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MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY 20th JANUARY, 2003 AT 7.30 P.M.
IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, TOWN HALL.
Amendments.

PRESENT: Chairman: Cllr W Prior
Vice Chairman: Cllr Mrs. M Curtis
Councillors: E Bannister, Mrs E Downes, Cllr Mrs. V Foster,
Mrs. S Riesebeck and K Smith.
In Attendance: Cllrs S Savage and T Shrimpton, the Town Clerk,
Planning Committee Clerk and one member of the public.
The Chairman welcomed Cllrs Savage and Shrimpton to the meeting and said that
although they were unable to vote they could take part in discussions.
 151. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs A Josselyn and S Thain.
 152. MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 6TH JANUARY 2003

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 6th January 2003 were confirmed and signed as a true record.
 153. MALDON HARBOUR IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS (MHIC)

Further to minute 129.c of the Planning Committee meeting held on 25th November 2002, the Chairman welcomed Mr. Ron Hall, Clerk to Maldon Harbour Improvement Commissioners (MHIC) to the meeting to report on the Maldon Harbour Improvement Commissioners and the Business Plan. Mr. Hall said that he would be happy to answer member's questions (Appendix A attached) and he made reference to the fact that the Business Plan actually showed a deficit of income.
 154. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Members received and considered planning applications for weeks ended:
a. 10th January, 2003
   1. FUL/MAL/02/01347 MALDON NORTH WEST

Change of use of ground floor to A1 use (retrospective).
153 High Street
Field Starkey Building Co Ltd

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.

2. FUL/MAL/02/01348 MALDON NORTH WEST

Non-compliance with condition 12 (part 1 and 3) of planning permission reference FUL/MAL/02/00185 which relates to the residential development of the site.

Former Dovercourt Motors Site (West Side) Spital Road, Maldon
Countryside Residential Properties (North Thames Ltd)

RESOLVED: that the Town Council object to this application, members felt that points l - lV of condition 12, application no. FUL/MAL/02/00185 should be retained.

3. CON/MAL/03/00029 MALDON NORTH WEST

Demolition of two storey building to rear of Quest House and six single storey workshop buildings.
Quest Motors, 127-129 High Street, Maldon
Quest Motors Group
AREA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application subject to health and safety legislation regarding any possible asbestos on site.

4. FUL/MAL/03/00030 MALDON NORTH WEST

54 no. new residential units comprising 10. no. one bed apartments, 26 no. two bed apartments, 8 no. three bed apartments, 1 no. four bed apartment, 7 no. three bed houses, 2 no. four bed houses, 1 no. new class A1 retail unit. Change of use of existing showroom to A1 retail unit including new shop front to High Street.
Quest Motors, 127-129 High Street, Maldon
Quest Motors Group
AREA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

A letter objecting to the above application and a letter of comment from the Maldon Society were circulated at the meeting.

Discussion ensued regarding this application during which reference was made to the fact that representations had been received from some members of the public for a clock to be retained in the High Street elevation. It was also felt that it would be beneficial if allocated visitors car parking spaces were labelled with a V. Reference was made to the letter from the Maldon Society stating that two of the policies contained in the draft District Plan do not appear to have been addressed.

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application but members expressed concern that the following policies have not been addressed; Policy M/H/10, which states that 30% of every development over 15 houses should be affordable housing; Policy M/SH/6, which states that all new developments in the town centre should provide an extension of public car parking areas adjacent to the development. Members also felt that a clock should be included in the High Street elevation.

5. FUL/MAL/02/01355 MALDON SOUTH

Demolition of existing property and erection of a pair of semi-detached two bedroom houses and a detached three bedroom house with integral garage.
160 Fambridge Road, Maldon
Essex Heritage Properties

RESOLVED: that the Town Council object to this application as members felt the present dwelling is historically important to the area being one of the last examples of the towns rural heritage.

6. FUL/MAL/03/00008 MALDON SOUTH

Single storey front, side and rear extensions and flat roof dormer on rear of dwelling.
23 Midguard Way, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. S Thomas

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application subject to no overlooking of neighbouring properties.

7. FUL/MAL/003/00018 MALDON SOUTH

LBC/MAL/03/00019
Demolish existing conservatory. Build single storey bedroom, shower room and terrace attached to the west side of the existing house.
14 Fambridge Road, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs S Watkins

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.

8. OUT/MAL/03/00023 MALDON SOUTH

Erection of detached bungalow.
Land adjacent 3 Volwycke Avenue, Maldon
C J Wells Esq

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application; members expressed concern regarding the restricted access for building contractors and felt that the proposed bungalow should be of the same size as the existing bungalow with no overlooking windows.

9. FUL/MAL/03/00024 MALDON SOUTH

First floor rear extension.
Plume Cottage, 41 Plume Avenue, Maldon
R Pitt

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
b. 17th January, 2003
   10. FUL/MAL/03/0058 MALDON EAST

Change of use of part of ground floor shop (class A1) premises to place of worship (class D1).
Rear of 140 Wantz Road, Maldon
Maldon Islamic Cultural Association

RESOLVED: that the Town Council object to this application due to the lack of parking and the fact that the proposed use is not suitable for a residential area.

Cllrs Mrs. E Downes and K Smith wished it to be recorded that they had no objection to the above application.

11. FUL/MAL/03/00033 MALDON SOUTH

Part single, part two storey extension to side.
10 Crayford Close, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. Harris

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.

12. ADV/MAL/03/00040 MALDON SOUTH AND MALDON EAST

Proposed 4 no. sponsorship signs.
Mundon Road roundabout, Mundon Road
Maldon District Council
PLANNING AND LICENSING COMMITTEE

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.

