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MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY 28th JULY, 2003 AT 7.30 P.M.
IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, TOWN HALL.
Amendments.

PRESENT: Chairman: Cllr P Roberts (Deputy Mayor)
Vice Chairman: Cllr S Savage
Councillors: Mrs M Curtis, Mrs S Riesebeck, T Shrimpton,
K Smith (Town Mayor) and J Swallow.
In Attendance: One member of the public, The Town Clerk and Planning Committee Clerk. District Cllr Mrs. B Keighley arrived at 8.30pm.
 54. APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE

An apology for absence was received from Cllr Mrs V Foster.


Cllr Savage requested that items 5 and 6 on the agenda be considered prior to agenda item 3 - Planning Applications, as he felt the information could be relevant when considering applications. Discussion ensued and members agreed to follow the agenda.
 55. MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 14TH JULY, 2003

Members received and considered the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 14th July 2003.

(a) Minute 51.(a) - Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998

Cllr Savage said that the word 'incorrect' in the third paragraph second line should be replaced with 'misleading' he also said that during the discussion regarding the agenda item he had reported that 6% of crimes relate to mobile phones and he felt that there should be reference to this in the minute.

(b) Minute 53 - Questions from the Press and Public

Cllr Savage said that the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 referred to by District Councillor Mrs. B Keighley should be amended to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Standard Conditions of Approval and Reasons for Refusal. Members agreed that as District Councillor Mrs. B Keighley had referred to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 the minute should remain unchanged.

RESOLVED: that (a) the last paragraph of minute 51 (a) be amended to read: Discussion ensued regarding the above note during which Cllr Savage reported that 6% of crimes relate to mobile phones and he also expressed the view that the text underlined was misleading.......……

(b) in all other respects the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 14th July 2003 be approved and signed as a true record.
 56. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Members received and considered planning applications for weeks ended:
a. 18th July 2003
   1. LBC/MAL/03/00759 MALDON NORTH

Listed Building Consent
Internal alterations to widen access door to internal room.
52A High Street, Maldon, Essex
Halifax PLC

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

2. LBC/MAL/00773 MALDON NORTH

Listed Building Consent
Proposed alterations associated with change of use of first floor to A3 (restaurant) use and second floor to managers flat (ref: FUL/MAL/02/0443)

35 High Street, Maldon
Daniel Hurst

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
b. 25th July 2003
   3. FUL/MAL/03/00781 MALDON EAST

Full Application
Floating mooring for 32m barge.
Northey Island Mundon Road Maldon
Mr. J M Dines
PLANNING AND LICENSING COMMITTEE

Cllr Savage declared a personal interest with regard to this application.

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application subject to the River Bailiff's report.

4. FUL/MAL/03/00783 MALDON EAST

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

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

5. FUL/MAL/03/00779 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Single storey rear extension.
15 Norfolk Close, Maldon
R Butcher

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

6. FUL/MAL/03/00780 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Change of use from restricted A3 takeaway use for sale of pizzas and pasta only to general A3 takeaway use to include sale of chips and kebabs.

169 High Street, Maldon
Cemil Cansec

RESOLVED: that the Town Council objects to this application as members felt that the restricted A3 takeaway use is sufficient.

7. FUL/MAL/03/00791 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Provision of de-mountable buildings to form office and meeting room.
St Peters Hospital, Spital Road, Maldon
Maldon and South Chelmsford Primary Care Trust

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application subject to adequate car parking spaces being provided - minimum of ten.

8. FUL/MAL/03/00794 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Erection of office building - amemded proposal to re-site that approved under FUL/MAL/02/01235.
Brooks Bros, The Causeway, Maldon
Brooks Bros. (UK) Ltd

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

9. FUL/MAL/03/00030 MALDON NORTH WEST Revised Plan

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
Amendments as follows:

§ 2 no. two bedroom flats (units 1 and 2) replaced with one two bedroom house.
§ 2 no. two bedroom flats (units 3 and 4) replaced with 3 two bedroom flats.
§ Relocation of units 11-15 (adjacent to north eastern boundary) moved approximately 5m further from boundary.
§ Relocation of units 16-20 (adjacent to south-eastern boundary) moved approximately 11m closer to boundary.
§ Increased private public amenity spaces.
§ Reduced parking spaces from 61 no. to 59 no.

Members recalled that when the previous application was considered the Town Council had no objection but expressed concern that the following policies had 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.

