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Representations on Preferred Options Local Plan - TC1: Town Centre Policy and Hierarchy

Representation ID: 3122

COMMENT Barton Willmore (Paul Newton)

Summary:

Support the proposed threshold of 2,500 sq m for undertaking a retail impact assessment. It is however unclear why a retail impact assessment would be required for proposals in District and Local Centres (which we assume relates those outside centre of the Colchester urban area), as this is not consistent with the NPPF.

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Representation ID: 3038

COMMENT Churchmanor Estates Compnay PLC (Martin Robeson) represented by Martin Robeson Planning Practice (Mr Martin Robeson)

Summary:

We support the town centre being top of the hierarchy. We support the three rural district centres and reserve our position in terms of district centre status for the new garden communities.

We welcome that the council has at least thought about re-designating what the development plan currently terms 'urban district centres'.

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Representation ID: 3023

OBJECT Sainsburys (Ms Caroline Huett) represented by Indigo Planning (David Hodgetts)

Summary:

Sainsburys disagrees with the proposed 2500sqm threshold for undertaking a retail impaxt assessment for retain proposals outside of town centres. We consider that in order for the council to be able to assess the cumulative effects of out of centre development the threshold should be 1000sqm. Given their scale this should be reduced to 750sqm for district and local centres.

When the new Sainsburys opens it will provide a focus for the existing and growing community in the Hythe special policy area. It should be designated as a district or local centre.

More details about Rep ID: 3023

Representation ID: 2973

COMMENT Environment Agency (Mr Martin Barrell)

Summary:

Significant parts of the St Boltolph's , Middleborough and Town Centre fringe areas have been identified to be at risk of flooding from surface water (Flood Modelling and
mapping for the Colchester Borough Surface Water Management Plan and the EA Risk of Surface Water Flooding maps

EA advise that the council and developers look to support flood risk reduction projects (potentially through developer contributions or the adaption of useful land for flood management purposes see SWMP) to benefit both these sites and existing developments in the surrounding areas.

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Representation ID: 2899

SUPPORT GL Hearn Ltd (Mr Jack Brudenell)

Summary:

Policy TC1 confirms Colchester Town Centre as being at the top of the Borough's retail hierarchy and reaffirms it as the focus for new town centre uses. This 'town centre first' approach and the identification of future development opportunities (by virtue of SG5 and TC3), is welcomed.

More details about Rep ID: 2899

Representation ID: 2726

SUPPORT Fenwick Ltd represented by Cushman and Wakefield (Mr I Anderson)

Summary:

Support the identification of Colchester Town Centre at the top of the Spatial Hierarchy and the priority location for future growth and new development to help sustain the town centre's vitality and viability.
Development can and should be located within the town centre as a priority to sustain and enhance ITS vitality and viability and ensure that less sustainable development is not allowed which would impact the wider health of the centre.
Need to encourage a mix of uses, with non-retail uses playing an increasingly important role in the Town Centre.

More details about Rep ID: 2726

Representation ID: 2685

SUPPORT CBREGI represented by Cushman and Wakefield (Mr I Anderson)

Summary:

Support the identification of Colchester Town Centre at the top of the retail hierarchy where new development will be focused to enhance further the Borough's sub-regional role.
The policy sets out a preference for retail (particularly comparison) uses and supporting leisure, culture and food/drink uses in Colchester Town Centre. We support the need to encourage a mix of uses, with non-retail uses playing an increasingly important role in ensuring the vitality and viability of town centres.

More details about Rep ID: 2685

Representation ID: 2680

SUPPORT CBREGI represented by Cushman and Wakefield (Mr I Anderson)

Summary:

CBREGI broadly welcomes the Preferred Options document and the representations focus on and endorse the Council's proposed spatial strategy and hierarchy including the pre-eminence of Colchester Town Centre.
It is important in our view that the town centre remains the focus of continued investment for retail, leisure and other key town centre uses.

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Representation ID: 2648

SUPPORT Historic England -East of England (Ms N Gates)

Summary:

TC1: Town Centre

We welcome the identification of the important historic character of the town centre within the policy and the commitment that it must be protected and enhanced by all development, with links through to the historic environment policy. We support the aspiration for attractive public spaces and streetscapes which will further enhance the character of historic Colchester.

