Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee (South) - Wednesday 16th August, 2023 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Swanspool House, Doddington Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1BP

Contact: Democratic Services  Email: democraticservices@northnorthants.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

16.

Apologies for non-attendance

Minutes:

Apologies for non-attendance were received from Councillors Barbara Jenney, Steven North and Lee Wilkes.  

 

It was noted that Councillor Jonathan Ekins was present as a substitute for Councillor Lee Wilkes.  

 

 

17.

Minutes of the meeting held on on 19 July 2023 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 19 July 2023 were received.

 

It was proposed by Cllr Lawman and seconded by Cllr Brown that the minutes be approved as an accurate record.   On being put to the vote the motion was declared carried.

 

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 19 July 2023 be adopted and signed as an accurate record.  

 

 

18.

Members' Declarations of Interests

The chair invited those present to make a declaration of interest, if they wished to do so.

 

Resolved to note that no declarations were made.

 

 

Minutes:

The chair invited those members present to make a declaration of interest if the wished to do so.

 

Resolved to note that no declarations were made.

 

19.

Application NW/22/00890/FUL- Installation of a CCTV network, involving 15 cameras on 14 columns at various locations across the Brickhill and Queensway ward of Wellingborough - Amended Plans pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Presented By: Chris Law

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee considered an application, along with an update informing that camera 6 had been removed from the scheme, and an amendment made to condition 2, for the installation of a CCTV network, involving 14 cameras on 13 columns at various locations across the Brickhill and Queensway ward of Wellingborough. 

 

The 13 camera column units would be installed on concrete bases, utilising a private secure wi-fi connection system and be linked to the recording suite at Wellingborough Police Station via fibre cables underground.  All camera column installations will have appropriate signage informing people of what their purpose is and who is operating the system. 

 

The Senior Development Management Officer presented the report, detailing the proposal, description of the site, the planning history, relevant planning policies, outcome of consultations and an assessment of the proposal providing full and comprehensive details.

 

It was recommended that planning permission be granted subject to the conditions listed.

 

A request to address the meeting had been received from the applicant Mike Greenway.

 

He addressed the committee and advised that the scheme had been slightly amended to remove camera 6.  He explained the need for the installation of the CCTV cameras in the ward, with the hope that it would protect the environment for the community, making it a safer place to live.  The cameras would be secure and would provide information to the local police station at Wellingborough.   Whilst some cameras would be located outside homes, there would be privacy masking to ensure that the CCTV cameras could not detect anything through windows therefore not affecting people’s privacy. 

 

The chair asked the committee members if they wished to raise any points of clarification. 

 

A question was raised over why there were two cameras on one pole.  Mr Greenway explained that this was an arterial route and as such it was considered there would be a benefit to having a 360-degree view at all times.

 

A query over the location of camera 8, Hardwick Road, was also raised with a suggestion that this may be better located elsewhere.  Mr Greenway responded to this and clarified that discussions over the location of the cameras had been extensive and they had been located appropriately to connect with each other on the advice of the Police and Surveyors.

 

Mr Bell, Legal Adviser, informed the committee that the application would not be able to be redesigned, if members were not happy with the location the application would need to be deferred, with a 21-day re-consultation.

 

Clarification over the type of wi-fi was also sought. Mr Greenway clarified that there was a secure and private wi-fi system connected to Wellingborough Police Station.

 

The funding for the CCTV was to be provided by the Home Officer Safer Streets Fund, to support community safety improvements and committee asked when the funding had to be used by.  Mr Greenway clarified that the deadline from the Home Office was by 30 September 2023.

 

Clarity was further sought on whether the cameras would detect activity in residential  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

The chair thanked members, officers and the speaker for their attendance and closed the meeting at 7.28pm.

 

 

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