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MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2007
AT THE MEMORIAL HALL, HOLLY ROAD, WAINSCOTT AT 2.30pm

 

PRESENT:

Cllr David Coomber

Chairman

 

 

Cllr Trevor Archer

 

 

 

Cllr Mrs Valerie Archer

 

 

 

Cllr Mrs Pam Coomber

 

 

 

Cllr David Miller

 

 

 

Cllr Geoff Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Roxana Brammer

Clerk

 

 

 

 

Action point

 

 

1

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

 

 

 

 

 

An apology for absence was received from

 

 

 

 

Cllr Gary Etheridge

 

At work

 

 

 

It was proposed by Cllr Coomber, seconded by Cllr Mrs Archer and carried unanimously that this apology be accepted by the Council.

 

 

 

2

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

None

 

 

 

3

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF AN URGENT NATURE

 

None

 

 

 

4

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 9 AUGUST 2007

 

It was proposed by Cllr Miller, seconded by Cllr Moore and agreed that the minutes of the meeting held on 9 August 2007 be signed as a correct record.

 

 

 

5

 

APPLICATIONS

 

 

 

 

a

MC2007/1542 : 20-22 Hollywood Lane Demolition of existing properties and garages. Construction of sixteen 2 bed and two 1 bed apartments plus 24 parking spaces

 

After discussion, it was agreed the Council respond as follows:

 

Frindsbury Extra Parish Council objects most strongly to this application.
 
The existing dwellings are perfectly habitable. 

 

An application on the same site (MC2005/1651) for twelve 2-storey houses and two 1½ storey bungalows was refused and a subsequent appeal to the Planning Inspector was dismissed. In his report the Inspector said "I accept that much of the area's development is in the form of relatively high density estates, but I do not agree that 20 and 22 Hollywood Lane ... are out of keeping with the general character of development. ... they are an important component of the area's character and appearance which offer relief from the more dense development and add interest and variety to the street scene." He concluded that "the proposed development would cause unacceptable harm to the character and appearance of the surrounding area. It would not accord with the aims of Structure Plan Policy ENV15, Local Plan policies H9 and BNE1 and emerging Structure Plan policy QL1."

 

The Parish Council would argue that if this applied to 14 dwellings with a maximum of 2 storeys, it must surely apply to two 3-storey blocks of flats, totalling 18 dwellings.

 

An application (MC2006/0501) was submitted for a similar scheme next door, at 24 Hollywood Lane . That application was refused by the planning authority. The reasons given included:

 

"The development proposed...would be out of character with its surroundings in terms of intensity of use, scale of development and mass of building and as such would be contrary to Policy ENV15 of the Kent Structure Plan 1996; Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003 and Policy QL1 of the Kent and Medway Structure Plan (Deposit Version) 2003." 

 

"The amount of off-street parking required...would result in the frontage of the site being dedicated to a vehicle parking area. [This] would be out of character with and detract from the appearance of the street scene...The development would be contrary to Policy ENV15 of the Kent Structure Plan 1996; Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003 and Policy QL1 of the Kent and Medway Structure Plan (Deposit Version) 2003."

 

"The proposed development of the site for flats would be likely to give rise to a loss of amenity to the occupiers of neighbouring properties....by reason of overlooking, loss of light and loss of outlook and would be contrary to Policy ENV15 of the Kent Structure Plan 1996, policy BNE2 of the Medway Local Plan 2003 and Policy QL1 of the Kent and Medway Structure Plan (Deposit Version) 2003"

"The proposal...would ...result in a substandard level of off-street parking that would result in an increase in pressure to park on street. This would be detrimental to highway safety and the free flow of traffic and as such would be contrary to Policy T17 of the Kent Structure Plan 1996; Policies T1 and T13 of the Medway local Plan 2003 and Policy QL1 of the Kent and Medway Structure Plan (Deposit Version) 2003."

 

The Parish Council considers that these reasons for refusal of a similar development at 24 Hollywood Lane apply equally to this application. In addition, the entrance to the flats would be immediately opposite Holly Road, creating a crossroads situation and in close proximity to Greenfields Close and Leigh Road. Holly Road is difficult to see when approaching from either direction of Hollywood Lane, especially at night, due to the configuration of the junction, parked vehicles in the bellmouth and the position of the street lamps. The proposed entrance to flats with the number of vehicle movements associated with 18 dwellings would be detrimental to road safety.

 

There is to be 1 parking space for each flat with 6 for visitors. Two of these 24 spaces are for use by the disabled. Although this may be within the Government's guidelines, the Parish Council considers this totally inadequate. In this area of poor public transport it is likely that there will be 2 cars per flat on average. It is noted there is a bicycle space provided for each flat.

 

In the applicant's Design and Access Statement he says they "have attempted to address the requirements of those with long-term disabilities..." In that case, why are no lifts provided?

 

It is 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.

 

 

 

 

b

MC2007/1562: 45 Iden Road, Wainscott: Additional parking area to front.

 

No objection.

 

 

 

 

c

MC2007/1603 : 5 Rochester Court, Medway City Estate: change of use from retail to office

 

No objection

 

 

 

6

 

DECISIONS

 

The decisions as listed on the agenda were noted.

 

 

 

7

 

APPEALS & OTHER MATTERS

 

 

 

 

i

Crest Nicholson Development, Wainscott

 

The letter from Barton Willmore was received.

 

 

 

8

 

MANOR FARM

 

The Clerk reported Green Issues had contacted her about local halls with a view to holding a public consultation exhibition.

 

 

 

9

 

LICENSING APPLICATIONS

 

No applications received.

 

 

 

The Chairman closed the meeting at 3.00 pm

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

On the ………day of ……………………..2007

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