Planning & Development Committee – 17th October 2018

Notes & Decisions of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Held on Wed 17th October 2018 at the John Lampon Hall at 7.30pm

Planning Committee Members: Brian Butcher (Vice Chair – acting Chairman), Chris Stevenson, Andrew Savage, Murray Harlow and Laura Walkingshaw (Parish Clerk) Next meeting:

Wed 21st Nov 2018, John Lampon Hall, Lexden Rd at 7.30pm

Apologies:  Bob Tyrrell (Chairman)
Members of the public present: One
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

None 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
24 Bradbrook Ctgs, Armoury Road, West Bergholt,
Two storey side extension providing new dwelling on plot 182169 Observation Decision This application has previously been given approval by CBC, but the PC was not consulted upon it which presents something of a dilemma. The PC does not consider this new dwelling enhances the streetscape and would refer CBC to DG3 of the CBC-approved Village Design Statement, which states “General design – all proposed new build and extensions must enhance the area and make a positive architectural contribution”.
Part Garden Of
1 Lexden Road,
West Bergholt
Proposed 4 bed house and attached double garage. Resubmission of 180695 182202 Object Decision The Parish Council objected to the previous submission (180695), they note the attempt to lower the height of the buildings and reduce its footprint but the proposed development still remains too dominant on the corner of Lexden Road which is the main entrance to the village from the North.
Bourne Road
West Bergholt
Proposed side extension 182216 Support Decision The Parish Council has no comment.

Planning Application 170839

Appeal Lodged for Land to the North of The White Hart, Nayland Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3DD.

Refused by CBC on the 13th October 2017.  Appeal now lodged with PINS. Proposed hearing by Planning Inspectorate on 22 & 23rd January 2019. Additional comments to be sent to Inspector by 8th November 2018. The Parish Council will submit the following additional comment:

The Parish Council strongly opposes this application as it is outside the current settlement boundary and the Regulation 14 Neighourhood Plan proposed settlement boundary.

The planning documents contain many inaccuracies and misrepresentations. The developer, house types, styles, elevations and details ignore the Essex Design Guide and the CBC-adopted Village Design Statement which seeks building to be in keeping with local architecture.

The layout is very urban in character and again out of keeping with the semi-rural location. It also fails to take into account its position adjacent to the Grade II listed White Hart Public House.

The Parish Council also fully supports the detailed reasons for the refusal given by Colchester Borough Council on the 13th October 2017. The West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan is available for inspection on and will be submitted under Regulation 15 by the Parish Council to Colchester Borough Council in November 2018, noting no comments were received during the Regulation 14 consultation from the appellant.

Item 3:            Review Planning Decisions:

CBC Decision Date CBC Decision WBPC Decision Date Object/Support
Application No. Location Additional Inform.
O/S 19/09/2018 Support 182100 Highfield Farm, Fordham Road
O/S 19/09/2018 Support 182101 Highfield Farm, Fordham Road Listed Building
O/S 15/08/2018 Support 181895 Birds Nest, Whitehouse Lane
O/S 18/07/2018 Object 181458 32 Colchester Road
O/S 12/12/2017 Object 173127 Land adj. to Hill House Farm Appeal Launched 02/08/18
15/10/2018 Approved 19/09/2018 Observation 182080 St Legar, Hall Road
08/10/2018 Approved 18/07/2018 Observation 181624 Cooks Hall Farm, Cooks Hall Road


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