BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL

Minutes of the Planning Committee held at the Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea, Essex on Thursday 23rd August 2012 at 7.30 p.m.

Present:
Councillors:
D Dixon (Chairman)
V Chapman (Vice Chairman)
I Block, E Edey, C Olivier, G Mann and J Russell

Also in attendance:
Councillors:
J Aldridge, A Goggin and K Yallop

031. APOLOGIES:   None received.
     
032. CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 9TH AUGUST 2012:

The Minutes of the 9th August 2012 are approved as a true record of the meeting.

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

034. PLANNING APPLICATIONS:

The following applications had been received by Tendring District Council:
 
12/00828/FUL Proposed development of 14 houses together with parking and associated works – Site rear of 121-127 Sydney Street, Brightlingsea
Recommend Approval – Brightlingsea Town Council agrees that the Development is good, however would like the garages to become car ports, to avoid further development or other usage of them, and ask that the application goes to TDC Committee to demonstrate democracy and transparency, due to severe parking issues.

The Town Council notes observations of local Residents listed below:

• Various questions were asked by Councillors and members of the public, most of which concerned lack of parking for residents in surrounding roads (only a few houses have garages), and related matters.  These were of grave concern to all.  It was quoted that 34 parking spaces would be lost.
• Dropped kerbs will lessen parking even more as these must be left clear for house-owners.
• Could it be ensured that garages are used for their rightful purpose only.  This condition to be asked for.  Carports instead of garages could also be asked for.  Could ask for these conditions.
• Mr. Chris McKenzie, who lives in Sydney Street, has a wall which abuts the site.  Whose wall is it – the original gas works? – and what will happen to this boundary wall when(?) development takes place?  He has a shed built again his garden side of the wall.
• Is there still a 100-year lease or was the site bought as freehold?  It was sold to one developer and then sold on to another developer.
• One resident has front door in Tower Street and rest of property in Ophir Road.  It has a dropped kerb which people do park over.
• All were in agreement that the site needs development and that the development was a good one and houses themselves are fine.
• We don’t want yellow lines as these will cause more parking loss.  Yellow lines are in use in Tower Street during July and August and until September in other road/s?  Tickets are given, which is quite right.

12/00883/FUL Replacement porch and conservatory – 24 York Road, Brightlingsea
Recommend Approval

12/00896/FUL Change of use for first floor flat from residential to commercial use (opticians) in association with optician practice at 10 Station Road – 10 & 10A Station Road, Brightlingsea
Recommend Approval

035. CLOSE OF MEETING:

There being no further business to discuss the Meeting closed at 8.40 p.m.