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Representations on Preferred Options Local Plan - TC3: Town Centre Allocations

Representation ID: 3124

OBJECT Barton Willmore (Paul Newton)

Summary:

Plan does not set out how the need for 36,760 sq m net sales comparison floorspace can be accommodated. Identified sites are not capable of accommodating the need in full, as required by the NPPF. The Council is required to undertake sequential assessment to meet the need and has not done so. The sequential assessment should include existing Urban District Centre sites, including land north and south of Tollgate West (also known as Tollgate Village), a part-in / part edge-of-centre location to the existing Tollgate District Centre and could contribute to meeting identified needs.

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Representation ID: 2974

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: 2900

SUPPORT GL Hearn Ltd (Mr Jack Brudenell)

Summary:

Policy TC3 reiterates the town centre as the preference for future development and identifies development opportunities to accommodate future capacity over the plan period. We welcome the recognition that if additional capacity exists later in the plan period, this too will be directed to the town centre. This approach to allocating future capacity is in accordance with the NPPF and is supported.

More details about Rep ID: 2900

Representation ID: 2776

COMMENT Highways England (Mark Norman)

Summary:

Regarding the sites you have suggested, we have the following comments: unlikely to have a severe impact on the A12 or the A120.

More details about Rep ID: 2776

Representation ID: 2727

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

Summary:

We note that the Council, under Policy TC3, are promoting other town centre locations for enhancement and development, notably Vineyard Gate, of which we support.

More details about Rep ID: 2727

Representation ID: 2687

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

Summary:

We support in principle the proposed Town Centre Allocations for main town centre uses, notably Vineyard Gate which could provide good connectivity with our existing holdings in Lion Walk. The proposed approach complies with the NPPF.

More details about Rep ID: 2687

Representation ID: 2651

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

Summary:

We welcome the requirements in respect of archaeological investigation and consideration of the conservation area and listed buildings for;

St Boltoph's
Britannia Car Park and Nunns Road Car Park (also refer to proximity to Conservation Area)

Vineyard Gate should make reference to the scheduled town wall, part of which forms part of the Vineyard Gate site, its setting, and archaeological potential.




We would note that some of the Local Economic Areas are within or adjoining the conservation area and any proposals relating to those sites should preserve or enhance the conservation area and its setting.

More details about Rep ID: 2651

Representation ID: 2496

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: 2496

Representation ID: 2140

OBJECT David Branson

Summary:

Objection to the proposed housing development of Britannia Car Park. The adjacent St Botolph's church is heavily used for concerts (45 took place in 2015). The (often elderly) audience rely on Britannia Car Park, particularly on dark winter evenings when Colchester town centre is uninviting for the elderly. The closure of the car park would jeopardise the future of these concerts to the great detriment of Colchester's cultural life.

More details about Rep ID: 2140

Representation ID: 1943

COMMENT Mr Andy Cartmell

Summary:

Colchester Civic Society Comments:

We were pleased to note the development of this area in the Local Plan (indicating the provision of cinema, 85-room hotel, restaurants, student accommodation and Creative Business Centre). However, we have some concerns about the amount of potential vehicular traffic this could bring into this part of the town centre. Again, car parking provision and road congestion are of concern, and we would like to see more about how this might be managed.
See attached for further information.

More details about Rep ID: 1943

Representation ID: 1941

COMMENT Mr Andy Cartmell

Summary:

Colchester Civic Society Comments:

We note that there is policy to provide access off Queen Street, the nature of which was not clear from the document. Having now met with Howard Davies, we have been assured that the access referred to is non-vehicular access in to the old bus station. Developing this site (as discussed) and providing pedestrian access would improve the appearance and use of buildings in Queen Street, which is something we are very supportive of.

See attached for full details.

More details about Rep ID: 1941

Representation ID: 1771

OBJECT Colchester Retail Business Association (M Reynolds)

Summary:

Britannia Car Park
Colchester Retail Business Association objects to the proposed development of this car park to housing. There is a reduction of car park spaces serving the town centre with Sheepen Road being closed and the reduction in numbers at Priory Street. Spaces will be reduced further when Vineyard Street is closed to accommodate Vineyard Gate development. We are fearful that this continued reduction in spaces will prevent visitors and tourists to the town, they will simply drive to another town and Colchester's economy will suffer.

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Representation ID: 1646

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

Summary:

The University cannot support the proposal to include student accommodation within the St Botolph's allocation. The University pursues a policy of providing student accommodation on or close to the Campus, and considers that this should also apply to private student accommodation.

More details about Rep ID: 1646

Representation ID: 1256

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

Summary:

The Plan does not set out how the need for 36,760 sq m net sales comparison floorspace can be accommodated. Identified sites are not capable of accommodating the need in full, as required by the NPPF. The Council is required to undertake sequential assessment to meet the need and has not done so.

The sequential assessment should include existing Urban District Centre sites, including land north and south of Tollgate West (also known as Tollgate Village), a part-in / part edge-of-centre location to the existing Tollgate District Centre and could contribute to meeting identified needs.

More details about Rep ID: 1256

Representation ID: 1026

OBJECT Mr Phil Coleman

Summary:

Britannia Car Park
There is absolutely no justified reason to include the Britannia car park area for future housing development. Car parks are already being reduced with the removal of Sheepen Road and also the potential future development of Vineyard gate will remove a further car park. Other car parks are already full every day, with the increased use of the nearby station this car park cannot be used.
This site should be removed as it will potentially cause more congestion in the town centre and remove a further car park which is required to support the growth of the town.

More details about Rep ID: 1026

Representation ID: 892

OBJECT Cllr Theresa Higgins

Summary:

Britannia car park.
I object to the housing allocation for Britannia car park.
This car park should be kept and made readily available for access to the train station with special deals. Also needs to be kept as a car park due to the reduction in places in Priory Street car park for access to the school and Church.

More details about Rep ID: 892

Representation ID: 331

SUPPORT Mr Mark Lee

Summary:

Supported but vehicle access to Town Centre should be reduced to improve attractiveness, ambience and air quality. Roman Wall to be safeguarded and its prominence emphasised. Planning should prioritise any application or development that stresses the Roman period in particular so as to maximise tourism. No VAF style development should be allowed.

More details about Rep ID: 331

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