Agenda and minutes

Central Area Planning Committee - Wednesday 29th May 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Maldon District Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon

Contact: Committee Services 

Items
No. Item

99.

Chairman's notice

Minutes:

The Chairman drew attention to the list of notices published on the back of the agenda.

100.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Mrs P A Channer, CC.

101.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 318 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 20 March 2019 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 17 April 2019 be approved and confirmed.

102.

Disclosure of Interest

To disclose the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, other Pecuniary Interests or Non-Pecuniary Interests relating to items of business on the agenda having regard to paragraphs 6-8 inclusive of the Code of Conduct for Members.

 

(Members are reminded that they are also required to disclose any such interests as soon as they become aware should the need arise throughout the meeting).

 

Minutes:

Councillor S P Nunn declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 5, FUL/MAL/19/00080 - Former Mill, Station Road, Maldon as despite it being removed from the agenda there was still information within the public domain. He further declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 9, HOUSE/MAL/19/00354 – 2 Queens Avenue, Maldon, Essex as he knew the Town Councillor who had written a letter of objection.

 

Councillor C Mayes declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8, FUL/MAL/19/00201 – Riverscourt, Beeleigh Road, Maldon as she knew the Agent.  She further declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 9, HOUSE/MAL/19/00354 – 2 Queens Avenue, Maldon, Essex as he knew the Town Councillor who had written a letter of objection.

 

Councillor N G F Shaughnessy declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8, FUL/MAL/19/00201 – Riverscourt, Beeleigh Road, Maldon as she knew the Applicant. 

She further declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 9, HOUSE/MAL/19/00354 – 2 Queens Avenue, Maldon, Essex as he knew the Town Councillor who had written a letter of objection.

 

Councillor Mrs J C Stilts declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 9, HOUSE/MAL/19/00354 – 2 Queens Avenue, Maldon, Essex as she knew the Town Councillor who had written a letter of objection.

 

Councillor K M H Lagan declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 9, HOUSE/MAL/19/00354 – 2 Queens Avenue, Maldon, Essex as he knew the Town Councillor who had written a letter of objection.

 

Councillor C Swain declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 9, HOUSE/MAL/19/00354 – 2 Queens Avenue, Maldon, Essex as he knew the Town Councillor who had written a letter of objection.

 

Councillor B E Harker declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 9a, FUL/MAL/18/00791 – Osea Leisure Park, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, Essex as he had occasionally frequented the site.

 

Councillor M S Heard declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 9, HOUSE/MAL/19/00354 – 2 Queens Avenue, Maldon, Essex as he knew both the Town Councillor who had written a letter of objection and the Agent.

103.

FUL/MAL/19/00080 - Former Mill, Station Road, Maldon pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted that the application had been included on the agenda in error.

104.

FUL/MAL/19/00092 - Adventure Golf Course, The Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon pdf icon PDF 548 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.

 

Minutes:

Application Number

FULL/MAL/19/00092

Location

Land West of Marine Parade, Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon

Proposal

Proposed gemstone mining attraction.

Applicant

Mr Martin Devine - South West Adventure Golf Ltd

Agent

N/A

Target Decision Date

31.05.2019

Case Officer

Louise Staplehurst

Parish

MALDON EAST

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Council Owned Land

Member Call in – Councillor S J Savage – public interest, out of keeping with the original planning application and not being referred to Customer Services Committee first.

 

Following the Officer’s presentation, a brief discussion took place regarding the detail of the proposed development. Members were advised that it would include a water feature depicting as part of the ’panning for gold’ activity.

 

The Chairman put the Officer’s recommendation of approval to the Committee and upon a vote being taken the recommendation was approved.

 

RESOLVED that the application be APPROVED subject to the following conditions:

 

1          The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

 

2          The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in complete accordance with the following documents: Location Plan, Front & Rear Elevations, Side Elevations, Block Site Plan

 

3          The materials used in the development hereby approved shall be as set out within the supporting document submitted with the application, on 28.01.2019.

