Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 18 August 2021 6.30pm

Venue: St George's Centre, Pembroke Road, Chatham Maritime, Chatham ME4 4UH

Contact: Ellen Wright, Democratic Services Officer 

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251.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bowler, Hackwell, McDonald, Potter and Chrissy Stamp.

 

During this period, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it was informally agreed between the two political groups to run Medway Council meetings with a reduced number of participants. This was to reduce risk, comply with Government guidance and enable more efficient meetings. Therefore, the apologies given reflects that informal agreement of reduced participants.

252.

Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 21 July 2021.

Minutes:

The record of the meeting held on 21 July 2021 was agreed and signed by the Chairman as correct. 

 

The Committee noted that following the meeting on 21 July 2021, the following had been agreed by the Head of Planning in consultation with the Chairman, Vice Chairman and opposition spokesperson:

 

Minute 160 – MC/21/0332 - Garages adjacent to No.53 Danson Way,Norfolk Close, Rainham

                                              

Refused on the following ground:

 

1          The proposal represents an unacceptable overdevelopment of the site that will result in a development that causes concerns regarding overbearing and overlooking of neighbouring properties which will be harmful to the amenities that occupiers of those properties could reasonably expect to enjoy. In addition, the loss of garaging and available parking on site will result in increased pressure in relation to on street parking in the immediate area to the detriment of the amenities of residents living in the area and trying to park near to their property.  The proposal is therefore contrary to the provisions of Policies BNE1 and BNE2 of the Medway Local Plan 2003 and paragraphs 126 and 130 of the NPPF 2021.

 

Minute 161 – MC/21/0921 - British Pilot, Avery Way, Allhallows                                                            

Additional condition 14 as follows:

 

14        The development hereby permitted shall be carried out entirely in accordance with the plant noise impact assessment reference 89688/NIA, dated 14 January 2021. All measures required for the mitigation of noise shall be completed before any part of the development is brought into use and shall thereafter be maintained in accordance with the approved details.

           

            Reason: To ensure that the development does not prejudice the amenities of neighbouring property in accordance with Policy BNE2 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

 

Minute 163 – MC/21/1262 - 42 New Road, Chatham                                                           

Refused on the following ground:

 

1          The proposed bedroom 7 in the loft space with no direct access to a toilet/shower facility either en-suite or on the same floor level with the closest toilet/shower facility being located on the lower floor (first floor) and then as a shared facility with bedroom 6, would result in a unacceptably poor living accommodation for the intended occupants in an accommodation where all the occupants should reasonably expect to have either en-suite facilities or close access on the same floor level to personal shower/toilet. The proposal as such would be contrary to Policy BNE2 of the Medway Local Plan 2003 and paragraph 130 (f) of the NPPF.

 

Minute 164 – MC/21/1502 - 117 Watling Street, Gillingham          

 

Refused on the following ground:

 

1          The proposed A5 hot-food takeaway will be located within a parade where the current takeaway premises take up over 23% of the linear frontage, consisting of shops extending from the junction with Derby Road to the Post Office/convenience shop in this Neighbourhood Centre and if allowed would increase this to approx. 30% of the linear frontage, as such exceeding the 15% threshold (set out in the Hot Food Take Away Guidance note 2014) for A5 uses in the linear  ...  view the full minutes text for item 252.

253.

Urgent matters by reason of special circumstances

The Chairman will announce any late items which do not appear on the main agenda but which she has agreed should be considered by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the report. 

Minutes:

There were none. 

254.

Chairman's announcements

Minutes:

At the commencement of the meeting, the Chairman informed the Committee that due to the level of additional information received from a number of parties since despatch of the agenda, planning application MC/21/0302 – Land South of Berwick Way, East of Frindsbury Hill and North and West of Parsonage Lane (known as Manor Farm), Frindsbury had been deferred from consideration at this meeting.

