Tiptree council decision on plan for former charity animal shop

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CONTROVERSIAL plans that could see a former charity shop demolished and apartments and a commercial unit built have been criticized.

A request has been submitted to demolish the former FACE Animal Charity Shop in Church Road, Tiptree.

According to the proposals, a new building would be constructed that would create seven apartments over three floors and a commercial unit on the ground floor.

Of the apartments, six would be two-bedroom apartments and one would be a three-bedroom apartment.

Tiptree Parish Council has now opposed the plans.

Colin Bigg, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said many questions had been raised.

He said: ‘The parking allocation is insufficient for the number of residents in the proposed development in an area which is currently served by poor public and a lack of cycle lanes.

“Available public car parks are privately owned and include 29 community spaces for Tiptree shoppers and visitors.

“The access road to the site is extremely narrow with restricted resident parking spaces, lack of turning radius and lack of facilities available for delivery vehicles.”

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Mr Bigg said concerns had also been raised about the proposed height of the building.

He added: “A 3.5 storey development will dominate the site and represents overdevelopment with a lack of amenity space.

“The tendency to raise the heights of such developments must be resisted to preserve the street scene.

‘The committee has also considered and accepted the points raised by Essex Motorways and Private Sector Housing.’

Mr Bigg added that the committee felt there would be too much light loss for nearby residents of Mynott Court.

Colchester Council are expected to have the final say on the plans this month.

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