Agenda item

19/01257/FUL - Land Between Chandlers and Creeksea Lane, Maldon Road, Burnham-On-Crouch, Essex

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

Minutes:

Application Number

19/01257/FUL

Location

Land Between Chandlers and Creeksea Lane, Maldon Road, Burnham-On-Crouch, Essex

Proposal

Erection of 36 dwellings, with associated off-street parking, public open space and landscaping

Applicant

David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties

Agent

N/A

Target Decision Date

02.03.2020 (EoT to be agreed for: 18.03.2020)

Case Officer

Anna Tastsoglou

Parish

BURNHAM NORTH

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Strategic site within the strategic submitted Local Development Plan

 

It was noted from the Members’ Update that a letter of objection and a Construction Method Statement had been received. With reference to the latter Members were advised that as a result of this Condition 10 on page 92 of the report was no longer necessary and that the pre-commencement conditions on page 79 of the report on the agenda were no longer relevant.

 

Following the Officer’s presentation, Mr Webber, on behalf of David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties, addressed the Committee.

 

A debate ensued during which a number of Members raised concerns regarding over development, education requirements, non-compliance with parking standards, strain on the National Health Service (NHS), loss of green space, no cycle or bridle pathways and social isolation.

 

Councillor Bell addressing the Burnham-on-Crouch Neighbourhood Development Plan raised concerns regarding the current number of additional dwellings being proposed given the original overall number had been agreed at 180 for this site and the fact that development overall in the area was already 62% over its 15 years target.

 

Councillor Skeens echoed these concerns and reiterated that development was already massively over the allocation for Burnham-on-Crouch and the infrastructure was not in place to support this over development. He proposed that the application be refused as contrary to the neighbourhood plan. This was duly seconded. 

 

Councillor Fluker reminded Members that this piece of land was meant to act as a buffer between residential and industrial buildings. The schools were already at capacity with children having to attend schools in other villages causing social problems. This development was more intrusive than the original in that it negated the semi-rural nature of the area. He summed up by stressing the need to acknowledge the Neighbourhood Plan given the amount of work that had gone into it.

 

Councillor Mrs Channer felt that the harm afforded by this development outweighed the benefits. To agree this would be doing the residents a disservice given the loss of valuable open space together with a deficient Heads of Terms and the lack of additional NHS contributions. She concluded by noting that the application was contrary to both the Burnham-on-Crouch Neighbourhood Development Plan and the Local Development Plan (LDP).

In accordance with Procedure Rule No. 13 (3) Councillor C Morris requested a recorded vote on this application. This was duly seconded.

 

A discussion ensued around demonstrable harm during which the Lead Specialist Place outlined what impact the concerns already raised would have on the final decision and what constituted potential harm. The Chairman then requested reasons for refusal from Members. 

 

Councillor Skeens having already proposed that the application be refused contrary to the Officer’s recommendation outlined the reasons of over development, unacceptable urbanisation, and the non-completion of a s106 agreement. This was duly seconded.

 

The Chairman put the proposal to refuse the application, contrary to the Officer’s recommendation, to the Committee. In accordance with an earlier proposal a recorded vote was taken as follows:

 

For the refusal:

Councillors E L Bamford, M G Bassenger, B S Beale, V J Bell, Mrs P A Channer, a s Fluker, B E Harker, M S Heard, M W Helm, A J Hull, K W Jarvis, C Mayes, C P Morley, C Morris, S P Nunn, MRS N G F Shaughnessy, N Skeens, MRS M E Thompson and MISS S White.

 

Against the refusal:

Councillors A M Beale, J L Fleming, KMH Lagan and R H Siddall.

 

Abstention:

Councillors R G Boyce, and J Stilts.

 

The motion was thereby agreed.

 

RESOLVED that the application be REFUSED for the following reasons:

 

1         The use of the land, previously approved to be used as landscaped area and public open space, for residential purposes would erode the quality of development at the strategically allocated site and result in unacceptable urbanisation to the detriment of the character and appearance of the strategically allocates site and the wider area. This is unacceptable and contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework (2019), policies S1, S2, S6, D1 and N1 of the Maldon District Local Development Plan (2017), policies S1 and HO.5 of the Burnham-on-Crouch Neighbourhood Development Plan (2017) and the guidance contained in the Maldon District Design Guide SPD (2017).

 

2         The proposed development, by reason of its layout, impact on the living conditions of the future occupiers of a number of dwellings and the shortfall in size of the proposed garages is considered to result in overdevelopment of site to the detriment of the character of the area contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework (2019), policies S1, S2, S6, D1 and T2 of the Maldon District Local Development Plan (2017), policies S1, HO.1 and HO.5 of the Burnham-on-Crouch Neighbourhood Development Plan (2017) and the guidance contained in the Maldon District Design Guide SPD (2017).

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