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P/04/06/1-8

MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 13 APRIL 2006

AT THE MEMORIAL HALL, HOLLY ROAD, WAINSCOTT AT 7.00pm

 

PRESENT:

Cllr David Coomber

Chairman

 

 

Cllr Gordon Bird

 

 

 

Cllr Mrs Nancy Bird

 

 

 

Cllr Mrs Pam Coomber

 

 

 

Cllr Gary Etheridge

 

 

 

Cllr David Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Roxana Brammer

Clerk

 

 

 

 

Action point

 

 

1

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

 

 

 

 

Cllr Geoff Moore

Indisposed

 

 

 

 

It was proposed by Cllr Etheridge, seconded by Cllr Mrs Coomber and agreed these apologies be accepted.

 

 

 

2

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Cllrs Coomber, Mrs Coomber, Bird, Mrs Bird, Etheridge and Miller declared personal interests in item 5f, 14 High Street, Upnor, as being acquainted with the applicant.

 

 

 

3

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF AN URGENT NATURE

 

None

 

 

 

4

 

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

 

It was proposed by Cllr Mrs Bird, seconded by Cllr Mrs Coomber and agreed that the minutes of the meeting held on 12 January 2006 be signed as a correct record.

 

 

 

5

 

APPLICATIONS

 

 

 

 

a

MC2006/0401: 99 Hollywood Lane, Wainscott: Construction of first floor side/part rear extension incorporating extension to existing roof

 

No objection

 

 

 

 

b

MC2006/0485: 262 Brompton Farm Road: Single storey rear extension

 

No objection

 

 

 

 

c

MC2006/0477: Unit 1, Whitewall Road, Medway City Estate: Installation of windows at first level together with the insertion of a new entrance door and windows on the ground floor

 

No objection

    

 

 

 

d

MC2006/0508: 7 Castle Street, Upper Upnor: Construction of 2 storey side extension with Juliet balcony to the rear (demolition of existing garage)

 

Cllr Moore had the plans for this application. The Clerk was delegated to formulate a response after consultation with Cllr Moore, with a presumption of no objection.

 

 

 

 

e

MC2006/0501: 24 Hollywood Lane, Wainscott: Outline application for demolition of dwelling and construction of block of flats

  

It was agreed to object to this application as follows:

  

Frindsbury Extra Parish Council objects most strongly to this application.

 

The existing dwelling is perfectly habitable and indeed has been significantly improved over the last few years.

 

Although the application is outline, the number of proposed flats is stated at 10 yet there are only 12 parking spaces. Eight of the ten flats are 3-bedroomed, the remaining two have 2 bedrooms. The number of parking spaces is totally inadequate in an area with poor public transport and where it is likely that the car ownership will be at least 2 per flat, and probably 3 or even 4. From the siting of the blocks and parking spaces as shown on the drawing, there would be very little communal open space. There would therefore be an over intensification of the use of the site and would appear "crammed" development. The blocks are shown relatively close to the boundaries with neighbours and would dominate in an area with detached properties on relatively large plots, therefore neighbours would suffer loss of amenity.

 

The access onto Hollywood Lane would be almost opposite Holly Road and in close proximity to Leigh Road. The Council considers that the extra traffic generated would create a traffic hazard, especially as due to its configuration, the entrance to Holy Road is difficult to see, especially at night In addition, the lack of parking space in practical terms for both residents and visitors gives rise to concerns over probable overspill parking on Hollywood Lane itself, contributing to traffic hazard.

 

It is noted that in an attempt to keep the overall roof height lower than in the previous application for apartment blocks on this site, the second storey flats are in the roof space. However it is still considered that apartment blocks are totally out of character with the area and would appear unrepresentative of the established street scene. The Council is of the opinion that to grant this application would set a precedent for more development of this sort not only in Hollywood Lane, but in other similar roads in the parish. Consequently the area might become dominated by apartment blocks giving a suburban feel and out of keeping with a rural area.

 

 

 

 

f

MC2006/0593: 14 High Street, Upper Upnor: Single storey rear extension

 

No objection

 

 

 

 

g

MC2006/0594: 2 Povey Avenue, Wainscott: 2 storey side extension with new boundary walls and pergola/canopy to front entrance

 

No objection

 

 

 

6

 

DECISIONS

 

The decisions as listed on the agenda were noted.

 

 

 

7

 

APPEALS & OTHER MATTERS

 

 

 

 

a

S E Plan

 

The Chairman took the document. It was noted that responses were to be received by 23 June.

 

 

 

 

b

4 Larkin Close

 

The Chairman reported that the resident was constructing a fence to the front and side garden that was over 1m in height. He had reported it to Medway Council and an enforcement officer would investigate.

 

 

 

8

 

LICENSING APPLICATIONS

 

No applications received.

 

 

 

The Chairman closed the meeting at 7.50 pm

 

Signed ………………………………………………………..Chairman

 

On the ………day of ……………………..2006

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