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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).
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 M Freeman declared a personal interest in the London Luton Airport consultation due to a family member being employed by a related organisation.
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).
Three members of the public spoke in reference to the consultation by London Luton Airport on the flight path for arrivals into Luton.
Mr J Sharp, representing the Leighton Buzzard Society and Mr D Godfrey, representing PAIN, advised that their preference of the two arrival flight paths for easterly operations was option one, as this would mean that aircraft would be more widely dispersed when compared to option 2. At peak times, the regular use of tightly defined routes as set out in option 2 has the propensity to cause greater noise disturbance to those residents who find themselves living within the option 2 routes.
Concerns were expressed about the potential for overflying of the town centre and resultant noise pollution.
Members of the public were thanked for attending the meeting to speak on this matter.
(a) To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 6 January 2021 (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 6 January 2021.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held 6 January 2021 be approved as a correct record and would be signed at a later date, when safe to do so.
To consider Planning Applications received (attached). An updated list will be issued on 22 January 2020 (if applicable).
The Committee reviewed applications received up until 22 January 2021.
Discussion took place regarding application reference CB/20/03644/PADO (67B North Street). Due to the application type, the Committee was unclear as to whether refusal was possible but agreed that the comments should be submitted.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Befordshire Council that consideration be given to the potential future impact on established town centre businesses and car parking provision when considering application reference CB/20/03644/PADO (67B North Street).
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to the following planning applications:
1. CB/20/04766 SAXONS SLADE,
2. CB/20/04738 7 LYWOOD ROAD
3. CB/21/00059 71 BLENHEIM ROAD
4. CB/21/00035 THE SECURE STORE
5. CB/20/04755 301 HEATH ROAD
6. CB/21/00097 31 MALVERN DRIVE, LINSLADE
7. CB/21/00107 16 CARLTON GROVE
8. CB/21/00074 30 ST LEONARDS CLOSE
9. CB/21/00034 9 NEWTON WAY
10.CB/21/00153 CH 5 WAREHOUSE LEIGHTON IND PARK BILLINGTON ROAD
1. CB/20/04729/DOC LOCAL CENTRE, CHAMBERLAINS
CB/21/00013/LDCE 82 GIBSON DRIVE
1. CB/20/04697/LB 14 MARKET SQUARE
(a) To consider a response to the London Luton Airport consultation on changes to the arrivals airspace. Information can be found here: https://consultations.airspacechange.co.uk/london-luton-airport/ad6_luton_arrivals/
(b) To consider any other matters relating to highways/transport (if appropriate).
The Committee received a report and watched a brief video presentation in respect of the London Luton Airport consultation on two possible options for management of incoming flights to Luton on an easterly route. The Committee agreed this was a complex technical matter, but that spreading out the potential noise impact over different areas would be fairest and would help safeguard quality of life for residents. It was noted that proposed option 2 would allow Air Traffic Control to prioritise flights where appropriate, for example those meeting connecting onward flights at Luton.
RESOLVED to delegate to the Town Clerk authority to draft a response to the consultation, to be circulated to Committee members for comment and approval prior to submission.
To receive and consider any items of information received (if applicable).
(a) The Committee was advised that Central Bedfordshire Council had recently launched a “Fix my Street” app to allow residents to report faults and receive feedback. This had been tested by the Committee Chair with a quick response from the local authority.
(b) The Committee was advised that a planning application to install mobile homes just outside the parish was generating local comment. It was noted that commenting on a planning application outside the parish, without having been invited to take part in a consultation, was outside the terms of reference of the Committee. However, individual Councillors might wish to review the application and respond if they felt it appropriate to do so.
RESOLVED to note the information.