MINUTES of the Planning Committee Meeting held virtually on Tuesday 2 February 2021 at 7.30pm Chair Approved
Public Questions: None.
Present; Cllr Read (Chair) Cllr Luxford-Vaughan, Cllr Tile, Cllr Boughton, Cllr Widgery and Jo Beighton-Emms (Town Clerk) and two members of public
P.02.21.001 Apologies for absence; Cllr Booth
P.02.21.002 Declarations of interest: None. It was agreed that any necessary declarations of interest will be raised when the Committee are considering matters throughout the course of the meeting.
P.02.21.003 Minutes of the last meeting: The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 5 January 2021 were proposed by Cllr Luxford-Vaughan, seconded by Cllr Widgery and approved by all as an accurate record of proceedings.
P.02.21.004 Planning Applications; The Committee considered the following planning applications;
|Development||Single Storey Rear Extension (Revised Description).|
|Address||58 Belle Vue Road, Wivenhoe CO7 9LD|
|Comments/Resolution||Comment: WTC request that the views of neighbours are taken into consideration and note the objection from a neighbouring property. WTC consider that there is a loss of permeable land|
|Address||50 Rectory Road, Wivenhoe CO7 9ER|
|Comments/Resolution||Comment; WTC note the close proximity to the junction at Ernest Road. It is understood that this application will be referred to Highways, ECC and request that a site visit is conducted. The officer is asked to consider drainage issues|
|Development||Proposed side extension and front entrance porch|
|Address||2 Tower Road, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7 9QE|
|Comments/Resolution||Comment: WTC consider that this development will affect the street view which is of concern. WTC request that the views of neighbours are taken into consideration. WTC consider that there is overdevelopment of this site and has concerns about visibility on the junction.|
|Development||Erection of 4sqm front porch|
|Address||30 Bobbits Way, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7 9NJ|
P.02.21.005 Planning Decisions: None
P.01.21.006 Wivenhoe Town Council Strategy; How to influence planning decisions.
The councillors considered the way in which future applications could be responded to with an agreed approach. Cllr Luxford-Vaughan noted that the Town Clerk’s forthcoming training will feed into this point and suggested further training for the councillors as policies are always being updated. Cllr Read agreed that current policies need to be considered by all members of the committee and it was agreed that a library of these would be created and considered at the next meeting. Cllr Luxford-Vaughan suggested that the Town Clerk contacts Simon Cairns, CBC Planning, for a list of policies and background reading.
P.01.21.007 Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan: Taylor Wimpey Public Consultation- 120 new homes.
Cllr Luxford-Vaughan had compared the plans for the proposed development to the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan and demonstrated how the development did not meet with the expectations of the WNP. She summarised a number of points and further requests for information to be made to Taylor Wimpey (‘TW’) as part of the consultation period, which runs from 1 to 14 February. It was agreed that the request from WTC would be made available on the WTC Facebook page and website so that the public can refer to it.
A member of the public, Mr Young, made the following points:
Cllr Luxford-Vaughan said that whilst the WNP is a material planning consideration this is not always successful, such as for example, the Hewthorn planning application, following which the procedure has been changed. WTC will consider public opinion and WTC will continue to question the developers who will listen to WTC and CBC Cllr Cory. Whilst the WNP may be strong enough, a compromise may have to be made, for example, the proposed 120 houses may be reduced and built just south of the pylon. Cllr Read noted that there was a pond close to the play area. He suggested that this area should instead be used for housing. He also said that covid restrictions meant that virtual planning meetings will be held.
Cllr Luxford-Vaughan said that everyone should be encouraged to have their say on the plans.
It was agreed that the query about the adjacent land would be put to TW. Cllr Tile also suggested that WTC should ask about internet access.
Cllr Read thanked Cllr Luxford-Vaughan for her detailed update.
P.01.21.008 Leisure and Community Services SPD: The Town Clerk reported that she had continued to make enquiries with CBC regarding the use of S106 monies by Wivenhoe Cricket Club. She had sent details of proposed WTC projects to CBC and was waiting on further advice on a formal application process.
P.01.21.009 Date and time of next meeting: It was agreed that the next meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 7.30pm
The Chair closed the meeting at 20.50