Planning & Development Committee – 21st April 2021

Notes & Decisions of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Held on Wed 21st April 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom

Planning Committee Members:Bob Tyrrell, Brian Butcher, Murray Harlow, Norma Smith, Andrew Savage, Ex officio member Chris Stevenson (and therefore has no voting powers) and Laura Walkingshaw (Parish Clerk)Next meeting: Wed 19th May 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom
Apologies: None 
Members of the public present:10 members of the public (including Borough Cllr Lewis Barber) 
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. 

The Parish Council will take into account the Village Design Statement and the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan, emerging planning policy and CBC Planning policies when making comments and decisions on Planning Applications

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

There were no pre-application representations.

Item 2:         To discuss and make decisions on the following applications:

Location

Proposal

Application No. and link to CBC planning website

Object / Support / Observations

Decision or Recommendation

Comments made by Planning Committee

87 Colchester Road,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3JU
(Ash’s Store)

Part Change of Use to Takeaway (Fish & Chip Shop) Change of    Shopfront; installation of extractor Hood & Fan & External Cold Rooms

210787

Object

Decision

The Parish Council objects to this application for a part change of use due to the likely impact on the community in terms of increased traffic, issues with parking, noise, odours and disturbance and litter. The application is not accompanied with any statement of need for the proposal and lacks any information relating to these concerns. No mitigation is provided to deal with these all too obvious concerns. In addition, the times of operation are unacceptable particularly the late evening operating times which will attract additional traffic and cause disturbance to nearby residential properties. Overall, the application does not comply with PP14 of the CBC-adopted West Bergholt Neighbourhood:

PP14: Expansion of Employment Sites – Proposals to upgrade or extend existing employment sites will be supported provided that:

•   the impact on the amenities enjoyed by occupants of nearby properties is acceptable; and

•   they do not compromise the character of the area or openness of the countryside; and

•   where appropriate, they satisfactorily demonstrate expected traffic impact is acceptable in terms of highway safety and the amenity of nearby residents.

This application has not demonstrated any thought or mitigating measures to limit the impact on nearby residents in regard to:

•   road safety with the proximity of an already dangerous junction at Armoury Road,

•   lack of parking provision for passing trade,

•   noise concerns, potential public nuisance from loitering and light pollution caused by the excessive opening hours, 

•   and increased litter.

The Council would also note that the potential positioning of the large flume is almost adjacent to 85 Colchester Road, whilst there is ample room to move it away from this neighbour and further into the grounds of 87 Colchester Road itself.

30 New Church Road, West Bergholt,
CO6 3JE
(Revised Plans)

Demolition of existing detached house and erection 2 No. detached dwellings. (REVISED PLANS RECEIVED)

202544

Object

Decision

Comment sent to Planning Officer Lucy Mondon on 24th March 2021 due to time constraints:

The Parish Council has examined the revised drawings as submitted on 19/03/2021. The Parish Council remain of the view that the design/application is contrary to its adopted Neighbourhood Plan. We have noted the minor changes, unfortunately, they fall short of addressing our main concerns, so the application as proposed should be refused. 

1.    The spacing between the proposed properties is still contrary to the Borough Council’s Supplementary Planning Document Backland and Infill (Adopted Sept 2009         and revised Dec 2010).

2.    Parking to the front of the site is very tight and contrary to the Essex Design Guide also the Village Design Statement policy DG35, as it will have an adverse effect on the adjacent properties.

3.    The application is also contrary to CBC Development Plan Core Strategy. New development should respect and enhance the character of the site, its context and surroundings area.

The Parish Council is still of the opinion that the site is only suitable for a single dwelling as previous (now semi demolished) or a pair of semidetached houses (as adjacent) with a 2.5m spacing from each of the boundaries generally in keeping with other properties in New Church Road, and the existing urban grain. These proposals will result in 2no large, urban houses totally out of keeping in a semi-rural road in the heart of our village.

Hill House Farm,
157 Colchester Road,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3JX

Demolition of existing ancillary building / stables with the   construction of a single storey annex

210756

Object

Decision

The Parish Council objects to this application due to the excessive size and height of the annex, and its proximity to a Grade II listed building the Council has no objection to an annex in principle on this site and would support if it was smaller in size, as normally approved in the village.

However, if the Borough Council is minded to approve this application, then the Parish Council would ask that approval is conditional on the annex only being occupied by dependent relatives and that it is not sold or let separately to the applicant’s main property.

Hill House Farm,
157 Colchester Road,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3JX
(Listed Building)

As Above

210757

Object

Decision

As Above

71 Chapel Road,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3JA

Demolish single-storey kitchen extension and erect two-storey side extension comprising dining room to ground floor and bedroom to first floor.

210871

Support

Decision

The Parish Council has no comment.

