Agenda item

17/501449 - 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.


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




That subject to the prior completion of a Section 106 legal agreement as outlined in the committee report, in such terms as the Head of Legal Services advises, with the following amendments:


·  Section 106 monies be utilised to investigate opportunities to provide community facilities in Otham;


·  A sum be earmarked as part of the above to enable a community facility “need” survey to be undertaken in Otham to provide the evidence base for justifying the need for a facility and the best location for this facility;


·  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, the Chair and Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee, the Ward Councillor for Otham, and the Chairman of Otham Parish Council, to consider the agreement, prior to it being signed.


The Head of Planning and Development be given delegated powers to grant planning permission subject to the imposition of the conditions as set out in the report and to settle, delete or amend any necessary Heads of Terms and planning conditions in line with the matters set out in the recommendation and as resolved by the Planning Committee.


Voting: For – 6    Against – 5  Abstentions – 2  



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