(a) To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning and Transport Committee meeting held on 15 September 2021 (attached) in accordance with Standing Order 12.
(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 15 September 2021 be approved as a correct record and were signed accordingly.
Minute reference 231/P: The Committee noted there was still no response from the local authority in respect of a possible Article 4 Direction for the town centre.
RESOLVED to request the Town Clerk to write to the Portfolio Holder at Central Bedfordshire Council in respect of a possible Article 4 Direction that would remove permitted development rights that would otherwise allow buildings that provide a place of service to the community to be lost to residential uses without greater control for the town centre.
Minute reference 233/P: further to the presentation received earlier in the day from Central Bedfordshire Council in respect of the development to the east of the town, the Committee gave consideration to the three applications which had been deferred at the previous meeting.
The Committee was reminded of its previous comments from the meeting held on 7 February 2018 in respect of application reference CB/17/05971/OUT (land at northern Chamberlains Barn). The Committee agreed the comments remained valid and that additional comment should be made.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that no objection be made to application reference CB/17/05971/OUT (land at northern Chamberlains Barn) but the Town Council would make the following comments:
(i) That given the time elapsed since the initial discussions on S106 developer contributions, the Town Council would suggest that some proposals might no longer be appropriate (e.g. leisure funding) and that the Town Council would wish to participate in an early meeting with Central Bedfordshire officers regarding the S106 agreement for this site, particularly as its Partnership Project List was currently under review (updated version to be provided as soon as adopted by Council) and given the assurances made by Central Bedfordshire officers that S106 could potentially be spent on other parts of the town outside the immediate development, e.g. the town centre.
(ii) That given the delay in implementing a sustainable travel plan for the Chamberlains Barn and Clipstone Park developments as well as the increased number of houses, vehicular movements could be higher than originally anticipated and the importance of use of S106 funds for sustainable transport measures in line with Leighton-Linslade Green Wheel principles was highlighted.
(iii) That the increased number of houses further highlighted the need to make faster progress with the proposed new schools to accommodate families already living on the development and having to travel to schools elsewhere in the town. The current lack of clarity over school proposals was a matter of serious concern for residents and for the town’s existing schools.
RESOLVED to recommend to Central Bedfordshire Council that objection be made to application reference CB/17/06062 (land at northern Chamberlains Barn, between Shenley Hill Road and Heath Road) on the same grounds as put forward on 7 February 2018, namely that the proposed link road was unnecessary, in contradiction to previous agreements regarding vehicular movements and a wholly unsuitable location for a roundabout on Shenley Hill Road. The Town Council would further comment that the proposal would have a detrimental impact on the character of Shenley Hill Road and that this proposed change would invalidate the original highways impact assessments.
The Committee gave consideration to application reference CB/21/03850/RM and recognised that the site was outside the parish boundary and also that the matters under consideration required detailed technical knowledge. However, it was agreed that a number of comments be submitted.
RESOLVED to note application reference CB/21/03850/RM (Clipstone Park phase 3) and to submit the following comments for consideration by Central Bedfordshire Council:
(i) That careful consideration be given to proposed car parking provision and layout
(ii) That proposals be in accordance with the Leighton-Linslade Green Wheel Strategy
(iii) That adequate footpath provision be made for pedestrians throughout the site, particularly on shared space streets
(iv) That consideration be given to the separation of cyclists and pedestrians in accordance with the guidelines in the Government’s Gear Change strategy.