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17/501471 - Land at Valley Park School, New Cut Road, Maidstone
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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 Rodgers, an objector, Councillor Hinder of Boxley Parish Council and Councillors Mrs Hinder, Springett and Willis (Visiting Members) addressed the meeting.
During the discussion on this application, Members expressed concern that the applicant had not been prepared to engage in further negotiations regarding the proposed development and had submitted an appeal against non-determination of the application on the day before the meeting when a decision was to be made.
1. That the Planning Inspectorate be informed 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 S106 legal agreement and the imposition of conditions.
2. That the S106 legal agreement would have provided the following:
· A Travel Plan, including a monitoring fee and contingency funding, to provide, should the objectives of the Travel Plan not be met, appropriate mitigation measures to be used on sustainable transport scheme(s) benefitting the local area and relevant to the proposed development; and
· The establishment of a “monitoring group” comprising Planning Officers, the Political Group Spokespersons of the Planning Committee and representatives of KCC Highways and the bus company, the remit of the group being to monitor/allocate the use of the contingency funding should the need arise.
3. That the conditions that would have been imposed be as set out in the report of the Head of Planning and Development with the amendment of condition 27 as follows:
The use or occupation of the development hereby permitted shall not commence until the following highways works have been fully implemented:
Works required for the proposed roundabout and pedestrian crossing, including, and if appropriate, a shared footway/cycleway to the north on New Cut Road;
Parking restrictions in Grove Green;
Reduction in the speed limit on New Cut Road from 40 mph to 30 mph; and
The upgrade of the New Cut Road/Ashford Road junction.
Reason: In the interests of highway safety.
4. That the Head of Planning and Development be given delegated powers in consultation with the Head of Legal Partnership to negotiate and agree the precise details of the S106 legal agreement to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate as part of the appeal process, including the details of the Travel Plan, the monitoring fee, the contingency contribution and appropriate mitigation measures.
5. That the former Repton Landscape as set out in the Red Book for the locality be referenced within the appeal papers, which could be within either the Statement of Common Ground or the Statement of Case, to substantiate the Council’s reasons for the imposition of conditions.
Voting: 8 – For 4 – Against 1 – Abstention
Councillor Harwood requested that his dissent be recorded.
Councillor Mrs Stockell left the meeting after consideration of this application (9.30 p.m.).