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MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON TUESDAY 25th NOVEMBER, 2002 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. S Riesebeck and S Thain.
In Attendance: Cllrs S Savage and T Shrimpton, the Town Clerk and the Planning Committee Clerk.
Absent: Cllrs A Josselyn, Mrs E Downes and K Smith.
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.
121. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
An apology for absence was received from Cllr Mrs. V Foster.
122. MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 13TH NOVEMBER 2002

Members received and considered the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 13th November 2002.

Minute 116 - Maldon District Building Conservation Programme 2001-2004
Feedback Forum Representative

The Chairman informed members that the request for 'High Street works' to be included on the next Planning Committee meeting should be under minute 118 - Highway Matters not minute 116.

RESOLVED: that (a) the last sentence of minute 116, "The Chairman requested that an item on High Street works be included on the agenda for the next Planning Committee meeting" be included in minute 118 and deleted from minute 116;
(b) in all other respects the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 13th November 2002 be confirmed and signed as a true record.
123. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Cllr Bannister felt that it would be beneficial to the Planning Committee to have copies of any letters of objection forwarded to the District Council regarding planning applications. Members noted that due to the time scale of planning applications the Maldon District Council may not have received letters of objection prior to the applications being considered by the Town Council Planning Committee and it was

RECOMMENDED: that a letter be forwarded to the Maldon District Council requesting copies of letters of objection relating to planning applications.
Members received and considered planning applications for weeks ended:
a. 15th November, 2002
   1. FUL/MAL/02/01189 MALDON EAST

Full Application
Proposed 2 storey rear extension.
21 Rydal Drive, Maldon
I Freshwater

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   2. FUL/MAL/02/01202 MALDON EAST

Full Application
Siting of portakabin to provide storage for sports equipment.
The Plume School Playing Field, Mundon Road, Maldon
The Plume School
Cllr Thain declared a non pecuniary interest in the above application and took no part in the discussion.

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   3. ADV/MAL/02/01198 MALDON NORTH WEST

Advertisment Application
Erection of internally illuminated fascia signage to front elevation - retrospective application.
1 Mill Lane, Maldon
Robert E Lee

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   4. LBC/MAL/02/01201 MALDON NORTH WEST

Listed Building Consent
Refurbishment of dwelling including new plumbing and wiring, replacement of floor on ground floor, replacement fireplace, removal of studwork partition and relocate doorway in living room, remove chimney on south elevation, insert new windows and doorway on southern elevation, alteration to internal staircase, new replacement rooflights.
Seven Chimneys, 25 London Road, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. Pohl

RESOLVED: that the Town Council support this application.
   5. FUL/MAL/02/01178 MALDON SOUTH

Full Application
Single storey front and rear extension to existing house.
6 Volwycke Avenue, Maldon
A Connolly Esq
Cllr Prior declared a non pecuniary interest in this application and took no part in the discussion.

In the Chair Cllr Mrs. Curtis

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

In the Chair Cllr W Prior
   6. TCA/MAL/02/01174 MALDON NORTH WEST

Removal of Cherry tree.
21 Gate Street
Maldon
Mr. R G Walker

Tree Warden Report
Recommended: no objection

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   7. TCA/MAL/02/01173 MALDON NORTH WEST

Fell and remove Ash tree. Prune Apple tree, Plum tree and Maple tree to maintain form and height. Pollard Lime tree.
31 Beeleigh Road, Maldon Mr. T Shrimpton

Tree Warden Report
Recommended: no objection

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
b. 22nd November, 2002
   8. FUL/MAL/02/01227 MALDON NORTH WEST

Full Application
Conservatory and first floor side extension.
40 Acacia Drive, Maldon
Mrs. M Hurley

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   9. FUL/MAL/02/01221 MALDON SOUTH

Full Application
Proposed conservatory.
29 Tennyson Road, Maldon
Mr. P Watts

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   10. TPO/MAL/02/01225 MALDON SOUTH

Works to Trees
Reduce height of Chestnut tree by approximately 3m (10 feet).
106 Fambridge Road, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. D Whitehead

Cllrs W Prior and Mrs. Mary Curtis declared a non pecuniary interest in the above application and took no part in the discussion.
Tree Warden Report
This is a very attractive tree approximately 90' high. Any work undertaken to be closely supervised. It is noted that it is only to be reduced by 10' therefore it is possible to retain the overall shape of the tree with this in mind.
Recommended: no objection

COMMENT: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
124. LIST OF PLANNING DECISIONS

Members received the list of Delegated Planning Decisions.

