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Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning & Development Committee (19/01/16)

Present: Councillors, J.P.Anderson (Chairman) G.Hutter, M.J.Sheppard, H.Taylor, M.Wilkins, J.M.F.Royce, B.J.Walker, A.Clayworth, G.Clark.

1/ Apologies: Nil.

2/ Declaration on Interest: Nil.

3/ Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday, 17th November, 2015.
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Planning & Development Committee, held on the 17TH November, 2015 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business.
PROPOSED: B.J.Walker SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard Vote: All in favour.

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

5/ Green Belt Envelope:
J.P.Anderson reported that K.Mafham had been authorised by GPC to prepare a submission to RBC for the designation of the whole of Gotham Parish as an area for which a Neighbourhood Plan should be drawn up.
He would also make a submission for a grant to the agents for Government Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning and Community Buildings Programme.

Neighbourhood Plan: Grants of up to £8,000 are available to fund the drawing up of a Neighbourhood Plan. Two dedicated people are required to take on the production of a Neighbourhood Plan, with assistance from Ken Mafham. J.P.Anderson stated he did not want to be involved in its production due to already producing a Parish Plan in 2005 and having other village issues on hand at the present time. M.J.Sheppard, B.J. Walker and A.Clayworth offered to form a team but would welcome any help from another parishioner, not necessarily a Councillor. If someone outside of the Council assisted, it might lead to them joining the Parish Council in the future.
The Housing Survey forms, drawn up by Midland Homes, are due to be delivered to J.P.Anderson’s house and will be distributed to every house in the village and will include a return envelope to Midland Homes to be collated. J.P.Anderson will hold Advice Forums at the Friday morning coffee mornings on the 3rd and 10th February, 2016 in the Memorial Hall, to offer assistance on issues relating to the Housing Survey forms and acquisition of the former Royal British Legion site. M.J.Sheppard suggested posters to advertise the Forum Days could be distributed around the village.

Item 7 to be discussed next.

7/ Planning Decisions Received:
(ref: BSU/CB/11/01/2016) RBC list of Community Assets Formal Decision – Cuckoo Bush Public House – GRANTED
15/14 – (ref: 15/02717/FUL) 21 Gladstone Ave.– Sub division of property to create self contained unit on 1st floor – GRANTED
8/ Planning Applications Received:
16/1: (ref: 16/00046/CMA) Severn Trent Water Ltd, Moor Lane – Installation of 1 No. (GRP) kiosk at
Gotham Sewage Treatment Works.
The structure is to be sited at the back of the sewage works so will not be seen from Moor Lane. It is a single glass reinforced plastic kiosk 4.7 m in length x 4 ms wide x 2.7m high in a holly green colour. It has chemical dosing equipment inside to control phosperous levels.

PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: M.Wilkins. Vote: All in favour.

6. British Legion Site:
J.P. Anderson outlined the funding propositions to date. A proposal will be made at the Finance Meeting on the 26th January, 2016 to decide GPC’s funding for the acquisition of the RBL site.
The Steering Group had requested a loan from the Parish Council for a period of 25 years. J.M.F.Royce thought this timescale too long and could be reduced to ten years.
GPC can make a grant out of money already in the bank, plus an amount borrowed from the Public Works Board.
Councillors are not personally liable for a debt undertaken by a Parish Council if the Council in question acts in good faith. No one disagrees that the project is for the good of the village.
The cost to the Precept is nil.
A share offer has been offered and will be explained in full at the Public Meeting.
A planning application has been submitted to RBC for change of use of the building. The outcome is expected shortly. The enterprise will consist of two tenants. i.e. one shop containing a post office and one café.
A Community Benefit Society has been set up. A financial business plan will be made public at the meeting on the 28th January, 2016.

9/ Matters to Report:
H.Taylor called for the reinstatement of street lighting along Leake Road. He had experienced a hazardous walk home on New Years Eve and thought it dangerously dark. A. Clayworth had spoken to Steve Calvert of NCC Highways who confirmed the need for signatures from parishioners who wish to reinstate nightime street lighting needs to be submitted to NCC who will consider the matter. B.J.Walker pointed out that she was in favour of saving energy and that key areas of the village were lit all night. The expense of turning lights on and off was more than keeping them on all night. M. Wilkins suggested LED lights saved the cost of power.

10/ Date & Time of Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Planning Committee will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 16th February, 2016 at 7.30 p.m. Meeting closed at 8.30 p.m.

Minutes of a Planning & Development Committee Meeting (16/06/15)


In the absence of the Clerk notes taken by B.J.Walker

Present: J.P.Anderson, G.Clark, G.Hutter, M.J.Sheppard, B.J.Walker, Andrew Clayworth.

In attendance Martin Wilkins and Harry Taylor.