Members noted that affordable housing had now been included in the development and it was

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application; members felt that a clock should be included in the High Street elevation.
 57. LIST OF MALDON DISTRICT COUNCIL PLANNING DECISIONS

Members received the list of Maldon District Council Planning Decisions.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 58. MALDON DISTRICT REPLACEMENT LOCAL PLAN - PRE INQUIRY CHANGES

Members received and considered a report regarding the pre-inquiry changes of the Maldon District Replacement Local Plan.

(a) Local Plan Pre-Inquiry Changes

Discussion ensued regarding the Pre-Inquiry changes and the following points were raised:

(i) Page 21 - PIC46

Cllr Savage felt that the text 'native species' which had been deleted should be reinstated to promote the planting of native species. Members agreed that due to a lack of native species which grow successfully in Essex the deletion should remain.

(ii) Page 21 - PIC47

Members felt that PIC47 should be deleted as the Town Council objects to the relocation of the District Council Offices and this is a tidal flood risk zone.

(iii) Page 23 - PIC50

Members felt that the word 'possible' in the third line should be deleted.

(iv) Page 23 - PIC51

Cllr Savage enquired if the Town Council had a copy of the Essex County Council 'Developer Contribution Guidelines' referred to in PIC51, the Town Clerk said she would look into this.

(v) Page 24 - PIC54

Members agreed with the addition of PIC54 regarding 'Renewable Energy'.

RECOMMENDED: that the Town Council's objections to the Pre-Inquiry changes to the Maldon District Replacement Local Plan as above (in bold) be forwarded to the Planning Policy Team, Maldon District Council.

b. Maldon Town Council Representation: 160/1/MDRLP/DEP1

Members recalled that the Town Council made a number of comments in respect of the Maldon District Draft Replacement Local Plan which the District Council had responded to on 9th October 2002 (minute 104 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 28th October 2002 refers) and details of which were circulated again to members. A letter had been circulated from the Maldon District Council detailing the procedure with regard to representations made on the Replacement Local Plan.

In this respect members were asked to consider whether they wished to amend previous comments or make further representations.

Discussion ensued regarding the following objections previously submitted by the Town Council:
  
Policy No Rep. No
MTC Summary of Rep.
Page ref. on MDC Response to Representation
M/H/1 160/9 The policy not to build on Green Field sites is not supported. It is felt that for future generations affordable houses should be permitted on Green Field sites.
Page 1 of 3
Housing Table 2 160/1 Table 2 should only mention 2800 units in accordance with the Structure Plan requirement rather than 3179 units including the Urban Capacity Study.
Page 1 of 3
M/T/4 160/2 The cycleway from Fullbridge to Downs Road should follow the river rather than the steep hill. This does not take into account the needs of the community and school children.
Page 2 of 3
M/PU/4 160/7 The area north of Longfield should be retained for public open space.
Page 2 of 3
   RECOMMENDED: that (a) the following comment in respect of the Maldon and District Draft Replacement Local Plan be withdrawn:

Housing Table 2 - Rep. No. 160/1 - Page 1 of the Maldon District Replacement Local Plan First Deposit - Schedule of Responses to your Representations.

Table 2 should only mention 2800 units in accordance with the Structure Plan requirement rather than 3179 units including the Urban Capacity Study;

(b) written representations be forwarded to the Programme Officer, Maldon District Council regarding the other three policies.

c. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Members noted that a copy of the document - Local Plans and Unitary Development Plans - A Guide to Procedures - had been received in the Office.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 59. MALDON DISTRICT REPLACEMENT LOCAL PLAN - SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING GUIDANCE (SPG) PARKING STANDARDS

Members received and considered from the Maldon District Council a copy of the Supplementary Planning Guidance - Vehicle Parking Standards consultation draft.

Discussion ensued regarding the document and members felt that the Maldon District Council are trying to allocate car parking spaces based on Maldon being a rural town with many residents relying on the use of a car to get to work.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted and accepted.
 60. THE MARKET TOWN HEALTHCHECK - INVITATION TO BID FOR FUNDING

Members received and considered a letter from Action for Market Towns. In considering this members were reminded that Maldon received funding and assistance from the Countryside Agency for the preparation of 'Maldon's future: A Community View' which contained similar information to that which would be achieved from the Healthcheck Process.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 61. HEYBRIDGE FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME CONSULTATION DOCUMENT

Members received the above document and were informed that the Environment Agency would be holding a public exhibition, to present the options for the Heybridge Flood Alleviation Scheme, on Wednesday 30th July 2003 at Plantation Hall, Heybridge from 12.00pm until 8.00pm.

