Agenda and minutes

Development Control Board - Thursday 17 December 2020 5.00 pm

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Items
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188.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Brown, Burrell, Butterfill, Oguntope, Perfitt, and Mrs Storey.

 

The Board Chairman, Councillor Hunnisett, welcomed Mrs Jane Lynch to her first meeting of the Board.  Mrs Lynch had recently been appointed as Interim Development Manager to replace Ms Sonia Collins, who has been appointed as the new Head of Planning Services.

 

The Chairman also reported that the Board Vice Chairman, Councillor Ian Armitt, had resigned as a Member of the Council for personal reasons. 

 

He informed Members that Councillor Armitt was a long standing Councillor and Member of the Board and that his judgement and good sense when dealing with difficult applications and issues would be missed in the future.

 

The Chairman asked that the best wishes of the Board be passed to Mr Armitt and his wife on this new phase of their lives. 

 

Arising from this Councillor Hunnisett requested that the Board nominate a Member to assist with the conduct of the meeting.

 

RESOLVED

 

That Councillor Mote assist the Chairman with the conduct of the meeting.

189.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any) by the Audit Board or Managing Director.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received.

190.

Confirmation of the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 November 2020 pdf icon PDF 213 KB

Minutes:

                        RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the Development Control Board held on 12 November 2020 be confirmed as a correct record of that Meeting.

191.

References from other committees

Minutes:

It was reported that there were no matters referred to the Board for consideration.

192.

Urgent Items

The Chairman will announce his decision as to whether there are any urgent items and their position on the agenda.

Minutes:

The Chairman confirmed that there were no urgent items for the Board to consider.

193.

20/00043/FUL
Land South of Crossways Boulevard and North of St Mary's Road, Stone. Kent pdf icon PDF 540 KB

Proposal

The demolition of existing buildings and the erection of 258 flats (Use Class C3) with associated parking, cycle storage, landscaping and amenity space.

 

Recommendation

Approval.

 

Minutes:

The Board was reminded that at the meeting held on 12 November 2020 it deferred consideration of a report, on an application for the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of 258 flats (Use Class C3) with associated parking, cycle storage, landscaping and amenity space at this site, to allow further discussion between the Developer and Officers to address concerns raised by Members relating to the Application.

 

Accordingly, the Board received a report on the Application which had been amended and addressed the issues identified by the Board when originally deferring the application.

 

The Chairman introduced Mr James McArthur who spoke in support of the Application.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Application be approved subject to:

 

1.    The Conditions Reasons and Informatives set out in the Report;

 

2.    The completion of a satisfactory S106 agreement, as detailed in paragraph 137 of the report to secure financial contributions, affordable housing, and specific matters to mitigate the impacts of the development;

 

3.    The addition of drawing numbers to conditions 2, 16 and 17 of the approval; and,

 

4.    The delegation to the Development Manager the Authority to make minor amendments to Conditions that may be required before the Planning Decision is issued 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

194.

20/00411/FUL
26 - 28 Westgate Road, Dartford, Kent. DA1 2AN pdf icon PDF 422 KB

Proposal

The demolition of existing buildings and the erection of a three storey building for a mixed use development comprising retail floor space and eight, 2 bedroomed apartments.

 

Recommendation

Approval

Minutes:

The Board received a report on an application which proposed the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of a three storey building for a mixed use development comprising retail floor space and eight, 2 bedroomed apartments at this site.

 

The Chairman introduced Ms Jayne Denny, who spoke opposing the application, and a presentation made on behalf of Mrs Tracey Dixon supporting it. 

 

Members’ attention was drawn to the update circulated.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the application be approved subject to the Conditions, Reasons and Informatives set out in the report, and incorporating the amendments to conditions 2 and 34 as detailed in the Update Document.

 

 

195.

20/ 00797/FUL <br > Land Adjacent to 31 School Lane, Bean, Kent. DA2 8AL pdf icon PDF 299 KB

Proposal

The erection of a one bedroomed dwelling with associated parking and landscaping.

 

Recommendation

Approval.

Minutes:

The Board considered a report on an Application for the erection of a one bedroomed dwelling with associated parking and landscaping.

 

The Chairman introduced Mrs Emma Gregson who spoke in support of the Application and Mr Robert Johnson who spoke against it.

 

Members’ attention was drawn to the update circulated and to a suggested amendment to the additional Condition proposed therein.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Application be approved subject to;

 

1.     The Conditions Reasons and Informatives set out in the Report, and;

 

2.     The additional Condition 12 set out in the Update document and amended to read:

 

“12.     Before occupation the dwellings shall comply with the Building Regulations Optional Requirements and shall meet Part M4(3) Wheelchair User Dwellings.  Evidence of compliance shall be notified to the building control body appointed for the development in the appropriate Full Plans application or Building Notice to enable the building control body to check compliance.

 

12        In accordance with the requirements of Policy DP8 of the adopted Dartford Local Plan.”

 

196.

Performance Monitoring pdf icon PDF 365 KB

Minutes:

The Board received a report which detailed the performance of the Development Management section compared with national performance indicators.

 

Sonia Collins, Head of Planning Services, reported that a new, additional, enforcement officer had recently been appointed and that this appointment should alleviate heavy work - loads in this area.

 

The Board asked that congratulations be passed on to Officers in Development Management section for their hard work during these difficult times.

RD

197.

Decisions Taken Under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 230 KB

Minutes:

Members received, for information, a report on the decisions taken by Officers under delegated powers for the period 29 October to 1 December 2020.

 

                        RESOLVED:

 

That the report be noted.

198.

Chairman's Best Wishes

Minutes:

Councillor Hunnisett reported that this was the last Board meeting of the calendar year and took the opportunity to wish all Members and Officers a pleasant Christmas and a happy, fruitful and safe New Year.