Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 13 October 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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362.

Councillor Bowler

Minutes:

The Committee paid tribute to Councillor Bowler who had sadly passed away on Tuesday 12 October 2021.

 

Councillor Bowler had served on the Planning Committee since 2000 and had been the spokesperson for the Labour and Co-operative Group since 2001. His passion for planning was acknowledged and his contribution to the work of the Committee would be greatly missed.

 

Members and officers present held a moment of reflection in memory of Councillor Bowler.

 

363.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Hubbard.

364.

Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 406 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 18 August 2021 and the Special meeting on 2 September 2021.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The record of the meeting held on 18 August 2021 and the Special Meeting on 2 September 2021 were agreed and signed by the Chairman as correct. 

 

The Committee was informed of the following, approved by the Head of Planning under delegated powers in consultation with the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Opposition Spokesperson as set out on the supplementary agenda advice sheet:

 

Planning Committee 18 August 2021

Minute 263 (Planning application MC/21/1348 - 16 Hollywood Lane, Wainscott, Rochester

 

Refused on the following grounds:

 

1       The proposed development would represent an unacceptable form of backland development that would represent a form of development that, as a result of the use of an existing extended driveway to serve 2 additional units, would appear contrived, while the development of the rear garden area would result in a form of development out of character with area. The use of the driveway, particularly as it narrows and may result in vehicles reversing, while also increasing the number of vehicular movements directly on the boundary with no.18 Hollywood Lane would cause unacceptable noise and disturbance and therefore have an unacceptable impact on the amenities of residents of that property.  The increase in the use of the driveway and access from and egress onto Hollywood Lane would increase the likelihood of accidents on this busy road.  The proposal does not therefore comply with the backland criteria set out in Policy H9 of the Local Plan, 2003, would cause a loss of amenity contrary to Policy BNE2 of the Local Plan, while the contrived nature of the proposal and loss of a significant part of the garden would not result in a clear improvement to the area and is therefore contrary to Policies BNE1 and H4 of the Local Plan.  For these reasons the proposal is also contrary to paragraphs 71, 126 and 130 of the NPPF 2021.

 

2       The application fails to address the impact of the proposal on the Special Protection Areas of the Thames Estuary and Marshes and the Medway Estuary and Marshes through either the submission of details to allow the undertaking of an Appropriate Assessment or via a contribution towards strategic mitigation measures.  In the absence of such information or contribution, the proposal fails to comply with the requirement of the Conservation of Habitat and Species Regulations 2010 and is contrary to Policy BNE35 of the Medway Local Plan 2003 and paragraphs 180,181 and 182 of the NPPF.

 

Minute 265 – Planning application MC/21/1365 - 197 Grange Road, Gillingham

 

Refused on the following ground:

 

1       Due to the extent of projection to the front, rear and increase in height of the property, the proposal would result in a prominent form of development that is out-of-character with the line of bungalows within the immediate locality and within the context in which it sits. The proposal results in harm to the appearance of the street scene and the amenity of the adjoining neighbours at numbers 195 and 199 Grange Road in terms of overshadowing  ...  view the full minutes text for item 364.

365.

Urgent matters by reason of special circumstances

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

Minutes:

There were none. 

366.

Chairman's announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman informed the Committee that planning application MC/21/2134 – The Everglades, Hempstead, Gillingham had been withdrawn from the agenda and would not be considered at this meeting.

367.

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:

Members sought clarification as to whether they should declare a ‘significant interest’ on a planning application and leave the meeting for determination of a planning application purely by virtue of an applicant being a member of the same political association. The Legal Adviser informed Members that just being in the same political association did not automatically mean that they had a close association with the individual concerned and ultimately, it was for each individual Member to consider this and to determine whether they considered that they had an interest that warranted declaring a significant interest and withdrawing from the Committee for the determination of the application.

 

Disclosable pecuniary interests

 

There were none.

 

Other significant interests (OSIs)

 

The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Diane Chambers referring to planning application MC/21/1703 - Land adjacent to Balancing Pond, St Andrews Park, Halling, informed the Committee that as the applicant had been a former Medway Councillor and had served on the Planning Committee she would withdraw from the meeting for the consideration and determination of this planning application.

