DPD Minutes 2nd December 2015

Planning & Development Policy Committee

Minutes of the Myland Community Council Planning & Development Policy Committee Meeting held on Wednesday 2nd December 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 Liz Gray

Cllr Pete Hewitt

The Assistant Clerk

158-15/16     Apologies

Apologies were received from Cllr Sutcliffe.

159-15/16     Declarations of Interest – Councillors to declare individually any interests they may have in the items on the agenda.  If a Councillor declares a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in any item on the agenda he/she shall withdraw from the room where the meeting is being held when that item is discussed unless he/she has received a dispensation from the Clerk.

There were no declarations of interest.

160-15/16     Have Your Say

There were no comments.

161-15/16     Chairman’s Announcements and Correspondence

There were none.

162-15/16     Minutes of the meeting held on 18th November 2015 to be approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman

The minutes of the meeting held on 18th November 2015 were approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

Proposed:  Cllr Dickinson             Seconded:  Cllr Hewitt            (4 For; 1 Abstention)

163-15/16     Update of progress of resolutions made at the last meeting

There were no updates.

164-15/16     Monitoring

There was no report.

165-15/16     Pre-planning matters for review

There were none.

166-15/16     Planning, Licensing & Highways Applications/Appeals – To make recommendations, including requests for Section 106 money where applicable, on applications received (Appendix 1)

152366 – Church Farm House, Church Farm Way, Colchester CO4 5JJ – Variation of condition 2 & 3 attaching to planning permission 144679 to increase the residential curtilage of the approved dwelling house and amend the associated parking provision – Comment


This council (MCC) commented ‘No Objection’ to the original planning application 144679 to return this listed building to residential use. At that time no application was submitted for further building on the adjacent site. Indeed, appendix 2 to the approval granted states ‘it is unlikely that permission would be granted for any further residential properties on the neighbouring land as the boundary is so close to the building itself that its setting is heavily compromised’. Unfortunately, despite this, CBC Planning, have approved a further residential development adjacent to this property by the same applicant.

The current application seeks to amend condition 2 and 3 of the planning permission.

Condition 3

The application seeks to increase the residential curtilage of the dwelling house. Although the plans are unclear it would appear that the western boundary will encroach onto the land allocated to application 150287 (which relates to the new build dwelling). The applicants would appear to be redistributing the land between both applications as a result of previous refusals for increased housing units.

Condition 2

The original planning permission required provision of 2 car parking spaces and a bicycle storage facility located within the current car park on the site adjacent to Church Farm Way. This was in order to comply with CBC’s adopted car parking standards and facilitate cycling as a mode of transport.   The application seeks the relocation of 2 car spaces from this location to within the curtilage of Church Farm House. No mention is made of the cycle storage facility. Although not shown on the revised plans, there will be removal of the existing footpath and creation of a 4.8m wide road to allow vehicles to drive up and access Church Farm House via new gates. This road will of necessity extend into its curtilage where the 2 new spaces will be located. Previously vehicles were restricted to the existing car park adjacent to Church Farm Way. This roadway will necessitate relocating a telephone pole and lines and work to either strengthen or relocate an inspection chamber.


This council recommended approval on the original application for change of use. Indeed, the comment from CBC Planning that no further residential applications would be entertained further reassured us. Had MCC been aware that the developers would submit plans for additional dwellings we would have strongly opposed the granting of application 144679. We therefore oppose any changes to these conditions. 

Proposed: Cllr Stewart                 Seconded: Cllr Gray                (Unanimous)

152267 – Equity House, Bergholt Road, Colchester CO4 5EY – Application for prior notification for the change of use from a use falling within class B1 (office) to 62 self-contained apartments (Class C3) – Comment

                      MCC would comment that North Colchester is designated as an employment zone and therefore the application for change of use of Equity House to residential is not appropriate. MCC would suggest that the building would be ideal for use as a hotel, given its proximity to the station and easy access to the town centre. This use would also provide employment opportunities for local residents.

Proposed: Cllr Dickson                 Seconded: Cllr Hewitt             (Unanimous)

167-15/16     To receive copies of Planning/Appeal Decisions

Copies of Planning/Appeal Decisions were received.

168-15/16     Date of next meeting – 16th December 2015 at 7.15pm @ 101 Nayland Road

The meeting closed at 8:01pm