Agenda and draft minutes

Planning & Transport Committee - Wednesday, 14th July, 2021 7.30 pm

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

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

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206/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 R Goodchild.

207/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 declarations were made and no dispensations were requested

208/P

APPOINTMENT OF VICE CHAIR FOR 2021-22

Minutes:

It was proposed and seconded that Councillor C Palmer be appointed Vice Chair of the Committee for 2021-2022. There were no further nominations.

 

RESOLVED to appoint Councillor C Palmer Vice Chair of the Planning andTransport Committee for the municipal year 2021-2022.

209/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).

 

 

Members of the public are very welcome to attend the meeting but are asked to note that attendance numbers must be limited to mitigate for Covid-19 risks. Please contact us to advise if you wish to attend before 4pm on the day of the meeting. Written representations may also be submitted before 4pm on the day of the meeting.

 

Minutes:

There were no questions from the public.

210/P

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 303 KB

(a)          To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning & Transport Committee meeting held on 23 June 2021 (attached) in accordance with Standing Order 12.

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

Minutes:

The Committee received the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 23 June 2021.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held 23 June 2021 be approved as a correct record and were signed accordingly.

 

Minute reference 204/P: The Committee was advised that Central Bedfordshire Council Highways officers had recommended that pedestrians follow the new shared space path on Chartmoor Road to the toucan crossing over Grovebury Road, while recognising that there was a desire line to use the other side of the road. Concerns were raised about vehicle speeds on Chartmoor Road and the lack of a safe crossing. It was suggested that a zebra crossing on the other side of the roundabout at Grovebury Road would be safer and slow traffic. It was suggested that the highways authority be asked for any information on traffic flow/volumes and what the latest legislation/guidance was in respect of walking routes. Cllr Bowater advised he was happy to follow this up at Central Bedfordshire Council.

 

The Committee was advised that works to install bollards on Soulbury Road were expected to take place over the next two weeks.

 

There had been no response as yet from Central Bedfordshire Council in respect of an Article 4 Direction for the town centre.

 

211/P

PLANNING APPLICATIONS pdf icon PDF 264 KB

To consider Planning Applications received until 7 July 2021 (attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee reviewed applications received up to Thursday, 8 July.

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/21/02714 (50 Dudley Street) but that the Town Council would comment that car parking in this area is extremely limited and problematic, with little on or off street car parking.

 

RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/21/02956 (44 Warneford Way) on the grounds of concerns regarding adequate car parking and the impact on the street scene as seen from Nettleton Way (to the rear of the property).

 

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

 

1.         CB/21/02819                                    2A BEAUDESERT

2.         CB/21/02694                                    16 POPLAR CLOSE

3.         CB/21/02261                                    22 STOKE ROAD, LINSLADE

4.         CB/21/02481                                    43 WYNGATES, LINSLADE

5.         CB/21/02867                                    16 GOLDEN RIDDY

6.         CB/21/02843                                    18 LINWOOD GROVE

7.         CB/21/02701                                    59 STEPPINGSTONE PLACE

8.         CB/21/02864                                    1 HERCULES CLOSE

9.         CB/21/02486                                    STONHILL, 52 BILLINGTON ROAD

10.       CB/21/02905                                    18 COLUMBA DRIVE

11.       CB/21/02939                                    UNIT 1, CHASSIS INDUSTRIAL EST

                                                                        GROVEBURY ROAD

12.       CB/21/02999                                    39 TAYLORS RIDE

13.       CB/21/02485                                    10 HIGH STREET

14.       CB/21/03024                                    231 VANDYKE ROAD

15.       CB/21/02664                                    88 RUSSELL WAY

 

NMA

1.         CB/21/03069/NMA                           NEAP PLAY AREA ON SITE  15C

                                                                        PRATTS QUARRY BILLINGTON

                                                                        ROAD

LB

1.       CB/21/02695/LB &

          CB/21/02693/ADV                            27 THE HIGH STREET

2.         CB/21/02489/LB                              10 HIGH STREET

 

VOC

1.         CB/21/02720/VOC                           OAK BANK SCHOOL

2.         CB/21/02605/VOC                           LAND OFF CHECKLEY WOOD

3.         CB/21/02889/VOC                           17 WING ROAD, LINSLADE

 

