Agenda and minutes

Central Area Planning Committee
Wednesday 12th December 2018 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber. Maldon District Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon. View directions

Contact: Committee Services 

Items
No. Item

690.

Chairman's notices

Minutes:

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

691.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors B E Harker, A T Cain, Mrs B D Harker, M R Pearlman, and Mrs P A Channer, CC.

692.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 14 November 2018, (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

(i)                 that the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 14 November 2018 be received.

 

Minute No. 595 – Disclosure of Interests

 

That the fourth paragraph be edited to include the amendment shown as underlined:

Councillor S J Savage declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 5,

FUL/MAL/18/00699 - Blackwater Leisure Centre, Maldon as he lives in close

proximity to the existing Watership Down premises.”

 

RESOLVED

 

(ii)               that subject to the above amendment the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 14 November 2018 be confirmed.

693.

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 Miss M R Lewis declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 7, FUL/MAL/18/01286 – Rear of 119 High Street, Maldon, Essex, as she knows the applicant.

 

Councillor S J Savage declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 6, FUL/MAL/18/01174 – Connect House, Quayside Industrial Estate, Bates Road, Maldon, Essex, as he resides within the emission fallout area of the chimneys.

 

Councillor M S Heard declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 7, FUL/MAL/18/01286 – Rear of 119 High Street, Maldon, Essex, as he knows the applicant.

 

Councillor N G F Shaughnessy declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 7, FUL/MAL/18/01286 – Rear of 119 High Street, Maldon, Essex, as she knows the applicant.

694.

FUL/MAL/18/00975 - Beeleigh Abbey, Abbey Turning, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL pdf icon PDF 294 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/18/00975

Location

Beeleigh Abbey, Abbey Turning, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL

Proposal

Construction of an aluminium framed ornamental glasshouse.

Applicant

Christopher Foyle

Agent

Mr Michael Dyson – Laurie Wood Associates

Target Decision Date

19.12.2018

Case Officer

Louise Staplehurst

Parish

MALDON NORTH

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Major Application

 

A Members’ Update had been submitted advising of Historic England’s response which was received post publication of the report.

 

A brief discussion ensued in which the ward Member confirmed their concurrence with the Officers recommendation.

 

The Chairman put the Officers recommendation of approval to the Committee and upon a vote being taken the application was approved.

 

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

 

1          The proposed development 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 accordance with the following approved plans and documents: VPF 5543/M 1 OF 3, VPF 5543/M 2 OF 3, VPF 5543/M 3 OF 3, 258-01 rev C, 258-02 rev E.

3          The materials used in the construction of the glasshouse hereby approved shall be as set out within the application form/plans hereby approved.

 

695.

FUL/MAL/18/01174 - Connect House, Quayside Industrial Estate, Bates Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5FA pdf icon PDF 234 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/18/01174

Location

Connect House, Quayside Industrial Estate, Bates Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5FA

Proposal

Change of use of Connect House from industrial warehousing (Use Class B2) to short term operating reserve and peak power ('STOR') embedded generating plant (sui generis) together with external alterations to Connect House including demolition of the eastern section of the building and the internal building service area on the western elevation; erection of an external chimney with 6 integrated exhaust stacks, auxiliary equipment, 6 radiator cooling units, HV switchboard enclosure, gas kiosk, substations, acoustic barrier and security fence and associated works.

Applicant

Blackwater Power Ltd

Agent

Lichfields

Target Decision Date

04.12.2018 – requested EOT to 17.12.2018

Case Officer

Kathryn Mathews

Parish

MALDON NORTH

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Call-in by Councillor Rev.  A E J Shrimpton for the reason of public interest

 

Following the Officer’s presentation, Mr Chris Wickins, the Applicant and Project Manager for Blackwater Power Ltd, addressed the Committee.

 

A discussion ensued where Members raised concerns over the potential impact on air quality within the district, the use of fossil fuels and the height of the acoustic barrier.  The Committee commented on the chimneys height with the majority of Members approving of the reduction in height from the original plan.

