BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL

Minutes of the Planning Committee held at the Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea, Essex on Thursday 6th September 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: Janet Aldridge, Jayne Chapman and Karen Yallop

036. APOLOGIES:   None received.
     
037. CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 23RD AUGUST 2012:

The Minutes of the 23rd August 2012 are approved as a true record of the meeting.

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

039. PLANNING APPLICATIONS:

The following applications had been received by Tendring District Council:
 
12/00890/DETAIL One dwelling house – Land between 74 to 77 Hurst Green, Brightlingsea
Recommend approval

12/00816/FUL and 12/00817/CON erection of 2 no dwellings and 1 no. retail units with 3 no. flats above (following demolition of existing retail units) – 22E – 22G & 22H Victoria Place, Wellington Street, Brightlingsea

We strongly recommend refusal on the grounds of overdevelopment of site, traffic problems on the corner of Wellington Street, the site line is impaired by cars accessing Victoria Place and Station Road.  The application is a total departure from policies on conservation and the council would like it determined by the committee in view of public concern.  Also although parking facilities are included, they are wholly inadequate for a Town Centre area lacking in domestic parking. 

The Town Council notes the following concerns:

▪ Although better than the previous application the proposal still leaves the corner of Victoria place dominated by a new three storey extension resulting in a development that is unsympathetic with the existing ‘Duke of Wellington’ with regard to windows and balconies.  Also the gable end of the bay window and the appearance of the ancient building will be lost to the Town forever, an aspect from the roads Wellington Street, Duke Street, Victoria Place and Station Road. 
▪ Although the proposed dwellings in Wellington Street are of similar height to those in existence, there is a gradual increase in height to three storeys on the corner at Victoria Place.

The Town Council would like to draw the attention of the District Council to a mistake in the plans.  No part of the application site fronts onto Station Road, and it should be Victoria Place.  In addition the business owners whose premises are to be demolished apparently have not been notified by the District Council or the applicant.

040.      CLOSE OF MEETING:

There being no further business to discuss the Meeting closed at 7.10 p.m.