Agenda and minutes

Planning & Transport Committee - Wednesday, 4th August, 2021 7.30 pm

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

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Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors R Goodchild (substituted by Cllr A Gray) and J Silverstone (substituted by Cllr T Morris).



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No declarations were made 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(f) and 3(g).


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There were no questions from the public



(a)        To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 14 July 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 4 August  2021.


Minute reference 210/P: further information had been received from Central Bedfordshire Council in respect of pedestrian crossings on Grovebury Road. Options were under consideration but it was understood that there was an aspiration to signalise the junction with Chartmoor Road and install crossings on all three arms.


Minute reference 210/P: there was no update from the local authority as yet in respect of a possible Article 4 Direction for the town centre.


Minute reference 212/P (b): a response was awaited regarding the proposal to implement a no right turn on exit from the Grovebury Road Retail Park.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held 4 August 2021 be approved as a correct record and were signed accordingly.




To consider Planning Applications received (attached). An updated list will be issued on Friday 30 July 2021 (if applicable).

Additional documents:


The Committee reviewed applications received up to Thursday, 30 July.


RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/21/02888 (15 Wing Road) but the Town Council would express concerns regarding lack of car parking and potential overlooking of the neighbouring property on Wing Road.


RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/21/03336 (18 Condor Drive) on the following grounds:

(i)         That whilst the plans indicated other uses, there was potential for the property to become a 5-bedroomed rather than 3-bedroomed property and the Town Council would therefore have concerns regarding lack of adequate car parking in an area with existing parking issues.

(ii)        Possible loss of privacy to the neighbouring property (no 20).


RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to the following applications:


1.         CB/21/02899                                    17 STEPPINGSTONE PLACE

2.         CB/21/03076                                    21 HEATH ROAD

3.         CB/21/03118                                    TELEPHONE EXCHANGE,

                                                                        DUNCOMBE DRIVE

4.         CB/21/03146                                     2 DOVE TREE ROAD

5.         CB/21/03150                                    38 WINDSOR AVENUE

6.        CB/21/03219                                    25 GEMINI CLOSE

7.        CB/21/02775                                    18 BROOMHILLS ROAD

8.        CB/21/03175                                    20 HOCKLIFFE ROAD

9.        CB/21/03236                                    61 WILLOW BANK WALK

10.      CB/21/03225                                    13 WING ROAD, LINSLADE

11.      CB/21/03228                                    37 GRANGE CLOSE, LINSLADE

12.      CB/21/03087                                    25 THE MARTINS DRIVE LINSLADE

13.      CB/21/03277                                    8 GREENHILL

14.      CB/21/03308                                    1 THE MALTINGS

15.      CB/21/02894                                    27 MARKET SQUARE




1.         CB/TRE/21/00357                          MORNINGSIDE 233 HEATH ROAD

2.         CB/TCA/21/00359                          51 GROVE ROAD

3.         CB/TRE/21/00369                          HOME FARM HOUSE,

                                                                 MENTMORE ROAD  

4.         CB/TRE/21/00304                          19 MARTINS DRIVE


The Committee discussed at length the reserved matters application for part of the Stearn Land site (CB/21/03159/RM). Whilst recognising that the application site was not within the parish of Leighton-Linslade, the Committee wished to submit comment on the application for consideration by the planning authority.


RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council objection to planning application reference CB/21/03159/RM (LAND AT STEARN SPORTS PITCHES, CEMETERY AND ALLOTMENTS, CLIPSTONE LANE), on the following grounds:


a)         That the application was deemed “insufficient”, in particular by not including the sports changing rooms and facilities which would be fundamental to the use of the proposed pitches, or the access route to the car park/changing rooms. The community building to include changing rooms (whilst not part of this application) should be made completed and made available before the pitches become operational.

b)        That the requirement for a rugby pitch was questionable and that this would result in maintenance issues given that the grass would need to be of a different height than for the football pitches

c)         That some of the trees proposed to be included in the planting between the pitches and the allotment land would grow to be disproportionately tall and that given their location, they would significantly overshadow the allotment land

d)        That vehicular access to the cemetery site through a residential area was deemed inappropriate

e)         That shared car parking for the cemetery and allotment sites was considered inappropriate

f)          That the proposed location of the pitches and car  ...  view the full minutes text for item 218/P



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



The Committee received a Public Notice dated 20 July 2021 from Central Bedfordshire Council in respect of extending residents’ car parking on Old Road, Linslade. It was suggested that priority could be given to the terraced properties without any off-street parking provision and that perhaps the flats (numbers approx. 32-72) be excluded from this extension, as they already had separate parking arrangements to the rear and front of the blocks.


The Committee requested that following the end of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the status of the proposed signalised crossing trial at the junction of West Street/Bridge Street be ascertained.



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

Additional documents:


The Committee received correspondence from Clarke Telecom dated 20 July 2021 in respect of the proposed upgrade of a radio base station on Harmill Industrial Estate, to provide 5G coverage. The Committee agreed it had no objections to the proposal. 


RESOLVED to note the information.