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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE/SUBSTITUTIONS
52.1 Apologies were received from Councillor Austin Davies, Councillor Terry Lawrence and Councillor John Matthissen.
52.2 Councillor David Penny substituted for Councillor Davies.
52.3 Councillor Colin Lay substituted for Councillor Matthissen.
TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND OTHER REGISTRABLE OR NON REGISTRABLE INTERESTS BY MEMBERS
53.1 There were no declarations of interest declared.
DECLARATIONS OF LOBBYING
54.1 All Members, apart from Councillor Lay, declared that they had been lobbied in respect of application number DC/21/04711.
DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL SITE VISITS
55.1 None declared
It was RESOLVED:
That the minutes of the meeting held on 13 September 2023 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.
TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF PETITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COUNCIL'S PETITION SCHEME
57.1 None received.
Note: The Chairman may change the listed order of items to accommodate visiting Ward Members and members of the public.
58.1 In accordance with the Councils procedures for public speaking on planning applications, representations were made as follows:
59.1 Item 7A
Proposal Planning Application – Change of use from agricultural land to solar farm and construction of a solar farm (up to 49.9MW) with associated grid connection cable route, infrastructure and planting.
Site Location Land North of Tye Lane, Bramford, Suffolk
Applicant EDF Renewables
59.2 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee outlining the proposal before Members including: the contents of the tabled papers including the updated recommendation, the location of the site, the site constraints, the agricultural land classification plan, the cumulative impact of surrounding proposed schemes, the proposed site access including planned safety improvements, the mitigation planting proposals, the expected electricity generation of the scheme, the potential for grazing use, and the officer recommendation of approval as detailed in the tabled papers along with the reasons for the recommendation.
59.3 The Case Officer responded to questions from Members on issues including: the current position of the proposed surrounding schemes and the timescale for when they may be decided, the proposed hedging around the Public Rights of Way (PROW) and whether consultation had taken place with the community, the location of the planting, the design and style of the fencing, and the output capacity of the site as mentioned in the tabled papers and whether this means the size of the site is larger than it needs to be.
59.4 Members considered the representation from Caroline Wolton who spoke on behalf of Bramford Parish Council.
59.5 The Parish Council representative responded to questions from Members on issues including: the proposed landscaping plans along the PROWs, and the potential for community involvement in the planting scheme.
59.6 The Case Officer responded to a question from Members regarding the current position of the skylark mitigation proposal and whether it had been agreed and was sufficient.
59.7 Members considered the representation from Anne Raymond who spoke as an Objector.
59.8 Members considered the representation from Martin Crick who spoke as a Supporter.
59.9 Members considered the representation from Darren Cuming who spoke as the Applicant.
59.10 The Applicant responded to questions from Members on issues including: the potential noise produced by the inverter containers, the colour of the containers, the proposed size and scale of the site, the output capacity of the site and the expected electricity generation, the projected carbon savings, the distance between panels and potential for planting between the rows, the distance from the panels to adjacent residential properties, the expected number of traffic movements to the site during the operational phase, the benefits to the immediate community, and the community fund.
59.11 The Planning Lawyer confirmed to Members that the community fund would not form part of a Section 106 agreement and was not a material planning consideration.
59.12 Members considered the representation from Ward Member Councillor James Caston, who spoke against the application.
59.13 Members debated the application on issues including: the impact on the local community, the proposed screening and hedging plans including the size of the wildlife corridor, the ... view the full minutes text for item 59.
60.1 None received.