Planning & Development Committee – 15th February 2017

Notes & Decisions of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Held on Wed 15th Feb 2017 at the John Lampon Hall at 7.30pm

Planning Committee Members: Bob Tyrrell (Chair), Brian Butcher (Vice Chair), Murray Harlow, Andrew Savage & Laura Walkingshaw (Parish Clerk) Next meeting:

Wed 15th March 2017 in the J L Hall

Apologies:  Phil Cook, Chris Stevenson
Members of the public present: 6
Declarations of Interest: Bob Tyrrell declared an interest in Item 2, The Barn, Hill House Farm and took no part in the discussion.

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

The owner of 9 Bradbrook Cottages addressed the Committee for advice on developing his plot. Planning Application 146301 on the property had previously been refused permission by Colchester Borough Council and the West Bergholt Planning Committee had objected for reasons of poor design and lack of a streetscene. The Committee recommended seeking the advice of an architect and taking all the comments made by Colchester previously into account with any new proposal. A street scene would be required as would paying heed to the West Bergholt Village Design Statement, which can be found on The owner was advised to come back to the Committee another time with some sketches to discuss the options.

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 off Bakers Lane, Colchester Outline planning application for the erection of up to 122 dwellings with public open space, landscaping and sustainable drainage system (SuDS) and vehicular access points from Bakers Lane. All matters reserved except for means of access. 170200 Object Decision It has been brought to the Committee’s attention that these plans do not meet the recently approved & adopted Myland & Braiswick Neighbourhood Plan, therefore West Bergholt Parish Council cannot support the application.
The Barn, Hill House Farm, 157 Colchester Rd, CO6 3JX Change of use of vacant stables to a day care centre for dogs. 170224 Observation Decision The Parish Council is minded to make the following observations and not support the application due the currently limited details submitted. The Planning Committee is also concerned about the following issues:

  • Highway access/traffic movements – the daily access of potentially 120 vehicle movements to and from the site along a private road connected to the public highway. It is anticipated that the  Highways Authority will be consulted on this matter.
  • Noise – the noise from up to 30 dogs a day in the stable and also exercised in the open-air ménage, as the Committee were verbally informed by the Applicants at the meeting would be the case, having regard to the close proximity to neighbouring properties.
  • If Colchester Borough Council are minded to approve this application then the Parish Council believe that it should be for a limited period with restrictions on the opening times, number of dogs and vehicle movements.

Item 3.            Other matters:

a) Review Planning Decisions:

  • 163130 – 42 Albany Road – Approved Conditional
  • 163019 – St Marys Church – Approved Conditional
  • 163142 – 4 Bourne Cottages, Bourne Rd – Approved Conditional
  • 162771 – Queens Head Pub – Approved Conditional
  • 162858 – 149 Chapel Road – Refused



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