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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 from Councillor K Cursons (substituted by Councillor C Palmer) and Councillor A Gray (substituted by Councillor S Owen).
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 Palmer declared a personal interest in application reference CB/19/03181/VOC (Flat 4, 65 Mill Road) as he had been in contact with a neighbour. He would speak but not vote on the application.
Councillor D Bowater advised he would also not vote on the same application as a substitute on the Central Bedfordshire Development Management Committee.
Councillor V Harvey declared a personal interest in the agenda item concerning traffic flow as a member of South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth.
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).
A member of the public spoke in opposition to application reference CB/19/03181/VOC (Flat 4, 65 Mill Road). As the only neighbour to this property, she advised that the privacy of herself and her family had already been adversely impacted by the applicant’s failure to meet the original condition placed on the planning consent in respect of the windows being obscured glass and non-opening. The windows faced a habitable room and the family’s enjoyable use of this room had already been affected as they were forced to install blinds. This was a clear breach of the original planning condition and the view was expressed that the applicant had never intended to comply with this, as the windows had been in place for some months as the variation of condition had only recently been applied for.
Two local residents spoke in respect of the agenda item regarding traffic flow on West Street and Bridge Street. Neither objected to a trial taking place to test the impact of the crossings, but felt that the wider issue was the sheer number of vehicles on the roads. Both members of the public felt that more sustainable methods of transport should be encouraged such as walking and cycling and that this should be more strongly encouraged through school travel plans.
A member of the public and applicant for a planning application on the delegated list advised he was simply present in case members of the Committee had any questions.
Members of the public were thanked for attending the meeting.
To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning & Transport Committee meeting held on 9th October 2019 (attached).
The Committee received the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 9 October 2019.
Minute reference 52/P (Transport Matters): it was hoped that action would be forthcoming in respect of the longstanding issues with the lamp column on Wing Road and the bollards on the corner of Vimy Road and West Street. It was agreed to follow up with the highways authority on the other transport related matters raised.
Minute reference 53/P (Information Items): a Member advised he had asked the Town Clerk to put on the agenda of a future meeting the question of the title of the land currently referred to as Mentmore Park and Memorial Gardens.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held 9 October 2019 be approved as a correct record and were signed accordingly.
To consider Planning Applications received (attached). An updated list will be issued on Friday 25 October 2019 (if applicable).
The Committee reviewed applications received up until 25 October 2019.
RESOLVED that no objection be made to application reference CB/19/03219 (28 Ridgeley Drive), subject to car parking standards being met.
RESOLVED that no objection be made to application reference CB/19/03147 (65 Grange Close, Linslade), subject to car parking standards being met.
Application reference CB/19/03181/VOC ( Flat 4, 65 Mill Road) was discussed. Although recognised that adequate egress in the event of a fire was essential, it was felt that this must have been considered in the original planning application and that other solutions must be possible. It was felt that the original condition regarding use of obscured glass and non-opening windows should be upheld, as originally intended, in order to ensure privacy for those in the neighbouring property. On being proposed and seconded, it was agreed to recommend objection on these grounds.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/19/03181/VOC (Flat 4, 65 Mill Road) on the following grounds: that the original condition should be enforced to ensure privacy and enjoyable use of living space for neighbouring residents.
Application reference CB/19/02747 (The Pines, Plantation Road) was discussed. The proposed 2m brick wall was felt to be out of keeping with the neighbouring area and would be detrimental to the street scene, as well as to wildlife.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/19/02747 (The Pines, Plantation Road) on the grounds that the removal of an established hedge to erect a 2m wall would be out of keeping with the neighbourhood, detrimental to the visual amenity of the street scene and detrimental to the local environment.
The Committee considered application reference CB/19/02335/RM (Clipstone Park). Although the application site was beyond the parish boundary, it was agreed to echo the Town Council’s comments on the original application of 2011 by emphasising the need for associated infrastructure to come forward in a timely fashion.
RESOLVED to note application reference CB/19/02335/RM and to emphasise to Central Bedfordshire Council the need for associated infrastructure to come forward in a timely fashion to support the development.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to the following planning applications:
1. CB/19/02857 VANDYKE UPPER SCHOOL
2. CB/19/02986 GILBERT INGLEFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL
3. CB/19/03138 5 ERIBOLL CLOSE, LINSLADE
4. CB/19/03019 49 HARROW ROAD
5. CB/19/02974 LAND ADJACENT TO AVERYS GARAGE,
6. CB/19/02908 6 NETTLETON CLOSE
7. CB/19/02820/ADV 21A HOCKLIFFE STREET
8. CB/19/03003/LB 6 NORTH STREET
9. CB/19/03001/ADV 6 NORTH STREET
10.CB/19/03177 35 HIGH STREET
11.CB/19/03337/ADV 35 HIGH STREET
12.CB/19/03312 22 NICOLSON DRIVE
13.CB/19/02300 24 GOODMAN DRIVE
14.CB/19/03412 13 CHELSEA GREEN
15.CB/19/03406 79 CLIPSTONE CRESCENT
16.CB/19/03450 26 ST MARTINS DRIVE
17.CB/19/02925 37 THE MALTINGS
18.CB/19/03372 51 BROOKLANDS DRIVE
19.CB/19/03435 35 HIGH STREET
20.CB/19/02976 BROAD RUSH, LINSLADE
(a) To consider the Motion presented to Council on 30 September 2019 in respect of the pedestrian crossings at West Street/Bridge Street (information attached).
(b) To consider any other matters relating to highways/transport (if appropriate).
The Committee gave consideration to the Motion proposed by Councillor S Owen and seconded by Councillor A Gray in respect of traffic flow issues on West Street and Bridge Street. It had been suggested by the principal authority that the Town Council could consider funding a trial over two days to determine the potential impact of signalising the junction. During the trial, the zebra crossings on the Bridge Street and Leighton Road arms would close, with pedestrian movements on both these arms controlled within the wider temporary signals arrangement.
Committee members agreed that traffic flow was an issue not just at this location, but across the town centre. It was suggested that Central Bedfordshire Council should be considering the wider problem. A question was raised regarding the expansion of Leighton Middle School and whether a school crossing attendant should be employed to assist with managing pedestrian movements at the crossings at peak school times. The primary issue of the number of vehicles on the roads needed to be addressed as there were high targets to meet in terms of reducing vehicle emissions. A more overarching vision was needed in order to make it easier for people to choose more sustainable methods of transport and this was likely to be a key focus in the Climate Change Plan being developed by the principal authority.
It was felt that the town was currently relatively welcoming for walkers and cyclists and any measures which might adversely impact these activities could further exacerbate the traffic issues. It was also noted that there should be no adverse impact on the existing Sustrans cycle routes.
In terms of alleviating the wider issue of traffic volumes, questions were raised regarding the delivery of the eastern relief road and whether there was any potential to replicate the successful D1 Dash Direct bus service for the eastern urban extension.
RESOLVED to request that relevant Central Bedfordshire officers attend a future meeting of the Committee in order to further discuss the traffic flow issues on West Street/Bridge Street as well as the wider traffic issues affecting the parish.
To receive and consider any items of information received (if applicable).
No information items had been received.