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MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY 18th AUGUST, 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, T Matthams, Mrs S Riesebeck,
T Shrimpton, K Smith (Town Mayor) and J Swallow.
In Attendance: Cllr I Mackenzie, District and Town Cllr W Prior, District Cllr Mrs. B Keighley, 9 members of the public and the Planning Committee Clerk.
Absent: Cllr Mrs. V Foster
   The Chairman welcomed the representatives of the Wantz Road Area Residents' Group and the new Town Councillors to the meeting.
 72. APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE

There were no apologies for absence.
 73. MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 28TH JULY 2003

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 28th July 2003 were confirmed and signed as a true record.
 74. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Members received and considered planning applications for weeks ended:
a. 1st August, 2003
   1. FUL/MAL/03/00815 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Erection of conservatory to rear.
5 Falcon Fields, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. Dack

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

2. FUL/MAL/03/00796 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
LBC/MAL/03/00797
Listed Building Consent
Conversion of existing flat to 2 no. flats and erection of new external staircase. 13A High Street, Maldon
R Wheeler

RESOLVED: that that the Town Council has no objection to this application subject to the approval of the Conservation Officer.

3. FUL/MAL/03/00806 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Proposed fence along part of southern boundary (1.4 m in height).
Constitutional Club, 17 Fambridge Road, Maldon
Maldon Constitutional Club

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

4. FUL/MAL/03/00812 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Erection of steel gates to courtyard area between 23 and 27 Gate Street - retrospective application.
Land between 23 and 27 Gate Street, Maldon

Mr. D A Pope

A photograph of the above gate was circulated.

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

5. FUL/MAL/03/00813 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
LBC/MAL/03/00814
Listed Building Consent
Proposed single storey extension and erection of new shed.
13 London Road, Maldon
Mr. P Fairman

RESOLVED: that that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
6. LBC/MAL/03/00820 MALDON NORTH

Listed Building Consent
Internal alterations to hall to provide disabled persons toilet.
Maldon United Reformed Church Hall, Market Hill, Maldon
Maldon United Reformed Church (Hall)

Cllr T Shrimpton declared a prejudicial interest in the above application and took no part in the discussion.

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

7. TCA/MAL/03/00811 TCA/PN/03/0054

Works to Trees
Fell and remove one ash tree.
Swan Inn, 73 High Street, Maldon
Gray and Sons (Chelmsford) Ltd

Tree Warden Report - Inspected 05/08/03

This tree is of no particular significance and can only be see from the Butt Lane Car Park.
Recommended: no objection

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

8. TCA/MAL/03/00818

Works to Trees
Fell and remove four Sycamore trees.
144 High Street, Maldon
Mrs. Jane Harding

Tree Warden Report - Inspected 05/08/03
These trees add nothing to this untidy area and immediately abut the brick wall.
Recommended: no objection

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

The following application whilst not within the administrative area of Maldon Town Council, is located near to the boundary.

9. FUL/MAL/03/00816

Full Application
Change of use of farm buildings to class B1 (Business) use.
Brookhead Farm, Maldon Road, Woodham Mortimer, Maldon
Pemberton Farms Ltd.

RESOLVED: that that the Town Council has no objection to this application subject to Highways approval.
b. 8th August, 2003
   10. FUL/MAL/03/00826 MALDON WEST

Full Application
First floor extension over existing utility room and breakfast room.
27 Minster Way, Maldon
Mr. Mike Steed

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

11. FUL/MAL/03/00837 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Erection of single storey rear extension.
1 Keeble Park, Maldon
Mr. G Skewes

RESOLVED: that that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
c. 15th August, 2003
   12. FUL/MAL/03/00845 MALDON SOUTH

Full Application

Erection of detached bungalow.
Site off Lambourne Grove to rear of 27/29 Volwycke Avenue, Maldon
R Dann and R Wallis

RESOLVED: that the Town Council object to this application for the following reasons: back land development, over development of the site, lack of frontage and safety issues regarding access.

