Agenda and minutes

Planning & Transport Committee - Wednesday, 23rd June, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: Pages Park Pavilion, Pages Park, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard

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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 K Cursons, D Scott, S Owen and G Perham (substituted by Councillor C Palmer).



(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 advised he would not speak or vote on application reference CB/21/02650 in case this was brought to Central Bedfordshire’s Development Management Committee and he was required to participate in that meeting.


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(f) and 3(g).



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Two members of the public spoke in objection to planning application reference CB/21/02650 (Old Linslade Manor). In addition, correspondence received from several residents objecting to the same application had been circulated to Committee members in advance of the meeting.


Members of the public raised objections on the grounds that the application was  significantly different than the original application for a change of use of a barn, with a larger and taller dwelling proposed. The height of the building meant it would be very visible in the Green Belt landscape and would overlook neighbouring properties. Concerns were also raised about the proposed access route – an existing single dirt track which ran along unfenced gardens and included blind spots. The access track would not be adequate for construction traffic or the increase in traffic the proposed new dwelling would bring. Residents questioned why the applicant had not sought to construct a new access route across its own land.



(a)  To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 21 April 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 21 April 2021.


Minute reference 196/P and 197/P – it was confirmed that both matters had been raised with Central Bedfordshire Council.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held 21 April 2021 be approved as a correct record and were signed accordingly.



(a)  To formally note the comments submitted to the planning authority on behalf of the Committee on 12 May 2021 and 2 June 2021 (attached).


(b)  To consider Planning Applications received until 17 June 2021 (attached).



Additional documents:


The Committee received a summary of the decisions made on applications received during the period in which the Committee had not been able to meet, in accordance with the Council’s delegated decision making process. This included comments in applications received until 7 May 2021 and until 28 May 2021, plus the decision to request the Town Clerk write to Central Bedfordshire Council seeking its position in respects of the potential introduction of an Article 4 Direction that would remove permitted development rights that would otherwise allow buildings that provide a place of service to our community to be lost to residential uses without greater control in place.


RESOLVED to formally note the comments made to the Planning Authority since the previous meeting on 21 April 2021 and the decision in respect of an Article 4 Direction.


The Committee reviewed applications received up until  17 June 2021.


The Committee discussed the objections received in respect of application reference CB/21/02650 (Old Linslade Manor). It was noted that this proposed development on Green Belt land was contrary to policy SP4 and that no exceptional circumstances had been demonstrated to justify this. The size and nature of the proposed dwelling was agreed to be out of keeping with the character of the surrounding area and it was further agreed that access was a concern, particularly for construction traffic and emergency vehicles. It was proposed and agreed to recommend objection to the application (5 in favour, 1 abstention).


RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/21/02650 (Old Linslade Manor) on the following grounds:


The applicant has failed to demonstrate very special circumstances sufficient to override established Green Belt policy. The proposal by virtue of its siting and height (some 38% taller) would have a greater impact upon the openness of the Green Belt when compared to the ancillary agricultural building the subject of the planning application. The proposal by virtue of the inclusion of bulky dormer windows to both the front and rear elevations is not representative of a traditional ancillary agricultural building and would do little to positively contribute to the rural setting of this part of the South West Bedfordshire Green Belt.


The Town Council maintains its highway concerns on the grounds that the narrow restrictive vehicular access would in its opinion compromise the ability for emergency and service vehicles to access the site safely to the potential detriment of other highway users and thereafter, for vehicles to access the site by virtue of the narrow carriageway width. 


The remainder of the applications on the non-delegated list were discussed.


RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/21/02189 (40 St Andrews Street) as long as the highways authority was satisfied with proposed parking arrangements given the existing parking issues in that area.


RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/21/02720/VOC (Oakbank School); the Town Council would support the wider community  ...  view the full minutes text for item 203/P




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


The issue of continued poor car parking on Sandhills was raised although it was noted that some recent enforcement had taken place near Greenleas School, Kestrel Way.


The Committee noted that consultation was being undertaken by Central Bedfordshire Council on the introduction of possible measures on Derwent Road.


The Committee was asked to consider installation of some additional wooden bollards to prevent car parking on amenity land on Soulbury Road, further to the original work which had taken place following Committee resolution in January 2019 (Minute Reference 446/P).


RESOLVED to endorse the installation of additional wooden bollards on Soulbury Road with costs to be met from the Highways Schemes earmarked reserve (9056/920).



(a)   To receive and consider correspondence from WHP Telecoms Ltd (attached).


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

Additional documents:


The Committee received correspondence from WHP Telecoms in respect of the possible installation of a 5G mast on land at Southcott Village, Linslade.


RESOLVED to note the correspondence from WHP Telecoms and to ask for clarification on alternative sites considered, proposals for consultation with residents and clarification of what the “Amber rating” referred to in the letter meant.