Planning & Development Committee – 2nd September 2020

Notes & Decisions of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Held on Wed 2nd September 2020 at 7.30pm via Zoom

Planning Committee Members: Bob Tyrrell, Brian Butcher, Murray Harlow, Norma Smith, Andrew Savage and Laura Walkingshaw (Parish Clerk) Next meeting:

Wed 16th Sept 2020 at 7.30pm via Zoom

Apologies:  Ex officio member Chris Stevenson
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. The Parish Council will take into account the Village Design Statement and the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan when making comments and decisions on Planning Applications

Item 1:         To discuss and make decisions on the following applications:

Location Proposal Application No. and link to CBC planning website Object / Support / Observations Decision or Recommendation Comments made by Planning Committee
Alcrofts Lodge,
Bures Road,
West Bergholt,
Proposed single storey extension. 201744 Support Decision The Parish Council has no comment.
1 Moss Way,
West Bergholt,
Proposed single storey rear extension. 201771 Support Decision The only comment would be that the design could be improved by amending the location of the side wall of the extension to create a return to the rear living room window.
Land south of WB Cricket Club,
Colchester Road,
West Bergholt
Outline application for up to 18 dwellings with access to be determined and all other matters reserved. 201686 Support Decision The Parish Council supports in principle the outline application, for up to 18 dwellings with access off Colchester Road, However, the Council has checked the site, as it advised the applicant at the meeting it would do, and it appears that part of the development (measuring some 2020m2) is outside of the new settlement boundary.

Therefore, the Council cannot support the current layout as shown. The Council requires that the proposals are modified before any approval is given in order to be in accordance with the CBC-adopted, West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan map PP9/2.

Indeed, the Parish Council requires CBC to ensure the application is in FULL compliance with the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan (WBNP).

In that regard, the Council requires compliance with PP13 in the funding of speed reduction measures on Colchester Road by the developers of the site. Further, from the WBNP project list, developer contribution to the construction of a mini roundabout and a pedestrian crossing should be required. If there had been a public consultation it is likely that residents would have raised concerns regarding the establishment of new buildings along what is a very busy road without the additional safe crossing for adults and children that the WBNP requires.

The Parish Council would also reiterate their previous advice to the applicant’s agent that the Council would prefer no independent access to the site as this will result in an unnecessary new access onto Colchester Road. Access should be made through the adjacent Hopkins site.



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