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Meeting: 04/07/2023 - Planning Committee (Item 13)

13 Report of Director (Planning) - A.1 - 22/00556/FUL - Sacketts Grove Caravan Park, Jaywick Lane, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex, CO16 7JB pdf icon PDF 308 KB

Change of use of land for the siting of up to 8 no. residential park homes.

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It was reported that this application was before Members due to the development representing a departure from the development plan, proposing new residential park homes outside of the defined settlement development boundary for the area.


 Members were told that this application related to the land centrally located within Sacketts Grove Caravan Park site, on the western side of Jaywick Lane, Clacton. The site was largely laid to grass but contained the filled in remains of an outdoor swimming pool and an outbuilding which contained the pump house for the pool.


Members heard that the vehicular access from the public highway would utilise the existing Caravan Park entrance on Jaywick Lane. The site was bordered on all sides of existing park homes with wooden close boarded fences denoting existing plot boundaries.


This application proposed to change the use of the land for the siting of up to 8 no. residential park homes with associated development to facilitate the use including new access roads and hardstanding to form car parking. The development represented a small-scale addition to the existing and established park.


The site was located outside the Settlement Development Boundary and within a Safeguarded Holiday Park, Sacketts Grove was situated within a sustainable location close to amenities.


In the opinion of Officers, the development would cause no harm in terms of wider landscape, character, and appearance. It would deliver a windfall of up to eight additional dwellings contributing to the continued demand for high quality and affordable retirement and semi-retirement housing whilst also providing a small wind fall contribution to the Council’s five-year housing land supply.


Therefore, this application had been recommended for approval subject to a Unilateral Undertaking securing a financial contribution of £156.76 per dwelling toward recreational disturbance mitigation in accordance with RAMS.


At the meeting, an oral presentation was made by the Council’s Planning Officer (AL) in respect of the application.


An update sheet had been circulated to the Committee prior to the meeting with details of an additional objection letter that had been received as follows with the Officers’ response in bold:-


-       Contrary to the development plan – yet recommended for approval.

-       Outside settlement boundary and protected for caravans.

-       The application was refused initially by the same Planning Officer.

The application has not been subject of a formal determination. An initial view was provided via email to the applicant.

The principle of development is addressed within the officer’s report.


-       Licenced for 102 properties only.

Licensing falls outside the remit of Planning but a new / amended site licence would be required in the event of an approval.


-       Loss of central green area of the established park.

The site is not safeguarded amenity space or subject to any other policy designation that would secure or require it’s retention.


-       Surface water flooding issues.

The recommendation includes conditions to mitigate surface water flooding.



·         The Officer recommendation of approval remains unchanged.”


There was no public speaking on this application.


Matters raised by Members  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13