 

4          No means of external illumination of the development hereby approved shall be installed unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

105.

FUL/MAL/19/00201 - Adventure Golf Course, The Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon pdf icon PDF 537 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.

 

Minutes:

Application Number

FUL/MAL/19/00201

Location

Land West of Marine Parade, Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon

Proposal

Mobile catering unit within adventure golf site - permission for 10 years.

Applicant

Mr Martin Devine - South West Adventure Golf Ltd

Agent

N/A

Target Decision Date

31/05/2019

Case Officer

Louise Staplehurst

Parish

Maldon East

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Council Owned Land

Member Call in – Councillor S Savage – public interest, out of keeping with the original planning application and not being referred to Customer Services Committee first.

 

Following the Officer’s presentation, a discussion on the application ensued.

 

In response to Members’ questions Officers confirmed that the 2014 application had been approved for a larger structure which included decking, but permission had expired in 2018.

 

Councillor S P Nunn proposed that the application be approved in accordance with the Officer’s recommendation and upon a vote being taken this was agreed.

 

RESOLVED that the application be APPROVED subject to the following conditions:

 

1          The catering unit hereby approved shall be removed and the land restored to its condition immediately prior to the development authorised by this permission on or before 29th May 2022 in accordance with a scheme of work previously submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority unless before that date a formal planning application for the retention of the building has been approved by the local planning authority.

 

2          The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in complete accordance with the following documents: ATS/565/01, ATS/565/02, 18064-04 Rev B, Block Site Plan.

 

3          The development hereby permitted shall only be open to the public between 09:00 hours and 21:00 hours on Monday to Sunday.

106.

FUL/MAL/19/00228 - Riverscourt, Beeleigh Road, Maldon pdf icon PDF 666 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Application Number

ful/mal/19/00228

Location

Riverscourt, Beeleigh Road, Maldon

Proposal

New build part single, part two storey 3 bedroom dwelling and new car port to existing house.

Applicant

Mrs Tina Bishop

Agent

Ms Annabel Brown - Annabel Brown Architect

Target Decision Date

5 June 2019

Case Officer

Kathryn Mathews

Parish

MALDON NORTH

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Departure from Maldon District Approved Local Development Plan

 

A Members’ Update was submitted advising that no objection had been received from the Tree Consultant.

 

Following the Officer’s presentation Members debated the application.

 

At this point Councillor S P Nunn declared a non-pecuniary interest in the item as he sat on the Town Council Planning Committee.

 

The Committee considered whether the application would increase traffic, be detrimental to riverside development, and the possible adverse impact on the environment.

 

The Lead Specialist Place confirmed the application was situated within the parish boundary.  It was noted that the site was located immediately outside of the settlement boundary, therefore, it was considered that any harm to the surrounding area would be limited.

 

The Chairman of the Committee put the Officer’s recommendation of approval to the Committee, and upon a vote being taken the recommendation was rejected.

 

Councillor S P Nunn proposed that the application be refused due to the potential adverse impact on the area outside of the settlement boundary.  This was duly seconded, and upon a vote being taken the application was refused.

 

RESOLVED that the application be REFUSED for the following reason:

 

The application site lies outside of the defined settlement boundary of Maldon and therefore the proposal would represent the unjustified encroachment of built form into a rural area, with associated visual impacts, therefore resulting in a detrimental impact on the intrinsic beauty, character and appearance of the site and the surrounding area. The proposal is therefore contrary to policies S1, S8, D1 and H4 of the approved Maldon District Local Development Plan and the guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework.

107.

HOUSE/MAL/19/00354 - 2 Queens Avenue, Maldon, Essex pdf icon PDF 671 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Application Number

HOUSE/MAL/19/00354

Location

2 Queens Avenue, Maldon, Essex

Proposal

Demolition of existing extension and erection of part two storey part single storey side/rear extension and new windows.

