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DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
Members to declare any interests as appropriate in respect of items to be considered at this meeting.
122.1 There were no declarations of interests.
122.2 Members were reminded that, as the Committee had previously heard one of the planning applications before, they should approach the applications with an open mind.
123.1 It was RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 March 2020, be confirmed as a true record.
123.2 It was noted that the Minutes would be signed at the next practicable opportunity.
TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF PETITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COUNCIL'S PETITION SCHEME
124.1 None received.
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.
125.1 None requested.
An Addendum to Paper PL/19/29 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.
126.1 Prior to the commencement of the meeting, the Chair paid respects to former Babergh Councillor Nick Ridley who had recently passed away. Nick had served as a Babergh Councillor for 16 years from 2003 to 2019.
126.2 The Chair welcomed everyone to the virtual meeting, outlined the procedure and etiquette to be followed and introduced the officers present.
126.3 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/19/29, 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/19/29 be made as follows:-
127.1 Item 6A
Application: DC/18/02010 & DC/18/02412 (duplicate applications)
Proposal: Full Application – Residential development of 49 dwellings with new vehicular access from Bramford Road (B1113), associated parking, landscaping and open space.
Site Location: SPROUGHTON – Land on the East side of Bramford Road (known as Loraine Way).
Applicant: Hopkins Homes
127.2 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee, outlining the proposal before Members, the previous decision taken by the Committee in April 2019, the layout of the site, the contents of the tabled papers, and the officer recommendation of approval.
127.3 The Case officer responded to Members’ questions on issues including: traffic impact, health provision, footpath and floodplain.
127.4 Members considered the representation from Helen Davies of Sproughton Parish Council who spoke against the application.
127.5 The Parish Council representative responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the progress of the Sproughton Neighbourhood Plan and consultation with Suffolk County Highways.
127.6 Members considered representations from Martyn Levett and Rhona Jermyn who spoke as Objectors.
127.7 The Objectors responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the proposed footpath and the Housing Needs Survey.
127.8 Members considered representations from Paul Sutton and Chris Smith who spoke as the Agent and Applicant.
127.9 The Agent and Applicant responded to Members’ questions on issues including: impact on Heritage assets, renewable energy, build standard, footprint and outside space in respect of the proposed Affordable Housing and adoption of the roads.
127.10 Members considered the representation from County Council Division Member, Councillor Christopher Hudson.
127.11 Members considered the representation from Ward Member, Councillor Ric Hardacre and confirmed that they had all received and read the statement from Ward Member, Councillor Zac Norman.
127.12 Members debated the application on issues including: Heritage impact, impact on healthcare services, increased traffic, floodplain, maintenance of open spaces and roads and the cumulative impact of the development.
127.13 Councillor Sue Ayres proposed that duplicate application DC/18/02010 be approved as detailed in the officer recommendation. Councillor Adrian Osborne seconded the Motion.
127.14 The vote was taken by roll call and by 4 votes to 7 the Motion was lost.
127.15 Councillor David Busby proposed that duplicate application DC/18/02010 be refused for the reasons as detailed below:
· The circumstances of the application and the proposed development are not exceptional and are without a proven justifiable need, contrary to policies CS2 and CS11.
· The proposed development is considered to lead to a medium level of less than substantial harm to the settings of the Grade II listed buildings of Sproughton Hall, Root Barn and Tithe Barn and the Grade II* listed All Saints Church in Sproughton, and is not considered to respect the features that contribute positively to the setting and significance of these listed buildings, conflicting with Babergh Local Plan (2006) policy CN06, not respecting these heritage assets, the heritage characteristics of the village or historic views of heritage assets contrary to Babergh Core Strategy and Policies (2014) policies CS11 and CS15. Further to this, the public benefits of the ... view the full minutes text for item 127.