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

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.

We all await the final outcome of this process. However this is just one of many applications that the society comments on or objects to on an ongoing basis.

A 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.

30th April 2022

Planning Applications commented on or opposed .


220404 signage Head Street for new “ Milksha” bar. Comment

220451 an infill house build at 31 Victoria Road   already refused !

220578 a retrospective application for building works at 55 Harwich Road . This is a Locally Listed building previously known as Mount House.  You may have observed the new porch on the frontage !     Refused.

220738  15 Park Road . to build a detached double garage in front of the house line .

220779 Falkland and Norfolk House ,Southway /Crouch Street . An extra floor of 22 HMO studio bedroom units .

220865  115 Butt Road for a new massive advertising board by Wilco tyre/shop .

2201739 Ken Cooke Court fencing

220962 The Centurion pub North Hill , New Signage.

Decisions on previous applications

212550 Lion Walk solar brick lights ….withdrawn

212198 79 Magdalen Street refused new build flatlets scheme and conversion

213003 The Little Glebe ,Spring Lane scheme for conversion of cottage and erect 2 new houses.   Refused

213276 Scarletts bungalow site Refused new scheme of new build and conversion

220212 Maldon Road chapel . Creation of parking spaces on frontage Refused.

212680   81 Halstead Road  6 new flats build scheme Refused.