Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning Committee (20/01/15)

Present:       G.Clark (Vice-Chairman), B.J.Walker,   M.J.Sheppard,     G.Hutter,  K.Steed.

In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman, G.Clark, chaired the Meeting.

1/    Apologies:   J.P.Anderson (Chairman) E. Rodgers.    In attendance: Mrs. D. Wattley.

PROPOSED: Acceptance of apologies: K.Steed SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard.  All in favour.

2/    Declaration of Interest: Nil.

3/    Minutes of the Previous Meeting: 

RESOLVED:  That the Minutes of the Planning & Development Committee, held on the 15th December, 2014 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business.

PROPOSED: M.J.Sheppard SECONDED: B.J.Walker   Vote: All in favour.

4/    Progress from the last Minutes, not on the Agenda: Nil to report.

The Chairman asked that, in consideration of Mrs. D. Wattley, Agenda item 7 be discussed next.

7/ Planning Applications Received:

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

PROPOSAL: Suspension of Standing Orders.

PROPOSED: G.Clark SECONDED: K.Steed   Vote: All in favour.

Mrs. Wattley explained that the amended planning application featured only three bedrooms, would not be rendered on the outside and, in line with current planning preference, the extension would be set back. The drains will be located, if not running under the neighbour’s back garden, as shown on the planning application. Emergency vehicles had frequently called at the house, during her father’s illness and had not encountered difficulty, despite three or four vehicles parked outside the property.

PROPOSAL: Re-instatement of Standing Orders.

PROPOSED: G.Clark SECONDED: K.Steed   Vote: All in favour.


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

Mrs. D.Wattley left the meeting at 7.45 p.m.

15/1:   (ref: 14/02713/FUL)  165 Nottingham Road – Proposed extensions and double garage.


PROPOSED: G.Clark  SECONDED: K.Steed.  Vote: All in favour.

Comment: Materials should be inkeeping with the existing.

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

RBC Core Strategy: J.P.Anderson, while on holiday, was keeping in touch with K.Mafham on recent Planning events via the internet. There is an air of confidence re the Judicial Review on the Aligned Core Strategy.

The meeting with RBC leaders had been disappointing when no serious questions were satisfactorily answered. Therefore, and, in consultation with Barton and Thrumpton and K.Mafham, it has been agreed to proceed to Judicial Review against the Core Strategy. Costs will fall within the Aarhus Convention and within GPC’s initial budget

PROPOSAL:Following a discussion re barrister, R.Turney’s availability, it was PROPOSED by M.J.Sheppard to Recommend to full Council that GPC proceed to Judicial Review against RBC’s Core Strategy in conjunction with Barton and Thrumpton.

SECONDED: K.Steed. Vote: All in favour.

6/ Planning Decisions Received: Nil.

8/  Any Other Business: (24 Bidwell Crescent ? adherence to approved plan – E.Rodgers)

The Clerk had confirmed with Ms. I.Paxton of RBC Planning Department that the extension to 24 Bidwell Crescent was within planning consent.

9/  Matters to Report:

M.J.Sheppard reported, the fence between The Royal British Legion and the Western Track had collapsed.

At a meeting of The Royal British Legion social club, committee and members, held on the 19th January, 2015 it had been negotiated, with a representative from Head Office, to continue running the club until the 28th February, 2015.

The Clerk had received an invitation to a Planning Forum to be held at RBC on the 11th February, 2015. G.Hutter and B.J.Walker offered to attend. (G.Hutter to inform the Clerk of her availability)

The Clerk had received an invitation to an Exhibition of Art at Gotham Primary School on the 23rd January, 2015 from 2.30-3.30 p.m. M.J.Sheppard to attend.

M.J.Sheppard intended to hold a reception, for GPC and invited guests, on the 26th March, 2015.

10/  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 February, 2015 at 7.30 p.m.

Meeting closed at 8.45 p.m.