Planning 4.2.20

Published: 10th June 2020

Wivenhoe Town Council

MINUTES of the Planning Committee Meeting held on 4 February 2020 CHAIR APPROVED

Public Questions: None.

Present; Cllr A Aldis (Chair), Cllr S Boughton, Cllr P Booth, Cllr Evans, Cllr Luxford-Vaughan (arrived during the course of the meeting) and Jo Beighton-Emms (Town Clerk)

P02.20.001 Apologies for absence Cllr N Tile and Cllr K Read

P02.20.002 Declarations of interest: Cllr Aldis confirmed that any necessary declarations of interest will be raised when the Committee are considering matters throughout the course of the meeting.

P02.20.003 Minutes of the last meeting: The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 7 January 2020 were proposed by Cllr Evans, seconded by Cllr Boughton and approved as an accurate record of proceedings.

P02.20.004 Planning Applications; The Committee considered the following Planning Applications. The Chair agreed to consider Planning Applications

200156, 200185, 200126 & 200186, which were not on the published agenda;

4a

Reference

200017

Registered

13/01/2020

Development

Erection of single storey rear extension. Application of insulated render system. Replacement windows & doors, New roof lights. Conversion of loft to habitable space

Address

80 High Street, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7 9AB

Comments/Resolution

Comment: WTC request that the views of neighbours are taken into consideration. WTC have concerns regarding the loss of permeable land.

4b

Reference

200082

Registered

15/01/2020

Development

Single storey front and side extensions, garage conversion and cladding.

Address

14 Spring Chase, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7 9QP

Comments/Resolution

Comment: None

4c

Reference

200089

Registered

15/01/2020

Development

Conversion of 3 bed end terrace dwelling to two separate dwellings.

Address

4 Foresters Court, The Avenue, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7 9EA

Comments/Resolution

Comment: None

4d

Reference

200156

Registered

23/01/2020

Development

Demolish and re-build garage with first floor above & single storey side extension.

Address

76 Chaney Road, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7 9RR

Comments/Resolution

Comment: WTC request that the loss of permeable land and loss of off-street parking are taken into consideration. WTC have concerns regarding overdevelopment.

4e

Reference

200185

Registered

27/01/2020

Development

Replacement of two windows on the 1st floor to the rear

Address

The Falcon, 36 High Street, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7 9BE

Comments/Resolution

Comment: WTC request that the conservation officer is consulted regarding this application.

4f

Reference

200186 (Listed Building)

Registered

27/01/2020

Development

Replacement of two windows on the 1st floor to the rear

Address

The Falcon, 36 High Street, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7 9BE

Comments/Resolution

Comment: WTC request that the conservation officer is consulted regarding this application

4g

Reference

200126

Registered

04/02/2020

Development

Single storey rear extension

Address

18 Lammas Way, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7 9HD

Comments/Resolution

Comment: WTC request that the views of neighbours are taken into consideration. WTC have concerns regarding the loss of permeable land.

P02.20.005 Amended Planning Applications: The Committee considered the following Amended Planning Applications. The Chair agreed to consider Amended Planning Application 192974 which was not on the published agenda;

5a

Reference

192931

Registered

09/12/2019

Development

Extend the existing building to form additional space and create a nine-bedroom Bed & Breakfast (C1 use), a takeaway facility (A5) from the existing restaurant (A3) and retain a community bar area (A4).

Address

Flag Inn, Colchester Road, Wivenhoe CO7 9HS

Comments/Resolution

Support: WTC remain supportive of this application

5b

Reference

192974

Registered

04/12/2019

Development

Replacement of existing conservatory with proposed two-storey flat roof rear extension (REVISED PLANS)

Address

20 Paget Road, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7 9JL

Comments/Resolution

Comment: None

P02.20.006 Planning Appeals: No planning appeals have been received from the Planning Authority.

P02.20.007 Planning Decisions: The following Planning Decisions were noted;

  • 192781

  • 191669

P02.20.008 Local Plan; Update from the Chair; Cllr Aldis reported that he and Cllr Luxford-Vaughan had attended the Hearing which started

on 14 January 2020 and ran over a three-week period. He acknowledged the assistance of Dr Chris Gibson, members of Wivenhoe Society and Dr Sam Fowles (legal representative for WTC) for their assistance. Cllr Luxford-Vaughan explained that it was being considered by the Inspector from a policy perspective. The possible options for the outcome were that the Inspector could find the plan sound, unsound or sound with modifications. The decision will be made after 21 February 2020.

CBC Planning Policy Team have requested comments from WTC on the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) Affordable Housing, Self and Custom Build and Specialist Housing and Planning Obligations, which was previously circulated. The deadline is 9 March 2020. Cllr Aldis and Cllr Luxford-Vaughan will provide comments for submission to the Town Clerk.

Cllr Luxford-Vaughan explained that the document sets out our affordable housing need and that we should be delivering between 30% and 35% and within that there should be the 80% (social rented) 20% (intermediate) spilt.

Aside from the garden communities about which it is stated that the assessment for each is that ‘for each Garden Community with a 30% affordable housing contribution (adjusted for West of Braintree to allow for a 30% contribution for the Braintree area and 40% contribution for the Uttlesford area). This includes a tenure mix of 60/40 split between affordable rent and shared ownership to accord with the expectation that 10% of housing from large sites would be made available for affordable home ownership. The analysis across the Viability Assessment demonstrates that all three Garden Communities can be considered viable.' And 'Other than the circumstances set out at 4.9 above, the affordable housing mix should be no less than 80% affordable rent or social rent and no more than 20% as other affordable tenures including shared ownership and other routes to home ownership. Regard will also be had to the requirements of paragraph 64 of the NPPF and the Colchester affordable housing need.'

Where major development involving the provision of housing is proposed, planning policies and decisions should expect at least 10% of the homes to be available for affordable home ownership, unless this would exceed the level of affordable housing required in the area, or significantly prejudice the ability to meet the identified affordable housing needs of specific groups. Exemptions to this 10%requirements should also be made where the site or proposed development:

a) provides solely for Build to Rent homes;

b) provides specialist accommodation for a group of people with specific needs (such as purpose-built accommodation for the elderly or students);

c)is proposed to be developed by people who wish to build or commission their own homes; or

d)is exclusively for affordable housing, an entry-level exception site or a rural exception site.'

Cllr Luxford Vaughan refers to The Strategic Housing Market Assessment – Update 2015 as the most current assessment of the need and which provides the evidence to justify the need for social rented should remain at 80% as the need for all three districts for intermediate is well below 20%

Cllr Luxford-Vaughan’s calculations give these figures - need for Braintree 0.91%, need for Colchester 3.97%, need for Tendring 3.68% however the HYAS and NEGC viability evidence submissions calculate the tenure split at 60 /40. She considers that this is because developers lose considerable profit on social rented builds, being in the region of £300m between the Marks Tey, Tendring and West of Braintree.

Cllr Evans left the meeting.

P02.20.009 Salary Brook: Update. Cllr Luxford-Vaughan explained that CBC are still investigating this matter and that there is an issue over the

ownership of the land. CBC are still pursuing a possible prosecution.

P02.20.010 Leisure and Community Services SPD: It was noted that the monthly report had been previously circulated.

P02.20.011 Date and time of the next meeting: The date of the next Planning Committee meeting was agreed as Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 7.30pm

The Chair closed the meeting at 20.45

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