13. FUL/MAL/03/00853 MALDON SOUTH

Full Application
Proposed conservatory.
64 Tennyson Road, Maldon C C Wren

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

14. FUL/MAL/03/00856 MALDON SOUTH

Full application
Single storey front and side extension and conservatory.
1 Mirosa Reach, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. J Cambell

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

15. FUL/MAL/03/00840 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Proposed warehouse unit for storage of wheels and tyres.
Unit 7 Galliford Road, Maldon
Wolfrace Wheels UK Ltd

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

16. FUL/MAL/03/00851 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
CON/MAL/03/00852
Conservation Area Consent
Demolition of shed and toilet blocks, construction of disabled access deck and railings, access doors, and toilet to existing workshop, and installation of additional windows to north and east elevations. Erection of new link to provide disabled toilet and shower block with access ramps and construction of second office unit with disabled access. Erection of brick screen wall and insertion of window to existing office.
Taylors Yard, The Hythe, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. C Knox
Cllrs T Matthams, Mrs. S Riesebeck and S Savage declared a personal interest in the above application and took no part in the discussion.

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

17. OUT/MAL/03/00862 MALDON NORTH

Outline Application
Demolition of existing timber storage sheds to be replaced by 9 one-bed flats without on-site parking (other than visitor/delivery parking as shown).
Old Mill House, Old Mill Close, High Street, Maldon
Nickolls Ltd
AREA COMMITTEE CENTRAL

RESOLVED: that the Town Council object to this outline application as members want to see full plan details.
FOR INFORMATION

Amendments
   18. FUL/MAL/03/00721 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Proposed detached double garage building.
8 Belvedere Place, Maldon
Paul Edwards

Amendments include - slight relocation of proposed building and correction of location of property boundaries.

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

19. FUL/MAL/03/00697 MALDON EAST

Full Application
Erection of single storey rear extension (amended proposal)
33 Mill Road, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs

Amendments include - width of extension has been reduced to ensure that the guttering is within the application site and not over the boundary.

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

20. 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

Amendments include - reference to the demolition of Ward P4.

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

21. FUL/MAL/03/00671 MALDON EAST

Full Application
Proposed roof extension to convert bungalow to chalet style dwelling.
6 Downs Road, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. Hicks

Amendments include - provision of new access and two car parking spaces.

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

Members received the list of Maldon District Council Planning Decisions.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 76. WANTZ ROAD AREA RESIDENTS GROUP (WRARG)

Further to minute 64 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 28th July 2003, members received the notes of the meeting held on 5th August 2003 between representatives of the WRARG and Town Councillors.

Cllr Savage said that the second line of the second paragraph of 3.A.(i) of the Notes of the meeting which reads 'Wantz Road is very narrow' should be replaced with 'Wantz Road narrows to under one foot'.

The Chairman read out two letters of objection received from residents of Tenterfield Road regarding the possible re-instatement of the no entry system at the top of Wantz Road and the following comments requested to be brought to members attention by County Councillor Mead:

§ The Maldon District Council has passed a resolution to implement Traffic Calming at Wantz Road.
§ Traffic calming tables in America Street, Wantz Chase and Dyers Road with Queen Street are being considered.
§ Some kind of chicaned parking is also being looked into.
§ Road closures in Maldon should not be introduced without looking at the whole of Maldon.
§ The County Council have designated Wantz Road, Spital Road and Fambridge Road as a strategic route through the town.

The Chairman said that the Town Council had agreed to back the Wantz Road Area Residents' Group and he could see no reason to reconsider this.

The Chairman adjourned the meeting to allow members of the Wantz Road Area Residents' Group to speak.

The following points were raised by members of the Wantz Road Area Residents' Group:

§ Tenterfield Road had been canvassed and many residents had signed the Wantz Road petition.
§ At an earlier meeting Mr. S Broad had said that he would try and organise a traffic survey but was now saying that this cannot be undertaken.
§ The Wantz Road petition has over 600 signatures from residents of a wide range of roads, many signatories had expressed concern regarding their children and elderly people.
§ The signage for Tenterfield Road should be on the other side of the road as it cannot easily be seen in its present position.

The Chairman reconvened the meeting.

