Agenda and draft minutes

Planning & Transport Committee - Wednesday, 11th May, 2022 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, The White House, Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1HD

Contact: Committee Officer  01525 631920 & Email: info@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk

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297/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 Councillors J Silverstone (substituted by Councillor T Morris) and S Owen (substituted by R Goodchild).

 

298/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:

No pecuniary interests were declared and no dispensations were requested.

 

Councillor Palmer declared a personal interest in application reference CB/22/01377/OUT as a member of the LB Society which had submitted comments on the application.

 

Councillor D Bowater declared an interest as a substitute member of the Central Bedfordshire Development Management Committee.

 

 

299/P

QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC (3 minutes per person; maximum 15 minutes)

Minutes:

A member of the public and representative of the Roman Gate Action Group spoke in respect of the discussion on application CB/22/00607 (Land under pylon corridor on site 17a, adjacent Aurora Rise) at the previous meeting and advised the Committee that the consultation had now been extended until 18 May. A question was raised about the potential transfer of amenity land to the town council. The Town Clerk advised this referred to parts of site 17a where development was complete and that the transfers were expected to take place soon, subject to sites being in an acceptable condition and subject to the legal process necessary to transfer the land ownership.

 

300/P

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 310 KB

(a)        To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 20 April 2022 (attached) in accordance with Standing Order 12.

 

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

Minutes:

(a)   The Committee received the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 20 April  2022.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held 20 April 2022 be approved as a correct record and were signed accordingly.

 

(b)   There were no updates from the previous meeting.

 

301/P

PLANNING APPLICATIONS pdf icon PDF 8 KB

(a)       To consider Planning Applications received (attached). An updated list will be issued on Friday 6 May 2022 (if applicable).

 

(b)       To receive and note an update report detailing the outcomes of planning applications to which the Town Council has recommended objection (to follow).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(a)                 The Committee considered planning applications received up until 5 May 2022.

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to the following applications, subject to CBC being satisfied that parking standards were met:

 

            CB/22/01289                        34 WESTON AVENUE

            CB/22/01590                        7 BISHOP CLOSE

            CB/22/01267                        66 RUSSELL WAY

 

In respect of application CB/22/01267 (66 Russell Way) the town council would request consideration of a condition limiting use of the proposed gym to personal use only.

 

The Committee discussed application reference CB/22/01483 (2 North Street) and expressed concerns regarding whether space standards were being adhered to, the potential for adverse impact on surrounding pre-existing businesses, lack of car parking for two 2-bedroom dwellings (whilst recognising the town centre location) and lack of a listed building application when it was understood the building was grade 2 listed. 

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/22/01483 (2 North Street)on the following grounds:

 

-       The habitable accommodation fails to meet current space standards

-       Despite it being a town centre location, the lack of off-street parking provision will do nothing to address what is already a chronic situation

 

By way of an informative, Public Protection – Central Bedfordshire Council should be satisfied that the introduction of residential uses in this particular location will not compromise already established business uses to their detriment.

           

The Committee discussed application reference CB/22/01377/OUT (Pledge Office Chairs, Mill Road) and acknowledged that the application was an improvement over the previous one due to the lower housing density, reduced impact on the green belt and the anticipated biodiversity net gain.  The Committee also recognised the poor current state of the site and the need for the company to move to more suitable premises. However, concerns remained regarding the proposed access which could not be significantly improved due to being surrounded by existing houses, the potential for issues regarding drainage and flooding, the potential impact of water from the proposed attenuation lake flooding into the river Ouzel further upstream, the potential impact on the surrounding road network which was already problematic and the potentially overbearing nature of the proposed 2-3 storey buildings on the riverside walk and Ouzel Valley Park.  The land had not been identified for development in the newly adopted Local Plan.

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/22/01377/OUT (Pledge Office Chairs, Mill Road) on the following grounds:

 

-       That the land is not identified for housing development in the Local Plan.

-       Concerns regarding flood risk and surface water drainage (and the impact of water from the proposed attenuation lake entering the river course further upstream).

-       Narrow vehicular access to the site with no prospect of significantly widening it, leading to concerns for safety as well as access/egress.

-       Concerns regarding the impact of significantly increased vehicle movements, especially at peak times, in an area with widespread traffic issues including limited traffic flow due to on street parking, lack of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 301/P

302/P

TRANSPORT MATTERS

(a)       By invitation, Adrian Hardy (Public Transport Manager, Passenger Transport Service) of Central Bedfordshire Council will attend the meeting to discuss bus user liaison.

