Agenda and minutes

Planning & Transport Committee
Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, The White House, Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1HD

Contact: Committee Officer  01525 631920 & Email: info@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

423/P

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.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors D Perham (substituted by Councillor C Perham) and S Cotter.

 

424/P

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).

 

Minutes:

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. No declarations were made.

425/P

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 1(f) and 1(h).

Minutes:

There were no questions or statements from members of the public.

426/P

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning & Transport Committee meeting held on 14 November 2018.

Minutes:

The Committee received the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 14 November 2018.

 

Minute reference 420/P: it was noted that proposals in respect of Bideford Green would be considered at the Central Bedfordshire Traffic Management meeting on 18 December.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held 14 November 2018 be approved as a correct record and were signed accordingly.

427/P

POTENTIAL FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

By invitation, representatives of Mayfair 500 will attend the meeting to present potential proposals in respect of land rear of 7-9 Church Square.

Minutes:

By invitation, representatives from Mayfair 500, Iceni Projects and MDR Architects presented draft, pre-application proposals for a potential commercial and residential development on land at 7-9 Church Square, Leighton Buzzard. It was noted that proposals were a “design in progress” and that any planning application eventually submitted might vary from current proposals.

 

Proposals were for 18 residential units in two buildings, one of which would also have 5000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. This was in line with uses for the site identified by Central Bedfordshire Council in their 2012 Development Brief for land south of the High Street. The commercial space would be kept flexible and its eventual use would be determined by the market, but could for example include a gym, retail space or restaurant space.

 

The parcel of land idenfied for development was only a part of the total land south of the High Street and would act as the first part of an eventual link from Church Square through to Lake Street.

 

Designers had taken into account the conservation area and the variety of roof profiles and plot widths in the High Street/town centre, which made up its character. The new design would comprise modern architecture but picking up elements of existing buildings.

 

It was clarified that there would be no impact on the existing Post Office building other than the potential relocation of post boxes outside, to widen the vehicular access.

 

The Committee was advised that a public consultation event had taken place on 5 December 2018 in the Golden Bell public house. Over 120 people had attended and concerns raised had included site access, increased vehicle congestion and impact on existing infrastructure.

 

As a pre-application presentation, the Committee was unable to debate the proposal but was invited to ask questions for clarification. Questions were raised regarding car parking, existing bus routes, pedestrians and proximity of schools and the potential noise issue with a residential development proposed in close proximity to two very popular town centre public houses, both of which had gardens and held events. It was clarified that a noise assessment would form part of the eventual planning application and that technical measures could be looked at, such as soundproofing of windows. It was however recognised that this was a town centre site and therefore noise, deliveries, events and so on should be expected by any future buyers.

 

Consultants were thanked for their presentation.

428/P

PLANNING APPLICATIONS pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To consider Planning Applications received (attached). An updated list will be issued on Friday 7 December 2018.

Minutes:

The Committee reviewed applications received up until 7 December 2018.

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/18/04093 (4 Southcourt Avenue, Linslade), but the Town Council would request that a condition be placed on any planning consent such that the annexe could only be used as ancillary to the main dwelling.

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/18/04118/RM (Chamberlains Barn Quarry), subject to Central Bedfordshire car parking standards being met.

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to the following planning applications:

 

1.         CB/18/03979                        31 MENTMORE GARDENS, LINSLADE

2.         CB/18/04072                        SPINNEY HOUSE, 26 SHENLEY HILL

                                                            ROAD

3.         CB/18/04102                        70B CHURCH STREET

4.         CB/18/04146                        25 CHESTNUT HILL, LINSLADE

5.         CB/18/03966                        COLLEC HOUSE, BILLINGTON ROAD

6.         CB/18/04019                        145 GRASMERE WAY, LINSLADE

7.         CB/18/04137                        ALDI FOODSTORE, VIMY ROAD

8.          CB/18/04052                       LOMBARD HOUSE, LEIGHTON RD,

LINSLADE

9.         CB/18/04045                        SILVERWOOD, 192 HEATH ROAD

10.       CB/18/04174                        34 MERCURY WAY

11.       CB/18/04237                        16 HEATH ROAD

12.       CB/18/04176                        17 GREENHILL

13.       CB/18/04177                        17 CUTLERS WAY

14.       CB/18/04229                        149 MARLEY FIELDS

15.       CB/18/04262                        1 ADAERN CLOSE

16.       CB/18/04240                        17 DIGBY ROAD

17.       CB/18/04326                        97C PLANTATION ROAD

18.       CB/18/04112                        COMMERCIAL UNITS 7, GROVEBURY RD

19.       CB/18/04327                        14 SOUTHCOURT ROAD, LINSLADE

20.       CB/18/04125                        136 WING ROAD, LINSLADE

21.       CB/18/04380                        THE OSIERS, TAYLORS RIDE

 

RESOLVED to note the following works to trees:

 

1.         CB/TRE/18/00468              THE CRADDOCKS, CRADDOCK

                                                            DRIVE                                            

2.         CB/TRE/18/00480               6 DINGLE DELL

3.         CB/TRE/18/00485               REAR OF 6 AND 7 DUKES RIDE

 

429/P

STREET NAMING - CLIPSTONE PARK, LAND SOUTH OF VANDYKE ROAD AND NORTH OF STANBRDIGE ROAD pdf icon PDF 306 KB

To consider postal addresses for 214 residential units as per correspondence from Central Bedfordshire Council (attached).

Minutes:

The Committee received correspondence from Central Bedfordshire Council in respect of street naming.

 

RESOLVED that no objection be made to the use of Briggington Way or the use of scientists names for roads on Clipstone Park.

 

RESOLVED that the Town Council would wish to use surnames of those named on the Leighton Buzzard and Linslade War Memorials for street naming on development at Chamberlains Barn Quarry.

 

It was noted that public consultation might be required and that this would be at the Town Council’s cost.

 

RESOLVED to approve the use of the Highways Schemes budget for any expenditure necessary in respect of consultation for street naming. 

 

430/P

TRANSPORT MATTERS pdf icon PDF 22 KB

To consider any matters relating to highways/transport (if appropriate)

Minutes:

The Committee received correspondence from a local resident regarding concerns about Cedars Way, Linslade. It was noted that similar concerns had been raised by the Committee previously and agreed to seek a response from the principal authority.

431/P

INFORMATION ITEMS pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To receive and consider any items of information received.

Minutes:

The Committee received correspondence dated 3 December 2018 from Central Bedfordshire Council regarding an appeal on a site at 4 Plover Road, Leighton Buzzard.

 

432/P

COMMITTEE BUDGET pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To receive and consider recommendations to the Policy and Finance Committee in respect of the draft Committee budget for the financial year 2019-2020.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report regarding the annual Highways Schemes budget. In view of the funds already in earmarked reserves, it was proposed to set a zero budget for Highways Schemes in 2019/2020.

 

RECOMMENDED to the Policy and Finance Committee that the Highways Schemes budget be set to zero for the financial year 2019 – 2020.

 

433/P

TOWN COUNCIL'S FIVE YEAR PLAN pdf icon PDF 20 KB

Further to the feedback obtained during the recent residents’ survey, to consider future objectives for inclusion in the Town Council’s next Five Year Plan.

Minutes:

The Committee received six proposed aspirations/objectives for inclusion in the Town Council’s emerging five year plan for 2019-2024, under the theme of Growth, Community Cohesion and Infrastructure.  Other than a minor wording change from “local authority” to “principal authority”, the proposed objectives were approved.

 

RESOLVED to endorse the proposed objectives for 2019-2024 relating to Growth, Community Cohesion and Infrastructure.