Agenda item

Full Application - Change of use of land and erection of building for Class E purposes (previously within Class B1), at the Old Scrap Yard unnamed section of A515 from Main Road to Back Lane, Biggin (NP/DDD/1221/1378, ALN)


Members had visited the site the previous day.


The Planning Officer introduced the report and amendments to conditions, including changing of condition 5 to secure additional landscaping, condition 6 to secure surfacing material, and a further condition to clarify that specific previously existing walls are not to be rebuilt.


The Planning Officer informed Members that a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) was granted in 2011 for a scrapyard, and that this application for a change of use to an office/warehouse would have a lesser impact on the landscape and would be more screened with extra landscaping.


The following spoke under the public participation at meeting scheme:-


·         Mr S Davies – Applicant


Members asked whether a contamination check on the soil needed to be done as it was a scrap yard, but the Planning Officer considered that this was not necessary as most of the work that had been carried out previously had been done on a concrete standing.


A motion to approve the application in accordance with the Officer recommendation and amendments to conditions 5 & 6 and the additional conditions regarding walling was moved and seconded, and a vote was taken and carried.




That the application be APPROVED subject to the following conditions:


1.         3 year implementation time limit.


2.         Adopt amended plans.


3.         Notwithstanding the provisions of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) the site shall be used for office (use class E (g)) and/or storage/warehousing (use class B8) only and for no other use within the Use Classes Order.  There shall be no retail sales from the site.


4.         The use hereby permitted shall be limited only to the triangular shaped area to the north west of the new boundary wall that runs north east to south west to the north of the proposed tree planting area. There shall be no storage of materials or other equipment associated with the approved use on land in ownership outside of this area.


5.         Amended landscaping scheme to be submitted, approved and implemented.  To include additional planting to northwest and west of buildings and to include details of soil improvement works. The new boundary feature that runs along the south east side of the parking and manoeuvring area shall be a 1.2m high continuous limestone drystone wall (not a post and wire fence as annotated on approved plan no. 2124-01 Rev E).


6.         Before any other works commence, the first 10m of the private access road from A515 to be widened to 5 metres (within the confines of and without demolition of the flanking drystone walls), and hard surfaced unless otherwise agreed.


7.         Passing place and parking and manoeuvring space all as shown on the approved plans to be provided before the premises is first brought into use and retained for the life of the development.


8.         The land in advance of visibility sightlines extending from a point 2.4m from the carriageway edge, measured along the centre line of the access to the extremities of the site frontage abutting the highway in each direction shall be maintained in perpetuity clear of any object greater than 1m in height (0.6m in the case of vegetation) relative to the adjoining nearside carriageway channel level.


9.         Landscape management plan to be submitted and agreed for existing trees on the site.


10.       There shall be no gates or other barriers within 5m of the nearside highway boundary, and any gates shall open inwards only.


11.       There shall be no ‘daylight panels’ on the south elevation of the single storey element of the building.


12.       The solar pv panels shall be matt black with black framing and shall have a matt, non-reflective finish.


13.       Before the premises is first brought into use an ecological management plan for the surrounding land in ownership shall be submitted to and agreed by the National Park Authority.


14.       Bird nesting boxes to be provided in accordance with the submitted ecological appraisal.


15.       Before the premises is first brought into use a scheme for environmental management measures on land in the applicant’s ownership and control shall be submitted to an agreed in writing by the National Park Authority.


16.       External lighting scheme to be submitted and agreed.


17.       The sheeting for the sides and roof of the building shall be dark green.


18.       Former walls as shown on the proposed block plan are not to be rebuilt.


19.       Submission of plans showing re-alignment of new drystone wall to avoid root area of existing retained tree.




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