Agenda and draft minutes

Planning & Transport Committee - Wednesday, 17th February, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: This will be a remote meeting held via Microsoft Teams in accordance with The Local Authorities and Crime Panels (Coronavirus)(Flexibility of Meetings)(England and Wales) Regulations 2020

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169/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 Councillor S Owen (substituted by Councillor R Goodchild), Councillor K Cursons (substituted by Councillor C Palmer) and Councillor F Kharawala (substituted by Councillor T Morris).

 

170/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.

 

Councillor Palmer declared a personal interest in agenda item 7 (Information Items) due to a family member working in the Planning department at Milton Keynes Council.

 

171/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 3(f) and 3(g).

Minutes:

There were no questions from the public

172/P

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 294 KB

(a)  To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 27 January 2021 (attached) in accordance with Standing Order 12.

 

(b)  To receive information updates on matters arising from the previous meeting (if appropriate).

 

Minutes:

The Committee received the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 27 January 2021.

 

Minute reference 167/P: the Committee was advised that a response had been submitted to the London Luton Airport consultation on arrival flight paths.

 

Minute reference 168/P: the Committee was advised that the Ouzel Valley Park Steering Group had submitted an objection to Aylesbury Vale District Council regarding planning application reference 21/00143/APP.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held 27 January 2021 be approved as a correct record and would be signed at a later date, when safe to do so.

 

173/P

PLANNING APPLICATIONS pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To consider Planning Applications received (attached). An updated list will be issued on 12 February 2021 (if applicable).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee reviewed applications received up until  12 February 2021

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Befordshire Council that objection be made to planning application  reference CB/21/00244 (14 Market Square) on the grounds that

 

-       The proposed roller shutter was contrary to Central Bedfordshire shop front policy, given its Grade II Listed status and location within a  conservation area

 

Given the insufficient information provided in support of the application, the Town Council held concerns on the grounds

 

-       That the hours of operation had not been specified with the potential that given the nature of the operation, the unit may well be closed for the greater part of the working day thereby contributing little to the vitality and viability of the Town Centre

-       That no detail on internal works had been provided and that these might have an impact on surrounding properties (smell, noise).

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/21/00245/ADV (14 Market Square) on the grounds that internally illuminated signage was contrary to Design Supplement 6 – Shopfront and Signage which seeks to protect histoically sensitive buildings and Conservation Areas from inappropriate development.

 

The Town Council also wished to raise awareness with the planning authority that a feature which formed part of the town centre Children’s Literary Trail was located on the shop front at 14 Market Square. Should the planning authority be minded to grant consent that the public art feature be safeguarded by way of a condition.

 

RESOLVED to recommed to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/20/04719 (40 St. Andrew’s Street), as long as parking standards could be met, particularly given the location on a bend in the road and opposite a junction.

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/21/00387 (4 Cygnus Drive), provided that Central Bedfordshire Council officers were satisfied that the creation of a Juliet balcony would not lead to an unacceptable level of overlooking/loss of privacy for neighbouring properties.

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/21/00178 (Land at Billington Road) on the grounds that the site is identified as a Main Employment Area within the emerging Central Bedfordshire Local Plan and that no improvement measures are proposed to address what is an already busy road junction particularly for right turning vehicles heading toward the bypass. The Town Council would therefore object on highways safety and loss of employment land grounds. The Town Council would also agree that concerns raised by other parties must be addressed, including: the Tree Officer’s concerns about the oak tree, confirmation of adequate noise and odour mitigation, incomplete ecological information, lack of clarity as to how Billington Road will be connected by intended cycle and pedestrian way to the public footpath which forms part of the Leighton-Linslade Green Wheel, confirmation of adequate separation of buildings from the Anglian Water sewage pumping station and issues to do with runoff and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 173/P

174/P

TRANSPORT MATTERS pdf icon PDF 626 KB

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

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a report regarding parking matters. The report summarised a presentation given to the Partnership Committee in December 2020 in respect of a car parking study undertaken by the local authority for east and west of Leighton Buzzard.It was noted that concerns had been raised at that meeting regarding a perceived lack of enforcement of car parking restrictions, resulting in possible issues for pedestrian safety or access by emergency vehicles.

 

The Committee expressed disappointment at the lack of inclusion of Linslade in the car parking study as this had long been promised to address known issues in the area. The Committee also expressed disappointment that no proposals had been identified as yet to address longstanding issues in the area of Albany Road, Hartwell Grove and Hartwell Crescent. A comment was made about addressing shortage of short stay car parking in the town centre and it was noted that there was a greater than average number of town centre disabled car parking spaces.

 

RESOLVED to write to Central Bedfordshire Council to express disappointment about the areas not included in the car parking study and to seek clarification as to when these areas might be reviewed.

 

The Committee noted that a response was awaited from the local authority regarding enforcement of parking restrictions and recognised that the current Covid-19 national lockdown would have an impact, with most people confined to their homes.

 

RESOLVED to ask Central Bedfordshire Council to enforce, where possible and practicable, parking restrictions on arterial routes to/from the town to ensure emergency vehicle access was possible and to press for wider enforcement once Covid-19 restrictions had been lifted.  

 

175/P

INFORMATION ITEMS pdf icon PDF 319 KB

To receive and consider any items of information received (if applicable).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(a)      The Committee received correspondence dated 3 February 2021 from Central Bedfordshire Council regarding a new postal address for 8 industrial units on Grovebury Road as the Ouzel Industrial Estate.

 

(b)      The Committee received correspondence dated 8 February 2021 from Milton Keynes Council regarding a 10-week public consultation on the Draft South East Milton Keynes - Strategic Urban Extension Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document.

 

RESOLVED to note the correspondence and to write to Milton Keynes Council to advise them of concerns regarding potential coalescence between this parish and an ever-expanding Milton Keynes.