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					               MINUTES OF PLANNING COMMITTEE HELD ON

15 December 2010                                               8pm-10:17pm
                                 PRESENT

                              COUNCILLORS

                         Shona Johnson (Chairman)

                        Muriel Jolles (Vice Chairman)

Jean Clark                       Mike Garnett                    Sue Livings

Chris Millington                                             Guy Mitchinson

Clive Souter                                                   Edna Stevens

                                APOLOGIES

Maggie Hulcoop                                                Lesley Rideout

46.    DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

       Councillors Mike Garnett, Muriel Jolles and Sue Livings declared
       personal interests in agenda item 8 (land adjacent to 1 Churchgate
       Street) and 9 (48 Watlington Road) as the Ward Councillors.

       Councillor Guy Mitchinson declared a personal interest in agenda item
       7 (Skins Farm) as the County Councillor for the area.

       Councillors Jean Clark and Shona Johnson also declared personal
       interests in agenda item 7 as the Ward Councillors.

47.    MINUTES

               RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on the 10
               November 2010 be agreed as a correct record and signed by
               the Chairman.

48.    MATTERS ARISING

       None.

49.    WRITTEN QUESTIONS

       None.
50.   PROCEDURE FOR CONSIDERATION OF PLANNING
      APPLICATIONS

            RESOLVED that the procedure for the consideration of planning
            applications be noted.

51.   HW/PL/10/00120
      Skins Farm, Roydon Road

      The Committee received a report on the proposed installation of 9,
      single storey holiday homes on land at Skins Farm, Roydon Road,
      Harlow.

      The Committee received presentations from 3 objectors.

          RESOLVED that planning permission be REFUSED contrary to
          the Officers’ recommendation for the following reason(s):

          (i)      The proposed development would constitute an
                   undesirable intensification of leisure plot use at a density
                   which would be out of keeping and incompatible with the
                   semi-rural character of the east end area and would have
                   an unacceptable adverse effect on the amenity of the
                   occupiers of neighbouring dwellings. The proposals
                   would therefore be contrary to the provisions of Policies
                   BE1 and BE3 of the Adopted Replacement Harlow Local
                   Plan, July 2006.

          (ii)     The proposal would intensify the use of a substandard
                   access onto a secondary distributor highway where the
                   main function is that of carrying traffic freely and safely
                   between centres of population. The existence of an
                   access in this location is a matter of fact and therefore
                   some degree of conflict and interference to the passage
                   of through vehicles and the users of the public rights of
                   way already occurs, but the intensification of that conflict
                   and interference which this proposal would engender
                   would lead to a deterioration in the efficiency of the
                   through road as a traffic carrier and be detrimental to
                   highway safety. This proposal would therefore be
                   contrary to the aims and objectives set out in the County
                   Council’s Highways and Transportation Development
                   Control Policies as originally contained in Appendix G of
                   the LTP 2006-2011 and refreshed by Cabinet Member
                   decision on the 19/10/07.
          (iii)   As far as can be determined from the submitted plans,
                  the applicant does not appear to control sufficient land to
                  provide the required traffic visibility splay of 215m x 2.4m
                  x 215m. The lack of such visibility would result in an
                  unacceptable degree of hazard to all road users to the
                  detriment of highway safety. This proposal would
                  therefore be contrary to the aims and objectives set out in
                  the County Council’s Highways and Transportation
                  Development Control Policies as originally contained in
                  Appendix G of the LTP 2006-2011 and refreshed by
                  Cabinet Member decision on the 19/10/07.

          (iv)    The increase of vehicular movement associated with the
                  proposed development would lead to conflict between
                  vehicles and users of the Public Footpath No.80, Harlow,
                  to their detriment. The consequent increase in private
                  vehicular traffic will also inevitably lead to increased
                  erosion of the surface of the track, making the footpath
                  less suitable for walkers. This proposal would therefore
                  be contrary to the aims and objectives set out in the
                  County Council’s Highways and Transportation
                  Development Control Policies as originally contained in
                  Appendix G of the LTP 2006-2011 and refreshed by
                  Cabinet Member decision on the 19/10/07.

At 10pm the Committee agreed to adjourn for 5 minutes and then
continue with the meeting until the conclusion of the agenda.

52.   HW/PL/10/00203
      Land Adjacent to 1 Churchgate St, Harlow

      The Committee received a report on the proposed development of a 4
      bedroom house, together with vehicular access and associated
      landscaping works at land adjacent to 1 Churchgate St, Harlow.

      Presentations were given by 3 objectors and the agent for the
      application.

            RESOLVED that the Committee was MINDED TO GRANT
            planning permission, subject to the applicant first undertaking an
            Archaeological Field Evaluation (in accordance with the
            requirements of the ECC Heritage Team) and subject to that
            Field Evaluation raising no significant issues of archaeological
            concern,     permission    be     granted      (subject   to   the
            conditions/informatives set out in the report).
53.   HW/PL/10/0000259
      48 Watlington Road, Harlow

      The Chairman advised the Committee that a concern had been raised
      by Officers about a possible lack of notification about the meeting to all
      interested parties in the application.

              RESOLVED to DEFER consideration of this item until a future
              meeting to ensure that appropriate due notice be given to all
              relevant parties.

54.   REFERENCES FROM OTHER COMMITTEES

      None.

55.   MATTERS OF URGENT BUSINESS

      HMOs
      The Chairman permitted Councillor Jean Clark to raise a question
      about the development of a Council wide policy with regards to Houses
      in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

      The Chairman confirmed that this matter did not fall within the remit of
      the Planning Committee and that the Councillor should raise it with the
      Chairman of the Environment Policy Working Group for further
      consideration, if appropriate.




                                         CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE

				
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