Agenda item

20/00493/FUL - Land South Of Beckingham Business Park, Beckingham Street, Tolleshunt Major

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

Minutes:

Application Number

20/00493/FUL

Location

Land South Of, Beckingham Business Park, Beckingham Street, Tolleshunt Major

Proposal

Erection of 13No. Business & General Industrial Units (Use Classes B1b, B1c and B2), Office Block (Use Class B1a) and Cafe (Use Class A3), complete with related infrastructure including road, parking spaces, drainage, landscaping and ecological area

Applicant

Mr J. Baker - Beckingham Business Park Developments Limited

Agent

Mr Chris Loon - Springfields Planning And Development

Target Decision Date

11.09.2020 EOT 25.11.2020

Case Officer

Julia Sargeant

Parish

TOLLESHUNT MAJOR

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Major Application

Member Call in by Councillor R H Siddall – reasons for call-in:

S1 sustainable development, D1 its scale and design, S8 settlement boundary, and the impact on highways and transport

 

A Members’ Update had been circulated prior to the meeting that detailed further correspondence from the Agent, representation received from Tolleshunt D’Arcy Parish Council, two further letters of objection and updated Conditions 2 and 25.

 

Following the Officer’s presentation the Chairman invited an Objector Mr Antony Payne, Tolleshunt Major Parish Council representative Councillor Karen Neath, and the Agent Chris Loon, to address the Committee.

 

The Chairman moved the Officers recommendation as set out in the report and this was duly seconded.

 

At this point, the Chairman reiterated that Application 20/01021/FUL – Land Rear of Hill Barn, Rectory Lane, Woodham Mortimer (Agenda Item 10) had been withdrawn due to technical issues and apologised to all those who had attended for this item. 

 

A lengthy debate ensued, and in response to a number of comments the Lead Specialist Place referred Members to the Officer’s’ report and advised that any concerns relating to existing arrangements could not be dealt with through the planning process.  In respect of reasons for refusal no objection had been made by Essex County Council , the Council had no green belt, proposed car parking was above required standards and a reason based on sewage and foul water could not be robustly defended at appeal (proposed condition 25 sought to deal with this matter).

 

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

 

Having spoken against the application, highlighting a number of concerns, Councillor R H Siddall proposed that the application be refused, contrary to the Officer’s’ recommendation.  He provided specific reasons for refusing the application but following advice from the Lead Specialist Place amended these to one reason.  That given the application was contrary to policy S8 as it had an impact on the character of the area, policies D2 and N2 due to the impact, scale and density of the development, would not fit within its surround area and the density of the design.  This was duly seconded and it was agreed that the wording would be delegated to Officers in consultation with the Chairman and Ward Members.  Upon a vote being taken this was agreed.

 

RESOLVED that the application be REFUSED for the reasons as agreed above.

 

Councillor Mrs J L Fleming left the meeting at this point and did not return. 

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