Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Former Powergen site, Victoria Road

Reserved Matters application for appearance and landscaping

17/01091/AS

Start of Consultation: 20 Jul 2017, End of Consultation: 13 Aug 2017

Original Application

15/01671/AS

Hybrid application for five plots comprising:

  1. Full and detailed application for plots 1 and 2 comprising: erection of 400 dwellings, a retail kiosk/cafe unit (Use class A1/A3) and associated parking, public surface car park, plant and storage; together with landscaping and access works.
  2. Outline application with appearance and landscaping reserved with parameters for plots 3, 4 and 5 comprising:  demolition of existing buildings/structures and erection of up to 260 dwellings, associated parking, plant and storage together with landscaping and access works.

Posted on 16 January 2016

Plots 3 4 and 5, Former Powergen site, Victoria Road

Discharge of Condition 1 – Phasing (Plots 3, 4 & 5) and Part Discharge of Condition 63 – Heights, layout and access (Plots 4 &; 5)

17/00018/CONC/AS

Original Application

17/00018/AS

Proposed variation of Condition 08 of planning permission 15/01671/AS to replace the following approved plans:-

  • Site Plan Proposed Illustrative Masterplan 14.046.S01.B
  • Plots 3, 4 &; 5 Block Plan 14.046.101 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Critical Distances 14.046.104 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Range of Building Heights 14.046.105 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Building Levels &; Plot Extents 14.046.106 G
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Access, Routes and Communal Landscaped Areas 14.046.107 G

Posted on 19 January 2017

15/01671/AS

Hybrid application for five plots comprising:

  1. Full and detailed application for plots 1 and 2 comprising: erection of 400 dwellings, a retail kiosk/cafe unit (Use class A1/A3) and associated parking, public surface car park, plant and storage; together with landscaping and access works.
  2. Outline application with appearance and landscaping reserved with parameters for plots 3, 4 and 5 comprising:  demolition of existing buildings/structures and erection of up to 260 dwellings, associated parking, plant and storage together with landscaping and access works.

Posted on 16 January 2016

Conditions

  1. Phasing Prior to the commencement of the development a plan showing the boundaries of each plot (including corresponding landscaped areas and car parking) shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. If the plot boundaries subsequently change, a revised plan shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. “Plot” in this permission means a plot as identified on the approved plan.
  1. Prior to the commencement of development of plots 3, 4 or 5 approval of the details of appearance and landscaping (hereinafter called “the reserved matters”) for each relevant plot shall be obtained from the local planning authority in writing and the development of each plot shall be carried out in accordance with those approved details. Details of final building heights, layout and access (internal circulatory access) in respect of each relevant plot (3, 4 and 5) shall also be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority in writing before any development of the relevant plot commences. The submitted details shall be in accordance with the approved parameter plans. The development of each plot shall be carried out in accordance with those approved details.

Plots 3 4 and 5, Former Powergen site, Victoria Road

Discharge of Conditions: 5, 6, 12, 16 & 26
Partial Discharge of Conditions 5, 6 and 26 – Details submitted for plots 3 to 5 so seeking part discharge.

17/00018/CONB/AS

Start of Consultation: 18 Jul 2017, End of Consultation: 11 Aug 2017

Original Application

17/00018/AS

Proposed variation of Condition 08 of planning permission 15/01671/AS to replace the following approved plans:-

  • Site Plan Proposed Illustrative Masterplan 14.046.S01.B
  • Plots 3, 4 &; 5 Block Plan 14.046.101 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Critical Distances 14.046.104 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Range of Building Heights 14.046.105 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Building Levels &; Plot Extents 14.046.106 G
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Access, Routes and Communal Landscaped Areas 14.046.107 G

Posted on 19 January 2017

15/01671/AS

Hybrid application for five plots comprising:

  1. Full and detailed application for plots 1 and 2 comprising: erection of 400 dwellings, a retail kiosk/cafe unit (Use class A1/A3) and associated parking, public surface car park, plant and storage; together with landscaping and access works.
  2. Outline application with appearance and landscaping reserved with parameters for plots 3, 4 and 5 comprising:  demolition of existing buildings/structures and erection of up to 260 dwellings, associated parking, plant and storage together with landscaping and access works.

