Agenda and minutes
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The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 were signed by the Chair.
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The Principal Transport and NSIP Project Manager gave a presentation on the following subjects:
· An update of NSIP projects
· The A2 Bean & Ebbsfleet junction improvements (Highways Order)
· The implication or lack thereof for Gravesham Borough Council Resource issues
· A general transport update
The presentation slides can be accessed via the following link:
Lower Thames Crossing
The Committee was advised that the Preliminary Environmental Impact Report had not gone down well with a range of organisations submitting concerns, many including the issues highlighted in the response submitted by this Council. There Borough Council understood that Highways England was analysing 28,000+ responses and, as yet, there had been no feedback on issues raised.
An autumn submission of the Development Consent Order (DCO) was expected. Marling Cross would be used for the storage of materials for use in the geophysical testing and this would be a temporary use.
The following questions were asked and answered:
· The Marling Cross Lorry Park entrance was on Kent County Council highway land.
· A projected additional 4,000 lorries using the road system around Marling Cross was mentioned by Kevin Gore – KCC District Manager (Gravesham) at the last meeting of the Gravesham Joint Transportation Board. It was confirmed that this would not happen as no planning application had been submitted for any works and therefore no consent had been given. The DCO would give permission for this sort of activity. There would be an impact and the Borough Council intended to ask for a Traffic Management Plan.
· The construction of the tunnels for the Lower Thames Crossing would start on the Tilbury side. However the cutting at the tunnel entrance/exit on the Kent side would have as big a scale as the tunnels and would result in a huge amount material being removed.
· Members were advised that the DCO would cover the overall permissions required for the scheme and its construction. There would need to be agreements on a whole range of issues with the appropriate organisations, for example KCC as Highways Authority.
· Recognising that Tilbury2 had started as a development management project and consequently was not treated as a strategic project, the Lower Thames Crossing was on a much bigger scale.
The Committee was advised that the Council had not been seriously engaged by the developers of the London Resort for 18 months and the project was therefore, no further forward.
The Principal Transport and NSIP Project Manager noted that Tilbury was closer to the town of Gravesend that it was to the town of Tilbury and was distant from the Essex and Thurrock populations.
The Assistant Director (Planning) explained the proposed layout of Tilbury 2 and that the key concern for the Council was the Construction Materials Aggregate Terminal (CMAT) which would require huge vessels to discharge tonnes of material from a wharf opposite the Canal Basin area which could impact on the residents and businesses of the town. The proposals had to be determined by the Secretary of ... view the full minutes text for item 55.
The Great Crested Newt District Licensing Scheme - Verbal Update
The Assistant Director (Planning) advised that a Housing White Paper had expressed concern over environmental factors delaying development. Great Created Newts being highlighted as a particular concern because surveys of sites could only take place at certain times of the year. As part of the proposed District Licensing Scheme, Natural England had looked at the whole of Kent to determine where landscape scale improvements could be made and it had transpired that Gravesham had the least density of Great Created Newts so was not a focus for new pond developments. All Local Planning Authorities in Kent had been asked whether they would be interested in being the lead for the scheme but none volunteered. Members were given an explanation of the banding and funding system for the ponds and the criteria under which developments could be commenced. Some discontent had been expressed by expert groups because the approach concentrated on one species and they believed that the model was crude and not detailed enough. The fear was that good quality ponds would be lost and replaced by poor quality ponds. Kent County Council and the Kent Countryside Partnership were working together on this initiative.
More information can be found on this topic on the following link:
The Chair closed the meeting thanking the Members and officers for their support and hard work.
In return, the Chair was thanked by the Committee.