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MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY 19th MAY, 2003 AT 7.30 P.M.
IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, TOWN HALL.
Amendments.

PRESENT: Councillors: Mrs. M Curtis, Mrs. S Riesebeck,
P Roberts (Deputy Mayor), S Savage, T Shrimpton,
K Smith (Town Mayor) and J Swallow.
In Attendance: County Councillor B Mead, District Cllr Mrs. B Kieghley,
one member of the public, the Town Clerk and the Planning Committee Clerk
IN THE CHAIR - COUNCILLOR K SMITH, TOWN MAYOR
  1. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN FOR THE ENSUING MUNICIPAL YEAR

Cllr P Roberts was proposed by Cllr Mrs. M Curtis and seconded by Cllr Mrs. S Riesebeck. Cllr S Savage was proposed by Cllr Shrimpton and seconded by Cllr Swallow. When put to the vote it was tied and the Mayor used his casting vote:

RESOLVED: that Cllr P Roberts be elected Chairman of the Planning Committee for the 2003/04 Municipal Year.
  
IN THE CHAIR - COUNCILLOR P ROBERTS
  2. ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN FOR THE ENSUING MUNICIPAL YEAR

Cllr T Shrimpton proposed and Cllr J Swallow seconded that Cllr S Savage be Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee for the Municipal year.

RESOLVED: that Cllr S Savage be elected Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee for the 2003/04 Municipal Year.
  3. APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE

An apology for absence was received from Cllr Mrs V Foster.
  4. MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 29TH APRIL, 2003

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 29h April 2003 were confirmed and signed as a true record.

Due to the fact that County Councillor B Mead was present at the meeting to make comment regarding agenda item 11, the Chairman brought this item forward:
  5. SPEED SIGNS IN THE LOCATION OF THE HIGH STREET PEDESTRIAN CROSSING

Further to minute 7b of the Annual Town meeting held on 16th April 2003, members considered

(a) the installation of 30MPH speed limit signs in the location of the pedestrian crossing in the lower end of the High Street. The view was expressed that 30MPH speed signs would not be necessary if the traffic speed was more efficiently enforced; it was felt that the public should be aware of the national speed limit. The Town Clerk informed members that this item was included on the agenda as a result of a request from a member of the public at the Annual Town meeting. Members felt that the entire town should be restricted to 20MPH.

(b) members discussed the recent removal of the traffic calming at the junction of the High Street and Wantz Road; it was felt that the general opinion of the public was that traffic calming should be reinstated or road narrowing be introduced in several locations along the length of Wantz Road.

The Chairman adjourned the meeting for County Councillor B Mead to speak on this matter.

Cllr Mead said that if the entrance to Wantz Road from the High Street was closed it would just move the problem elsewhere, he felt that the unwanted traffic that uses the town as a cut through should be encouraged to use the by-pass. He said that the entrance to Wantz Road should not be closed but the traffic should be slowed down and he informed members that he supported the installation of chicanes and residents parking in Wantz Road. Cllr Mead invited members to attend a meeting to be held the next day with Mr. Broad, Highways, Essex County Council to discuss the options available for traffic calming in Wantz Road and he said he would ask Mr. Broad to forward a report on the meeting to the Town Clerk. Cllr Mead also informed members that Maldon is programmed to have a 20MPH speed restriction implemented throughout the High Street in the future.

The Chairman thanked Cllr Mead and reconvened the meeting.

Cllr Shrimpton felt that provision should be made for safer cycling in Mill Road and Wantz Road. Cllrs Mrs. S Riesebeck and S Savage said they would attend the meeting with Cllr Mead and Mr. Broad and members agreed to defer this item until the report of the meeting had been received.

RECOMMENDED: that (a) an article be placed in the Maldon and Burnham Standard to raise the awareness of the public to the National Speed Limit in the town;

(b) the removal of the traffic calming at the junction of the High Street and Wantz Road be deferred to a future meeting when the report has been received from Mr. S Broad, Highways, Essex County Council regarding the site meeting held on 20th May 2003.
  6. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Members received and considered planning applications for weeks ended:
   a. 9th May, 2003
   1. FUL/MAL/03/00519 MALDON EAST

Full Application
External staircase to first floor (retrospective)
Coles, Cross Road, Maldon Essex
C Potter, Coles - The Corner Shop

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   2. RES/MAL/03/00500 MALDON SOUTH

Reserved Matters
Erection of detached house and attached double garage
Adjacent 13 Queen Street, Maldon, Essex CM9 5DP
S Smith

RESOLVED: that the Town Council objects to this application as the proposed materials to be used are out of character with the surrounding properties, members felt that slate roof tiles and yellow stock bricks would be more suitable.
   3. FUL/MAL/03/00510 MALDON SOUTH

Full Application
Single storey extension to provide music studio for teaching music and private use
2 Nelson Crescent, Maldon, Essex CM9 6W
E A Carby

