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MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON TUESDAY 5th JANUARY, 2004 AT 7.30 P.M.
IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, TOWN HALL.
Amendments.

PRESENT: Chairman: Cllr S Savage
Vice Chairman: Cllr J Swallow
Councillors: Mrs M Curtis, K Jennings, I Mackenzie
T Matthams, Mrs S Riesebeck and K Smith.
In Attendance: District Cllrs Mrs. B Keighley and T Kelly, District and Town Councillor W Prior (arrived at 9.05), the Town Clerk, Planning Committee Clerk, two members of the public and a member of the press. Cllr D Keighley (arrived at 9.20pm).
   The Chairman welcomed District Councillors Mrs. B Keighley and T Kelly, members of the public, press and Mr. K Raffety, Planner for the Planning Bureau and Associates from McCarthy and Stone. The Chairman also welcomed Cllr K Jennings, a new member to the Planning Committee.
 163. REDEVELOPMENT OF BATES MOTORS SITE

Further to minute 153.a.7 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 9th December 2003, Mr. K Rafferty, Planner for the Planning Bureau, McCarthy and Stone and Associates were in attendance at the meeting regarding the following application:

FUL/MAL/03/01222 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Redevelopment of the existing site for the erection of 57 sheltered apartments plus house managers accommodation with associated car parking and landscaping.
36 Spital Road, Maldon
AREA COMMITTEE CENTRAL

Mr. Raffety informed members that he would make a short presentation followed by time for questions.

Ψ McKarthy Stone had been building retirement apartments for 26 years to a standard design based on past success rates, usually for the second retirement age, approximately 75 years old, who require sheltered accommodation close to the shops etc. The Architect looked at the character of the town and recent new developments to finalise an aesthetic design to suit the town.

Ψ The front elevation was proposed to be two and half storey with dormers, decreasing to two storey half way through; the split roof would reduce the impact of the building. Two colour bricks would be used in blocks, set back to give an impression of smaller divisions. The site slopes front to back with a ramp access of 1 in 20 which complies to European standards. Amenity areas would be landscaped with feature planting.

Ψ The fifty seven flats consist of 75% one bedroom, 25% two bedroom, House Managers accommodation and also communal facilities such as residents lounge, guest suite and communal laundry. There would be one primary access with a video link. The flats would be for sale leasehold with a service agreement.

Ψ Nineteen Car Parking spaces would be included and cannot be purchased; survey evidence shows that a 1 in 3 ratio of apartments to parking spaces is adequate provision.

Lengthy discussion ensued regarding what members considered to be lack of provision of parking spaces; it was felt that although the site was near to the town it was not in the town and many elderly people would still want to drive a car whilst in sheltered accommodation. Concern was also expressed that if residents, carers or visitors found it difficult to park this would increase the parking problems in Spital Road.

In response to members concerns Mr. Raffety said that the parking spaces provided were within the Government Planning Policy Guidelines and information gained from past experience and numerous surveys. Cllr Mackenzie enquired if more parking spaces could be included and Mr. Raffety replied that parking spaces can be re-jigged but past experience had proved that this was not necessary. Essex County Councils standards require 1 in 3 car parking spaces for sheltered accommodation but it does depend on the location in relation to shops and services; if the site was out of town more parking spaces would be provided. A statistic from the AA stated that moving into sheltered accommodation was often a trigger to give up the car.

The Chairman adjourned the meeting for questions from the public.

In response to questions from the public Mr. Raffety replied:

Ψ Provision for secure parking for buggies could be provided and had been provided in the past.

Ψ The site was purchased in August 2003 for sheltered accommodation and there was no intention of selling it on for other purposes.

Ψ The Social Housing policy which affects all developments of over 25 dwellings had not yet been discussed with the Maldon District Council,.

Ψ Evidence shows that many residents will be from the local area and already registered with local doctors and those who are from out of the area will pay Council Tax and be entitled to Doctors services. Research regarding the availability at Doctors surgeries was undertaken on the Word Wide Web and not with the PCT.

The Chairman reconvened the meeting.

Members felt that more car parking provision was required, that Maldon already had an adequate number of retirement homes and the site would be better suited for starter homes for young people. Members also felt that if planning consent was granted further consideration should be given to the colour of the roof tiles.

