Agenda item

(19/00749/FULL1) - Emmaus Retreat & Conference Centre, Layhams Road, West Wickham BR4 9HH





Description of application – Demolition of the existing retreat and conference centre and erection of a replacement part 3/part 4 storey building for use as a retreat and conference centre with associated car parking and works.Erection of a covered walkway in the courtyard area and erection of a single storey extension to the Convent building.


The following amendments to the Assistant Director Planning’s report were tabled:-


·  Page 77, under the heading, ‘Proposal’, the penultimate sentence should be amended to read, “The first floor provides 14 bedrooms and 3 small kitchen areas and a small communal sitting area.


·  Page 78, paragraph 2 - to clarify the height of the new building at certain points should be 1m higher than existing.


·  Page 79, Line 1 should be amended to read, “Badger Activity Survey - Issue 3 (23.09.19)


·  Page 79, Line 11 should be amended to read, “Bat Emergence and Activity Survey - Issue 3 (23.09.19).


·  Page 81, under the heading, ‘LBB Highways’, the sentence should read, “The proposal is located in an area with PTAL rate of 1a.”


·  Page 82, under the heading, ‘Trip Generation, the first sentence should be amended to read, “The TRICS data indicates that the proposal is forecast to generate 10 to 13 movements a day.”


Members having considered the report and objections, RESOLVED that PERMISSION BE GRANTED, SUBJECT TO STAGE 2 CONSULTATION WITH THE MAYOR OF LONDON, as recommended, and subject to the conditions and informatives set out in the report of the Chief Planner with an amendment to Conditions 8 and 15 to read:-

“8.  (i) Prior to commencement of any works, including site clearance, demolition or construction shall not occur until the local planning authority approves in writing proposals for the suitable protection of badgers. The proposals shall demonstrate that Natural England, under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, has granted a licence which authorises the closure of the main badger sett (as identified on plan Appendix 1: Phase 1 Habitat Survey Map, of the Badger Activity Survey, Arbtech, Issue 3, 23/09/2019) and associated mitigation, including the creation of a replacement main badger sett in an appropriate location. The development shall be undertaken in accordance with the approved details.

15.  (i) The development shall be carried out in accordance with the Bat Survey- Emergence and Activity Surveys by Arbtech Issue 4 dated 27.08.2019.

(ii) Prior to first use of the building details of 2 bat boxes in accordance

with the details set out in the Bat Survey - Emergence and Activity Surveys

byArbtech Issue 4 dated 27.08.2019 shall be submitted to and approved by

the Local Planning Authority and the approved works implemented prior to

first occupation of the development and retained permanently thereafter.

Reason: In order to comply with Policies 70 and 72 of the Local Plan and in

order to safeguard the interests and well-being of bats and badgers on (or

adjacent to) the site which are specifically protected by the Wildlife and

Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).”


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