Planning & Highway minutes – 3 July 2019

Planning & Highways Committee

 

Minutes of the Myland Community Council Planning & Highways Committee Meeting held on Wednesday 5th June 2019, 7.15 pm @ 101 Nayland Road, Mile End Road, Colchester, CO4 5EN

 

Present:        Cllr C Clouston (Chair)

                      Cllr Gary Braddy

Cllr John Dickson

Cllr Pete Hewitt

Cllr Robert Johnstone

 

There were five members of the public present.

 

13-19/20      Apologies– to receive and accept

 

Apologies were received and accepted from Councillor Stewart.

 

14-19/20      Declarations of Interest

 

                     Cllr Hewitt declared an interest in Item 18-19/20, application nos. 191521 and 191581.

 

He had previously requested a dispensation which had been granted by the Clerk.   

 

15-19/20      Have Your Say

 

The Chairman said that as all members of the public were attending with regard to application 191376 (4 Leechs Lane) they would be allowed to speak under that agenda item.

 

16-19/20      Chairman’s Announcements and Correspondence

 

                      Councillor Hewitt said he and Cllr Stewart had attended a liaison meeting regarding Kingswood Heath. He said double yellow lines would be enforced on Whitmore Drive from 15thJuly 2019.

 

17-19/20      To agree the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 5thJune 2019 to be a true record for signature by the Chairman

 

                      The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 5thJune 2019 were agreedas a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

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

 

18-19/20      Planning, Licensing & Highways Applications/Appeals– To make recommendations, including requests for Section 106 money where applicable, on applications received (Appendix 1)

 

191376 – 4 Leechs Lane, Colchester   CO4 5EP – Two storey extension with garage, to provide granny annex at ground floor and additional bedrooms at first floor

 

The Chairman said she would allow comments from members of the public.

 

A resident said he lived next to the application site. He said he was not opposed in principle to the application but he had concerns as follows:

  • Inadequacy of the drawings;
  • Potential damage to the foundations of no 2 Leech’s Lane;
  • Potential use of the site;
  • Speed of vehicles belonging to the applicant using the lane
  • Lack of Impact Assessment;
  • Parking arrangements.

 

The applicant said he would like to address the concerns and made the following points:

  • Only two vehicles were now connected to the site;
  • Lane maintenance had been undertaken by himself at no cost to residents;
  • The application site had the same external “coating” as the bungalow on the opposite side of the lane;
  • An uninhabitable cottage had been refurbished on the existing footprint.

 

A resident said she lived close to the application site and she made the following points:

  • Not enough information was available to make an informed decision;
  • The proposed garage would be impractical;
  • Alternative ways could be considered to protect no. 2 Leech’s Lane;
  • The parking in the lane was a sensitive issue for residents;
  • It would be desirable if the applicant could leave the free parking at the end of the lane intact;
  • There was concern about the potential for commercial use of the site in the future.

 

A resident said if concerns about the structure of no. 2 could be given by an independent expert, he would have no objection to the application.

 

The applicant said the main extension on conventional footings was 4.5m away from no. 2. He said the garage would be built on a “raft” and would be a shallow build made of studwork, which would reduce the weight of the structure.

 

A resident said clarification on whether a party wall agreement was required was needed.

 

It was unanimously agreed to comment on the application as follows:

 

MCC cannot make a decision on this application until a drawing showing accurate dimensions is available, and they would ask CBC to request this from the applicant.

 

191468 – 11 Spindle Street, Colchester   CO4 5WX – Proposed single storey rear extension.

 

It was agreed unanimously to support this application.

 

191451 – ASDA Stores Ltd, Asda Supermarket, Petrolea Close, Colchester  CO4 5TU -3no fascia and 4no panel signs.

 

It was agreed unanimously to support this application.

 

190450 – ASDA Stores Ltd, Asda Supermarket, Petrolea Close, Colchester  CO4 5TU – Installation of a retail pod.

 

It was agreed unanimously to support this application.

 

191299 – 3 Braiswick Lane, Colchester   CO4 5ED – Ground floor extensions to provide utility and bathroom and increase size of existing bay.

 

It was agreed unanimously to support this application.

 

191455 – 8 Evelyn Mews, Colchester   CO4 6AF -Rear single storey, lean-to extension

 

It was agreed unanimously to support this application.

