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1058 issues found for 'planning':

  • PA_181137_MarksTeyHotel

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Proposed extensions and alterations to existing hotel to accommodate an additional 20 rooms/suites, additional meeting rooms and improved leisure facilities. Proposed external refurbishments and internal alterations.

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  • PA_211725_CannockMillHouseconv

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    House conversion to 2 x 2 bed flats, and 1 x 2 bed maisonette. Single storey extension to ground floor flat and balcony to the first floor flat. Along with the current approved 150493 and 150492 parking arrangements 3 additional parking spaces are provid

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  • PA_212027_KwikFirconv

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Change of Use of the first floor from ancillary office of a light industrial unit to Residential to provide 1 no. 3 bedroom apartment

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  • PA_193163_StanePk

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Retail park comprising retail (A1) and restaurant (A1/A3/A5) units with associated parking and landscaping. Resubmission of 172935 - REVISIONS RECEIVED

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  • Plan for commercial park

    Created by Will Bramhill // 1 thread

    Plan 211788
    Industrial estate, London Road, Marks Tey
    (was 202373)


    Colchester Cycling Campaign objects to this plan. If it is considered for approval, mitigation should be carried out and completed at the same time as the development. If any work is outstanding it should be subject to a legal agreement and funded via a 20-year Section 106 or CIL agreement. See table below for a list of mitigation measures.

    Highways England should consider this scheme not as a standalone but as a major part of other recent planning applications in this area, which all add to motor traffic. This particular application is disappointing in terms of provision for active travel: it is likely to increase dependence on short to medium-distance commuting by car while further undermining cycling through increased traffic and greater danger, especially in Old London Road.

    Note that paragraph 109 of the National Planning Policy Framework states that “development should only be prevented or refused ... if there would be an unacceptable impact on highway safety, or residual cumulative impacts on the road network would be severe”.

    We trust that the Highways England stage one road safety audit (CBC site August 6) will include consideration of walking and cycling routes in the area. The auditor should ride the routes, as recommended by LTN 1/20 and Gear Change.

    Two major plans have recently been rejected owing to poor cycling and walking provision: the Devonshire Quarter in Cambridge and  Lidl in Salford (download of decision notice).

    Although the applicant’s draft travel plan and transport assessment has sections on walking and cycling, nothing is provided in terms of improved off-site infrastructure – at least not until 2028, by which time the new section of the A12 may be complete. It is unclear whether the developer would be prepared to fully fund improvements at that stage.

    2 Current situation

    The Kelvedon to Colchester cycleway runs past the development site along Old London Road. This is used by longer-distance cycle traffic as well as cycle commuters to and from nearby industry and adjacent homes. Current use is low, in part because of poor connections. 

    This route links to the part of Marks Tey west of the A120 via Dobbies Lane via a relatively new cycleable bridge across the railway track. However cycle accesses to homes north of Jays Lane/Long Green/Wilsons Lane to Keable Road, Cornwallis Drive and Steele Close are convoluted, narrow and restricted.

    3 The applicants’ transport assessment and travel plan

    The applicants’ transport assessment and travel plan is lazy in terms of cycling. It appears to be a desk-based study and states merely that cycling is possible from certain hamlets and villages. No consideration is given to current barriers such as the A12 or the perceived safety of the roads and lanes that have to be used to reach the site, both of which would make a cycle journey dangerous or undesirable. There is no indication that the company involved has ridden any of these routes to assess their suitability.

    No consideration is given to “on the ground” ease of access, even within Marks Tey.

    The consultant quotes objectives of a travel plan but this scheme ignores  objective two (address the access needs of staff by supporting walking, cycling and the use of public transport) and objective 3 (encourage good urban design principles that open up the site to walking, cycling and use of public transport). If this is the case at this stage, what commitment will be invested in the future?

    The papers state that cycle access is possible via the grounds of Marks Tey Parish Hall. This appears to be privately owned land (possibly by the parish council). The paths within the site are not wide enough for cycling even if it was permitted. The access to the site from the A120 (picture below) would be a challenge for Bethany Shriever, Team GB’s BMX Olympic gold medallist.

    The applicant gives a concession to cycling with a “green line on a map” in its transport assessment. There is no indication of land ownership, when or whether this can be achieved. Notably this access is not marked on any of the detailed plans for the site itself. 

    In conjunction with Highways England, the developer has looked at improvements to the junction of Old London Road with the A120. All of these except for a ban on right hand turns on the A120 have been put in abeyance pending construction of the new A12. 

    The applicant also talks of a 5km cycle catchment. This is out of date. Experience from cycle-friendly towns and cities shows that the advent of ebikes increases not just distances cycled but frequency too.

    No estimate is given of the effect of increased motor traffic on cyclists in Old London Road, with the focus being on the ability of two heavy goods vehicles to pass each other. 

    While Old London Road falls within the remit of Highway England, it is not by nature a trunk road but a lightly trafficked mixed-use street. It should be subject to the designs set out in Manual for Streets (MfS) and not the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. Page 144 of MfS states: "The DMRB is not an appropriate design standard for most streets, particularly those in lightly-trafficked residential and mixed-use areas.”

