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APOLOGIES AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Apologies were received from Councillor Rachel Eburne.
Councillor Andrew Stringer substituted for Councillor Rachel Eburne.
TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF PECUNIARY OR NON-PECUNIARY INTEREST BY MEMBERS
Councillor Matthew Hicks declared a local non-pecuniary interest in application number DC/20/04630 in his capacity as a County Councillor.
Councillor John Field declared a local non-pecuniary interest in application number DC/20/003704 in his capacity as a County Councillor.
DECLARATIONS OF LOBBYING
All Members of the Committee declared that they had been lobbied on application number DC/18/2146.
DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL SITE VISITS
Councillor Matthissen and Councillor Mansel declared personal site visits in respect of application number DC/18/02146.
It was RESOLVED:-
That the minutes of the meeting held on 9 December 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
The Governance Officer reported that one petition has been received regarding application DC/18/02146 (Item 7A) with 212 valid signatures supporting the following statement:
We the undersigned petition the Council to retain the mature oak tree growing in the verge next to School Road, Elmswell, if any road-widening scheme goes ahead. This oak tree has stood in its prominent position for at least 150 years and is an impressive and much-loved landmark in the village. Its age, historical significance and ecological value mean that it must be saved and should not fall victim to any road-widening scheme undertaken because of a nearby housing development.
Note: The Chairman may change the listed order of items to accommodate visiting Ward Members and members of the public.
In accordance with the Council’s procedure for public speaking on planning applications, representations were made as detailed below:
Proposal Outline Planning Application (Access to be considered) Erection of up to 86 dwellings including car parking, on site early years provision, open space provision with associated infrastructure and vehicular access. Highways improvements including road widening and cycle/footpath lnk.
Site Location ELMSWELL – Land to the North and West of School Road, Elmswell, Suffolk
Applicant Christchurch Land and Estates (Elmswell South) Ltd
41.2 The Area Planning Manager presented the application to the Committee, outlining the proposal before Members, the location and layout of the site, the amendments to the cycle route to enable preservation of the tree, landscaping, and the officer recommendation of approval.
41.3 The Area Planning Manager and the Senior Development Management Engineer responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the preservation of the tree, the proposed widening of the road, the location and route of the cycle path, the impact on the junction at the end of School Road, any additional sites in the area allocated in the joint local plan, and landscaping conditions.
41.4 A short break was taken between 10:27-10:40.
41.5 The Senior Development Management Engineer responded to a further question regarding the definition of severe impact when associated with highways matters.
41.6 Members considered the representation from Peter Dow who spoke on behalf of the Parish Council.
41.7 A short break was taken between 10:53-11:00 so resolve a technical issue with the livestream.
41.8 The Parish Council representative responded to Members question on issues including: the peak times for traffic.
41.9 Members considered the representation from James Bailey who spoke as the agent.
41.10 The agent and Victoria Balboa (Transport Consultant for the Agent), responded to Members questions on issues including: the safety of the pedestrian crossing on the junction, the traffic impact assessment following other developments in Elmswell and the surrounding area, and capacity improvement at the junction of School Road.
41.11 The Chair read the written statement from Ward Member, Councillor Helen Geake.
41.12 Members considered the representation from Councillor Sarah Mansel, who spoke as a Ward Member.
41.13 Councillor Passmore proposed that the application be approved subject to the following amendments:
- That the LPA is involved in ensuring that the proposed changes to the junction are safe.
41.14 The Area Planning Manager responded to Members’ questions on the NPPF and Policy FC1
41.15 Councillor Muller seconded the proposal for approval.
41.16 Members debated the application on issues including: the safety of the junction, increased traffic, deliverability of the scheme, the proposed road widening.
41.17 The Senior Development Management Engineer responded to a point regarding the safety audits on site and how these were carried out prior to and after completion of developments.
