DRAFT  MINUTES

BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL

Minutes of the Planning Committee held at the Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea, Essex on Thursday 19th August 2010 at 6.30 p.m.

Present:
Councillors:
D Dixon (Chairman)
J Russell (Vice Chairman)
M Beckwith, M Holding, G Mann
And G Steady

Substitute Members:
Councillor J Chapman for I Block

Also in attendance:
Councillor K Yallop

570. APOLOGIES: Councillor Ian Block
   
571. CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 5TH AUGUST 2010:

The Minutes of the 5th August 2010 are approved as a true record of the meeting.

572. DECLARATION OF PERSONAL & PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS:
 
None were declared.

573. PLANNING APPLICATIONS:

The following applications had been received by Tendring District Council:
 
Councillor Dixon declared a prejudicial interest and withdrew from the meeting after making a representation. Councillor J Russell, Vice Chair, chaired this application

10/00872/FUL  Mr & Mrs S Elsey, Land off Eastern Road, Brightlingsea  –  Erection of three houses (one pair of three bed semi detached and one four bed detached) with associated garages and parking.
Brightlingsea Town Council recommends refusal strongly on safety grounds, with the following comments:

It would appear that direct overlooking of the playground has been covered but nonetheless the playground remains far too close to the garden of the proposed dwelling even if it is a few meters away from the dwelling itself making the safety of children an unnecessary potential risk.

The statement claims that with the change from a business use of 180 traffic movements a week a domestic use would probably by half that.  We feel that is unrealistic and would expect traffic movements in excess of 230 based on the number of available parking spaces, but also at any time of the day including school opening and closing time which has not happened while Mr Elsey has been running his business.  We think the uncertainty of both the quantity of traffic movements and the unrestricted times of traffic movements make this proposal a high risk for safety with regards to primary school children.

Notwithstanding the policies in the 2007 District Plan (which now needs updating) this is a cramped back-land development with a private drive leading to a long single track school drive to the highway not too dissimilar to a recent application that has been refused.

In summary this development is undesirably close to an infant school playground, overdevelopment with regard to existing properties and compromises the safety of school children in and around the schools particularly at opening and closing time.
 
Councillor J Chapman and G Steady both declared a personal interest in the following item

10/00895/FUL    Mrs Burgess, 60 North Road, Brightlingsea  – Proposed conservatory.
Recommend Approval

10/00835/FUL  Mr D Osborne, 20 Samsons Road, Brightlingsea – A single storey lounge extension with pitched roof (incorporating a vestibule and porch with a flat roof).
Recommend Approval

Councillor J Chapman declared a personal interest in the following item

10/00861/FUL  Mr & Mrs J & O Keefe & Werngren,  Adjacent 43 Nelson Street, Brightlingsea – Demolition of garages.  Construction of new detached 2 storey, 3 bedroom house.
Brightlingsea Town Council can find no planning reason to refuse this application

10/00900/FUL  Capt & Mrs Hodgkinson, 2 Bayard Avenue, Brightlingsea – Proposed two storey and single storey extensions to form playroom, living room, bedroom and en-suites.
Recommend Approval

10/00915/TPO  Mr S Johnson, Plough House, Lower Farm Lane, Brightlingsea – T1 – Walnut – reduce to maximum of 2.5 metres from house.  T2 – Ash – reduce by 20% to prevent damage to roof.
Brightlingsea Town Council has no objection in this application

574. CLOSE OF MEETING:

There being no further business to discuss the Meeting closed at 7.00 p.m.