Planning & Development Committee – 15th May 2019

Notes & Decisions of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Held on Wed 15th May 2019 at the John Lampon Hall at 7.30pm

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

Wed 19th June 2019, John Lampon Hall, Lexden Rd at 7.30pm

Apologies:  None  
Members of the public present: 8 members of the public  
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 elect a Chairman of the Planning Committee and a Vice-chair

RESOLVED – Cllr Savage proposed Cllr Tyrrell as Chairman, Cllr Stevenson seconded. All in favour.

RESOLVED – Cllr Tyrrell proposed Cllr Butcher as Vice-chair, Cllr Savage seconded. All in favour.

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
Alcrofts Lodge
Bures Road
West Bergholt
Proposed extension and detached garage, changes in external wall and roof finishes. Replacement windows to existing dwelling. 191103 Support Decision The Parish Council has no comment.
Spring Lane
West Bergholt
Ground floor extension and first floor addition to existing bungalow. (revised plans) 190690 Object Decision See below
There appears to have been no significant reduction in the ridge height of the proposal and so therefore the Parish Council’s comments remain the same:

“The Parish Council is not opposed to an extension to this dwelling in principle, however, the proposal is not in keeping with the surrounding buildings. The application is contrary to the Village Design Statement adopted by CBC listed previously DG3, DG7, DG8, DG10 and specifically:

DG37 (lack of a street scape), providing no information on the visual impact it will have on neighbouring properties and the greater affect on the street scene.

DG13 (New buildings should respect the height of buildings immediately adjacent), being too tall next to the neighbouring bungalow and the existing extension of the house to the left. The roof pitch is significantly steeper.

The neighbouring bungalow garden wraps around the back of Springbourne, and will now be overlooked by the first floor of the proposed extension.

This area is identified in the emerging Regulation 16 West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan Map PP6 identified Spring Lane as part of a Character Area and therefore the loss of the uniqueness of the properties in this area which contribute to its particular character should be resisted.

The PC would support a proposal with a reduce ridge height and more in keeping with the adjacent properties and with mitigating measures to address the overlooking.”

89 Chapel Road
West Bergholt
Two new dwellings with associated parking and amenity following demolition of existing dwelling.

(revised plans)

190423 Object Decision See below
The Parish Council still considers this application as overdevelopment. The parking remains an issue and the Parish Council has been made aware that the previous owners of this property did not possess or park vehicles to the rear of the premises. Spring Lane is a private road and it is not at all clear whether there are private access rights for this property to all parking as shown on the planning application. This point should be checked before any granting of planning permission. There has been no improvement on the overpowering nature of the proposal on 89A Chapel Road. The Parish Council would therefore like to reitierate their previous comments:

“The Parish Council are disappointed with the proposed redevelopment of the site, which is uninspiring. The proposals are clearly over development in a village location, the chalet style houses will be overpowering to the bungalow at 89A Chapel Road and will have a dominating effect to the junction of Spring Lane and Chapel Road. The current proposals are out of keeping with the existing street scene. Parking for four cars will affect the special nature of Spring Lane, will be detrimental to the village townscape and will be out of keeping with surrounding built form. The proposals are contrary to the Village Design Statement (adopted as planning guidance by CBC) Policies – DG2, DG3, DG4, DG5, DG7, DG8, DG10, DG11, DG35 and DG37. The proposal is contrary to the emerging West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan. The Parish Council are of the view that a one for one replacement would be more appropriate and the preferred option.”

Item 4:             Review Planning Decisions:

Appeal Pending CBC Decision Date CBC Decision WBPC Decision Date Object / Support / Observ. Application No. Location Additional Inform.
O/S O/S   12/12/2017 Object 173127 Land adj. to Hill House Farm Appeal Launched 02/08/2018
O/S 31/12/2018 Refused 21/11/2018 Object 182761 179 Colchester Road Appeal Launched 03/04/2019
O/S 07/08/2018 Refused 18/04/2018 Object 180733 Land adj. to Armoury Road Appeal Launched 04/04/2019
O/S 15/06/2018 Refused 18/04/2018 Object 180732 Land adj. to Colchester Road Appeal Launched 04/04/2019
  O/S   17/04/2019 Support 190643 Copperfield House, 10 Firmins Ct  
  O/S   17/04/2019 Observation 190922 122 Colchester Road  
  O/S   17/04/2019 Support 190960 120 Colchester Road  
  O/S   20/03/2019 Object 190423 89 Chapel Road Revised Plans
  O/S   20/03/2019 Object 190690 Springbourne, Spring Lane Revised Plans
  O/S   20/02/2019 Support 190344 Farmhouse Rookery Farm  
  O/S   20/02/2019 Observation 190345 Farmhouse Rookery Farm Listed Building
  O/S   18/07/2018 Object 181458 32 Colchester Road  
  09/05/2019 Approved 27/03/2019 Support 190437 Rosaville, White Hart Lane  
  07/05/2019 Refused 27/03/2019 Observation 190789 Land adj Alcrofts Lodge, Bures Road  
  02/05/2019 Approved 20/03/2019 Support 190648 Doctors Surgery,
1-3 Doctors Surgery


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