 

The Vice Chairman, Councillor Buckwell referring to planning application MC/21/1703 - Land adjacent to Balancing Pond, St Andrews Park, Halling, informed the Committee that as the applicant was a member if the same Conservative Association and he personally was Chairman of that Association, he would withdraw from the meeting for the consideration and determination of this planning application.

 

Councillor Barrett referring to planning application MC/21/1703 - Land adjacent to Balancing Pond, St Andrews Park, Halling, informed the Committee that although he had not had any contact with the applicant for 3 years, as he had been known to him in the past he would withdraw from the meeting for the consideration and determination of this planning application.

 

Councillor Thorne referring to planning application MC/21/1703 - Land adjacent to Balancing Pond, St Andrews Park, Halling, informed the Committee that as the applicant was a member if the same Conservative Association, he would withdraw from the meeting for the consideration and determination of this planning application.

 

Councillor Potter referring to planning application MC/21/1703 - Land adjacent to Balancing Pond, St Andrews Park, Halling, informed the Committee that as the applicant had been a former Medway Councillor and had served on the Planning Committee he would withdraw from the meeting for the consideration and determination of this planning application.

 

Councillor Potter also referred to planning application MC/21/1239 – St Thomas Moore RC Primary School, Bleakwood Road, Walderslade, Chatham and informed the Committee that he would withdraw from the Committee for the consideration and determination of this planning application on the basis that this was a grant maintained school and he was the Portfolio Holder for Education and Schools.

 

Other interests

 

Councillor Tranter referring to planning application MC/21/1703 - Land adjacent to Balancing Pond, St Andrews Park, Halling, informed the Committee that although the applicant had been a former Medway Councillor, he did not socialise with the individual and therefore would remain in the meeting for the determination of this application.

 

Councillor  ...  view the full minutes text for item 367.

368.

Planning application - MC/20/1431 - Land North of Medway Road, Gillingham ME7 1NY pdf icon PDF 811 KB

Gillingham North

 

Construction of a Foodstore (Use Class E(a) - Retail) together with associated car and cycle parking, servicing, landscaping, and associated works. 

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Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Planning Manager outlined the planning application and reminded the Committee that there had been a number of planning permissions granted in relation to this scheme but which had been successfully challenged by judicial review by a third party objector on various grounds, details of which were set out within the report. She advised that there was a judicial review in relation to the most recent grant of planning permission (MC/20/3077) and this permission had since been quashed by consent order signed and dated 10 September 2021.

 

Given the fact that they had been quashed, those previous grants of permission did not constitute material considerations but for the sake of completeness a summary of the reasons why they had been quashed had been set out in full within the report.

 

Attention was drawn to proposed condition 5 which had been duplicated within the report and it was suggested that if the Committee was minded to approve the application, the first printed version be deleted.

 

In addition, the Planning Manager drew attention to changes to the appraisal and conclusion sections of the report and referred to amendments detailed on the supplementary agenda advice sheet.

 

Attention was drawn to page 50 of the agenda setting out consultation responses to the current planning application and, in particular, the objections received from the third party objector along with the applicant’s response. The Committee was informed that following the quashing of MC/20/1431 planning permission on 21 January 2021, the application was subsequently live again. The Planning Manager informed the Committee that a revised Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy Doc Ref: CW/190320/FRA/RevD (dated April 2021) had been submitted on 20 April 2020 and a 21 day consultation had been issued.

 

The application had then been included on the Planning Committee agenda on 21 July 2021 but had been withdrawn by officers due to a printing error omitting a section of the report. A letter had then been received from Shoosmiths on behalf of the third party objector raising a number of issues which had now been addressed in the Planning Appraisal section of the current report.

 

The Committee discussed the application and expressed the view that the applicants had undertaken all they could to address the issues raised by the third party objector to the satisfaction of officers and it was clear that this was a continued attempt by a competitor business in trying to block competition.

 

The Committee noted that the provision of a supermarket at this site had been supported by local residents.

 

A Member who was relatively new to the Committee and therefore had not been involved in considering previous planning applications for this site questioned why the Trafalgar Centre site in High Street Chatham had not been considered suitable for the siting of a supermarket. In response, the Planning Manager and Principal Transport Planner advised that the site would not be able to accommodate the parking which would be required for deliveries and servicing arrangements necessary for the supermarket and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 368.

