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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE/SUBSTITUTIONS
TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF PECUNIARY OR NON-PECUNIARY INTEREST BY MEMBERS
Councillor Andrew Stringer declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of application number DC/20/01110 as a family member lives opposite the site.
Councillor James Caston declared a non-pecuniary interest as he had been present at a meeting with Bellway Homes regarding a different non-related application.
Councillor Barry Humphreys declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of application number DC/20/04723 as a member of Stowmarket Town Council Planning Committee.
Councillor Andrew Stringer and Councillor Andrew Mellen declared non-pecuniary interests as they were present at a meeting with Bellway Homes regarding another non-related application.
DECLARATIONS OF LOBBYING
Councillor Guthrie, Councillor Caston, Councillor Humphreys, Councillor Gould, Councillor Norris and Councillor Warboys declared they had been lobbied on application numbers DC/19/05956 and DC/20/01110.
Councillor Mellen declared he had been lobbied on application numbers DC/19/05956, DC/20/01110 and DC/20/04723.
DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL SITE VISITS
Councillor Humphreys declared a personal site visit in respect of application number DC/20/01110.
It was Resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 3 February 2021 were confirmed as a true 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, representations were made as detailed below:
63.1 Item 7a
Proposal Outline planning application (all matters reserved) – Erection of up to 18 no. dwellings and associated new roads, infrastructure and open space.
Site Location FRESSINGFIELD – Land off, Post Mill Lane, Fressingfield
Applicant C.E.Davidson Ltd
63.2 The Strategic Projects and Delivery Manager presented the application to the committee which had been deferred by the committee on 25 November 2020 to enable Officers to take legal advice in respect of the approach to decision making. The Officer advised Members that the opinion received from Counsel were included with the Committee papers. The Officer then advised Members that an appeal had been lodged on the grounds of non-determination of the application, however confirmation had not yet been received confirming whether the appeal was valid or if a start date had been set.
63.3 The Strategic Projects and Delivery Manager outlined the proposal before Members, the layout and location of the site, the amendments made to the proposal since the application had been presented to Committee, the various policies applicable and the services in the area.
63.4 The Chief Planning Officer advised Members that the Council had sought Counsel’s advice regarding the application, on Neighbourhood Plan Policies and the relationship with the NPPF.
63.5 Members considered the representation from Diana Warne of Fressingfield Parish Council who spoke against the application.
63.6 Members considered the representation from John Castro who spoke as an objector.
63.7 Members considered the representation from Charlie Davidson who spoke as the applicant.
63.8 The Strategic Projects and Delivery Manager and the Chief Planning Officer responded to questions from Members regarding the review process for the Neighbourhood Plan.
63.9 Members considered the representation from the Ward Member, Councillor Lavinia Hadingham who spoke against the application.
63.10 Members debated the application on issues including waste and sewage systems, the removal of the bus service, the further evidence before Members, the sustainability of the location and the Neighbourhood Plan,
63.11 Councillor Gould proposed that the application be refused as detailed in the officer recommendation.
63.12 Councillor Mellen seconded the motion.
63.13 By a unanimous vote
It was RESOLVED:
1) That Members resolve to: refuse planning permission, or in the event that the appeal has begun agree putative reasons for refusal, for the following reasons:
i. The Fressingfield Neighbourhood Development Plan (“FNDP”) provides a comprehensive strategy for growth which positively plans for development to meet its identified needs. The FNDP is recently made and in relation to new housing identifies where sustainable housing development should, and should not, go.
The proposed development of up to 18 no. dwellings, outside of the settlement boundary in the countryside and without a justifiable need, fails to accord with policy FRES1 of the FNDP. It fails to accord with policies CS1, CS2, and H7, and in turn policy FC1.1.
Straightforwardly, the proposed development is inimical to the spatial strategy of an up to date development plan. It conflicts with the development plan as a whole, for this reason alone. It does ... view the full minutes text for item 63.
64.1 A short comfort break was taken between 11:05-11:15 after the completion of DC/19/05956 but before the commencement of DC/20/01110.
64.2 Item 7B
Proposal Outline Planning Application (access to be considered) for the erection of up to 146no dwellings including vehicular and pedestrian accesses, public open space, landscaping, associated highways, drainage and utilities infrastructure.