1/ Election of Chairman

It was proposed by Michael Sheppard and seconded by Geoff Clark that John Anderson be elected Chairman.

Vote: All in favour

2/Election of Vice Chairman

It was proposed by M.Sheppard and seconded by Gill Hutter that Geoff Clark be appointed Vice Chairman.

Vote; All in favour

Harry Taylor was invited to join the Planning and Development committee and he agreed to stand.

He was thanked and welcomed by the Chairman.

3/ Apologies – Nil

4/ Declaration of Interest

Michael Sheppard declared an interest in Item 10, both for 16, Curzon Street and Land off Moor Lane.

5/ Minutes of the Meeting held on 17th March 2015.

It was resolved that the minutes of the Planning and Development Committee held on 17th March 2015 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of business.

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

6/ Progress from the minutes, not on the Agenda, nothing to report

7/ Progress re RBC Core Strategy/Aligned Core Strategy

The Chairman confirmed that GPC had agreed to withdraw from the RBC Judicial Review and that RBC had submitted costs for £5,000 which would be shared with Barton and Thrumpton.

This would leave the way open for Oxalis to resubmit their planning application South of Clifton.

Cllr Taylor is concerned about air pollution affecting any building near the A453 and is collating evidence re air quality which we will use in any response to the planning application.

The Chairman confirmed that we would hope to retain Ken Mafham to guide us in our responses to the forthcoming plan

8/Royal British Legion/Spa Shop – report on Public meeting held on 4th June 2015

We have until 8th July to receive the decision re the Asset of Community Value from RBC.

From the above meeting a new steering group has emerged from within the village. The notes taken by the Clerk will be confirmed at their next meeting (30th June)

A general discussion took place around the funding of this proposal; there is still much preparatory work to be undertaken.

A suggestion was made to consider approaching the Public Loans Board.

The Clerk had written to RBC in answer to some clarification information re the ACV. John Anderson would follow this up.

9/ Planning Decisions Received: It was noted that permission had been granted for 15/3  ref:15/00978/FUL for 9, Naylor Avenue . We did not object.

10/Planning Applications Received: 15/5(ref: 15/00681/FUL 16 Curzon Street – Conversion of garage into bedroom. No objection – Proposed G. Clark Seconded John Anderson. Vote I abstention, rest in favour.

15/6 (ref 15/01206/AGRIC Land off Moor Lane – Erection of machinery and fodder store building.

No objection but strong concerns were made.

11/ 3 Meadow End – removal of decking. A letter from the Enforcement officer of RBC was read out giving the owner 14 days from 12th June to remove the first floor balcony decking.

12/Any other business – Nil

13/Matters to report. Harry Taylor brought to our attention the lack of update on the current Gotham website. He will pursue with Steve Webster? (Have I got the correct name?)

14/ Date of next meeting Tuesday 21st July 2015

Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning Committee (18/11/14)

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

In the absence of the Clerk minutes taken by Barbara Walker

1/ Apologies: E.Padden

PROPOSED: Acceptance of apologies M.J.Sheppard SECONDED; K.Steed. Vote: six  in favour, one abstention.

2/Declaration of Interest: Nil

3/Minutes of the Previous Meeting: Held on Tuesday 21st October 2014

RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Planning and Development Committee held on 21st October2014 as previously circulated be accepted and signed as a true record of the business transacted with the following amendment:

Item 5 (last line) The Rt.Hon. should be kept informed of proceedings and a delegation from GPC MIGHT attend his next surgery…….

Proposed by Karen Steed. Seconded by Michael Sheppard. Vote all in favour

4/ Progress from the Minutes, not on the Agenda

Nothing to report on 3 Meadow End decking – John Anderson to pursue.

5/ Progress re RBC Core Strategy/ ACS

J. Anderson has contacted Cllr Neil Clarke requesting a meeting and he is awaiting a response.

Liz Rodgers queried RBC’s service standards and was disappointed to note that RBC may not comply.

Michael Sheppard wished to place on record his and the committees thanks to John Anderson, Julian Coles (Barton in Fabis Parish Council) and Ken Maffham for their hard work and dedication in progressing Gotham’s fight against development on the land south of Clifton

6/ Meeting held on 6th November 2014 (Meeting with other Parish Councils)

Ken Maffham gave a complete update and answered questions from the floor.

Having said we only had 3 weeks to submit our case he has since discovered it can wait until the last minute. Gedling have submitted a 30 page document though this did not contain their legal arguments.

Aarhus costs have been accepted by the City, Broxtowe and Gedling Councils.

7/ Planning Decisions Received: Nil

8/ Planning Applications Received:

Ref No: 14/02307/FUL – Conversion and Extension of building to annexe to 18 Wallace Street.

Proposed: No Objection: John Anderson. Seconded Michael Sheppard.

