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Planning Minutes 22nd October 2014

TOWN PLANNING COMMITTEE
held at
The 1912 Centre, Cow Lane, Harwich
on
Wednesday 22nd October 2014 at 6.30pm

Present: Councillors Brown, Calver, Fowler, I Henderson, J Henderson, King, McLeod, C Powell, F Powell, Thompson, Thurlow and Todd
In the Chair: Councillor Day
Clerk: Mrs Lucy Ballard
Also present: 2 members of the public and 1 members of the press

Public Question Time:
Dr Rogers expressed his view on application 14/01295/FUL – Kingsway.  He is against the development but accepts it’s an improvement visually.  Work began 1st Jan 2011 and this is a retrospective application.  He felt that there had been little consideration for public safety and the works had created safety hazards and impinged on the pathway with unauthorised hoardings.  2nd floor interferes with a utility pole and asks TDC councillor to call it in and also ask the Planning committee as to how the situation has arisen.  Cllr Calver clarified that they can only call in on matters about the application and NOT how the situation arose.  Mrs Holbrook asked HTC to back Rose application 14/01481/FUL, felt it was a great application and would be prosperous for the town.

P058/14 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllrs Flavell, Morrison and Nicholson
P059/14 DECLARATIONS OF MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
Cllr McLeod – TDC Planning & Development Committee
P060/14 MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Town Planning meeting held on Wednesday 1st October 2014 (previously circulated) be approved by the Committee and signed by the Chairman as a true record.
P061/14 MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES

  • P056/14 – Members noted a letter by Clare David in response to enquiries about S106 monies due for the development on the site of the former Harwich Primary School. Cllr I Henderson mentioned that HTC can request for available s106 monies to be used for any applicable schemes.
P062/14 MATTERS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES
None
P063/14 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
The Committee considered a schedule of planning applications for weeks ending 3rd October, 10th October and 17th October.
RESOLVED: Recommendations in Appendix ‘A’ be submitted to Tendring District Council.
P064/14 MATTERS RECEIVED IN THE POST OR RAISED BY MEMBERS

  • Members noted an application – 14/01419/HHPNOT, Erection of rear conservatory 4m un depth and 3.1m in height – 20 Yorktown Close, Harwich – FOR INFORMATION ONLY.
  • Members noted an application – 14/01437/LUPROP – Permitted development garage – 69 Manor Road, Dovercourt – FOR INFORMATION ONLY
  • Members noted an application – 14/01484/TELLIC – Upgrade to existing telecommunications – Dovercourt Water Tower, Fronks Road, Harwich – FOR INFORMATION ONLY
  • Members noted Full Approval of application 14/01173/FUL – To erect a 180cm x 180cm wooden shed – Flat 8, St Nicholas Court, George Street, Harwich
  • Cllr Day referred to the TDC Local Plan and mentioned local concern about the volume of new dwellings to be built and there are no workplaces, or land that was set aside as such is now put aside for housing, including the former Vacumatic site.  Expecting a further 1360 dwellings.  Too much reliance on the Bathside Bay development to generate jobs and HarwichValley development.  All the old worksites have gone.  Cllr Todd attended the Local Plan briefing on Monday and said the plan for Harwich is available on their website.  Harwich valley is now reaching 360 dwellings with another at Low Road (350) and Mayes Lane (185).  He mentioned the point at which a new primary school would be built and this level is 700 dwellings.  However this is 700 in a single development.  TDC mentioned that ECC decide is the existing schools can cope or need extending to accommodate.  NHS will decide on the provision of GPs. The only way the numbers will change is to present a strong argument as to why that number shouldn’t be built.  Consultation commences in January 2015.  Decision to be made next summer.  Cllr I Henderson is on the cross-party committee at TDC.  He mentioned this is Govt policy not a TDC policy.  Eric Pickles has set a timeframe for implementation.  The inspector determines if the number of dwellings is realistic.  If TDC don’t put forward a workable proposal then it will be imposed upon them and we will have no say.  Councils are being pushed to accept the proposals.  There is a long list of people in need of housing.  We have more employment sites that what was required and no less than we had previously.Harwich Valley and Horseley Cross require infrastructure so investment is needed first.  Cllr McLeod said it’s a shame that the Bathside Bay development isn’t progressing as expected, which was anticipated would generate many jobs.
P065/14 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next Town Planning meeting will be held at the 1912 Centre, Cow Lane, Harwich on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at 6.30pm.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 7.12pm

  1. HARWICH TOWN COUNCIL:
    Recommendations of the Planning Committee Meeting held on 22nd October 2014
WEEK ENDING 3rd OCTOBER 2014
 14/01286/LBCJennifer MonksAnnexe Dovercourt Hall Hall Lane 

 

Replace double doors which were fitted cira 2011 of an incorrect size and not in keeping. Fit 3/4 single glazed timber doors, with timber panel as informed were existing previously. Replace single external door due to rot. Like for like replacement as door. Replace 5 casement sashes to West and North aspect of Annexe due to rot. Replacement to be 8 pane single glazed sashes. Fit external ground gas and wall electricity meter box to left hand side of single door to annexe No Objection
14/01382/FULIgnis Uk Property FundHarwich Gateway Retail Park Freshfields Road Harwich Sub-division of unit 1 and internal and external alterations and erections of bollards. No Objection
14/01395/FULMr & Mrs M McCreadyRear of 162 High Street Harwich Proposed change of use from offices into flat. No Objection
14/01396/FULMr & Mrs M McCready162 High Street Harwich Proposed change of use from offices into guest house. No Objection
WEEK ENDING 10th OCTOBER 2014
14/01264/FULMrs J MonksDovercourt Hall, Hall Lane Dovercourt Erect fence behind hedge, pair of gates to front entrance.  Summerhouse in grounds – pre-fabricated on timber sleepers.  800mm paling fence in front of building on Wick Road frontage No Objection
14/01295/FULMr L P Lau Retrospective planning to partially demolish existing structure. Completely rebuild structure to include new takeaway and restaurant and construction of four one bedroom flats. No Objection to the application however Cllr Calver raised concern with the overall issue with retrospective applications as this is happening a lot. 5 on this agenda alone.
Clerk agreed to write to Planning about this and report back.
14/01376/ADVMr & Mrs M McCreadyThe Goodlife Guest House 162 High Street Harwich Provision of 1no projecting sign and 3no flat perspex signs. No Objection
14/01413/ADVT.J Morris Ltd (T/A Home Bargains)Home Bargains Unit G Harwich GatewayRetail Park Internally illuminated fascia sign and two internally illuminated totem signs. No Objection
14/01481/FULMr & Mrs Gavin RoseWick Lane Stores 12 Wick Lane Dovercourt Change of Use from shop to cafeteria. No Objection
14/01488/FULMr Robin John & Mrs Lisa Jayne Beecham
436 Main Road Harwich
Proposed change of use of a single dwelling to two 3 bedroom houses. No Objection
WEEK ENDING 17th OCTOBER 2014
14/01538/TPOMr A Howard
6 Musgrave Close Dovercourt Harwich
1 No. Oak – fell No Objection
14/01539/TPOMrs M Page
6 Musgrave Close Dovercourt Harwich
1 No. Oak – fell No Objection1 Abstention