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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE/SUBSTITUTIONS
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Rachel Eburne and Councillor Tim Passmore.
Councillor Andrew Stringer substituted for Councillor Rachel Eburne.
Councillor Lavinia Hadingham substituted for Councillor Tim Passmore.
TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF PECUNIARY OR NON-PECUNIARY INTEREST BY MEMBERS
There were no declarations of interest declared.
DECLARATIONS OF LOBBYING
All Members of the Committee declared that they had been lobbied on applications DC/20/2129 and DC/20/03632.
DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL SITE VISITS
Councillor Hadingham, Councillor Mansel and Councillor Meyer declared that they had visited the site for application DC/20/03632.
It was RESOLVED:-
That the minutes of the meeting held on 11 November 2020 be confirmed as a true record and signed at the next practicable opportunity.
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.
The Chair advised Members of the Committee that application DC/20/00585 had been withdrawn prior to the meeting with the agreement of the Chair, to enable officers to review and report and seek legal counsel.
In accordance with the Council’s procedure for public speaking on planning applications, representations were made as detailed below:
29.1 Item 7A
Proposal: Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval DC/19/01356 – Access, Appearance, Landscaping, Layout and Scale for Erection of 21 No dwellings
Site Location: BADWELL ASH – Land at Warren Farm, The Street, Badwell Ash, Suffolk
Applicant: Chatsworth Homes Ltd
29.2 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee, outlining the proposal before Members, the location of the site, the amendments made since the application was previously considered by the Committee, and the officer recommendation of approval.
29.3 The Case Officer responded to Members’ questions on issues including: footways listed as an obligation, the number of parking spaces on site, any provisions in place to prevent vehicles parking at the entrance to public footpaths, and whether the sustainability issues would be addressed as a condition.
29.4 Members considered the representation from Graham Bloomfield who spoke as the agent.
29.5 The agent responded to Members’ questions on issues including any provisions in place to prevent vehicle parking in the turning point at the entrance to the public footpath, any plans to install electric vehicle charging points on site, the sustainability plans for the site, and the surface of the road/paths.
29.6 The Case Officer provided confirmation of the electric vehicle charging points on site and the sustainability points as raised in para 6.5 of the committee report.
29.7 Members considered the representation from Councillor Richard Meyer who spoke as the Ward Member.
29.8 Councillor Stringer proposed that the application be approved subject to the additional wording of paragraph 6.5 in the report.
29.9 Councillor Mansel seconded the proposal for recommendation.
29.10 Members debated the application on issues including: the amendments made to the application and the sustainability measures of the application.
29.11 By a unanimous vote
That the reserved matters are APPROVED subject to the following conditions:-
· Reserved matters permission given in accordance with the terms of the outline planning permission relating to this site and the conditions attached thereto remain in force, except where discharged or superseded by the reserved matters approval.
· Approved Plans (Plans submitted and as subsequently amended that form this application that form this application)
· Approval of facing and roofing materials
· Approval of boundary treatments and external hard surfaces
· Access visibility splays provided in accordance with submitted amended drawing
· Access details to be provided
· Areas for manoeuvring and parking of vehicles provided prior to commencement of use and retained thereafter
· Areas for the storage and presentation of Refuse/Recycling bins provided before development brought into use
· Construction Management Plan to be agreed
· Submission of a detailed landscaping scheme and a Landscape Management Plan
· Submission of scheme for water, energy and resource efficiency measures during construction phase
· Fire hydrants to be installed
· Ecological mitigation in accordance with the Ecological Appraisal recommendations
· Submission of a Biodiversity Enhancement Layout
· Wildlife Sensitive Lighting Scheme
· Time limit on development until further survey work is required
· Details of all SUD system components and piped networks
· Details of a Construction Surface Water Management Plan
30.1 With the agreement of the Chair, this item was withdrawn by officers prior to the commencement of the meeting to enable the Case Officer to review and report and seek legal counsel.
31.1 Item 7C
Proposal: Planning Application. Erection of 18no dwellings (including 6no affordable dwellings). Construction of new vehicular access off Low Road
Site Location: DEBENHAM – Land South East of, Low Road, Debenham, Suffolk
Applicant: Landex Ltd
31.2 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee outlining the proposal before Members, the layout and location of the site, the contents of the tabled papers, and the officer recommendation of approval.
31.3 The Case Officer responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the location of the site, the flooding issues surrounding the site, emergency access to the site, archaeological issues, sustainability considerations, car parking and electric vehicle charging provision on site, potential removal of existing trees and hedgerows, the impact on the Neighbourhood Plan, and the potential restriction of access following future development in the area.
