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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Schedule 12 of the Local Government Act 1972 requires a record be kept of the Members present and that this record form part of the minutes of the meeting. Members who cannot attend a meeting should tender apologies to the Town Clerk.
Apologies for absence had been received and were accepted from Councillor J Silverstone, substituted by Councillor C Palmer.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
(i) Under the Localism Act 2011 (sections 26-37 and Schedule 4) and in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Members are required to declare any interests which are not currently entered in the Member’s Register of Interests or if he/she has not notified the Monitoring Officer of it.
(ii) Should any Member have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in an item on the agenda, the Member may not participate in consideration of that item unless a Dispensation has first been requested (in writing) and granted by the Council (see Dispensation Procedure).
Members were asked to declare any interests, including the nature of those interests, which they had in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.
Councillor C Palmer declared a personal interest in the report under Transport Matters on Bideford Green, as the report author.
QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC (3 minutes per person; maximum 15 minutes)
To receive questions and statements from members of the public in respect of any item of business included in the agenda, as provided for in Standing Order Nos 3(f) and 3(g).
There were no questions from members of the public.
(a) To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Policy and Finance Committee meeting held on 29 July 2020 (attached) in accordance with Standing Order 12.
(b) To receive information updates on matters arising from the previous meeting (if appropriate).
The Committee received the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 9 September 2020.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held 9 September 2020 be approved as a correct record and would be signed at a later date, when safe to do so.
Representatives from Devcomms will provide a brief presentation on proposals from Mayfair 500 for development on land to the rear of the Post Office (former sorting office site).
(Note: this is a pre-application presentation only; questions may be asked for clarification but there will be no debate or discussion until a planning application is formally under consideration).
By invitation, representatives of Mayfair 500 attended the meeting to give a pre-application presentation on proposals for development on land to the rear of the Post Office (former sorting office site).
A previous application for mixed use development of the site had been refused in January 2020 and the intention was to submit a revised proposal before Christmas. This application would be for a three storey hotel and a three storey standalone commercial building which could have a range of uses (offices/retail/small scale leisure). The application did not include any residential development.
Developers had taken into account the 2012 Central Bedfordshire Council development brief for land south of the High Street and it was felt that this first application on part of that site would form the lynchpin or catalyst for further development on the rest of the land. Site context research had been undertaken and the conservation area taken into account, with its different plot widths and roof styles. The proposal would respect the history and character of the area whilst providing a modern, high quality addition to the town.
The hotel would bring 20 jobs and would not include a food offer, so customers would be using town centre businesses.
In terms of public consultation, representatives of the developers had met with owners of the properties nearest the site, send out freepost response cards to 1400 properties and created a consultation website, which had had 946 visits. The 83 responses to the consultation included mixed views.
Two questions were asked: one in respect of proposed car parking arrangements (20 spaces were anticipated for a 58 room hotel) and the second whether the current Covid-19 pandemic might have an impact on the viability of the hotel proposal (the hotel was looking to sign a long term lease).
Representatives were thanked for attending the meeting and left at 19:55 hours.
To consider Planning Applications received (attached). An updated list will be issued on Friday 25 September 2020 (if applicable).
The Committee reviewed applications received up until 25 September 2020.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/20/02886 (27 Linwood Grove), subject to Central Bedfordshire car parking standards being met.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/20/03002 (21 Southcourt Road, Linslade), subject to Central Bedfordshire car parking standards being met.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/20/02938/RM (Chamberlains Barn Quarry), subject to road widths being of an acceptable standard to ensure safe and clear access.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to the following planning applications:
1. CB/20/03082 /LDCP 6 FORTUNA MEAD
2. CB/20/03064/DOC LAND AT GROVEBURY ROAD
3. CB/20/03065 13 WATERLOO ROAD
4. CB/20/02759 30 MILLBANK
5. CB/20/03169/DOC CHAMBERLAINS BARN QUARRY
6. CB/20/03191/DOC 50 HOCKLIFFE ROAD
7. CB/20/03164 3 THE HEATH
8. CB/20/02616 THE RUSHMERE PARK ACADEMY
9. CB/20/02919 14 CHAMBERLAINS GARDENS
10. CB/20/03102 3 TRENT WAY
11. CB/20/03140 67B NORTH STREET
12. CB/20/03143 15 ASHBURNHAM CRESCENT,
13. CB/20/03514 52 HEATH COURT
14. CB/20/03116/LDCP 24 THE PADDOCKS, LINSLADE
15. CB/20/02670/ADV VANDYKE UPPER SCHOOL
16. CB/20/03083 10 DIGBY ROAD
17. CB/20/03137/LDCP 19 CAMBERTON ROAD
18. CB/20/03297 34 LIME GROVE
19. CB/20/03176/LDCP 10 RANNOCH GARDENS,
20. CB/20/03248 8 PAYNE CLOSE
21. CB/20/03177 22 STOKE ROAD, LINSLADE
22. CB/20/03215 9-13 SOULBURY ROAD, LINSLADE
23. CB/20/03144 45 ROOSEVELT AVENUE
24. CB/20/03318/LDCP 91 LIDDELL WAY
25. CB/20/03062 BEDFORDSHIRE CAR SALES CHASSIS INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
26. CB/20/03345 LL WATERSITE OFF LEIGHTON RD
27. CB/20/03314 9 THE HEATH
To receive and consider correspondence from Central Bedfordshire Council (attached) in respect of street naming.
The Committee received correspondence from Central Bedfordshire Council regarding the proposed name of Waterside Mews for a building housing 34 flats in Linslade, accessed from The Wharf. It was felt that the term “Mews” was inappropriate and inaccurate for a block of flats.
RESOLVED to write to Central Bedfordshire Council suggesting that the name of Waterside Court or Waterside Apartments would be preferable.
To consider any matters relating to highways/transport (if appropriate).
The Committee received a report regarding the need for resurfacing in part of Bideford Green.
RESOLVED to write to Central Bedfordshire Council in support of the need for resurfacing in part of Bideford Green.
A request was made to ask Central Bedfordshire Council when the Town Council would have sight of the parking study done for the town.
A concern was raised regarding safety of pedestrians in the vicinity of Greenleas Lower School, Kestrel Way due to the parking of cars on double yellow lines, blocking the road and causing severe traffic congestion, particularly in light of the one-way system now introduced by the school as one of the Covid-19 safety measures. It was agreed to raise these concerns with Bedfordshire Police.
To receive and consider any items of information received (if applicable).
No information items had been received.