DPD Minutes 8th April 2015

Planning & Development Policy Committee

Minutes of the Myland Community Council Planning & Development Policy Committee Meeting held on Wednesday 8th April 2015, 7.15 pm @ Mile End Methodist Church, Mile End Road, Colchester, CO4 5ET

Present:        Cllr John Sutcliffe (Chair)

Cllr Liz Gray

Cllr Pete Hewitt

Cllr John Stewart

Cllr John Dickson

The Clerk

The Assistant Clerk

There were 11 members of the public present.

001-15/16     Apologies

Cllr Dickinson.

002-15/16     Declarations of Interest

Cllr Hewitt said that one of the applications to be considered had been submitted by Cllr Dickinson, a member of this committee.

003-15/16     Have Your Say

Mr Steven Knowles said that he appreciated the opportunity to see the plans for application 150473. He said it was his understanding that this application would go ahead solely on the planning officer’s decision unless it was called in. He asked, after the debacle of the Fords Lane hedgerow, and CBC allowing development to go ahead without all conditions being met, what action would MCC take before the next stage goes ahead with no access other than from Fords Lane?

Cllr Hewitt said it was correct that additional road access would only be provided once 30 houses had been built. He said the removal of the hedgerow was an Essex County Council action. He said that MCC had suggested leaving the roots, but that wasn’t possible as the hedgerow will be re-aligned. He said that there will be a hedgerow and a biodiversity strip, and that there would be a separate application for Fords Lane and the biodiversity strip at a future date.

Cllr Hewitt said that Cllr Goss and the Clerk had been in dialogue with regarding the hoarding and that the current situation was that MCC expected it to be moved back away from the road. He said that ECC were happy about the hoarding, which was a problem for MCC and residents. He said that MCC could not do anything about 30 houses having to be built before additional access was provided as this was a pre-condition.

Mr Knowles asked what MCC could do to make sure that the application was called in. He said it was disgusting if CBC had agreed the condition regarding additional access. He said that it was not right that permission had been given before the design of the green area had been finalised to the satisfaction of MCC and the ward councillors. He asked where the incentive was if the housing had already been given the go ahead. He asked where in the planning consent had been said that the hoarding could be erected next to the road.

The Clerk said that the Enforcement Officer had confirmed that the hoarding was permitted development and not subject to enforcement action.

Mr Knowles asked again where in permitted development it said that the hoarding was allowed. He said he believed that the hoarding would be advertising the development of 105 homes, not the current building. He said he believed it was wrong to leave it to CBC’s planners when they had already proved themselves inept.

Cllr Hewitt said that Cllr Goss could be approached to call it in. He said MCC could determine whether CBC or Essex CC had agreed that 30 houses could be built before access was provided from the new road. He said that the wording regarding the development was that it would take place in “2016 or earlier if deemed necessary.”

Mr Knowles asked if all that Mersea Homes had been obligated to do had been completed. He said that certainly the road had not.

Mrs White said that she understood that Essex Highways had recommended refusal of application 150104 (248 Mill Road). She asked if MCC had received this information. The Clerk said she would print this off for Mrs White.

004-15/16     Chairman’s Announcements and Correspondence

A copy of an email sent by the residents at 27 Beaumont Close to David Whybrow at Colchester Borough Council had been received. This was further to previous correspondence relating to applications for neighbouring properties. The residents felt that CBC’s planning officers should highlight at the planning notification stage the possibility of encroachment on to neighbours’ property.

005-15/16     Minutes of the meeting held on 18th March 2015 to be approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman    

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

Proposed: Cllr Dickson                 Seconded: Cllr Gray                (Unanimous)

006-15/16     Matters arising from the Minutes

There were none.

007-15/16     Monitoring

There was no report.

008-15/16     Planning, Licensing & Highways Applications/Appeals – To make recommendations, including requests for Section 106 money where applicable, on applications received

150473 – North Colchester Urban Extension Mile End Road, Colchester – Reserved matters application for 105 dwellings on Phase 1B (part of R7 and R8) pursuant to outline application no. 121272. – Comment

All residents on the CBC notification list had been invited to MCC’s P&DP Committee meeting.

The conditions requiring discharge prior to commencement of work had again been checked and discussed with the Planning Officer. Assurance had been given that those not currently confirmed as discharged on the CBC matrix of conditions would be cleared via the approval for the Application once that was given. The exception was conditions regarding landscaping as CBC wanted the plant species mix changed. ECC and Anglian Water have agreed water and foul water drainage strategies.

The required number of 15% of affordable homes have been included and will be intermingled across this development phase. The Application is in harmony with the agreed Phasing Strategy for the site. The design ‘palette’ is as outlined at the Design Panel meeting. Fords Lane, the hedgerow and associated biodiversity buffer will be subject to a separate application, the date for which has been requested from the Planning Officer.

There are no grounds to challenge the application and it is proposed that MCC comments that it is expected that all conditions requiring discharge prior to commencement of work are duly confirmed and evidenced as discharged to ensure the developer(s) meet their obligations in timely fashion.

Proposed: Cllr Hewitt                   Seconded: Cllr Gray                (Unanimous)

Ten members of the public left the meeting at 7.56pm.

150308 – Teesdale, Leechs Lane, Colchester CO4 5EP – Application for a Certificate of Lawfulness for a single storey rear extension. Replace existing flat roof with pitched hip roof to match existing – Support with proviso that MCC write to CBC to clarify which areas of Colchester have had building rights withdrawn

Proposed: Cllr Sutcliffe                Seconded: Cllr Gray                (Unanimous)

150560 – Red Tiles, Leechs Lane, Colchester, CO4 5EP – Proposed 1.5 side extension and front porch – Support

Cllr Hewitt reminded the committee that this was the application from Cllr Dickinson.

Proposed: Cllr Sutcliffe                Seconded: Cllr Hewitt             (Unanimous)

150600 – 89 Nayland Road, Colchester, CO4 5EN – Demolition of existing single storey dwelling/garage and erection of 2no. single storey dwellings with associated garages and parking – Support with comment that this support is conditional on no building taking place in the front garden of the property.

Proposed: Cllr Dickson                 Seconded: Cllr Stewart           (Unanimous)

009-15/16     To receive copies of Planning/Appeal Decisions

150014 – WeDo Shopping Ltd, Turner Rise Retail Park, Petrolea Close, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5TU – Variation of a condition 12 attached to planning permission COL/91/0887 to allow wider range of goods within Use Class A1 (Retail) within Unit 1a – Permission granted, 3 conditions, 25 March 2015

010-15/16     Date of next meeting – 22nd April 2015, 7.15pm @ Myland Community Council Office, 101 Nayland Road, Colchester.

The meeting closed at 8:26pm