369.

Planning application - MC/21/2235 - Deangate Ridge Golf Course, Deangate Ridge Sports Complex, Dux Court Road, Hoo St Werburgh pdf icon PDF 571 KB

Peninsula

 

Temporary change of use (until 31 October 2023) to a grounds maintenance depot involving the parking of vehicles/grounds maintenance equipment and 17 shipping containers for storage, parking for workers and ancillary office use of the first floor of the former clubhouse together with the parking of minibuses.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Head of Planning outlined the planning application and explained the background as to why the applicant was seeking an extension to a temporary change of use as a grounds maintenance depot up to 31 October 2023 at this site.

 

He reminded the Committee that the applicant had originally been granted temporary permission to use this site in 2019 whilst an alternative permanent site could be identified. After an extensive search for an alternative site, details of which had been set out in the report to the Committee on 18 August 2021, the applicant had subsequently secured a site in Maidstone Road, Rochester and this had been approved by this Committee in August 2021, subject to ecology matters being addressed (reference MC/21/1286). Work to prepare the site was due to commence imminently but until such time that the site was ready, the applicant was seeking a temporary 2 year extension for the current site at Deangate Ridge Golf Course.

 

He confirmed that once the applicant had moved off the current site and it had been cleared, the site would be reinstated.

 

Drawing attention to the supplementary agenda advice sheet, the Head of Planning advised that 3 additional letters of objection had been received setting out concerns already addressed within the report.

 

With the agreement of the Committee, Councillor Sands addressed the Committee as Ward Councillor and raised the following summarised concerns:

 

  • At the time of approving the initial use of this site as a grounds maintenance depot, the Committee had stipulated that it did not wish to see any further extensions beyond October 2021.
  • There is a great strength of feeling in the local community that this use should cease in 2021 with 125 objection letters and 2 general Deangate related petitions containing over 8000 signatures in total.
  • The siting of a grounds maintenance depot at this site impacts on the local community due to increased vehicular movements and in particular vehicles travelling through the Four Elms Hill Air Quality Management Area.
  • The site should be returned to the community and turned into a Country Park for local residents.

 

The Committee discussed the application and some Members expressed sympathy for the views of the Ward Councillor and suggested that it may be appropriate to defer the application and consider other alternative sites.

 

Concern was also expressed that to extend the use of this site as a grounds maintenance depot could put the site at risk of being designated a brownfield site at a future date and it was suggested that if the temporary extension was approved, proposed condition 1 be strengthened to require the applicant to undertake further restoration work to facilitate turning the site into a Country Park once they had vacated the site.

 

In considering the application, the Committee also had regard to the services provided by the applicant across the whole of Medway and the consequences should the service delivery be disrupted if the applicant was required to transfer to an alternative site until the site  ...  view the full minutes text for item 369.

370.

Planning application - MC/21/2289 - Medway Norse Depot, Pier Approach Road, Gillingham pdf icon PDF 662 KB

Gillingham North

 

Application for continued siting of a temporary building (until 31 October 2023).

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Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Senior Planner outlined the planning application in detail and explained the reason for the request for a temporary extension for the continued siting of a temporary building up to 31 October 2023.

 

In response to questions, the Head of Planning informed the Committee that the applicant had originally requested a longer extension but officers were only recommending a 2 year extension so as to keep pressure on the applicant to find an alternative site. He advised that the applicant was in discussions concerning a possible alternative site but it was considered that this may not be ready by 31 October 2023. The limited temporary extension would keep the pressure on for this to be resolved.

 

Decision:

 

Approved with conditions 1 and 2 as set out in the report for the reasons stated in the report.  

 

371.

Planning application - MC/21/1186 - Buckland Lake Reserve, Buckland Road, Cliffe, Rochester pdf icon PDF 412 KB

Strood Rural

 

Part retrospective application for the change of use of shipping containers to gym/function room; fishery managers caravan to wellness treatment rooms together with proposed change of use of shipping containers to arts and crafts and wildlife courses; existing function room to cafe store and retail of healthy foods; extension to existing cafe; installation of 8 floating glamping cabins together with an addition of 10 kw solar panels.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Head of Planning outlined this part retrospective application and informed the Committee that ordinarily, this application would have been dealt with under delegated authority but he considered that it should be referred to the Committee for consideration due to the nature of the proposal with new tourist facilities in designated ecological sites.