    The applicant’s documents also make no mention of Local Transport Note 1/20 on cycling infrastructure or the government’s Gear Change document, which have been published for more than a year. These should have been used to shape the application.

    Paragraph 3.4.5 of the transport assessment mentions the National Cycle Network routes 1 and 13. These are irrelevant when the site is so cut off for cyclists and is likely to be so for some time.

    There is no indication of the type of cycle parking that the developer intends to provide, whether security is sufficient and whether it is covered. The applicant seems to have ignored the requirement at 3.6.2 of the Essex Parking Guide that “cycle parking should be conveniently located adjacent to entrances to buildings”.

    No comprehensive consideration of current or future air quality has been made.

    4 What we would like to see



    1 Funding and provision of a S

    segregated cycleway from Marks Tey station to join with Old London Road 90m west of the A120 junction

    Station Road may need widening. Possible land ownership issues, although the wooded area south of the station,and between Old London Road and the A12 south of the A120 (the teardrop), may belong to Highways England. The cycleway should cross the teardrop to join Old London Road 90m south of the A120 junction. Street lighting needed

    2 Existing crossing moved 30 metres east, closer to junction with roundabout

    This will allow use of existing verges to give better access, ie, no use of footway by cycles

    3 Remodelling of plans for phase 1 and phase 2 so that a segregated cycleway/footway is provided along the northern edge of the site between Dobbies Lane and the A120, crossing Old London Road to meet with the cycleway from the station. The first section of the path should have full access into the site with its design influenced by Manual for Streets 

    See illustration. Land ownership issues, although parish council may be amenable? Street lighting needed. If this cannot be achieved then Old London Road will have to be looked at as the main access route. The level of traffic proposed on Old London Road would mean that a segregated cycleway would have to be provided. 

    4 An alternative to 3: redesign of Old London Road to be friendlier to cyclists using Manual for Streets.

    As noted at 3

    5 Funding for improvements for cycle/foot access into the Keable Road estate at Keable Road, Cornwallis Drive and Steele Close

    Relatively easy. These accesses should meet LTN 1/20

    6 Developer to work with Highways England on tying in development to old A12 once the new road opens, subject 

    Dependent on detailed drawings from Highways England

    7 Agreement to help fund medium to long-term maintenance of Dobbies Lane

    8 Details of cycle parking (type and position) to be approved by CBC before construction begins

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  • PA_212100_PrioryStconv

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Application to determine if prior approval is required for proposed change of use of offices (Class B1) to 3 residential apartments (ClassC3)

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  • 21/02759 : 48 residential apartments & houses, Colville Road Phase 3

    Created by Rosamund Humphrey (Admin Officer) // 1 thread

    21/02759/FUL: Demolition of existing buildings and erection of new commercial/retail floor space, 48 new residential apartments and houses, new car parking areas, new hard and soft landscaping, bin and bike stores and associated works

    Colville Road Phase 3

    Land At Colville Road

    And Fishers Lane

    High Street

    Cherry Hinton

    Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 9HT

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  • Core Site - North East Cambridge

    Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread

    Anglian Water and Cambridge City Council, working with U+I and TOWN, are exploring the vision for a new sustainable urban quarter at the heart of the proposed new district of North East Cambridge.

    The project is currently called the Core Site, North East Cambridge (shown on the attached map). The aim is to deliver over 5,000 new homes on the Core Site over the next 20 years, along with shops, workplaces, education, community and leisure facilities, and open spaces. This opportunity is enabled by the proposed relocation of Anglian Water’s Cambridge Waste Water Treatment Plant, with the support of Homes England, and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

    Cambridge City Council is currently bringing forward an Area Action Plan (AAP) for the wider district, within which the Core Site is located, which could deliver a total of 8,000 new homes in ‘an inclusive, walkable, low-carbon new city district with a lively mix of homes, workplaces, services and social spaces, fully integrated with surrounding neighbourhoods’. The Core Site has a key role to play in delivering this vision.

    The landowners of the Core Site - Anglian Water and Cambridge City Council - have selected U+I, in partnership with TOWN, as master developers for the site will be working to bring forward proposals for the site and, eventually, a planning application.

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  • 211499_BarrackSt

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Conversion of existing first floor office accommodation into two 2 bedroom apartments along with ground floor refuse and cycle storage

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  • 211407_17EastSt

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Part demolition of outbuilding to south west elevation and conversion of existing building to three two bedroom and three one bedroom apartments with associated parking

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  • 200655_HilcroftBraiswick

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    Demolition of double garage and erection of five detached dwellings, garages with landscaping, access and front boundary wall. (re- submission of approval 181630 and 190582)

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  • Layer de la Haye planning application 211392 / 211393

    Created by catch // 1 thread

    Outline Planning Application for up to 39 market homes and 16 affordable homes with vehicular access from Greate House Farm Road andThe Folley with all other matters reserved.

    211392 / 211393

    Large development, so several proposals for local routes in planning objection.

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