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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE/SUBSTITUTIONS
TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF PECUNIARY OR NON-PECUNIARY INTEREST BY MEMBERS
Councillor Peter Gould declared a Local Non-Pecuniary Interest in application DC/21/02617 as the application was in his County Council Division.
Councillor Dave Muller declared a Local Non-Pecuniary Interest in application DC/21/04773 as he was the Vice Chair of the Planning Committee on Stowmarket Town Council.
DECLARATIONS OF LOBBYING
It was noted that all Members of the Committee had been lobbied on applications DC/21/02924 and DC/21/02617.
DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL SITE VISITS
Councillor Andrew Mellen declared a personal site visit for application DC/21/02924.
It was Resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on the 29 September 2021 were confirmed and signed 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:
70.1 Item 7A
Proposal Planning Application – Erection of 2 No detached dwellings, associated parking and landscaping.
Site Location FELSHAM – Land Rear of The Six Bells, Church Road, Felsham, Suffolk.
Applicant Cordage 13 Limited
70.2 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee outlining the proposal before Members, the layout of the site, the access to the site, the previous applications on the site including an application at appeal, and the officer recommendation of approval as detailed in the Committee Report.
70.3 The Case Officer responded to Members’ questions on issues including the responses from Suffolk County Council’s Highways Department on pages 55 and 65 of the report regarding where the edge of the carriageway was, that in previous iterations of the applications white lines had been proposed in the highway but had been removed due to local opposition, and that the previous Heritage issues on the site had been resolved.
70.4 The Case Officer responded to further questions from Members on issues including: the Ecology Report that had been received but that the delegation within the recommendation was still included so that conditions could be added as necessary, and that the details of external lighting had been conditioned.
70.5 Members considered the representation from Hayley Nunn, of Felsham Parish Council who spoke against the proposal.
70.6 The Parish Council representative responded to Members’ questions on issues including: that the pictures included in the Parish consultation response were from 2013/2014.
70.7 Members considered the representation from Nicolas Panayi who spoke as an Objector.
70.8 The Area Planning Manager advised Members and the Objector that if there were any issues with regards to the handling of the application then a formal complaint could be made to the Council or if there were any comments regarding previous decisions then these should be addressed to the Planning Inspectorate.
70.9 Members considered the representation from the Jeremy Heppel who spoke as the Agent.
70.10 The Agent responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the location of the plot and its relationship to Maple Cottage, that the dwellings would be heated by air source heat pumps, that the stable doors did open outwards but this had been taken into account as the pavement was not raised, and the proposed access to the site.
70.11 The Planning Lawyer confirmed to Members that Air Source Heat Pumps were classed as Permitted Development Rights.
70.12 Members considered the representation from the Ward Member, Councillor Penny Otton who spoke against the proposal.
70.13 The Ward Member responded to Members’ questions on issues including: that the land behind the Six Bells Pub was not Public Open Space, that deliveries were made to the Community Shop as and when required, and that they did not have a record of crashes in the immediate area.
70.14 The Area Planning Manager advised Members of the proposed location where bins would be collected from the site.
70.15 Members debated the application on the issues including: that there had been no ... view the full minutes text for item 70.
71.1 A short break was taken between 11:18-11:28 after the completion of DC/21/02924 but before the commencement of DC/21/02617.
71.2 Item 7B
Proposal Submission of Details (Reserved Matters) under Outline Planning Permission DC/19/02312 dated 03/11/2020 – Appearance, Landscaping, Layout and Scale for Erection of 49 dwellings and associated operations, vehicular and pedestrian access, provision of school car park, open space, infrastructure and landscaping.
Site Location LAXFIELD – Land on the South Side of, Framlingham Road, Laxfield, Suffolk
Applicant Hopkins & Moore (Developments) Limited
71.3 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee outlining the proposal before Members, the layout of the site, the contents of the tabled papers and the updated officer recommendation of approval as detailed in the papers and the slideshow presentation.
71.4 The Case Officer responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the chimneys on the houses, the landscaping and types of trees being planted, the provision for visitor parking on site, and the speed limits on Framlingham Road.
71.5 Councillor Julie Flatman read out a statement from the Laxfield Parish Council who had to leave the meeting prior to the item being heard.
71.6 Members considered the representation from the Applicant Chris Smith.
71.7 The Applicant responded to Members’ questions on issues including: that the Chimneys on the ends of the dwellings were functional but ones in the middle of roof sections were for aesthetic purposes only, and that the non-native species of plants could be changed if requested.
71.8 Members considered the representation from the Ward Member, Councillor Julie Flatman.
71.9 The Area Planning Manager Advised Members that the car park in the scheme was secured via a Section 106 Agreement, that there were proposed to be 2 electric car charging points, and that no drop off arrangement or crossing had been secured in the outline planning permission.
71.10 Members debated the application on the issues including: that the scheme was well designed, that the fake chimneys included on the dwellings were unnecessary, the layout of the site, and the proposed planting on the west portion of the site and how this could affect visibility crossing the road.
71.11 Councillor Dave Muller proposed that the application be approved as detailed in the updated officer recommendation with the additional conditions as detailed below:
- Notwithstanding plans submitted, all non-working chimneys to be removed.
71.12 Councillor Andrew Stringer seconded the motion.
71.13 Members raised concerns regarding the planting down the left hand side of the site and how this could impede visibility of pedestrians crossing Framlingham Road.
71.14 The Proposer and Seconder agreed that the following informative notes be added to the recommendation:
- Change to Local Fruit Trees when fruit trees as being used for landscaping scheme.
- Landscaping needs to take into account the corner of Framlingham Road visibility splays.
71.15 By a unanimous vote
That authority be delegated to the Chief Planning Officer to APPROVE RESERVED MATTERS subject to conditions as summarised below and those as may be deemed necessary ... view the full minutes text for item 71.
72.1 Item 7C
Proposal Planning Application. Remove the existing roof mounted gas -fired Air Handling Unit (AHU) heating system and install and ground-mounted electric-powered Air Source Heat Pump and AHU on a concrete base to the rear of the building.
Site Location STOWMARKET – Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Gainsborough Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1LH
Applicant Mr Simon Davison
72.2 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.
72.3 Members debated the importance of the noise impact assessment and sought clarity from the Area Planning Manager.
72.4 Councillor Dave Muller proposed that the application be approved as detailed in the officer recommendation. Councillor Peter Gould Seconded the motion.
72.5 By a unanimous vote
That authority be delegated to the Chief Planning Officer to GRANT FULL PLANNING PERMISSION.
(1) That the Chief Planning Officer be authorised to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions as summarised below and those as may be deemed necessary by the Chief Planning Officer:
• Standard time limit (3yrs for implementation of scheme).
• Approved plans (Plans submitted that form this application).
• Submission of a full noise impact assessment.
• Noise levels shall be maintained as approved.
• Construction hours.
(2) And the following informative notes as summarised and those as may be deemed necessary:
• Proactive working statement
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.
73.1 None requested.