Planning & Development Committee – 21st June 2017

Notes & Decisions of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Held on Wed 21st June 2017 at the John Lampon Hall at 7.30pm

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

Wed 19th Jul 2017, J L Hall at 7.30pm

Apologies:  None
Members of the public present: 8
Declarations of Interest: Bob Tyrrell declared an interest in Item 3, Planning Application 171271 and took no further 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 elect a Chair and a Vice Chair of the West Bergholt Planning Committee

Cllr Savage proposed Cllr Tyrrell for Chair, seconded by Cllr Harlow, all in favour. Bob Tyrrell remains Chair of the Planning Committee. Cllr Stevenson proposed Cllr Butcher for Vice Chair, seconded by Cllr Savage, all in favour. Brian Butcher remains Vice chair of the Planning Committee.

Item 2:            To receive any pre-application representations regarding proposed planning applications

                   None were received.

Item 3:            Current planning applications:

Location Proposal Application No. and link to CBC planning website Object / Support / Observations Decision or Recommendation Comments by Planning Committee
Homecroft,
Chapel Lane,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3EF
Application for a variation or removal of condition 2 of planning permission 150702. 171369 Observation Decision The Parish Council state that this may be acceptable as long as the landscaping element is not compromised and provided that the problems regarding the boundary are resolved first, as we have already formally requested from ECC.
8 Colchester Road, West Bergholt,
CO6 3BY
Detached annexe to rear of garden for elderly parents. 171271 Support Decision The Parish Council support this application, but on the proviso that the building will never be sold as a separate dwelling in the future as indicated in the Planning Statement itself.
The Glen,
Spring Lane,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3HJ
Proposed dwelling adj to The Glen for applicants parents. 171450 Support Decision The Parish Council has no comment.
Land adj. to
3 Spring Lane,
West Bergholt
CO6
 

Demolition of existing 2no bungalows & workshop and construction of 1no 2 bedroom and 3no 3 bedroom bungalows and associated garages.

171089 Objection Decision Spring Lane is part of the unique character of West Bergholt consisting of narrow unmade lanes in the heart of the village. These lanes are inappropriate for access to dense redevelopment. Spring Lane, by it very name, consists of watercourses and has a varying water table with occasional flooding in places.

The Parish Council does not object to a small residential redevelopment of the site, in fact be an improvement as currently the site is part commercial which causes disturbance at weekends.

The Council strongly objects to the application on the grounds of access and overdevelopment. The proposed layout is out of keeping with the existing village urban grain.

Spring Lane is a narrow unmade lane, further increase in traffic would be inappropriate and will/could be dangerous. The owners of the site have never contributed to the maintenance or used it for access. The proposed redevelopment will double the traffic currently using the lane.

Spring Lane is a popular footpath and short cut through the village, especially at school time.

The developer has not approached the Council to discuss the application prior to making the application, so we can’t understand why the developer wants access off Spring Lane when there is perfectly good access off Chapel Road, suitable for commercial vehicles.

Conclusion: The Council and residents would welcome a revised proposal for the redevelopment, consisting of 3 bungalows but, most importantly, with access off Chapel Road.

Item 4:            Other matters:

a)   Update on application 170839 (land north of White Hart Pub)

A quick update was received.

b)   Review Planning Decisions:

  • 170200 – Land off Bakers Lane, Colchester – Refused 25/05/17
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