 

He suggested that if the Committee was minded to approve the application, the proposed conditions be amended as set out on the supplementary agenda advice sheet.

 

The Committee discussed the application and noted the popularity of the facility and that the natural habitat had increased at the site since the introduction of the facilities.

 

Decision:

 

Approved with conditions 4 - 14 as set out in the report for the reasons stated in the report and conditions 1 – 3 as set out below:

 

1           The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:

 

Received 23 April 2021:

 

BUC/1/2021   Main Location Plan (Proposed)

BUC/3/2021   Main Car Park Changes and Location of areas 1, 2, 3 and 4

BUC/6/2021   Glamping Cabin Type 1

BUC/7/2021   Glamping Cabin Type 2

BUC/8/2021   Glamping Cabin Type 3

BUC/9/2021   Glamping Cabin Type 4

BUC/10/2021 Original and New Wellness centre plans and views

BUC/11/2021 Proposed Wellness Centre

Received 4 May 2021:

 

BUC/5/2021A   Proposed plan and external elevations of cafe and outside serving area

BUC/12/2021A Gym/function room and arts and crafts

 

Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning. 

 

2          No development of the glamping caravans shall take place until details of all materials to be used externally have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.  The development shall be implemented in accordance with the approved details.

 

Reason:  To ensure that the appearance of the development is satisfactory and without prejudice to conditions of visual amenity in the locality, in accordance with Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

 

3          All external materials used in the extensions to the café and alterations to the other structures on site shall match the existing buildings/structures to which they relate.

 

Reason: To ensure that the appearance of the development is satisfactory and without prejudice to conditions of visual amenity in the locality in accordance with Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

372.

Planning application - MC/21/1703 - Land adjacent to Balancing Pond, St Andrews Park, Halling pdf icon PDF 569 KB

Cuxton and Halling

 

Variation of condition 12 (affordable provision) on planning permission MC/19/0994 to allow for a change in the percentage of affordable units to be provided on site from 50 units (56%) to 22 units (25%).

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Minutes:

Discussion:

   

In the absence of the Chairman and Vice Chairman, it was agreed that Councillor Hackwell chair the meeting for this item.

 

The Head of Planning informed the Committee that this application related to a variation of condition 12 (affordable provision) on planning permission MC/19/0994 to allow for a change in the percentage of affordable housing units to be provided on site from 50 units (56%) to 22 units (25%).

 

He explained that this reduction in affordable housing units fell within the Council’s policy requirements of 25% affordable housing provision.

 

The Committee discussed the application and although it was accepted that this variation would still permit 25% affordable housing provision within this development, there was concern that if this had been the level stipulated in the original planning application, then the outcome of that application may have been different as this had been a balanced application. Some Members expressed concern as to whether the applicant had originally included a high level of affordable housing provision to make the application appear attractive, particularly as no reason for the request to reduce the affordable housing provision had been supplied to support the reduction from 56% to 25%.

 

The Head of Planning informed the Committee that if it was minded to refuse the application to vary condition 12, it would be necessary for the Committee to identify grounds for refusal and he reminded the Committee that the applicant still proposed provision of 25% affordable housing which met the Council’s agreed policy for a development of this size.

 

It was suggested that consideration of the application be deferred to obtain the reasons why it is no longer possible to provide 56% affordable housing at this site and that this be reported to a future committee along with a summary as to the reasons why this had been a balanced application when originally submitted for consideration.

 

Decision:

 

Consideration of this application be deferred to obtain the reasons why it is no longer possible to provide 56% affordable housing at this site and that this be reported to a future committee along with a summary as to the reasons why this had been a balanced application when originally submitted for consideration.

373.

Planning application - MC/21/2643 - 42 New Road, Chatham ME4 4QR pdf icon PDF 927 KB

Chatham Central

 

Change of use from a 6 person, 6 bedroom HMO (use class C4) to a 7 person, 7 bedroom HMO (sui generis) - revision to MC/21/1262.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Senior Planner outlined the planning application in detail.

