Agenda and minutes

Venue: Virtual meeting

Contact: Email: townhall@tenterdentowncouncil.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

7302.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

None.

7303.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST.

Minutes:

 

Cllr. Parkin declared an interest in Planning Application No. 21/00292/AS,  Cllr. Dr. Lovelidge declared an interest in Planning Application No. 21/00191/AS, Cllr. Carter declared an interest in Planning Application No. 21/00269/AS and Cllr. Mrs. Curteis declared an interest in Planning Application No. 21/00251/AS.

7304.

MINUTES.

To consider and, if approved, confirm and sign the minutes and report of the meeting held on 1st February 2021.

Minutes:

The minutes and report of the meeting held on 1st February 2021 were confirmed and would be signed at the earliest opportunity.

7305.

MATTERS ARISING.

Minutes:

None.

7306.

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:

None.

7307.

REPRESENTATIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

Previously notified to the Chairman.

Minutes:

 

Mr. Wilkins requested to speak on Minor Matters 14(b) relating to restricted byways AB27 and AB28 and footpath AB35. Mrs. Nepp requested to speak on Planning Application No. 21/00170/AS.

7308.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS.

To consider the following applications.

 

21/00165/AS

Plot 2, Former Ingleden Park Riding Centre, Swain Road.

Proposed dwelling and garage (revision to plot 2 approved under planning permission 16/00150/AS (Replacement of commercial equestrian buildings with 2 No. dwellings and associated garaging and private stable building)).

Application for full planning permission.

ST. MICHAEL’S WARD.

 

21/00170/AS

Vicarage, Ashford Road, St. Michael’s.

Outline planning application to consider access to for erection of 25 dwellings and associated access.

Application for outline planning permission.

ST. MICHAEL’S WARD.

TO NOTE THAT THIS SITE STRADDLES BOTH PARISHES OF TENTERDEN AND HIGH HALDEN.

 

21/00191/AS

15 Bridewell Lane.

Change of use from therapy clinic (D1) to residential dwelling (C3) (retrospective).

Application for full planning permission.

SOUTH WARD.

 

21/00213/AS

Fair Dinkum, Ox Lane.

Proposed single storey rear extension; front porch; roof extension and change of external facing materials (revision to planning permission 20/00052/AS).

Application for full planning permission.

ST. MICHAEL’S WARD.

 

 

21/00254/AS

Belcot Manor Farm, Smallhythe Road.

New commercial cattery & office with the associated change of use of the application site.

Application for full planning permission.

WEST WARD.

 

21/00269/AS

Hoseney House, Sandy Lane.

Demolition of existing stables and barn; Erection of a single storey detached dwelling; Erection of a detached garage; Associated landscaping.

Application for full planning permission.

SOUTH WARD.

 

21/00292/AS

Buildings and Yard opposite Laurenden, Cranbrook Road.

Additional Environmental Approval to seek extension of time on planning permission (condition 1) 17/00172/AS (Erection of three

dwellings with ecological enhancement and associated garaging).

Application for full planning permission.

WEST WARD.

 

21/00296/AS

 

Ebony Cottage, Reading Street.

Rear elevation roof window repairs and alterations and new dormer window.

Application for full planning permission.

SOUTH WARD.

 

21/00297/AS

Ebony Cottage, Reading Street.

Rear elevation roof window repairs and alterations and new dormer window.

Application for listed building consent.

SOUTH WARD.

 

 

Minutes:

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

 

21/00165/AS

Plot 2, Former Ingleden Park Riding Centre, Swain Road.

Proposed dwelling and garage (revision to plot 2 approved under planning permission 16/00150/AS (Replacement of commercial equestrian buildings with 2 No. dwellings and associated garaging and private stable building)).

SUPPORT.

 

21/00170/AS

Vicarage, Ashford Road, St. Michael’s.

Outline planning application to consider access to for erection of 25 dwellings and associated access.

 

Cllr. Crawford reported that High Halden had already submitted their comments to Ashford Borough Council.

 

Mrs. Nepp requested to speak on this application and read a statement on behalf of the Tenterden & District Residents Association (TDRA). They were objecting to this application due to an insufficient green buffer zone between the site and the adjacent Ancient Woodland and Local Wildlife Site; insufficient detailed assessment in the Ecological Report; more detailed bat surveys would be required; a more detailed assessment on impact to reptiles, amphibians (GCN) and hedgehogs would be required; a considerable area of habitat had been lost at Pope House Farm, as well as Beechwood Farm (opposite) and this would be compounded by this proposal as the sites were very close to each other;  the ecological report referred to the site abutting Knockwood, but it abuts Dawbourne Wood.  There would also be potential harm to the Roman Road running through the site.

 

Cllr. Mrs. Curteis commented that there were 27 objections to this planning application on the planning portal referring to the Roman Road and the dangerous access on to A28 because it would make a staggered junction with Shoreham Lane and it would encroach on the Dawbourne Woodland and cause untold damage. It would take away yet another green space.

