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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 Councillors K Cursons (substituted by Councillor S Jones) and 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 Bowater declared an interest as a substitute member of the Central Bedfordshire Development Management Committee and would abstain from voting on planning applications for discussion.
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 long term resident and member of the public spoke in support of the recent pedestrianisation trial of the High Street and the recently completed improvements on Meadway to facilitate pedestrian and cycle access to the Vandyke Road schools. It was felt important to continue with the improvement/development of the “Scholar’s Way” Green Wheel route between the two upper schools, particularly from Hockliffe Road to Woodman Close. It was also important to ensure pedestrian and cycle access to the town from the new housing developments at Chamberlains Barn and Clipstone Park.
A resident and representative of Buzzcycles spoke of the opportunity presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent Government funding to convert those people who had enjoyed more cycling during lockdown to committed long term cyclists. As set out in the Green Wheel, a wider network was needed to facilitate cycling into and across the town, as well as into the surrounding countryside. More cycle parking was requested. It was hoped that the Town Council would be supportive of any Green Wheel initiatives across its land.
Members of the public were thanked for attending and for their comments.
(a) To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 11 March 2020 (attached).
(b) To receive and note the delegated decisions made during the period 20 March – 30 June 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (attached).
The Committee received the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 11 March 2020.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held 11 March 2020 be approved as a correct record and would be signed at a later date, when safe to do so.
The Committee received and noted the decisions made during the period 20 March – 30 June 2020 in accordance with the decision making process agreed by Council on 20 March 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions which prevented meetings taking place during that time.
(a) By invitation, Steve Lakin of Central Bedfordshire Council will attend the meeting to give an update in respect of Cycling.
(b) To consider any other matters relating to highways/transport (if appropriate).
By invitation, S Lakin of Central Bedfordshire Council attended the meeting primarily to give a presentation on the revised Green Wheel but also to provide an update on transport schemes arising from recent new Government funding.
The Committee received a report summarising the Government scheme, which had been announced on 23 May 2020 to protect and increase transport services, level up infrastructure and regenerate local economies. The Emergency Active Travel Fund would support local transport authorities in producing walking and cycling facilities in two phases: initial funding for the installation of temporary projects arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and a second phase of funding to support the creation of longer term projects. For Central Bedfordshire Council, the final allocation of phase 1 funding was £223,454 and indicative funding for phase 2 amounted to £800,000.
Mr Lakin advised that the initial tranche of funding, for the rapid introduction of pop-up facilities, had been received and that a number of projects were underway across the Central Bedfordshire area. Leighton-Linslade had benefitted from the funding through increased pedestrian capacity into town from Hockliffe Street and Bridge Street, the temporary pedestrianisation of the High Street and a timed closure of Bassett Road, at the request of Mary Bassett Lower School, to assist with social distancing for pupils. The success of those measures would be monitored and would be key to accessing the remainder of the funding.
In terms of the next phase of projects starting this Autumn, Central Bedfordshire councillors and town councils across Central Bedfordshire had been invited to share intelligence as to where in their locale, social distancing was proving problematic. The focus would remain on measures that enabled people to walk or cycle for local journeys, especially where previously their trip would have used a passenger or public transport service.
Mr Lakin gave the Committee a preview of a presentation due to the given to the Green Wheel working group. The Green Wheel had originally been developed in 2008/09 and had been followed by a Green Infrastructure Plan in 2014. The working group had been updating the plan over recent months and the revised draft had previously been presented to the Ouzel Valley Park steering group and the Partnership Committee.
The Green Wheel updated plan aimed to link publicly accessible routes and green spaces in and around the town, with an inner rim (around the town centre) and an outer rim (leading to surrounding countryside) linked by a series of “spokes” (linear paths and corridors). Measures to improve existing routes were ongoing and a particular focus was the development of new routes from the new housing developments, as well as improving access to schools, for example the Scholars Way spoke leading between the two upper schools.
A number of specific questions were asked and answered regarding particular routes including Woodman Close, Hockliffe Road, Northcourt, Parsons Close, Bunkers Lane and access from the new Roman Gate development through to the retail park on Grovebury Road. The possible extension of the current ... view the full minutes text for item 100/P
To consider Planning Applications received (attached). An updated list will be issued on Friday 3 July 2020 (if applicable).
The Committee reviewed applications received up until 3 July 2020.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/20/01913/VOC (Apex Park, Formerly Part Clipstone Park) but the Town Council would encourage by way of legal agreement a meaningful contribution toward footpath and cycling improvements along this part of Leighton Road, Stanbridge.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/20/01869 (1 Leedon Furlong) on the following grounds: that the proposal would by virtue of the size of plot result in a cramped form of development out of keeping with the established character of the area.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/20/01849/VOC (Land Adjacent Heathlea, Sandy Lane) but the Planning and Transport Committee wishes to endorse the comments made by the Trees and Landscape Officer in so much as the proposal has the propensity to detrimentally impact an existing sycamore tree which is subject to a tree preservation order.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/20/01907 (54 Millstream Way) on the following grounds: The amenity land provides natural relief within this part of the estate. To grant planning permission would result in the loss of said land to the detriment of the original layout for the development.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to the following planning applications:
1) CB/20/01755/DOC LEIGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
2) CB/20/01728 1 MANOR COURT OLD LINSLADE RD
3) CB/20/01712/LDCP 30C MENTMORE ROAD, LINSLADE
4) CB/20/01896/DOC 34 REDWOOD GLADE
5) CB/20/01905 25 ST LEONARDS CLOSE
6) CB/20/01910/LDCP 58 LINWOOD GROVE
7) CB/20/01864 22 HIGHFIELD ROAD
8) CB/20/01966 5 MOORHOUSE PATH
9) CB/20/01945/LDCP 5 MELFORT DRIVE, LINSLADE
10) CB/20/01962/NMA 19 THE MALTINGS
11) CB/20/01921/LDCP 43 ATTERBURY AVENUE
12) CB/20/01893/LDCP 74 HOCKLIFFE STREET
13) CB/20/01825 93 CAMBERTON ROAD
14) CB/20/02134 45 ROUNDEL DRIVE
To receive and consider any items of information received (if applicable).
No information items had been received.