Planning and Development Committee – 16th September 2015

Notes & Decisions of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting 

Held on Wed 16th September 2015 at the John Lampon Hall at 7.30pm

Planning Committee Members: Bob Tyrell (Chair), Brian Butcher ( Vice Chair), Andrew Savage, Chris Stevenson (Chair of Parish Council) & Laura Walkingshaw (Parish Clerk) Next meeting:

Wed 21st Oct 2015 in the J L Hall

Apologies: Murray Harlow
Members of the public present: None  
Declarations of Interest: None  

It is the aim of the Parish Council to seek a high standard of design for all new developments and extensions in the Village .

Item 1:         To receive any pre-application representations regarding proposed planning applications

Item 2:         Current planning applications

Location Proposal Application No. and link to CBC planning website Object / Support / Observations Decision or Recommendation Comments by Planning Committee
54 Valley Crescent, West Bergholt,


Two storey rear extension and internal alterations. 151741 Support Decision The Parish Council has no comment.
Alcrofts Farm, Bures Road,

West Bergholt,


Demolition of existing outbuilding & new outbuilding/annexe 151925 Observation Decision If the Borough Council are minded to approve, then the Parish Council would request that the appropriate conditions are imposed so the building cannot be sold separately.
Alcrofts Farm, Bures Road,

West Bergholt,


Demolition of existing outbuilding & new outbuilding/annexe. 151959 Observation Decision The Parish Council are happy with the decision of the conservation officer, subject to the condition that the building can only be used as an annex to the main property.
119 Colchester Rd, West Bergholt,


Proposed single storey extension to form additional study and living room. 151964 ______ Decision The Parish Council does not object.
31 Albany Road, West Bergholt,


Single and two storey extensions to rear and side of existing dwelling to replace existing garage and lobby. Internal alterations. (Resubmission of 151430) 152014 Object Recommendation The Parish Council once again object to the extension on the lines of the mass of the side elevation and the lack of a street scene, please refer to DG7 & DG8 of Village Design Statement. Also, the Borough Council’s reasons for refusal have brought the parking issues to the Council’s attention, please refer to DG35 & DG36 of the VDS.

Note: where the reference to the Village Design Statement (VDS) has been made in the above comments. The VDS has been adopted by the Parish Council and Colchester Borough Council.

Item 3: Other matters – Review Planning Decisions

Planning Decisions reviewed.

VDS planning guidance

DG1      Any development that would cause a negative impact on the valley sides will be resisted by the Parish council

DG2      Where it is a planning Issue any remaining hedgerows, native trees and small copses should be retained in the new landscape plans

DG3      General Design – All proposed new build and extensions must enhance the area and make a positive architectural contribution

DG4      Backland and infill proposals will be resisted except in exceptional cases, nuisance of adjacent dwellings will be considered

DG5      Garden sizes may need to be substantially larger than these minimum standards in order that garden sizes reflect the size and shape of gardens in the area

DG6      CBC Sustainable Construction SPD

DG7      Buildings must be in harmony with the surroundings in respect of materials, colour, texture, proportion and scale

DG8      Planning applications must show contextually the impact of their proposals on adjacent buildings by means of adequately detailed plans with a street elevation and appropriate sections and elevations of any other adjacent buildings.

DG9      Building materials – All materials should be selected from those traditionally used within the Village.

DG10    Any infill development should reflect the character of the surrounding area and protect the amenity of neighbours. It should reinforce the uniformity of the street by reflecting the scale, mass, height, form, materials, fenestration and architectural details of its neighbours

DG11    The width of new building plots should be similar to that prevailing in the immediate area

DG12    New development should respect existing building lines of adjacent properties.

DG13    New buildings should respect that height of buildings immediately adjacent.

DG14    Infill Dormers should be used sparingly and be subservient in nature

DG15    Infill Developments should be modest in proportions and in scale with surrounding properties. They should not dominate. Their architectural style and finishes should be compatible and vernacular any infill should comply with Infill SPD

DG16    Roof scape is an important aspect of the village especially in the centre. New or replaced roofs should retain the existing height and pitch

DG17    External finishes should be in keeping with the traditional colours and materials in the village

DG18    Development undertaken should be in keeping with the planned nature of existing buildings

DG19    Careful consideration should be given to the impact of construction on views across the village

DG20    Rainwater goods shall be black an indicated on submitted elevations. All new service intakes to dwellings apart from gas and electricity to be run internally and not visible on the exterior. All soil and waste plumbing shall be run internally and shall not be visible to the exterior

DG21    Balanced flue outlets from central heating boilers and other gas appliances shall not be positioned on street elevations

DG22    Eaves to all roofs shall be open with exposed rafter feet rather than boxed

DG23    Details of all boundary walls, fences and gates around the site shall be as submitted drawing but should not lead to urbanisation

DG24    Any new agricultural buildings should be designed and sited to minimise the effect on the landscape

DG25    Original materials or materials which are sympathetic to the existing buildings should be used

DG26    Details such as windows, doors and roof pitches should reflect those of the original building

DG27    Careful consideration should be given to the visual impact of extensions and particularly conservatories, when they are visible either from the street or from public thoroughfares such as footpaths, bridleways etc.

DG28    There should be no unacceptable adverse impact upon the amenities of adjoining residential properties wherever possible mature trees and shrubs should be conserved

DG29    New buildings, in any area, should respect the scale and design of adjacent buildings

DG30    Building details such as doors, windows and roof pitches should be designed with regard to buildings existing in the vicinity

DG31    Highly reflective solar panels should not be installed if they have a visual impact on neighbouring properties or the roof-scape of the village

DG32    Modern additions such as satellite dishes, wind turbines and flues should be concealed from public

DG33    Alternative use of agricultural buildings must not have any adverse effect or cause any disturbance to any adjacent property Buildings must be of suitable for conversion

DG34    The Parish Council will challenge any changes to this equilibrium.

DG35    New parking in directly front of property should be avoided

DG36    Car parking standards to comply with ECC standards 2010

DG37    General Street-scape Guidance

DG38    The PC will resists any built form that would have a detrimental impact on the street scene by virtue of the proposal being forward of the building line of a small cluster of neighbouring dwellings.

DG39    The Parish Council fully supports CBC policy against new residential development outside the village envelope.

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