 

A Member referred to planning application MC/21/1534 – Avenue Tennis Club, Glebe Road, Gillingham and sought clarification as to whether it was appropriate for the Committee to consider this application at this meeting taking into account police investigations into allegations of fraud concerning some letters submitted in support of the application. In response, the legal officer advised that the Monitoring Officer was aware of the criminal investigation but had determined that this was not a matter for the Planning Committee and the application should be considered and determined on its planning merits.

255.

Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Other Significant Interests pdf icon PDF 371 KB

Members are invited to disclose any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests in accordance with the Member Code of Conduct.  Guidance on this is set out in agenda item 4.

 

Minutes:

Disclosable pecuniary interests

 

There were none.

 

Other significant interests (OSIs)

 

The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Diane Chambers, referred to planning application MC/21/1534 – Avenue Tennis Club, Glebe Road, Gillingham and informed the Committee that although she had no social contact with the applicant and did not use the facility, as the applicant was a member of the same Conservative Association as herself, she would not take part in the consideration and determination of this planning application and the Vice Chairman would chair the meeting.

 

Councillor Barrett referred to planning application MC/21/1534 – Avenue Tennis Club, Glebe Road, Gillingham and informed the Committee that although he had no social contact with the applicant and did not use the facility, as the applicant was a member of the same Conservative Association as himself, he would not take part in the consideration and determination of this planning application.

 

Other interests

 

There were none.

256.

Planning application - MC/21/0302 - Land South of Berwick Way, East of Frindsbury Hill and North and West of Parsonage Lane (known As Manor Farm), Frindsbury, Rochester pdf icon PDF 868 KB

Strood Rural

 

Hybrid application seeking:

 

- Full planning permission for the construction of a new three-storey secondary school with sixth form and sports block with vehicular and pedestrian access from Frindsbury Hill, together with associated car parking and drop off area, multi-use games area, sports pitches, landscaping and other associated works.

 

- Full planning permission for the part conversion and extension of Grade I Listed Manor Farm Barn and change of use to a wedding venue and conference facility, including conversion and extension of former cattle byres to provide overnight accommodation, construction of single storey detached building for management facilities and construction of a new building to provide additional tourist accommodation with vehicular and pedestrian access from Berwick Way, car parking, landscaping and other associated works.

 

- Outline permission (with Frindsbury Hill access-detailed as part of the full planning permission for the school element) to be considered in detail and all other matters reserved for future consideration for the construction of up to 181 residential dwellings, together with Parsonage Lane access, parking, landscaping and associated works.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Decision:

 

Consideration of this application was deferred.

257.

Planning application - MC/21/1286 - Land adjacent to B2097, Maidstone Road, Rochester ME1 3AU pdf icon PDF 655 KB

Rochester South and Horsted

 

Change of use of land for operational depot (sui generis) including erection of building to provide office and welfare facilities, hard surfacing for the parking of vehicles and plant storage, together with construction of new vehicular and pedestrian access onto Maidstone Road and Stoney Lane, other ancillary development including gatehouse, external lighting and landscaping.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Head of Planning outlined the planning application in detail and informed the Committee that the application site listed on the agenda required amendment to read ‘Rochester West’.

 

He outlined the background to the application and advised that that temporary planning permission had been granted for a grounds maintenance depot at the Deangate Golf Course site for a period of 18 months under planning reference MC/19/1911 and that prior to that temporary period being granted, and during the course of the permission running, an extensive search has been undertaken for a location for a permanent site for the depot. Details of the various sites considered were set out in the agenda.

 

The Head of Planning advised that historically, planning permission had been refused on the current application site for employment use and Medway Council had also objected to similar development across the boundary to the South in Tonbridge and Malling. However, more recently Tonbridge and Malling had approved employment uses on land to the South within their district and, as that created changed circumstances and visual context, planning permission been granted by Medway Council on land to the south side of Stoney Lane adjacent to the application site for a transport distribution hub. More recently a new access had been approved on the application site from Maidstone Road but without any change of use of the land.

 

The Committee was advised that if it was minded to approve the application, final agreement on air quality and ecology mitigation measures had yet to be resolved.

