Planning & Development Committee – 17th February 2021

Notes & Decisions of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Held on Wed 17th February 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom

Planning Committee Members: Bob Tyrrell, Brian Butcher, Murray Harlow, Norma Smith, Andrew Savage, Ex officio member Chris Stevenson and Laura Walkingshaw (Parish Clerk) Next meeting:

Wed 17th Mar 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom

(review of VDS after meeting)

Apologies:  None
Members of the public present: Seven members of the public
Declarations of Interest: None

It is the aim of the Parish Council to seek a high standard of design for all new developments and extensions in the Village.

The Parish Council will take into account the Village Design Statement and the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan, emerging planning policy and CBC Planning policies when making comments and decisions on Planning Applications

Item 1: To receive any pre-application representations regarding proposed planning applications.

The new owners of a property in Chapel Road, spoke to the Planning Committee in regard to their plans to extend their semi-detached property to approximately mirror that of their connected neighbour. The Planning Committee couldn’t see a problem with their plans, the property is not a Listed Building, they have taken the trees with TPOs on into account and are working with the neighbours. The Planning Committee were pleased to have been consulted in advance to the planning application going into CBC.

Item 2: To discuss and make decisions on the following applications:

Location Proposal Application No. and link to CBC planning website Object / Support / Observations Decision or Recommendation Comments made by Planning Committee
9 Bradbrook Cottges,
Armoury Road,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3JW
Erection of one new 2-bedroom house and first floor extension for the existing property. 210196 Object Decision The Parish Council objects to the application in respect that it does not meet the basic principles of DG10 and DG15 of the West Bergholt Village Design Statement, part of the CBC adopted Neighbourhood Plan Planning Policy PP10. The proposed prominent front elevation is totally out of keeping with the existing street vernacular.

DG10: Any infill development should reflect the character of the surrounding area and protect the amenity of neighbours. It should reinforce the uniformity of the street by reflecting the scale, mass, height, form, materials, fenestration and architectural details of its neighbours.

DG15: Infill – developments should be modest in proportion and in scale with surrounding properties. They should not dominate. Their architectural style and finishes should be compatible and vernacular. Any infill should comply with Infill SPD.

16 Newbridge Hill,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3ER
Part first floor and two storey front extension. 210192 Object Decision The Parish Council has no objection in principle to a front facing extension to this property, however it does not fulfill DG3 of the West Bergholt Village Design Statement, part of the CBC adopted Neighbourhood Plan Planning Policy PP10.

DG3 – General Design – all proposed new build and extensions must enhance the area and make a positive architectural contribution.

Whilst there would be no objection to an appropriate extension at the front (should the applicant be minded to redesign), a street scene would be useful, picking up adjacent properties as the property is on a hill. (DG8)

Colchester Skip Hire,
Greenacres,
Packards Lane,
Wormingford,
CO6 3AH
Continuation of use of waste recycling facility  without compliance with condition 11 (HGV Movement Times) of planning permission ESS/09/18/COL  that was for “Erection of Clean Materials Recycling Facility ………with amendments to site operating hours and HGV movement times to permit 24 HGV Movements between 07:00- 16-30 hours on Good Fridays” to now allow for 6 HGV movements between 05:30 – 0600 hours;  10 HGV movements between 06.00 – 07.00 hours and 10 HGV movements between 07.00 – 07.30 hours to allow more flexibility in early morning movements periods. ESS/11/21/COL Object Decision West Bergholt Parish Council would support Wormingford Parish Council wholeheartedly in their objection in respect that the earlier operating hours will impact on West Bergholt. When granted planning permission previously the Council believed it was on the understanding that there would be no additional applications for earlier times or increased HGV movements.
Scarletts,
Scarletts Chase,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3DH(Agricultural determination)
Application to determine if prior approval is required for a proposed agricultural storage building. 210343 Support Decision The Parish Council has no objection to this application, subject to approval conditional on limiting future use (removal of Permitted Development rights) in the light of a previous conversion in the village of an “almost new barn” into a timber store and then a trampoline centre.
Land adj. to 18 Bradbrook Cottages,
Armoury Road,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3JW
Erection of a 3 bedroom, 3 storey single detached family house.  Previously approved under 130647 210280 Object Decision The Parish Council has no objection in principle as this application has the same footprint as previously approved, however there is concern regarding the parking. There appears to be no parking for the donor house (18 Bradbrook), thus the Council would ask what provision has been made in this respect.

Also, the Council has concerns about the large size of the 2nd floor window, please see DG3 of the West Bergholt Village Design Statement, part of the CBC adopted Neighbourhood Plan Planning Policy PP10.