13. FUL/MAL/03/00059 MALDON SOUTH

First floor rear dormer extension.
34 Shakespeare Drive, Maldon
J W Wade Esq

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.

14. ECC/MAL/02/00890 MALDON EAST

Essex County Council Application
Proposed lift shaft and first floor covered link way over rear single storey corridor/classrooms. (REVISED APPLICATION)
Lower Plume School, Mill Road, Maldon
Essex County Council

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
Amendments
   15. FUL/MAL/02/01233 MALDON SOUTH

Full Application
Proposed first floor extension to side of building.
2 Meeson Meadows, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson

RESOLVED: that the Town Council noted the amendment to this application.

16. FUL/MAL/02/01136 MALDON NORTH WEST

Full Application
Change of use to takeaway (A3 use)
169 High Street
Mr. Erol Canseg

RESOLVED: that the Town Council noted the amendment to this application.
 155. LIST OF MALDON DISTRICT COUNCIL PLANNING DECISIONS

Members received the list of Planning Decisions.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 156. MALDON DISTRICT DRAFT REPLACEMENT LOCAL PLAN REVISED DEPOSIT

(a) Members received correspondence and a summary leaflet from Clive Tokely, Chief Planning and Development Services Officer, Maldon District Council regarding the Maldon District Draft Replacement Local Plan Revised Deposit.

(b) Members considered holding a special meeting to discuss the Maldon District Draft Replacement Local Plan Revised Deposit and it was felt that this would be beneficial.

RECOMMENDED: that a special meeting be held on 3rd February 2003 at 7.00pm prior to the Planning Committee meeting to discuss the Maldon District Draft Replacement Local Plan Revised Deposit.
 157. WEST SQUARE PROPOSED NEW LAYOUT

Members received and considered a copy of the report of the Chief Planning and Development Services Officer to the District Council Planning and Licensing Committee meeting held on 16th January 2003 regarding the proposed improvement scheme for West Square.

Reference was also made to information received from the Essex County Council and Alfred McAlpine regarding various road closures, stating that London Road will only be closed if necessary but Gate Street will be closed. The Chairman informed members that the works were cosmetic improvements for pedestrians and should have little effect on traffic flow; a mini roundabout may be added at the Fambridge Road/Spital Road junction in 2004.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 158. PEDESTRIAN CROSSING - HIGH STREET, MALDON

Members received and considered a notice from the Essex County Council stating that it was proposed to install a pedestrian crossing at the lower end of the High Street in the vicinity of 146 High Street.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 159. STREET NAMING (PUBLIC HEALTH ACT, 1925, SECTION 17)

SITE OFF SPITAL ROAD, MALDON

Members received and considered notification from the Maldon District Council that the developer proposed to name the new development off Spital Road, Maldon The Courtyard.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 160. BLACKWATER ESTUARY SILTATION STEERING GROUP MEETING

Members received the minutes of the above meeting held on 18th June 2002.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 161. MULTI MODAL TRANSPORT STUDIES

Members received and considered from the Essex County Council, Transportation and Operation Services correspondence and summary documents regarding Lois and Orbit transport studies.

Discussion ensued and it was

RECOMMENDED: that a letter be forwarded to Transportation and Operation Services, Essex County Council indicating that the Town Council felt that the suggestion of a bus lane on the A414 between Maldon and Danbury would not be feasible as the road is too narrow and suggesting that the railway be reinstated.
 162. ROAD TRANSPORT IN ESSEX SURVEY

TOLLHOUSES, MILEMARKERS AND SIGNPOSTS

Members received and considered correspondence from the Conservation Assistant, Maldon District Council regarding the above survey suggesting that a volunteer carry out a rubbing of the surface of the two milestones in Maldon.

Cllr Savage indicated an interest in carrying out this work.

RECOMMENDED: that the Conservation Assistant, Maldon District Council be informed that Cllr Savage will take rubbings of milestone markers in Maldon.
 163. OBJECTIONS TO PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Further to minute 123 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 25th November 2002, members received a response from the Chief Planning and Development Officer, Maldon District Council.

Discussion ensued and members were of the opinion that publicity should be given to the fact that members of the public can forward comments regarding planning applications to the Town Council.

RECOMMENDED: that a press release be issued informing residents that the Town Council are consultees regarding planning applications and comments regarding applications can be forwarded to the Town Council to be considered. Details and dates of future Committee meetings can be found on the Town Council web site www.maldon.info/maldontc
 164. THE ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL (DISABLED PARKING PLACES) (MALDON) (NO 2) ORDER 2002

Members received a copy of a Public Notice from the Essex County Council regarding provision of disabled parking bays within the District.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 165. TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (CONTROL OF ADVERTISEMENTS) REGULATIONS 1992

APPEAL BY TESCO STORES LIMITED

SITE AT TESCO STORE, FULLBRIDGE, MALDON
APPEAL REF: APP/X1545/H/02/1094666
APPEAL REF: APP/X1545/H/02/1094670
The advertisements proposed were petrol filling station canopy and kiosk signs.
APPLICATION NO: ADV/MAL/02/00179
APPLICATION NO: ADV/MAL/02/00180
The advertisements proposed were petrol filling station and gantry signs.

Notification had been received from the Planning Inspectorate that the above appeals had been allowed and consent granted.

Members were reminded that the Town Council had no objection to the above applications subject to conforming with the District Council Policy.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
  . Cllr W Prior

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.15 p.m.

Signed……………………………………………Date…………………………………..



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