DPD Minutes 3rd February 2016

Planning & Development Policy Committee

Minutes of the Myland Community Council Planning & Development Policy Committee Meeting held on Wednesday 3rd February 2016, 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

Cllr Peter Pipik also attended the meeting.

There were no members of the public present.

202-15/16     Apologies

Apologies were received from Cllr Sutcliffe.

203-15/16     To consider and possibly resolve to co-opt Cllr Peter Pipik to the Planning and Development Policy Committee

It was resolved to co-opt Cllr Peter Pipik to the Planning & Development Policy Committee

Proposed: Cllr Stewart                             Seconded: Cllr Dickson           (Unanimous)

204-15/16     Declarations of Interest

There were no declarations of interest.

205-15/16     Have Your Say

There were no comments.

206-15/16     Chairman’s Announcements and Correspondence

The Chair said he noted the decision on application 152366 which was mentioned in the appendix to the agenda for this meeting.

207-15/16     Minutes of the meeting held on 20th January 2016 to be approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman

The minutes of the meeting held on 20th January 2016 were approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

Proposed:  Cllr Dickson                Seconded:  Cllr Hewitt            (Unanimous)

208-15/16     Update of progress of resolutions made at the last meeting

There were no updates.

209-15/16     Monitoring

There was no report.

210-15/16     Pre-planning matters for review

There were no matters for review.

211-15/16     To consider and possibly resolve to respond to CBC’s consultation on Colchester’s Air Quality Action Plan 2016 – 2021

It was resolved to respond to CBC’s consultation on Colchester’s Air Quality Action Plan 2016-2021

Proposed: Cllr Stewart                 Seconded: Cllr Dickson           (Unanimous)

212-15/16     If 211-15/16 is resolved to consider and possibly resolve to delegate the response to MCC’s Environmental Officers

It was resolved to delegate the response to MCC’s Environmental Officers

Proposed: Cllr Stewart                 Seconded: Cllr Gray                (Unanimous)

213-15/16     Planning, Licensing & Highways Applications/Appeals – To make recommendations, including requests for Section 106 money where applicable, on applications received (Appendix 1)

160048 – Land at the corner of Bergholt Road and Tufnell Way – Creation of 6no. one and two bedroom apartments and associated car parking and landscaping – Object

This application is very similar to the previous one (146243) which was objected to by MCC and refused by CBC. The fundamental flaws with that application remain in this one.

The small plot of land served as a relatively pleasant open ‘gateway’ into New Braiswick Park (NBP) when buyers needed to be tempted to the site. The application suggests this plot is no longer needed now the site is complete nevertheless it remains a relatively aesthetically pleasing entry point to NBP. Development would negatively impact on the layout and density of the built environment.

The proposed development would significantly reduce motorists’ line of sight to the right as they emerge from Tufnell Way. Furthermore the less than standard allocation of car parking for the development could lead to resident and/or visitor parking in Tufnell Way close to the junction with Bergholt Road. It should also be noted that the proposed cycle way through the Chesterwell site is intended to cross at this point into Tufnell Way to link with an existing cycle path from NBP to North Station. Therefore the junction between Tufnell Way and Bergholt Road should remain as it is for safety reasons.

The proposed elevation of the flats would result in clear sight into the gardens of no’s 186 and 188 Bergholt Road which currently do not experience that from that side of their properties. Windows in the block in Tufnell Way could have sight into rear windows at no’s 186 and 188. There would be overlooking and loss of privacy.

 Much of the Design and Access Statement quotes extracts from the National Planning Policy Framework (NPP) and refers to “presumption in favour of development”. It also quotes the NPPF’s three elements of sustainable development, i.e. economic, social and environmental sustainability. However, the proposal has no economic benefit except to the developer, does not enhance social focus and has no environmental benefit. This development on its own does not support sustainable development given its flaws.

MCC objects to this development as an unnecessary and inappropriate example of over-development.

Proposed: Cllr Hewitt                   Seconded: Cllr Dickson           (Unanimous)

152711 – Land to the South of the A12 Cuckoo Farm, Boxted Road, CO4 5HH – Application for variation of condition 05 of planning permission 0/COL/01/1622 – Support

Myland Council has been fully consulted on this project since its early inception. This council supports the concept of the Northern Gateway project, including the cinema, which we view as an integral part of the development. It is the view of MCC that this development is a major boost to both North Colchester and Myland residents. This is a minor variation which we see no reason to object to. MCC therefore wishes to support this application. 

Proposed: Cllr Stewart                 Seconded: Cllr Hewitt             (Unanimous)

152165 – 299 Mile End Road, Colchester CO4 5DZ – Propose to increase an HMO Housing of 6 people to an HMO Housing of 8 people – Comment

There is restricted parking between 2-3pm on the road in front of the property and not enough parking for 6 cars within the site itself. There are seven bedrooms for eight people and none is shown as having a wash handbasin, which we believe is recommended.

Proposed: Cllr Dickson                 Seconded: Cllr Hewitt             (Unanimous)

214-15/16     To receive copies of Planning/Appeal Decisions

Copies of the following Planning Decisions were received:

152536 – 108 Peto Avenue, Colchester CO4 5WL – Demolition of existing conservatory and new single storey extension to be built – Permission granted, 3 conditions, 11th January 2016

152689 – Turner Rise Retail Park, Petrolea Close, Colchester CO4 5TU – Installation of 2x internally illuminated fascias – Permission granted, 3 conditions, 22nd January 2016

152366 – Church Farm House, Church Farm Way, Colchester CO4 5JJ – Variation of condition 2 & 3 attached to planning permission 144679 to increase the residential curtilage of the approved dwellinghouse and amend the associated parking provision – Permission granted, 3 conditions, 5th January 2016

215-15/16     Date of next meeting – 17th February 2016 at 7.15pm @ 101 Nayland Road

The meeting closed at 8:04pm