NOTICE IS GIVEN that a meeting of the Planning Committee will be held on Monday 5
December 2005 at the Council Offices, Springfield Parish Centre at 7.15pm.
Councillors: M Hayman
(Committee members receive the complete agenda; all other Councillors receive the summons
(Mrs Barbara Larken, Clerk to the Council)
29 November 2005
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
2. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN FOR THE MEETING
There is currently one vacancy on the Committee, which will be filled at Full Council on 12
December 2005. In the meantime, it will be necessary to elect a Chairman for this meeting.
3. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
4. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
5. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
To consider the following planning applications:
5.1 16 Hopkins Mead, Chelmer Village (05/01958/FUL)
5.2 12-13 Richmond Road (Boots Depot), Dukes Park Industrial Estate, Chelmer Village
Siting of temporary portacabin and forming link to existing building.
5.3 12 Fawkner Close, Chelmer Village (05/02170/FUL)
5.4 39 Palmers Croft, Chelmer Village (05/02145/FUL)
Two storey rear extension.
5.5 Land east of Braganza Way, Beaulieu Park, North Springfield (05/02122/OUT)
Residential development comprising 65 dwellings, public open space, landscaping, new
highways and associated ancillary development on site formerly allocated for a new
Planning history: An identical application was considered at the Committee’s meeting on 5
September 2005 at which the following objections were submitted:
a) Beaulieu Park already shows a lack of sustainability, with insufficient community
services and infrastructure, and further development will make this worse;
b) Further housing will increase traffic movement, worsening the already heavy
c) The decision that the site is not required for educational purposes is premature, given
that the ultimate size of Beaulieu Park is not yet known;
d) The site should be retained as informal open space until the future size of Beaulieu
Park is determined, at which point educational needs should be reviewed.
This application was considered at the Borough Council’s Planning Committee on 22
November 2005 (a copy of the report is attached at agenda item 8.1).
Members will note from agenda item 7 (d) that Countryside Properties have lodged an
appeal against the Borough Council’s failure to determine the initial application within the
statutory eight week period; it is for that reason that a second, duplicate, application has
now been submitted.
5.6 12 Milbank, Chancellor Park (05/02131/FUL)
Single storey rear extension.
5.7 6 Hyacinth Court, North Springfield (05/02128/FUL)
First floor side extension.
5.8 51 Candytuft Road, North Springfield (05/02149/FUL)
Single storey side extension.
5.9 57 Petunia Crescent, North Springfield (05/02169/FUL)
Single storey front extension.
5.10 The White Hart Public House, Colchester Road, North Springfield (05/02191/ADV)
5.11 Land at Springfield Lyons Approach, North Springfield (05/05227/TPO)
Works to two limes (T2 and T3) and fell oak (T4), that are subject to Tree Preservation
Orders (TPO 2005/55 and 05/05227/TPO)
6. DECISIONS BY CHELMSFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL
To note the following decisions:
6.1 8 Vermeer Ride, North Springfield (05/01675/FUL)
Conservatory to side elevation – application approved (Delegated decision 25/10/05).
6.2 166 Lupin Drive, North Springfield (05/01752/FUL)
Single storey rear extension – application approved (Delegated decision 25/10/05).
6.3 29 Stanley Rise, Chelmer Village (05/01673/FUL)
Erection of conservatory – application approved (Committee decision 2/11/05).
6.4 10 Raphael Drive, North Springfield (05/01713/FUL)
Two storey side extension – application approved (Delegated decision 4/11/05).
6.5 2-4 Chelmer Village Retail Park, Chelmer Village Way (05/01739/ADV)
One set of non-illuminated letters on side elevation – application approved (Delegated
6.6 36 Dunmore Road, Chelmer Village (05/01856/FUL)
Two storey front extension – application approved (Delegated decision 31/10/05).
