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Planning Minutes 31st October 2012

HARWICH TOWN COUNCIL
Guildhall, Church Street, Harwich, Essex CO12 3DS
Tel: 01255 507211

MINUTES of the Meeting of the PLANNING COMMITTEE

held at The 1912 Centre, Cow Lane, Harwich

on Wednesday 31st October 2012 commencing at 6.43pm

Present: Councillors Brown, Calver, Fowler, Todd, I Henderson, J Henderson, Thompson, King, Gibbins, Flavell, C Callender, R Callender and Thurlow.

In the Chair: Councillor McLeod

Acting Clerk: Mrs Michelle Townsend

Also present: 4 members of the public and no press

Absent: Cllr Day

Public Question Time

Dr Rogers expressed his concerns for the placement of further beach huts in Dovercourt Bay. On many occasions he has put himself in jeopardy when trying to deter youths from vandalising and climbing on them. Dr Rogers requested HTC support the view that no more huts are placed in this area and that the existing 5 huts are removed. Members noted his view.

Cheryl Thompson wished to make councillors aware that in addition to information on the briefing notes from TDC, it is expected that people will not be able to sit in front of the beach huts. In addition to this, there is no grassed area so these huts will not be suitable for family use. Cheryl Thompson also wished to discuss the Flood Memorial Gardens, but was advised that this would be discussed at the next E&H Committee on 6th November and was welcome to attend as a member of the public.

Alan Sage expressed his concerns over the proposed rear extension to his neighbour’s property in Gordon Road. He felt that the rear extension was excessive and would drastically reduce his source of light. Mr Savage asked HTC if they felt that home improvements to one property should not have a serious detrimental effect on another.

P055/12 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received from Cllr Double

P056/12 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Cllr McLeod referred to his position on the Development & Control Committee at TDC

P057/12 MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Town Planning meeting held on Wednesday 10th October 2012 (previously circulated) be approved by the Committee and signed by the Chairman as a true record.

P058/12 MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
None

P059/12 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
The Committee considered a schedule of planning applications for weeks ending

12th October, 19th October and 26th October 2012.
RESOLVED: Recommendations in Appendix ‘A’ be submitted to Tendring District Council.

P060/12 MATTERS RECEIVED IN POST OR INFORMATION RAISED BY MEMBERS
Consultation request from Ian Taylor, TDC regarding Beach Huts, Dovercourt Bay – Cllr Flavell felt that the sighting was not adequate whilst Cllr C Callender felt that the huts were possibly out of character of the promenade, Cllr Calver felt that they would encourage higher usage of this part of the promenade and increase usage of local amenities and encourage people to use the Town Centre. Cllr Calver believed that the lack of uptake was the manner in which they were marketed along with additional fees which were charged.

Cllr J Henderson made reference to members of the public who do not have a garden or live by the sea and this would be an ideal opportunity to own a beach hut but TDC need to be more realistic with the marketing and costs to ensure they are affordable. Cllr McLeod informed members that the original application for the sighting of these beach huts was part of the regeneration for Harwich. He felt that HTC should support any scheme which helps generate visitors to the area but should be marketed following discussions with the Beach Hut Association.
RESOLVED: Harwich Town Council are in support for beach huts to be sighted in this vicinity but ask that they are marketed and priced appropriately to enable take up. Harwich Town Council asks that this is moved forward with full consultation with the Beach Hut Association.

P061/12 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next Town Planning meeting will be held at the 1912 Centre, Cow Lane, Harwich, on 21st November 2012 at 6.30pm.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 7.40pm

Chairman Date

APPENDIX A

HARWICH TOWN COUNCIL: Recommendations of the Planning Committee Meeting held on 31st October 2012

WEEK ENDING 12TH OCTOBER

12/01066/FUL
Miss Katie Dalby

12/01128/FUL
The LPA Receivers of Plot 2 Stanton Euro Park

Erection of first floor extension to accommodate two additional bedrooms and an en-suite. Proposed conservatory to rear

Change of use of land to become part of rear gardens to plots 32 to 36, 38 to 48, 55 to 63 and 91 to 95

HTC recommend refusal on grounds of over development, inappropriate development, out of keeping with existing footprint, and would have a detrimental impact on neighbouring properties. HTC propose that this application is not approved under delegated powers and that any committee decision is made following a committee site visit and HTC also ask if there is an issue regarding volume intrusion.

Approval but HTC request that the boundaries do not allow direct access on to the Hangings.

WEEK ENDING 19TH OCTOBER

None Received

WEEK ENDING 26TH OCTOBER

12/01169/FUL
Mr & Mrs Welham

12/01189/TCA – Mr H Tisdale

12/01119/FUL

12/01038/FUL
Proposed two storey side extension to form living room, two bedrooms and en-suite

Tortured Willow – 25% Crown reduction which will reduce height by 20 feet

Enclosure of two second floor balconies at the rear of Trinity House, to create extended internal floor space

Proposed new access with dropped kerb

No objection

No objection

No objection

No objection