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Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting 8th March 2022




Present                                                Councillor S. Crew (SC) (in the chair)


Councillors:       Mrs. E. Ballard (EB), J. Baskett (JB), L. Cooney (LMC), D. Ford (DF), G.E. Horton (GEH), D.J.E. Hall (DJEH), D. Hobson (DH), A. Leonard (AL), Mrs. S.E. Locking (SEL), Mrs. J. Makinson-Sanders (JMS), K. Norman (KN), J. Simmons (JS) and Mrs. P.F. Watson (PFW).


Councillors not present: M. Bellwood (MB), H. Filer (HF), J. Garrett (JG), F.W.P. Treanor (FWPT) and
D.E. Wing (DEW).


The Town Clerk, Mrs. L.M. Phillips, the Town Clerk’s Assistant, Mrs. M.C. Vincent were also present.



P70.         Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors: Cllrs. MB, JG, FWPT and DEW.


P71.         Declarations of Interest / Dispensations
The following declarations of interest were made:

a.      Cllr. Mrs. JMS – items 4, 5 and 6 as a member of ELDC and PA 10/11 as known to applicant.

b.      Cllr. AL – items 4, 5 and 6 as a member of ELDC, and PA 3,8,10/11as known to applicants.

c.      Cllr. DJEH – all items relating to ELDC and its Planning Committee.

d.      Cllr. Mrs. PFW – PA 10/11 as known to applicant.

e.      Cllr. GEH – PA 5 as known to Manageress and PA 8 as known to applicant.


P72.         Minutes
It was RESOLVED that the notes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 8th February 2022 be approved as the Minutes.


P73.         Applications received by the Local Planning Authority

The Committee considered all planning applications received, including those listed on the schedule (PA/Schedule 03-08-22) and RESOLVED as follows:


a.      N/105/02625/21 supported this application but reiterate that double yellow lines need to be installed on Lincoln Way to increase the safety of both pedestrians and vehicles as lorries currently park there causing a physical and more importantly very dangerous visual obstruction.  It was also felt that to improve access and highway safety in the area a pedestrian crossing should be installed on Lincoln Way to safeguard users in what has become an exceedingly busy area.  Further, the Council would request that S106 funding obtained from this development be put towards services at Louth Hospital and finally, the boundary hedge to the A16 should be retained and maintained in a tidy manner and litter picking of the site and surrounding area should be conditioned along with the erection of signage to encourage responsible disposal of waste.

b.      N/105/01310/20 – Eastfield House – objected to this application. It still has concerns over foul and rainwater waste as Anglian Water are objecting.  The Council feels that Anglian Water’s objections should be heeded and mitigating measures agreed prior to any permissions being granted.  The Council is still worried about the proposed bin store near to the entrance of the Police, Fire and Ambulance Stations as this could obstruct the roadway and inhibit emergency vehicles.  The Council feel that as Eastfield Road and the land adjoining it has become more developed in the past few years and now the Police, Fire and Ambulance Stations are combined in the area the proposals for this site are over-intensive and would suggest that the erection of a new detached building for 4 dwellings pushes not only the site but the adjoining infrastructure to its limits.  Therefore, they should be removed from the application.  Finally, the Council is concerned that the increase in traffic that will result from this development will have a detrimental effect on the area and pose serious highways dangers to those using Eastfield Road in cars etc., or walking.

c.      N/105/0257/21 – 3 Market Place – objected to this application, it would comment that there were major issues when this company applied for a similar tv screen arrangement in a building on the other side of the Market Place, which application was subsequently refused.  The Council feel strongly that the building which is 3 Market Place is far more important visually than the previous building, it has beautifully intricate brickwork and inset stone decorations and any alterations affecting the exterior visual appeal of this prominent building in Louth’s Conservation Area and Market Place should enhance not detract from the existing.  The Council vehemently object to the ‘double fascia’ effect which will be created by the use of stickers applied to the window underneath the existing fascia board.  It has no objection to the suggested wording being confined just to the existing fascia board but feels that to protect the integrity of the of the Conservation Area this ‘double fascia’ effect which has not previously been allowed on any other shops, is out of keeping, not suitable and should be refused.
N/105/00022/22 – 111 Eastgate –objected to the style of canopy proposed in the Conservation Area.  It would prefer instead to see a Victorian style canopy.

d.      N/105/00371/22 – 65 Charles Street – Deferred as no documentation available.

e.      All other applications were supported.


P74.      Planning Correspondence
The Council noted the following planning correspondence:

a.      ELDC Planning Decisions

i.     Approved – N/105/02411/21– Planning Permission–80 Grimsby Road– LTC supported.

ii.     Approved – N105/02550/21 – Planning Permission – 64 Eastgate – LTC supported

iii.     Approved – N105/02334/21 – Planning Permission – Skylark House, 63 Horncastle Road –LTC supported

iv.     Approved – N/105/02596/21 – Listed Building Consent – 252 Eastgate – LTC supported

v.     Approved – N105/02595/21 – Planning Permission – 252 Eastgate– LTC supported

vi.     Approved – N/092/01869/21 – Planning Permission – Land south of Chestnut Drive– LTC supported

vii.     Approved – N/105/02503/21 – Planning Permission – 20 Kenwick Road – LTC supported

viii.     Refused    – N105/01426/21 – Planning Permission – Brackenfreya Woods- LTC supported

ix.     Approved – PL0161/21 – Planning Permission – Keily House, Gresley Road – LTC objected

x.     Approved – N/105/02612/21 – Consent to Display – Land at Lincoln Way – LTC supported with concerns

b.      Temporary Traffic Restrictions

i.     Location and Nature: Ramsgate Road between Old Mill Park and La Ferte Bernard Close
LCC, Carriageway patching works, 7/3/33 to 14/3/22, Alternative route and pedestrian access will be signposted

ii.     Location and Nature: Queen Street, Danaher and Walsh, Repair manhole cover, 30/3/22, Alternative route and pedestrian access will be signposted
Location and Nature: Brackenborough Road, Anglian Water, New Water Main, 28/3/22-1/4/22, Alternative route and pedestrian access will be signposted

iii.     Location and Nature: Burnt Hill Lane, Anglian Water, Manhole Cover and Frame Repairs, 9/3/22-10/3/22, Alternative route and pedestrian access will be signposted

c.      Enforcement
Notification that no breach of planning control had taken place on site of former 179, Newmarket Louth (regarding hoarding).


P75.         Proposed Works to Trees
The following tree work was noted: Location: El Dio, Stewton Lane.  Proposal: T36 – Copper Beech – (T1 on the plan) – Prune due to threat to property, excessive shade and frequent branch breakages.  T2 on plan as per T1.  T75 – Copper Beech – (T3 on plan) – Prune to reduce excessive shade, branch breakage and to improve tree shape.


P76.         Next Meeting
The Committee noted that the date of the next scheduled Planning Committee meeting was 5th April 2022.


The Meeting Closed at 7:39pm.



Signed_______________________ (Chairman)                Dated_________________________