Planning & Development Committee – 19th August 2015

Notes & Decisions of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Held on Wed 19th August 2015 at the John Lampon Hall at 7.30pm 

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

Wed 16th Sept 2015 in the J L Hall

Apologies: None
Members of the public present:  


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
45-47 Lexden Road, West Bergholt,


Application for approval of details reserved by condition. (150863) 151470 Observation Decision The Parish Council has no particular comment to make and would look to the Borough Council to discharge in line with their policies.
Peartree Cottage, 93 Albany Road, West Bergholt,


Application for removal or variation of a condition following grant of planning permission. (COL/92/0988) 151501 Support Decision The Parish Council is happy as long as there is the space to accommodate two cars on the forecourt of the front garden.
Alcrofts Lodge, Bures Road,

West Bergholt,


Change of use of land to form garden extension. (re-submission of 151036). 151552 Observation Decision The Parish Council suggest that approval should be dependent on there being no structures built within the garden area, currently or in the future.
Land north of Poplar Cottage, Spring Lane,

West Bergholt,


Construction of 1.5 storey detached dwelling and associated landscaping. 151469 Object Decision The Parish Council would like to state that the dwelling is out of keeping with the surrounding properties and has no context in what is an historic back lane. The proposal is not compliant with the Adopted Village Design Statement. Specifically Policies DG7, DG8, DG9, DG10, DG17, and DG18.
12 Newbridge Hill,

West Bergholt,


Side and rear single storey extension. 151630 Support Decision The Parish Council has no comment.
15 Armoury Road, West Bergholt,


Proposed single storey front extension, including formation of pitched roof over existing single storey. 151722 Support Decision The Parish Council has no comment.

Appeal lodged 12/08/15

49 Lexden Road,

West Bergholt


Proposed first floor side extension 150662 Object Decision Noted that an appeal has been lodged.

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:         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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