December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
A dilapidated empty riverside warehouse is about to make way for 45 new homes in Mistley.
On Tuesday, Tendring District Council’s planning committee approved plans for the site, which lies between High Street and Mistley Quay.
The scheme involves knocking down the existing Thorn Quay Warehouse, which dates from 1953, and putting up a new building with one, two and three-bedroom units.
The plans also include provision for 420 square metres of quay level warehousing, 86sq m of office floor space as well as car and cycle parking.
The application, which was submitted by Anglia Maltings (Holdings) Ltd and Gladedale Estates Ltd, was passed by 11 votes to zero with 29 conditions imposed by the councillors who had visited the site earlier in the day.
The conditions include making sure that the redevelopment of the site takes place within a reasonable time after the demolition.
Mistley Parish Council objected to the scheme mainly on the grounds of vehicle access and danger to road safety and there were also 14 letters of objection, along with another from port operators TWL Logistics. Four letters in support of the scheme were received.
The site lies within the Manningtree and Mistley Conservation Area with a large number of listed buildings in close proximity including the recently listed Quay Wall and two neighbouring maltings buildings. It is also close to a number of undesignated buildings that are considered to make a positive contribution to the conservation area, such as The Abbey.
The developers involved in the application had put in revisions to the design and scale of the proposed development designed to lessen the impact on the Conservation Area.
It was felt the reduction achieved an acceptable proposal which was also acceptable in terms of flood risk, residential amenity and highway safety.
Tendring council’s cabinet member for planning and corporate services, Carlo Guglielmi, welcomed the decision.
“The developers have done a great deal of hard work to get this application right and make this happen,” he said.
“I am in full support of the scheme and look forward to the development taking place.”
The committee also granted Conservation Area Consent to allow the demolition of the warehouse to take place.
The decision will not be issued until a Section 106 legal agreement has been completed and that must be done within six months.
The legal agreement is there to ensure that if the predicted sales values increase Tendring District Council is able to reassess the developer’s financial contributions towards education, public open space and affordable housing.