 

With the agreement of the Committee Councillor Adeoye addressed the Committee as Ward Councillor on this application and outlined the following summarised concerns:

 

·         This property is located in a Conservation Area.

·         This application has already been the subject of a refusal in July 2019

·         If approved, there will be additional pressure on on-street parking in the area.

·         If approved, there should be an additional condition requiring facilities management.

 

The Committee discussed the application noting the reason for refusal when considered in July 2021. The Committee noted that the applicant had attempted to overcome the refusal reasons by incorporating an en-suite bathroom into the proposed 7th bedroom in the loft space of the existing property but it was considered that this provided a poor amenity for the occupier of the 7th bedroom by virtue of the reduced space available.

 

Some concern was also expressed that this additional bedroom would create additional noise levels and have an adverse impact on on-street parking.

 

Decision:

 

a)     Refused on the following ground:

 

The provision of an en-suite bathroom in the loft space will provide an inadequate level of amenity for the occupier of the 7th bedroom by virtue of the reduction in living accommodation.

 

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

374.

Planning application - MC/21/2223 - 104A, B And C Poplar Road, Strood, Rochester pdf icon PDF 679 KB

Strood South

 

Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) on planning permission MC/19/2692 to allow a minor material amendment for introduction of small studies (7.5 sq m max) to unit no's 1-4 and plan reconfiguration to suit.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Planning Manager outlined the planning application in detail and clarified that although the application site address covered three properties, the planning permission approved at MC/19/2692 related to the provision of 4 units. She explained that the current application was solely to allow for a minor material amendment to allow for the introduction of small studies in all four units.

 

The Planning Manager drew attention to the supplementary agenda advice sheet and suggested that if approved, proposed condition 3 be amended.

 

Some Members expressed concern that if approved, the additional room may be advertised as another bedroom. In response, the Planning Manager informed the Committee that originally there had been an error in the number of bedrooms in marketing of these properties but that this had now been corrected on the company’s website.     

 

Decision:

 

Approved with conditions 1 – 2 and 4 – 8 as set out in the report for the reasons stated in the report and condition 3 amended as follows:

 

3.         The development shall be implemented in accordance with the external materials approved under reference MC/21/1302.

 

Reason: To ensure that the appearance of the development is satisfactory and without prejudice to conditions of visual amenity in the locality, in accordance with Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

 

375.

Planning application - MC/20/2884 - Port Werburgh, Vicarage Road, Hoo, Rochester pdf icon PDF 389 KB

Peninsula

 

Retrospective change of use of land from Marina to form part of adjacent mobile home park to provide 6 mobile homes. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Head of Planning outlined this retrospective planning application and in particular the planning history for this site.

 

The Committee discussed the application noting the suggested grounds for refusal.

 

Decision:

 

Refused on grounds 1 – 4 as set out in the report.  

376.

Planning application - MC/21/1551 - 107 Station Road, Rainham, Gillingham pdf icon PDF 829 KB

Rainham North

 

Change of use of existing building and the formation of a hip to gable to facilitate construction of dormer to rear, and first floor infill extension to rear to provide three 1-bedroom dwellings, one 2-bedroom dwelling and two 1-bedroom flats, and the installation of solar panels to the south facing roof slope. Re-submission of MC/20/2886.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Senior Planner outlined the planning application which sought to change the use of an existing vacant retail unit to provide residential accommodation.

 

The Committee discussed the application and whilst welcoming the use of a vacant property, some concern was expressed as to the proposal, in particular the location of and proposal to obscure glaze kitchen windows, overlooking from balconies, the amenity of the future occupiers of the units, provision of a bin store and lack of provision of parking on site.

 

The Principal Transport Manager advised that the occupiers of the premises would not qualify for a residents parking permit and, as the application site was located in an urban area with good links to sustainable transport, the development qualified for consideration under the reduced parking provision eligibility.

 

Overall, the Committee considered that a reduction in the number of proposed units or a change of layout could overcome some of the concerns expressed.

 

Decision:

 

Consideration of the application was deferred to enable officers to have further discussions with the applicant concerning the possible reduction in the number of units at this site or a revision to the proposed internal layout.  

 

377.

