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Apologies for absence/substitutions
An apology of absence was received from Councillor Jessica Fleming.
Councillor Derrick Haley substituted for Councillor Jessica Fleming.
To receive any declarations of pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest by Members
Councillor Jane Storey and Councillor Roy Barker declared a non-pecuniary interest in application DC/17/03582 as they knew the applicant.
Declarations of lobbying
Councillor Kathie Guthrie and Councillor Michael Burke declared that they had been lobbied on applications DC/17/04036, DC17/04037, DC/17/05702 and DC/17/05703.
Declarations of personal site visits
It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 28 March were confirmed and signed as a true record subject to a correction of the attendance to show that the Planning Lawyer present was Jo Hooley not Ian De-Prez.
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 Applications
53.1 The items of business were taken in the order as follows as set out by the Chair at the beginning of the meeting:
53.2 For applications DC/17/04036, DC/17/04037, DC/17/05702 and DC/17/05703, Vice-Chair Councillor Roy Barker took the Chair.
53.3 The Chair explained for the Cherry Tree Inn, Debenham (DC/17/04036, DC/17/04037, DC/17/05702 and, DC/17/05703) would be heard and decided upon separately and as such would have separate public speaking, debate and votes.
53.4 Item 3
Proposal Full Planning Application- Change of use from class A3/A4 public house to 3 no. dwellinghouses (one of which to include ancillary annexe wing) and associated alterations.
Site Location DEBENHAM- Cherry Tree Inn, 1 Cherry Tree Lane, Debenham, IP14 6QT
Applicant Hollins Architects and Surveyors
53.5 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee elaborating on the late papers that had been placed before Members and concluded by outlining the Officer recommendation.
53.6 The Case Officer responded to Members’ questions on issues including: previous applications on the site.
53.7 Members considered the representations from the Parish Council, Objector, Applicant and Ward Member.
53.8 The Case Officer clarified, after comments from the Public Speakers, that the Cherry Tree Inn was not listed as an Asset of Community Value.
53.9 Public speakers responded to Members questions on issues including: the marketing of the Inn, the information contained within the late papers, and the current refurbishments to the Inn.
53.10 Members debated the application on issues including: the planning history of the Inn and previous decisions on the site, and the viability report.
53.11 The Planning Lawyer and Area Planning Manager clarified the basis for any decision the Committee would make and the policy context surrounding the application specifically regarding Public Houses.
53.12 Councillor Barry Humphreys MBE proposed that the application be refused on the following grounds:
Notwithstanding the period of marketing and information submitted it is considered that the use as a public house has the potential to be a valued local facility which would be able to meet the day to day and future needs of the community including future housing growth in the locality. The local planning authority do not consider that reasonable efforts have been taken to continue a viable business as a public house. On that basis the proposed ... view the full minutes text for item 53.