The Chairman thanked the representatives of McKarthy Stone for their presentation and asked members to consider their response to the District Council regarding the planning application.

Discussion ensued and it was

RESOLVED: that the Town Council object to this application due to insufficient car parking and inadequate site access. However, if the Maldon District Council were mindful to grant consent further consideration should be given to the colour of the roof tiles.
 164. APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE

An apology for absence was received from Cllr T. Shrimpton.
 165. MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 9TH DECEMBER, 2003

Minute 156 - River Blackwater
The Chairman enquired if members had received the full report which it was recommended be circulated. It was reported that the report had been circulated.

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 9th December 2003 be confirmed and signed as a true record.
 166. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Members received and considered planning applications for weeks ended:
a. 12th December, 2003
   1. FUL/MAL/03/01025 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Change of use of land and erection of two storey building to provide workshop space for vehicle maintenance and conversions and office accommodation for taxi business with associated parking.
Land adjacent 17 Station Road, Maldon
Mr.B Marshall

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

2. FUL/MAL/03/01252 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Two storey rear extension.
52 Victoria Road, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. A Devenish

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
b. 18th December, 2003
   3. FUL/MAL/03/01277 MALDON SOUTH

Full Application
Erection of conservatory for domestic use.
41 Mayflower Drive, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. Condron

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

4. FUL/MAL/03/01276 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Erection of conservatory for domestic use.
24 Essex Road, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. Collings

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

5. TCA/MAL/03/01272 MALDON NORTH

Works to Trees
Fell and remove four sycamore trees against the boundary wall.
144 High Street, Maldon
Mr. Bennett

Tree Warden Report
Reasons stated on application confirmed the proposal i.e. wall, therefore:
Recommended: no objection

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

6. FUL/MAL/03/01279 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Erection of close boarded fence to provide privacy screen between no's 78 and 80
78 Fambridge Road.
Mr. B J Hedgecock

Cllr K Jennings declared a personal interest in the above application.

Discussion ensued regarding the height of the proposed fence and it was felt that it would result in loss of light into the neighbours entrance and hallway which could cause the owner to feel vulnerable and in this respect reference was made to Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

RESOLVED: that the Town Council objects to this application under Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 as there will be loss of light to the neighbouring property and main entrance.

7. FUL/MAL/03/01281 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Change of use of retail unit to mixed use of Chinese medical clinic and retail.
3 High Street, Maldon
John Thistlewaite

The Chairman declared a personal interest in the above application.

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

8. FUL/MAL/03/01282 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Erection of warehouse extension.
Futura House, Station Road, Maldon
Sean Ryder

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
c. Amendments/Revised Plans
   9. FUL/MAL/03/01131 MALDON SOUTH

Full Application
Two storey side extension and front single storey extension.
36 Poulton Close, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas

Revised plan - The amendment included a revised design of two storey side extension, deletion of the single storey front extension previously proposed plus a replacement conservatory at the rear (not previously proposed). Members recalled that the Town Council had no objection to this application (minute 124.b.4 referred).

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

10. FUL/MAL/03/00911 MALDON WEST

Full Application
1st Floor side extension
14 Belvedere Place, Maldon
Mr & Mrs Ponting

Revised plan - The amendment included a reduction in height of extension and first floor set back of 300mm. Members recalled that the Town Council had no objection to this application (minute 85.b.6 referred).

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

11. FUL/MAL/03/00990 MALDON EAST

LBC/MAL/03/00991
Full Application
Single storey side extension and rear conservatory and store.
72A Wantz Road, Maldon
Mr. B Gornall

Revised plan - The amendment included revisions to the form of the extension in the light of concerns expressed by officers regarding the incorporation of a 3.8m high brick wall hard on the boundary with the adjacent property, no. 70 Wantz Road. Members recalled that the Town Council had no objection to this application (minute 94.a.5 referred).