 

Cllr. Mulholland commented that it would result in absolute carnage on the busy A28 as the entrance would still be too close to Shoreham Lane and the traffic island and irrespective of the number of homes that were built, access would be difficult for residents. Cllr. Mulholland felt that KCC Highways would need to be consulted heavily regarding this issue. Cllr. Mulholland also reported that 25 homes was overwhelming for such a small space, with only 10 affordable homes detailed which would not be affordable and there was no provision for social housing. Cllr. Mulholland suggested that a site this small would be ideal for a Community Land Trust development for 10 or 12 homes instead. The material considerations were density of development; severe restrictions on access and the issue of the Roman Road. Canterbury Archaeological Trust Limited had carried out a desk based assessment and they cautioned the impact on such a historical relic. The closeness to the woods would also be an issue with light pollution as it was a very dark area.  From a traffic perspective, 20 mph should also be considered for this area and other areas in Tenterden.

 

Cllr. Cole expressed his concerns on the closeness of the proposed development to St. Michael’s Primary  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7308.

7309.

NOTIFICATION OF DISCHARGE OF CONDITIONS. pdf icon PDF 90 KB

List No. 031. *

Minutes:

List No. 031 was NOTED.  Cllr. Crawford commented that the Tenterden Bowls Club reconstruction had been approved.

7310.

DECISIONS OF THE ASHFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL PLANNING COMMITTEE. pdf icon PDF 118 KB

List No. 600. *

Minutes:

List No. 600 was NOTED.

7311.

APPEALS pdf icon PDF 192 KB

(a)     Appeal Decision on Golan Croft, Cranbrook Road. To note the Planning Appeal Decision made by the The Planning Inspectorate in relation to an appeal made by the applicant of Golan Croft, Cranbrook Road against the decision of Ashford Borough Council. *

 

(b)     Appeal Application -19/01669/AS – Smallhythe House, Tawny Bank, Oakengates, Woodberry and Micken Lodge, Smallhythe Road.  Appeal by Churchill Retirement Living Ltd against Ashford Borough Council’s failure to determine a planning application for the demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment to form 54 apartments for older persons with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping.*

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

(a)     Appeal Decision on Golan Croft, Cranbrook Road. The Planning Appeal Decision made by the The Planning Inspectorate in relation to an appeal made by the applicant of Golan Croft, Cranbrook Road against the decision of Ashford Borough Council was NOTED.

 

(b)     Appeal Application -19/01669/AS – Smallhythe House, Tawny Bank, Oakengates, Woodberry and Micken Lodge, Smallhythe Road.  The Appeal by Churchill Retirement Living Ltd against Ashford Borough Council’s failure to determine a planning application for the demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment to form 54 apartments for older persons with associated communal facilities, parking and landscaping was NOTED.

7312.

SUB-COMMITTEE & WORKING GROUPS. pdf icon PDF 213 KB

(a)         Selective Neighbourhood Plan Working Group. To note feedback from a meeting held on 3rd February 2021. Mrs S. Nepp will provide a 5 minute update.*

Minutes:

 

(a)         Selective Neighbourhood Plan Working Group. Feedback from a meeting held on 3rd February 2021 was NOTED.

 

Mrs. Nepp provided an update on the Neighbourhood Plan as follows:

 

“We have largely completed the mammoth task of the evidence gathering stage of the NP. The Evidence is divided into a ‘background database’, consisting of all the desktop studies and field studies undertaken as well as records of all the public engagement that has taken place and Evidence Papers, which together with the Planning Consultant, each of the Working Groups for Landscape; Local Green Spaces; Biodiversity; Local Economy; Heritage and Route-ways have completed and the content which is supported by maps and illustrations. These are currently being formatted by a local graphic design company, Gravity,  into branded booklets. They have offered their services gratis and we are extremely thankful to them for this.

 

The Planning Consultant is currently writing up the main document including policies, based on the evidence completed and will be issuing draft sections for approval by the SC through March. Our aim is to complete a fully formatted version of the main document by mid-April and will then issue to TTC for approval to begin the Public Consultation Stage – Regulation 14. We have allowed 2 weeks for the TTC review. Once we have received TTC approval to continue, the Public Consultation Stage will last about 6 weeks. As part of this process, we will be engaging with ABC to confirm any SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) screening requirements. The screening process and ABC’s SEA decision will need to be completed before the Reg 14 stage can start.

 

In parallel to this, we are working with AECOM to develop the Tenterden Design Code. As previously clarified, this document will focus on fringe development, and in particular TENT 1B as an exemplar and will be aligned with the latest planning policy being introduced by the government. We are expecting a draft for review early next week.

 

The Comms Team are currently preparing for the Public Consultation Stage with the PR consultant and will be issuing press releases and announcements on social media to keep the public updated on our progress.”

 

Cllr. Crawford thanked Mrs. Nepp for the update.

7313.

MHCLG CONSULTATION FOR REVISED 2021 NPPF AND NATIONAL MODEL DESIGN CODE. pdf icon PDF 412 KB

To consider a response to the proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the introduction of the new design document called “National Model Design code”.*

Minutes:

 

In consideration of a response to the proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the introduction of the new design document called “National Model Design code, it was RESOLVED that this committee should make a formal response and Cllr. Crawford requested that Councillors provide their views by 8th March 2021 for collation and submission.

