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MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2005 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

 

except item 8

 

Cllr David Miller

 

 

 

Cllr Geoff Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Roxana Brammer

Clerk

 

 

 

Action point

 

 

1

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

 

 

 

 

All present.

 

 

 

2

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Cllr Etheridge declared a personal interest in item 8 Licensing applications as his wife was on Medway Council's Licensing Panel.

 

 

 

3

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF AN URGENT NATURE

 

The Chairman wished to raise a matter concerning the Memorial Hall, which would be dealt with at the end of the meeting.

 

 

 

4

 

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

 

It was proposed by Cllr Mrs Coomber, seconded by Cllr Mrs Bird and agreed that the minutes of the meeting held on 9 June 2005 be signed as a correct record.

 

 

 

5

 

APPLICATIONS

 

 

 

 

a

MC2005/1588: Veetee Rice Ltd, Neptune Close, Medway City Estate: Additional office space within existing building

 

No objection

 

 

 

 

b

MC2005/1636 : 10 Chatsworth Drive , Wainscott: Single storey extension to side and rear

 

No objection in principle, subject to lack of objections by neighbours

 

 

 

 

c

MC2005/1670: Channel Commercials, Whitewall Road , Medway City Estate: change of use from B1 to B8 and mezzanine to first floor

 

No objection

 

 

 

 

 

d

MC2005/1651 : 20 & 22 Hollywood Lane , Wainscott: Demolition of 2 dwellings and erection of ten 2.5 storey houses and two 1.5 storey bungalows

 

It was agreed to object as follows:

 

The two houses it is proposed to demolish are perfectly habitable dwellings.

12 dwellings on the site is over intensification of the site. It is considerably more than infill - half the proposed houses would be backland development.

The development would be detrimental to the street scene. The properties in Hollywood Lane are mostly detached and sitting in their own grounds. It is obvious that properties such as the semi-detached houses in Leigh Road and bungalows in Greenfield Close are not part of Hollywood Lane .

No garages are to be provided and the provision of 18 parking spaces for mostly 3 bedroom properties is insufficient in this semi-rural location, where there is inadequate public transport and where it is to be expected that most of the households would own at least two vehicles. If there is not enough parking for residents, where would visitors park? The "shared surface" serving the properties would become clogged with parked cars, especially at the four ends and would block the official parking spaces. These four ends as shown on the plan do not provide adequate turning space. Hollywood Lane has been narrowed and overspill parking onto Hollywood Lane would cause difficulties for traffic using the Lane.

The entrance to the site is opposite Holly Road . The turn into Holly Road is difficult to see, especially at night and the extra traffic generated by the development would add to the confusion.

The Council would also like to point out that the "shared surface" accesses to the proposed houses could easily be extended to provide access for more development of this sort using other existing properties and their gardens in Hollywood Lane . Actual roads might well be created, parallel to Hollywood Lane and Grant Road .

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 also in other similar roads in the parish.

 

 

 

 

 

Out of Time

 

The responses to the out of time applications as listed on the agenda were ratified.

 

 

6

 

DECISIONS

 

The decisions as listed on the agenda were received.

 

 

 

7

 

APPEALS & OTHER MATTERS

 

 

 

 

a

SE Plan Part II consultation

 

 

 

b

SE Plan Employment, housing and infrastructure in Kent consultation

 

 

 

c

Proposes changes to RPG9 Waste and Minerals consultation

 

The Chairman took the consultation documents.

 

 

 

8

 

LICENSING APPLICATIONS

 

Although he had declared a personal interest, Cllr Etheridge said he would prefer to leave the room and did so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

a

Wainscott Institute

 

Notification of this application had been sent after the closing date for comments and the hours applied for were noted.

 

 

 

 

b

The Stonehorse, Dillywood Lane

 

No objection.

 

 

 

 

c

The Ship, Lower Upnor

 

There was objection to the proposal to remain open until 03.00 am for the sale of alcohol and light refreshments on Mondays to Saturdays on a regular basis but not on special occasions.

 

 

 

d

The Pier, Lower Upnor

 

No objection

 

 

 

 

 

Cllr Etheridge returned to the meeting.

 

 

 

3

 

Memorial Hall

 

The Chairman said that a meeting had been arranged by Catherine Smith for officers of Medway Council, members of the Memorial Hall Committee and members of the Parish Council to discuss improvements to the hall. An amount of Section 106 money was available through the Youth Service. The meeting would be held in the hall on Tuesday 27 September at 10.00 am. The Clerk would be sending out details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.00 pm

 

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