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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 R Yates, R Goodchild and P Carberry.
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).
Councillor D Bowater declared an interest as a substitute member of the Central Bedfordshire Development Management Committee.
No pecuniary interests were declared and no dispensations were requested.
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 (e), (f) (g) and (h).
There were no questions from the public
(b) To receive information updates on matters arising from the previous meeting (if appropriate).
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held 25 August 2021 be approved as a correct record and were signed accordingly.
Minute reference 224/P: there was no update in respect of a possible Article 4 Direction.
Minute reference 226/P: it was agreed to write to Central Bedfordshire Council to request remedial action in respect of the safety bollard damage on Vimy Road.
As part of the review requested by Partnership Committee in April 2021, to review the Partnership Project List (attached) and consider any recommendations to Council in respect of potential changes. The review terms endorsed by Partnership Committee were:
The review will focus on removal of outdated objectives and aim to provide direction in terms of priority projects. Any additions to the list will only be permitted further to an endorsement by either Leighton Linslade Town Council or Central Bedfordshire Council and/or where clear evidence of public consultation can be demonstrated.
To aid Committee in its review, information received from Central Bedfordshire Council in respect of Transport is attached.
By invitation, S Lakin of Central Bedfordshire Council attended the meeting to give information to Committee in respect of S106 developer contributions arising from housing growth to the south and east of the town and the transport schemes for which these had been allocated.
A key focus would be the delivery of wider sustainable transport measures in response to Central Bedfordshire Council’s Sustainability Plan, with three new Sustainable Transport officers recruited to focus on driving down transport related carbon emissions. The approach would focus on electric vehicle charging provision, encouraging changing behaviour to increase walking and cycling for shorter journeys and planning regulations. Two Travel Plan Co-ordinators would be working with partners in all communities and a new steering group had recently been set up to focus on sustainable transport measures for the development to the east of Leighton Buzzard.
In response to a question, it was clarified that there would be significant investment by Central Bedfordshire Council but the electric vehicle Chargepoint programme would be private sector led.
Mr Lakin was thanked for attending the meeting.
The Committee discussed the request from Partnership Committee to review the Partnership Project List and agreed the suggestion arising at the Cultural and Economic Committee meeting held on 13 September: that the review be deferred until the meeting of Council in November 2021.
RECOMMENDED to the Policy and Finance Committee to endorse the suggestion arising at the Cultural and Economic Committee meeting held on 13 September: that the Partnership Project List review be deferred until the meeting of Council in November 2021.
(b) To receive and note an updated tracking list of planning application outcomes, for applications to which the Committee has recommended objection (attached).
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council objection to applications CB/21/03711 & CB/21/03712/LB (46 THE HIGH STREET) on the following grounds:
- No car parking and insufficient cycle parking
- Lack of amenity space for residents
- Concern regarding the reference to potentially not meeting space standards
- Concern regarding lack of vehicular access for contractors, deliveries, waste collection vehicles and emergency vehicles
- Concern regarding noise and odour from pre-existing neighbouring business premises and that businesses not be adversely affected by complaints from incoming residents.
Should Central Bedfordshire Council be minded to approve the application, the town council would seek a condition that the granting of this permission would not prejudice any future regeneration/development to be proposed on the land known as land south of the High Street.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council objection to planning application reference CB/21/03798 (11 MILES AVENUE) on the grounds of loss of car parking meaning parking standards would not be met. Should Central Bedfordshire Council be minded to approve the application, the town council would seek a condition preventing use of the flat roof section of the extension for any purpose other than maintenance.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/21/03898 (11 MELFORT DRIVE), subject to parking standards being met, particularly given the location of the property on a junction.
Committee reviewed three applications pertaining to the eastern urban extension but agreed it was extremely difficult to comment on piecemeal applications without sufficient understanding of the bigger picture. A number of comments were made, in particular in relation to application reference CB/17/05971/OUT (land at Northern Chamberlains Barn), but it was hoped that full comment could be deferred until 4 October 2021 when the Planning and Transport Committee would next meet.
RESOLVED to defer comment on applications CB/17/06062 (LAND AT NORTHERN CHAMBERLAINS BARN BETWEEN SHENLEY ROAD AND HEATH ROAD), CB/21/03850/RM (PHASE THREE CLIPSTONE PARK) and CB/17/05971/OUT ( LAND AT NORTHERN CHAMBERLAINS BARN), subject to consent from Central Bedfordshire Council that town council comment could wait until 4 October 2021 and that if this was not the case, the Town Clerk was delegated authority to submit comments based on the discussion which had taken place.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council objection to application reference CB/21/03819 (214 Grasmere Way) on the grounds of inadequate car parking and objection to the proposal to enclose amenity land, which would adversely affect the character and appearance of the street scene.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to the following applications:
1. CB/21/03675 TELEPHONE EXCHANGE,
2. CB/21/03752 10 FYNE DRIVE, LINSLADE
3. CB/20/02885 7 HARCOURT CLOSE
4. CB/21/03764 15 GARDEN LEYS
5. CB/21/02981 11 MILLBANK
6. CB/21/00702 57 PALMER CRESCENT
7. CB/21/03783 35 STOKE ROAD
8. CB/21/03809 79 CAMBERTON ROAD
9. CB/21/03799 116 HEATH ROAD
10. CB/21/03841 ARDEN HOUSE WEST STREET
11. CB/21/03826 9 BLENHEIM ROAD ... view the full minutes text for item 233/P
(a) To receive and consider a Public Notice from Central Bedfordshire Council regarding proposed traffic calming measures on Derwent Road, Linslade (attached).
(b) To consider any other matters relating to highways/transport (if appropriate).
The Committee received a Public Notice from Central Bedfordshire Council regarding proposed traffic calming measures on Derwent Road, Linslade.
RESOLVED to note and welcome the proposed measures on Derwent Road.
The Committee was advised of the current consultation being run by Central Bedfordshire Council on its Bus Service Improvement Plan. The Committee agreed there were inconsistencies in the document but agreed it would like early involvement in the review of local bus services. Individual councillors would be encouraged to submit their own responses in order to meet the deadline of 22 September.
RESOLVED to note the consultation and encourage individual town councillors to submit their own responses via the Central Bedfordshire website.
To receive and consider any items of information received (if applicable).
There were no information items to report.