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

Members received the list of Maldon District Council Planning Decisions.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 168. MALDON DISTRICT REPLACEMENT LOCAL PLAN PUBLIC LOCAL INQUIRY

Further to minute 140 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 24th November 2003, members received the Maldon District Council response to an objection to the Draft Replacement Local Plan - Inquiry Document Reference: MDC/POL/T Objectives.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 169. MARKET HILL/FULLBRIDGE, MALDON
PROPOSED EXTENSION TO EXISTING 3.54 T WEIGHT RESTRICTION

Members received and considered correspondence from Highways, Essex County Council regarding the above proposed extension to existing weight restriction.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted and the Town Council have no objection to the proposal to extend the 3.5 tonne weight restriction along Fullbridge to its junction with the Station Road roundabout.
 170. PROPOSED LIMITED WAITING RESTRICTION

(a) Spital Road, Maldon
Members received and considered correspondence from Highways, Essex County Council regarding the introduction of a proposed limited waiting restriction in the lay-by at Spital Road in the vicinity of the shops.

RECOMMENDED: that the Town Council has no objection to the introduction of a limited waiting restriction in the lay-by, Spital Road, Southeast side.

(b) Warwick Drive/Warwick Crescent
In view of the time scale members were asked to receive and consider correspondence from Highways, Essex County Council regarding waiting restrictions to Warwick Drive/Warwick Crescent.

Discussion ensued and members felt that more time was required to visit the area and it was suggested that this item be deferred either to the next Environment Committee meeting or if Highways, Essex County Council agreed to extend the consultation period it be deferred to the next Planning Committee meeting.

RECOMMENDED: that enquiries be made with Highways, Essex County Council to ascertain if observations regarding the proposed waiting restriction to Warwick Drive/Warwick Crescent could be forwarded following the next Planning Committee meeting.
 171. LICENSING OF PREMISES FOR PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT

Members received and considered notification that the following were to apply for Public Entertainment Licences:

(a) Mr. J D Green, of The Swan Hotel, 73 High Street, Maldon was to apply for a renewal of a Music and Dance Licence in respect of the Bewick Function Suite;

Cllr K Jennings declared a prejudicial interest in the above agenda item and left the room.

(b) Mr. and Mrs. W Cooper, The White Horse Public House, 26 High Street, Maldon were to apply for a renewal of a Music and Dance Licence in respect of the White Horse Public House;

(c) Mr. D J Went, G W Commodoties Ltd, The Ironworks, Fullbridge was to apply for a new Music and Dance Licence ; Friday 9.00pm - 12.30pm, Saturday 9.00pm - 1.00am and Sunday 9.00pm - 11.30pm in respect of The Sportsman Snooker Club. Members noted that, in view of the time scale and as a result of consultation with the Mayor and Chairman of the Planning Committee, a provisional objection to the application had been submitted to enable the committee to consider it in detail.

Discussion ensued regarding the above application and Cllr Mackenzie read an extract from a copy letter to the Licensing Officer, Maldon District Council objecting to the application. Members felt that the license would result in a change of use of the premises to a Night Club and expressed concern regarding the antisocial behaviour and disruption to residents when people leave the premises.

RECOMMENDED: that with regard to (a) and (b) the information be noted and the Town Council have no objection;

(c) a letter be forwarded to the Licensing Officer, Maldon District Council objecting to the granting of a new music and dance licence in respect of the Sportsman Snooker Club because of the antisocial behaviour and disruption to residents when people leave the premises and because it would result in a change of use of the premises to a Night Club.
FOR INFORMATION
 172. RENEWABLE ENERGY AND THE PLANNING SYSTEM

Further to minute 11 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 19th May 2003, members received correspondence, a report on seminars held regarding the above and a copy of 'The Community Renewable Initiative' leaflet from Go East, Government Office For the East of England.

The Chairman informed members that he had attended the above seminars.

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

APPEAL BY: Mr. D A Pope
SITE ADDRESS: Land between 23 and 27 Gate Street, Maldon.
APPLICATION REFERENCE NO: FUL/MAL/03/00812
APPEAL REFERENCE NO: APP/X1545/A/03/1132484

DESCRIPTION OF DEVELOPMENT: Erection of steel gates to courtyard area between 23 and 27 Gate street - retrospective application.

Further to minute 74.a.4 of the Planning Committee meeting held on the 18th August 2003, members received information from the Maldon District Council that an appeal had been made to the Secretary of State in respect of the above site. Members recalled that the Town Council had no objection to this application. It was reported that comments made at the original planning application stage would be forwarded to the Planning Expectorate.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
   Cllr S. Savage
Chairman

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.36 p.m.

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



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