It was felt that any member attending the above meeting could complete and return the reply slip.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 62. SILTATION GROUP MEETING

Members received a report from Cllr Mrs. Riesebeck regarding the attendance of Cllr Savage and herself at the above meeting held at Langford Waterworks on 17th July 2003.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 63. SHOEBURYNESS FIRINGS/QINETIQ ACTIVITIES

Members received and considered a letter from the District Environmental Health Officer, Environmental Services, Maldon District Council regarding the firings and related activities at Shoeburyness.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
FOR INFORMATION
 64. WANTZ ROAD AREA RESIDENTS GROUP

Further to minute 43 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 14th July 2003 and the letter of the Town Clerk dated 21st July 2003, members were reminded that the meeting with representatives of the Residents Group and Steve Broad was to take place on Tuesday 5th August at 7.30pm in the Conference Room, Town Hall. It was also noted that County Councillor B Mead and District Councillors P Rew and W Stitchbury had been invited to the meeting.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 65. TOWN AND PARISH INFORMATION 2003

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING - DEVELOPMENT CONTROL

Further to minute 45 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 14th July 2003, members received further planning information from Mr. C Tokley, Chief Planning and Development Services Officer, Maldon District Council

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 66. MALDON HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY

Members received a letter from the Strategic Housing Officer, Maldon District Council stating that an independent housing research consultancy had been commissioned to undertake a housing needs survey.

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

APPEAL BY: D Bowkett

SITE ADDRESS: 3 Bower Gardens, Maldon
APPLICATION REFERENCE NO: FUL/MAL/02/01281
APPEAL REFERENCE NO: APP/X1545/A/03/1120281

DESCRIPTION OF DEVELOPMENT: First floor extension to bungalow and replacement of carport with double garage.

Notification had been received from the Maldon District Council that an appeal had been received by the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the District Councils decision to refuse the above application for planning permission.

Members were reminded that the Town Council had no objection to the above application.

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

APPEAL BY: A Corby

SITE ADDRESS: 2 Nelson Crescent, Maldon
APPLICATION REFERENCE NO: FUL/MAL/03/00510
APPEAL REFERENCE NO: APP/X1545/A/03/1121460

DESCRIPTION OF DEVELOPMENT: Single storey extension to provide music studio for teaching music and private use.

Notification had been received from the Maldon District Council that an appeal had been received by the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the District Councils decision to refuse the above application for planning permission.

Members were reminded that the Town Council had no objection to the above 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.

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

APPEAL BY: Mr. S J Blyther

SITE ADDRESS: 63 Church Street, Maldon
APPLICATION REFERENCE NO: FUL/MAL/02/00354
APPEAL REFERENCE NO: APP/X1545/A/03/1121543

DESCRIPTION OF DEVELOPMENT: Erection of dormer to dwelling and erection of summer house in rear garden.

Notification had been received from the Maldon District Council that an appeal had been received by the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the District Councils decision to refuse the above application for planning permission.

Members were reminded that the Town Council had no objection to the above application but members expressed concern regarding the colour of the cladding and felt that black would be more in keeping with the surrounding properties.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 70. JUSTICES

Notification had been received that Ravish Patel of Dryden Close, Maldon is to apply for a Justices 'Off' Licence in respect of Kerry News, 16 Dryden Close at Witham Magistrates Court on Monday 11th August.

Cllr Mrs. S Riesebeck stated that Kerry News which was next door to Captain Video already had an Off Licence and she felt that as there were problems with young people drinking and vandalism on the Poets Estate another Off License would add to the problem. The Chairman said that if the Town Council objected it may be necessary for a member of the Council to attend the court and Cllr Mrs. Riesebeck said she would attend if necessary.

RECOMMENDED: that (a) a letter be forwarded to Bright and Sons Solicitors stating that the Town Council object to Kerry News, 16 Dryden Close being granted a Justices 'Off' Licence as there was already an Off Licence next door. This area already has a problem with young people drinking and vandalism and it was felt another Office Licence would add to the problem;

(b) Cllr Mrs. S Riesebeck attend the court, as the Town Council representative if necessary.
 71. QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

There were no questions from the Press and Public.

District Cllr Mrs. B Keighley said that she supported members comments regarding the application for a Justices 'Off Licence in respect of Kerry News (minute 70 refers).

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

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.48p.m.

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



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