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SUBSTITUTES AND APOLOGIES
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DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
Members to declare any interests as appropriate in respect of items to be considered at this meeting.
It was Resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 18 November 2020 were confirmed as a true record. The Minutes would be signed at the next practicable opportunity.
It was Resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 16 December 2020 were confirmed as a true record. The Minutes would be signed at the next practicable opportunity.
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.
Councillor Leigh Jamieson requested a site visit in respect of application number DC/20/03116. The Planning Lawyer and the Principal Planning Officer advised that as the application was on the agenda for this meeting, the application should be presented to Members and should Members decide a site inspection was required a proposal could be made at the appropriate time.
An Addendum to Paper PL/20/10 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/20/8 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/20/8 be made as follows:-
38.1 Item 7A
Proposal Reserved matters application for Phase 1 (Infrastructure) (matters relating to layout, scale, appearance and landscaping) for the installation of site wide infrastructure, including spine road, sustainable drainage scheme and associated services, infrastructure, landscaping and ecological enhancements details pursuant to Outline Planning Permission ref. B/15/01718,dated 29th March 2018 (Outline application (with all matters reserved except for access) - Erection of up to 1,150 dwellings (Use Class C3); 15ha of employment development (to include B1, B2 and B8 uses, a hotel (C1), a household waste recycling centre (sui generis) and a district heating network energy centre); village centre (comprising up to 1,000m2 Gross Floor Area (GFA) of retail floor space (A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5), village hall (D2), workspace (B1a), residential dwellings (C3), primary school (D1), pre-school (D1) and car parking); creation of new vehicular access points and associated works; sustainable transport links; community woodland; open space (including children's play areas); sustainable drainage (SuDS); sports pavilion (D2) and playing fields; allotments; and associated ancillary works.)
Site Location SUDBURY – Chilton Woods Mixed Use Development, Land North or Woodhall Business Park, Sudbury, Suffolk
Applicant Taylor Wimpey (East London) Limited
38.2 The case officer presented the application to the Committee outlining the proposal before Members, the layout and location of the site, the aspects being considered under this reserved matters application and the officer recommendation of approval.
38.3 The Strategic Projects and Delivery Manager provided Members with clarification of the application before Members.
38.4 Councillor Barrett declared a local non-pecuniary interest and as owner of a business located at the Southern boundary of the application. The Planning Lawyer confirmed that this was a non-pecuniary interest.
38.5 The Case Officer, the Strategic Projects and Delivery Manager and Senior Development Management Engineer responded to questions from Members on issues including: the proposed heating systems to be used in the units on site, access to the site and road layouts.
38.6 The Governance Officer advised Members that as this was an application that crossed parish and ward boundaries and that representations would be heard from various speakers as well as the order and length of time for each speaker.
38.7 Members considered the representation from Nicholas Anthill who spoke on behalf of Acton Parish Council.
38.8 The Parish Council representative responded to questions from Members on issues including: the request made to Babergh District Council Officers to meet with the Parish Council.
38.9 The Strategic Projects and Delivery Manager responded to the comments by the Parish Council representative regarding meetings with Officers.
38.10 Members considered the representation from Lady Valerie Hart of Chilton who spoke on behalf of Chilton Parish Council.
38.11 Members considered the representation from Councillor Linda Rushton who spoke on behalf of Great Waldingfield Parish Council.
38.12 The Parish Council representative responded to questions from Members requesting clarification of whether the Parish Council supports or objects to the application.
38.13 Members considered the representations from Ralph Carpenter and Keith Nuttall who spoke as objectors.
38.14 The objector ... view the full minutes text for item 38.
39.1 Item 7B
Proposal Planning Application – Erection of 6 dwellings, partial demolition and conversion of New Hall to 1 dwelling including the change of use to commercial design studio/gallery (following demolition of the existing buildings with the exception of the façade of Victoria Hall fronting Prince Street)
Site Location SUDBURY – Victoria Hall/Conservative Club/New Hall, 39 and 41 Prince Street, Sudbury, CO10 1HZ
Applicant Rogerson Holdings Limited
39.1 The Area Planning Manager presented the application to the Committee outlining the proposal before Members, the layout and location of the site, the amendments to the proposal following the previous presentation to the Committee, and the officer recommendation of refusal.
39.2 The Area Planning Manager responded to questions from Members on issues including the responses from consultees, and the update to the structural report.
