DPD Minutes 22nd April 2015

Planning & Development Policy Committee

Minutes of the Myland Community Council Planning & Development Policy Committee Meeting held on Wednesday 22nd April 2015, 7.15 pm @ Mile End Methodist Church, Mile End Road, Colchester, CO4 5ET

Present:        Cllr John Sutcliffe (Chair)

Cllr Jean Dickinson

Cllr John Dickson

Cllr Liz Gray

Cllr Pete Hewitt

Cllr John Stewart

The Clerk

The Assistant Clerk

There were no members of the public present.

011-15/16     Apologies

There were none.

012-15/16     Declarations of Interest

There were none.

013-15/16     Have Your Say

There were no comments.

014-15/16     Chairman’s Announcements and Correspondence

There were none.

015-15/16     Minutes of the meeting held on 8th April 2015 to be approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman  

The minutes of the meeting held on 8th April 2015 were approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

Proposed: Cllr Dickson                 Seconded: Cllr Gray                (5 For; 1 Abstention)

016-15/16     Matters arising from the Minutes

There were none.

017-15/16     Monitoring

There was no report.

018-15/16     Northern Gateway Development – To discuss the proposed development

Cllr Hewitt said aspects had arisen at the Planning Liaison meeting held on 15th April 2015 regarding the Northern Gateway (NG) and he thought the P&DP committee should be updated.

He said that leisure provision at the Tollgate development was now being discussed by CBC and the developers.  He asked if MCC should write to the appropriate person at CBC to raise the concern that this might compete with Northern Gateway which is the proposed leisure and sport provision for Colchester thus diluting the impact of NG and effecting job prospects in North Colchester.  He said Patrick O’Sullivan, CBC, shared these concerns.   He said if MCC were to raise this as a concern, an evidenced case would be required.

Cllr Dickinson said that the David Lloyd centre, the Boulevard, the relocated Rugby Club and the sports provision north of the A12 had all been discussed for the past 18 months and she was concerned that nothing new had emerged.  She said she did not believe the development would be viable.  She questioned whether possibly some form of theme park should be provided to attract visitors.  She said Tollgate had the advantages of land, infrastructure, a growing population and the potential new town to be built at Marks Tey, as well as being able to attract visitors from the rest of Essex.

Cllr Hewitt said it had been suggested that Ian Vipond would be at the next Planning Liaison meeting and if so, it would be useful to discuss the matter with him.

Cllr Dickson asked if it was a case of either Tollgate or Northern Gateway and expressed concern that the town would not be able to support both developments.

Cllr Hewitt said that the Core Strategy said that Northern Gateway was designed to provide employment, and the neighbouring new housing was to provide the employees. He said he believed that leisure facilities at Tollgate should wait until Northern Gateway was more advanced.

Cllr Dickinson said a combined masterplan for both developments was needed.

Cllr Hewitt suggested that he and Cllr Dickinson work together to put these concerns into writing.  All Cllrs agreed with this suggestion.

Cllr Hewitt said neither the proposed equestrian centre nor the velodrome looked likely to be built.  He said Patrick O’Sullivan had mentioned the possibility of the mountain bike course being built in Highwoods Country Park.  Cllr Hewitt said he would be vehemently against this proposal but at the moment he was simply flagging it as an issue.

Cllr Hewitt showed the meeting the revised map of the Northern Gateway provided by Vincent Pearce.  He said the map showed less housing and a shorter Boulevard, resulting in a larger green space fronting Mill Road.  Cllr Dickson raised the possibility of applying for village green status for the whole of the green space at the Rugby Club. Cllr Stewart said he had documents on this issue which he would pass to Cllr Dickson.

Cllr Dickinson said she would be attending a meeting of the ECC Planning Committee on 24th April 2015 regarding the Severalls School application. She said she would like to say that MCC have reluctantly accepted that the school will be built in the proposed location but that the way the consultation was undertaken was regrettable. She said she would like to say that ECC did not communicate with MCC about the school and that ECC do not appear to have adjusted their way of thinking with regard to consulting councils who are in the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan. She said she would like to emphasise to ECC that they should consult with bodies with an emerging Plan even if it is not yet formally adopted.

Cllr Hewitt agreed with Cllr Dickinson’s views and asked whether MCC should also say they have reservations regarding the school’s location adjacent to the NAR.

Cllr Stewart said it was very important to get across to ECC that MCC should have been consulted.

There was general agreement from all Cllrs present with Cllr Dickinson’s views.

019-15/16     Planning, Licensing & Highways Applications/Appeals – To make recommendations, including requests for Section 106 money where applicable, on applications received

150664 – Colchester Park & Ride, Boxted Road, Mile End, Colchester – 1no. internally illuminated totem sign – Comment

MCC have no objection to the sign itself, but planning permission has been presumed as the sign had already been erected when Cllr Sutcliffe visited the site. MCC does not believe that this is good practice.

Proposed: Cllr Sutcliffe                Seconded: Cllr Hewitt             (Unanimous)

150651 – Volkswagen-Inchcape, Axial Way, Colchester, CO4 5XB – Internally illuminated pylon sign – Support

Proposed:  Cllr Sutcliffe               Seconded:  Cllr Stewart          (Unanimous)

150652 – North Colchester Urban Extension Mile End Road, Colchester – Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval (121272) – Support

Proposed:  Cllr Hewitt                 Seconded:  Cllr Gray               (Unanimous)

020-15/16     To receive copies of Planning/Appeal Decisions

150360 – 295 Mile End Road, Colchester, CO4 5DZ – Demolition of single storey extension at rear. Construction of new single storey rear extension together with internal alterations and additions – Permission granted, 2 conditions, 14 April 2015

150247 – 107 Bergholt Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5AG – Porch to the front of the property. 1.2m x 1.9m. Rendered finish to walls, slate hipped roof. – Permission granted, 3 conditions, 8 April 2015

150330 – 341 Mill Road, Colchester, CO4 5GG –Single storey side extension – Permission granted, 3 conditions, 16 April 2015

150384 – Unit 2, Easter Park, Axial Way, Colchester, CO4 5WY – Variation of wording of condition 3 of planning consent 145954 to read “Development hereby approved shall be used as a childrens soft play centre and for no other purpose in Class D2…In addition to the B1c, B2 and B8 use approved under applications 0/COL/01/1623 and RM/COL/07/0122”. Planning consent proposal to amend to “Change of use from Class B8 to Classes B1, B2, B8 and Class D2 (Assembly and Leisure) – Opening of Childrens Soft Play Centre – Permission granted, 2 conditions, 17 April 2015

150308 – Teesdale, Leechs Lane, Colchester, CO4 5EP – Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a single storey rear extension. Replace existing flat roof with pitched hip roof to match existing. – Certificate granted, 15 April 2015

The Clerk had contacted CBC following the query raised on this application at the meeting held on 8th April. She said that there was a link on the CBC website called “On the Map” showing the whole of Colchester. She said any sites outlined in purple had restricted development rights.

021-15/16     Date of next meeting – 6th May 2015, 7.15pm @ Myland Community Council Office, 101 Nayland Road, Colchester.

The meeting closed at 8:04pm