BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL
Minutes of the Planning Committee held at the Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea, Essex on Thursday 10th November 2011 at 7.00 p.m.
D Dixon (Chairman)
I Block, V Chapman, G Mann and C Olivier
51. APOLOGIES: Councillors Edey and Russell.
52. CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 27TH OCTOBER 2011:
The Minutes of the 27th October 2011 are approved as a true record of the meeting.
53. DECLARATION OF PERSONAL & PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS:
None were declared.
54. PLANNING APPLICATIONS:
The following applications had been received by Tendring District Council:
11/01204/FUL – Ground mounted photovoltaic system. 46 modules to achieve 9.89 kwp. – Folkards, Folkards lane, Brightlingsea
11/01316/FUL – Change of use from office to two bedroom flat – 2 Lower Park Road, Brightlingsea
55. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK:
With regard to Brightlingsea the Town Council after due consideration is of the view that its response to the Core Strategy and Development Policies Document 2010 still holds good: i.e. The Council supports the policies and projects (items 25 to 28) for Brightlingsea and that they are sustainable and achievable.
Further evidence from the resident’s survey suggests that there should be no significant increase in housing (see The Brightlingsea Town Plan 2011 paragraphs 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 including the Action Points). However any new housing should be limited and restricted to affordable housing, special needs (including sheltered) and family houses and no move into the Costal protection Belt.
The potential omission sites included in the 2011 draft are all in the Costal Protection Belt.
The area between Robinson Road and Mill Street if used could compromise the integrity of the SSSI’s which are very close.
Lime Street although not in the Environment Agency’s tidal flood zone regularly gets flooded, especially after heavy rain, due to subterranean water courses. Also the road would be too narrow and the access and egress to and from both the High Street and Tower Street are hazardous. There is also a lack of knowledge as to the ownership of certain areas of land in the area.
The infrastructure is not adequate to support development on this scale, roads, transport, schools, surgeries, utilities etc.
Changes to the infrastructure and excessive development could change the whole character of the town to its detriment and if these sites are allocated would not be sustainable.
56. CLOSE OF MEETING:
There being no further business to discuss the Meeting closed at 7.20 p.m.