MELBOURN PARISH COUNCIL
Draft Minutes subject to formal ratification at the next Planning Meeting.
Minutes of a Planning Committee Meeting held on Tuesday, 31st May 2011 at the Parish Office, Melbourn Village College, The Moor at 7.00pm.
Present: Cllrs. R. Gatward, J. Hales, M. Linnette, D. Mowatt, M. Sherwen and R. Wakerley
In Attendance: The Clerk, Cllr. V Barrett and one member of the public
33/11 Apologies for Absence: Cllrs. Mulcock and Simmonett.
34/11 Election of Chairman:
It was proposed by Cllr. Hales THAT CLLR. SHERWEN BE ELECTED TO THE POST OF CHAIRMAN OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE YEAR 2011/2012. Seconded by Cllr. Gatward. There were no other nominations and the proposal was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. CLLR. SHERWEN WAS DULY ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE.
35/11 Election of Vice-Chairman:
It was proposed by Cllr. Wakerley THAT CLLR. SIMMONETT BE ELECTED TO THE POST OF VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE YEAR 2011/2012. Seconded by Cllr. Linnette. There were no other nominations and the proposal was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. CLLR. SIMMONETT WAS DULY ELECTED VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE.
As Cllr. Simmonett was not present at the meeting he is to be asked if he is willing to service as Vice-Chairman.
36/11 Declaration of Interests: Cllr. Hales declared a Personal and Prejudicial interest in Item 41/11 as he had family living in the village.
Item 45/11 (b) Cllr. Linnette declared a Personal and Prejudicial interest as his house was the subject of a planning application.
37/11 Minutes of the meeting held on 9th May 2011:
It was proposed by Cllr. Gatward, seconded by Cllr. Linnette and agreed that the minutes should be signed as a true record.
38/11 Matters Arising: There were no matters arising.
39/11 Village Car Park:
Cllr. Sherwen reported that on 16th May a meeting with Huck Partnership had taken place. Cllr. Sherwen was now waiting to hear back from Huck Partnership with regards to this meeting. If necessary he will chase them. Cllr. Sherwen will then arrange a final meeting.
Cllr. Mowatt reported that the roof on the bus shelter was not in good shape. Cllr. Sherwen will try to obtain quotes for a repair.
The Clerk is to make this an agenda item for the next Highways and Rural Footpath meeting.
40/11 Police Site:
Cllr. Hales had collated the points raised at the meeting held on the 17th May with members of the public and passed these on to Mr Ellis.
Mr Ellis said that the points raised by the Parish Council were very fair and valid and that residents were very keen to work with the Parish Council on this matter. So far he had received no feedback from interested parties. Any feedback from these points will be dealt with at the next Planning meeting on 6th June.
Cllr. Hales said that for the working party to run at its best there was a need for feedback.
Mr Ellis had spoken to Mr David Bevan with regards to an appraisal of the Conservation Areas. He was told one had not been carried out since 2001 and that to carry one out would be costly.
Cllr. Mowatt thought that an appraisal should be carried out as this was an open green space with trees in a Conservation Area. The Clerk was asked to write to Mr Bevan asking for details of what a full appraisal would entail.
Mr Ellis said that he thought that everyone involved was singing off the same hymn sheet.
Cllr. Gatward said she would have liked to have gone to the meeting at SCDC but did not go as she understood that numbers were limited. It seems that this was not the case, as more people had attended the meeting than had originally been decided upon.
41/11 Heydon Grange Wind Farm:
At the present time there was nothing new to report.
42/11 Village Green registrations:
At the present time there was nothing new to report.
43/11 Discussion of SCDC proposal to use IT forum at Parish Council level:
Cllr. Mulcock was not present at the meeting so no report could be given.
44/11 Notifications or Planning Consultation documents:
(a) SCDC – 172A High Street. Conservatory. S/0156/11. Permission Granted.
(b) SCDC – 12 Pryors Orchard. Loft Conversion. S/0652/11. Permission Granted.
(c) SCDC – Land Adjacent to 25 Station Road. New Dwelling. S/1981/10 Planning application will be considered by the Planning Committee on 1 June 2011. Meeting commences at 2pm and is held in the Council Chamber at the Council’s office in Cambourne.
(d) The Pink Geranium, 25 Station Road. Change of use from Restaurant (A3) to Dwelling (C3) and Extension Outbuildings and Garage/Outbuilding.
This application has been withdrawn from consideration by SCDC Planning Committee meeting.
(e) The Pink Geranium, 25 Station Road. Demolition of stores, kitchen, food prep area, conservatory, w.c. and laundry and alteration to gateway and Extension and alterations including link, infilling openings, alteration to doors, additional partitions and provision of kitchen, utility and bathrooms.
This application has been withdrawn from consideration by SCDC Planning Committee meeting..
(f) There were no further Notifications or Planning Consultations received.
45/11 Planning Applications:
(a) 3 Palmers Way – Erection of a single storey extension to rear of the property. S/0832/11. No Recommendation.
The Committee have concerns that the proposed extension is called a “therapy room” and appears to include meeting room facilities. Is this for business purposes? Clarification is required.
[Cllr. Linnette having declared a Personal and Prejudicial interest in the next item for reason stated in Item 36/11 left the room]
(b) 11 Chapel Lane – Erection of single storey extension to North East side of dwelling in place of existing garage and erection of new detached garage to North West of dwelling. S/0872/11. Recommend Approval.
[Cllr. Linnette rejoined the meeting]
(c) 9 The Lawns. Variation of condition 2 of approval consent S/1077/10 to allow a revised design to include a study. S/0819/11.
No Recommendation. Application details incorrect.
(d) 15 Portway. Removal of Section 106 Appendix (a) and (b) and allow new appendix (a) for not being (Planning Application S/1621/90/F. Recommend Refusal.
(e) Application to carry out Tree Works subject to a Tree Preservation Order or situated within a Conservation Area – 80 High Street To remove an Evergreen tree on the left hand side of drive No 80, about 10 meters from entrance. Close to brick wall and far edge boundary of number 82.
Refusal on grounds that the committee see no reason for the removal of this tree, no reason is given either.
(f) There were no further Planning applications received.
(a) Dearbhla Lawson, Head of Strategic Planning, CCC – Thanks for the committee’s comments on the application for retention of 5 bay mobile classroom at Melbourn Primary School. Noted.
(b) Copy of letter to C, Wilson, Principal Management Surveyor, CCC from Mr Larcombe – Lease to Parish Council. Noted.
(c) There was no further correspondence received.
47/11 Urgent Matters:
There were no urgent matters.
There being no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.28pm