Agenda item

15/509251 - Land North Of Bicknor Wood, Sutton Road, Maidstone, Kent


All Members stated that they had been lobbied.


The Committee considered the report and the urgent update report of the Head of Planning and Development.


Mr Dobson, an objector, Councillor Gray of Otham Parish Council, Councillor Cheesman of Downswood Parish Council, Mr Goodban, for the applicant, Councillor Newton (Visiting Member) and Councillor Perry (Visiting Member) addressed the meeting.


The Committee noted that an appeal had been lodged against non-determination of the application.




1.  That the Planning Inspectorate be advised that if the applicant had not lodged an appeal against non-determination, the Council would have granted planning permission subject to the completion of a Section 106 legal agreement, conditions and informatives as set out in the report.


2.  That delegated authority be given to the Head of Planning and Development to continue negotiations on the Section 106 legal agreement in the lead up to the appeal, with the following amendments:


·  Section 106 monies be utilised to investigate opportunities to provide community facilities in Otham (see Item 18 – 17/501449 for the mechanism for this);


·  The cascade clause put forward in the joint KCC-MBC Letter be omitted;


·  To affirm that KCC are not included as a signatory to the agreement; and


·  A meeting be arranged with political spokespersons and the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee to consider the agreement, prior to it being signed.


3.  That delegated authority be given to the Head of Planning and Development to settle, delete or amend any necessary planning conditions in line with the matters set out in the recommendation and as resolved by the Planning Committee.




In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 21.4, three Members of the Committee requested that a named vote be taken.


The voting was as follows:


For - 7

Against - 6

Councillor Clark

Councillor Boughton

Councillor Cox

Councillor Butler

Councillor English

Councillor Powell

Councillor Harwood

Councillor Prendergast

Councillor Hemsley

Councillor Spooner

Councillor Munford

Councillor Mrs Stockell

Councillor Vizzard



For – 7   Against – 6   Abstentions – 0



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