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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AY

Contact: Jean Sharp (01277 312 655) 

Note: This meeting was originally scheduled for 9th September 2020 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Cllr Miss Sanders and Cllr Bridge substituted for her.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 253 KB


The minutes of the Planning and Licensing meeting which took place on 8 July 2020 were APPROVED as a true record.


Minutes of the Licensing Sub Committee

No meetings of the Licensing Sub-committee have taken place since the last Planning and Licensing Committee.


No Licensing Sub-committee hearings had taken place since the 8.7.2020 Planning and Licensing Committee meeting.



Additional documents:


Part demolition of existing building and convert into Children's Nursery (D1) with ancillary first floor staff accommodation (4 flats), construct intergenerational Care Centre comprising a new purpose designed 62 bedroom Care Home with layout parking and landscaping (Revised Application)


The application site was in the Green Belt and a Special Landscape Area and comprised a rural site occupied by a former manor house known as Dudbrook Hall. Dudbrook Hall was a part 2/3 storey non-designated heritage asset (important building, though not listed) that was converted into a care home following the grant of planning permission in 1995 and was operated by St Michaels Homes Limited. The care home currently had 44 residential bedrooms.


The proposal was to demolish the later additions of Dudbrook Hall and convert the retained elements into a children’s day nursery at ground floor accommodating up to 35 children. The first floor would be converted into 4 workers flats in connection with the operation of the care home and the second-floor area would be retained as ancillary office space for the management of the care home and nursery.


A new purpose built detached two storey care home comprising 62 residential beds was proposed to the rear of Dudbrook Hall extending into the undeveloped area of land to the west of the site. The development as a whole would be considered an inter-generational care centre that provided interaction between the care home residents and nursery children which had been shown to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of the elderly and improve learning and social interaction of children.


The site would be landscaped with a mixture of soft planting and hard surfaces and parking for each of the uses would be provided consisting of: 66 car parking spaces allocated to the care home, including 3 disabled bays and 15 spaces allocated to the Nursery, including 1 disabled bay. Cycle parking would also be provided at the care home entrance. The two existing vehicular accesses along Dudbrook Road would be reused and utilised.


Statements had been submitted by Navestock Parish Council and the agent for the application, Mr Fiely.  These statements were read aloud, the former setting out concerns in relation to traffic issues and the latter in support of the application.


Ward councillors Cllr Parker, Cllr Poppy and Cllr McCheyne addressed the committee in support of the application.



The Chair, on behalf of the majority, considered that there was an increased need for care home provision within the north of the borough and all of the very special circumstances put forward by the applicant were significant to outweigh harm to the Green Belt and other harm identified.


The draft condition themes recommended by the planning officer to committee members, in the event that the committee were to approve the application, were as follows:


Time – Development to be commenced within 3 years

Drawings – Development in Accordance with Drawings


Surface Water Management Plan

Landscaping Scheme

Tree protection Measures

Ecological Protection Measures

Conditions relating to highways to include:  ...  view the full minutes text for item 486.



Additional documents:


Removal of existing mast and remove/ relocate associated equipment cabinets, installation of a new 17.00m monopole supporting 6 no. antennas with a wrap around equipment cabinet at the base of the column,  installation of 3 no. new equipment cabinets and ancillary development thereto


The proposal related to a permitted development removal of an existing mast and remove/ relocate associated equipment cabinets as well as the installation of a new 17.00m monopole (which would be 2.3 metres higher) supporting 6 no. antennas with a wrap around equipment cabinet at the base of the column, installation of 4 no. new equipment cabinets and ancillary development thereto by a telecommunications code system operator (in this case Mobile Broadband Network Limited, i.e. EE and Three [H3G]).


The application site was located on a grass verge adjacent to the junction of Brentwood Road and Running Waters within the Metropolitan Green Belt. To the East were agricultural fields beyond a hedgerow. To the North and West was a residential area and The Pines scout camp. To the South was the Thorndon Park Conservation Area.


To be removed:

  • 14.7 metre high mast
  • 3no cabinets


To be repositioned:

  • 1no cabinet


To be installed:

  • 17 metre high monopole with wrap around cabinet and 6no antennas
  • cabinets


Members were reminded that this was not a planning application as it related to a form of development that was permitted under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development)(England) Order 2015 (as amended) Schedule 2, Part 16 Class A – electronic communications code operators.  The prior approval of the Council was required for two issues – the siting and appearance of the development.


Cllr McCheyne MOVED and Cllr Jakobsson SECONDED that prior approval was not required for siting and appearance and following a discussion Members voted as follows:


FOR:  Cllrs Bridge, Chilvers, Fryd, Haigh, Jakobsson, Keeble, Kerslake, McCheyne, Morrissey, Mynott, Tanner and Mrs Tierney (12)






It was RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY that prior approval was not required for siting and appearance.



Urgent Business



Two items of urgent business were considered as both required a report to be included in the agenda for the next Planning and Licensing Committee meeting:


1.    Cllr McCheyne requested that an item be included in the agenda for the next meeting proposing to delegate authority to officers to make decisions regarding phone masts in future.


2.    Cllr Chilvers requested that a short report be brought to the next meeting highlighting that provision and removal of phone masts was the responsibility of the service provider and not the Council.  This related to the removal of the mast near Brentwood Station which had caused a loss of service to residents in the vicinity and the provider had advised those who complained that the Council was to blame for this situation.


Officers advised that an emergency mast had been erected near Brentwood Station but it did not provide sufficient coverage.