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Planning Minutes 12th November 2014

TOWN PLANNING COMMITTEE
held at
The 1912 Centre, Cow Lane, Harwich
on
Wednesday 12th November 2014 at 6.30pm

Present: Councillors Brown, Fowler, I Henderson, J Henderson, King, McLeod, C Powell and Todd
In the Chair: Councillor Day
Clerk: Mrs Lucy Ballard
Also present: 1 member of the public, 1 member of the press and two members of RPPC

Public Question Time:
Dr Rogers stated that he recognised the pressures that planning authorities, including TDC, are under to make available additional housing development land, and referred to a number of unfulfilled promises of substantial numbers of jobs in the Harwich area.  He asked that HTC sees fit to comment to TDC Planning that should outline application (14/01431/OUT) be approved, and the necessary supplementary applications be approved, that enforceable conditions be applied such that the construction of dwellings be disallowed until at least 30% of the promised permanent jobs are actually in place as real jobs.

Cllr Day said we could ask that conditions are set that the housing development doesn’t start until the industrial aspect is complete but cannot place conditions on the jobs as it’s not a material consideration.  Cllr I Henderson said the only way it can be insisted on is if it’s designated under the Local Plan as employment provision.  The committee agreed to note Dr Roger’s comments on considering the application.

P066/14 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllrs Calver, Flavell, Nicholson, F Powell, Thompson and Thurlow
P067/14 DECLARATIONS OF MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
Cllr McLeod – TDC Planning & Development Committee
P068/14 MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Town Planning meeting held on Wednesday 22nd October 2014 (previously circulated) be approved by the Committee and signed by the Chairman as a true record.
P069/14 MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES

  • P063/14 – Members noted a letter by Clare David in response to enquiries about Retrospective Planning applications.
    Cllr I Henderson said the concerning application was the Coco’s application and that the footpath had been taken over by hoardings forcing pedestrians onto the road.  We need to keep our eye on this for the future.
P070/14 MATTERS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES
None
P071/14 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
The Committee considered a schedule of planning applications for weeks ending 24th October, 31st October and 7th November.
RESOLVED: Recommendations in Appendix ‘A’ be submitted to Tendring District Council.
P072/14 POLLING DISTRICT AND POLLING PLACE REVIEW
RESOLVED: Satisfied with the proposals. Chase Lane not appropriate – access isn’t good if they don’t open the gates and it’s not inviting in the dark.
/P072/14 MATTERS RECEIVED IN THE POST OR RAISED BY MEMBERS

  • Members noted an application 14/01605/TELLIC – To install high speed broadband cabinet – Land adjacent Fronks Road, Dovercourt – FOR INFORMATION ONLY
  • Members noted an application 14/01606/TELLIC – To install high speed broadband cabinet – Opposite 45-49 Abbot Road, Allfields, Dovercourt – FOR INFORMATION ONLY
  • Members noted application 14/01540/TELLIC – To install high speed broadband cabinet – opposite 1 Church Hill, Ramsey – FOR INFORMATION ONLY
  • Members noted a revised description for application 14/01382/FUL – Sub-division of unit 1 and change of use of proposed unit 1A from retail (A1) to café (A3).  External alterations, erection of bollards and external seating area – HarwichGateway RetailPark, Freshfield Road, Harwich.
  • Members noted a revised description for application 14/01395/FUL – Proposed change of use from offices into 2 No flats – Rear of 162 High Street, Harwich
P073/14 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next Town Planning meeting will be held at the 1912 Centre, Cow Lane, Harwich on Wednesday 3rd December 2014 at 6.30pm.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 7.15pm

  1. HARWICH TOWN COUNCIL:
    Recommendations of the Planning Committee Meeting held on 12th November 2014
WEEK ENDING 24TH OCTOBER
14/01518/FULTendring District Council – Housing Portfolio Holder

Crooked Elms Sheltered Housing Unit Crooked Elms Harwich

Demolish existing pre-fabricated garage, breakout base & form new level hard standing & erect new pre fabricated scooter store. No Objection
14/01520/FULMr Abul Azad

57/59 Ingestre Street Harwich

Development of 7 x 2 bed & 5 x 1 bed apartments over 2.5 floors with under-croft parking. No objection
14/01552/OUTBritish Red Cross Society & Mr A Madge
Former Red Cross Centre Manor Lane Dovercourt
Proposed residential development to provide 6 detached dwellings. Object on the grounds of access issues
WEEK ENDING 31ST OCTOBER
14/01431/OUTHarding Estates (East Anglia) Ltd

Land East of Pond Hall Farm Stour Close Harwich

Hybrid application for proposed comprehensive development & the creation of employment floorspace (including start up units) consisting of:Outline approval for development of site to create employment units, cafe / restaurant units, public house, drive thru restaurants, cinema, hotel, up to 297 dwellings, landscaping, open space & associated means of access, internal estate roads & car parking.

Full approval for the creation of retail shop units, foodstore, petrol filling station, associated highway works & improvements including a new roundabout off the A120 & link road, earthworks, service infrastructure & other associated works & improvements.

Members agreed to allow members of RPPC to take part in the discussion.
Cllr George Elmer – Complicated situation as it’s a cross-boundary application.  Part of the residential and industrial aspect is in Ramsey.  On24th Nov public meeting in Ramsey.  RPPC will ask for time extension until after that meeting.On northern side of A120 (Linear park) is already under the ownership of Harding Estates.  There is a lot of land/earth movement needed as this build up land elsewhere.  He understands they will build industrial element before the dwellings, but is concerned about traffic in/out of Stour Road via Clayton Road.  The houses will be phased over a number of years, what about schools/doctors etc. Further concerned about Horesely Cross and if Harwich Valley doesn’t go ahead, the Horesely Cross one won’t and the land will be given up for houses.
Cllr Martyn Donn hopes that this will provide jobs for the next 5/7 years and must be mindful on how this is projected to TDC regarding conditions.
Cllr Elmer said there’s no Local Plan currently in operation which could cause problems if the application is declined.
No objection.  Comment that the industrial units/jobs to be provided should be developed first within the first phase and infrastructure for the industrial phase before the other aspects.1 Abstained, 9 for.
14/01534/FULMs Abby Kaprol

147 High Street Harwich

Change of use from A1 retail to A2 financial and professional services on the ground floor and C3 residential on the first and second floors, with the installation of an external staircase to provide access to the first floor flat. No Objection
14/01593/FULMr H Gosling

62 Williamsburg Avenue Harwich

Proposed outbuilding. No Objection
WEEK ENDING 7TH NOVEMBER
14/01601/FULMs E Wrycraft

23 Seafield Road, Dovercourt

Single storey side extension No Objection