Applicant

Mr & Mrs R Kendall

Agent

Terence Wynn

Target Decision Date

07/06/2019

Case Officer

Louise Staplehurst

Parish

MALDON SOUTH

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Member Call in by: Councillor Savage

Reason: Request of Maldon Town Council and in the public interest

 

Following the Officers’ presentation, Joe Windsor, an Objector, and Janet Sims, speaking on behalf of the applicant, addressed the Committee.

 

The Chairman requested comments from the Committee, of which there were none.

 

Subsequently, the Chairman put the Officer’s recommendation of refusal to the Committee, and upon a vote being taken the application was refused.

 

RESOLVED that the application be REFUSED for the following reasons:

 

1          The proposed development, by reason of its scale, bulk and design, is considered to result in an incongruous and dominant addition and would also result in a contrived roof line, which is considered to cause detrimental harm to the character and appearance of the existing dwelling and surrounding locality.  The proposal is therefore contrary to policies D1 and H4 of the Maldon District Local Development Plan and the guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

2          The proposed extension, due to its bulk, height and depth, is considered to result in an unneighbourly form of development, particularly in relation to the neighbouring site to the south west, No.4 Queens Avenue.  The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to policies D1 and H4 of the Maldon District Local Development Plan and the guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

3          The proposed development is considered to result in an unacceptable level of on-site car parking provision, for a four bedroom dwelling, which is likely to result in on-street parking to the detriment of pedestrian and highway safety and the free flow of traffic, contrary to policies D1 and T2 of the Maldon District Local Development Plan and the guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework.

108.

FUL/MAL/18/00791 - Osea Leisure Park, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, Essex pdf icon PDF 523 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.

 

Minutes:

Application Number

ful/mal/18/00791

Location

Osea Leisure Park, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, Essex

Proposal

Change of Use of inner field from touring caravans occupied between 1st April - 30th September to use for stationing of Holiday Lodges, with occupation between the 1st March - 14th February each year in line with current static caravan and lodges on the wider site.

Applicant

Mr Christopher Powdrill

Agent

Mr Robert Pomery - Pomery Planning Consultants Ltd

Target Decision Date

31 October 2018

Case Officer

Kathryn Mathews

Parish

HEYBRIDGE EAST

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Major Application

 

Following the Officer’s presentation, the Lead Specialist Place informed the Committee of the procedure rules relating to deferred applications.  Members were informed that due to there being no prior discussion on this deferral no one would be excluded from commenting on the application.

 

The Applicant, Chris Powdrill, then addressed the Committee.

 

Councillor B E Harker, commenting on the application said that the site had the fastest broadband within Heybridge, that over supply of this type of development was not a planning reason for refusal and that the site had the lowest flood risk amongst those along the Blackwater. In addition, he said that the site would not cause harm to the surrounding area, was sustainable, and would pass a sequential test, in addition to not being contrary to the Local Development Plan (LDP) and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

 

Councillor B E Harker then proposed that the application be approved.

 

The Lead Specialist Place reminded Members that the Council’s policies, such as the LDP and NPPF, were there to protect the area, and applications which deviated from these were required to evidence a need for the development.  It was noted that the applicant had not done this.  Officers considered the site a vulnerable area that was prone to flood risk, in close proximity to sewage works and the development would be detrimental to the character of the area.

 

A lengthy discussion ensued with Members commented on the fact there had been no flooding since 1953 and there were no obvious odours emanating from the site. The development would not be detrimental to the character of the area and would result in increased tourism and revenue.  In addition, if the applicant was prepared to spend over £2 million developing the site, there was a need for the development.

 

Councillor A M Beale advised the Committee that she had previously used the facilities at the site and would second Councillor B E Harker’s proposal.

 

In response to further questions from the Committee the Lead Specialist Place confirmed that under legislation a caravan is defined by size and scale and that the site was currently a play area. 

 

The Chairman put the proposal of approval, contrary to the Officer’s recommendation, to the Committee and upon a vote being taken the application was approved.

 

RESOLVED that the application be APPROVED subject to the following condition:

1.         The application site is considered to be located within a sustainable location and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 108.