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17/501196 - ERECTION OF AN ADDITIONAL STOREY ON A FLAT ROOF TO ACCOMMODATE 10 UNITS OF RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED PARKING AND AN AMENDED ACCESS AT RIVERHILL APARTMENTS, LONDON ROAD, MAIDSTONE - RIVERHILL APARTMENTS, 10 - 12 LONDON ROAD, MAIDSTONE, KENT

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report and the urgent update report of the Head of Planning and Development.  During his presentation, the Development Manager advised the Committee that he wished to amend the first sentence of the first paragraph and the first and second sentences of the second paragraph of recommended condition 5 to read:

 

The development hereby approved shall not be occupied until a landscape scheme designed in accordance with the principles of the Council's landscape character guidance has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

 

The approved landscaping scheme shall be carried out in the first available planting season following occupation of the development hereby approved.

 

Ms Hadden, for the applicant, and Councillor Harvey (Visiting Member) addressed the meeting.

 

RESOLVED:  That permission be granted subject to the conditions set out in the report, as amended by the Development Manager at the meeting, and the additional condition set out in the urgent update report, with the further amendment of condition 5 and additional conditions as follows:

 

Condition 5 (Landscaping) (amended)

 

The development hereby approved shall not be occupied until a landscape scheme designed in accordance with the principles of the Council's landscape character guidance has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.  The scheme shall show all existing trees, hedges and blocks of landscaping on and immediately adjacent to the site, and indicate whether they are to be retained or removed, and include a planting specification, a programme of implementation and a five year management plan.  The landscape scheme shall specifically address the need to provide new planting along the frontage of the building which shall comprise a mixed native species hedgerow.

 

The approved landscaping scheme shall be carried out in the first available planting season following occupation of the development hereby approved.  Any seeding or turfing which fails to establish or any trees or plants which, within five years from the first occupation of a property, commencement of use or adoption of land, die or become so seriously damaged or diseased that their long term amenity value has been adversely affected shall be replaced in the next planting season with plants of the same species and size as detailed in the approved landscape scheme unless the Local Planning Authority gives written consent to any variation.

 

Reason:  In the interests of landscape, visual impact and amenity of the area and to ensure a satisfactory appearance to the development.

 

Additional Conditions

 

No development shall take place until details of how decentralised and renewable or low-carbon sources of energy will be incorporated into the development hereby approved have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved details shall be installed prior to first occupation and maintained thereafter.

 

Reason:  To secure an energy efficient and sustainable form of development to accord with the provisions of the NPPF.

 

Prior to the development hereby approved reaching eaves level details shall be submitted for prior approval in writing by the Local Planning Authority of wildlife niches sufficient to make provision for two bird boxes and two swift bricks.

 

The approved details shall be installed before first occupation of the development hereby approved and retained as such at all times thereafter.

 

Reason:  To ensure that provision is made for wildlife in accordance with the provisions of the NPPF.

 

Voting:   12 – For  1 – Against  0 – Abstentions

 

Note:  Councillor Mrs Stockell left the meeting after consideration of this application.

 

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