The Chairman made reference to the fact that the Maldon District Council are now contacting the Town Council for clarification regarding the comments of the Planning Committee on planning applications.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
125. HIGH STREET WORKS - MALDON

Further to minute 116.c. of the Planning Committee meeting held on 13th November 2002, reference was made to the fact that members had expressed concern regarding various High Street works and the following comments were made:

Ψ Paving slabs broken and uneven in the location of Butt Lane/High Street.
Ψ Where the pavements have been widened the rainwater runs down the gullies in the centre of the pavement.
Ψ The public are still crossing the road in the location of the removed pedestrian crossing and cars are still allowing people to cross which indicates this is a natural crossing place.
Ψ Different colour and quality slabs have been used on the various re-paving schemes.
Ψ Holes left in the paving at the base of railings in the location of Market Hill/High Street and the railings still need to be painted black.
Ψ In the location of the Swan Public House rainwater runs down the road and then sweeps across the road which could be a problem if it freezes, suggest that the road camber be looked at.
Ψ In the vicinity of Light and Shade there are two grids in the footpath taking the water from the gutters and one needs securing.
Ψ Street light outside Peppermint clothes shop is not working - the Town Clerk to report this.

RECOMMENDED: that letters be forwarded to the Maldon District Council and Essex County Council, Transportation and Operation Services regarding the above comments.
126. WORKING PARTY - HIGHWAY CONSULTATIONS

Further to minute 90 of the Council meeting held on 11th November 2002, members received a report on the Working Party meeting held prior to the Planning Committee meeting, attended by Cllrs Mrs. M Curtis, Mrs. R Reisebeck and W Prior, the Town Clerk and Planning Committee Clerk. The Working Party had prioritised the list of highway works which had been considered by the Town Council over the past two years, copy attached as appendix A. Reference was made to the fact that the Town Council could include money in estimates for the provision of some of these items; the installation of which could make a difference to the town. Cllr Bannister felt the Town Council should not pay for items that are the responsibility of the Essex County Council. Reference was made to the fact that money had been provisionally included in the 2002/3 Draft Estimates for the installation of a pedestrian crossing but this had subsequently been deleted.

As the Town Council had the power to install signs the 'give way to buses' sign could be considered. Cllr Thain suggested that the pavement could be widened outside the Chinese Restaurant at the High Street/Mill Road junction to create a narrowing of the road. Cllr Savage felt that the whole of Downs Road required resurfacing and that this should be added to the list but other members felt that this deterred motorists from speeding. Cllr Shrimpton informed members that there was a bump in Beeleigh Road forming a chicane and he was not sure why it was there; it was suggested that this be checked with the Essex County Council, Transportation and Operation Services.

RECOMMENDED: that (a) the Highways consultation list (Appendix A) be submitted to the Finance and General Purposes Committee for consideration in conjunction with the Estimates;
(b) a letter be forwarded to Essex County Council, Transportation and Operation Services enquiring as to the situation of the bump at the top of Beeleigh Road.
127. EAST OF ENGLAND-YOUR REGION-YOUR CHOICE-YOUR FUTURE

CONSULTATION ON OPTIONS LEADING TO REGIONAL PLANNING GUIDANCE (RPG14) FOR THE EAST OF ENGLAND

Members received the above document prepared by the East of England Local Government Conference and considered appointing members to look at the document.

Members noted that an online questionnaire was available to complete individually. Members proposed that the Chairman read the document and complete the form.

RECOMMENDED: that the Chairman read the document and complete the form on behalf of the Town Council.
128. DOWNS ROAD, CHELMER TERRACE - MALDON

PROPOSED NO WAITING AT ANY TIME

Members received and considered the above proposal regarding Downs Road and Chelmer Terrace from the Transportation and Operation Services, Essex County Council.