WORKS TO TREES

1.         CB/TCA/21/00287                           51 GROVE ROAD

2.         CB/TRE/21/00307                           THE SQUIRRELS, HEATH PK                                                                             ROAD

3.         CB/TRE/21/00288                           2 THE MARTINS DRIVE, LINSLADE

4.         CB/TRE/21/00314                           114 & 116 HEATH ROAD

5.         CB/TRE/21/00320                           31 ORCHARD DRIVE, LINSLADE

 

212/P

TRANSPORT MATTERS

(a)      To consider the below motion proposed by Councillor C Palmer and seconded by Councillor G Perham:

 

To request Central Bedfordshire, in view of the concerns of parents and residents alike because of

1 the large number of cars parking as part of the school run in the vicinity of, and at some distance in side roads from Southcott and Greenleas (Derwent Road) Lower Schools

2 the parking of many cars inappropriately and blocking pavements/service strips at the side of the road, and

3 the difficulties faced by parents and children often having to walk around cars and in the road

To undertake a detailed study of the safety of parents and children walking to and from these schools and propose/undertake any appropriate measures to encourage and improve the safety of the walking experience.

 

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

 

Minutes:

(a)       The Committee received and considered a motion submitted by Councillor Palmer and Perham:  To request Central Bedfordshire, in view of the concerns of parents and residents alike because of -

 

1. the large number of cars parking as part of the school run in the vicinity of and (at some distance) in side roads from Southcott and Greenleas (Derwent Road) Lower Schools

2. the parking of many cars inappropriately and blocking pavements/service strips at the side of the road, and

3. the difficulties faced by parents and children often having to walk around cars and in the road.

 

To undertake a detailed study of the safety of parents and children walking to and from these schools and propose/undertake any appropriate measures to encourage and improve the safety of the walking experience.

 

It was noted that the “service strips” on Bideford Green were significantly narrower than a footpath and this caused difficulties for pedestrians, particularly when pushing prams or pushchairs and also particularly when cars parked across the entire width of the service strip. Unlike in the past when most children walked to their closest catchment area school, more children were now driven to school than walked.  This meant that inconsiderate and dangerous car parking was an ever-increasing issue in the local area. Road markings were largely ignored and not enforced.

 

It was suggested that school travel plans be reviewed to encourage more innovative and incentivised schemes to persuade families to walk to school and also that parent views would be needed by way of consultation if the hope was to change driver behaviour.

 

RESOLVED: To request Central Bedfordshire, in view of the concerns of parents and residents alike because of

 

1) the large number of cars parking as part of the school run in the vicinity of, and at some distance in side roads from Southcott and Greenleas (Derwent Road) Lower Schools

2) the parking of many cars inappropriately and blocking pavements/service strips at the side of the road, and

3) the difficulties faced by parents and children often having to walk around cars and in the road

 

to undertake a detailed study of the safety of parents and children walking to and from these schools, to encourage the support and review of school travel plans and to propose/undertake any appropriate measures, after consultation, to encourage and improve the safety of the walking experience.

 

(b)       The Committee was advised of correspondence received from a resident raising concerns about traffic flow in and out of the retail park at Grovebury Road, particularly when vehicles were trying to turn right on exit. Councillor Owen advised he had also had correspondence with residents on the same subject and that possible measures had been suggested by some people.

It was felt that drivers becoming impatient with waiting to exit the retail park could be more likely to take risks which would be dangerous. It was noted that encouraging walking and cycling to the park was a focus for the local authority and also  ...  view the full minutes text for item 212/P

213/P

INFORMATION ITEMS pdf icon PDF 37 KB

 

(a)      To note the current pre-reserved matters applications consultation which was run by Taylor Wimpey and Barratt David Wilson Homes for 270 new homes on the Stearn Land (www.stearnland.co.uk ).

 

(b)      To note correspondence from Central Bedfordshire Council regarding planning appeals at 10 Digby Road and 19 Dudley Street (attached).

 

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received several items of information:

 

(a)       That a pre-reserved matters applications consultation had been run by Taylor Wimpey and Barratt David Wilson Homes for 270 new homes on the Stearn Land (www.stearnland.co.uk ).  The opportunity for formal consultation would follow once the application was submitted.

 

(b)       Correspondence from Central Bedfordshire Council regarding planning appeals at 10 Digby Road and 19 Dudley Street.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.