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APOLOGIES AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Apologies of absence were received from Councillor Lee Parker.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
Members to declare any interests as appropriate in respect of items to be considered at this meeting.
There were no declarations of interest declared.
PL/19/32 TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 3 JUNE 2020
The Governance Officer advised Members that the minutes from the meeting on 03 June 2020 were not ready for confirmation.
Further to this the Governance Officer advised that they would be reported to the next Planning Committee meeting.
TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF PETITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COUNCIL'S PETITION SCHEME
The Governance Officer advised Members that a petition had been received regarding planning application DC/20/00330.
The petition had been signed by 96 valid signatories supporting the following statement:
“We the undersigned petition the planning committee at Babergh District Council to reject to Catesbury Estates application DC/20/00330 to build new homes on Land to the East of Sand Hill, Boxford”.
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.
An Addendum to Paper PL/19/33 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.
The Chair welcomed everyone to the virtual meeting, outlined the procedure and etiquette to be followed and introduced the officers present.
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/19/33 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/19/33 be made as follows:-
Proposal: Outline Planning Application (Access to be considered all other matters reserved) - Erection of up to 64no. dwellings and provision of land for a community building (Use Class D1)
Site Location: BOXFORD - Land to the East of Sand Hill
Applicant: Catesby Development Land Limited
The case officer presented the application to the Committee, outlining the proposal before Members, the previous decision taken by the Committee in October 2019, the layout of the site, the content of the tabled papers, and the officer recommendation of approval.
The case officer responded to Members’ questions on issues including: Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) contributions, sustainability measures proposed in the planning application and the proposed community building.
Members considered the representation from Roger Loose of Boxford Parish Council who spoke against the application.
The Parish Council representative responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the need for a community building in the village, whether this site had been identified as a site in the proposed neighbourhood plan, and transport issues within the village including the bus service.
Members considered the representation from Andrew Good who spoke as an Objector.
The Case Officer provided clarification regarding the Planning Policy Officers Report, in particular accessibility to the site.
Members considered the representation from Ed Barrett who spoke as the applicant.
The applicant responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the consultation which took place with the village residents, the possible use of the community building, and the number of bungalows included in the application.
Members considered the representation from Ward Member, Councillor Bryn Hurren.
The Ward Member responded to Members’ questions on issues including: traffic impact, parking provision near to the primary school, primary school applications and the health provision in the area.
The case officer advised Members regarding the ownership of the proposed soakaway area of the application.
The case officer then provided clarification to Members regarding the differences between the Swan Street Appeal and this application.
Members debated the application on the issues including: traffic congestion, the allocation of school places within the village and transport to neighbouring schools, the Draft Joint Local Plan, the status of the Boxford Neighbourhood Plan and the weight given to these policies, the bus services in the area, and the use of the proposed D1 building.
Councillor Melanie Barrett proposed that the application be approved as detailed in the officer recommendation.
Councillor Peter Beer seconded the motion.
Councillor Melanie Barret requested a recorded vote.
Councillor Sue Ayres and Councillor Adrian Osborne supported the request for a recorded vote.
That authority be delegated to the Chief Planning Officer to grant outline planning permission subject to the prior completion of a Section 106 Legal Agreement on terms to their satisfaction to secure the following heads ... view the full minutes text for item 142.
A short comfort break was taken between 11:24 – 11:35 after the completion of DC/20/00330 but before the commencement of DC/19/04755.
Proposal Outline Planning Application (Access to be considered all other matters reserved) - Erection of up to 28no. dwellings (Plots 5, 6 and 7 of Reserved Matters Permission DC/19/02020 to be repositioned/amended)
Site Location COCKFIELD – Land to the rear of Plough and Fleece Inn, Great Green
Applicant The Sudbury Group Ltd
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 officer recommendation of approval.
Members considered the representation from Robin Morley of Cockfield Parish Council.
Members considered the representation from Mark Webster who spoke as an Objector.
Members considered the representation from the agent, Dave King.
The agent responded to Members questions on issues including: the possibility of any self build properties on the site.
Members considered the representations from the Ward Members, Councillor Clive Arthey and Councillor Margaret Maybury.
The Ward Members responded to Members’ questions on issues including: viability of the development site.
Members debated the application on the issues including: the collaborative approach between the developers and the Parish Council, the cumulative effect of the recent planning approvals, and Community Infrastructure Levy payments.
Councillor Peter Beer proposed that the application be approved as detailed in the officer recommendation with the additional condition as detailed below:
- Condition that a tree survey is carried out and compliance with the findings of the tree survey.
Councillor Melanie Barrett seconded the motion.
That the application is GRANTED outline planning permission and includes the following conditions:-
• Reserved Matters Application
• Reserved Matters Application Time Limit
• Approved documents
• Landscape Plan Time Limit
• Archaeological Conditions
• Highways Conditions
• Ecology Conditions
• Levels to be agreed - existing and proposed site wide, including FFL of the dwellings • Construction Management Plan
• Fire hydrant provision details
• Sustainable efficiency measures
• Mix of dwelling as per the accommodation schedule on the Indicative Layout Plan
• Layout to reflect the Indicative Layout Plan
• No bonfires
• Working Hour Restriction
• Removal of PD for new openings above ground floor level to the dwellings on the eastern and southern boundaries of the site
• Swift boxes installation scheme to be agreed
• Hedgehog fencing scheme to be agreed
• Rainwater harvesting to be agreed
• Electric Car Charging Points
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
This shall include
2 x 1bed 2p flats/bungalows @ 50sqm
6 x 2bed 2p houses @ 79sqm
1 x 3bed 5p house @ 93sqm
2 x 2bed 4p houses @ 79sqm
1 x 3bed 5p house @ 93sqm ... view the full minutes text for item 143.