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Minutes for the Planning Committee Meeting 23rd May 2023

05-23-23 PLAN MINS




ON TUESDAY 23rd May 2023.


Present                                             Councillor J. Simmons (JS) (in the chair).


Councillors:       Mrs. E. Ballard (EB), M.R. Barnes (MRB), J. Baskett (JB), L.M. Cooney (LMC), Mrs. S. Crew (SC), J. Drake (JD), H. Filer (HF), L. Frost (LF), D. Hobson (DH), G.E. Horton (GEH), M. Lamb (ML). Mrs. J. Makinson-Sanders (JMS).


Councillors not present: P. Starsmore (PS).


The Town Clerk, Mrs. L.M. Phillips and the Town Clerk’s Assistant Miss S. Chitauro, Mr. J. Timson and 5 members of the public were also present.

NB: Cllrs GEH and MB left at 8.58pm.


  • Election of the Planning Committee Chairman
    It was RESOLVED that Cllr. SC be elected as Chairman. SC took the Chair.

  • Election of the Planning Committee Vice Chairman
    It was RESOLVED that Cllr. ML should be elected as Vice Chairman.

  • Apologies for Absence
    Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. PS, Cllr. GEH and Cllr. MB.
  • Declarations of Interest / Dispensations
    The following declarations of interest were made:

    1. Mrs. JMS and Mr. DH for items 6, 7, 8 and 9 with regards to membership of ELDC


  • Minutes
    It was RESOLVED that the notes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 25th April 2023 be approved as the Minutes.
  • Applications received by the Local Planning Authority
    The Committee considered all planning applications received, including those listed on the schedule (PA/Schedule 02-23-23) and RESOLVED as follows:
  1. N/105/00557/23 – to object on the ground of overlooking, access and highway safety and noise and disturbance from the scheme. It noted the neighbor objection and was very concerned both about the proximity of the proposed development to existing buildings and the prospect of damage to the foundations of existing buildings.  It also noted LCC Highway’s comments and echoed their concerns regarding access to the site for plant, materials and machinery.  It would not want to see the highway being obstructed by deliveries of materials being deposited thereon or lorries/vans/vehicles parking so as to hinder other residents/users of this, extremely busy main road through the town. Such use which could also be a danger to pedestrians and road users and especially the many school children who pass by daily on their way to and from school.
  2. N/105/00685/23 – to object on the grounds of Overbearing Nature of Proposal, Traffic generation, Access and Highway Safety, Loss of Ecological Habitats. The Council is concerned that 34 dwellings on this small site is too many and that the proposal is therefore overbearing and in turn will generate a huge amount of new traffic on Monks Dyke Road where there are already problems.  It feels that the access to this site, onto a very busy road, where on street parking is prolific and limits the space available for moving vehicles to maneuver in, whilst also being located on a very bad bend is extremely dangerous and could lead to issues for both vehicles and the many many pedestrians, especially children who pass along the road daily on their way to and from the three schools which are in very close proximity.  Finally, the site is diverse in wildlife, flora and fauna and the Council was concerned that this would be lost at the environment’s detriment.
  3. N/105/00845/23 – that prior approval is required for the siting and appearance of the proposed 15m monopole and associated ancillary works.
  4. N/105/00943/23 – to object on the grounds that the proposed materials are not suitable in the Conservation Area.
  5. N/105/02268/23 – to ratify the comments of the Planning Working Group as submitted on 16th May 2023 which read: To continue to object on the same grounds as previously, as the amendments proposed here do not address any of LTC’s previous concerns, which were that the access and traffic generated, all exiting onto Newmarket, an already overstretched thoroughfare, is unacceptable.  Further, it is noted that there is a long contamination report which recommends additional investigations and reports and the Planning Working Group would support these recommendations.
  6. To support all other applications.

