Our Planning Work

The Society encourages the best modern architecture and is prepared to comment on planning matters at every level. We respond to consultations on planning issues, from specific sites to the more general Local Plan. We also support the conservation of our older buildings of merit – buildings that are of historical importance, add to a street scene, are architecturally pleasing or simply of sentimental value within the community. We often raise our concerns about the condition of such buildings.

A recent example of where the Society’s intervention yielded a positive result is shown here.


Bow window in Colchester High Street

The Bow window restored!

Planning Applications large and small

The society was actively involved in opposing the proposed Alumno Development alongside Firstsite and worked with Colchester Borough Council and OMCI (Greyfriars) in opposing this at the planning enquiry.This is just one of many applications that the society comments on or objects to on an ongoing basis.

A more recent example was the Society’s opposition to the proposal by Lion Walk Shopping Centre to paint a mural on vestry wall of Holy Trinity Church. The Society actively opposed this application for Historic Building Consent and helped to raise considerable opposition from ward councillors, historians, members of the society and other concerned residents of the town. The application was called in by  Castle Ward Councillor Mark Goacher and went to a full Planning Department hearing, at which John Burton (president of the Society) spoke on our behalf. Significantly the application was also opposed by the Conservation Officer and the Historic England Inspector in reports which largely mirrored the points in the Society’s objection (see link below). With such a weight of opposition it was no surprise that the application was refused.

Colchester Civic Society comments on or objects to planning applications both large and small.

Listed here are the results of the most recent applications to have been considered by the Colchester Planning Department, for which we offered comments or objections. This is followed by new applications which we commented on or objected to which have yet to be considered by Planning.

Planning Applications commented on or opposed

240982 28 Eld Lane 3 x flats to first floor. No bike storage, no waste management scheme . Comments.

240828  Red Lion Bookshop High Street . Mural to side wall on East Stockwell Street.   Comments

241006 Colchester Lodge Dental Practice ,20 Creffield Road. To remove garage and porch ,replace rear extension and new signage.   Object

Comments to Enforcement re advertising on the Centurion fencing in Balkerne Passage.

241069 6-8 St Botolph Street   4 metre high telecom mast on top of local listed premises. Object.

240960 Foundry Arms Object to replacement UPVC windows and cement render to original brickwork .

240921 22 Vint Crescent new front door and balcony door and windows.   Comment.

240925 Balkerne House 53-55 Crouch Street Grade II alterations already made by previous owner to be rectified . To create G.P consulting rooms . Comment especially with reference to alterations to side doorway and disabled ramp .

241164 184 Magdalen Street alterations to create loft room . Comment.

Decisions made since early May

240666 Wendy’s 19/20 High Street  Signage .   Refused

230672 9 North Hill Noodle Bar consent for takeaway and HMO flatlets above.

230671 9North Hill   HMO conversion to 5 person flatlets .   REFUSED

We objected to this a year ago and finally it has been resolved.

240702 Grn  floor front Midland House ,North Station Road ,conversion to 4 apartments . Refused.

240837  21=23 St Mary’s Fields . Demolition of 2 semi’s HMO’s and erection of 4 storey block for residential apartments.  Refused.  Mark Goacher call in.

240832 former B&Q ,Lightship Way . Signage .  Refused.

240960  Foundry Arms ,Artillery Street. UPVC windows and rendering of the brick exterior. If seen now the original pub exterior has disappeared completely .   Refused . This was a case brought by Enforcement.

240915 Land at 42 Smythies Avenue, Proposed one bed bungalow .  Refused.