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Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet Advisory Panel B
Monday 10 June 2019 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Email: memberservices@dartford.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Chairman's Welcome and Introduction

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed new and returning Members to the first meeting of the Cabinet Advisory Panel following the local government elections. He briefly outlined the remit and purpose of the Advisory Panel, the procedures followed by the Panel and explained that the minutes of the meeting would be submitted to the next meeting of the Cabinet to inform their decision making.

2.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Burrell, Jones and Sandhu.

 

Councillor Oguntope attended the meeting as a substitute for Councillor Jones.

3.

Urgent Items

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

4.

Items Reserved for Debate

Minutes:

The Chairman advised that no items from parts B and C of the agenda had been drawn down for debate.

 

Accordingly, Members endorsed the Officer recommendations in respect of the following items:

 

8.   Street Naming and Numbering – Eastern Quarry Phase 6B

 

9.   Dartford Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 – May 2019

 

10. Corporate Plan Key Actions and Performance Indicators Report – 4th Quarter

 

5.

Declarations of Interests on Items Reserved for Debate Only

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests in respect of items in Part A of the agenda and no items from the remainder of the agenda were drawn down for debate.

6.

References from Committees

None at this stage.

Minutes:

There were no references from other committees.

7.

Land at Stone Lodge - Appropriation for Planning Purposes pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Summary:

 

To seek authority to:

 

(a)  an ‘in principle’ decision to appropriate the land at Stone Lodge for planning purposes;

 

(b)   advertise in a local newspaper, the Council’s intention to appropriate ‘open space land’ to another purpose; and

 

(c)  subject to the consideration of any representations received following the advertisement, to formalise the appropriation of the land.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.  That, for the reasons outlined in the body of the report, Cabinet agrees in principle that it is no longer necessary to hold the land at Stone Lodge (edged red on the plan at Appendix A to the report) for the purposes for which it is currently held (i.e. recreational purposes) and that it is therefore minded to exercise the Council’s statutory powers pursuant to sections 122(1) and (2A) of the Local Government Act 1972 to appropriate the land at Stone Lodge for planning purposes (within the meaning of section 246(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990); and

 

2.  That the Managing Director be granted delegated authority to advertise the Council’s intention to appropriate ‘open space land’ at Stone Lodge to another purpose and that in the event of no objections being received, the Managing Director, in consultation with the Head of Legal Services, be authorised to take all necessary action to formalise the appropriation of the land at Stone Lodge for planning purposes.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Advisory Panel considered the Council’s proposed appropriation of land at Stone Lodge, Stone for planning purposes and the statutory processes to be applied, including the requirement to advertise the intention to appropriate ‘open space land’ to another purpose and the consideration of any objections.

 

The Strategic Director (Internal Services) informed Members that the 32 hectare site at Stone Lodge was currently held by the Council for recreational purposes. A development brief for the site had previously been agreed by Cabinet and the Cabinet had declared the land at Stone Lodge to be surplus to requirements in October 2015. In December 2016 the Cabinet had agreed to dispose of land at Stone Lodge for a new secondary school and subsequently planning permission had been granted for provision of a rugby club and a secondary school on the site, up to 140 residential units and the provision of 19ha of public open space.  The rugby club would encourage more intensive recreational use of the land and wider community involvement whilst the school would help to address the demand for additional school spaces and would provide an important community and educational facility. A small proportion of the land, around 3ha, would be used to deliver 130 to 140 homes, 30% of which would affordable housing, ensuring that a mix of types and tenures would be available for the community. The remaining 19ha of the site would be multi-functioning public green space and would be retained in its natural state as far as possible with enhanced habitats for bats and reptiles. New walking and cycling links would also be provided along with signage and seating to enhance the usability of the space.

 

The report detailed the restrictive covenants in place on the Stone Lodge site. As there were now a number of individual homeowners of the land to which the covenants applied, the Council was seeking to rely on section 203 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which provides that if a local authority appropriates land for planning purposes, this will override any restrictive covenants which affect the land.

 

As the land at Stone Lodge was held for open space purposes, the Council was legally required to advertise the appropriation of the open space land to planning purposes. Any objection to the appropriation would be reported to Cabinet. The use of appropriation powers needed to be justified by meeting a clear public interest test. Paragraphs 3.14 to 3.16 of the report detailed how the proposed development fell within the planning policy framework for the area and the steps taken to minimise the impacts of the development on neighbouring properties. The report also highlighted the public benefits arising from the proposed development. The impact on the human rights of the owners and residents that might be affected by the development had been considered and it was felt that the benefits to the community outweighed these impacts and that the development therefore passed the public interest test.

 

The Cabinet was being asked to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Street Naming and Numbering - Eastern Quarry Phase 6B pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Summary:

 

To approve five new road names on Phase 6B at the Eastern Quarry development.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Cabinet approves Betts, Boyce, Lancaster, Robins and Thomas as the five new road names on Phase 6B at the Eastern Quarry development.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Advisory Panel endorsed the recommendations contained in the report.

 

9.

Dartford Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 - May 2019 Report pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Summary:

 

To consider the May 2019 report on progress made around Home Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty in Dartford.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the content of the May 2019 progress report attached at Appendix A to the report be noted.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Advisory Panel endorsed the recommendations contained in the report.

 

10.

Corporate Plan Key Actions and Performance Indicators Report - 4th Quarter pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Summary:

 

To consider the Corporate Plan key actions and performance indicators for quarter 4 of 2018/19.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the contents of the key action and performance indicator monitoring reports attached at Appendices A and B to the report be noted.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Advisory Panel endorsed the recommendations contained in the report.