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Agenda and minutes

Development Control and Traffic Management Committee
Tuesday, 6th September, 2011 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Room 2, The Basildon Centre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon SS14 1DL

Contact: Stephen Platt on 01268 294414, e-mail  stephen.platt@basildon.gov.uk 

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526.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:

Minutes:

Parish Councillor D McPherson-Davis.

527.

MEMBERSHIP:

Minutes:

Councillor K Blake replaced Councillor C Morris as a member of the Committee for the duration of the meeting.

528.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST:

To receive any declarations of interest from Members in accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct, and declarations under the protocols of the Regulatory Committee Probity Code.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

529.

MINUTES: pdf icon PDF 201 KB

Confirmation of the Minutes of the Development Control and Traffic Management Committee held on 16 August 2011.

 

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Development Control and Traffic Management Committee held on 16 August 2011 were approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

(For voting see Appendix, Column 1.)

530.

PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11/00556/FULL, DEMOLITION OF EXISTING COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL PREMISES AND CONSTRUCTION OF A 2.5 STOREY BUILDING COMPRISING TWELVE APARTMENTS WITH ASSOCIATED CAR PARKING AND AMENITY SPACE, 285-291 LONDON ROAD, WICKFORD: pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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It was noted that this application had been withdrawn.

531.

TREE PRESERVATION ORDER 11/00001/TPO, 30 ELDER AVENUE, WICKFORD: pdf icon PDF 90 KB

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Minutes:

The Committee considered whether to confirm a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) that had been placed on an oak tree at 30 Elder Avenue, Wickford. The tree had been inspected by the Council’s Senior Arboriculturist at the request of the occupier of the property who had been approached by neighbours regarding the possible felling of the tree in relation to subsidence concerns.  The tree had been assessed as having high amenity value and a TPO had been placed on it.

 

The Council had subsequently received objections from four neighbouring occupiers and the representative of the insurer of 43 Laburnum Avenue.  These objections were considered, together with Officers’ comments on them, by the Committee. 

 

Members noted that the oak tree was considered to be of high amenity value and suitable in its setting and the making of a Tree Preservation Order was expedient in the interests of amenity. Officers considered that objections to the Order on the grounds of subsidence were not supported by good evidence to implicate the tree as the cause of the problem. The confirmation of the Order would not prohibit management of the tree, but would require an application to be made to the Council to allow an assessment of both the extent and acceptability of any proposed works to be undertaken having regard to any supporting evidence that may be submitted.

 

The meeting was adjourned to enable two occupiers of a neighbouring property to express their views.  They explained that their objection to the TPO was based on structural damage to their property, which it was believed had been caused by the tree. They reported that their insurer had undertaken further tests that would confirm which tree was causing the subsidence, but the results were not yet available.

 

The meeting was reconvened and Members discussed whether to confirm the TPO at this time.  The Committee was advised that the current temporary Order would expire in two days and, should consideration of this matter be deferred, there might be some delay before a replacement temporary Order could be implemented.

 

            RESOLVED:

            (1)       That consideration of Tree Preservation Order 11/00001/TPO be deferred, pending the outcome of further testing regarding the cause of subsidence at the neighbouring property.

 

            (2)       That, as the temporary Tree Preservation Order expires in two days, the Committee recommends that a further temporary Tree Preservation Order be placed on the tree.

 

(For voting see Appendix, Column 2.)  

Development Control and Traffic Management Committee Voting Sheet pdf icon PDF 36 KB