Posted on 16 January 2016

Conditions

  1. Archaeology
    1. Prior to the commencement of development in any plot the applicant, or their agents or successors in title, will secure and implement archaeological field evaluation works in accordance with a Written Scheme of Investigation for that plot which has been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority.
    2. The public car park and building(s) within the relevant plot shall not be occupied until the site investigation and post investigation assessment for that plot has been completed in accordance with the approved Written Scheme of Investigation and a post investigative report setting out the findings of the site investigation has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
  2. Construction
    Prior to the commencement of each Plot a Code of Construction Practice for the relevant plot shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The construction of each plot shall then be carried out in accordance with the approved Code of Construction Practice for the relevant plot and BS5228 Noise Vibration and Control on Construction and Open Sites and the Control of dust from construction sites (BRE DTi Feb 2003) unless previously agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
    The Code of Construction Practice shall include,

    1. Measures to minimise the production of dust
    2. Measures to minimise the noise (including vibration) generated by the construction process to include the careful selection of plant and machinery and use of noise mitigation barrier(s).The measures shall include but not be limited to a BS5228 assessment to protect Victoria road primary school from construction noise and vibration as recommend by para 8.1.2 of the Merebrook Environmental Noise
      Assessment Report ENA-1943-15-280 Rev B dated December 2015.
    3. Maximum noise levels expected 1 metre from the affected façade of any residential unit adjacent to the plot
    4. Location of construction compound and design and provision of site hoardings
    5. Management of traffic visiting the plot including temporary parking or holding areas
    6. Provision of off road parking for all site operatives
    7. Measures to prevent the transfer of mud and extraneous material onto the public highway
    8. Measures to manage the production of waste and to maximise the re-use of materials
    9. Measures to minimise the potential for pollution of groundwater and surface water
    10. The location and design of site office(s) and storage compounds
    11. The location of temporary vehicle access points to the plot during the construction works (including loading and turning of construction vehicles)
    12. Lorry routing to the site from the M20
    13. The arrangements for public liaison during the construction works
  1. Prior to any above ground construction on Plots 3, 4 & 5 commencing a programme for community consultation/communication setting out how the developers intend to liaise with and keep members of the public informed about the development for the duration of the construction period shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority in writing. Thereafter the details shall be implemented and maintained for the duration of the construction of those plots phase otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning
    Authority.
  1. Foundations
    Piling or any other foundation designs using penetrative methods shall not be permitted within any plot other than with the express written consent of the Local Planning Authority in consultation with the Environment Agency, which may be given for those parts of the site where it has been demonstrated that there is no resultant unacceptable risk to groundwater.
    The development shall only be carried out in accordance with the approved details.
  1. Prior to the commencement of development within each of Plots 2, 3, 4 and 5 details of the mesh/bars and boundary walls shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The details shall include the test results from the hydraulic model to determine that the configuration of the mesh/bars and boundary walls will not increase flood risk (e.g. water levels/extents) beyond that of the pre-development case.

HLF Funding for Victoria Park

Hubert FountainA bid by Ashford Borough Council (ABC) has led to the award of £ 167,000, as the first stage of a proposal for £ 3.2 million, from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund England’s Parks for People programme. The funds will be used toward the development stage of the Council’s Victoria Park and Watercess Fields Masterplan.

Chris Dixon,  Arts and Cultural Industry Manager at ABC, commented to South Ashford Community Forum, when the application was submitted, “The priority for the programme is to conserve the existing heritage of the designated park, intending to make a significant difference to heritage, people and communities in the area. It is a two stage application process. The first stage is to develop a more detailed second round proposal. We are at the very earliest point, with no confirmed detailed plans, but have an ambition to:

  • refurbish the Hubert fountain and piazza;
  • reintroduce or recognise lost cultural and natural heritage elements;
  • provide a volunteers compound and other community facilities; and
  • put in place a range of community events and activities including a new ‘Friends Group’ etc.

The award follows the signing of a number of Section 106 agreements that allocate nearly £ 470,000, due to be paid on occupation of local developments.

Norman Road closure

Kent County CouncilWhen we plan to carry out the work and how long it will take:

This is to let you know that, as part of the on-going maintenance and improvement of the highway network, Kent County Council will be strengthening and resurfacing the circulatory of the roundabout and approaches at the junction with Gallagher Retail Park/ B&Q access Rd

The work will take 3 nights to complete, between 28th July 2017 and 1st Aug 2017 (excluding the weekend). All work will be between the hours of 7.30pm and 5am. This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible for us to carry it out at this time, we will arrange a new date and let you know via a letter drop to your home. We will also put up signs along the road, before we start, showing the date we plan to start work.

What we plan to do:

  • We will remove some of the existing road surface by a method known as milling. The complete area will then be swept by a mechanical sweeper to ensure the prepared surface is clean and free of dust and debris.
  • If required, the existing manhole covers or rain water gully gratings will be adjusted or replaced to the correct level before the new surface is laid. Please note that this operation is noisy and can be prolonged as it is carried out using pneumatic hand tools.
  • The new surfacing material will then be laid using a machine called a paver and compacted with a roller. This is a relatively quick process and dependant on the design will either be a one or two layer process.
  • Finally, following completion of the surfacing, all associated high friction surfacing and road markings will be re-painted.
  • The road will then be re-opened.

Please note that during the whole process, audible warning reversing sirens will be heard; this is a health and safety requirement and cannot be turned off but will be kept to a minimum.