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application but members felt that there should be an internal partition in front of the external door and appropriate sound insulation to reduce transmission of noise.
   4. FUL/MAL/03/00499 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Single storey rear extension
3 Meeson Meadows, Maldon, Essex CM9 6YS
Mr. Thompson

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   5. FUL/MAL/03/00503 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Single storey side and rear extension
72 Washington Road, Maldon, Essex CM9 6JE
Mr. & Mrs. D. Gill

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   6. FUL/MAL/03/00533 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Erection of pitched roof over existing flat roof to extension
54 Washington Road, Maldon, Essex CM9 6BN
Mr. & Mrs. Brunt
PLANNING AND LICENSING COMMITTEE

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   7. FUL/MAL/03/00504 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Proposed conversion of a triple garage to a bungalow
Rear of 65 High Street, Maldon, Essex
Mary Reeve

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   8. FUL/MAL/03/00511 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Erection of shed.
4 White Ladies, West Chase, Maldon, Essex
Mrs. B. E. Grigsby

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application subject to conditions being imposed restricting use to storage only and prohibiting habitation.
   9. FUL/MAL/03/00536 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Proposed replacement vehicular access gates
46 Wantz Road, Maldon, Essex CM9 5DE
Mr. & Mrs. P. Dealtree

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   10. LBC/MAL/03/00537 MALDON NORTH

Listed Building Consent
Proposed repairs to dwelling including new cladding and new roof slating
46 Wantz Road, Maldon, Essex CM9 5DE
Mrs and Mr. P. Dealtree

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application subject to Listed Building consent.
   11. FUL/MAL/03/00507 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Proposed conversion of dwelling to create a one bedroom dwelling and a three bedroom dwelling
32 Granger Avenue, Maldon, Essex CM9 6AN
Mr. M. Nelson

Cllr Mrs. M Curtis declared an interest in the above application and took no part in the discussion.

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   12. TCA/MAL/03/00493

Works to Trees
Fell and remove one western cedar tree.
8 London Road, Maldon
Miss J Dixon

Tree Warden Report
The roots of this tree are undermining the adjoining boundary wall and garage. It is making this very narrow garden dark and damp. It is next to a large walnut tree in the adjoining garden which I believe is covered by a TPO. Its removal will not be detrimental to the overall tree scene.

Recommended: No objection

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
Amendments
   13. FUL/MAL/03/00340 MALDON EAST
Proposed first floor extension to form larger existing first floor to Salvation Army hall.
Salvation Army Citadel, Wantz Road, Maldon
The Salvation Army Trustee Co

RESOLVED: that the Town Council noted the amendment to this application.
   14. FUL/MAL/03/00371 MALDON SOUTH

Full Application
Two storey rear extension.
8 New Street, Maldon
J Monk

RESOLVED: that the Town Council noted the amendment to this application.
a. 16th May, 2003
   15. FUL/MAL/03/00555 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Proposed front extension.
1 Rurik Court, Maldon
Mr. E Collins

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   16. FUL/MAL/03/00564 MALDON WEST

Full Application
First floor extension.
8 Halston Place, Maldon
G Rayner

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
   17. LBC/MAL/03/00542 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Proposed laying of antique limestone flags on ground floor.
Beeleigh Abbey Turning, Maldon
W R C Foyle

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
  8. BLACKWATER SILTATION GROUP

(a) Members considered the appointment of two members to represent the Town Council at the Blackwater Siltation Group meetings and it was

RECOMMENDED: that (a) Cllrs Mrs. S Riesebeck and S Savage represent the Town Council at the Blackwater Siltation Group meetings.

(b) Members received correspondence from P Ripton, Environment Project Manager, Environment Agency regarding the appointment of the new Chairman and the cancellation of the meeting which was to be held on 13th May 2003. Cllr Savage expressed concern regarding the delay in holding a meeting ,and felt that a copy of H R Wallingford's report should be requested.

RECOMMENDED: that a letter be forwarded to P Ripton, Environment Project Manager, Environment Agency expressing members concerns regarding the cancellation of the meeting and to request a copy of H R Wallingford's report as soon as it is available.
  9. TREE WARDENS

Members considered the appointment of Tree Wardens for Maldon Town and noted that Mr. K Munnion and Mrs. J Good wish to continue as Tree Wardens.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 10. MALDON DISTRICT DRAFT REPLACEMENT LOCAL PLAN

Further to minute 215 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 31st March 2003, members received and considered the response from Leonie Alpin, Planning Policy Officer regarding the report on the targeted customer survey carried out by the Maldon District Council which stated that there was a 30% response rate which was about average for postal surveys.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 11. RENEWABLE ENERGY AND THE PLANNING SYSTEM

Further to minute 223 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 14th April 2003, a report (Appendix A) prepared by Cllr Savage regarding his attendance at a seminar held on 29th April 2003 was circulated. The seminar had been arranged to bring Renewable Energy and the Planning System to the attention of Parish, Town and District Councils and Cllr Savage said he would be attending future meetings to discuss this matter. In answer to a question regarding solar panels, Cllr Savage stated that these can be installed now providing they do not go beyond the roof line. It was suggested that the following should be added to the Town Council's Policy statement 'New developments should include renewable resources and sustainable energy'.