Discussion ensued regarding the Recommendation of note 5 of the meeting held on 5th August 2003 and it was

RECOMMENDED: that a letter be forwarded to the District Council requesting the following:

a. to reconsider reinstating the no-entry system at the top of Wantz Road making the section of the road to Tenterfield Road one way;

b. to authorise a traffic survey and noise pollution and air quality tests to be undertaken in respect of Wantz Road;

c. to consider the installation of a 'Town Centre and access only' sign at the bottom end of Mundon Road and a further sign stating 'through traffic turn left' at the roundabout from the Latchingdon approach road. (amended Planning meeting 1-9-03 minute 84 refers);

d. signage for Tenterfield Road should be on the other side of the road as it cannot easily be seen in its present location.
 77. MALDON DISTRICT REPLACEMENT LOCAL PLAN REVISED DEPOSIT

Further to the Special Planning Committee meeting held on 3 February 2003 (minute 168 refers) members received a copy of the letter sent to the Maldon District Council regarding the Town Council's comments in respect of the Maldon District Draft Replacement Local Plan Revised Deposit. Notification had now been received from the District Council responding to the Town Council's representations and members were informed that the only changes to be made were:

Page Policy
112 M/E/4 the word 'County' is to be added after the word 'District'

165 M/REC/14 agreed to 'Reinstate deleted text'

Members were informed that further information had been received from the Maldon District Council stating that due to a Maldon District Council database error the Town Council had not received the relevant questionnaire forms in respect of each representation made by the Town Council regarding the Maldon District Replacement Local Plan - Second Deposit. As the questionnaires should have been returned to the Maldon District Council by the 15th August members agreed that the original representations should still stand and it was

RECOMMENDED: that a letter be forwarded to the Programme Officer, Maldon District Council stating (a) that the original representations of the Town Council still stand with the withdrawal of the following which have been accepted by the District Council:

Page Policy
112 M/E/4 the word 'County' is to be added after the word 'District'

165 M/REC/14 agreed to 'Reinstate deleted text'

(b) members of the Town Council do not wish to attend the Pre-Inquiry meeting.
FOR INFORMATION
 78. ALL SAINTS' CHURCH HALL

Further to minute 24 of the Finance and General Purposes meeting held on 21st July 2003, members recalled that Canon Atkins was due to attend this Planning Committee meeting to discuss proposals for the Church Hall and proposed development at All Saints Church but due to illness he was unable to attend.

Discussion ensued and it was

RECOMMENDED: that a letter be forwarded to the Secretary of the Parochial Church Council enquiring if someone else could act as spokesperson with regard to proposals concerning the Church Hall and All Saints Church while Canon Atkins was recuperating.
 79. PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSING RENEWAL POLICY

Further to minute 31 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 16th June 2003, members noted that a copy of the approved Private Sector Housing Renewal Policy had been received from the Maldon District Council.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 80. ESSEX LANDSCAPE CHARACTER ASSESSMENT PLAN

Further to note 199 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 3rd March 2003, members noted that a copy of the Essex Landscape Character Assessment Plan had been received from the Maldon District Council.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 81. JUSTICES/MACHINES FOR GAMING PERMIT

Notification had been received that (a) Abdul Hafiz and Abdul Rahman of 191-193 High Street, Maldon were to apply for a transfer of Justices Licence in respect of The Maldon Tandoori, 191-193 High Street, Maldon at Witham Magistrates Court on 8th September 2003;

(b) Christine Ann Eaton, Allan Gloyne, Tim Gloyne and Elaine Gloyne Of Osea Barge, Osea Leisure Park, Goldhanger were to apply for a transfer of Justices Licence and a permit for the use of machines for gaming by way of amusement with prizes in respect of Osea Barge Clubhouse, Osea Leisure Park, Goldhanger at Witham Magistrates Court on 8th September 2003.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 82. QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

Wantz Road Area Residents' Group

District Cllr Mrs. B Keighley requested copies of County Cllr Meads comments and the letters from the residents of Tenterfield Road regarding Wantz Road (Minute 76 refers).

District Cllr Mrs. B Keighley was given the above copies at the end of the meeting.

A member of the public requested that copies of the letters from the residents of Tenterfield Road be forwarded to the Maldon District Council with the letter regarding the reinstatement of the no-entry system at Wantz Road (Minute 76 refers).

A Member of the Wantz Road Area Residents' Group thanked the Town Council for their assistance.

RECOMMENDED: that a copy of the letters from the residents of Tenterfield Road be forwarded to the Maldon District Council with the letter regarding the reinstatement of the no-entry system.

Cllr P Roberts
Chairman

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.22p.m.

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



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