41.18 Members continued to debate the application on issues including: the contents of any S278 agreement.
41.19 A short break was taken between 11:51-12:00 for the Area Planning Manager to check the proposed condition wording.
41.20 The Area Planning Manager outlined the conditions to Members with the fully worded extra conditions from the proposer ... view the full minutes text for item 41.
42.1 Item 7B
Proposal: Application for approval of reserved matters including Access, Layout, Scale, Appearance, and Landscaping following outline planning application 1832/17 Allowed at Appeal APP/W3520/W/18/3200941 for residential development for up to 190 dwellings (Use Class C3) with public open space, vehicular access and associated infrastructure.
Site location: WHITTON- Land West of Old Norwich Road, Whitton, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 6LQ
Applicant: Bellway Homes Ltd (Essex)
42.2 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee, outlining the proposal before Members, the layout and location of the site, proposed access to the site, the contents of the tabled papers, and the officer recommendation of approval with conditions.
42.3 The case officer responded to Members questions on issues including: the number of parking spaces on site and instances of triple parking, and the proposed access to the site including the cycle route.
42.4 Members considered the representation from Steven Bates who spoke as an objector.
42.5 The Objector responded to Members’ questions on issues including: acoustics, and boundary walls proposed.
42.6 Councillor Field advised that due to technical issues he had been unable to hear the Members questions to the case officer and those of the objector. The Planning Lawyer and the Governance Officer advised that as Councillor Field had not been able to hear all of the relevant information he would be unable to participate in the debate and vote for this item.
42.7 Members considered the representation from Laura Dudley-Smith who spoke as the agent.
42.8 The Agent and the applicant, Sarah Cornwell of Bellway Homes, responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the electrical ducting and cabling, the heating to be used in the dwellings, whether the properties would have fireplaces or if the chimneys on the plans were cosmetic only, access to the site and whether an alternative to a roundabout was considered, orientation of the buildings, the proposed parking on site, the boundary wall, the dwelling adjacent to the existing bungalow, and the location of the Suds on site.
42.9 Members considered the representations from Councillor Tim Passmore and Councillor John Whitehead who spoke as Ward Members.
42.10 Members debated the application on issues including: the amenities of the existing bungalow, the parking provision on site, the roundabout located at the access to the site, and the proposed heating.
42.11 Councillor Hicks proposed that the item be deferred for a review of triple parking provision boundary treatment to buffer area, Design of Plot 1, Roundabout including Cycle route, false chimneys, heating, pedestrian connectivity and Suds details.
42.12 Councillor Matthissen seconded the proposal to defer the item.
42.13 Members continued to debate the item on issues including: the buffer area, the location of suds on site.
42.14The Case Officer provided Members with further details on the issues being debated including: that the reserved matters was guided by the Planning Inspectorates decision and conditions and the sites relationship with the bus gate.
42.15 By a unanimous vote
Note: As the Ward Member Councillor Passmore did not participate ... view the full minutes text for item 42.
43.1 A Lunch break was taken between 13:35-13:55 after the completion of application DC/20/03704 but before the commencement of DC/20/04296.
43.2 Item 7C
Proposal: Planning Application – Use of land for the stationing of 18 holiday lodges
Site location: STONHAM ASPAL – Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6AT
Applicant: Stonham Barns Ltd
43.3 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.
43.4 The Case Officer responded to Members questions on issues including: the total number of holiday lodges currently on site, the number of holiday lodges occupied during January when they should not be occupied, and the uses of the remainder of the site.
43.5 Councillor Hicks declared a site visit during the planning application of 2015.
43.6 The Principal Planning Officer and the Senior Enforcement Officer responded to further questions from Members on issues including: whether the enforcement team has any powers to control occupation before the installation of appropriate drainage conditions, the holiday lettings break-clause, the landscaping on site, pedestrian access into Stonham Aspal, and surface water drainage.
43.7 Members considered the representation from Peter Emberson who spoke as an objector.
43.8 The Ward Member, Councillor Suzie Morley, read a statement from the Parish Council.
43.9 Members considered the representation from Councillor Morley who spoke as the Ward Member.
43.10 The Area Planning Manager responded to a question regarding the type of power supply to the lodges, and advised Members that the application was in relation to the use of the land.
