Agenda and minutes

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Email: townhall@tenterdentowncouncil.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

7231.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

Minutes:

None.

7232.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST.

Minutes:

Cllr. Carter declared an interest in Application No. 20/01012/AS – 58 Ashford Road.

7233.

MINUTES.

To consider and, if approved, confirm and sign the minutes and report of the meeting held on 7th September 2020.

Minutes:

The minutes and report of the meeting held on 7th September 2020 were confirmed and would be signed at the earliest opportunity.

7234.

MATTERS ARISING.

Minutes:

None.

7235.

COUNCILLORS QUESTIONS.

At the Chairman’s discretion Councillors may ask a question about any relevant matter not on the agenda. Questions shall be put and answered without discussion. Answers may take the form of a direct oral answer or reference to a Town Council publication. Where a reply cannot be conveniently given an oral or written answer may be circulated at a later date.

Minutes:

 

Cllr. Cole enquired whether planning applications could be circulated to the committee prior to the final agenda which is sent out on the Tuesday before each meeting, as due to work commitments it makes it difficult to have time to look at all the applications before the meeting.  Cllr. Crawford reported that there was a legal restriction on the minimum notice for agendas to be published, but not a maximum. The Deputy Clerk advised that we have to leave the agenda list open until the morning of distribution to ensure all applications are included, however, we could issue a draft list of applications due for consideration at the next meeting two weeks and then one week before the planning agenda is formally published.

 

7236.

REPRESENTATIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

Previously notified to the Chairman.

Minutes:

None.

7237.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS.

To consider the following applications.

 

19/01206/AS

London Beach Golf Club, Ashford Road.

Full planning permission for a detached 3-storey building containing 12 x 2 bedroom flats for active retirees with associated parking and landscaping (amended scheme).

Application for full planning permission.

ST. MICHAEL’S WARD.

 

20/01012/AS

58 Ashford Road.

Single storey rear extension.

Application for full planning permission.

NORTH WARD.

 

20/01131/AS

Willow House, Ingleden Park, Swain Road.

Erection of detached 3-bay garage.

Application for full planning permission.

ST. MICHAEL’S WARD.

 

20/01151/AS

Brockett Farm, Reading Street.

Conversion of outbuilding into annex.

Application for full planning permission.

SOUTH WARD.

 

20/01179/AS

Gibbet Oak, Appledore Road.

Construction of an in-ground swimming pool and shed to house pool equipment.

Application for full planning permission.

SOUTH WARD.

 

20/01187/AS

3 Grove Cottage, Smallhythe Road.

Replacement front porch.

Application for full planning permission.

WEST WARD.

 

20/01226/AS

Kinaesthetic Equestrian Academy Ltd, Ingleden Park Riding Centre, Swain Road.

Erection of detached dwelling and garage (revision to plot 1 on planning permission 16/00150/AS)

Application for full planning permission.

ST. MICHAEL’S WARD.

 

20/01243/AS

Heronden, Smallhythe Road.

Removal of a parapet barrier brick wall above cellar steps which is dilapidated;  replacement with iron railings of period appearance with associated LB application 20/01244/AS. Removal of a parapet barrier brick wall above cellar steps which is dilapidated; replacement with iron railings of period appearance.

Application for full planning permission.

WEST WARD.

 

20/01244/AS

Heronden, Smallhythe Road.

Removal of a parapet barrier brick wall above cellar steps which is dilapidated;  replacement with iron railings of period appearance with associated LB application 20/01244/AS. Removal of a parapet barrier brick wall above cellar steps which is dilapidated; replacement with iron railings of period appearance.

Application for listed building consent.

WEST WARD.

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered the following planning applications.  It was RESOLVED that its recommendations would be submitted.

 

19/01206/AS

London Beach Golf Club, Ashford Road.

Full planning permission for a detached 3-storey building containing 12 x 2 bedroom flats for active retirees with associated parking and landscaping (amended scheme).

 

Cllr. Crawford advised that the Town Council objected to this application in October 2019.