 

The Committee discussed the application and concern was expressed that the proposed depot did not maximise opportunities of embracing new climate change technologies.

 

The Committee also sought an assurance that sufficient car parking was available on site for staff and that consideration had been given to those staff who were reliant on walking to work or used public transport and that the landscaping would provide suitable screening as soon as possible.

 

In response, the Head of Planning confirmed that sufficient car parking provision was available on site and in recognition of the fact that many staff either walk, cycle or rely on public transport, this had been a consideration on the criteria for the site.

 

The landscaping on site would include a mix of planting and discussions would take place with the applicants to ensure that suitable screening plants would be included in the landscaping.

 

With regard to the various suggestions concerning climate change technologies, these would be further discussed with the applicants and their Council representatives.

 

Decision:

 

Approved subject to:

 

a)            The final agreement of air quality mitigation measures and ecology mitigation measures.

 

b)            Conditions 1 – 20 as set out in the report for the reasons stated in the report.

 

c)            The Head of Planning being granted delegated authority to resolve any outstanding issues and amend or add to the conditions as considered necessary.

 

258.

Planning application - MC/21/1534 - Avenue Tennis Club, Glebe Road, Gillingham pdf icon PDF 476 KB

Watling

 

Proposed reduced scheme consisting of three 3-bedroom and three 4-bedroom dwellings with two detached garages and associated parking, access road and open landscape area (resubmission of MC/20/3204).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman chaired the meeting for this planning application.

 

The Head of Planning outlined the planning application and in doing so referred to the planning history of the site. He advised of those aspects of the current application which had been undertaken by the applicants to address previous concerns.

 

With the agreement of the Committee, Councillors Chrissy Stamp and Purdy addressed the Committee as Ward Councillors and made the following summarised points:

 

Councillor Chrissy Stamp

 

·         There are concerns that some of the letters of support for this application are fraudulent and currently under investigation by the police.

·         Whilst the application is for one less house than the previous application, it now includes two detached garages.

·         The application constitutes backland development and is an overdevelopment of the site which will be cramped in appearance, provides small gardens for the occupiers of the proposed houses and will cause significant harm to the character of the surrounding area.

·         The access and egress to and from the site is dangerous with no clear sight lines.

 

Councillor Purdy

 

·         The proposed properties are still sited too close to the boundaries.

·         The application will result in the loss of green space which has always been an area of recreation for local people.

·         The application will pose a flood risk, create pressure on sewage facilities and have a detrimental impact on biodiversity and the ecology of the reptile habitat.

 

The Committee discussed the application having regard to the concerns expressed by the Ward Councillors and the decision of the Planning Inspectorate on 31 July 2020 to dismiss an appeal for planning application MC/19/2404 along with the reasons stated by the Planning Inspector.

 

The Committee considered that very little had changed with the current application to address the previous concerns.

 

Decision:

 

Refused on the following ground:

 

The proposed development by reason of its layout and scale would result in a cramped form of development that would have a significantly harmful effect on the character and appearance of the surrounding area. The proposal as such would result in overdevelopment of this backland site and would not result in a clear improvement of the local area. The proposal is therefore contrary to Policies H4, H9 and BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan, and paragraphs 124 and 127 of the NPPF.

259.

Planning application - MC/21/1004 - Land West of Layfield Road, Gillingham ME7 2QY pdf icon PDF 740 KB

Gillingham North

 

Construction of 20 no. residential dwellings and the creation of a new access from Pier Road. Provision of associated car parking, hardstanding, landscaping, open spaces and ecology area, infrastructure including drainage and earthworks including tree clearance and the formalisation of parking area at Layfield Road.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion

 

The Planning Manager outlined the planning application in detail and suggested that if the Committee was minded to approve the application, the words ‘(including site clearance)’ be deleted from the first sentence of proposed condition 15.

 

The Committee discussed the application and, in particular, the access into and out of the site from a very busy road. The Principal Transport Planner advised that the scheme had been accessed by the Road Safety Audit Team and was considered acceptable and it replicated a similar development on the other side of the road at Mariners View.

