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Planning, Highways & Transport Committee

 

Number of Members:        All Councillors sit on this Committee

Frequency of Meetings:   Monthly (whenever possible approx 10 days before South Somerset District Council Area West Committee)

Open to the Press and Public: Yes (unless a Resolution is made to exclude the press and public for a specific item / specific reason)

Quorum: 5 councillors

Overall Purpose / Scope

  • To discuss in detail planning, highways and transport matters as they affect Ilminster, its residents, businesses and visitors
  • To liaise with relevant organisations e.g. planning authorities, transport providers
  • To make recommendations and representations to the appropriate authorities / organisations

Note: The Town Council is a Statutory Consultee for Planning Applications and as such does not make the final decision on any application. Any decisions and comments this Committee makes will be fed into the planning process and added to the report by the Planning Officer. South Somerset District Council is the Planning Authority and will issue the final decision notice (Planning Determination) once their investigations into the application, consultation period and decision making process has been completed.

 

Specific Responsibilities

1. *Makes recommendations on behalf of Ilminster Town Council to the relevant Planning Authorities (South Somerset District Council or Somerset County Council) on planning applications, listed building consents, conservation area consents, within Ilminster or its adjacent neighbours where there may be an impact on Ilminster.

2. *Makes recommendations on behalf of Ilminster Town Council to Somerset County Council on highways issues such as parking, traffic calming, highway improvements, maintenance of verges, drainage and gullies.

3. *Makes recommendations on behalf of Ilminster Town Council to Somerset County Council on issues regarding public rights of way, footpaths and bridleways

4. *Liaises with relevant organisations regarding issues relating to public transport

5. *To consider information received by the Town Council in relation to Road Closure Orders and make relevant related comments to Somerset County Council.

6. * To make suggestions and recommendations, when requested to do so by South Somerset District Council or developers, for street names for developments within Ilminster.

7. *To ensure that in respect of the Committee’s work, decisions and activities that full and proper consideration is given to the likely effect on crime and disorder and the need for prevention (Crime & Disorder Act 1998 S17)

8. *To ensure that in respect of the Committee’s work, decisions and activities that full and proper consideration is given to the Council’s duty to promote equality and diversity

9. *To ensure that in respect of the Committee’s work, decisions and activities that full and proper consideration is given to Human Rights legislation

10. *To ensure that in respect of the Committee’s work, decisions and activities that full and proper consideration is given to environmental impact and sustainability

11. *To ensure that in respect of the Committee’s work, decisions and activities that full and proper consideration is given to health and safety

12. *To ensure that in respect of the Council’s work, decisions and activities that full and proper consideration is given to obtaining and delivering value for money.