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MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY 13th OCTOBER, 2003 AT 7.30 P.M.
IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, TOWN HALL.
Amendments.

PRESENT: Chairman: Cllr S Savage
Councillors: Mrs M Curtis, Mrs S Riesebeck, T. Shrimpton,
K Smith (Town Mayor) and J Swallow.
In Attendance: Cllr I Mackenzie, 5 members of the public, the Town Clerk and Planning Committee Clerk.
Absent: Cllr T Matthams
   The Chairman welcomed Cllr Mackenzie to the meeting and said that although he was unable to vote he could take part in discussions.
 100. ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN

Cllr Swallow was proposed by Cllr T Shrimpton and seconded by Cllr K Smith and when put to the vote it was

RESOLVED: that Cllr J Swallow be elected Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee for the remainder of the ensuing Municipal year.
 101. APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE

There were no apologies for absence.
 102. MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2003

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 29th September 2003 were confirmed and signed as a true record.
 103. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Members received and considered planning applications for weeks ended:
a. 3rd October, 2003
   1. FUL/MAL/03/01015 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Erection of single storey side extension.
124 Washington Road, Maldon
Mrs. Phipps

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

2. FUL/MAL/03/01009 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Change of use from light industrial upholsters to retail shop for antiques.
104A High Street, Maldon
Mrs. Ellen Hedley

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

3. FUL/MAL/03/01011 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Replacement front door.
13 Victoria Road, Maldon
Ms. Anne Robertson

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

4. FUL/MAL/03/01023 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Mixed use of residential flat and healing centre.
Amber House, 46 Spital Road, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. G J Chimney

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application.
b. 10th October, 2003
   5. FUL/MAL/03/01026 MALDON WEST

Full Application
Erection of security fence to existing service yard.
Focus Do It All, Wycke Hill Business Park, Maldon Essex
Focus DIY Ltd

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

6. FUL/MAL/03/01033 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
LBC/MAL/03/01034
Listed Building Consent
Single storey rear extension.
32A High Street, Maldon
Ackwell Ltd

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

7. LBC/MAL/03/01044 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
Erection of detached double garage.
Fieldway, The Downs, Maldon
Mr. and Mrs. C Britton

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application subject to a condition being imposed stating that the garage is not to be used for habitation.

8. FUL/MAL/03/01046 MALDON NORTH

Full Application
CON/MAL/03/01047
Conservation Area Consent
Demolition of redundant fire station building and house and construction of 2 new semi-detached town houses with rear garages and private driveway with associated external works and landscaping.
Fire station 20-22 London Road, Maldon
Broookglade Special Projects Ltd

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

9. LBC/MAL/03/01042 MALDON NORTH

Listed Building Consent
Replacement of staircase and internal alteration to first and second floors, pursuant to FUL/MAL/02/00443 (change of use of first floor to A3 use and second floor to managers flat).
35 High Street, Maldon
Daniel Hurst

RESOLVED: that the Town Council has no objection to this application subject to the approval of the Conservation Officer.
 104. PLANNING APPLICATION
FUL/MAL/03/00950 MALDON NORTH

Further to note 2.b.9 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 17th October 2003, the Chairman requested that the following application be reconsidered.

FUL/MAL/03/00950
Proposed second floor extension.
14 and 15 Cromwell Court, Hill House Park, Maldon
Mr. C Tibballs and Mr. P Godfrey

Cllr K Smith declared an interest in the above agenda item and took no part in the discussion.

The Chairman informed members that he had received information from a Maldon District Council Planning Officer that several letters of objection had been received regarding the above application and that the deadline date for comments had been extended as the applicants had not notified other tenants at Hill House Park in accordance with their lease. Members recalled that the Town Council had previously had no objection to this application but the Chairman reported that the plans were inaccurate and the application should be considered again. The Chairman also said that approval had not been sought from the leaseholders within the area who had not been notified.
The Chairman adjourned the meeting for the member of the public to speak.
The member of the public stated that two chimneys had been omitted from the plan, they were shown as drains, which would need to be raised and would be unsightly from Market Hill and possibly the by-pass also there was no reference to the relocation of the water tanks.
The Chairman reconvened the meeting.
Members felt that due to the incomplete detail on the drawings and misleading information regarding the chimneys 2.b.9 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 17th September 2003 should be rescinded and that the Town Council object to the application.

RESOLVED: that (a) note 2.b.9 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 17th September 2003 be rescinded;
(b) a letter be forwarded to Maldon District Council stating that Town Council object to Planning Application FUL/MAL/03/00950 due to incomplete detail on the drawings.
 105. LIST OF MALDON DISTRICT COUNCIL PLANNING DECISIONS

Members received the list of Maldon District Council Planning Decisions.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
 106. PROPOSED VARIATION TO EXISTING LIMITED WAITING RESTRICTION COACH LANE

PROPOSED WAITING RESTRICTIONS - GATE STREET MEWS

Members received and considered correspondence from Highways and Transportation, Essex County Council regarding:
(a) proposed variation to existing limited waiting restriction to Coach Lane, Maldon;
(b) proposed waiting restrictions to Gate Street Mews.

RECOMMENDED: that the information be noted.
FOR INFORMATION
 107. THE MALDON DISTRICT REPLACEMENT LOCAL PLAN PUBLIC LOCAL INQUIRY

Members received from the Inquiry Office, Maldon District Council correspondence, notes of the Pre-Inquiry meeting and Draft Programme regarding the above.

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

PROPOSED STOPPING UP OF HIGHWAY - LAND ADJOINING 7 MASEFIELD ROAD, MALDON

Further to minute 221.b.8 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 14th April 2003, members received the following correspondence from The Planning Casework Team, Government Office for the East of England:

I refer to your letter of 18 September 2003 lodging an objection to the above mentioned proposal.

It is our practise in the first instance to refer any objection to the applicant for the Order in case they wish to discuss the matter with the objectors.

I have therefore sent a copy of your letter to Mr. Everitt, who applied for the Order, and who may be getting in touch with you.

A letter was circulated to members from Mr. Everitt which indicated that if the objection to the Stopping Up Order was not withdrawn it could involve a lengthy and costly Public Enquiry. He also felt that the Town Council were setting double standards regarding the proposed plan for the amenity area in Tennyson Road.

The Chairman informed members that as a result of discussions with Mr. and Mrs. Everitt he had ascertained that the land was owned by Mr. Everrit and that a 'License to Plant' had been issued by the Essex County Council in 1998. In the light of the new information members agreed that although it is Town Council policy to protect amenity areas, in this case it was felt that minute 21.b.8 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 14th April 2003 should be rescinded and the objection to the Stopping Up of Highway Land Order in respect of the area adjacent to 7 Masefield Road be withdrawn. It was also felt that Mr. Everitt should be informed that the proposals for the amenity area in Tennyson Road were at the request of the residents.

RECOMMENDED: that (a) minute 21.b.8 of the Planning Committee meeting held on 14th April 2003 be rescinded;
(b) a letter be forwarded to Go East and Mr. Everitt stating that in the light of additional information, the Town Council withdraws the objection to the Stopping Up of Highway Land Order in respect of land adjoining 7 Masefield Road.
 109. QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

A member of the public enquired why Councillors do not visit the planning application sites prior to meetings and was informed that often it is difficult as the applications are not received in the office until the day of the meeting.
   Cllr S. Savage
Chairman

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.30 p.m.

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



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