Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Your Council Tax bill

We will all be getting the bill for Council Tax within the next day or two.

We tell you how much more you will be paying this year and where your money goes.

The table below shows the increase in the precept charged by each authority and the the total for a Band D property.

Increase by precepting authority for Band D.

As in previous years Kent County Council has been allowed to add an additional sum off 2% of their precept for Adult Social Care.

The next table shows how this affects the annual and monthly payments for all properties.

Change in Council Tax for all property bands in unparished area.

Note: Ashford Borough Council normally debits one payment of an odd amount then nine rounded payments. The table shows the average.

We exclusively show how much you pay for the services of all of the precepting authorities.

Approximate amount paid for services from Band D Property Council Tax.

References:
Kent County Council
www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/strategies-and-policies/corporate-policies/budget-book
Ashford Borough Council
www.ashford.gov.uk/benefits-and-council-tax/council-tax/council-tax-information/
Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority
www.kent.fire-uk.org/about-us/financial-information/council-tax/council-tax-2019-20/
Kent Police and Crime Commissioner
www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/what-we-do/setting-the-kent-police-budget/

Appeal against refusal for motorcycle workshop

The applicant has appealed a decision by Ashford Borough Council to refuse an application to change an industrial unit in Eastmead to a motorcycle workshop.

Alexander Motorcycles currently located on Ellingham Industrial Estate applied, in December 2017, to change the use of Airtech House in Eastmead Avenue from industrial/commercial use to a motorcycle workshop. Ashford Borough Council refused the application in, August 2018, because “The proposed change of use would give rise to an unacceptable level of noise and disturbance to residents within the locality which cannot be adequately mitigated. As a result, the residential amenity of the occupiers of dwellings in the locality would be significantly harmed to their detriment. “

Alexander Cadenhead, a director of Alexander Motorcycles, submitted an appeal against the decision on 3rd February of this year.

Ashford Borough Council planning case ref: 17/01873/AS
Planning Inspectorate case ref: APP/E2205/W/19/3221781

HMO Application refused

A retrospective planning application for change of use of a chalet bungalow in Bond Road as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has been refused by Ashford Borough Council.

The application by Mr. Scott Bayliss, the owner of a number of houses in multiple occupation in South Ashford, to allow the 40 Bond Road to be used for occupation by seven people was refused on the grounds of insufficient parking provision. Although the application showed two parking spaces on the frontage of the property, these do not exist and no application was made for a dropped kerb. It is also thought that there is insufficient space on the property to accommodate two parking spaces meeting ABC’s parking standards.

Since October 2010 a planning application has not been needed for change of use of a dwelling house (Planning Class C3) into a Small HMO (Planning Class C4), however if more than six unrelated persons occupy and share amenities, planning permission is still required. When the Permitted Development rules came into force ABC made a Direction under Article 4 of the legislation which effectively removes the Permitted Development status for Small HMOs in Aylesford Green, Beaver, Little Burton Farm and South Willesborough wards.

Site of former Klondyke Works, Newtown Road

Discharge of condition 22a (i, iii &; iv)

18/00584/CONA/AS

Start of Consultation: 6 Mar 2019

Original application

Case RefDescriptionPosted on

18/00584/AS
The erection of 93 dwellings with associated highways, parking and landscaping 27 April 2018

Conditions

Habitat / Ecological Works & Management Strategy (HEWMS)

    1. Prior to commencement of development on the land,an Ecological Works & Management Strategy (HEWMS) shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The content of the HEWMS shall include;-
      1. details of any required on-site or off-site habitat works and measures to mitigate the impact of the development on invertebrates / reptiles and any other ecological mitigation /enhancement measures to be implemented as part of the development, and how such works and measures are proposed to be monitored and managed in the long-term.
      2. if any reptiles are proposed to be translocated from the application site, an off-site reptile mitigation strategy, including details of the proposed receptor site, a survey of that the receptor site demonstrating that the reptile population arising from translocation can be satisfactorily maintained, details of any enhancement works required to enhance the receptor site, confirmation that the receptor site will be actively managed and monitored to ensure the long term success of the translocation and a translocation methodology.
      3. a timetable for implementation, demonstrating that the proposed on-site habitat & ecological works and other measures and any off-site reptile mitigation strategy are aligned with the proposed phasing of construction,
      4. the persons responsible for implementing the on and off-site works, including a programme identifying when a specialist ecologists need to be present on site to oversee the habitat and ecological works
    2. Thereafter, the approved HEWMS (including any agreed revisions) shall be carried out in accordance with the details in (A) above unless the Local Planning Authority has agreed to any other variation in writing.

Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site, Victoria Road

Discharge Condition 7, 8, 19 & 22

16/01157/CONH/AS

Start of Consultation: 6 Mar 2019

Original Application

Case RefDescriptionPosted on
17/01759/ASProposed minor material amendments to planning permission 16/01157/AS involving design changes to Phase A2 (X3 commercial uses (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) &; Phase A3 (216 residential units) with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works relating to land south of Victoria Road ONLY with no design changes to the approved development of land north of Victoria Road for the purposes of a brewery with shop, bar and restaurant (use classes B2/A1/A3/A4).Full planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works.12 Dec 2017
16/01157/ASFull planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works.10 Aug 2016

