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    The Old Post Office, 1 Knapp Road, Ashford - 18/01424/FUL

    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.


    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



    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.



    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

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