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MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 31 MAY 2007

AT THE MEMORIAL HALL, HOLLY ROAD, WAINSCOTT AT 2.30pm

  

P/05/07/1-10

 

PRESENT:

Cllr David Coomber

Chairman

 

 

Cllr Trevor Archer

 

 

 

Cllr Mrs Valerie Archer

 

 

 

Cllr David Miller

 

 

 

Cllr Geoff Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Roxana Brammer

Clerk

 

 

 

 

Action point

 

 

1

 

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

 

It was proposed by Cllr Miller, seconded by Cllr Archer and agreed unanimously that Cllr Coomber be elected Chairman of the Committee.

 

 

 

2

 

ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN

 

It was proposed by Cllr Coomber, seconded by Cllr Mrs Archer and agreed unanimously that Cllr Moore be elected Vice-chairman of the Committee.

 

 

 

3

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

 

 

 

 

 

Apologies for absence were received from

 

 

 

 

Cllr Mrs Pam Coomber

Family reasons

 

 

Cllr Gary Etheridge

At work

 

 

 

 

It was proposed by Cllr Mrs Archer, seconded by Cllr Miller and agreed these apologies be accepted.

 

 

 

4

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

None

 

 

 

5

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF AN URGENT NATURE

 

None

 

 

 

6

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 12 APRIL 2007

 

It was proposed by Cllr Miller and agreed that the minutes of the meeting held on 12 April 2007 be signed as a correct record.

 

 

 

7

 

APPLICATIONS

 

 

 

 

a

MC2007/0775: Wainscott Camp, Islingham Farm Road, Wainscott: Construction of a gatehouse and reconfiguration of site entrance with barriers, repositioning of vehicle entrance gates, new pedestrian gate, replacement fencing and lamp posts and new camp signage wall (demolition of existing gatehouse and store)

 

No objection.

 

 

 

b

MC2007/0017 : Land adjacent to Walmer House, Cypress Court, Cypress Road, Wainscott: Construction of 12 one bed flats in 2 three storey blocks with associated parking and access

 

After discussion it was agreed to repeat the council's previous objections, with an additional comment to emphasise the likely parking problems and restricted access.

 

 

 

 

c

MC2007/0821 : Phase 1, land to the west of eastern by-pass A228/A289 (both sides of Hoo Road ), Wainscott: Application for approval of reserved matters (external appearance, siting and design) pursuant to outline permission MC2005/0671 for construction of 87 units and associated garages, parking and ancillary works

 

After discussion it was agreed to comment as follows:

 

The application for reserved matters relates to 87 dwellings but in making its comments the Parish Council has to view these in relation to the entire development site.

 

The Parish Council has received a letter from the developer, Crest Nicholson, stating that the proposed number of dwellings on the entire site has been reduced by 75, from 450 to 375. The Parish Council had a meeting with Crest Nicholson in December 2006 and it is members' recollection that the developer's agent stated that they wished to build 420 houses. A reduction of 75 would bring the total down to 345; alternatively if they still aim to build 375 dwellings, it is only a reduction of 45. The Planning Inspector at the public inquiry for the Local Plan stated there should be 280 dwellings. Although at the time the Parish Council opposed any development on the site, it accepts the decision by the Inspector to include it for development in the Local Plan. The Parish Council would argue that in deciding on a specific number of dwellings this should be adhered to and should not be considered as merely a "guideline" as was claimed by the developer's agent at the meeting.

 

The Parish Council would like to see Phase 1 comprising more than 100 properties.

 

On the layout for the 87 dwellings as applied for under reserved matters, the Parish Council is very concerned over the lack of any off street parking for visitors. On-street parking in narrow estate roads is a particular problem in all the developments in the parish that have been built over the last ten years. This is exacerbated when garages are subsequently turned into habitable rooms. Some unallocated communal off road parking spaces for visitors would be welcomed and would help to minimise the future loss of amenity to residents of the estate.

 

The Parish Council remains very concerned over the position of the access roads from both parts of the overall site into Hoo Road and repeats its view that a form of crossroads with a mini roundabout would help traffic flow, combined with peak time traffic control on Four Elms roundabout. The traffic problems here are bad enough currently, without the addition of traffic from a potential 375 further dwellings, traffic associated with Wainscott Primary School using a different access point and traffic for an enhanced medical centre, re-sited from its current position in Miller Way .

 

 

 

 

d

MC2007/0827 : 2A Galleon Way , Lower Upnor: Change of use from A1 to A2

 

After discussion it was agreed to object. The provision of a class A1 retail unit was part of the planning consent. It is true that a small convenience shop did open and closed as it could not make money but at that time the major development of 112 dwellings that the shop was part of had not been completed and was not fully occupied. It is known that there will be further development in the village on MoD land. In addition the village has many summer visitors, providing more potential customers. It is the view of the Parish Council that the unit should remain A1 use. The Parish Council understands that local residents share this view.

 

 

 

 

d

MC2007/0846 : Temple Mill Primary School: Application under Regulation 3 of the Town and Country General Planning Regulations 1992 for the construction of two single storey extensions and pergola to the west elevation for use as nursery classroom and family, staff and meeting rooms

 

No objection

 

 

 

8

 

DECISIONS

 

The decisions as listed on the agenda were noted.

 

 

 

9

 

APPEALS & OTHER MATTERS

 

 

 

 

i

Manor Farm

 

A letter from Green Issues, written on behalf of the Church Commissioners had been received. The Church Commissioners wished to restore the tithe barn but also wished to build a small development on the site. Green Issues had requested a meeting with the Council. The Clerk to invite them to a future Planning Committee meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RB

 

10

 

LICENSING APPLICATIONS

 

No applications received.

 

 

 

 

The Chairman closed the meeting at 3.40 pm

 

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

 

On the ………day of ……………………..2007

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