8 Hop House, Colchester Road,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3NW

Installation of conservation roof light and adjustments to non-load bearing internal partition.

210915

Support

Decision

The Parish Council supports this application in principle, but would defer to Colchester Borough Council’s greater knowledge in regards to listed building applications.

8 Hop House, Colchester Road,
CO6 3NW
(Listed Building)

As Above

210916

Support

Decision

As Above

One,
Whitehouse Lane,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3ET

Fitting of acoustic fence to the Western boundary of the property, adjacent to Newbridge Hill.

210682

Object

Recommendation

The property is on one of the main access roads to the village. The Parish Council would refer to PP6 of the CBC-adopted West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan:

PP6 Trees & Hedgerows: Development proposals which conserve trees and/or hedgerows will be supported. Where development proposals would necessitate the loss of such features, appropriate mitigation will be supported, subject to there being no protective designations in place. 

The Council would support this application if the applicant left the existing hedge in situ and erected the new fence say 1m behind it.

16a Mumford Road,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3HU

Garage including workshop area: 7m x 3.5m, height 3.5m; timber featheredge boarding on a concrete base, with a brick back wall against the boundary fence. Replacing current tin garage.

210909

Object

Recommendation

The Parish Council object due to the overpowering nature of the workshop’s excessive size, which will be visible from the road, but would approve if it was smaller in size.

83 Chapel Road,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3HL

Demolition of a modern conservatory and detached single garage.  Erection of a proposed single-storey side extension with associated minor alterations to the existing house. Erection of a replacement single storey detached garage and store.

210980

Support

Recommendation

Noting the Parish Council’s previous comments in regard to this property, the Council would assume that full account has been taken of CBC’s Conservation Officer’s advice and therefore would defer to their greater knowledge of listed building applications.

83 Chapel Road,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3HL
(Listed Building)

As Above

210981

Support

Recommendation

As Above

Item 3:         Review Planning Decisions:

West Bergholt PC Decision DateWBPC DecisionApplication No. and link to CBC planning websiteLocationProposalCBC/Appeal Decision DateCBC/Appeal DecisionAppeal Pending
17/3/21Object2105502 Ormonde Close, West Bergholt, CO6 3LFSingle storey rear extension to property (change of material)O/S
17/3/21Support21055129 Chapel Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3JBProposed first floor rear extensionO/S
17/2/21Object21019216 Newbridge Hill, West Bergholt, CO6 3ERPart first floor and two storey front extension.O/S
17/2/21ObjectESS/11/21/COLColchester Skip Hire, Greenacres, Packards Lane, Wormingford, CO6 3AHContinuation of use of waste recycling facility without compliance with condition 11 (HGV Movement Times) of planning permission ESS/09/18/COL that was for “Erection of Clean Materials Recycling Facility ………with amendments to site operating hours and HGV movement times to permit 24 HGV Movements between 07:00- 16-30 hours on Good Fridays” to now allow for 6 HGV movements between 05:30 – 0600 hours; 10 HGV movements between 06.00 – 07.00 hours and 10 HGV movements between 07.00 – 07.30 hours to allow more flexibility in early morning movements periods.O/S
17/2/21Object210384Box Cottage, The Avenue, West Bergholt, CO6 3HDProposed first floor rear extension & alterations & detached annex for carer.O/S
27/1/21Object20254430 New Church Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3JEDemolition of existing detached house and erection 2 No. detached dwellings.(REVISED PLANS RECEIVED)O/S
20/1/21Support201686Land south of WB Cricket Club, Colchester Rd, WBOutline application for up to 18 dwellings with access to be determined and all other matters reserved. (AMENDED PLANS)O/S
16/09/20Support201925Land adjacent,
12 Colchester Road, West Bergholt,
CO6 3JG
Outline application for up to 7 dwellings with access determined and all other matters reserved.O/S
17/3/21Support2105682 The Retreat, West Bergholt, CO6 3HNDemolition of existing garage and construction of 1.5 storey side extension and 1 storey rear extension19/04/21ApprovedN/A
17/3/21Object2104608 Newbridge Hill, West Bergholt, CO6 3ERSingle storey side extension to a 4 bed detached property to incorporate a playroom within the current property.16/04/21ApprovedN/A
17/2/21Object210280Land adj. to 18 Bradbrook Cottages, Armoury Road, CO6 3JWErection of a 3 bedroom, 3 storey single detached family house. Previously approved under 13064731/03/21ApprovedN/A
17/2/21Object2101969 Bradbrook Cottages, Armoury Road, CO6 3JWErection of one new 2-bedroom house and first floor extension for the existing property.22/03/21Refused
27/1/21Observation210134Newbridge Mill, Newbridge Hill, West Bergholt, CO3 9TBApplication for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development – proposed storage building.15/02/21Prior Approval Not RequiredN/A