The SPO introduced the Officers Report and
recommendation for approval subject to conditions. He advised of a
slight amendment to the wording of the proposal for the seasonal
car park to start operation from May, and not June as detailed.
The SPO took Members through aerial images of
the site, site plans including entrance and egress routes, flood
risk maps, and photographs of the area. He advised that the site
was estimated to provide 138 spaces as agreed with NCC Highways.
Whilst the site was located within a flood zone, Officers had
worked with the Environment Agency who were satisfied that there
would be no significant risk to life by consequence of the
The SPO reiterated the highways conditions
stipulated in the recommendation and assured Members that if they
were minded to grant permission, all conditions must be satisfied
before the applicant would be able to commence operation in
Rebecca Barringer –
- The Chairman expressed her
disappointment that the Local Member, who had called the item to
Committee, was absent and had failed to submit a written statement
in his absence. She reminded Members of the expectation to attend
or submit a written representation for applications they refer to
- Cllr R Kershaw commented that he was
familiar with the site located on a busy part of the coast and of
the challenges surrounding on street parking. He stated he was
surprised that this item had been called to Committee, as he
considered the proposal to be sensible, remedying an existing
problem, and it had the support of the local village. Cllr R
Kershaw proposed acceptance of the Officers recommendation for
approval subject to the outlined conditions.
- Cllr P Heinrich seconded the
proposal and stated that it was a desperately needed facility in
Walcott, in an acceptable location, well designed and well
- Cllr L Withington spoke in support
of the application, and acknowledged the community support it had
received. She recounted her experiences at Walcott helping eldering
relatives in and out the car during busy periods, and affirmed that
this was a much needed facility which would benefit the local
- Cllr V Holliday noted the positive
aspects of the proposal but considered that as the Council was
working towards being carbon-neutral, the number of car journeys to
the coast should be discouraged. Instead the Council should
consider operation of a park and ride facility into Walcott as the
long-term vision was for fewer car movements and not more.
- Cllr N Pearce noted that car parks
often sparked controversy, but agreed with Members that there was a
need for a carpark in Walcott.
- Cllr A Brown expressed his support
for the scheme which he considered to benefit the community, and
concurred with Members experiences of the chaos along that section
of road during the high season. He asked if Highways were
considering a review of parking restrictions on the road,
particularly opposite the proposed entry and exit points.
- Cllr G Mancini-Boyle asked if
electric charging points had been considered and noted the remote
location of the site may present challenges for such
- The Chairman stated that the only
sensible location for an electric charging point would be by the
post office shop, and that as the proposed site was an open field
which would only operate during the summer months, it was not an
appropriate location for charging points.
UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED by 11
Application PF/22/0738 be APPROVED subject to conditions outlined
in the Officers report, and an amendment to the start date from
June to May, and any others considered necessary by the Assist
Director for Planning. Final wording of conditions to be delegated
to the Assistant Director for Planning.