Present: J.P.Anderson (Chairman) E. Rodgers, (Vice-Chairman) B.J.Walker, M.J.Sheppard, G.Clark, K. Steed
1/ Apologies: Nil Absent: E.Padden
2/ Declaration of Interest: Nil.
3/ Minutes of the Previous Meeting:
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Planning & Development Committee, held on the 22nd October, 2013, as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted.
PROPOSED: E.Rodgers SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.
4/ Progress from the last Minutes, not on the Agenda:
Progress: Pg. 2 Item 7/ Traffic Count – J.P.Anderson reported, there had been one complaint re the pedestrian crossing lights on Kegworth Road, adjacent to Gotham School, implemented due to the large amount of traffic during rush hour. The complainant had suggested removal of the temporary pedestrian crossing lights to the bottom of Kegworth Road where they would be more often used. M.J.Sheppard had approached P.Goode of Notts Highways who had confirmed the Highways Authority had the final say on the installation site. The temporary lights are on loan from Laing O’Rourke and will only be in place during school term times. It was agreed, the lights provide a solution to the dangerous crossing over to the School and provide a safe option for parents wishing to use them.
5/ Progress re Aligned Core Strategy/Clifton Pastures:
J.P.Anderson reported, Councillor,T.Vennett-Smith had represented Gotham, Barton, Thrumpton and Clifton at the RBC Council Meeting held on the 12th December, 2013. He had made two passionate speeches on the importance of saving the green belt land around Nottingham. He put his points very well but his questions went unanswered. The Hearings on the Aligned Core Strategies had now finished and the Inspector is making her decision. Anna Soubry is active at M.P.level about the lack of consultation re the Aligned Core Strategies and the failure of the Examiner Ms. Kingaby to properly hear the evidence at the Public Inquiry before making her decision to accept large housing numbers. The House Building Federation have published a ‘Counsel’s Opinion’ which has been sent to Ms. Kingaby. E.Rodgers is studying the document and GPC can make its comments by the 7th February. If Legal advice is necessary, it could cost up to £2,500. K.Mafham had written a report of his findings and will attend more Hearings on the 11th/13th February when he will argue the point of unwarranted large housing numbers. University strategy to build student accommodation around Nottingham will ultimately free up student accupied privately owned houses for families. J.P.Anderson suggested seeking support from the Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clark on the fight to save the green belt. J.P.Anderson, J.Coles and K.Mafham meeting to discuss details of the timescale for representations.
K.Mafham is under the impression that the best way to save Clifton green belt is to undertake a Judicial Review. This could be in conjunction with other affected Councils to present a united front and to share costs.
PROPOSAL: To seek Counsel’s opinion on supporting K. Mafham in his representations to the extended Aligned Core Strategy Hearings in February.
PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson SECONDED: E.Rodgers. Vote: All in favour.
7/ Planning Decisions Received: Nil.
8/ Planning Applications Received: Nil.
9/ Any Other Business: Nil.
10/ Matters to Report:
B.J.Walker had noted an article on the A453 widening work which is ahead of schedule due to the fine weather.
The Clerk had been advised by the Trustees of the Memorial Hall/Recreation Ground, that the Scope Bin and Paper Recycling Bins are to be removed due to a drop in donations.
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, 18th February, 2014 at 7.30 p.m
Meeting closed at 8.20 p.m.