Present: J.P.Anderson (Chairman) E. Rodgers, (Vice-Chairman) B.J.Walker, M.J.Sheppard, G.Clark.
1/ Apologies: K.Steed, E.Padden, R.Muir
In Attendance: Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith, P.Marshall (RBC Planning).
2/ Declaration of Interest: Nil.
3/ Minutes of the Previous Meeting:
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Planning & Development Committee, held on the 17th September, 2013, as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted.
PROPOSED: G. Clark SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.
4/ Progress from the last Minutes, not on the Agenda:
Pg. 2 Item 8/ Any Other Business: J.P.Anderson confirmed he would attend the Rushcliffe Planning Forum on the 30th October, 2013.
Pg. 2 Item 7/ Traffic Count: The traffic lights on Kegworth Road had not yet arrived. The Clerk had received confirmation from P.Goode (NCC Traffic Manager) that they would be installed as soon as possible. The Chairman had received strong support from the County Councillor Andrew Brown and that the bottleneck, as always seemed to be the case in matters like these, was the Highways Agency. £42,000 had been put aside but they were unwilling to spend it. Both he and Cllr. Brown would be putting pressure on J.Pizzey at the HA and N.C.C efforts could bring about press coverage. There was general strong disappointment at the levels of traffic and accidents that had occurred.
Pg. 2 Item 10/ Matters to Report: The Clerk had received an email from K.Hourd of NCC Highways re speeding traffic into Gotham at Nottingham Road entrance. She had offered to visit the site for advice on speed reduction options.
The Chairman welcomed Mr. P. Marshall, of RBC Planning Department, to the meeting.
5/ Future Housing in Gotham:
PROPOSAL: Suspension of Standing Orders.
PROPOSED: G.Clark, SECONDED: E.Rodgers Vote: All in favour.
The Chairman outlined the history of Gotham’s building development over recent years and the current GPC policy. He expressed his own opinion that the housing stock in Gotham was not compatible with the present population’s needs could mean a change in policy, re the possibility of a small development of market houses on a green belt exception site, to allow for the inclusion of some affordable housing.
Mr. Marshall described the procedures necessary to bring about such development under the current legislation. He recommended the production of a Neighbourhood Plan, as currently being drawn up by East Leake and Keyworth Parish Councils. There was no RBC financial assistance available for a Neighbourhood Plan.
An information pack – ‘Locality – Quick Guide to Neighbourhood Plans’ was passed to the Clerk. British Gypsum had also offered their assistance. Mr Marshall also suggested possible incorporation of a specific plan directly into the next stage of the Local Plan.
There was general discussion on the topic at which some of those present stressed the risks of opening the village to the attention of developers.
The Chairman thanked Mr. Marshall for his attendance and he left the meeting at 8.25 p.m.
PROPOSAL: Re-instatement of Standing Orders.
PROPOSED: G.Clark, SECONDED: E.Rodgers Vote: All in favour.
6/ Fight to Save the Greenbelt at Clifton Pastures:
Mr.Marshall had confirmed, RBC had not yet published a Traffic Model and the Chairman confirmed he had emailed R.Mapletoft at RBC asking that full dialogue on such modelling took place before the council meeting in December.
The Chairman reported the Examination in Public of the Aligned Core Strategies was half way through. He had been unable to attend any meetings but B.J.Walker had and she submitted a verbal report describing the strong representations made by our representative Ken Mafham and Anna Soubry, M.P. for Broxtowe. It was noted that the NCC Core Strategy website was very difficult to access.
The Chairman suggested a Strategy Meeting with other Nottinghamshire villages might be worthwhile. A Judicial Review was under consideration and a joint action might prove financially beneficial. Anna Soubry M.P. had been an excellent advocate for protecting Notts’ green belt land. B.J.Walker said that there had been little representation at the enquiry from Nottingham City Council members and public.
The members meeting, re modifications to the RBC Core Strategy, would be held on the 12th December, 2013. GPC would be represented by Borough Councillor T.Vennett-Smith.
7/ Planning Decisions Received:
13/9 (ref:13/01521/FUL) 9 Chadborn Avenue – Single storey rear extension (infill) GRANTED
13/11 (ref: 13/01572/FUL) 1 St Andrew Close – Single storey front, side and rear extension. GRANTED
13/12 (ref: 13/01686/OUT) Land to East of Oaklands, Eyres Lane – Single detached dwelling REFUSED
13/13: (ref: 13/01618/FUL) Sun Inn – Retention of stove and external flue pipe to north elevation GRANTED
8/ Planning Applications Received:
13/15: (ref: 13/01943/VAR) Land South of Leake Road, Gotham – Vary condition 2,7 and 9 of planning permission 10/01186/FUL to permit the open storage of desulphurised gypsum for a temporary period (up to five years).
PROPOSAL: NO OBJECTION
PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson SECONDED: E.Rodgers Vote: All in favour.
E.Padden arrived at the meeting at 9.05p.m. (having attended another meeting in the Moonrakers’ room).
9/ Any Other Business:
The Chairman reported damage to cars parked along Nottingham Road possibly due to increased traffic through the village, some of which had occurred during the night when the street lights were switched off. A request had been received from a resident that the lights be reinstated. Heavy traffic was travelling through Gotham during the roadwork disruption on the A453. It was agreed, another weight restriction sign for Gotham, sited at the Crusader roundabout was required but that, in the meantime, the parishioner be advised to obtain stronger support as this was required by Cllr. Brown to back any proposal to re-instate night time street lighting.
The Chairman had received a letter from Royal Mail confirming an applicant had applied to run Post Office facilities in the village.
10/ Matters to Report:
Waste Bin: B.J.Walker reported, the waste bin had been returned to its original site beside the village seat and in front of the Village Sculpture. The Clerk confirmed she had twice removed it to the corner of the British Legion fence, adjacent to the Brickyard Track, but someone had returned it. The Clerk would ask RBC to refrain from moving it after emptying.
Village Sculpture: M.J.Sheppard reported photographs of the Unveiling Ceremony would be mounted and on view in the Memorial Hall. Gotham News would carry an offer for photograph orders.
The Clerk had received an offer of grants for 2013/14 from Greenwood Community Tree Planting. She would progress with a view to hedging behind the Village Sculpture.
11/ Date & Time of Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Planning and Development Committee would be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 19th November, 2013 at 7.30 p.m
Meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.