Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning Committee (16/02/15)

Present:   J.P.Anderson (Chairman) E. Rodgers, G.Clark (Vice-Chairman)  B.J.Walker,   M.J.Sheppard,  K.Steed.

1/    Apologies: G.Hutter.

2/    Declaration of Interest: Nil.

3/    Minutes of the Previous Meeting: 

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Planning & Development Committee, held on the 20th January, 2015 previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business.

PROPOSED: M.J.Sheppard SECONDED: K.Steed.   Vote: All in favour.

4/    Progress from the last Minutes, not on the Agenda:

Item 9/  Matters to Report: B.J.Walker and G.Hutter had attended the Rushcliffe Borough Council Parish Forum on the 11th February, 2015. R. Mapletoft mentioned the matter of the forthcoming Judicial Review during a presentation of the Core Strategy.

Neighbourhood Planning was discussed which entails a great deal of work, although Gotham drew up a Village Design Statement in 2005 which could be referred to and would lessen the burden.  It would not be relevant to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan until the green belt status of Gotham has been decided. i.e. Green Wash or Green Envelope. A meeting with St.Gobain might be useful in the choice of land to designate for development.  East Leake’s Neighbourhood Plan took four years’ to complete and had designated four hundred houses. Since then, seven hundred houses have been granted permission.

Keyworth Council has nominated its preferred building sites.

5/   Progress re  RBC Core Strategy/Aligned Core Strategy:

Aligned Core Strategy: Decision on the 19th February which is the first legal date for the City’s attempt to strike out the challenge on time grounds.

A letter had been received from Broxtowe Council re the Core Strategy proceeding to Part 2. J.P.Anderson will bring the letter to the attention of K.Mafham.

Core Strategy: RBC aware of the Judicial Review going ahead in the name of Barton Parish Council. J.P. Anderson had sought more information from the Highways Authority re the Traffic Study. To date, no reply.

Sharphill: After six years, since planning permission for twelve hundred houses had been granted, it is believed that a developer is interested in developing Sharphill.

6/ Planning Decisions Received:

14/11: (ref:14/02377/FUL) 1 The Rushes – Two storey side extension (amended plan) GRANTED

14/16: (ref: 14/02339/FUL) 3 Meadow End – Install decked roof terrace on existing flat roof to rear, safety fencing around the deck (1.2me high picket fence) alter window to glazed French door. REFUSED

7/ Planning Applications Received:          

15/2: (ref: 15/00120/FUL) Woodland, Kegworth Road – Construction of wooden stable block within garden.


PROPOSED: M. J.Sheppard  SECONDED: G.Clark  Vote: All in favour.

8/ Village Design Statement Update:

A Parish Council critique of the village of Gotham drawn up in 2004 on the expectation that it would be adopted by RBC as planning guidance. In the event, RBC never adopted the document. ~GPC adopted it in 2005 and updated it in 2011. It is a useful document highlighting buildings and views to be protected and to assist with planning decisions. It is time for an update since some new events have taken place, such as St.Lawrence Close and the A453 widening. J.P.Anderson invited members of the Planning Committee to look through the VDS and suggest new input. Clerk to circulate copies to members.

9/  Any Other Business:

The Chairman had received an invitation to a Neighbourhood Planning Event on the 12th March, 2013 at Hodstock Priory.

10/  Matters to Report:

M.J.Sheppard queried the continuation of the informal right of way across the garden of 30 Wodehouse Avenue, with the permission of the householder. As the householder is now in a Nursing Home and Spirita have instigated repairs to the house, it is understood the right of way will continue until the arrival of a new tenant at the property.

E.Rodgers reported conditions worse along the A453 mainly due to a delay in the tram works at Clifton. A fourteen mile journey recently took three hours. Traffic light signals had been altered to no avail. There is currently an increase of rat running through Gotham. The temporary traffic lights on Kegworth Road are repeatedly turning to red, probably due to being tampered with. Some drivers ignore the red light. Clerk to inform the police.

11/  Date & Time of Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Planning and Development Committee will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 17th March, 2015 at 7.30 p.m.

Meeting closed at 8.30 p.m.