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for the Meeting of the Planning Committee to be held at the Memorial Hall, Holly Road, Wainscott on Thursday 8 May 2008 at 2.15 pm.

1 Apologies for absence
2 Declarations of Interest and alterations to the Register
3 Notification of any other business of an urgent nature to be taken at the end of the meeting
4 Minutes of the Meeting held on 13 March 2008 – attached
5 Applications
MC2008/0684 & MC2008/0687 Tudor Rose, High Street, Upnor
Listed building consent for the demolition of timber lean-to at rear of house. Erection of a free-standing timber frame structure to garden (smoking shelter). Crowning of 3 trees.

MC2008/0066 Land adj, 1 Benenden Road, Wainscott
Outline application for the construction of a new detached 2-storey dwelling

6 Decisions

NMC2008/0402 20 Lingley Drive Wainscott Formation of barn hipped roof and insertion of dormer to rear to facilitate loft conversion
Refused 1. The alteration of the roof slope from hipped roof to barn hip would constitute an incongruous and intrusive form of development that would be detrimental to the uniform hipped character and appearance of the street scene contrary to Policy QL1 of the Kent & Medway Structure Plan 2006 and Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

2. The proposed rear dormer window by virtue of its design and scale in terms of its width, height and use of a pitched slope to one side would be considered to have an over bearing and detrimental impact on the appearance of the roof slope of the existing dwelling, appearance of the property and the character of uninterrupted roof slopes contrary to Policy QL1 of the Kent & Medway Structure Plan 2006 and Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

MC2008/0436 3 Leigh Road
Wainscott
Construction of boundary wall to front
Refused The proposed wall by virtue of its siting, height and length would be prejudicial to and result in the erosion of, the open character of the street scene contrary to Policy QL1 of the Kent & Medway Structure Plan 2006 and Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

MC2008/0425 RSME
Upper Upnor Depot Upchat Road
Upnor
Construction of a dog training centre and kennels with relocation of parking area
Approved with conditions 1. The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason 1. To take into account operational requirements and allow sufficient time for the development to commence.

2. Details and samples of the colour and finish of external materials and any means of enclosure shall be submitted to and agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority before development is commenced and development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details.

Reason 2. To ensure that the appearance of the development is satisfactory and without prejudice to conditions of visual amenity in the locality, in accordance with Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

3. No development shall take place until full details of both hard and soft landscape works have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and these works shall be carried out as approved. These details shall include proposed finished levels of contours; means of enclosure; hard surfacing materials; and lighting. Soft landscape works shall include planting plans, written specifications (including cultivation and other operations associated with grass and plant establishment, aftercare and maintenance); schedules of plants, noting species, plant sizes and proposed numbers/densities where appropriate; and implementation programme. The submitted landscape scheme shall include native hedgerow screening to the site edges. The landscaping shall be implemented in the first planting season in accordance with the approved details, following their approval.

Reason 3. To ensure that the appearance of the development is satisfactory and without prejudice to conditions of visual amenity in the locality, in accordance with Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

4. A landscape management plan, including long term design objectives, management responsibilities and maintenance schedules for all landscape areas, other than small, privately owned, domestic gardens, shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval in writing prior to the occupation of the development, for its permitted use. The landscape management plan shall be carried out as approved.

Reason 4. To ensure that the development does not prejudice the appearance or character of the site and the locality.

MC2008/0294 36 Hollywood Lane Wainscott

Retrospective application for the conversion of garage into three offices Refused 

1. The proposal would result in the introduction of a business use into an exclusively residential area, which would adversely affect the character of the locality. As such, the proposal would conflict with Policy QL1 of the Kent and Medway Structure Plan 2006 and Policies BNE1 and ED10 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

2. The proposal would adversely affect the amenities of the occupiers of neighbouring and nearby properties by reason of the level of activity, noise, general disturbance and loss of privacy. As such the propsal would conflict with Policies BNE2 and ED10 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

MC2007/2163 RSME, Wainscott Training Estate, Islingham Farm Road, Wainscott
Construction of two hardstanding areas and extension of one existing hardstanding area for training and vehicle parking purposes, together with the construction of access road and erection of two storage buildings, ancillary outbuildings and hopper structures, earth bunds and security fencing, including part change of use from agricultural land
Approved with conditions 1. The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason 1. To take into account operational requirements and allow sufficient time for the development to commence.

2. The buildings and other facilities hereby permitted shall not be used other than for military purposes, including any other purposes within Use Classes B2, B8 or D1, without the prior written consent of the Local Planning Authority.

Reason 2. To take into account the special circumstances of the permitted development and in the interests of amenity.

3. When any of the individual areas (i.e. hard training area, grey training area etc.) the subject of this application are no longer required for military purposes all buildings and other development within that area, including any part of the access road required only for access to that area, shall be removed from the site and the land restored to its previous condition within six months of the cessation of use or such other timescale as may be agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority. Any area within the site, subject of this application, which is not used for a period of 3 years shall be reinstated to its previous condition, subject to the timescales as above.