7. NOTIFICATION OF APPEALS
Notification has been received from Chelmsford Borough Council of appeals that have
been submitted against their decisions to refuse the following planning applications:
a) Land adjacent to 139 Crocus Way, North Springfield – three storey block of flats
with parking and access onto New Nabbotts Way (05/01163/OUT)
This application was considered by the Committee on 4 July 2005 at which the following
objections were raised: inadequate car parking provision; the possibility of visitors to the
flats parking in New Nabbotts Way, to the inconvenience of residents; and the possibility of
the proposed exit onto New Nabbotts Way creating a traffic hazard.
b) Land at Boreham Interchange, Colchester Road – change of use to car wash
This application was considered by the Committee on 4 April 2005 at which the following
objections were raised: concern about the visually unattractive nature of the facility which
would worsen the appearance of an already untidy area; that it would set a precedent for
other marginal land uses; lack of drainage would create muddy conditions which could be
spread on nearby roads; and concern about the effect on traffic flow on the exit
c) 1 Peers Square, Chancellor Park – removal of condition 13 of 95/CHL/0929 (all
parking spaces shown on the approval of reserved matters, including garages, shall
be laid out and available for use prior to the first occupation of the dwellings which
they serve and shall remain available for parking by the occupiers of those
This application was considered by the Committee on 23 May 2005 at which no
representations were made.
d) Land to the east of Braganza Way, Beaulieu Park, North Springfield – residential
development comprising 65 dwellings, public open space, landscaping, new
highways and associated ancillary development on a site formerly allocated for
This application was considered at the Committee’s meeting on 5 September 2005 at
which a number of representation were submitted (as outlined in Agenda Item 5.5)
The comments submitted for all these applications will automatically be forwarded to the
Planning Inspectorate for consideration in deciding the Appeal. They can be modified or
elaborated upon if the Committee wishes.
8. CHELMSFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL PLANNING COMMITTEE – 22 NOVEMBER 2005
To note the following reports, copies of which are attached:
8.1 Land to the east of Braganza Way, Beaulieu Park (05/01381/OUT) – residential
development of 65 dwellings, public open space, landscaping, and new highways
(on site formerly allocated for a school). (Annex 1)
The recommendation to refuse the application was agreed.
7.2 45 Lupin Drive, North Springfield (05/01879/FUL) – new dwelling adjacent to the
existing property. (Annex 2)
The recommendation to refuse the application was agreed.
9. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK – CORE STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT
CONTROL POLICIES PREFERRED OPTIONS DOCUMENT
Chelmsford Borough Council has recently released the draft ‘Core Strategy and
Development Control Policies Preferred Options Development Plan Document’. It identifies
the Council’s key planning strategies for steering and shaping the location and extent of
housing development, employment growth, and changes to transport infrastructure up to
As members will be aware from the preliminary consideration given to this document at the
Committee’s meeting on 17 October 2005, there are three options being put forward for
consideration. Of these, two will have major implications for the Parish: Option 1 envisages
a development of approximately 3,000 new dwellings to the north east of Springfield with a
further smaller settlement of around 1,000 units to the west/north west of Broomfield;
Option 2 includes a major new neighbourhood of 4,000-4,250 new houses to the north
east of Chelmsford. (These suggested locations are at this stage indicative rather than
definitive). Details of these options, together with a third which involves a wider distribution
of additional housing split between extensions to the town’s urban area and key villages
throughout the Borough, are attached at Annex 3. The proposed infrastructure provision, in
terms of transport links, community facilities and schools, is outlined for each option.
The consultation period runs until 20 December, and Derek Stebbing, Principal Planning
Officer for the Borough Council, will attend Full Council on 12 December to answer
Members’ questions concerning the options. Meanwhile, the Committee is invited to
formulate an initial response to the consultations for consideration by Council and to
consider the issues to be raised with Derek Stebbing at that meeting.
The Borough Council has already identified two major concerns regarding the East of
England Regional Plan that it intends to raise at the forthcoming Public Examination. One
relates to the imbalance between the target level of employment growth and the much
higher level of residential development proposed for the Borough, which could lead to
extensive out-commuting and hence excessive demand placed upon public transport and
the road network. The second relates to the adequacy of the suggested levels of
infrastructure in relation to population/housing growth. There is no intention to question the
level of new housing that has been allocated to the Borough by the Government.
Concerning the Parish, Members may therefore wish to consider the following issues:
a) The implications of extensive residential development immediately to the north/north
east without a commensurate growth in local employment opportunities; the type of
settlements that may arise as a result; and the difficulty in creating self-supporting
b) The suitability of the supporting infrastructure proposed, in relation to already existing
problems with heavy use of the road network, insufficient community facilities at
Beaulieu Park etc.
c) The implications for the quality of the environment within the Parish.
10. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting will take place on Monday 19 December 2005 at 7.00pm in the Council
Offices, Springfield Parish Centre. (Please note the earlier time of this meeting which
precedes the Leisure Committee).