 

It was noted that Section 106 funding had not been requested for this application as the proposed development would provide 100% affordable housing subject to a successful bid for grant funding for shared ownership housing. Information was sought as to what the position would be if the grant application was unsuccessful. The Head of Planning informed the Committee that whilst there was no guarantee that the application for grant funding would be successful, this had not been an issue on other sites of similar applications.

 

The Committee also expressed a view that the proposed development could be improved using relevant new climate change technologies and in response, the Head of Planning stated that whilst he appreciated the Committee’s desire for developers to be installing new climate change technology, this would need to be a gradual stepped process. For current planning applications, the Council could only require developments to comply with current Building Regulations. However, he confirmed that when receiving applications for new developments, officers challenged and pushed for climate change and energy efficiency improvements where possible.

 

Decision:

 

Approved subject to the full SAMMS mitigation payment and conditions 1 – 14 and 16 - 30 as set out in the report for the reasons stated in the report and condition 15 amended as follows:

 

15.       No development shall take place until a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The Construction Environmental Management Plan shall include amongst other matters details of hours of construction working; measures to control noise affecting nearby residents; dust control measures; pollution incident control and site contact details in case of complaints. The construction works shall thereafter be carried out at all times in accordance with the approved Construction Environmental Management Plan.

Reason: Required before commencement of development in order to minimise the impact of the construction period on the amenities of local residents with regard to Policy BNE2 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

 

260.

Planning application - MC/21/0993 - 22-32 Canterbury Street, Gillingham, ME7 5TX pdf icon PDF 972 KB

Gillingham South

 

Demolition of existing building and redevelopment of site to provide mixed used development comprising of 250sqm of ground floor commercial floorspace with five 1-bedroom and nine 2-bedroom apartments over three floors above with associated parking and refuse/cycle store.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Planning Manager outlined the planning application in detail.

 

The Committee noted that the materials had yet to be submitted for consideration by the Council’s Urban Design Officer.

 

Decision:

 

Approved with conditions 1 – 16 as set out in the report for the reasons stated in the report.

261.

Planning application - MC/20/2541 - 5-7 Mill Road & 4 Fox Street, Gillingham ME7 1HL pdf icon PDF 820 KB

Gillingham North

 

Construction of two new blocks of 22 flats - demolition of existing buildings.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Planning Manager outlined the planning application in detail and advised that as the existing buildings had no architectural merit, there was no objection to their loss. However, as the buildings had formerly housed Jubilee Clips, it was intended that the name of the new development would include reference to ‘Jubilee’.

 

The Planning Manager also advised that although the proposed parking provision fell below the Council’s parking standards, the site was in close proximity to Gillingham Hight Street and had suitable cycle provision.

 

The Committee discussed the application.

 

Decision:

 

Approved subject to:

 

a)    the applicant entering into a legal agreement under the terms of Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to secure:

 

i.              £52,785.50 green space contribution towards improvements to the local area.

 

ii.            £3,881.90 towards waste containment for the development, maintenance and improvement of location bring centres and waste education.

 

iii.           £1,756.92 towards youth provision in Gillingham for young people between 819.

 

iv.           £4,110.48 towards community facilities within the vicinity of the site.

 

v.            £3,704.80 towards library improvements at Gillingham Library.

 

vi.           £14,185.38 towards health improvements in Gillingham South and Medway Central locality primary care networks.

 

vii.          £5,390 towards public realm improvements to Gillingham Town Centre.

 

viii.         £6,386.16 towards heritage improvements at Upnor Castle.

 

ix.           £5,508.58 towards strategic measures in respect of the coastal North Kent Special Protection Areas (SPAs)/Ramsar sites.

 

x.            Meeting the Council’s costs.

 

b)    Conditions 1 – 24 as set out in the report for the reasons stated in the report.

262.

