Agenda and minutes

Central Area Planning Committee - Wednesday 24th February 2021 6.00 pm

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No. Item


Chairman's notices


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the remote meeting, held under new regulations which came into effect on 4 April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  He took Members through some general housekeeping issues, together with the etiquette for the meeting and then asked Officers and Councillors in attendance to introduce themselves.


This was followed by a roll call of all Committee Members present.



Apologies for Absence


There were none.


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 2 December 2020 (copy enclosed).


RESOLVED by assent that the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 2 December 2020 be approved and confirmed.


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).



Councillor C Morris disclosed a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 5 – 20/01208/LBC, The Waffle Bar, 144 High Street, Maldon, CM9 5BX, as he had frequented the Waffle Bar.


20/01208/LBC - The Waffle Bar, 144 High Street, Maldon, CM9 5BX pdf icon PDF 624 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Service Delivery (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.



Application Number



The Waffle Bar, 144 High Street, Maldon, CM9 5BX


Remove brick pier/pillar to the east boundary wall.


Southend & District Building Preservation Trust (East) Ltd

Target Decision Date


Case Officer

Hannah Dungate



Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Member call-in by Councillor C Mayes

Reason: D1, D3 and S3


Following the Officer’s presentation, an Objector, Mr David Smye on behalf of The Maldon Society, addressed the Committee.


The Chairman moved the Officer’s recommendation that planning application 20/01208/LBC – The Waffle Bar, 144 High Street, Maldon be approved subject to the conditions as detailed in section 8 of the report, this was duly seconded.


Councillor S P Nunn provided historical context for the rounded brick pier features and associated wall, and a discussion ensued as to the importance of the piers to the wall stability and its current condition.  A debate ensued where concerns were raised as to the cumulative effect of other piers having been previously removed from the wall.


There being no further debate the Chairman put the Officer’s recommendation of approval to the Committee.  Upon a vote being taken it was lost.


Councillor Nunn having spoken against the application in the earlier debate proposed that the buttress be retained, contrary to the Officer’s recommendation, for the reason that it was an integral part of the design of a historically significant feature within the curtilage of No. 144 High Street.  This was duly seconded. 


The Chairman put Councillor Nunn’s proposal to refuse the application for the aforementioned reason to the Committee and upon a vote being taken it was refused.


RESOLVED that the application be REFUSED for the reason as detailed above.