PADDOCK WOOD TOWN COUNCIL
The Podmore Building, St Andrews Field, St Andrews Road
Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6HT
Telephone: 01892 837373
MINUTES of the Planning and Environment Committee meeting held on Monday 7th February 2022 at 7.45 pm at the Day Centre Commercial Road
PRESENT: Cllr C Williams, in the chair
Cllr R Moon, Bisdee, D. Kent and M.Ridger
IN ATTENDANCE: Mrs C Reilly Deputy Clerk
APOLOGIES Cllr D Sargison, Cllr A Mackie.
PE94 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
PE95 APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
To APPROVE the minutes of the meeting held on 21st of February ,2022.
These were approved and signed by the Chairman.
P96 PLANNING APPLICATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION
|Application||Address and proposal||Comments|
|a) 22/00445/FULL||British Car Auctions Eldon Way Paddock Wood Tonbridge Kent TN12 6BE. Variation of Condition 6 of 16/500798/FULL – Changes to opening hours||Cllr R Moon proposed and Cllr D Kent seconded that the Council object to the application on the grounds that:
1. The applicant is attempting to normalise a breach of the hours of operation imposed by previous planning permissions
2. The large transporters are a safety hazard to the adjacent properties and to residents and pedestrians in Nursery Road
3. They fail to observe the priority for traffic from Nursery Road when negotiating the exit from Eldon Way placing private vehicles at risk.
4. Severe detriment to the residential amenity of residents in Nursery Road and on Maidstone Road with noise and pollution from the large lorries, disturbance from noise and from alarms from transported vehicles ringing out. All vehicles entering and leaving have to pass through residential streets.
5. All other businesses on Eldon Way operate only between 7.30am and 6pm Monday to Saturday and not on Sunday and Bank Holidays thus allowing residents some peace. Increased opening hours will also increase the volume of normal traffic in and out of the site further causing pollution and disruption to residents.
6. Increased light pollution from longer operating hours- lighting is already left on overnight which is not permitted by the applicant’s planning permission. These overnight floodlights have caused bats to disappear from the area and the watercourses around the site show evidence of oil slick caused by failure to deal with contaminated surface water run off. The Council appreciates that the latter point are an enforcement issue but feel that they should also inform the decision upon this application.
|b))22/00248/FULL||17 Ashcroft Road Paddock Wood Tonbridge Kent TN12 6LQ. Erection of single storey rear extension, demolition of the outbuilding and raising the height of the garage roof||Cllr C Williams proposed and Cllr M Ridger seconded that the Council have no objection subject to provision for dealing with additional surface water run off and that consideration is given to the fact that the extension will cover 2 existing man holes which will have to be replaced elsewhere on site for access to drains to be maintained. Unanimous|
|c) 22/00299/FULL||Lake House Knowle Lane Brenchley Tonbridge Kent TN12 7BQ. Retention of existing driveway and access onto Knowle Road (retrospective)||Cllr C Williams proposed and Cllr D Kent seconded that the Council have no objection to this application. 4 in favour 1 abstention. Carried.|
|d)22/00312/SUB||Church Farm And Land Church Road Paddock Wood Tonbridge Kent. Submission of Details in Relation to Condition 16 (Surface Water Drainage Verification Report) of 14/504140/HYBRID)||Cllr M Ridger proposed and Cllr C Williams seconded that The Town Council objects to the approval of this on the following grounds
1. Kent County Council is the lead local flood authority and as per the comment from the Environment Agency it is for them to approve and or verify the design and installation of the surface water drainage. It is also required by statute to be approved by the Upper Medway Internal Drainage Board as both the East and West Rhoden water courses are within their area of operation. Proximity to the Railway Line should also require a consultation with Network Rail Asset protection in case of risk to the line. Pending comments from both these bodies the Council maintain their objection and also make the following comments on the report as drafted:
2. Attenuation pond 1- report states it has been designed as a normally dry pond that will accommodate excess ion the event of storm events. It has been full since early January despite the driest autumn and winter that we have had for some years. The photograph was clearly taken in the summer when the pond was still under construction. As previously stated the Town Council is concerned therefore that in the event of a storm event the pond will breach in the direction of the housing ( clearly show in figure 3) and cause residential properties to be flooded.
3. Attenuation basin 2 – report states it has been designed as a normally dry pond that will accommodate excess ion the event of storm events. It has been full since early January despite the driest autumn and winter that we have had for some years. The photograph was clearly taken in the summer when the pond was still under construction.
4. Alleviation basins 1 and 2 are to discharge to the West and East Rhoden (not Roden as in the report) Nowhere in the report is the permission from the Upper Medway Internal Drainage Board for permission to discharge into their water courses as per their statutory regulations.
5. Figure 8 shows the near proximity of Flood alleviation basin 1 to the railway line. The Town Council is concerned that matters raised by Network Rail Asset protection regarding this proximity have not been addressed and that the railway line is at risk in the case of a breach.
|e) 22/00172/FULL||11 The Violets Paddock Wood Tonbridge Kent TN12 6BH. Dormer roof extension to the principal elevation and new open porch roof to principal entrance. Proposals also include relocation of first floor rear elevation windows due to proposed changes to internal layout on first floor and loft floor||Cllr C Williams proposed and Cllr M Ridger seconded that the Council have no objection to this application. Unanimous.|