DPD Minutes 21st October 2015

Planning & Development Policy Committee

Minutes of the Myland Community Council Planning & Development Policy Committee Meeting held on Wednesday 21st October 2015, 7.15 pm @ 101 Nayland Road, Mile End Road, Colchester, CO4 5EN

Present:        Cllr John Stewart (Chair)

Cllr Jean Dickinson

Cllr John Dickson

Cllr John Sutcliffe

The Assistant Clerk

There were no members of the public present.

135-15/16     Apologies

Cllrs Gray and Hewitt.

136-15/16     Declarations of Interest

There were none.

137-15/16     Have Your Say

There were no comments.

138-15/16     Chairman’s Announcements and Correspondence

The Chairman referred to the problem of pre-planning advice given by CBC which was mentioned on planning applications without a reference number. He said he had raised this matter at the Planning Liaison meeting held on 13 October 2015. He said Simon Cairns of CBC had agreed that this was a problem but that regardless MCC was an independent reviewer of applications and should submit their views to CBC whether or not it coincided with CBC pre-application advice. Cllr Dickinson said it was very important that a number was included in any application where pre-planning advice had been received.

The Chair said he had a copy of the Appeal Decision for APP/A1530/W/15/3106062 which referred to 1 Church Farm Way, Colchester CO4 5JJ and a proposed development of the erection of 2 x 4 bedroom houses. He said the appeal had been dismissed mainly due to the impact of the development on 27 Bolsin Drive. He said the Appeal Decision was available to any member of the Committee who would like to have a proper look.

139-15/16     Minutes of the meeting held on 7th October 2015 to be approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman

The minutes of the meeting held on 7th October 2015 were approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

Proposed:  Cllr Sutcliffe               Seconded:  Cllr Dickson          (Unanimous)

140-15/16     Matters arising from the Minutes

Cllr Dickson asked whether a formal response to ECC’s information about the works to the cycleway on Mile End Road had been sent. The Chair said he had seen Cllr Johnstone’s final response which had now been sent to ECC.

141-15/16     Monitoring

Cllr Sutcliffe said he had had a conducted tour of the new care home on Turner Road by the manager. He said the owners of the care home had thoroughly approved of his visit. He said he was impressed with the building. He said there was some work to the front to be completed and a large hole was being sunk down to the sewer. He said the builders should be finished within 2-3 weeks although the site manager will remain until the end of November to deal with any teething problems that arise. He said Barchester staff are now outfitting the rooms, which look like they will be very well-appointed. He said the care home is mainly for dementia patients but will be mixed care to some extent. He said the north side is finished and the gardens are laid out with plants on site and furniture in place in many areas. He said inside the building various machines have been installed and the lift works well. He said he visited the common rooms which are also well-appointed. He said that there is an en-suite in each room and that there are several bathrooms which are larger with extra facilities, which had allayed his original concern about the size of the en-suites. He said Barchester are taking over and working closely with the builders. He said he would be contacting the site manager in two to three weeks to visit the home when it is up and running. He said his visit had been extremely positive and the care home was a valuable addition to the parish.

Cllr Sutcliffe said he had also visited the Bluegates development which is very nearly finished. He said that the houses are now being cleaned and all but one are sold. He said he had arranged a visit for 30th October 2015 to have a proper look round.

Cllr Sutcliffe said he would be arranging a visit through ECC to the new Braiswick Primary School to see how the first block to be opened is progressing. He said he would also be interested to look at progress on the main block and to see how access through Fernlea was working.

142-15/16     Pre-planning matters for review

There were none.

143-15/16 – To consider and possibly resolve to apply to Essex County Highways requesting the implementation of a prohibition on heavy goods vehicles using Mill Road, Colchester between Severalls Lane and the Via Urbanis Romanae (VUR). This road is no longer suitable or necessary for such traffic due to the high incidence of pedestrian and cycle use and, in some parts, the very restricted footway width. The opening of the Via Urbanis Romanae (VUR) and Axial Way provide a much safer alternative that would not incur time or costs to goods vehicle users. Cllr Stewart

An amendment to the resolution was proposed as follows:

To consider and possibly resolve to ask MCC to apply to Essex County Highways requesting the implementation of a prohibition on heavy goods vehicles using Mill Road, Colchester between Severalls Lane and the Via Urbanis Romanae (VUR). This road is no longer suitable or necessary for such traffic due to the high incidence of pedestrian and cycle use and, in some parts, the very restricted footway width. The opening of the Via Urbanis Romanae (VUR) and Axial Way provide a much safer alternative that would not incur time or costs to goods vehicle users.

Proposed: Cllr Sutcliffe                Seconded: Cllr Dickinson        (Unanimous)

It was resolved to ask MCC to apply to Essex County Highways requesting the implementation of a prohibition on heavy goods vehicles using Mill Road, Colchester between Severalls Lane and the Via Urbanis Romanae (VUR). This road is no longer suitable or necessary for such traffic due to the high incidence of pedestrian and cycle use and, in some parts, the very restricted footway width. The opening of the Via Urbanis Romanae (VUR) and Axial Way provide a much safer alternative that would not incur time or costs to goods vehicle users.