31.4 Members considered the representation from Leslie Short who spoke as the agent.
31.5 The Agent responded to Members’ questions on issues including: how much of the existing hedgerow on Low Road would be removed to widen the road.
31.6 Members considered the representation from Councillor Kathie Guthrie who spoke as Ward Member.
31.7 The Case Officer provided additional photographs of the junction of Low Road and the surrounding area.
31.8 Councillor Field declared a local non-pecuniary interest as he knew the agent.
31.9 The Ward Member responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the response from the Parish Council.
31.10 Members’ debated the application on issues including: the neighbourhood plan, and electric vehicle charging points on site.
31.11 A short break was taken between 11:26 – 11:35 as Cllr Matthissen had dropped out of the meeting. The meeting restarted at 11:35 after confirming that all Members were present.
31.12 Members continued to debate the application on issues including: the access to the site and any future amendments that may be required if any further applications came forward as detailed in the Neighbourhood Plan, the issue of Mid Suffolk District Council obtaining land, the potential flood risk, and cycleways.
31.13 Councillor Stringer proposed that the application be approved subject to the following additional conditions:
- Scheme of sustainable and renewable energy measures including EV parking scheme and ducting
- Swift bricks
- That the S106 is amended as follows: To secure opportunity for access through DEB 3 including closure of vehicular access to Low Road if DEB 3 comes forward (retain emergency access, pedestrian and cycle link).
- Informative to be added: Detailing access arrangements if DEB 3 comes forward.
31.14 Councillor Muller seconded the motion.
31.15 By 6 votes for and 2 against
That authority be delegated to the Chief Planning Officer to grant full planning permission on the following basis:
(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 as set out within the application and confirmed by the Council’s Strategic Housing team.
· Secure the delivery and ongoing maintenance of ... view the full minutes text for item 31.
32.1 It was noted that as per the Councils Planning Charter, Councillor Matthew Hicks relinquished the Chair as the application was in his ward. Councillor Dave Muller (Vice-Chair) chaired application DC/20/03632.
32.2 Item 7d
Proposal: Application for Approval of Reserved Matters following outline approval under DC/17/02868dated 25/08/2017 the Access, Appearance, Landscaping, Layout and Scale for (Erection of up to 4 No. dwellings).
Site Location: HOXNE – Land East of, Abbey Hill, Hoxne, Suffolk
Applicant: Danny Ward Builders
32.3 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee outlining the proposal before Members, the location and layout of the site, the amendments made since the previous committee, the contents of the tabled papers, and the officer recommendation of approval.
32.4 The Case Officer responded to Members questions on issues including: the fencing proposed within the open spaces, the proposed removal of the Ash Tree to allow for access, and the surface of the proposed footpath, and permitted development rights.
32.5 Members considered the representation from Sarah Foote of Hoxne Parish Council who spoke against the application.
32.6 The Parish representative responded to Members’ questions on issues including: whether the Parish Council would be interested in managing the proposed public open space.
32.7 Members considered the representation from Rob Marsh-Feiley who spoke against the application.
32.8 The Case Officer confirmed to Members that the objector lived opposite the proposed application site.
32.9 Members considered the representation from Sarah Roberts who spoke as the agent.
32.10 The Agent and Case Officer responded to questions from Councillors on issues including: the officer recommendation regarding the footpath and public area, and whether the false Chimneys would be removed from the proposal.
32.11 Members considered the representation from Councillor Matthew Hicks who spoke as Ward Member.
32.12 The Parish Council representative responded to Members questions on issues including: the importance of the monument to the local residents and the financial support received from the Parish Council.
32.13 Members debated the application on issues including: the design of the application, the importance of the monument, the previous planning history on the site, what could happen if the application was sent to the Planning Inspectorate, the scale of the proposed houses and the ash tree on site.
32.14 Case Officer provided clarification regarding expiry of current permission being extended due to coronavirus legislation.
32.15 Members continued to debate the application on issues including: design of the buildings, access to the footpath, the response from the Suffolk Preservation Society, the loss of the view to the Monument, and whether the post and rail fence on the path to the Monument could be removed.
32.16 Councillor John Matthissen proposed that the application be approved as detailed in the officer recommendation with the additional conditions as follows:
- Details of path surface to be agreed with removal of fencing along permissive pathway and details of site fencing to be agreed
- Removal of permitted development rights under class AA for additional storeys
- Notwithstanding details submitted ... view the full minutes text for item 32.
Note: Should a site inspection be required for any of the applications this will be decided at the meeting.