Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 2nd June, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

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Welcome and introductions


The Chair, Councillor Kevin Burke , welcomed those present.


Apologies for absence



Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Drew Heffernan with Councillor Chris Williams attending as substitute, from Councillor Amy Haldane with Councillor Steve Cook attending as a substitute, from Councillor Eric Allen with Councillor Tim Crowley attending as a substitute and from Councillor Peter Geiringer with Councillor Catherine Gray attending as a substitute.


Minutes of the previous meeting

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 7 April 2021.


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the minutes of the meeting held on 4 April 2021 be agreed as an accurate record.


Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.


APPLICATION NO. DM2020/01402 - Former National Driving Centre Marlowe Way Beddington CR0 4XS pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Use of site as a van storage facility associated with an off-site storage and distribution operation and associated development comprising resurfacing works, demolition/removal of existing portacabins and erection of a building for security guard and welfare facilities, single storey sub-stations, provision of cycle storage, external lighting; erection of replacement boundary fencing and gates and soft landscaping.

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The item had been deferred from the Committee held on 4 April 2021 in order to receive further information in respect of draft conditions and s.106 in order that members might be satisfied that, if planning permission was granted, that there was appropriate mitigation for any harm arising from the development. Members had been concerned about the management of vehicle movements that they avoided using routes through Beddington Village, Electrical Vehicle Charging Points were provided and a Travel Plan by a S106 legal agreement was secured.


Iain Williams, Senior Planning Officer presented the updated report.


Members drew attention that an HGV vehicle ban had been introduced in Beddington Lane in the period since the application was presented to the Committee in April and suggested that this would affect traffic movement in the area.


In response to questions from Members Iain Williams confirmed that the officer recommendation was to refuse the application.


Iain Williams explained that in the event that the A23 was not accessible to vehicles, re routing via Beddington Farm Road would be permitted.


Councillor Kevin Burke proposed the motion, which was seconded by Councillor Tim Crowley that planning permission be granted subject to the Section 106 agreement and the other conditions presented to the committee, and that permission is granted contrary to the recommendation on this application on the grounds that:


The committee was satisfied that the use of the site was appropriate and not an underdevelopment of the land, which was currently used for car storage.

Any site development could be restricted by the overhead power lines that run through it. The continued use for vehicle storage was therefore appropriate.

The officers report did not take into account the number of additional jobs created by the delivery service partnership programme, with a proposal of 117 vans using the site, potentially creating 117 extra jobs.

Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult

A poll vote on the motion to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:



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  • 6.

    Any urgent business

    To consider any items which, in the view of the Chair, should be dealt with as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances (in accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972).


    There was no urgent business.