Planning application - MC/20/2696 - Kingdom Hall, Bloors Lane, Rainham, Gillingham pdf icon PDF 461 KB

Twydall

 

Construction of twenty 3-bedroom houses with associated access and parking.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Planning Manager outlined the planning application in detail and suggested that if the Committee was minded to approve the application, proposed condition 6 be replaced as set out on the supplementary agenda advice sheet.

 

With the agreement of the Committee, Councillor Prenter addressed the Committee as Ward Councillor and set out the following summarised concerns:

 

·         The development will create overlooking and loss of privacy and light for existing residents.

·         The proposal constitutes an overdevelopment of the site and brick walls will be constructed close to the boundaries of existing properties.

·         There will be extra demand for parking to the detriment of existing residents.

·         The site is located close to a school and the additional traffic generated by this development will be a highway safety to school children.

 

Whilst there was sympathy for the concerns expressed by the Ward Councillor, the Committee was reminded that the Kingdom Hall had formed part of a previous planning application MC/98/0252MG/60/0288 which had been implemented due to the construction of the Kingdom Hall. This particular planning application had also allowed for a 40 bed care home for the elderly and 13 three and four bedroomed terraced dwellings. Therefore, it was still possible for these elements to be constructed on the site due to the planning permission being extant given that it had been implemented through the construction of the hall.

 

Decision:

 

Approved subject to:

 

a)     A Section 106 Agreement under the terms of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 being entered into to secure the following developer’s contributions:

 

i)             £20,000.00 towards the upgrade of the existing zebra crossing, on Bloors Lane, in the vicinity of Thames View Primary School, to “Halo” type LED Belishas. 

 

ii)            £1,050.00 towards improvements to signage/information and any relevant surface improvements to the GB5/6A and associated paths around Bloors Community woodland.

 

iii)        £106,028.88 towards expansion of the closest and most suitable schools:

             

      Nursery education: £28,121.60 at one or more of Thamesview Primary, St Thomas of Canterbury and Mierscourt Primary

      Primary education: £21,693.70 at one or more of Thamesview Primary, St Thomas of Canterbury and Mierscourt Primary

      Secondary education: £53,128.59 at one or more of the Howard School, Rainham Girls, Robert Napier and Rainham Mark

      Sixth form education: £3,084.99 at one or more of the Howard School, Rainham Girls, Robert Napier and Rainham Mark

 

iv)       £3,368.00 towards improved facilities and equipment at Rainham Library.

 

v)            £4,900.00 towards the development of new square/civic space in Rainham Precinct Shopping Centre and improvements to the Precinct gateway by the car park and the High Street.

 

vi)        £1,597.20 towards programme delivery for young people (ages 8-19 and up to 25 for with disabilities) in the Rainham area. Which may include facilities, providing access, supplies, equipment, programme delivery and/or instructors.

 

vii)         £3,529.00 towards the provision, improvement and promotion of waste and recycling services to cover the impact of the development. 

 

viii)        £52,032.60 towards enhancement of open space facilities within the vicinity of the development.

 

      £49,430.97 to enhance open space  ...  view the full minutes text for item 262.

263.

Planning application - MC/21/1348 - 16 Hollywood Lane, Wainscott, Rochester pdf icon PDF 689 KB

Strood Rural

 

Construction of two 2 bedroom bungalows with access and parking - resubmission of MC/20/2773.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Planning Manager outlined the planning application in detail.

 

The Committee noted that Councillors Williams and Elizabeth Turpin had wished to address the Committee as Ward Councillors on this application but had been unable to attend the meeting and therefore they had supplied a brief joint statement and requested that the Committee permit the Head of Planning to read it out on their behalf. The Committee accepted this request.

 

The Head of Planning therefore read out their joint statement summarising the following concerns:

 

·         The application constitutes backland development in an already high-density area.

·         The development will impact upon amenity and privacy and create a significant increase in noise and disturbance.

·         The development will result in a loss of outdoor space and could set a precedent.

 

The Committee discussed the application and concern was expressed that this application constituted backland development and that the site had limited access and vehicular movements in and out of the site would have a detrimental impact upon the occupiers of no. 18 Hollywood Lane.