 

Cllr. Mulholland commented that apart from the design change from flat roofs to sloping roofs, not much else has changed.  There are various objections to this. It is not in the Local Plan, it is a ribbon development, it is sprawling erosion joining up St. Michael’s and High Halden which is against various polices and over 800 metres from St. Michaels which is one of the stipulations.  There are many objections from the Residents Association which he endorsed. It will increase vehicular activity into Tenterden and is going to add to the carbon footprint.  Cllr. Mulholland commented on the Kent County Biodiversity document regarding in particular great crested newts.  There is some work to be done there but they need a licence because it contravenes what is a potential great crested newt habitat.

 

Cllr. Cole reported that he is against this development as this is currently built on green belt land and the design of the building is not in keeping with its surroundings and its proximity to St. Michael’s School and the A28.  There are already issues with parking and traffic movement through the village and the distance from St. Michael’s village itself to the town centre.  Most of the residents will need a vehicle to access anywhere.

 

Cllr. Mrs. Curteis agreed with Cllrs. Mulholland and Cole’s comments and also commented that there are a number of issues that the various organisations have raised which need to be addressed before it can be looked at.

 

Cllr. Dr. Lovelidge agreed with all the previous comments and added that they contravene separation of settlement Policy SP7, the design is completely out of keeping with the landscape and very imposing, it is not in the Local Plan, the significant disturbance of the ecology and wildlife, creating an unsustainable community as the residents are not able to walk anywhere and many would have to be by private car. There is also no provision of fibre to the premises.

 

Cllr. Carter commented that this is a local business owned by local people and they are proposing an electric bus to take people into town and are thereby decreasing their carbon footprint. This should be considered as a long term strategy if they are to get planning permission on this site and the Town Council should be engaging with them about electricity and our carbon footprint which could be very carbon neutral in these times. Cllr. Carter commented that Land to the South of Sicklefield House had been approved but Cllr. Crawford pointed out that Sicklefield House was in the Local Plan and that was a strong material reason why it was approved.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7237.

7238.

NOTIFICATION OF DISCHARGE OF CONDITIONS. pdf icon PDF 84 KB

List No. 026. *

Minutes:

List No. 026 was NOTED.

7239.

DECISIONS OF THE ASHFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL PLANNING COMMITTEE. pdf icon PDF 109 KB

List No. 595. *

Minutes:

List No. 595 was NOTED.

7240.

SUB-COMMITTEE & WORKING GROUPS.

 

(a)         Selective Neighbourhood Plan Working Group. No recent meetings have been held.

Minutes:

 

(a)         Selective Neighbourhood Plan Working Group. It was NOTED that no recent meetings have been held.

7241.

CONSULTATION ON PROPOSALS FOR REFORM OF THE PLANNING SYSTEM IN ENGLAND. pdf icon PDF 225 KB

To consider the response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. *

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Cllr. Crawford reported that, following the September Planning meeting, he had circulated the Q&A template to all councillors and he had attended the 11th September Kent Association of Local Councils and CPRE Kent event. The event papers and his personal comments were circulated to all councillors. Cllr. Crawford made a request to Ashford Borough Council to see if it was possible to view their consultation submission but their comments are not available until the 21st October. 

 

Cllr. Crawford issued his personal critique to all councillors and to Ashford Borough Councillor P. Clokie for circulation to Ashford’s Local Plan and Planning Policy Committee and has created a draft consultation response using the critique for approval.  Cllr. Crawford asked Cllr. Clokie if he could provide any comments from that committee.  Cllr. Clokie reported that there are no comments from the meeting, but that they read the critique which was well received.  There is another discussion taking place at Ashford but they had already replied to the first half of the consultation which had to be submitted by 1st October.  Cllr. Crawford’s points were included but the overall view in Ashford Borough Council is similar to Kent County Council’s, that if there are areas that haven’t managed to reach their target why give them a bigger one.

 

Cllr. Mrs. Walder commented that she is no longer a member of the Ashford Local Plan & Planning Policy Committee, but reported that Ashford Borough Council had delivered against quite punishing targets.  Cllr. Mrs. Walder reported that a lot of material they were gathering for the Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan would now become extremely important as we have to prepare ourselves for the real possibility that the White Paper was to go through and become legislation.  The work that the Neighbourhood Plan Group have done in Tenterden covers a lot of the ground so they do have local design codes, therefore would not have to follow national design codes.  Cllr. Mrs. Walder reported that at the moment the protected zone is very severely limited to the AONB but should it widen to wildlife habitats, woodlands and the things we all value, they do have the evidence to put forward strong arguments. Likewise with the conservation area and heritage assets in the town. One of the key features of the White Paper is shortening the timescales for community consultation.