 

(b)       A505 bypass safety review: further to the Council resolution of 4 April 2022, to note that correspondence was sent to Cllr I Dalgarno of Central Bedfordshire Council on 14 April 2022 and to receive any update (if applicable).

 

(c)        High Street: further to the Council resolution of 4 April 2022, to note that correspondence was sent to Cllr I Dalgarno of Central Bedfordshire Council on 29 April 2022 and to receive any update (if applicable).

 

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

Minutes:

a)            By invitation, Adrian Hardy, Public Transport Manager at Central Bedfordshire Council attended the meeting. The committee was advised that all local authorities had been required to submit a Bus Service Improvement Plan to the Department of Transport in Autumn 2021 and that Central Bedfordshire Council had been notified of an indicative award of £3.7m funding. £2.2m of this was for capital projects and £1.5m for revenue projects. Initiatives were expected to include investment into passenger waiting and information facilities such as bus shelters and provision of real time bus information, as well as possible traffic signal enhancements to give buses priority. It was hoped that service enhancements would include the extension of some routes for longer hours, i.e. into the evening and that a system for cheaper and simpler fares across the area could be developed. This might include a multi-service ticket with zoned areas as well as daily, weekly or monthly tickets. 

 

Central Bedfordshire Council had now put forward more detailed proposals to the Department of Transport and awaited confirmation that the proposed schemes could go ahead.

 

The committee was advised that the local authority was working with one of the developers of the Leighton Buzzard eastern urban extension to review public transport across the whole town. It was intended that S106 developer contributions be used to make changes to services to include the new developments and to support services at this early stage until there were sufficient numbers of residents to make services commercially sustainable. The emphasis would be on getting the services right before considering investment into vehicles. 

 

Further to the discussion at Council on 4 April 2022, Mr Hardy was asked about bus user/public transport user groups. There were some groups in existence for specific areas and these were independent. However, there was an aspiration to create a pan-Bedfordshire passenger advisory group so there was potential for local groups to feed into this.  The larger group would be run in conjunction with Luton and Bedford Borough councils and would help raise awareness of any issues as well as getting feedback from bus users on the Bus Service Improvement Plan.

 

Mr Hardy also advised that an enhanced partnership was being set up with the three local authorities and the main bus operators, but that there was opportunity for other stakeholders to feed in views. A bus user group could be considered a stakeholder along with organisations such as health authorities and colleges.

 

The committee was advised that anyone could set up a bus user group, which should be an independent voice although Central Bedfordshire Council was happy to help or support where possible. It was felt that the group would need to feel heard and that it was making a difference to encourage people to participate. The question was asked as to why the bus companies themselves were not seeking user feedback more pro-actively given that they had responsibility for commercial bus routes (not the local authority).

 

Mr Hardy was thanked for attending the meeting and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 302/P

303/P

STREET NAMING pdf icon PDF 215 KB

(a)       Further to the discussion on street names for Chamberlains Barn phase 3 (land north of Vandyke Road) on 30 March, to compile a list of 10-15 street names for submission.

 

(b)       To consider submitting a list of 15-20 street names for use on Clipstone Park phase 3 (see plan attached), noting that scientists’ names are proposed to be used for the street names which fall outside the parish of Leighton-Linslade.

Minutes:

a)            The Committee noted information from Central Bedfordshire Building Control in support of a theme of the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway for street naming on Chamberlains Barn phase 3 (land north of Vandyke Road).

 

RESOLVED to submit the following prefixes to Central Bedfordshire Council and for CBC or the developer to append the appropriate suffixes: Feanor, Trotter, Clayton, Baldwin, Gault, Silversand, Keef, Harris, Arnold, Garside.

 

b)            The Committee received a request from Central Bedfordshire Building Control in respect of street naming on Clipstone Park phase 3. It was noted that scientist names would be used on the part of the site currently outside the parish boundary. The Committee agreed the remaining scientist names could be used with the suggested addition of Somerville.

 

RESOLVED to support the use of the following prefixes and for CBC or the developer to append the appropriate suffixes: Bessemer, Chadwick, Cockcroft, Davy, Edison, Faraday, Fleming, Franklin, Gardner, Henry, Hilbert, Hornby, Hubble, Kelper, Kinsey, Lawrence, Lovelace, Maxwell, Mendel, Pascal, Pasteur, Priestley, Showmaker, Somerville, Teller, Wheeler, Wilkins and Wright.

 

304/P

INFORMATION ITEMS pdf icon PDF 167 KB

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

Minutes:

The Committee received correspondence from Central Bedfordshire Council dated 14 April 2022 in respect of an appeal on land at Town Bridge Mill, Leighton Road, Linslade.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.