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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 Councillors D Perham (substituted by Councillor C Perham) and S Cotter.
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. No declarations were made.
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).
There were no questions or statements from members of the public.
To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning & Transport Committee meeting held on 14 November 2018.
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.
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.
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.
To consider Planning Applications received (attached). An updated list will be issued on Friday 7 December 2018.
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
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,
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
2. CB/TRE/18/00480 6 DINGLE DELL
3. CB/TRE/18/00485 REAR OF 6 AND 7 DUKES RIDE
To consider postal addresses for 214 residential units as per correspondence from Central Bedfordshire Council (attached).
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.
To consider any matters relating to highways/transport (if appropriate)
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.
To receive and consider any items of information received.
The Committee received correspondence dated 3 December 2018 from Central Bedfordshire Council regarding an appeal on a site at 4 Plover Road, Leighton Buzzard.
To receive and consider recommendations to the Policy and Finance Committee in respect of the draft Committee budget for the financial year 2019-2020.
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.
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.
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.