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MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON TUESDAY 1st SEPTEMBER, 2003 AT 7.30 P.M.
IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, TOWN HALL.
Amendments.

PRESENT: Vice Chairman: Cllr S Savage
Councillors: Mrs M Curtis, T Matthams, Mrs S Riesebeck,
K Smith (Town Mayor) and J Swallow.
In Attendance: Cllr I Mackenzie, District and Town Cllr W Prior, District Cllr Mrs. B Keighley, 1 member of the public and the Town Clerk.
Absent: Cllr Mrs. V Foster.
 83. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. P. Roberts and T. Shrimpton.
 84. MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 18TH AUGUST 2003

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 18th August 2003 were circulated to members.

Minute 76 - Wantz Road Area Residents Group (WRARG)

Reference was made to recommendation (c) of this minute and the fact that during the discussions it had been suggested that the 'Town Centre and access only' sign should be placed at the end of Mundon Road and not Wantz Road. Traffic using the by-pass would then be discouraged from using Mundon Road/Wantz Road. It was also suggested that there should be a further sign directing traffic approaching the Mundon Road roundabout from Latchingdon stating 'through traffic turn left'.

RESOLVED: that (a) the words 'Wantz Road' in recommendation (c) minute 76 be deleted and the minute read as follows: 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;

(b) in all other respects the minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held on 18th August, 2003 be signed as a true record.
 85. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Members received and considered planning applications for weeks ended:
a. 22nd August, 2003
   1. FUL/MAL/03/00875 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Proposed conservatory to rear.
8 Viking Road, Maldon
Mr. Vaughn

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

2. FUL/MAL/03/00877 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Application for non-compliance with condition 5 of planning permission reference FUL/MAL/02/01146 to provide measures to protect the existing silver birch tree.
The Old Mill House, Old Mill Close, High Street, Maldon
Nickolls Ltd

RESOLVED: that the Town Council objects to the application as the tree referred to is outside the applicant's boundary.

3. FUL/MAL/03/00892 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
CON/MAL/03/00893
Conservation Area Consent
Single storey rear extension for store and office.
32A High Street, Maldon
Ackwell Ltd

RESOLVED: that the Town Council objects to the application as the flat roof extension would be an unsustainable development. Concern was also expressed regarding the details of the application as the site plan refers to No. 32 High Street and the application form 32A High Street. Clarification would be appreciated.

4. CON/MAL/03/00667 MALDON NORTH

Conservation Area Consent
FUL/MAL/03/00666
Full Application

Amended Application - Demolition of redundant fire station building and house and construction of 2 new semi-detached town houses with garages and private driveway with associated external works and landscaping.
Fire Station 20-22 London Road, Maldon
Brookglade Special Projects Ltd

The amendment includes (a) increased height of front element of proposed building,
(b) cross section drawing, (c) redesign of garage and workshop/storage buildings,
(d) revised vehicles circulation space.

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application subject to a condition being imposed stating that the garages are not to be used for habitation.
b. 29th August, 2003
   The Chairman declared a personal and a prejudicial interest (financial) with regard to this application and left the meeting

IN THE CHAIR - CLLR SMITH (THE MAYOR)
   5. TCA/MAL/03/00889 TCA/PN/03/0057

Works to Trees
One third height reduction of one conifer.
53 Church Street, Maldon
Mr. S Goulding

Tree Warden Report

This conifer is growing extremely close to garage and main house and may cause damage in the future.

Recommended: No objection.

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

IN THE CHAIR - CLLR. SAVAGE

   6. FUL/MAL/03/00911 MALDON WEST

Full Application
1st Floor side extension
14 Belvedere Place, Maldon, Essex CM9 6JY
Mr & Mrs Ponting

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

7. ADV/MAL/03/00898 MALDON NORTH

Advertisement Application
Erection of 3 No internally illuminated box fascia signs and 3 No externally illuminated pier signs at ground level
1 Mill Lane, Maldon, Essex
Robert E Lee

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

8. ADV/MAL/03/00905 MALDON NORTH

Advertisement Application
New fascia and projecting sign
34 High Street, Maldon, Essex CM9 5PN
The Bakers Oven

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

9. ADV/MAL/03/00906 MALDON NORTH

Advertisement Application
Non illuminated fascia letters, non illuminated projecting sign
52A High Street, Maldon, Essex CM9 5PN
Halifax plc

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

10. FUL/MAL/03/00910 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Proposed window to front elevation
184-186 Wantz Road, Maldon, Essex CM9 5DG
Mr Hong Li

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

11. FUL/MAL/03/00914 MALDON EAST

Full Application
Conversion of barn to office use ancillary to 146 High Street
146 High Street, Maldon, Essex CM9 5BX
Field Starkey Building Co Ltd

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to the application.
 86. LIST OF MALDON DISTRICT COUNCIL PLANNING DECISIONS

Members received the list of Maldon District Council Planning Decisions.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 87. PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES BEST VALUE REVIEW

(a) Members received a letter, questionnaire and information on the Planning Enforcement Policy;

(b) members considered the response to be submitted in respect of the questionnaire and each question was discussed.

With regard to "Information Produced on Development Control Matters" and the documents produced by the District Council, in answer to a question the Town Clerk informed members that copies of the Area Committee Agendas were forwarded to the Town Council office for information. It was suggested that receipt of these should be included on the weekly mailing list; members can then view them if required.

With regard to question 13 - Is there any other information which you would like to receive? - the view was expressed that if building requlations show any works that could affect adjacent properties the owners of the properties should be notified. In this respect reference was made to the Ware Pond and the fact that it appeared from building regulation plans that a section of surface water drainage from the adjacent development may be channelled into the Pond. This matter would be discussed at a future Environment Committee meeting.

Reference was made to the Planning Enforcement Policy and it was suggested that further clarification be sought regarding "Discontinuance notices" - 2.5.3.

RECOMMENDED: that (a) the information be noted and the response attached as Appendix A to these minutes be forwarded to the Maldon District Council.

(b) details of receipt of the Central Area Committee Agendas be included on the weekly mailing list to members.
FOR INFORMATION
 88. MALDON DISTRICT HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE AND CAPITAL PROGRAMME 2003/2004

Members received from the Highway and Transportation Services Manager, Essex County Council a copy report to the Maldon District Council Planning and Licensing Committee meeting held on 28th August 2003 detailing the Highway Maintenance and Capital Programme 2003/2004.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 89. THE ROAD TRAFFIC (PERMITTED PARKING AREA AND SPECIAL PARKING AREA) (COUNTY OF ESSEX) (DISTRICT OF MALDON) ORDER (No 2) 2003

Information had been received from the Principal Legal Assistant, Essex County Council that the above Order had recently been made, the Public Notice appeared in the South East Essex Evening Echo on the 7th August 2003 and the Order came into operation on 14 August, 2003.

Discussion ensued regarding the introduction of waiting restrictions at Chelmer Terrace and reference was made to various local maps depicting Chelmer Terrace incorrectly.

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

There were no questions from the public.

Cllr S. Savage
Chairman

The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.14 p.m.

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



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