All in favour with the comment that we wish to draw attention to the difficulty of access to off road parking.

9/ Any other Business

An enforcement officer from RBC has viewed changes at Woodlands Bungalow Kegworth Road.

10/ Matters to report

Liz Rodgers queried the new high fence at 15 East Street and also reported that Severn Trent is digging up Nottingham Road. Work is to take 4 months. LR will advise the Clerk on writing to Severn Trent as she felt GPC should have been made aware and perhaps there is a need for a sign to be erected on the A453 to advise motorists who ‘rat-run’ through Gotham of the new ongoing long term road works

11/ Date and time of Next meeting.

TBA . Next meeting may have to be at 8.00pm to avoid clashing with the Village Christmas Carol Sing Song.

Liz Rodgers gave her apologies for the Main Meeting on 2nd December and will not be available for the next planning meeting.

Meeting closed at 8.00p.m.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning & Development Committee (20/05/14)

In the absence of the Clerk, notes taken by BJW

Present: J.P.Anderson (Chairman)  E.Rodgers (Vice-Chairman) G. Hutter,K.Steed, E.Padden, B.J.Walker  M.J.Sheppard (7.40pm) G.Clark (7.40pm)

In attendance Andrew Clayworth

1/ Election of Chairman: It was moved by E.Rodgers and seconded by K.Steed that John Anderson be appointed as Chairman and duly carried by unanimous vote

2/Election of Vice Chairman: Deferred to later in the meeting

3/ Apologies: Nil

4/Declaration of Interest: Nil

5/ Minutes of the previous meeting:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 18th March 2014 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted.

PROPOSED: B J Walker SECONDED K.Steed. Vote all in favour

6/Progress from the minutes, not on the Agenda: Item 8. This planning application was reconsidered at the Main meeting and the objection withdrawn

7/Progress re RBC Core Strategy/Aligned core strategy: Still awaiting Inspector’s report on the ACS which is due at the end of May giving a short time for appraisal before going for a Judicial Review.

John Anderson gave an overview of the timetable of Rushcliffe’s Examination in Public commencing 1st July for two weeks indicating when Ken Mafham would appear. Councillors queried whether the villagers would be notified of the issues and various suggestions were put forward as the best way to do this including information going on to the GPC website.

8/Minerals Plan at Barton: John Anderson circulated a plan showing the affected area (approx 190 acres). An open meeting will take place at Barton Village Hall on Tuesday 27th May at 7.30pm. Once established this proposal would spread up to Thrumpton and generate approximately 60 Lorries a day.  JA had emailed Oxalis and Richard Mapletoft RBC planner as to the implications for our area. The planning consideration is in the hands of Nottinghamshire County Council with input from the Highways Authority It was agreed we should help Barton and respond to their lead. A small working group comprising of M. Sheppard, G.Clark and B.Walker would look at this.

9/ Traffic working Party: M.J.Sheppard reported that County Councillor Andrew Brown had contacted him re the removal of the traffic lights outside the school. JA was still awaiting the traffic details from Oxalis and the implications for rat running through Gotham. Dave Prior will give us his professional opinion. It was agreed that a working party including Sue Lymn-Brewin, JA, GH, EP, MS, ER and other interested parties should be assembled to discuss the implications.

10/Planning Decisions Received – Nil

11/Planning Applications Received – Nil

12/ Any Other Business

Item 2 Election of Vice Chairman

It was moved by B.Walker and seconded by John Anderson that G.Clark be appointed as Vice Chairman for the ensuing year. All in favour.

BJW sought permission to draft a response to the East Midlands Airport’s Development Plan for the Clerk to respond to on behalf of Council. E. Rodgers highlighted the problem of noisy training flights. The closing date is 24th May 2014.

13/Matters to report: nil

14/ Date and time of next meeting: Tuesday 17th June 2014. E.Rodgers gave her apologies as she will be on holiday.

Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning & Development Committee (17/09/13)

Held on Tuesday 17th September 2013 at 7.30 p.m in the Memorial Hall Weldon Room

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

1/    Apologies:  G.Clark           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 30th July, 2013, as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business transacted.

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

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

Pg. 2 Item 7: Traffic Count: J.P.Anderson had attempted to contact P.Goode, Traffic Transport Manager at NCC, re the installation of temporary traffic lights on Kegworth Road. M.J.Sheppard confirmed that warning signs of the 30 m.p.h. speed limit had been posted on lamp posts on Kegworth Road but the Committee agreed these were not enough to deter rat running. J.P.Anderson would make further attempts to ensure the traffic lights were installed, as soon as possible.

