The Chair stated that he had accepted a late registration to speak from the Applicant’s Representative because the statement would be highly relevant to the application which would provide further assurances to the Committee than what was already detailed in the report.
Presented by Matthew Gallagher, the planning application sought to vary 2 conditions attached to a planning permission (18/00404/FUL) that was granted by the Planning Committee last year, for the development of a car storage building.
The report had one update which was that an additional sentence be added after the first sentence in condition number 24 that read, ‘The monitoring strategy shall include maximum targets for two way transporter movement related to the development.’ The extra sentence related to an addendum added by the Applicant regarding HGV movements and by including the HGV movements in the monitoring strategy, it would tie in with the figure set out in the addendum. This would help to provide some assurance to the Council.
The application was recommended for approval subject to conditions and the extra sentence added into condition number 24.
Councillor Churchman noted that the temporary route for HGV movements was along Jurgen Road; he asked what the timescale was for the new access road to be opened on the site. Pointing to paragraph 6.12, Matthew Gallagher explained that the Applicant’s Transport Assessment (TA) identified the timescale and the Applicant hoped to have the building on the site operational by the late summer next year. There may be an interim period before the new roundabout was installed but highways agreement discussions were underway. The Locum Planning Lawyer, Bob Capstick, added that the service was awaiting a response and should be able to confirm the highways agreement in 6 – 8 weeks.
With no further questions, the Chair invited the Applicant’s Representative to address the Committee.
Mr Benjamin Dove-Seymour, Applicant’s Representative, presented his statement in support of the application.
The Chair opened the item up to the Committee for debate.
Councillor Rice stated that he would be supporting the Officer’s recommendation for approval and thought that the application would secure a major investment in the site. He was pleased to hear that the issues of the roundabout would be addressed and that the application was safeguarded with planning conditions.
Noting the vegetation surrounding the site, Councillor Lawrence said that these should not be disturbed to ensure the area remained as green as possible because she did not wish to see a site full of buildings only.
The Chair noted that there were concerns on the gas pipes and was pleased to see that these concerns would be addressed as he did not want further disruptions to residents.
The Officer’s recommendation for approval was proposed by Councillor Churchman and seconded by Councillor Byrne.
For: (8) Councillors Tom Kelly (Chair), Mike Fletcher (Vice-Chair), Gary Byrne, Colin Churchman, Angela Lawrence, David Potter, Gerard Rice and Sue Sammons.
The planning application 19/00573/CV, Land east of Purfleet Thames Terminal, was approved subject to conditions and the extra sentence added to condition number 24.