Planning application - MC/21/1564 - Hazelbank, 189 Princes Avenue, Walderslade, Chatham pdf icon PDF 827 KB

Princes Park

 

Change of use to residential children's home (Class C2).

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Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Senior Planner outlined the planning application in detail referring to the level of objections received and a petition containing 41 signatures.

 

He informed the Committee that if approved, the children’s home would provide placements for 5 young people aged 5 – 17 with 1:1 support during the day, supervised at all times. At night, the children would be supervised by 2 waking nightshift staff and a total of 20 staff would work on a shift basis to care for the children. The home would be operated by Prime Calibre Care (PCC) and would provide a home for children with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and sensory impairment. The service would be controlled under Ofsted regulations.

 

The Committee discussed the application and whilst it was suggested that priority be given to placements from Medway, it was noted that as Medway and Kent County Council had a shared service, this may not be possible.

 

In considering the level of objections submitted, whilst there was a level of understanding about the community’s concern, it was considered that there was a lack of understanding about the children that would receive placements in the home and it was unfair to assume that children with physical and learning disabilities or sensory impairment would create anti-social behaviour or lead to an increase in crime in the area. Furthermore, the integration of disabled children into the community in a family environment as opposed to a large institution was considered essential if they were to go on to live in the community as they got older.

 

Decision:

 

Approved with conditions 1 – 4 as set out in the report for the reasons stated in the report.  

 

378.

Planning application - MC/21/2134 - 16 The Everglades, Hempstead, Gillingham pdf icon PDF 449 KB

Hempstead and Wigmore

 

Construction of a detached dwelling with associated parking.

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Minutes:

Decision:

 

This application was withdrawn from consideration at this meeting.  

 

379.

Planning application - MC/21/1239 - St Thomas More RC Primary School, Bleakwood Road, Walderslade, Chatham pdf icon PDF 750 KB

Walderslade

 

Installation of boundary fencing to the playing field along the boundary to the rear of Sussex Drive.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Planning Manager outlined the planning application in detail.

 

Decision:

 

Approved with conditions 1 – 4 as set out in the report for the reasons stated in the report.  

 

380.

Section 215 Enforcement pdf icon PDF 256 KB

This report details the action taken by the Environmental Enforcement Team (EET) with regard to section 215 issues in Q4 2020/21 and Q1 2021/22.

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Committee received a report setting out information on Section 215 enforcement for Quarter 4 2020/21 and Quarter 1 2021/22.

 

Decision:

 

The Committee noted the report.

381.

Exclusion of the press and public pdf icon PDF 166 KB

This report summarises the content of agenda items 19 and 20, which, in the opinion of the proper officer, contain exempt information within one of the categories in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972. It is a matter for the Committee to determine whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the documents.

Minutes:

Decision:

 

The Committee agreed to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of agenda item 19 (Enforcement Proceedings: 1 January 2021 – 30 June 2021 and item 20 (Derelict Buildings Report: July 2020 – May 2021) because consideration of these matters in public would disclose information falling within paragraphs 6a and 6bof Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 as specified in agenda item 18 (Exclusion of Press and Public) and, in all the circumstances of the case, the Committee considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

382.

Enforcement Proceedings: 1 January - 30 June 2021

This is the biannual report to committee informing Members of those enforcement proceedings during the period 1 January – 30 June 2021.

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Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Committee received a report setting out enforcement proceedings for the period 1 January – 30 June 2021.

 

The Head of Planning confirmed that he was happy to take any questions and respond direct outside of the meeting.

 

Decision:

 

The Committee noted the report.  

 

383.

Derelict Buildings: 1 July 2020 - 31 May 2021

This is the report to Planning Committee informing Members of the action taken by the Derelict and Empty Homes Officer with regard to key buildings and associated land in the Medway area during the period 1 July 2020 – 31 May 2021.

Minutes:

Discussion:   

 

The Committee received a report setting out action undertaken on derelict buildings for the period 1 July 2020 – 31 May 2021.

 

The Committee noted that derelict buildings were usually investigated once they were brought to the attention of the Local Planning Authority.

 

It was also confirmed that whilst there was an Empty Loan Scheme, the level of funding available was limited.

 

Decision:

 

The Committee noted the report and expressed its appreciation to officers for the work undertaken in ensuring that works were undertaken on derelict buildings.