39.3 Members considered the representation from Simon Harris who spoke as an Objector.
39.4 The Objector responded to questions from Members on issues including preservation of the existing buildings, and the financial viability of the preservation.
39.5 Members considered the representation from Nick Peasland who spoke as the agent.
39.6 The agent responded to questions from Members on issues including: heritage assets, the structural condition of the existing buildings, the materials to be used, and the design of the proposed buildings.
39.7 Members considered the representation from Councillor Jan Osborne who spoke as Ward Member.
39.8 Following a question from Councillor Barrett, the agent provided clarification of the figures included in the report in respect of projected expenditure and income.
39.9 The Heritage and Design Officer responded to questions from members regarding heritage issues.
39.10 Councillor Barrett proposed that the application be approved.
39.11 Councillor Beer seconded the motion.
39.12 The Planning Lawyer advised the Proposer and Seconder that although the law does not generally require a committee to give reasons for an approval it would be wise to do so here, and that in doing so they should make clear how in their judgment the benefits of this proposal outweighed the harm.
39.13 The Strategic Projects and Delivery Manager outlined the Statutory duties of the Local Planning Authority regarding heritage.
39.14 Members debated the possible recommendations, conditions, impacts of harm and public benefits of the proposal.
39.15 A short break was taken from 14:47 until 15:00.
39.16 Upon restarting the meeting the Area Planning Manager read out the proposal as follows which the proposer and seconder agreed to:
- That Application DC/19/04892 be approved for the following reason:
Members have paid special attention with regard to their duties under the LB and CA Act (1990). Notwithstanding the harm due to the loss/ partial loss of the existing non designated heritage assets and the contaminant harm to the character and appearance of the designated asset that is the Conservation Area; the economic and social benefits, as well as the replacement of derelict buildings with newly-built ones (with the resultant visual improvements to the CA); overall this leads to the preservation of the character and ... view the full minutes text for item 39.
40.1 Item 7C
Proposal Planning Application – Erection of new workshop building with the existing access to the site from the A1131 upgraded
Site Location COCKFIELD – Land to the east of, Sudbury Road, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0LN
Applicant Firstgrade Recycling Systems Limited
40.2 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.
40.3 Members considered the representation from Steven Hopkins who spoke as an objector.
40.4 The objector responded to questions from Members on issues including the location of the proposed site in relation to the existing dwelling.
40.5 Members considered the representation from Alan Valentine who spoke as the applicant.
40.6 The applicant responded to questions from Members on issues including: the business operating hours and number of employees, alternative sites considered, any comments received from the owner of the other residential dwelling close to the site, the machinery to be used on site, the location of the proposed building within the site, and any proposals to work outside of standard business hours.
40.7 Members considered the representation from Councillor Robert Lindsay who spoke as the County Councillor.
40.8 Councillor Lindsay responded to questions from Members on issues including the access junction to the site.
40.9 Members considered the representation from Councillor Clive Arthey who spoke as a Ward Member.
40.10 Councillor Arthey responded to questions from Members on issues including: any plans for a Neighbourhood Plan to be developed and whether there was a reason why the Parish Council had not attended the meeting.
40.11 Members considered the representation from Councillor Margaret Maybury who spoke as a Ward Member.
40.12 Members debated the application on issues including: the size of the buildings, the location of and access to the site, the fact that the business is already established on site, and the potential for employment in the area.
40.13 Councillor Plumb proposed the application be approved as per the Officers recommendation.
40.14 Councillor Beer seconded the proposal.
40.15 By 8 votes to 2 with 1 abstention.
It was RESOLVED:
That the application is GRANTED planning permission and includes the following conditions:-
- Standard 3 Year Commencement Time Limit;
- Standard Approved Plans and Documents Condition;
- Detailed Landscaping scheme to be submitted and agreed prior to commencement;
- Landscaping timescales for implementation and aftercare;
- Those required by SCC-Archaeology;
- Details of Water, Energy and Resource efficiency measures prior to commencement;
- Details of Fire Hydrants prior to first use / occupation;
- Those required by SCC-Highways: Access; Visibility Splays; Access Drainage; On-site Turning and Parking; Electric Vehicle Charging;
- Those required by SCC-Local Lead Flood Authority: Implementation of surface water disposal strategy as proposed; Submission of sustainable drainage system components, and piped networks details, within 28 days of completion; and Construction Surface Water Management Plan; - No Forklift or HGV movements between 2300 and 0700 hours;
- No opening or closing of Roller Shutter ... view the full minutes text for item 40.