Planning, Highways & Lighting Committee: Powers & Functions

Constitution: 9 members

 

Planning

 

The Clerk shall, as soon as it is received, keep a record of the following particulars of every application notified to the Council.

 

a) The date on which it was received

b) The name of the applicant

c) The place to which it relates

d) A summary of the nature of the application

 

The Committee has delegated powers to consider all planning applications received by the Council, to make site visits that may be necessary and to make recommendations as are determined by members to Wycombe District Council, within the time limits set by the District Council.

 

Where a planning issue requires urgent comment, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Committee, in consultation with the Clerk, and a Committee member for the area (if available) and with advice from the Planning Assistant, shall be given delegated authority to make comment.  This decision should be advised to the next meeting of the Committee.  The power should be used only where there is no time to convene a normal meeting, in order to meet the Wycombe District Council deadlines.

 

To encourage members to take advantage of the opportunity to speak on particular planning applications at Wycombe District Council Development Control Meetings.  Where possible, the Committee member speaking should be the designated member for the area under consideration.

 

To note representations from the public on individual planning applications and from developers on submitted planning applications on large and important sites.

 

To consider and formulate planning policy and to review this as and when changes take place.

 

To ensure our comments reflect the statements set out in the Conservation Area Surveys, any Village Design Statement/Community Plan that might be produced and the adopted Wycombe District Local Plan; and to ensure they take note of changes in any of these and any other policy documents that take place in the future.

 

To consider and comment on any related planning matters that are drawn to the attention of the Committee by main Council or other Committees, and where necessary, take decisions on such issues.

 

To respond to any consultation documents related to planning issues that are notified to the Committee and that require comment.

 

To consider and recommend to Finance and General Purposes Committee, or Full Council, any training or the purchase of any publications that will assist the Committee or its Officers to work more effectively.

 

 

Highways

 

Collects details of improvements to roads, pavements and Rights of Way that can be reported to the Local Area Technician / Rights of Way Officer.

At least once per year the Committee will meet with Officers from the Highways, Transportation and Environment Department of the County Council.

May also liaise with Wycombe District Council on any plans it may have for improvement to the lcoal environment.

The Committee has delegated powers to consider all Highways and Environment consultations received by the Council, to make site visits that may be necessary and to make such comments as are determined by members to Wycombe District Council or Bucks County Council.

Where an issue requires urgent comment, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Committee, in consultation with the Clerk, and a Committee member for the area (if available), shall be given delegated authority to make comment.  This decision should be advised to the next meeting of the Committee.  The power should be used only where there is no time to convene a normal meeting, in order to meet the consultation deadlines.

To note representations from the public on consultations.

To consider and formulate Council policy in the area of Highways and Environment and to review this as and when changes take place.  To present to Council for ratification.

To consider and comment on any related planning matters that are drawn to the attention of the Committee by main Council or other Committees, and where necessary, take decisions on such issues but present its recommendations to Council.

To consider and recommend to Finance and General Purposes Committee, or Full Council, any training or the purchase of any publications that will assist the Committee or its Officers to work more effectively.

 

 

Lighting

 

General management, via the Clerk, of all street lighting in the side roads within the Parish.  Lighting in the main through roads is the responsibility of Buckinghamshire County Council.

To replace, on a regular programme, old or sub standard street lighting columns.  Where appropriate, to plan new lighting schemes and update old ones.

To make adequate budget provision for lighting needs within the Parish.  Budgets will be recommended to F&GP and then to Full Council.

To determine and define any policies appertaining to lighting matters within the Parish, and to recommend the same to Full Council.  Any such policies should be in line with those made by the Council as a whole.

To review lighting needs on a regular basis.

To ensure that faulty street lights are reported to lighting contractor, and to deal with any complaints that are made.

To advise on relevant health and safety matters; such advice to be sent via the Clerk to the Finance and General Purposes Committee and/or Full Council as appropriate.

From time to time there will be liaison with other Committees where and if this is deemed to be appropriate.

To deal with any urgent items related to lighting.  In the case of an emergency, such power will be devolved to the Chairman of the Committee, in consultation with the Vice Chairman and the Clerk.  Any action so taken will be reported to the next meeting of the Committee.

In pursuance of the above, to spend up to the maximum on any previously agreed or allocated budget item without further reference to Full Council or the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Any spending that has not been agreed or budgeted for previously, will be sent to Full Council for approval.