Planning & Highways Committee
Minutes of the Myland Community Council Planning & Highways Committee Meeting held on Wednesday 4th December 2019, 7.15 pm at Mile End Methodist Church Hall, Nayland Road, Colchester CO4 5ET
Present: Cllr John Stewart
Cllr Gary Braddy
Cllr Catherine Clouston
Cllr John Dickson
Cllr Pete Hewitt
Cllr Robert Johnstone
Essex County Councillor Anne Turrell
Cllr Tom Welham also attended the meeting.
There were no apologies to receive.
56-19/20 Declarations of Interest
57-19/20 Have Your Say
Cllr Turrell said she had met with Cllr Williams that morning to discuss pavements outside Myland School. She said she had put forward to Essex Highways a length of pavement outside the school, and a length of pavement on Nayland Road from Church Farm Way to no. 5 Nayland Road. She said repair could take in the region of nine months and she would report back to MCC if there were any problems.
The Chairman raised the ongoing problem of drainage at the War Memorial.
Cllr Turrell said this should be reported on the Essex Highways reporting tool. She said with limited resources available, Essex Highways’ priority would be safety. She said there was no difference if there were multiple reports of the same problem.
She referred to the pavement repairs she had already submitted to Essex Highways and said Nayland Road was currently being done, Tall Trees work had been completed, and Kingswood Road was still to be started.
58-19/20 Chairman’s Announcements and Correspondence
There were no announcements.
59-19/20 To agree the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 6th November 2019 to be a true record for signature by the Chairman
The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 6th November 2019 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.
60-19/20 To agree a response to the Essex Highways consultation on the A120/A133 Link Road and Rapid Transit System scheme
It was agreed that the Committee should respond to this consultation. The Chairman asked members to contact Cllr Johnstone with their comments. Cllr Johnstone said he would respond on behalf of the Committee.
61-19/20 To endorse action taken on application no. 190665 subsequent to the meeting held on 6th November 2019
Cllr Hewitt referred to the discussion of this application at the meeting held on 6th November 2019.
He said he and Cllr Stewart had attended a meeting with representatives from CBC where the Committee’s concerns had been addressed.
He said having considered the additional information provided he and Cllr Stewart had been satisfied that reasonable answers had been given.
It was agreed unanimously to endorse action taken on application no. 190665 subsequent to the meeting held on 6th November 2019.
62-19/20 To agree the proposed safe crossing and traffic calming measures for Mill Road for recommendation to the Local Highways Panel
Cllr Turrell said that applications for a roundabout on Mill Road at the junction with Bedford Road and a crossing on Mill Road between the junctions with Thomas Wakley Close and Bedford Road were already under consideration by the Local Highways Panel.
Cllr Hewitt said he believed until decisions are reached the existing white painted ‘Keep Clear’ signs at Bedford Road and Romulus Close should be re-painted or a yellow hashed box inserted at both.
He said the proposal would support guidelines for safe routes to Camulos Academy and the Gilberd School.
He said he would propose resurrecting the existing traffic island as the site for a crossing and that a roundabout at Bedford Road would also facilitate access to Mill Road for residents of Romulus and Remus Close.
He said the benefits had been listed in the paper circulated prior to the meeting.
Cllr Turrell suggested submitting all the proposals as an application to the LHP and said she would liaise with Jon Simmonds of Essex Highways regarding the parts of the application already in the LHP’s list.
It was agreed unanimously to submit the proposed safe crossing and traffic calming measures for Mill Road for recommendation to the Local Highways Panel.
60-18/19 Planning, Licensing & Highways Applications/Appeals – To make recommendations, including requests for Section 106 money where applicable, on applications received
192868 – Mile End Road junction with, North Station Roundabout, Colchester – 3 x 48 sheet free-standing poster panels with external illumination
It was agreed to support this application.
192890 – North Colchester Urban Ext, Mile End Road, Colchester – Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval 121272 – Construction of 3no. houses and 24no. apartments.
It was agreed unanimously to comment as follows:
MCC is aware that the position of the proposed school buildings has not yet been fixed. It therefore would seem premature to claim that there will be no overshadowing of the proposed dwellings.
MCC note that these dwellings will not increase the total number of dwellings on the whole development. We would therefore ask that consideration is given to allowing the application site to contribute to a bigger plaza area for communal outdoor use. The proposed dwellings will already have been planned for elsewhere on the development and MCC sees no need to build them on this site.
192925 – 6 Kirby Drive, Colchester CO4 6BA – Two-Storey Rear and Side Extension
It was agreed unanimously to object to this application for the following reasons:
- Loss of privacy for the neighbouring property;
- Overlooking of the neighbouring property;
- Proposed development detrimental to the existing street scene;
- Loss of garden space.
192906 – 37 Mile End Road, Colchester CO4 5BU – Demolition of existing buildings and creation of 8 apartments. Resubmission of 191793
It was agreed unanimously to object to this application as follows:
MCC objected to the previous application for this and see nothing in this new application to merit reconsidering this view. MCC would object to this application for the following reasons:
- Overlooking of and loss of privacy to adjacent properties;
- Overdevelopment and infill;
- Parking issues – restricted street parking and double yellow lines;
- Noise and nuisance from the scheme;
- Loss of public visual amenity
192911 – 65 Whitmore Drive Colchester CO4 5XN – Change of use from B1 to B8
It was agreed unanimously to support this application.
61-18/19 To receive copies of Planning/Appeal Decisions
Copies of the following Planning Decisions were received:
192506 – 2 Beaumont Close, Colchester CO4 5XE – Single storey rear extension – Permission granted, 3 conditions, 18th November 2019
182995 – North Colchester Urban Ext, Mile End Road, Colchester – Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval. (121272) EDU1 Revised drawings – Reserved Matters Approved, 2 conditions.
192885 – 32 Birchwood Drive, Colchester CO4 6AW – Garage door on car port (Retrospective) – Refused, 1 reason, 19th November 2019
192298 – 17 Lufkin Road, Colchester CO4 5JN – Outline Application with all matters reserved for one bungalow. – Refuse, 3 reasons, 2nd December 2019
192562 – Land adjacent to, Mill Road Surgery, 47 Mill Road, Colchester CO4 5LE – Temporary staff car parking with no addition to existing 70 parking spaces, this until 1st January 2020. – Permission granted, 3 conditions, 2nd December 2019
62-18/19 To note the time, date and place of next meeting – Wednesday 8th January 2020, 7.30pm at 101 Nayland Road, Colchester CO4 5EN.
The meeting closed at 8.44pm.