Reason 3. To take into account the sensitive location of the development.

4. A written record shall be made of the dates of the uses of each individual area within the development permitted (i.e. the hard training area, grey training area, etc). This shall also include a record of the use of the concrete crusher and trommel. The written record must be made available for inspection within 48 hours of a written request from the Local Planning Authority.

Reason 4. To enable to Local Planning Authority to review the special circumstances under which this permission is granted.

5. Prior to the erection of buildings WT1003 and WT1002 (as labelled on the approved plans), details of materials used in construction of their external surfaces, including details of finish and colour, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Development shall be carried out in accordance with these details and shall be thereafter maintained.

Reason 5. To ensure that the appearance of the development is satisfactory and without prejudice to conditions of visual amenity in the locality, in accordance with Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

6. Prior to the commencement of development, including the commencement of any tree or vegetation clearance, a landscaping scheme shall be submitted to an approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. This scheme shall incorporate landscape screening for the hard training area and grey training area; habitat creation to include hedgerow enhancement, woodland and woodland understory, and grassland ditch; and bunding and acoustic fencing to the hard training area. Details submitted shall include proposed finished levels of contours; means of enclosure, including colour and finish; planting plans; written specifications (including cultivation and other operations associated with plant establishment); schedules of plants noting species, plant sizes and proposed numbers/densities where appropriate; implementation programme; and maintenance plan including procedure for replacement of any planting stock which dies or is damaged or destroyed.

Reason 6. To ensure that the appearance of the development is satisfactory and without prejudice to conditions of visual amenity or biodiversity in the locality, in accordance with Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

7. All hard and soft landscaping works shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details prior to the first use of the training facilities hereby permitted (unless otherwise agreed in the approved implementation programme) and shall be thereafter maintained and managed in accordance with the approved maintenance plan.

Reason 7. To ensure that the appearance of the development is satisfactory and without prejudice to conditions of visual amenity or biodiversity in the locality, in accordance with Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

8. Prior to the commencement of development a Tree Protection Plan showing the location and specified of tree protection measures during the construction of the development shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The tree protection measures shall be implemented in accordance with the approved details prior to the commencement of development or the bringing onto site of any plant, materials or equipment in connection with the development, and shall be maintained until the development has been completed.

Reason 8. To ensure that the development does not prejudice the health, stability or retention of nearby trees, in accordance with Policy BNE43 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

9. Prior to the felling or removal of any mature tree, an inspection (by a qualified person/group agreed in writing in advance by Natural England) shall be undertaken to establish whether the tree is used for bat roosts. Should bat roosts be found, then an equivalent number of bat boxes shall be installed in a suitable location close to the site of the removed tree prior to its removal.

Reason 9. In the interests of nature conservation and biodiversity, in accordance with Policy BNE39 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

10. No tree felling or vegetation clearance in connection with this development shall be undertaken within the bird breeding season of March to August (inclusive) unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Should tree felling or vegetation clearance be agreed within the bird breeding period, a check (by a qualified person/group agreed in writing in advance by Natural England) for the presence of breeding birds shall be carried out no more than 24 hours prior to the felling or clearance, and felling or clearance shall not be undertaken if breeding birds are found to be present.

Reason 10. In the interests of nature conservation and biodiversity, in accordance with Policy BNE37 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

11. Measures to minimise the effect of the construction phase of the development on reptiles shall be carried out in accordance with the recommendations contained in Chapter 6 of the submitted Ecological Assessment.

Reason 11. In the interests of nature conservation and biodiversity, in accordance with Policy BNE37 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

12. The recommendations of the submitted Ecological Assessment in respect of water voles and badgers, as contained in paras. 9.4 and 9.5 of that assessment shall be carried out.

Reason 12. In the interests of nature conservation and biodiversity, in accordance with Policy BNE37 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

13. The access road leading from Woodfield Way to the training facilities shall be constructed in accordance with the details in para. 2.5 of the Planning Supporting Statement Addendum February 2008, including the surfacing material and shall thereafter be maintained in such form. No road signage or markings shall be installed unless they have been approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

Reason 13. To insure that the visual impact of the access road is minimised, in accordance with Policy BNE34 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

14. No lighting shall be installed for the training facilities and access road hereby permitted unless it has been approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority, including approval of hours of use and intensity and direction of illumination.

Reason 14. In the interests of visual and residential amenity, in accordance with Policy BNE1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

15. No power lines, pipelines or other services shall be installed other than within the footprint of the access track and hard surfaced areas unless they have previously been approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

Reason 15. To minimise impact on protected species and wildlife habitats, in accordance with Policy BNE37 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

16. No more than six sangars and six other buildings shall be constructed at any one time within the grey training area; none of these shall exceed 6.5m in height and no more than two at any one time shall exceed 5m in height. The buildings shall not be used for any purpose other than training purposes and shall not be constructed to a standard suitable for habitation.