 

The Committee also considered that the proposed development, if approved would be out of character with other properties in the locality and could create a precedent for the development of other rear gardens in the area.

 

Decision:

 

a)            Refused on the following grounds:

 

1.    The development constitutes backland development which would be harmful to the character of the area and if approved would give rise to setting a precedent for similar development in the vicinity.

2.    The proposed development does not bring any improvements to the area.

3.    Vehicular access to the development would be alongside the garden of no. 18 Hollywood Lane and would be detrimental to the occupiers of no 18.

4.    The development would have a detrimental impact upon those residents whose properties back onto the site.

  

b)            The Head of Planning be granted delegated authority to agree the wording of the refusal grounds with the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Opposition Spokesperson outside of the meeting.

264.

Planning application - MC/20/2846 - Texaco City Way Service Station, 342 City Way, Rochester pdf icon PDF 716 KB

Rochester East

 

Replacement of 15m high mast and existing equipment cabinets with 20m high mast supporting 12no. antenna apertures and 1no. 300mm dish with a wraparound cabinet at base; and installation of 3 new cabinets and ancillary works.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Planning Manager outlined the planning application and informed the Committee that since despatch of the agenda, the Planning Agent had written to advise that the proposal was an upgrade of an existing mast share that is currently located on the forecourt of the garage rather than establishing a new site elsewhere and that the existing two operators would continue the share the proposed mast.

 

The Committee discussed the application and it was suggested that if approved, officers undertake further negotiations with the applicant on the location and an additional condition be approved concerning the colour of the mast.

 

Decision:

 

Approved with conditions 1 – 3 as set out in the report for the reasons stated in the report and an additional condition 4 as follows:

 

4. The colour of the mast to be approved by the Local Planning Authority.

265.

Planning application - MC/21/1365 - 197 Grange Road, Gillingham, ME7 2TL pdf icon PDF 800 KB

Gillingham North

 

Construction of two storey front, rear and side extensions and first floor extension with two balconies to front and two juliet balconies to rear. Loft conversion in new first floor roof with roof lights to sides to facilitate living accommodation within the roof space. Forming ramped vehicular access drive, parking area and detached garage to front with associated engineering works and hard landscaping.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Planning Manager outlined the planning application in detail.

 

The Committee discussed the application noting that this property was one of a row of bungalows and concern was expressed that the proposed extension of this property both in terms of height and with extensions to the front, rear and side would be out of character and not in keeping with neighbouring properties and would have a detrimental impact upon the street scene.

 

It was noted that whilst the properties were sited significantly below the street level and located a fair distance from the road, the proposed extensions would have a detrimental impact upon the daylight and sunlight to neighbouring properties.

 

The Committee considered that the extent of the proposal would result in the loss of so much of the original bungalow that it almost constituted demolishing the existing bungalow and the construction of a new house on the site.

 

Decision:

 

a)            Refused on the following ground:

 

Due to the extent of the proposed extensions, the proposed property would be out of character with the row of existing bungalows along this stretch of Grange Road and will result in harm to the appearance of the street scene and the amenity of the adjoining neighbours in terms of overshadowing.

 

b)            The Head of Planning be granted delegated authority to agree the wording of the refusal ground with the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Planning Spokesperson outside of the meeting.

266.

Planning application - MC/21/1773 - 248 Maidstone Road, Chatham ME4 6JN pdf icon PDF 484 KB

Rochester South and Horsted

 

Construction of a part two/part single storey extension to side/rear - demolition of existing store, lean-to and detached garage - resubmission of MC/21/0661.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Planning Manager outlined the planning application in detail and explained how the current application differed from that previously submitted at MC/21/0661 and which was refused. She suggested that should the Committee be minded to approve the application a new condition 6 be approved to address the concerns raised about loss of privacy, details of which were set out on the supplementary agenda advice sheet.

 

In addition, she drew attention to two further letters of representation received from the neighbour at no. 250 Maidstone Road, details of which were summarised on the supplementary agenda advice sheet.