 

Councillor Rev. A E J Shrimpton proposed that the application be refused, contrary to the Officer’s recommendation.  This was duly seconded by Councillor S J Savage.

 

The Committee discussed how the site would mitigate any shortfall in energy for the surrounding area, noting that it would only be operational when required.  Consideration was given to the impact on residents and the industrial area.  One Member queried whether the application was in keeping with European Union (EU) directives.

 

Councillor I E Dobson that a recorded vote was taken.

 

The Group Manager Planning Services advised that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) encourages the use of renewable energy but does not object to the use of fossil fuels, and directed Members attention to the comments on the air quality within the report.  It was confirmed that compliance with EU directives would be the applicant’s responsibility.

 

Members thanked Blackwater Power Ltd for the prospect of preventing power outages.

 

The Vice-Chairman put the proposal of refusal, contrary to the Officer’s recommendation, to the Committee.

In favour:  Councillors S J Savage and Rev. A E J Shrimpton.

Against: Councillors M S Heard, N G F Shaughnessy, Miss A M Beal, I E Dobson and Miss M R Lewis.

 

The Vice-Chairman put the Officers recommendation of approval to the committee. 

In favour: Councillors N G F Shaughnessy, M S Heard, Miss A M Beal, I E Dobson and Miss M R Lewis.

Against: Councillors S J Savage and Rev. A E J Shrimpton.

 

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  ...  view the full minutes text for item 695.

696.

FUL/MAL/18/01286 - Rear of 119 High Street, 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)*.

 

Minutes:

Application Number

ful/mal/18/01286

Location

Land Rear Of 119 High Street, Maldon, Essex

Proposal

Single storey 1 bedroom dwelling

Applicant

Mrs Judy Smith

Agent

Annabel Brown Architect

Target Decision Date

27 December 2018

Case Officer

Kathryn Mathews

Parish

MALDON NORTH

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

The application was referred by Councillor M R Pearlman in the public interest.

 

The Committee received the Officer’s report on the application.

 

A discussion ensued on the redevelopment of the site, noting that a previous application had been dismissed at appeal.  Members questioned whether the application would detract from the Grade 2 listed building at the front of the site.

 

Councillor Rev. A E J Shrimpton proposed that the application be refused, contrary to the Officer’s recommendation.  This was duly seconded by Councillor S J Savage.

 

The Group Manager Planning Services advised the Committee that the reasons for refusal on a prior application at a site would not necessarily be applicable to any new application.  Members were informed that the current application mitigates prior concerns raised by the Inspector as this application was for a single story dwelling.
 

The Committee discussed whether there would be a loss of commercial property from the High Street and whether it was fit for the conservation area.  Members commented on whether it would complement surrounding properties and that it was considered visually unobtrusive.

 

Officers were complimented for considering the surrounding archaeology in their report.

 

The Chairman put the proposal of refusal to the Committee and upon a vote being taken the proposal was rejected.

 

The Chairman then put the Officers recommendation of approval to the Committee.  Upon a vote being taken this was duly agreed.

 

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 accordance with the following approved plans and documents: A17509-PP04; A17509A BLOCK PLAN;  A17509 -Survey02. 

3.                  All loading / unloading / reception and storage of building materials and manoeuvring of all vehicles, including construction traffic shall be provided clear of the highway. 

4.                  No development including any site clearance or groundworks of any kind shall take place within the site until the applicant or their agents; the owner of the site or successors in title has submitted an archaeological assessment by an accredited archaeological consultant to establish the archaeological significance of the site.  Such archaeological assessment shall be approved by the local planning authority and will inform the implementation of a programme of archaeological work.  The development shall be carried out in a manner that accommodates such approved programme of archaeological work.

5.                  No development including any site clearance or groundworks of any kind shall take place within the site until the applicant or their agents; the owner of the site or successors in title has secured the implementation of a programme of archaeological work from an accredited archaeological contractor in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 696.