DG3 – General Design – all proposed new build and extensions must enhance the area and make a positive architectural contribution.

Instead, the Council would recommend that in order to mirror the other end of the terrace a smaller window, such as their circular one, would be more appropriate.

Box Cottage,
The Avenue,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3HD
Proposed first floor rear extension & alterations & detached annex for carer. 210384 Object Recommendation The Parish Council has no objection in principle but would like to see a different window arrangement on the first-floor extension at the rear to avoid overlooking the neighbours. With regards the annex, the Council is content, subject to approval being conditional on the annex only ever being occupied by a family member or carer for the main house and that it is not sold or let separately to the applicant’s main property.

Item 3: Review Planning Decisions:

West Bergholt PC Decision Date WBPC Decision Application No. and link to CBC planning website Location Proposal CBC/Appeal Decision Date CBC/Appeal Decision Appeal Pending
21/08/2019 Support 191977 Land adj. West Bergholt CC &, Stable Cottage,
Colchester Road, West Bergholt
CO6 3JQ
Full planning permission for 41 new homes with a new access from Colchester Rd and associated landscaping, open space, drainage, foul pumping station and parking; provision of 1.189 hectares of land reserved O/S
18/09/2019 Support 192271 Land adj. West Bergholt CC &, Stable Cottage,
Colchester Road, West Bergholt
CO6 3JQ
Duplicate of 191977 O/S
16/09/20 Support 201925 Land adjacent,
12 Colchester Road, West Bergholt,
CO6 3JG
Outline application for up to 7 dwellings with access determined and all other matters reserved. O/S
20/1/21 Support 201686 Land south of WB Cricket Club, Colchester Rd, WB Outline application for up to 18 dwellings with access to be determined and all other matters reserved. (AMENDED PLANS) O/S
27/1/21 Support 210093 Orchard End House, Whitehouse Lane, West Bergholt CO6 3ET Removal of softwood cladding from first floor. Adding exterior wall insulation. Cladding all external walls with brick slips which match the original red brick. O/S
27/1/21 Observation 210134 Newbridge Mill, Newbridge Hill, West Bergholt, CO3 9TB Application for prior notification of agricultural or forestry development – proposed storage building. O/S
27/1/21 Object 202544 30 New Church Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3JE Demolition of existing detached house and erection 2 No. detached dwellings.(REVISED PLANS RECEIVED) O/S
16/1/20 Support 202741 83 Chapel Road,
West Bergholt,
CO6 3HL
Application for retrospective permission for the erection of a gabion wall structure on the boundary of property and the neighbouring residential site. 10/02/21 Approved N/A
20/1/21 Object 202800 Inverewe, Armoury Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3JN Two storey front extension. 09/02/21 Approved N/A
16/1/20 Support 202746 Ash’s Convenience Express, 87 Colchester Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3JU Single storey rear extension including raising of existing rear flat roof and new shopfront. 01/02/21 Approved N/A
16/12/20 Object 202600 Twain, Chapel Lane, West Bergholt, CO6 3EF Incorporation of integral garage into living accommodation; small depth extension (830 mm) from current furthest forward point across aproportion of the front facade, including a porch; rear extension and covered terrace to the rear; replacement windows. 01/02/21 Approved N/A
16/12/20 Observation 202739 2 Hall Farm Cottages, Hall Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3DU Two Storey/Single Storey Rear Extension together with Associated Alterations 29/01/21 Approved N/A
16/12/20 Object 202677 77 Lexden Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3BW First floor extension above existing garage and front porch extension. 29/01/21 Approved N/A
16/12/20 Observation 202748 5 Heathside, West Bergholt, CO6 3JT Proposed Conversion of garage to form annexe, including the provision of a roof dormer. 26/01/21 Approved N/A
16/12/20 Object 202650 55 Pirie Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3TA Two storey side extension 21/01/21 Approved N/A
18/11/20 Object 202412 6 Newbridge Hill, West Bergholt, CO6 3ER Single storey side extension, part single storey and part 2 storey rear extension, loft conversion, insertion of rooflights, modernisation of windows and cladding 18/01/21 Approved N/A
18/11/20 Support 202423 9 Garthwood Close, West Bergholt, CO6 3EA Part two storey, part single storey rear extensions with rooflights and new two storey front extension with internal alterations. 06/01/21 Approved N/A
18/11/20 Support 202447 10 Garthwood Close, West Bergholt, CO6 3EA Proposed first floor extension over existing detached garage together with two storey link Extension between existing garage and dwelling 04/01/21 Withdrawn N/A
18/11/20 Support 202546 179 Colchester Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3JY New single storey porch extension to the front of the existing dwelling and new monopitched roof over existing single storey rear extension. 04/01/21 Approved N/A