Decision Maker: Planning Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Conversion and alterations to existing former post office building to provide 6 flats, erection of new two storey building to provide 8 flats following demolition of outbuildings together with car parking, landscaping, access and associated works.
The Strategic Planning Manager advised that one late letter of objection had been received raising some of the same issues as noted in the Committee report and in addition:-
· Public transport is inadequate
· Refuse collection- regard must be had to when collections take place
· Loss of tree at school site recently
· Display of Planning Applications - any plans for Ashford should be the concern of every single resident.
· Development is unnecessary
In accordance with the Council’s procedure for speaking at meetings, Malcolm Beecher spoke against the proposed development raising the following key points:
· No consideration given to access to leisure facilities by public transport
· Inadequate parking facilities
· Will lead to excessive parking congestion in Village Way
In accordance with the Council’s procedure for speaking at meetings, Andrew Bandosz spoke for the proposed development raising the following key points:
· Will secure long term use for this landmark building
· Will lead to significant reduction in large lorry movements
· Will improve safety for school children
· The site is in a sustainable location
· Development complies with the NPPF
During the debate the following key issues were raised:
Due to an equality of votes for and against the proposal to approve the application the Chairman used his second, or casting, vote to determine the application.
The application was approved subject to conditions as set out in the Officer’s report.
Publication date: 11/02/2019
Date of decision: 06/02/2019
Decided at meeting: 06/02/2019 - Planning Committee