 

191435 – 267 Mile End Road, Colchester   CO4 5DZ – Proposed two storey & single rear extension and loft conversion

 

It was agreed unanimously to support this application.

 

191422 – 43 Defoe Crescent, Colchester   CO4 5LQ -Proposed rear extension and porch to front elevation.

 

It was agreed unanimously to comment as follows:

 

MCC have no objection to the application in principle nor the porch.

 

However, the Council would like the position regarding the shared access path to neighbours’ properties to be clarified.

 

191521 – Land West of Mile End Rd., North Colchester Urban Ext, Mile End Road, Colchester – Application for approval of reserved matters outline approval No.  121272 (Construction of Pumping Station 3 & temporary access road)

 

 

It was agreed unanimously to support this application

 

191522 – Land Adjacent To 67, Braiswick, Colchester   CO4 5BQ – Outline application for the erection of 34 dwellings comprising 2 x one bedroom apartments, 6 x two bedroom apartments and houses, 21 x three bedroom houses and 5 x four bedroom houses (including  affordable housing) and associated development, with site

 

It was agreed unanimouslyto comment as follows:

 

The Myland & Braiswick Neighbourhood Plan makes a brief acknowledgement to this site. MCC & Braiswick Residents’ Association are also aware of a small area of proposed development at St Botolph’s Farm in Braiswick, submitted in response to the CBC 2015 Call for Sites exercise. At the time of the Plan’s initiation the site did not exist within CBC’s existing Local Plan. It subsequently appeared in CBC’s “Call For Sites” for the merging Local Plan but that has yet to be adopted. There were no grounds for the Myland & Braiswick Neighbourhood Plan to promote the site for development.

 

191581 – North Colchester Urban Ext, Mile End Road, Colchester – Application for removal or variation of a conditions 7, 8, 28, 62  following grant of planning permission. (121272)

 

It was agreed unanimously to object on the following grounds:

 

MCC refer to the previous application 183077 to which we have objected, and we would object to this application on the same grounds.

 

As stated by the developer’s agent, this application is simply to enhance sales momentum in the existing development phases by adding another point of sale.

 

It does not bring any additional support to modal shift which Essex Highways claim as key to enabling north Colchester’s transport infrastructure to cope with new housing development. It can be argued that this application actually undermines that strategy.

 

It further complicates the already problematic situation at Mile End Road’s entry to the North Station junction for southbound traffic.

 

There is no recognition within the application of any impact on the Nayland Road/Mill Road junction for northbound traffic. There is a danger of increased journeys in this direction eg from the 160 dwellings into local routes for the Chesterwell schools.

 

It substantially affects the amenity of Bartholomew Court residents adjacent to the road, particularly during development construction phases.

 

It is the view of MCC that the conditions associated with planning application 121272 were necessary and sensible, and should remain in place.

 

 

 

 

19-18/19      To receive copies of Planning/Appeal Decisions

 

The following Decisions were received:

 

190214 – 1 Sinclair Close, Colchester   CO4 5WD – Proposed Single Storey Side and Rear Extension and Replacement  Brickwork Garden Wall – Permission granted, 3 conditions, 13thJune 2019

 

190953 – 23 Beaumont Close, Colchester   CO4 5XE – Two Storey Rear Extension – Permission granted, 3 conditions, 7thJune

 

191020 – 17 Lufkin Road, Colchester   CO4 5JN – Clad the existing building with Weatherboarding. – Permission granted, 3 conditions, 10thJune 2019

 

191060 – Cuckoo Farm (prop Park & Ride), Boxted Road, Mile End Colchester – Digital advert on the real-time passenger information screen located  at the bus stop. The screen is already installed. Adverts could be from a broad range of suppliers – both public and private. – Consent given, 3 conditions, 20thJune 2019

 

191062 – Land Adjacent To Hakewill Way, Northern Approach Road, Colchester – Digital advert on the real-time passenger information screen located  at the bus stop. The screen is already installed. Adverts could be from a broad range of suppliers – both public and private. – Consent given, 4 conditions, 20thJune 2019

 

                                

20-18/19      To note the time, date and place of next meeting – Wednesday 7thAugust 2019, 7.30pm at 101 Nayland Road, Colchester CO4 5EN.