Site Location ONEHOUSE – Land To The South Off, Union Road, Onehouse, Suffolk
Applicant Endurance Estates Land Promotion Limited and Mr Paul
64.3 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee outlining the application before Members, the layout and location of the site, the reason for the application being deferred by the Committee at the meeting on 6 January 2020, the amendments made to the application and the officer recommendation of approval.
64.4 The Case Officer responded to questions from Members on issues including: the location of the hedgerows to be removed.
64.5 Members considered the representation from Nicky Wilshere who spoke on behalf of Onehouse Parish Council.
64.6 Members considered the representation from Glenis Balaam who spoke as an objector.
64.7 The Case Officer provided confirmation to Members that the current investigation into seeping of site water in the area did not apply to this site.
64.8 Members considered the representation from Robert Barber who spoke as the Agent.
64.9 The Agent responded to questions from Members on issues including the proposed layout of properties on the site.
64.10 Members considered the representation from Councillor Matthissen who spoke as a Ward Member.
64.11 Members debated the application on issues including the Joint Local Plan.
64.12 The Area Planning Manager and Planning Lawyer advised Members on the status of the Local Plan following Appeal outcomes.
64.13 Members continued to debate the application on issues including sustainability, local transport services, potential flooding of the development, landscaping and preservation of the hedgerows, and housing allocation numbers in the area.
64.14 The Area Planning Manager advised Members on the application before them being about the principle of development, that a new bus service was due to be introduced into the area through the Chilton Leys development, the response from the lead flood authority and the Affordable Housing provision.
64.15 Members continued to debate the application on issues including: sustainability, housing allocation numbers, the potential flood risk,
64.16 Councillor Caston proposed that the application be approved as detailed in the officer recommendation with the additional conditions as follows:
- A scheme of advanced planting shall be agreed
- The development shall accord to the Landscape Context Plan.
64.17 Councillor Humphreys seconded the motion.
64.18 By 4 votes to 4
64.19 The Chair used their casting vote in favour of the proposal. The motion was thus carried.
It was RESOLVED:
That authority be delegated to the Chief Planning Officer to grant outline planning permission:
(1) Subject to the prior agreement of a Section 106 Planning Obligation on appropriate terms to the satisfaction of the Chief Planning Officer to secure:
• Affordable housing - Minimum of 21% on-site affordable ... view the full minutes text for item 64.
65.1 A lunch break was taken between 13:05-13:30 after the completion of DC/20/01110 but before the commencement of DC/20/04723.
65.2 Item 7C
Proposal Full Planning Application- Residential Development of No141 dwellings (49 affordable dwellings) with associated access, landscaping amenity space and parking.
Site Location STOWMARKET- Site 3C and 3D Land South of, Gun Cotton Way, Stowmarket, Suffolk
Applicant Bellway Homes Ltd (Eastern Counties)
65.3 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee outlining the proposal before Members, the layout of the site, and the officer recommendation of approval as detailed in the Committee Report.
65.4 The Case Officer responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the links into the existing cycle path network.
65.5 Members considered the representation from Laura Dudley-Smith who spoke as the Agent.
65.6 The Agent responded to Members questions on issues including: the number of triple parking spaces on site, whether the dwellings were NDSS compliant, Electric Charging Points on site, the proposed heating method for the dwellings, the open space provision on site and in the immediate area.
65.7 Members considered the representation from Councillor Dave Muller, Ward Member, who spoke against the application.
65.8 The Ward Member responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the pond to the south of site 3C, and the lack of play area equipment on the site.
65.9 Members considered the representation from Councillor Terence Carter, Ward Member, who spoke against the application.
65.10 Members debated the application on the issues including; the proposed dwellings on site and their size, the lack of a play area on the site, the density of the proposal, the proximity to the Town and the railway station, road crossings in the area, and that the proposed dwellings would have gas boilers.
65.11 Councillor Kathie Guthrie proposed that the application be deferred for the reasons as follows:
- To allow officers to explore potential provision of a LEAP in accord with policy RT4.
65.12 Councillor Mike Norris seconded the proposal.
65.13 By a unanimous vote.
That application DC/20/04723 be deferred for the following reason:
- To allow officers to explore potential provision of a LEAP in accord with policy RT4.
Note: Should a site inspection be required for any of the applications this will be decided at the meeting.
Would Members please retain the relevant papers for use at that meeting.