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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford DA1 1DR

Contact: Email: memberservices@dartford.gov.uk 

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39.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence submitted as all Members of the Board were present.

 

The Chairman took the opportunity to welcome Mrs Sarah Ashton, the newly appointed Development Manager, to her first meeting of the Board, and wished her every success in the post.

40.

Councillor Mrs Ann Allen MBE

The Chairman informed the Board of the recent death of Councillor Ann Allen.  Councillor Allen was highly respected across the Council and had served as a Cabinet Member.

 

Members, Officers and public attendees stood and observed a minutes silence.

Minutes:

The Chairman informed the Board of the recent death of Councillor Ann Allen.  Councillor Allen was highly respected across the Council and had served as a Cabinet Member.

 

The Chairman asked that the Board’s condolences be passed to Mrs. Allen’s family, and Members, Officers and public attendees stood and observed a minutes silence in her memory.

41.

Fire Evacuation Procedure Arrangements and Constraints relating to the Filming or recording of the Meeting together with Social Distancing Guidelines

Minutes:

The Clerk to the Board explained the fire evacuation procedure and the arrangements and constraints relating to the filming or recording of the meeting.

 

Additionally the Clerk reminded those present of the provisions relating to social distancing during the current pandemic.

42.

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.

43.

Confirmation of the Minutes of the meeting held on 16 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Minutes:

                        RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the Development Control Board held on 16 September 2021, be confirmed as a correct record of that meeting.

44.

References from other committees

Minutes:

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

45.

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 reported that there were no urgent items for the Board to consider.

46.

21/00724/FUL
Land North of Railway Line, Station Road, Greenhithe, Kent. pdf icon PDF 499 KB

Proposal

The erection of three buildings up to four storeys in height to provide 47 flats with off street car parking, communal amenity space, hard and soft landscaping, recycling and refuse storage facilities together with new vehicular accesses serving the site from Station Road and Station Approach.

 

Recommendation

Approval.

Minutes:

The Board considered a report on an application for the erection of three buildings up to four storeys in height to provide 47 flats with off street car parking, communal amenity space, hard and soft landscaping, recycling and refuse storage facilities together with new vehicular accesses serving the site from Station Road and Station Approach.

 

The Chairman introduced Mrs Margaret Northage who spoke opposing the proposal and Mr Richard Quelch who supported it. 

 

The Chairman also informed the Board that he had agreed that Members’ questions on the statements could be answered, if necessary, by Mr Paul Grimston and Mr Peter Smith respectively

 

Members’ attention was drawn to the update circulated.

 

Having considered the report on this application Members expressed considerable concern at the proposals and their impact on the local street scene, the architectural design of the scheme, arrangements for on - site parking and shortfall in amount of affordable housing included in the scheme.

 

It was therefore

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Application be refused for the following reasons

 

a)      The proposal fails to achieve the high quality of design required by the National Design Guide and which responds to local character and street scene of Greenhithe. The proposal therefore fails to comply with the aims and objectives of Policies DP2 and DP5 of Dartford Development Policies Plan 2017, Policy CS17 of Dartford Core Strategy 2011, the National Design Guide and the National Planning Policy Framework;  and,

 

b)    By reason of the contrived bay window design to the upper floor windows in Blocks A and B, the proposal would fail to provide future occupants of these units with a good standard of outlook from primary habitable rooms. The proposal therefore fails to comply with the aims and objectives of Policies DP8 of Dartford Development Policies Plan 2017, Policy CS17 of Dartford Core Strategy 2011 and the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

 

 

47.

Development Control Monitoring pdf icon PDF 309 KB

Minutes:

The Board received a quarterly statistical update on the performance of the Development Management Section, which covered Planning Applications, Planning Appeals and Planning Enforcement.

 

Arising from the report it was noted that the numbers of planning applications decided within agreed deadlines had fallen below expected standards.  It was reported that an in depth analysis of the causes of the drop in standards was to be undertaken and a report to the Board be made, on the findings.

 

Additionally it was proposed to review a number of older cases, those submitted before 2021, which had expired, to ascertain if these could be withdrawn from consideration using appropriate planning powers.

 

Finally it was requested that where Council Members have expressed an interest in a particular application, decisions on the proposals should be communicated to them, before being made public.

 

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48.

Decisions Taken Under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 237 KB

Minutes:

Members received, for information, a report on the decisions taken by Officers under delegated powers for the period 2 September to 27 October 2021.

 

                        RESOLVED:

 

That the report be noted.