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    Use the below search options at the bottom of the page to find information regarding recent decisions that have been taken by the council’s decision making bodies.

    Alternatively you can visit the officer decisions page for information on officer delegated decisions that have been taken by council officers.

    Decisions published

    11/02/2019 - Acquisition of a site - Cabinet decision 21/12/2016 ref: 814    Recommendations Approved

    Decision Maker: Chief Finance Officer

    Decision published: 12/02/2019

    Effective from: 11/02/2019

    Decision:

    he Chief Finance Officer decided the most financially advantageous funding arrangements for the purchase and that the acquisition is prudentially affordable.

    Lead officer: Terry Collier


    11/02/2019 - Aquisition of site 'P' ref: 815    Recommendations Approved

    Decision Maker: Chief Finance Officer

    Decision published: 12/02/2019

    Effective from: 11/02/2019

    Decision:

    The Chief Finance Officer decided (i) the most financially advantageous funding arrangements for the purchase, (ii) the most tax efficient method of holding the asset, and overall ensured the acquisition is prudentially affordable;

    Lead officer: Terry Collier


    06/02/2019 - The Old Post Office, 1 Knapp Road, Ashford - 18/01424/FUL ref: 813    Recommendations Approved

    Decision Maker: Planning Committee

    Made at meeting: 06/02/2019 - Planning Committee

    Decision published: 11/02/2019

    Effective from: 06/02/2019

    Decision:

    Description:

    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.

     

    Additional Information:

    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

     

    Public Speaking:

    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

     

    Debate:

    During the debate the following key issues were raised:

    • Inadequate parking
    • Scheme is of a good design retaining character of original locally listed building
    • Car parking provision inadequate for the site
    • Lack of recreational provision in Ashford and insufficient public transport to access elsewhere
    • Impact of parking on Village Way
    • Site is within the town centre; development can either take place in town centre locations or within the green belt
    • Easy to get to surrounding leisure facilities; can cycle to these
    • Existing traffic situation will be improved
    • Dwellings are needed in the borough
    • A “titled balance” in favour of approval exists as set out in the NPPF

     

    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.

     

    Decision:

    The application was approved subject to conditions as set out in the Officer’s report.


    31/01/2019 - Acquisition of Property P ref: 808    Recommendations Approved

    Acquiring the residential property will allow the Council to make a substantial revenue budget saving, whilst providing a stable home for a local family with complex needs, as well as providing an asset for future use should the family choose to move on. The acquisition will add to the Knowle Green Estates portfolio of residential properties.

    Decision Maker: Group Head Regeneration and Growth

    Decision published: 29/01/2019

    Effective from: 31/01/2019

    Decision:

    The Property and Development Manager completed the acquisition of the asset in consultation with the Leader, Portfolio Holders for Housing, and Corporate Management and the Chief Finance Officer.
    The Chief Financial Officer:
    i) made prudent borrowing arrangements for the transaction and ii) determined with Knowle Green Estates Ltd the most financially prudent way of financing the transaction between the Council and the Company.
    The Head of Corporate Governance entered into any legal documentation necessary to acquire the asset.

    Lead officer: Nick Cummings, Terry Collier, Michael Graham