5/   Fight to Save the Greenbelt at Clifton Pastures:

J.P.Anderson reported no further response from RBC re GPC’s objections to the Core Strategy due to go formally before the RBC meeting on the 31st October, 2013. Borough Councillor Trevor Vennett-Smith would represent GPC and surrounding villages. He would be invited to the next meeting of the GPC Planning Commitee. By that time, the Public Enquiry for the Aligned Core Strategy would  have been held. K. Mafham had submitted an excellent argument, in draft form,  for a delay in using up Nottinghamshire green belt land. He had stressed the lack of public consultation but had not yet included diagrams and tables. Hopefully, K.Mafham could produce a convincing argument to the Inspector at the Public Enquiry. When the document was complete, J.P.Anderson would upload it to the Gotham Parish Council website. C.Raynor had submitted a convincing argument on student numbers in Nottinghamshire and would also attend the Public Enquiry. J.P.Anderson would seek C. Raynor’s permission to upload his argument onto the website. The Examination in Public would take place on the 15th October, 2013 for one week and continue on the 29th October for a second week. J.P.Anderson, B.J.Walker and K.Mafham to attend. Following the Public Enquiry, a decision on Nottingham housing numbers would be known within 2/3 months.

The Committee expressed their thanks to J.P.Anderson for his enormous amount of dedication and effort in the fight to save the green belt.

6/    Planning Decisions Received:

13/8: (ref: 13/01406/FUL) 18 Nottingham Rd – Single storey rear extension. GRANTED

7/    Planning Applications Received:

13/9   (ref:13/01521/FUL) 9 Chadborn Avenue – Single storey rear extension (infill)

PROPOSAL: NO OBJECTION. PROPOSED: M.J.Sheppard  SECONDED:J.P.Anderson  Vote: All in favour.

13/11 (ref: 13/01572/FUL) 1 St Andrew Close – Single storey front, side and rear extension.

PROPOSAL: NO OBJECTION. PROPOSED: R.Muir  SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard  Vote: All in favour.

13/12 (ref: 13/01686/OUT) Land to East of Oaklands, Eyres Lane – Single detached dwelling

PROPOSAL: OBJECTION. PROPOSED: E.Rodgers  SECONDED: R.Muir  Vote: All in favour.

Reasons for Objection: Inappropriate building within the green belt. Narrow lane with difficult access to Leake Road. Over intensification on a very small plot of land.

13/13: (ref: 13/01618/FUL) Sun Inn – Retention of stove and external flue pipe to north elevation

PROPOSAL: NO OBJECTION. PROPOSED:J.P.Anderson  SECONDED: R.Muir. Vote: All in favour.

13/14: (ref: 13/01700/FUL) Sunnydale Barn, Moor Lane – Convert garage to kitchen including removal of garage door and insertion of window/doors; provision of flue for woodburning stove; rooflights; garden shed.

PROPOSAL: NO OBJECTION. PROPOSED:J.P.Anderson  SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.

8/  Any Other Business:

The Chairman had received an application from the landlord of the Sun Inn seeking to display a temporary advertising banner on the Village Pump. The Sun had recently been listed in the 2014 CAMRA Good Beer Guide and had won the ‘Best Kept Cellar’ in the East Midlands and East Anglia. The banner would not be in place during the celebrations for the Village Sculpture unveiling on the 29th September, 2013. The Committee discussed the application and felt that, in view of complaints about the banner obscuring the beauty of the Village Pump, a Grade 2 listed building, it would be inadviseable to grant permission for its temporary use as a base for an advertising banner. The Clerk would advise the landlord of the Committee’s decision.

The Chairman had received an invitation to the RBC Community Consultation and Community Led Planning Forum in the Council Chamber on Wednesday, 30th October, 2013 9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. J.P.Anderson would advise the Clerk, as soon as possible, if he was available to attend.

J.P.Anderson, Chairman of the Cemetery Sub Committee, had instructed Mr and Mrs Hand to undertake Cemetery front border maintenance and some re-planting at an annual cost of £400.

The Clerk had received three quotations for pruning work on the Railway Walk.

PROPOSAL: Acceptance of a quotation of £250 from S.Watson.

PROPOSED: J.P.Anderson  SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard. Vote: All in favour.

9/   Matters to Report:

E.Rodgers reported complaints of speeding on Nottingham Road approaching Gotham. Several animals had been killed on the road, adjacent to the allotments. E.Rodgers called for better speed awareness prior to drivers’ confronting the 30 m.p.h. speed sign or ‘gates’ as installed at the entrance to Wymeswold. The Clerk would approach P.Good at NCC with the suggestions for further speed awareness signage. (copy to NCC A.Brown). The GPC speed gun was not authorised for use on Nottingham Road.

10/  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, 22nd October, 2013 at 7.30 p.m. (The Clerk would be away on the 15th October, 2013, the usual week for the meeting).

Meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.