 

It was RESOLVED that:

 

(a)         the 26 Q&A consultation response was adopted by this Committee and gave Cllr. Crawford approval to formally respond to MHCLG;

(b)         Cllr. Crawford is to share the response with Cllr. Clokie for circulation to Ashford’s Local Plan & Planning Policy Committee;

(c)         Cllr. Crawford is to share the response with Cllr. Ledger for circulation to Ashford KALC;

(d)         Cllr. Crawford is to write to our MP Damian Green.

 

7242.

MINOR MATTERS. pdf icon PDF 106 KB

 

(a)     The Annexe, Goodshill Farmhouse, Cranbrook Road – 20/00946/AS. To note that this was the planning application that was to be considered at our meeting on 7th September 2020, as an extension for comments had been obtained from Ashford Borough Council.  However a decision was made on the same day by the Planning Officer prior to our meeting; this was an oversight by ABC.

 

(b)     Appeal Decision on 19/00724/AS The Pines, Smallhythe Road. To note the Planning Appeal Decision made by The Planning Inspectorate in relation to an appeal made by the applicant of The Pines, Smallhythe Road against the decision of Ashford Borough Council. *

 

(c)     Notice of Adoption of a Development Plan Document and publication of related Environmental Report.   To note that the Early Partial Review of the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30, and the Mineral Sites Plan were adopted by Kent County Council.*

 

(d)     19/01669/AS - Smallhythe House, Tawny Bank, Oakengates, Woodberry and Micken Lodge, Smallhythe Road.  To note that although the Appeal has been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate, the start date of the Appeal has not been set therefore the documentation is not available to the public.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

(a)     The Annexe, Goodshill Farmhouse, Cranbrook Road – 20/00946/AS. The oversight by ABC in determining this application within the extension period for feedback from the Town Council was NOTED.

 

(b)     Appeal Decision on 19/00724/AS The Pines, Smallhythe Road. The Planning Appeal Decision made by The Planning Inspectorate in relation to an appeal made by the applicant of The Pines, Smallhythe Road against the decision of Ashford Borough Council was NOTED.

 

(c)     Notice of Adoption of a Development Plan Document and publication of related Environmental Report. The Early Partial Review of the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30, and the Mineral Sites Plan were adopted by Kent County Council was NOTED.

 

(d)     19/01669/AS - Smallhythe House, Tawny Bank, Oakengates, Woodberry and Micken Lodge, Smallhythe Road.  It was NOTED that although the Appeal had been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate, the start date of the Appeal had not been set therefore the documentation was not available to the public.

 

          Cllr. Crawford reported that due to the appeal documentation not being available until the start date is set for the Appeal, this may need to be discussed at the November Planning meeting.

 

Cllr. Mrs. Walder commented that poor design came out very high for this application by Ashford Borough Council, who are now applying high design standards and the Town Council should be more confident about speaking out about poor design.

 

Cllr. Crawford reported that the Town Council had approved the scheme in Smallhythe Road but put quite a few heavy caveats on approval at the second stage.

 

Cllr. Clokie agreed with Cllr. Mrs. Walder that poor design is something that Ashford Borough Council are quite frequently talking about and that we should not be afraid to talk about design.

 

Cllr. Crawford reported that when the appeal comes forward the Town Council will need to agree if a response should be sent to the Planning Inspectorate.  Cllr. Crawford also reported that one of the good aspects of the White Paper for planning for the future is design codes, where they are putting a lot of emphasis on quality not quantity which is what we need to start focusing on.

 

7243.

CORRESPONDENCE.

None.

Minutes:

None.

7244.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS PREVIOUSLY NOTIFIED TO THE CHAIRMAN.

No decision may be made, but matters involving an exchange of information may be discussed.

Minutes:

None.