Discussion ensued during which members expressed the view that the Town Council should write to residents for their comments regarding the above proposal. Cllr Savage informed members that he was not aware of any parking problems in Downs Road/Chelmer Terrace and questioned where residents would park their cars.

RECOMMENDED: that letters be forwarded to: (a) residents of 2 to 22a Victoria Road, Downs Road, Chelmer Terrace and 47 and 49 North Street requesting their comments on the proposed no waiting at any time in Downs Road and Chelmer Terrace;
(b) Essex County Council, Transportation and Operation Services requesting further clarification regarding the proposals.
FOR INFORMATION
129. COPY OF REPORTS OF CHIEF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES OFFICER, MALDON DISTRICT COUNCIL

Members received and considered the following reports which had been submitted to the Maldon District Council, Planning and Licensing Committee meeting held on 14th November, 2002.
  a. Maldon Town Centre Improvement Scheme
It was reported that the surface of the pavement in Silver Street is very slippery when there are leaves on the pavement and many elderly people prefer to walk in the road.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
  b. Strategic Planning issues with Implications for Maldon District
It was felt that if air traffic increases in the Stanstead area there could be a change in flight paths which raised concerns regarding the dumping of fuel.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
  c. Harbour Authorities within the Maldon District

Reference was made to 3.4 of the report and some members were concerned that if harbour dues were charged on all vessels of 20ft and above this could affect a substantial amount of vessels with Council moorings in the upper reaches of the River Blackwater. It was also felt that as boat owners, the Riverside Association and other organisations are constantly asking for additional dredging etc it was not unreasonable that river users should be expected to pay for this service. The Town Clerk reported that a number of new Commissioners had been appointed.

RECOMMENDED: that a representative of the Maldon Harbour Commissioners be invited to attend a future Planning Committee meeting to report on their business plan and they be requested to forward a list of the present Harbour Commissioners.
130. JOINT ROYAL MAIL-ENGLISH HERITAGE GUIDANCE: LETTER BOXES

Members received information regarding an agreement concluded between Royal Mail and English Heritage to safeguard the national stock of Royal Mail letter boxes.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
131. MALDON VICTORIAN EVENINGS, DECEMBER 5TH AND 12TH 2002

Notification had been received that a temporary road closure for the highway incorporating Maldon High Street from West Square (near Maldon Police station) to Victoria Road, had been approved for the period from 6pm until 9.45pm on the two Victorian Evenings.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
132. THE MAD MALDON MUD RACE

Members received information from the Maldon Mud Race Committee regarding the 2002 Maldon Mud Race to be held on Sunday 29th December 2002 at the Promenade Park, Maldon at 1.30pm.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
133. TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990

APPEAL BY: Bovis Homes Ltd
SITE ADDRESS: Elms farm, Land South of Holloway Road, Heybridge, Maldon
APPLICATION REFERENCE NO: FUL/MAL/02/00791
APPEAL REF NO: APP/X1545/A/02/1101159
DESCRIPTION OF DEVELOPMENT:
Development of land for residential and open space use together with extension of Maldon by-pass, site access and site contouring without complying with condition 2 and 5 of OUT/MAL/92/0703. Permission is sought to extend the period for submission of landscaping details of Phase 5 to 10 years from the date of the outling.

Notification had been received that an appeal had been made to the Secretary of state for the Environment, Transport and the regions in respect of the Maldon District Councils:

v Non determination of the planning application

Representations have to be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 10th December 2002

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
134. TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990

THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (TREES) REGULATIONS 1999

TREE PRESERVATION ORDER NO. 6/02
106, Fambridge Road, Maldon
THE DISTRICT COUNCIL OF MALDON
Members received a copy of the above Tree Preservation Order which was made by the Council of 7 November 2002.

Since Section 201 of the Act of 1990 is applicable, the Order became provisionally effective on the date it was made and remains so until confirmed or otherwise within the period of six months from that date.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
   Cllr W Prior

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.40 p.m.

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



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