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Apologies again for not having posted these weekly recently, but here are the latest applications:

131379: New fire exit and internal works, High Street.
131380: Listed building consent for 131379.
131385: Demolition of existing building, construction of three new houses, Williams Walk.
131386: Conservation area consent for 131385.
131542: Change of use from hairdressing salon to flats, Bank Passage.
131560: Advertisement consent for new sign and banners, Mercury Theatre.
131572: Removal and replacement of boundary wall, Nunns Road.
131573: Conservation area consent for 131572.
131581: Removal and replacement of sign, Long Wyre Street.
131607: Advertisement consent for signage, Trinity Square.
131608: Signage and poster frames, Sheepen Road.
131637: Variation of conditon regarding usage times, Sir Isaac’s Walk.

You can make a statement in favour or against any of these applications on the Council website, or if you want to discuss it further with one of your councillors then please contact me or my ward colleagues Bill Frame and Jo Hayes.

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Fracking

I’ve had a number of residents contact me recently regarding fracking, and whether there’ll be any taking place in the Colchester area. Having looked into the issue, it looks very unlikely that there’ll be any taking place in East Anglia, as the geology of this area means it’s very unlikely to contain any shale gas – or, at least, any significant amounts that would be economically viable to explore for and extract.

However, if someone decided they wanted to try, they’d have to first get themselves approved by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to explore and extract gas. A license to do so in this area would then have to be granted by Essex County Council who are responsible for minerals extraction – this normally involves quarrying in this area, but would include other mining operations if someone wanted to try them – and finally, Colchester Borough Council would have to grant planning permission for any surface works involved in the operation. So, even if there were deposits here that might be accessible by fracking, there’d be plenty of opportunities for the public to have their say before anything began.

As for the principle of fracking itself, I’m still waiting to see something conclusive from the evidence. As I understand it, burning gas for power produces fewer greenhouse gases than burning coal or oil for the equivalent amount of power, but the supposed cost benefits of shale gas are not likely to be that great – from what I’ve read, gas prices dropped in the US after shale gas production started because it’s mostly separate from the global gas market, so a surge in production there affected the domestic price. However, the UK and Europe are an integral part of that market, so increases in production won’t have as big an effect on the overall market price. There’s also the question of what effect such production has on the local environment.

However, beyond those considerations, there’s the global effect of continuing to extract carbon-based fuels from the ground and release that carbon into the atmosphere. This article provides a good overview of how we’re heading for a massive overshoot of carbon targets, and even if gas does release less carbon than oil or coal, if the oil and coal it displaces in the short term is still burnt, then it all goes into the atmosphere in the long run. For me, it seems that fracking is a minor distraction in the wider vision of how we reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we release before it’s far too late.

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Apologies for this being a bit later than usual.

131424: Change of use from restaurant to bar/cafe and hot food takeaway, Red Lion Yard.
131508: Replacement of windows, Colchester Sixth Form College.
131524: Advertisement consent for facia signage, Culver Square.
131544: Erection of brick built shed, Lexden Road.

You can make a statement in favour or against any of these applications on the Council website, or if you want to discuss it further with one of your councillors then please contact me or my ward colleagues Bill Frame and Jo Hayes.

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Just three applications this week after a recent rush of them.

131451: Single storey side extension, Guildford Road.
131480: Construction of lift and external walkway, Colchester Central Library.
131497: Double doors from bedroom to balcony, Lexden Road.

You can make a statement in favour or against any of these applications on the Council website, or if you want to discuss it further with one of your councillors then please contact me or my ward colleagues Bill Frame and Jo Hayes.

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131391: Demolition of existing extension and construction of side and rear extension, Rosebery Avenue.
131400: Variation of opening hours condition, High Street.
131407: Alterations as part of change of use from office to restaurant, North Hill.
131408: Listed building consent for 131407.
131433: Demolition of modern extension, and creation of new one, Tymperleys, Trinity Street.
131434: Listed building consent for 131433.

You can make a statement in favour or against any of these applications on the Council website, or if you want to discuss it further with one of your councillors then please contact me or my ward colleagues Bill Frame and Jo Hayes.

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A number of applications this week, including a late flurry of Friday afternoon ones, hence this post being later than usual.

131004: Shop front alterations, High Street.
131103: Variation of conditions on application 112221, West Stockwell Street.
131105: Revised listed building consent for 131103.
131271: Two story rear extension, Cowdray Avenue.
131316: Variation of condition regarding driveway surfacing, Cowdray Avenue.
131318: Listed building consent for window replacement, The Mill Apartments, East Street.
131325: Change of use from temporary bus station to playing fields, Queen Street.
131346: Advertisement consent for new signage, Sheepen Road.
131392: Change of use from offices and storage to include part retail, Mason Road.

You can make a statement in favour or against any of these applications on the Council website, or if you want to discuss it further with one of your councillors then please contact me or my ward colleagues Bill Frame and Jo Hayes.

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130939: Demolition of existing building and erection of new residential properties, Priory Street.
131224: Advertisement consent for new signage, Culver Square.
131258: Listed building consent for external refurbishment, East Hill.

You can make a statement in favour or against any of these applications on the Council website, or if you want to discuss it further with one of your councillors then please contact me or my ward colleagues Bill Frame and Jo Hayes.

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Just two listed building consents this week:

131208: Listed building consent for replacement window, East Hill.
131263: Listed building consent for replacement signage, High Street.

You can make a statement in favour or against any of these applications on the Council website, or if you want to discuss it further with one of your councillors then please contact me or my ward colleagues Bill Frame and Jo Hayes.

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Just a short post to let people know that Colchester Liberal Democrats now have our own page on Facebook, which should have plenty of updates and discussion from our council group. If you want to like it and get updates from us, then click here and don’t forget there are also pages for Sir Bob Russell and a certain Cllr Nick Barlow.

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131028: Listed building consent for roof windows, East Hill.
131029: Consent for existing roof lights, East Hill.
131128: New canopies to the north to link buildings, St Helena School, Sheepen Road.
131203: Conversion of upper floors to flats and various alterations, High Street.
131205: Listed building application for 131203.
131213: Advertisement consent for signage, High Street.

You can make a statement in favour or against any of these applications on the Council website, or if you want to discuss it further with one of your councillors then please contact me or my ward colleagues Bill Frame and Jo Hayes. I’m no longer a member of the Planning Committee, so I am now free to comment on applications.

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