43.11 The Ward Member and the Senior Enforcement Officer responded to Members’ questions on issues including: residents living on the site as their main residence.
43.12 The Principal Planning Officer and the Area Planning Manager responded to questions from the Ward Member regarding the location of the boreholes on site, and the arrangements on site for the Fire services hoses.
43.13 The Senior Enforcement Officer and the Case Officer responded to further questions from Members on issues including: the recent changes in occupation of the existing units on site, occupancy rates of the units on site.
43.14 Members debated the application on issues including: whether the existing lodges are used as main residences for the lodges, over development of the site, benefits to the area, environmental impact, and any potential economic benefit.
43.15 The Area Planning Manager advised Members of the implications of ‘minded to refused’.
43.16 Members continued to debate the application on issues including: sustainability issues.
43.17 Councillor Hicks proposed that the committee be minded to refuse and the application be deferred for the following reasons:
That Committee are minded to refuse the application on the grounds that the development would fail to represent good design, would not create a better place in which to live and work for the whole community of the area and would not improve the character and quality of the ... view the full minutes text for item 43.
44.1 Item 7D
Proposal: Application under S73 of Town and Country Planning Act for approved DC/19/04273 dated 19/02/2020 – to vary Condition 2 ( approved plans and documents) to facilitate increase in affordable provision from 21 to 31. Twin garage omitted and provision of sheds in rear gardens with amended fence/gate positions to plots 29 and 30. Updated site plan to show omission of twin garage and the alteration of tenure types from Market to Affordable to plots 27, 28, 29, 30, 37, 38, 54, 55, 56, and 57. As per drawings and documents submitted 17/10/2020.
Site location: WALSHAM LE WILLOWS- Land West of, Wattisfield Road, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk
Applicant: Lovell Partnerships
44.2 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee, outlining the layout of the site, the amendments made to the original plans as approved, and the officer recommendation of approval.
44.3 The Case Officer and the Area Planning Manager responded to Members’ question on issues including: any amendments to the design and styles of the properties, which plots on the site will be transferred to affordable housing, the impact of the amendments on Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), and waste collections on the site.
44.4 Members considered the representation from Councillor Richard Meyer who spoke as the Ward Member.
44.5 Members debated the application on issues including: the benefits of the increase in affordable housing numbers.
44.6 Councillor Muller proposed that application be approved. This was seconded by Councillor Mansel.
44.7 By a unanimous vote.
It was noted that Cllr Richard Meyer did not vote as he was the Ward Member.
That authority be delegated to the Chief Planning Officer to Grant 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 as summarised below and those as may be deemed necessary by the Chief Planning Officer to secure:
- Onsite delivery of 31 Affordable Housing Units;
- Financial contribution towards secondary School Pupils’ transport.
(2) That the Chief Planning Officer be authorised to Grant Planning Permission upon completion of the legal agreement subject to conditions as summarised below and those as may be deemed necessary by the Chief Planning Officer:
- Standard - Section 73 Time Limit Condition;
- Standard - Approved Plans and Documents Condition;
- Provision of footway, between the site and Mill Close, along Wattisfield Road, prior to occupation, which shall thereafter be retained;
- Highways Access Condition;
- Highways Visibility Splay Condition;
- Highways Turning and Parking Condition;
- Highways Bin storage and collection areas;
- Existing and proposed soft landscaping protection;
- Those previously required by the Lead Local Flood Authority;
- Those previously required by the Council’s Ecology consultants;
- Play Space provision and retention;
- Construction Management - As agreed.
(3) And the following informative notes as summarised and those as may be deemed necessary:
• Pro active working statement
• SCC Highways notes
• Contaminated Land Note
• Ecology ... view the full minutes text for item 44.
Note: Should a site inspection be required for any of the applications this will be decided at the meeting.