening and grass seeding or turfing, have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The details to be submitted shall include planting plans, including specifications or species, sizes, planting centres, number and percentage mix, and details of seeding or turfing.
The approved landscaping scheme shall thereafter be implemented and maintained in accordance with the approved details. All planting, seeding and turfing comprised in the approved scheme of landscaping shall be implemented during the first planting season following the completion of the development. Any trees, plants or grass which within 5 years of planting are removed or become seriously damaged or diseased shall be replaced in the next planting season with others of a similar size and species, unless the Local Planning Authority gives written consent to any variation.
Reason: In order to protect and enhance the character and appearance of the site and locality in accordance with Policies CS12 and CS19 of the Gravesham Local Plan Core Strategy 2014.
5. This permission shall expire within 25 years from the date when electricity is first exported (the ‘First Export Date’) from the solar panels to the host dwelling (The Old Dairy). Written notification of the First Export Date shall be provided to the Local Planning Authority no later than 14 days after ... view the full decision text for item 53b
The Committee considered 20211286in relation to The Old Dairy, Bocoda Hill Farm, Wrotham Road, South Street, Meopham, Gravesend, Kent, DA13 0QG. The application wasfor the installation of solar panels.
The Team Leader (Development Management) explained to the Committee that there is a correction in the report at paragraph 4.3 relating to Cllr Tiran's comment, which should simply state that "a single resident made contact with her to raise their objection".
The Chair explained that in the report the reason for referral states Councillor Call In. The application would have been referred to this committee as there is a fine balance to be drawn for this development that is within the Green Belt.
The Team Leader (Development Management) introduced application 20211286 to the Committee and highlighted key points from the report.
Resolved that the application be APPROVED Planning Permission with the following conditions: -
1. Approved Plans
2. Soft Landscaping Scheme
3. Vehicular Crossover / Dropped Kerb Installation
4. No gates are to be installed on this driveway.
The Committee considered 20211551in relation to 90 Cross Lane East, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5HB. The applicationwas for the creation of a dropped kerb for vehicle access onto west side of the property to facilitate vehicle access to the front of the property.
Cllr Morton left the Council Chamber for a short period of time but because she missed the presentation she was unable to vote on this application.
The Team Leader (Development Management) introduced application 20211551 to the Committee and highlighted key points from the report.
whether the proposed new vehicular access and the associated front garden parking/hardstanding facilities and alterations to the front garden boundary are appropriate and acceptable in both in highway safety terms and amenity terms and in relation to adopted policy.
Planning applications determined under delegated powers by the Director (Planning & Development)
Any other business which by reason of special circumstances the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency.
There is no any other business.