Conditions

LAND FORMING PHASE A1 TO NORTH OF VICTORIA ROAD (BREWERY/SHOP/BAR/RESTAURANT – B2/A1/A3/A4)
Fine detail
  1. Prior to usage in the building approved on the land forming Phase A1, unless specified to the contrary, the details set out below shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and, thereafter, development shall only be carried out in accordance with the approved details unless agreed otherwise by the Local Planning Authority in writing. Where relevant, the following details should be provided on drawings at an appropriate scale of 1:50 (where detail needs to be considered contextually related to a façade) and at 1:20 in other cases:- (a) full details of glazing and external doors, including all external joinery and framing methods and external colour (1:20), (b) rainwater goods, eaves, fascia and canopy / colonnade details (including supporting posts) (1:20/1:50) (c) details of vents, louvres, extractor vents together with locations any 1:20 details of any roof top screens to any roof top plant and equipment to be installed (d) 1:50 details of the proposed double height water feature to be created on the façade to Victoria Road
  2. Provision shall be made within the land forming Phase A1 for the disposal of surface water so as to prevent its discharge onto the highway details of which shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
Hard and Soft Landscaping
  1. Prior to the occupation of the development on land forming Phase A1, a landscape management plan including long term design objectives, any hard surfaced areas to be offered to the public authorities for adoption, management responsibilities and maintenance schedules for the landscape areas and the timing of provision of management and maintenance of such areas shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Thereafter the landscape management plan shall be carried out in accordance with the details approved by the Local Planning Authority unless previously agreed otherwise in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
Environmental protection, external lighting & prevention of pollution
  1. No external lighting shall be installed on the land forming Phase A1 until details have been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority. The details shall include a layout plan with beam orientation and a schedule of light equipment proposed (luminaire type; mounting height; aiming angles and luminaire profiles; use of time switches to switch off car park lighting appropriate to the seasons and the approach to security lighting/task lighting: details of mood lighting to the customer staircase entrance to first floor bar & restaurant and hours of operation: details of any mood lighting to external storage vessels located immediately to the west of the brewery and hours of operation). The approved scheme shall be installed, maintained and operated in accordance with the approved details unless the Local Planning Authority gives its written approval to any proposed variation.

Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site, Victoria Road

Minor Design changes to Block B of Phase A2 on planning permission 17/01759/AS (Proposed minor material amendments to planning permission 16/01157/AS involving design changes to Phase A2 (X3 commercial uses (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) &; Phase A3 (216 residential units) with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works relating to land south of Victoria Road ONLY with no design changes to the approved development of land north of Victoria Road for the purposes of a brewery with shop, bar and restaurant (use classes B2/A1/A3/A4))

17/01759/AMND/AS

Original Application

Case RefDescriptionPosted on
17/01759/ASProposed minor material amendments to planning permission 16/01157/AS involving design changes to Phase A2 (X3 commercial uses (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) &; Phase A3 (216 residential units) with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works relating to land south of Victoria Road ONLY with no design changes to the approved development of land north of Victoria Road for the purposes of a brewery with shop, bar and restaurant (use classes B2/A1/A3/A4).Full planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works.12 Dec 2017
16/01157/ASFull planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works.10 Aug 2016

Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site, Victoria Road

Discharge of condition 47

17/01759/CONF/AS

Start of Consultation: 22 Feb 2019

Original Application

Case RefDescriptionPosted on
17/01759/ASProposed minor material amendments to planning permission 16/01157/AS involving design changes to Phase A2 (X3 commercial uses (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) &; Phase A3 (216 residential units) with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works relating to land south of Victoria Road ONLY with no design changes to the approved development of land north of Victoria Road for the purposes of a brewery with shop, bar and restaurant (use classes B2/A1/A3/A4).Full planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works.12 Dec 2017
16/01157/ASFull planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works.10 Aug 2016

Conditions

LAND FORMING PHASE A2 TO SOUTH OF VICTORIA ROAD (RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL – C3/B1/A1/A2/A3)
Hard and soft landscaping
  1. Prior to above ground works commencing on land forming Phase A2 full details of the hard and soft landscape works shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The landscaping works shall accord with drawing 15.043 006 Rev C, unless otherwise agreed in writing.
    1. The full details of the soft landscape works to be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval shall include the planting plans; written specifications (including cultivation and other operations associated with plant and grass establishment); details of the planting that is designed to create year round colour; schedules of plants noting species, plant sizes and proposed numbers/densities where appropriate; full details of proposed tree pits of a size and specification to tree species and to ensure maturation and long-term survival; guards and any other measures necessary to protect trees in locations immediately adjacent to parking bays and an implementation and planting programme/timetable to ensure that all soft landscaping and planting is completed within 6 months of the completion of the development.
    2. The full details of the hard landscape works to be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval shall include details of hard surfacing materials (including colour finish, specification of paving and gauge as appropriate), drawings to scale to show lighting columns and lighting bollards, bollards to prevent vehicles accessing on-site parking by means other than via the vehicular access to George Street and any necessary methods of demarcating space as a result of its proposed long term private maintenance.
    3. The details shall include full details of any walls, car park gates/barriers, other gates and fences (including height, width and depth, materials, final finish colour) to be erected.
    4. The details shall include a scaled drawing showing soft and hard landscaping to be retained in private ownership and soft and hard landscaping to be the subject of adoption by the local highway authority (or any other public body).
    5. The hard and soft landscaping works shall be implemented in full in accordance with the details and timetable approved by the Local Planning Authority.
    6. If any trees and/or plants on land forming Phase A2 whether new or retained which form part of the soft landscape works approved by the Local Planning Authority die, are removed or become seriously damaged or diseased prior to the completion of the construction works or within a period of 10 years from the completion of construction such trees and/or plants shall be replaced in the next available planting season with others of a similar size and species, unless the Local Planning Authority gives written consent otherwise.