RECOMMENDED: that (a) the following be added to the Town Council's Policy statement 'New developments should include renewable resources and sustainable energy';

(b) the report of Cllr Savage be noted.
 12. GATE STREET MEWS, MALDON - REQUEST FOR WAITING RESTRICTION

Members received and considered correspondence from Mr. A Dellar, Highways and Transportation Group, Essex County Council and a copy letter and petition from Ms. Puxley of 23 Gate Street Mews regarding yellow lines at the entrance of the Mews.

RECOMMENDED: that a letter supporting the petition regarding Gate Street Mews be forwarded to Mr. A Dellar, Highways and Transportation Group.
 13. PROPOSED ORANGE BASE STATION IN MALDON
MALDON WATER TOWER

Members received and considered a pre-application consultation from Orange regarding the above site.

Cllr Savage felt that if the pre-application for a base station on the water tower in Maldon was approved it could set a precedent and could be to the detriment of this heritage town. Cllr Mrs. S Riesebeck suggested that perhaps the Town Council should consider locations that would be suitable.

The Chairman proposed that the pre-application for a base station on the water tower in Maldon be put to a vote and as there was a tie the Chairman used his casting vote and it was

RECOMMENDED: that a letter be forwarded to the Acquisition Agent, Orange stating that the Town Council agrees in principle to an Orange base station on the Water Tower, Maldon.
 14. LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN (LTP): THIRD ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT (APR) CONSULATION DOCUMENT

Members received and considered correspondence and the Annual Progress report from the Head of Highways and Transportation, Essex County Council.

Members expressed the view that there was no reference to rail policies within the document which goes against sustainability and promotes the use of cars. Further discussion ensued and it was

RECOMMENDED: that a letter be forwarded to the Head of Highways, Essex County Council requesting that it would be appreciated if such documents could be received earlier to allow more time for discussion and to enquire what 'Maldon Town Centre Improvement' works are proposed costing a total of £955,000 (page 18 refers).
FOR INFORMATION
 15. PARISH LIGHT, 'NO CYCLING' SIGNS, RESURFACING FOOTPATH, CHECKING STATUS AND REMARKING ZEBRA CROSSING

Further to minute 94 of the Environment Committee meeting held on 25th March 2003 and minute 183a of the Planning Committee meeting held on 17th February 2003, members received a response from Mr. S Broad, Highways and Transportation Group, Essex County Council regarding the above proposals.

Discussion ensued and it was
RECOMMENDED: that (a) requests be forwarded for the provision of 'no cycling' signs at the footpath between Anchorage Hill and Fairway Marine Engineers to be included in the locally determined budget;
(b) no further action be taken regarding the provision of a parish light until further information is received regarding ownership of the path;
(c) in all other respects the report be noted.
 16. CPRE 'COMMUNITIES NOT CONCRETE' CAMPAIGN

Further to minute 224 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 14th April 2003, members received a response from John Whittingdale MP regarding the CPRE 'Communities not Concrete' campaign which stated that he would continue to fight to protect green spaces.

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

APPEAL BY: Airwave Mmo2 Ltd
SITE ADDRESS: Telecommunications Mast, West Station Yard
APPLICATION REFERENCE NO: TEL/MAL/02/00925
APPEAL REFERENCE NO: APP/X1545/A/03/1109228
DESCRIPTION OF DEVELOPMENT: Proposed erection of 15m high monopole, 3 antennae, 2 microwave dishes, equipment cabin and ancillary development.
Notification had been received from the Maldon District Council that an appeal had been received from the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the Councils decision to refuse prior approval for the above application.

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

APPEAL BY: J Penny
SITE ADDRESS: Plot adj. to 7 Granger Avenue, Maldon
APPLICATION REFERENCE NO: FUL/MAL/02/01255
APPEAL REFERENCE NO: APP/X1545/A/03/1111878
DESCRIPTION OF DEVELOPMENT: Proposed detached dwelling and garage.
Notification had been received from the Maldon District Council that the appeal regarding the above application was to be decided following a hearing to be held on Tuesday 14th October 2003 at 10.00am at the Maldon District Council Offices, Princess Road.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 19. JUSTICES LICENCE

Notification had been received that Jason Gavin Clarke of 16 Richmond Road, Wickford and Karen Seeley of 32 Staplers Heath, Great Totham was to apply for a Licence Transfer in respect of Iceland Foods, High Street, Maldon.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
   Cllr P Roberts
Chairman

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.06 p.m.

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



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