  • Planning Correspondence
    The Committee noted the following planning correspondence:
  1. ELDC Planning Decisions
    1. ELDC Approved – N/105/00394/23 – Planning Permission – 5 Alnwick Court, Warwick Road, Fairfield Industrial Estate – LTC Supported
    2. ELDC Approved – N/105/00412/23 – Planning Permission – 170 Eastgate, LN11 9AG – LTC Supported
  • ELDC Approved – N/105/00409/23 – Approval of S73 – 42 St. Marys Lane, LN11 0DT – LTC Supported
  1. ELDC Approved – N/105/02305/22 – Planning Permission – Formerly 2, Lee Street – LTC Objected
  2. ELDC Approved – N/105/00460/23 – Planning Permission – The Bungalow, Cisterngate, LN11 0ER – LTC Objected
  3. ELDC Approved – N/105/00337/22 – Listed Building Consent Alterations – 19 & 21 Upgate, LN11 9ER – LTC Supported
  • ELDC Approved – N/105/00336/22 – Planning Permission – 19 & 21 Upgate, LN11 9ER – LTC Supported
  1. Temporary Traffic Restrictions
      REASON FOR RESTRICTION:  Classic Car Event
      LOCATION & NATURE OF RESTRICTION:  Road Closure Order in place on: A16 Louth Bypass (Between A157 Roundabout and B1520 Grimsby Road Roundabout)
      PERIOD OF RESTRICTION: 9am – 4pm 04/06/23 (Restrictions to be implemented for 1 day as and when required during this period)
      REASON FOR RESTRICTION: Emergency – Utility repair and maintenance
      LOCATION & NATURE OF RESTRICTION: Road Closure Order in place on: Eastgate (Between Monks Avenue and Trinity Lane).
      PERIOD OF RESTRICTION: 17/05/2023 – 22/05/2023 (Restrictions to be implemented for 4 days as and when required during this period).
  2. Appeal Decision
    1. To note that the Planning Inspectorate has dismissed the appeal in respect of refused planning application N/105/00411/22 – 31st Northgate, Louth.
  3. Pavement Café Licence
    1. Notification that a Pavement Café Licence application for Tap on the Line has been refused by LCC with the following reasons: Pedestrian safety – The proposed location of the pavement café is situated in an area of heavy footfall; Traffic hazards – The positioning of the pavement café has the likelihood to interfere with the visibility of motorists and could lead to traffic congestion and accidents, and; Noise and nuisance – Operating a pavement café in close proximity to residential areas raises concerns about noise pollution, which has the potential to impact local residents, especially during evening hours.

  • Street Naming – Land West of Keddington House, Keddington Road
    It was RESOLVED that the Town Council upholds its previous decision in objecting to the naming North Halt Court. This is because there is already a dwelling named North Halt House, which might cause confusion.


  • Proposed Works to Trees
    The following tree work was noted:

    1. Location: Riverside House, Ramsgate Road. Proposal: T1 – Willow – Reduce limb over greenhouse by approximately 4m, limb over path by approximately 3, and reduce in height by approximately 3, as per photographs supplied. Reasons: T1 for clearance, to increase light and to bring back into shape.
    2. Location: El Dio, Stewton Lane. Proposal: T35 – Copper Beech – (T5) on plan) Overhanging branches to be lopped, as identified in accompanying photographs. Reasons: To reduce distorted growth on adjoining specimen Fir tree.
  • Planning Working Group
    It was RESOLVED to re-establish the Planning Working Group as a working group to the Committee, approve its remit and membership as all Councillors and as below:


Planning Working Group – Reports to Planning Committee / Town Council

Membership All Councillors
Remit To examine planning applications / proposed works to trees / appeal notices / planning correspondence etc., and bring recommendations to the Planning Committee or make unqualified comments, as required.
Delegated Powers To submit unqualified comments on planning matters, if required.  Instances where unqualified comments may be required are: in the absence of a suitable Planning Committee meeting, where matters are urgent over the Christmas break or during times of crisis.
Meetings As required.


  • Next Meeting
    It was noted that the date of the next scheduled Planning Committee meeting was 20th June 2023.


The Meeting Closed at 9.31pm.





Signed_______________________ (Chairman)                Dated_________________________