How you can help

During these essential works, it will be necessary to close Norman Road, between the junction with Beaver Road and Romney Marsh Road so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users. There will be limited access via the diversion route to Gallagher Retail Park and B & Q. An alternative diversion route for traffic will be signed whilst the road is closed. The diversion route for through traffic along Norman Road will be Beaver Road, Kingsnorth Road/ Wotton Rd/ Malcolm Sargent Rd / A2042 Romney Marsh Road. The footways will remain open at all times and pedestrian access to businesses and residential properties will be available.
It is inevitable that residents and businesses near the works will experience some disruption and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused, but we will try to keep this to a minimum. Access to properties will need to be restricted for a short period while work is carried out in front of each property and across road junctions. If you have any particular access needs, please let the workforce on the site know.

We need your help to make sure the work is done as quickly as possible and to the best possible quality. If your vehicle is usually parked on the carriageway, please make sure you park it somewhere else away from the site whilst the works are carried out, so the road is clear for us to resurface.

If you need more information, please call us on 03000 418181

You can also visit our website www.kent.gov.uk/highways to find out how we look after the roads throughout

Kent or report any faults you find on our roads.

For your safety and the safety of our workforce, please drive carefully and slowly through the road works.

Kent County Council 10 July 2017

Grantley Close closure

Kent County CouncilRoad closed 17th July for up to 4 days to allow KCC Highways to carry out urgent carriageway repairs. The road will be closed for the entire length. There is no alternative route as the road is a cul-de-sac. Every effort will be made to maintain access for residents whenever it is safe to do so. It is planned that the road will be closed between 07:00 hours and 17:00 hours each day. Please allow extra time for your journey.

Severity: Medium

Category: Carriageway works

Incident time: 17 July 2017 07:00
Completion time: 21 July 2017 17:00:00

Kent County Council 10 July 2017 10:20
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Copycat Websites

Copycat websites are those which offer services from government departments or local government, but are not the official site and charge an often substantial premium for those services, often with no tangible benefit to the customer. They achieve this by using website tools to achieve high positions in search engines such as Google, often ranking them higher than the official site and making it appear as though they are ‘official’ or ‘authorised’. They also have website addresses designed to confuse with the official site, and often feature a similar look and feel and brand design.

Google does not allow promotion of firms which charge fees for services that are free from an official site, yet the copycat sites persist. They are meant to prominently display that the service they are offering is available free of charge or for a lower fee, but this often displayed in small type at the bottom of the page, or not at all. At least one government agency has taken action with the Advertising Standards Authority against sites which have copied their official logo and branding.

Get started…

Always be sure that you are using the official website, as copycat sites can occupy many of the top listings on your search engine page and end up costing you unnecessary money.

The Risks

  • Being misled into paying excessive prices for official services which can be purchased on the government department or local government site at the correct price. These services include:
    • Passports.
    • Birth and death certificates.
    • Fishing licences.
    • Driving licences.
    • Driving tests.
    • Congestion Charge.
    • European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC).
  • Being told that using copycat sites make a particular process or application faster or easier, when in fact you could do it yourself equally quickly and easily.

Searching and Buying Official Services Safely

  • Do not automatically opt to use the first website(s) you find in a search engine, even if the address seems authentic and you are in a hurry.
  • Instead, take time to look for the official website. You can normally tell that site is official if it ends in ‘.gov.uk’, it has the department, agency or council’s authentic logo and contact details and the prices are cheaper.
  • If you do opt to use an unofficial site to purchase official services, make sure that the payment page is secure by checking that the address begins with ‘https://’ (the ‘s’ is short for ‘secure’) and there is a locked padlock in the browser window.

If you think you have been misled into overpaying by using an unofficial site:

  • Contact the site to insist on a refund, saying you think you were misled.
  • Contact the relevant government department or agency or local government organisation and report the copycat site.

#scamaware

Get Safe Online
https://www.getsafeonline.org/shopping-banking/copycat-websites/

A new study by Kent County Council’s Road Safety Team has found that a third of drivers in the county use their mobile phones while driving, including texting or accessing social networks, despite knowing it is dangerous and illegal.

2015 research has found that:

  • 59% of drivers admitted that mobile phones were a distraction to drivers
  • 33% of those aged under 35 admitted to using their phone whilst driving to text or access apps
  • 21% of all drivers admitted to using their phone whilst driving to text or access apps
  • 37% of those aged under 35 admitted to taking a hand-held call whilst driving
  • 27% of all drivers admitted to taking a hand-held call whilst driving

With research indicating that some individuals find it acceptable to use their mobile phone and drive, this campaign seeks to remind drivers that using phones, either hand-held or hands free whilst driving, places them and other road users in unnecessary and avoidable danger.

No matter what information you’re getting from your phone, nothing is worth risking your own life and the lives of those around you. It really can wait.

Kent County Council
www.kentroadsafety.info/mobiles/