7314.

MINOR MATTERS. pdf icon PDF 624 KB

(a)         Public Footpath AB68 & AB69. To note the closure of Public Footpath AB68 & AB69 between their junction with Public Footpath AB36 at Tilden Gill and Priory Way and their junction with Public Footpath AB35 at Belgar.*

 

(b)         Claims relating to restricted byways AB27 and AB28 and footpath AB35. To note and consider the claimed amendment to the particulars of Restricted Byway AB27 to record gates as limitations and to record a width; Claimed downgrading to Public Footpath status of Restricted Byways AB27 and AB28; Claimed amendment to the alignment of Public Footpath – The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 – Section 53.*

 

(c)         Proposed Signal Controlled Pedestrian Crossing - Outside Spires, A28 Ashford Road, St Michaels. To note and consider a proposal to install a new signalised pedestrian crossing on the A28 Ashford Road outside Spires assisted living residential premises.*

 

(d)         Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 - Notice of the Emergency Closure of Bridleway AB56. To note the emergency closure of Bridleway AB56 between Smallhythe Road and Reading Street for a distance of 3400 metres because of potential danger to the public as a result of surface damage while repairs are undertaken.*

 

(e)         Ancient Oak/Veteran Tree between Redrow & Kiln Field – To note a copy of Kent Wildlife Trust’s Report along with the additional documentation which has been supplied to the Tree Officer at ABC.*

 

(f)          Public Footpath AB32 Definitive Map Modification Order 2020. To note the modification of the Definitive Map for the AB32. *

 

(g)         Planning Application No. 21/00251/AS – Breton Court, Grange Road.  Lawful Development Certificate - Confirmation sought that a commencement of the construction work at Breton Court and the construction of the link ground beams in accordance with planning permission 16/00751/AS has been made thus constituting an effective start. Original permitted application is for: Demolition of the west wing involving the loss of 3 bedrooms and the erection of a detached building and associated works to accommodate 24 bedrooms for use in conjunction with the existing care home.*

 

(h)         Planning Application No. 21/00237/AS – Public Convenience at St. Michael’s Recreation Ground, Ashford Road – Erection of security fencing to maintenance facility. To note that this application is in but the Town Council will not be commenting.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

(a)     Public Footpath AB68 & AB69. The closure of Public Footpath AB68 & AB69 between their junction with Public Footpath AB36 at Tilden Gill and Priory Way and their junction with Public Footpath AB35 at Belgar was NOTED.

 

(b)     Claims relating to restricted byways AB27 and AB28 and footpath AB35. The claimed amendment to the particulars of Restricted Byway AB27 to record gates as limitations and to record a width; Claimed downgrading to Public Footpath status of Restricted Byways AB27 and AB28; Claimed amendment to the alignment of Public Footpath – The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 – Section 53 were NOTED.

 

          Cllr. Crawford summarised that the National Policy or PROWS was that there should be a free passage for the general public with no physical obstructions. This is strongly supported by NPPF 98.  Limiting use of AB27 and AB28 to walkers in a restricted byway would mean vehicles, horses and cycles would be prohibited. This is contrary to the direction of travel which is to protect bridleways and enhance the status of PROWS so they can be used by riders and cyclists. KCC are to comply with The National PROW Framework in that any gates are not an obstacle for free movement.  KCC can always stipulate boundary stiles and kissing gates to ensure animals are kept in situ which was a concern to the applicant.

 

Cllrs. Mrs. Curteis and Quinton were concerned about gates going in there.

 

Mr. Wilkins thanked the committee for allowing him to say a few words. Mr Wilkins had written a long letter to all councillors setting out all the reasons why the applications were in and was more concerned about what some of the public might think the reasons were behind it. The gates were there when Mr. Wilkins arrived 20 years ago and conditions were put into the house sale agreements that they had to maintain the gate at A1 and the gate at B was there although it was never open or shut and that is what caused the issue. Mr. Wilkins reported that they were not taking away the public footpath, they wanted to take away the width of it which is the road itself because there is no width actually recorded. On that basis, all the little posts that he had put up along that drive must be removed because the public have the right of way to walk from boundary to boundary which are the fence lines.  The general public could walk where ever they wanted to.  This was a lot to do with safety. He did not want to take away anyone’s rights or want to stop people walking on that road or riding bikes or even riding horses up there. Before 2019 there were cattle grids there and the other application was about the fact that the byway was registered wrongly in 2006.

 

          It was agreed that as long as the proposals listed above do not prevent the public access, under the Public Rights of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7314.

7315.

PLANNING AND SECTION 106 TRAINING pdf icon PDF 400 KB

To consider a planning training session for Tenterden Town Council.*

Minutes:

It was RESOLVED that a training session should be arranged for all councillors of Tenterden Town Council.

7316.

CORRESPONDENCE.

None.

Minutes:

None.

7317.

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.