Agenda and minutes
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Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors M J Davis, K M Kelly and R Lees.
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.
With regard to Item 4 – ‘Redevelopment of Land East of 110-114 Lowfield Street – Consultation on Planning Application 19/00027/FUL (agenda pages 7-13) Councillor Brown reminded the Committee that he was also a Member of the Development Control Board (DCB).
The Head of Legal Services advised Members that Councillor Brown was not conflicted over consideration of Item 4 that evening. As the Councillor was a Development Control Board member, he was reminded of the pre-disposition rules.
She confirmed that no Cabinet Members present were conflicted over any items on the Agenda and that Members were considering Item 4 in their role as Trustees of the Kidd Legacy Charity land in Central Park, and whether the proposed development in Lowfield Street would impact on residents enjoyment of that charity land within Central Park for recreational purposes.
1. That the Minutes of the Committee meeting held on 16 October 2018 be confirmed as accurate.
To consider the consultation on the application relating to the development of land east of 110-114 Lowfield Street for a predominantly residential development.
The report from the Council’s Head of Legal Services asked the Committee, acting as Charitable Trustee, to consider the consultation on planning application 19/00027/FUL relating to the development of land east of 110-114 Lowfield Street for a predominately residential development. A summary of the planning application from the Council’s Development Manager was attached as Appendix A to the report. A plan detailing the boundaries of the application site, and the boundaries of the Kidd Legacy Charity land within Central Park, whose western boundary would border the application site, was attached as Appendix B to the report.
The Council as local planning authority was required by law to notify neighbouring occupiers, including the Committee as Charitable Trustee, that a planning application had been received. The report asked the Committee acting as Charitable Trustee to:
(i) Consider whether planning application 19/00027/FUL was likely to affect the enjoyment of the Kidd Legacy land [in Central Park Dartford] as a public recreation ground; and
(ii) As a neighbouring occupier to respond to the consultation exercise on planning application 19/00027/FUL and decide whether it wished to support the proposal, object to the proposal and/or make a general observation(s) on the proposal.
Members received a Power Point presentation from the Development Manager, which covered all elements of planning application 19/00027/FUL in detail, together with illustrations of the proposed building and their location in relation the Kidd Legacy Charity land within Central Park. The presentation also provided for comparison purposes, illustrations of developments previously approved (by the Council as local planning authority) for Lowfield Street which bordered the application, which the Committee had considered in 2017 [Min. No. 39 refers].
The Development Manager underlined the following principal points in her presentation to the Committee, and in response to specific questions from Members:
· The application was for the erection of two detached residential apartment blocks of five to eight storeys in height to provide a total of 92 self-contained flats;
· Block A of the proposed development would run parallel to the southern boundary of the site [map report Appendix B refers] with the eastern end of this block facing over Central Park and the Kidd Legacy land within the Park, to a height of 7 storeys. The ground floor would be car parking with 6 storeys of accommodation above that, with the upper storey set back and less prominent;
· Block B at the northern end of the site would be smaller and have its main aspects facing onto Central Park to a height of 8 storeys, with the upper storey again set back and ground floor parking provision;
· The proposal included a new access to Central Park aligned with Vauxhall Place to allow a direct east-west route from Heath Street via Vauxhall Place and Central Park to Darenth Road for pedestrians and cyclists;
· Vehicular access to the proposed development site would be taken from Lowfield Street;
· The proposal included replacement boundary treatment of bushes and some trees, and the Park boundary would be metal railings to match existing ... view the full minutes text for item 13.