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Representation ID: 2494

COMMENT Myland Community Council (Mrs Harris)

Summary:

MCC supports the sentiments expressed regarding the town centre and would like to see previously published SPD on e.g. Street Scene, shop frontages, a better town centre, fully brought to the fore. It is suggested that key historical assets such as St Botolphs Priory should be exposed as part of redevelopment to become a key feature. Similarly, the Vineyard Gate redevelopment should protect the Roman Wall by making it a feature within the design.

More details about Rep ID: 2494

Representation ID: 2226

COMMENT Colchester Green Party represented by Ms Susan Allen

Summary:

Important to promote the town centre as a cultural centre, an attractive place to live and commute from or work in.

More details about Rep ID: 2226

Representation ID: 2158

SUPPORT Cllr rosalind scott

Summary:

All residents benefit from a vibrant town centre

More details about Rep ID: 2158

Representation ID: 2110

OBJECT Schroder UK Property Fund represented by Bidwells (Mr Neil Waterson)

Summary:

Schroders objects to Policy TC1 since the impact assessment threshold which has been applied to the District Centres, is not justified. It is considered that insufficient evidence has been provided to justify a floorspace threshold below the 2,500sqm set out in paragraph 26 of the NPPF. Consequently, the Policy is not justified and is unsound.

The Policy should also be amended to reflect our representations to Policy SG5 and ensure a consistent approach to that outlined in response to that policy either though a separate policy or within the text for Policy TC1.

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Representation ID: 2091

SUPPORT Cllr rosalind scott

Summary:

Town Centre is making striking progress and attracting some prestigious shops, it will be safer if there is a mix of business, retail and residential to keep the streets full of people
I am especially in favour of further development of the knowledge gateway as the figures and stories point to a massive contribution to Colchester start-ups and entrepreneurial endeavours.

More details about Rep ID: 2091

Representation ID: 2063

SUPPORT M&G Real Estate represented by GL Hearn Ltd (Mr Jack Brudenell)

Summary:

Policy TC1 confirms Colchester Town Centre as being at the top of the Borough's retail hierarchy and reaffirms it as the focus for new town centre uses. This 'town centre first' approach and the identification of future development opportunities (by virtue of SG5 and TC3), is welcomed.

More details about Rep ID: 2063

Representation ID: 1655

OBJECT The University of Essex represented by The JTS Partnership LLP (Mr Nick Davey)

Summary:

The University notes that the draft Employment Policies / Allocations (i.e. Policy EC1) allow for the development of 'town centre' type uses in a limited range of circumstances. The University considers that this should be acknowledged in Policy TC1.

More details about Rep ID: 1655

Representation ID: 1254

OBJECT Tollgate Partnership Limited represented by Barton Willmore (Mr Alistair Ingram)

Summary:

We support the proposed threshold of 2,500 sq m for undertaking a retail impact assessment. It is however unclear why a retail impact assessment would be required for proposals in District and Local Centres (which we assume relates those outside centre of the Colchester urban area), as this is not consistent with the NPPF.

More details about Rep ID: 1254

Representation ID: 922

COMMENT Colchester Cycling Campaign (William Branhill)

Summary:

Note that this is a personal comment and not the opinion of Colchester Cycling Campaign.

I would like to see a project that enables the withdrawal of most of the traffic from East Bay / Brook Street.

The residents in this area moved in knowing about the high level of traffic but before the dangers of air pollution were appreciated to the extent that they are today.

This section is a prime candidate for filtering/unbundling as proposed by CCC

More details about Rep ID: 922

Representation ID: 329

SUPPORT Mr Mark Lee

Summary:

Well reasoned

More details about Rep ID: 329

Representation ID: 265

COMMENT Mr Simon Hall

Summary:

The public realm around Jumbo and the Mercury should be regarded as a priority.

In addition there should be express reference to the preservation and enhancement of the Roman heritage represented not least by the Wall and Balkerne Gate and, ideally some reference to supporting a viable use for Jumbo

More details about Rep ID: 265

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