Planning & Development Committee – 20th June 2018

Notes & Decisions of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Held on Wed 20th June 2018 at the John Lampon Hall at 7.30pm

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

Wed 18th July 2018, John Lampon Hall, Lexden Rd at 7.30pm

Apologies:  Brian Butcher (Vice Chair)
Members of the public present: 4
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

There were no pre-application representations.

Item 2:         Current planning applications:

Location Proposal Application
No. and link
to CBC
planning website
Object / Support / Observations Decision
Comments by Planning Committee
22 Bradbrook Ctgs
West Bergholt
Double height extension to the side of the property (ground floor garage with bedroom & en suite above). Single height extension to the rear (kitchen/diner with utility room & w/c). 181124 Support Decision Holding Comment:

Prior to meeting on the 20th June, the Planning Committee of West Bergholt Parish Council would like to submit the following provisional comment: Any domestic extension needs to be subservient to the existing property to comply with CBC and Village Design Statement policies. This means the front wall should be setback about 200mm at first floor and the ridge should be lower than the main roof, by a similar amount, so it looks like an extension. The extension will therefore need to be subservient to the main house and the gap sufficient to prevent it looking like a continuous row of terrace properties.

The Planning Committee discussed the above holding comment with the householder and agreed that whilst the Village Design Statement would usually recommend a subservient extension, it understood that in the case of Bradbrook Cottages there are a number of properties which have been extended in a variety of pleasing designs. The Parish Council would have therefore referred to CBC’s own policy on this matter, however the Planning Decision was then received as “Approve Conditional” on the 21st June and so the matter is now concluded.

3 Albany Road West Bergholt
New front pitched roof over existing flat roof to garage & hall. Feature canopy to new front door. New wall cladding to front & side elevations. 181303 Support Decision The Parish Council has no comment.
18 Moss Way
West Bergholt
Proposed first floor rear extension. 181123 Object Decision Whilst the Parish Council does not fundamentally disagree with the proposal, the plans for the first floor in combination with the existing Planning Application (Ref 88-0740 on proposed drawing) would lead to the overdevelopment of this site, with the bulk of the property being easily visible on a very busy street corner. The Parish Council would be content with the latest proposal, if the existing PA was withdrawn (removed by a section 73 agreement?).

However, on a separate note, it is almost impossible to take a view of what this will look like from the current proposed drawing and the council would recommend clearer plans to be drawn up by an architect.

Colchester Skip Hire,
Greenacres, Packards Lane.
Erection of Clean Materials Recycling Facility at Existing Established Recycling/Recovery Facility, Relocation of Existing Staff Welfare Facility, Provision of Additional Staff Parking, Culverting Section of Existing Swale, Additional Landscaping, Rainwater Harvesting together with amendments to site operating hours and HGV movement times to permit 24 HGV Movements between 07:00- 16-30 hours on Good Friday’s ESS/09/18/COL Object Recommendation The Planning Committee of West Bergholt Parish Council used it designated powers to discuss Planning Application ESS/09/18/COL and recommend objection on the following grounds:

  • Removal of Conditions – which should be retained in order to prevent disturbance to residents on Good Fridays.
  • Additional Traffic Movements – 24 HGV movements between 07.00 and 16.30 on Good Fridays will not only diversely affect the direct neighbours and residents of Wormingford, but also the 3,500 inhabitants of West Bergholt parish as the skip vehicles mainly travel through the village.

Chapel Lane

West Bergholt


Proposed single storey side extension. 181313 Observation Recommendation The Parish Council has no problem with the extension in principal, however it will result in the loss of one of the two parking spaces. The Council would therefore defer to Colchester Borough Council’s policy and their need to satisfy themselves with regards the loss of parking.

Item 3: To note the new comments made by the Parish Council with regards the amended plans of planning application 180733

In addition to the comments made on the 20th April 2018, the Planning Committee of the Parish Council submitted the following comments on the amended plans:

“The Parish Council’s previous objections to this planning application still stand, although the proposed amendments may deal with our concerns with regards the Armoury Road access, it will only lead to bigger problems. Maltings Park Road and Coopers Crescent are private roads and are substandard by ECC highways standards and based on our experience the likely implications for traffic and parking in what would be an expanded brewery estate are all too predictable, including:

  • huge problems with on-street parking,
  • lack of space for vehicles to use the roads, especially large delivery vehicles,
  • unsafe walking and cycling environment,
  • neighbour disputes over parking,
  • blocked driveways,

Overall, this is a community safety and obvious social problem for existing and potentially new residents which we can see only too clearly as it is a tight road layout already.”

Item 4: Review Planning Decisions:

CBC Decision Date CBC Decision WBPC Decision Date Object / Support / Observ. Application No. Location
O/S 18/04/2018 Object 180733 Land adj. to Armoury Road
O/S 12/12/2017 Object 173127 Land adj. to Hill House Farm
15/06/2018 Refused 18/04/2018 Object 180732 Land adj. to Colchester Road
07/06/2018 Refused 18/04/2018 Object 180695 1 Lexden Road
31/05/2018 Approved 18/04/2018 Support 180790 27 Chapel Road
22/05/2018 Approved 18/04/2018 Support 180663 The Manse, Chapel Lane


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