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Apologies for absence/substitutions
An Apology of Absence was received from Councillor Jessica Fleming.
To receive any declarations of pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest by Members
Councillor Jane Storey declared a non-pecuniary interest in application 0210/17 as the County Councillor for the area.
Councillor Roy Barker declared a non-pecuniary interest in applications 04113/17, 0210/17 and 02755/17 as he knew the landowners.
Declarations of lobbying
It was noted that Members of the Committee had been lobbied on application 02755/17.
Declarations of personal site visits
The minutes of the meeting held on 9 August 2017 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
To receive notification of petitions in accordance with the Council's Petition Scheme
Note: The Chairman may change the listed order of items to accommodate visiting Ward Members and members of the public
In accordance with the Council’s procedure for public speaking on planning applications a representation was made as detailed below:
Schedule of Planning Applications
The items of business were taken in the order as follows as set out by the Chairman at the beginning of the meeting.
Proposal Outline Planning Application for the erection of 98 dwellings (including 34 affordable homes), provision of a junior football pitch, areas of public open space and off site highway improvements.
Site Location HAUGHLEY – Land East of King George’s Field, Green Road, Haughley, IP14 3RA
Applicant Ruby Homes (East Anglia) Ltd
The Chair informed the Committee that further information had been received after the publication of the agenda of an Education land allocation in the 1998 Local Plan which effects part of the site and proposed that the application be deferred for further investigation of this issue. Councillor Michael Burke seconded the motion.
By a unanimous vote
Decision – Deferred to consider policy designation for school.
Proposal Erection of 143 dwellings and 15 Class B1 units
Site Location STOWMARKET – Phases 3A and 3C Cedars Park, Land South of Gun Cotton Way, Stowmarket, IP14 5EP
Applicant Lansbury Developments Ltd
For Application 4555/16 only, Vice-Chairman Roy Barker took the Chair.
The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee noting that the application had been previously deferred from the meeting on Wednesday 9 August 2017 to seek further information on amenity issues, specifically regarding potential odour issues from the adjacent sewage works.
The Case Officer updated Members that an odour assessment had been carried out as detailed in the papers, that further remodelling had taken place for the proposed business units on site 3A. In addition to this further information had been provided about complaints to Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC) and The Environment Agency regarding the odour, but did not receive any complaints information from Anglian Water.
The Case Officer responded to Members’ questions that the odour assessment provided a worst-case scenario and not constant levels of odour. She confirmed that the layout of the site placed the industrial units within the strongest concentrations of OU’s (Odour Units) and that complaints to MSDC had been resolved.
Councillor Barry Humphreys MBE, Ward Member, said that the land needed to be delivered, but said that even half an hour a day of the smell was not right. He said that recent complaints had outlined that the odour was unacceptable. The Ward Member cited the response on pages 103 and 104 of the agenda from Anglian Water that although agreeing with the methodology that they did not find the area suitable for residential development.
At this point Councillor Barry Humphreys MBE left the meeting.
Conal Kearney, The Agent, said that the odour assessment provided a robust assessment ... view the full minutes text for item 24.