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DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
Members to declare any interests as appropriate in respect of items to be considered at this meeting.
All Members declared a local non-pecuniary interest in application DC/18/04812 as the applicant was Babergh District Council. The Planning Lawyer present advised Members that this did not prohibit or preclude Members from making a decision on the application.
PL/18/18 TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 28 NOVEMBER 2018
It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting from 28 November 2018 were confirmed and signed as a true record.
PL/18/21 TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 12 DECEMBER 2018
The Chair and the Area Planning Manager advised Members that the minutes were to be deferred as they had to be reviewed by the Council’s Barrister as a Pre-Action Protocol letter had been received regarding application DC/17/04049.
It was resolved that the confirmation of the minutes of the meeting from 12 December 2018 were deferred to the next meeting.
TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF PETITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COUNCIL'S PETITION SCHEME
In addition to any site inspections which the Committee may consider to be necessary, the Acting Chief Planning Officer will report on any other applications which require site inspections.
The provisional date for any site inspections is Wednesday 30 January 2019.
An Addendum to Paper PL/18/22 will be circulated to Members prior to the commencement of the meeting summarising additional correspondence received since the publication of the agenda but before 12 noon on the working day before the meeting, together with any errata.
In accordance with the Council’s arrangements for Public Speaking at Planning Committee, representations were made as detailed below relating to the items in Paper PL/18/22 and the speakers responded to questions put to them as provided for under those arrangements.
It was RESOLVED
That subject to the imposition of conditions or reasons for refusal (whether additional or otherwise) in accordance with delegated powers under Council Minute No. 48(a) (dated 19 October 2004) decisions on the items referred to in Paper PL/18/22 be made as follows:-
86.1 Item 1
Proposal Demolition of existing building and erection of 21 affordable flats (use class C3) and associated works.
Site Location HADLEIGH- Former Angel Court Care Home, Angel Street, Hadleigh, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 5HA
Applicant Babergh District Council
86.2 The Area Planning Manager clarified that the application before Members was a standalone application, in the same respect that the Former Babergh HQ was at Corks Lane.
86.3 Members requested that when the application for the Former Babergh HQ at Corks Lane did come before the Committee that further evidence, as practicable as possible, be provided on the Viability statement.
86.4 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee outlining the proposed development, the layout of the site, that the entirety of the dwellings would be Affordable Housing, and that the Officer Recommendation was for approval with conditions.
86.5 Members considered the representation from the Objector, Mike Turley.
86.6 The Objector responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the residence of the Objector in relation to the development, that he, and other residents would prefer a taller and more solid boundary to protect their residential amenity.
86.7 The Case Officer clarified that the fence was outside the red line plan of the application but that the recommendation was to delegate the boundary treatment design to Officers to be agreed.
86.8 Members considered the representation from the Agent, Nicol Perryman.
86.9 A short comfort break was taken between 10:06- 10:12.
86.10 Members considered the representation from the Ward Member, Councillor Sian Dawson.
86.11 The Ward Member responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the design of the building and the possibility of a wall and boundary landscaping adjoining the properties with Meadows Way.
86.12 The Case Officer advised Members that there were a number of existing trees on the frontage of the site that would be retained but that some would be removed and new planting was proposed in the landscaping scheme.
86.13 Members debated the application on the issues including: the boundary treatment on the site and the possibility of a wall being built, the parking provision on the site being in accordance with the Suffolk Design Guide, and that the entirety of the site was Affordable Housing.
86.14 Councillor Alan Ferguson Proposed that the application be approved as detailed in the Officer Recommendation with the additional conditions of delegated authority being given to Officers to seek additional landscaping and that if a wall could not be built that the application be returned to the Committee for determination.
86.15 The proposal was seconded by Councillor Stephen Plumb.
86.16 Members continued to debate the application on the issues including: that the condition of a wall could delay the proposal going forward and the maintenance of the site would be undertaken by a management company.
86.17 The Case Officer responded to Members’ questions that of the trees on the site, the trees on frontage of the site were to be retained, others on the site would be removed, and ... view the full minutes text for item 86.