Planning & Development Committee – 12th December 2017

Notes & Decisions of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting 

Held on Tues 12th December 2017 at the John Lampon Hall at 7.45pm

Planning Committee Members: Cllr Bob Tyrrell (Chair), Cllr Murray Harlow, Cllr Chris Stevenson, Cllr Andrew Savage and Laura Walkingshaw (Parish Clerk) Next meeting:

Wed 17th Jan 2018, J L Hall at 7.30pm

Apologies:  Cllr Brian Butcher
Members of the public present: 8
Declarations of Interest: Cllr Tyrrell declared an interest in Item 2, Planning Application 173073

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

No pre-applications representations were received.

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
Land adjacent to Hill House Farm, Colchester Road CO6 3JX  Outline planning application for the erection of up to 97 dwellings with public open space, landscaping and sustainable drainage system (SuDS) and

vehicular access point from Colchester Road.

173127 Object Decision The proposed development is viewed as unwanted by the residents of West Bergholt and the Parish Council, the reasons for which are laid out below:
Neighbourhood Plan

The planning application fails to take into account the emerging West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan. West Bergholt Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have spent four years working on the emerging plan, consulting residents and formulating the best plan possible for the Parish. This plan has already determined the most appropriate and sustainable location for the additional 120 houses which the village is required to accommodate over the next 15 years.

Local Plan

Colchester currently has an existing Local Plan until 2021 and a five-year supply of local housing. The current Plan has already allocated all of the housing required within the designated Village Envelope, this application is outside the existing village envelope and therefore against current Local Plan policies. The Draft successor Local Plan, approval of which is anticipated in 2018, has already determined the numbers & position of a carefully chosen site nestled within a gap in the current Village Envelope, North of Colchester Road. The application is also contrary to the planning policies contained within Colchester’s Draft Plan. It is outside the proposed settlement boundary and exacerbates rather than prevents the coalescence of settlement patterns between Colchester and West Bergholt. There are no exceptional circumstances which would justify any departure from such policies.


The proposal for an additional 97 family houses will cause a multitude of problems for local infrastructure. The site is twice as far from the village centre compared to the preferred development areas in the Neighbourhood Plan. This will worsen the situation in Colchester Road, and not present as sustainable a pattern of day to day travel as the Neighbourhood Plan location. The local school and surgery are already oversubscribed; this proposal for larger family houses will put even more pressure on these facilities, whilst the Steering Group’s proposed mix of housing is likely to reduce that pressure as it would be phased in over time and have a less intensive effect as a result. West Bergholt’s Neighbourhood Plan involves integrated planning over the course of the next 15 years, whilst this application would be immediate, possibly completed within 18 months of approval.

The contribution proposed by the developers towards infrastructure and facilities would be minimal, whilst the Neighbourhood Plan will be seeking a significant contribution (not necessarily financial) to reduce existing traffic issues on Colchester Road whereas theirs will just make the situation worse. It would result in another junction not far from the current Maltings Park one and is far enough from the centre of the village to lead to an increase in car use to the Co-op and school.

Many people including Colchester MP, Will Quince, have already called for a stop to additional development in the Colchester area until adequate infrastructure including highway infrastructure is provided. It is the wrong development, in the wrong place and at the wrong time.

12 Albany Road West Bergholt


Proposed rear single storey extension. 173094 Support Decision The Parish Council has no comment.
Church Cottage Hall Road


Extension to existing Annex, new bedroom and solid roof to existing conservatory. 173073 Support Decision Cllr Tyrrell re-declared an interest in Planning Application 173073 and took no further part in the discussion. Cllrs Stevenson, Savage & Harlow also declared an interest, as the application involves the property of a Parish Councillor.

The Parish Council has no comment.

1-2 Dunedin Cottage,

Bures Road


Proposed two storey extension to rear of dwelling, small side extension at ground floor to rear elevation & internal alterations. 173062 Object Decision The Parish Council has no objection to an extension at this site in principle, however it requires clarification of what parts of the properties are to remain and what are to be removed. The council is also concerned that the proposed two storey extension will be right up against the property’s boundary. To reiterate, the position of the houses 1-3 Dunedin need to be regularised before any extension is allowed.
Patterns Yard

Nayland Road


Proposed New Storage Building. 172970 Support Decision The Parish Council has no comment.
6 Lodge Court

West Bergholt


Re-submission of application/approval reference 172167, with amended car parking. Garage conversion and porch extension and car parking. 172947 Support Decision The Parish Council has no comment.

Item 3:            Other matters:

a)   Review Planning Decisions:

CBC Decision Date CBC Decision WBPC Decision Date Object / Support / Observ. Application No. Location
O/S 15/11/2017 Support 172655 Lortay Cottage, 2 Arm Frm Ctgs, Armoury Rd
O/S 15/11/2017 Support 172653 21 Armoury Road
O/S 20/09/2017 Support 172310 Little Priors, Hall Road
O/S 16/08/2017 Support 172038 8 Colchester Road
04/12/2017 Refuse 15/11/2017 Support 172928 4 Heathside


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