Some big ticket items on the Planning agenda for this coming Wednesday. But first, a site visit in Beacon Road to deal with. There was some debate about it so this one could go either way. The recommendation was to approve.
Richborough Power Station’s possible demolition comes up next. The impact on the environment through deposits within the towers is a key consideration here. Dover District Council is looking into this one but only on the point of Highways. Luke Edwards of Thanet Waves has blogged about this. Recommendation to approve subject to safeguarding conditions.
Western Esplanade, Broadstairs follows, with plans for a three storey building of 5 flats. It comes before Planning because it comes onto previously undeveloped land. The biggest concern seems to be one of the access from Waldron Road but KCC raised no objection on that. An ambitious application, its up for approval.
A couple of applications in near-neighbouring sites at Ryder Avenue, Westgate, then we are onto the refusals starting with the Barrett site on Tivoli Road, Margate. Brought to Planning by Cllr Lodge-Pritchard, the proposal is for it to be used by Pilgrims Hospice for retail and storage. In theory a great idea, problem is that it’s a warehouse in an industrial area… Its just not suitable.
Chambers Wall Farm, St Nicholas-on-Wade is the next one, brought up by Cllr Mike Roberts. I don’t know the area (readers got any opinions?) so I'm running off the report, it’s a proposed conversion of the barn but due to the flood risk and seeming to be unsuitable for the area, the Officer reckons refusal.
At this point a motion is planned to boot out the public and press because the Westwood Estate is up last with proposed changes to the Section 106 Agreement and that includes some exempt info. As we know the economic downturn has hit everyone hard and the Council has already been approached with a plan to amend the planning consent for this area with regard to the scheduling of construction which I recall came before Planning a couple of months ago. This one is more about the financial contributions and sizing of the buildings themselves, so well worth a read of the agenda papers on that item.