Proposed: Cllr Stewart                 Seconded: Cllr Sutcliffe           (Unanimous)

144-15/16     Planning, Licensing & Highways Applications/Appeals – To make recommendations, including requests for Section 106 money where applicable, on applications received (Appendix 1)

151885 – Axial Way, Colchester – Detailed planning application for residential development to provide 92 (No.) residential dwellings (Use Class C3) comprising 72 houses (2 & 2.5 storeys) and 20 apartments (3 and 4 storey), associated car parking, cycle parking, public open space and pedestrian/cycle infrastructure, formation of pedestrian and cycle only links to adjacent Public Footpath / Bridleway and other associated works and improvements at land north of Axial Way, Colchester – Support

Proposed: Cllr Sutcliffe                Seconded: None

The motion could therefore not proceed.

It was proposed to support the application with the addition of the comments below.

Objections to the application were that the site represented over-development with an unacceptable density of dwellings, that there was insufficient visitor parking and that the proposed open space was inadequate. Concern was also expressed about the level of noise, particularly at night, from the Flakt Woods factory which is adjacent to the site. This had not been adequately addressed in the application.

Proposed: Cllr Sutcliffe                Seconded: Cllr Dickson           (2 For, 2 Against)

Cllr Stewart used his casting vote to vote against the motion.

The proposal to support the application was defeated.

150287 – Land adj to 1 Church Farm Way, Colchester CO4 5JJ – Erection of 1 x 4 bedroom house – Amendment of original submitted plans – Object

Myland Community Council strongly objects to this application to build one 4-bedroom house within the grounds of Church Farm, Myland, Colchester. These amended plans relate to an application originally submitted on 9th February 2015. The Developer also currently has an appeal before the Planning Inspectorate relating to a refused previous application (146192) for 2 x 4-bedroom houses on this site. There have also been applications previously for larger size house builds on this site and which have been refused. The Developer applied for, and was granted, change of use status in relation to Church Farm itself in April of 2014 but has not apparently done anything with this listed building since then to either improve it or the grounds themselves. Indeed, it is the view of this council and local Ward Councillor Martin Goss, that such work would have been a signal of good intent by the developer.

Application –

Church Farmhouse is a Grade 2 listed building and is the last of two historic farmhouses in the Myland area. Currently there still remains a view of the farmhouse which indicates how the building would have been viewed in olden times. There is currently a car park adjacent to the main entrance road which is used by Mosaic Homes for use by staff members looking after vulnerable adults. It was noted that in a previous application (144679) there was a requirement for two parking spaces to be retained for the main house. However, in the original drawings for this application (150287) these were moved breaching the previous planning requirement. In this amended application those parking spaces have disappeared altogether and the current pathway has been removed and an access road 4.8 metre wide replaces it. All previous plans have been opposed by local residents and Ward Councillor. The resident of 27 Boslin Drive will continue to be affected by this proposal. I have spoken to John Tokeley of 9 Nayland Road and told him that the revised plans mean the property has crept closer to the rear of his boundary. He has informed me that he will oppose this change. 

Objections

  • Over development: Piecemeal Development squeezing in a large build in an area prevalent to such applications
  • Neighbourhood Plan: This plan is in its final stages and this application would not be supported by its principles
  • Loss of Daylight/sunlight: Concerns of loss of light to adjacent homes
  • Impact on listed Building: This build will have a major impact on this building and Myland will lose the last remaining original farmhouse. This application would hide the view of this building and and circumvent the intentions of such listings.
  • Impact on protected mature trees: Among the trees covered by TPO is a large mature Oak. The plans call for this to be substantially reduced in size. The loss of such trees to new builds in Myland are a cause for concern to this council. In the early stages of previous applications, it was noted that a tree had already been felled.
  • Breach of Planning Conditions: The developers appear to have breached previous planning decisions attached to application 144679 in respect of removal of 2 parking spaces.
  • General comment: The lack of care for the property and its environs since early 2014 have not indicated a level of care expected of a developer associated with a listed building

Proposed: Cllr Stewart            Seconded: Cllr Dickinson        (Unanimous)

152227 – 34 Thornton Drive, Colchester, CO4 5WB – 34 Thornton Drive CO4 5WB – Proposed single storey rear extension with conversion of existing garage into habitable living space – Support

Proposed: Cllr Dickson                 Seconded: Cllr Dickinson        (Unanimous)

145-15/16     To receive copies of Planning/Appeal Decisions

Copies of Planning/Appeal Decisions were received.

Cllr Sutcliffe read from the decision received on application 151796 and said that CBC’s reasons for refusal of permission seemed unusually harsh. He noted that the P & DP Committee had supported the application.

146-15/16     Date of next meeting – 4th November 2015 at 7.15pm @ 101 Nayland Road

The meeting closed at 8:51pm