Agenda item

20/00519/FUL - The Warren, Old London Road, Woodham Walter, CM9 6RW

Minutes:

Application Number

20/00519/FUL

Location

Warren Golf Club, Old London Road, Woodham Walter

Proposal

Additional tourism and interrelated leisure development, comprising 70 holiday lodges with associated change of use of the land within two areas of the site, alterations to existing Bunsay clubhouse, extension of Bunsay car park and new golf academy.

Applicant

Mr John Moran - The Warren Golf and Country Club

Agent

Mr Clive Simpson - Clive Simpson Planning Limited

Target Decision Date

15.10.2020 (EOT until 12.02.2021)

Case Officer

Julia Sargeant

Parish

WOODHAM WALTER

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Major Application

Level of Public Participation

Member Call In – Called in by Councillor K W Jarvis

Local Development Plan (LDP) policies S1, S8, E5, D1, D2, D3 - impact on wildlife and outside of the LDP merits debate by members

 

A Members’ Update had been circulated prior to the meeting that detailed further correspondence from the Agent and Noise Consultant in response to Environmental Health’s consultation response.

 

Following the Officer’s presentation, the Woodham Walter Parish Council representative Councillor J Ruston and the Applicant, Mr John Moran, addressed the Committee.

 

Councillor C P Morley joined the meeting during the Officer’s presentation.

 

The Chairman moved the Officers’ recommendation that planning application 20/00519/FUL be refused for the reasons as detailed in Section 8 of the report.  This was duly seconded. 

 

A brief discussion ensued, noting the economic benefits the development would bring but concurring with the Officer’s report regarding the impact on the rural character and appearance of the site.

 

The Chairman put the Officer’s recommendation of refusal to the Committee and upon a vote being taken it was unanimously agreed.

 

RESOLVED that the application be REFUSED for the following reasons:

 

1                 The application site is located within a rural countryside setting and both sections of the application site where the holiday lodges are proposed add to and are characteristic of the overall rural setting with a sense of tranquillity.  The use of the land for holiday lodges (along with the associated necessary infrastructure) would introduce an incongruous and visually harmful development which would have an urbanising impact upon the rural character and appearance of the site and erode much of the open nature of the site.  The proposal would therefore fail to protect the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside contrary to guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework as well as policies S1, S8, E5 and D1 of the approved Maldon District Local Development Plan.

 

2                 Insufficient information has been submitted to demonstrate there is an identified need for the 70 holiday lodges proposed.  The development would therefore represent inappropriate development outside of the settlement boundary without justification contrary to policies S1, S8 and E5 of the Maldon District Local Development Plan as well as the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

3                 The redevelopment of the Bunsay clubhouse and use of the land to the south of the Bunsay clubhouse for 50 holiday lodges would result in harm to the amenity of the area through noise and would materially harm the amenity of the occupiers of the dwellings along Little Baddow Road, namely Apple Cottage and No’s 1 and 2 Hawkins Farm Cottages contrary to guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework as well as policies E5, D1 and D2 of the approved Maldon District Local Development Plan.

 

4                 The stationing of 20 holiday lodges on land to the east of the non-designated heritage asset ‘Wayside’ would result in a moderately adverse effect upon the setting and significance of this non-designated heritage asset by eroding its idyllic rural surroundings.  In this instance due to the lack of justification for the holiday lodges and the harm to the rural landscape setting of the site it is considered that the public benefits of the proposal would not outweigh the limited harm that the 20 lodges would cause to the non-designated heritage asset ‘Wayside’.  The proposal would therefore result in harm to this non-designated heritage asset contrary to the guidance within the National Planning Policy Framework as well as Policies S1, E5, D1 and D3 of the approved Maldon District Local Development Plan.

 

5                 In the absence of a completed legal agreement pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to secure the necessary payment of a Travel Plan monitoring fee as requested by the Highway Authority, the impact of the development cannot be mitigated contrary to Policies S1 and T2 of the Maldon District Local Development Plan and Government advice contained within the National Planning Policy Framework

 

Councillor M F L Durham returned to the meeting.

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