A proposal to build three two-bedroomed houses on a lock-up garage site in Lime Street, Brightlingsea, has been turned down by Tendring Council - partly because it would "harm the setting" of the Grade 1 listed Jacobes Hall in the nearby High Street.
Karl Summers proposed demolishing six garages to make way for the homes, but Tendring's planning committee refused his application because the site is within the Brightlingsea Conservation Area, within the Coastal Protection Belt, and outside of the Settlement Development Boundary.
According to planners, "the site currently represents a break between the Coastal Protection Belt and the Brightlingsea Settlement; the introduction of residential properties in this location fronting Lime Street will demonstrably urbanise the immediate character of the area and set a harmful precedent for similar forms of future development, the cumulative impacts of which will result in significant harm to the character of the area and landscape character".
The reasons for refusal also stated: "the harmful precedent set by allowing the introduction of dwellings in this location would lead to the continuation of development along Lime Street which would cumulatively have a demonstrable harmful impact upon the character and undeveloped nature of the wider Coastal Protection Belt designation".
• Tendring's planning committee has given outline permission for three detached houses with garages and parking to be built on land east of Stoney Acres off Robinson Road, Brightlingsea. However, before construction can start the applicant, Mr Aldridge, has been told to submit and have approved detailed plans regarding the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of the project.
Planners also said that the access to the site must allow for good visibility and the drive leading to the properties must have a turning bay so that vehicles can leave in forward gear.
• A garage and store at the Wine Well shop in Brightlingsea High Street can be converted to form allow retail and takeaway use after gaining planning approval. The approval states that "to ensure the use of the site is appropriate to the locality and to safeguard the amenities of local residents", the new unit can only be used for retail purposes between the hours of 6xm and 10pm seven days a week and on Bank Holidays, while any takeaway cannot be used before noon or after 10pm on the same days. Details of extraction, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment must be submitted to Tendring Council and approved before use.