PDP Minutes 1st January 2017

Planning & Development Policy Committee

Minutes of the Myland Community Council Planning & Development Policy Committee Meeting held on Wednesday 1st January 2017, 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 Alison Jay

The Assistant Clerk

There were no members of the public present.

149-16/17     Apologies

No apologies were received from committee members.

Cllr Hurst sent her apologies for not attending the meeting.

150-16/17     To consider and possibly resolve to co-opt Cllr Alison Jay on to the Planning & Development Policy Committee

It was resolved to co-opt Cllr Alison Jay on to the Planning & Development Policy Committee

Proposed: Cllr Stewart                             Seconded: Cllr Hewitt             (Unanimous)

151-16/17     To consider and possibly resolve to co-opt Cllr Carolyne Hurst on to the Planning & Development Committee

This Item was deferred to the next meeting.

152-16/17    Declarations of Interest – Councillors to declare individually any interests they may have in the items on the agenda.  If a Councillor has a disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter being considered at a meeting, he/she must not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter at the meeting. The Councillor must withdraw from the room where the meeting is being held unless he/she has received a dispensation from the Clerk.

Cllrs Dickinson and Hewitt declared a pecuniary interest in application 163202 due to the application site being close to their residences. All Cllrs had requested dispensation in writing to the Clerk, on the grounds that so many members of the decision-making body (P & DP Committee) have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in the matter that it would “impede the transaction of the business”.

With regard to application 163202, as per provisions in the Localism Act and having had regard to all relevant circumstances, the Clerk and Chairman consider that dispensation be granted to all Cllrs on the grounds that so many members of the Committee have disclosable pecuniary interests in the matter that it would “impede the transaction of the business” not to do so.

153-16/17     Have Your Say – Members of the public can comment on any item on the agenda

There were no comments.

154-16/17     Chairman’s Announcements and Correspondence
The Chairman circulated a copy of the article from the Colchester Daily Gazette regarding the conversion of Equity House in Bergholt Road to the committee, which mentioned MCC’s objections to the application.

The Chairman said MCC had received notification of the Inquiry into application 151885 (Axial Way, Colchester – Detailed planning application for residential development to provide 87(no.) residential dwellings (use Class 3), associated car parking, cycle parking, public open space and pedestrian/cycle infrastructure, formation of pedestrian and cycle only links to adjacent Public Footpath/Bridleway and other associated works and improvements at land north of Axial Way, Colchester). He said the Inquiry would take place at the Town Hall, High Street, Colchester CO1 1DZ on 9th May 2017.

The Chairman said MCC had received notification from ECC of the Essex County Council (Various Roads (Former Severalls Hospital Site), Myland) (20mph Zone) Order 201*.

155-16/17     Minutes of the meeting held on 4th January 2017 to be approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman

The minutes of the meeting held on 4th January 2017 were approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman

Proposed: Cllr Gray                      Seconded: Cllr Dickson           (4 For; 2 Abstentions)

156 -16/17    Update of progress of resolutions made at the last meeting

There were no updates.

157-16/17     Monitoring

There was no report.

158-16/17     Planning matters for review

There were no planning matters for review.

159-16/17    To agree the official response to the WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff submission(s) on the Colchester Northern Gateway Car Park Access Road and United Way Crossing and Public Transport Proposals as follows – Cllr Stewart

MCC is grateful to consultants WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff for their further submission to address our concerns about the car park access proposals for the Northern Gateway cinema/restaurant complex. However, whilst still supporting the development, MCC retain their concerns over this scheme and its potential for gridlock at this busy junction. MCC would, however, support the provision of a Pedestrian Crossing in United Way. In respect of public transport access, MCC view the provision of a public transport alternative to be vital to this project. The direct access bus route proposed by WSP has merit and would appear to be the logical solution. The alternative bus route suggested by ECC/CBC covering a much wider area is, in our view, unlikely to encourage non-car use due to its extended route. The proposal by Carter Jonas that a Public Transport Enhancement Scheme be included within the proposed s.106 agreement makes sense and would be supported by MCC. MCC would, of course, seek to be included in future discussions on proposals towards this latter provision.

It was agreed that the official response to the WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff submission(s) on the Colchester Northern Gateway Car Park Access Road and United Way Crossing and Public Transport Proposals would be as stated above

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

160-16/17     Planning, Licensing & Highways Applications/Appeals – To make recommendations, including requests for Section 106 money where applicable, on applications received

163202 – North Colchester Urban Extension, Mile End Road, Colchester – Reserved matters application following outline consent 121272 for green infrastructure and open space at Chesterwell Park. Also to part discharge conditions 1, 7, 15, 39 and 45. The outline approval was an EIA application.

It was agreed to support this application with the following comment:

“There is an effective mix of wildlife habitat protection and open leisure space. Good use is made of the topography and necessary water attenuation to provide a range of attractive features. It is worth noting that Mersea Homes have agreed to link footpaths elsewhere in Myland into this Park area. Part discharge of conditions 1, 7, 15, 39, and 45 is noted.”

Proposed: Cllr Hewitt                              Seconded: Cllr Dickson           (Unanimous)

163194 – Alpha House, Severalls Hospital, Boxted Road, Colchester CO4 5HG – Non-illuminated hoarding with sales flags and monolith signage

It was agreed to support this application, noting that the signage was already erected.

Proposed: Cllr Dickson                             Seconded: Cllr Hewitt             (Unanimous)

170142 – Cambian Fairview, Boxted Road, Colchester CO4 5HF – Retention of existing compound and addition of extra car park spaces

It was agreed to support this application with the following comment:

MCC would support this application as it stands although we would ask that the figures in Clause 10 of the submission are checked. For information, MCC would also support the provision of the residents-only parking zone, should the application to CBC/NEPP be successful.”

Proposed: Cllr Dickinson                          Seconded: Cllr Hewitt      (5 For; 1 Abstention)

161-16/17     To receive copies of Planning/Appeal Decisions

Copies of the following Planning/Appeal Decisions were received.

162451 – 63 Mile End Road, Colchester CO4 5BU – Proposed single storey ground floor extension, with part 2 storey and erection of raised terrace to rear – Permission granted, 4 conditions, 20th December 2016

162929 – 129 Mile End Road, Colchester, CO4 5DA – Retention of timber garden outbuilding – Permission granted, no conditions, 16th January 2017

162915 – 7 Littlecotes, Colchester CO4 5EL – Two storey side extension and first floor extension – Permission granted, 4 conditions, 17th January 2017

148-16/17     Date of next meeting – 1st March 2017, 7.15pm @ 101 Nayland Road

The meeting closed at 8.20pm.

List of abbreviations

Cllr – Councillor
NGUAE – North Growth Urban Area Extension
CBC – Colchester Borough Council
NP – Neighbourhood Plan
CIL – Community Infrastructure Levy
NEPP – North Essex Parking Partnership
ECC – Essex County Council
PRoW – Public Right of Way
LHP – Local Highways Panel
S106 – Section 106 of Town & Country Planning Act ‘90
LP – Local Plan
SPD – Supplementary Planning Document
MCC – Myland Community Council