 

Councillor Rupert Turpin had also objected to the application and with the agreement of the Committee outlined his summarised concerns as follows:

 

·         The extension is very large compared to the size of the original property, more than doubling the original footprint.

·         The development is excessive in its scale and appearance and will be detrimental to the visual amenity of the area.

·      If approved, the neighbour to the south at 250 Maidstone Road will suffer loss of daylight and consideration of the application should be deferred to enable an amenity assessment to be undertaken.

 

The Committee discussed the application noting that the majority of properties in Maidstone Road were large and therefore the proposed development of no 248 would not be out of context with the street scene.

 

The Planning Manager explained that the current application aimed to scale back the previous proposal under MC/21/0661 by reducing the projection of the proposed double storey rear extension by 2m and offsetting the first floor of the proposed double storey side extension by approximately 1m.

 

Decision:

 

Approved with conditions 1 – 5 as set out in the report for the reasons stated in the report and new condition 6 as follows:

 

6          The windows on the flank (south) elevation serving the study on the ground and bathroom on the first floor of the extension shall be fitted with obscure glass and apart from any top-hung light, that has a cill height of not less than 1.7 metres above the internal finished floor level of the room it serves, shall be non-opening. This work shall be completed before the room it serves is occupied and shall be retained thereafter.

 

Reason:  To ensure the development does not prejudice conditions of amenity by reason of unneighbourly overlooking of adjoining property, in accordance with Policy BNE2 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

267.

Performance Report: 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 pdf icon PDF 596 KB

This report is presented quarterly to planning committee informing Members on current planning performance and the Local Plan.

Minutes:

Discussion:

 

The Committee received a report setting out performance for the period 1 April – 30 June 2021.

 

The Head of Planning drew attention to staffing issues in the Planning Team due to a shortage of Senior Planners to fill vacant posts and therefore he had employed a Consultant on a 4 month contract to cover some of the short term workload and options were now being considered in relation to a longer term solution.

 

The Committee was reminded that a temporary process increasing delegated powers to the Head of Planning had been introduced on 1 April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and such delegations had operated until the lifting of Covid restrictions by the Government in July 2021. As the process was considered to have worked well and enabled the Committee to focus on the large scale or contentious applications, a report was being prepared for Full Council recommending that the powers be extended permanently.

 

The Head of Planning also informed the Committee that following continued receipt of some in-depth additional representations after despatch of the committee agenda and, in particular for an application due to be considered at this meeting, following discussions with the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Planning Spokesperson for this meeting, it was also proposed that Council would be requested to change the cut off time for the receipt of additional representations for planning applications from 12 noon on the day before the Committee to a week before the date of the Committee meeting so as to give officers time to research and prepare a response and for the supplementary agenda advice sheet to be circulated to the Committee earlier.

 

The Committee discussed the performance report and in particular the benchmarking referred to at Appendix B.

 

Overall, the Committee generally supported the proposed change to the cut off date for the receipt of additional representations as suggested by the Head of Planning noting that this had been discussed with the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Planning Spokesperson for this meeting in the light of the continued receipt of high volumes of additional representations the day before the meeting.

 

Decision:

 

The Committee noted the performance report for the period 1 April – 30 June 2021.

268.

Report on Appeal Decisions 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 pdf icon PDF 274 KB

This report informs Members of appeal decisions.  The summary of appeal decisions for those allowed or where decisions were made by the Committee contrary to officer recommendation is listed by ward in Appendix A.

 

A report of appeal costs is set out in Appendix B.

 

Minutes:

Decision:

 

Consideration of this report was deferred.

269.

Report on Section 106 Agreements April to June 2021 pdf icon PDF 511 KB

This report informs Members on the amount of Section 106 funding received between April to June 2021 and sets out what the contributions must be spent on according to the Section 106 agreements. This report is submitted for information to assist the Committee in monitoring the contributions which developers have agreed to as part of new development schemes.

Minutes:

Decision:

 

Consideration of this report was deferred.