Reason 16. In the interests of amenity and to take into account the sensitive location of the development, in accordance with the provisions of Policy BNE25 of the Medway Local Plan.

17. The crusher and trommel equipment within the hard training area shall have a maximum sound power level of 112 dB(A).

Reason 17. To prevent noise and disturbance to nearby properties, in accordance with Policy BNE2 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

18. Prior to the commencement of development, full details of the depth of excavation and acoustic screening to the hard training area shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The alterations to land levels shall be carried out and the acoustic screening installed prior to the first use of the hard training area for the purposes hereby permitted, and shall thereafter be maintained in such form.

Reason 18. To prevent noise and disturbance to nearby properties, in accordance with Policy BNE2 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

19. The hard training area shall not be used outside of the hours of 08:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays and not at all on Sundays or Public Holidays. It shall not be used for more than 144 days in any calendar year. The concrete crusher and trommel within this area shall not be used for more than 50 of these days in any one calender year, shall not be used for more than three consecutive days at any time, and shall not be used outside the hours of 08:00 to 17:00 Mondays to Fridays and not at all on Saturdays, Sundays or Public Holidays.

Reason 19. In the interests of amenity, in accordance with Policy BNE2 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

20. No plant or machinery (other than hand tools) shall be used within the grey training area outside of the hours of 08:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 13:00 Saturdays and not at all on Sundays or Public Holidays unless details of the nature of this use (including details of any noise generation and lighting) have been first agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority, together with details of any measures necessary to mitigate the impact of this use on bats and other protected species, and shall thereafter take place in accordance with the approved details.

Reason 20. In the interests of amenity, in accordance with Policy BNE2 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

21. Prior to the commencement of development, a construction management plan shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority detailing how the construction phase of the development is to be carried out. Development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved plan unless any variation is first agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

Reason 21. To minimise the impact of the construction phase of the development on residential areas, in accordance with Policy BNE2 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

22. Access to the site for large vehicles (those in DVLA licensing categories G or H, or which are articulated, or which are over 14 tonnes laden weight) shall only be from Woodfield Way via the access road hereby approved (except during the construction phase as may be agreed by the construction management plan required under condition 21) and shall be limited to a maximum of 120 return movements per calender year. A written record of vehicle movements (vehicle type, date, time) shall be maintained and shall be made available for inspection within 48 hours of a written request from the Local Planning Authority.

Reason 22. In the interests of highway safety and to minimise the visual impact of the access road, in accordance with Policies BNE34 and T1 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

23. Prior to the access road and training facilities being brought into use, details of measures to ensure a 20mph speed limit is observed on the access road shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority, including details of any necessary signage. These measures shall be implemented in accordance with the approved details and shall be thereafter maintained unless any variation is first approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

Reason 23. To ensure the safety of users of the public right of way, in accordance with Policy L10 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

24. Prior to the commencement of development, details of the surface water drainage system shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

Reason 24. To ensure that the development does not unacceptably increase the risk of flooding in the area, in accordance with Policy CF13 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

25. In the five years after it is first brought into use, monitoring of noise levels from the concrete crusher and trommel shall take place within the Chattenden Woods SSSI, at least twice annually, with at least one of those occasions being during the nightingale breeding season of April - July. If noise levels are found to exceed 64dB, operation of the concrete crusher and trommel shall cease until additional mitigation measures have been implemented in accordance with details to be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Such additional mitigation measures shall thereafter be maintained throughout the operation of the concrete crusher and trommel.

Reason 26. To minimise the impact of the devedlopment on the SSSI, in accordance with Policy BNE35 of the Medway Local Plan.

26. Prior to the commencement of the development hereby permitted, a management plan for the Chattenden Woods SSSI shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The management plan shall thereafter be fully implemented in accordance with the approved details, unless any variation is first agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

Reason 27. To mitigate the impact of the development on the SSSI, in accordance with Policy BNE35 of the Medway Local Plan.

27. An updated survey for great crested newts shall be carried out at an appropriate time of year by a suitably experienced and (where necessary) licensed ecologist, in accordance with good practice guidelines. The results of the survey together with details of any necessary mitigation shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the commencement of development. Development shall thereafter take place in accordance with the approved details unless otherwise agreed in writing by the local Planning Authority.

Reason 27. In the interests of nature conservation and biodiversity, in accordance with Policy BNE37 of the Medway Local Plan 2003.

7 Appeals and Other Matters
None at date of agenda
8 Church Commissioners land, Manor Farm
9 Licensing
No applications at date of agenda.

The next meeting of the Planning Committee will be held on Thursday 12 June 2008, subject to the receipt of applications

Circulation: Chairman; Vice-chairman; Planning Committee; other members for information

 

Roxana Brammer
Parish Clerk

2 May 2008

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