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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE/SUBSTITUTIONS
18.1 Apologies were received from Councillor Austin Davies.
18.2 Councillor David Penny substituted for Councillor Davies.
TO RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND OTHER REGISTRABLE OR NON REGISTRABLE INTERESTS BY MEMBERS
19.1 There were no declarations of interest by Members.
DECLARATIONS OF LOBBYING
20.1 All Members, except Councillor Penny, declared that they had been lobbied on application numbers DC/20/01716 and DC/22/06379.
DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL SITE VISITS
21.1 There were no declarations of personal site visits.
22.1 The Governance Officer advised Members of some corrections which had made to the minutes as detailed:
Paragraph 9.6 the Ward Member for application number DC/23/01076 had been corrected to Councillor Jen Overett.
Paragraph 14.6 the spelling of Councillor Overett had been corrected.
It was RESOLVED:
That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2023 were confirmed and signed as a true record.
TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF PETITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COUNCIL'S PETITION SCHEME
23.1 None received.
Note: The Chairman may change the listed order of items to accommodate visiting Ward Members and members of the public.
24.1 In accordance with the Councils procedures for public speaking on planning applications, representations were made as follows:
25.1 Item 7A
Proposal AMENDED Hybrid Application: Erection of 112 dwellings (in. 43no affordable) together with associated access, infrastructure, landscaping and amenity space (applied for in full) and 9 self-build plots (applied for in outline with all matters reserved, access to be considered)
Site Location THURSTON – Land on the North Side of, Norton Road, Thurston, Suffolk
Applicant Linden (Thurston) LLP
25.2 The Case Officer introduced the Suffolk County Council Highways Development Management Technical Manager to provide an update on the Highways improvements at the application site.
25.3 The Development Management Technical Officer responded to questions from Members regarding whether the proposed pedestrian crossings had been completed, and whether there any trigger points for requiring pedestrian crossings based on occupancy levels.
25.4 The Chief Planning Officer provided further detail in relation to the delivery of the highways improvement works and pedestrian crossings at the adjacent developments.
25.5 The Case Officer introduced the application to the Committee outlining the proposal before members including: the previously granted outline permission and reserved matters applications, the proposed number of dwellings on site, the proposed layout, the design and location of the drainage basin, the position of the site in relation to adjacent developments, the objections received from Thurston Parish Council, the policies within the adopted Thurston Neighbourhood Plan, the proposed housing mix, the housing density, public transport provision in the area, sustainability and energy plans, the proposed landscaping plans, the existing S106 agreement, and the officer recommendation of approval as detailed in the officer report and tabled papers.
25.6 The Case Officer responded to questions from Members on issues including: the location of the housing mix and the location of affordable housing within the site, the location of the M4(3) compliant bungalows, the self-build plots, and the provision and location of play areas.
25.7 The Planning Lawyer and the Chief Planning Officer commented on the principles of the Hillside Supreme Court judgement and the implications of this on the application before Committee today.
25.8 The Case Officer responded to further questions from Members on issues including: the density of the development, the anticipated development times and ecological standards of the self-build plots, the possible noise generated by the pumping station, the landscaping plans and potential for harm to the existing hedgerow, the adequacy of the drainage plans, the design of the dwellings and distribution of green spaces including whether consideration had been given to cooling and resilience, and the timing of funding for the additional school places.
25.9 Members considered the representation from Julian West who spoke on behalf of Thurston Parish Council.
25.10 The Parish Council representative responded to questions from Members on issues including the agreed technical details of the electric vehicle charging points for public use.
25.11 Members considered the representation from Hannah Short who spoke as the applicant.
25.12 The Applicant responded to questions from Members on issues including: the carbon emissions levels and energy performance certification, details of how mitigating against overheating would be achieved, the play ... view the full minutes text for item 25.
26.1 Item 7B
Proposal Application for Outline Planning Permission (Access points to be considered, Appearance, Layout, Landscaping and Scale to be Reserved) Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) - Erection of up to 65No. dwellings, including up to 22No affordable units, and construction of new vehicular access (following demolition of existing buildings).
Site Location STWOMARKET – Truckeast Limited, Violet Hill, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1NN
Applicant TruckEast Ltd
26.2 A break was taken from 12:28pm until 12:39pm, after application number DC/20/01716 and before the commencement of application number DC/22/06379.
26.3 The Case Officer introduced the application to the Committee outlining the proposal before Members including the location and layout of the site, the existing site plan, the indicative site plan including scale, the potential traffic impact, the housing mix, the access to the site and pedestrian crossing points, the proposed parking plan, and the officer recommendation of approval and detailed in the officer report.
26.4 The Case Officer responded to questions from Members on issues including: the design and layout of the site, the potential traffic impact, the biodiversity plans, the proposed number of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points be provided, whether any street furniture would be included at the pedestrian crossing points, the securing of the permissive path, whether the construction management plan included demolition removal , whether any materials would be reused on site, The Town Council comments, and the market housing mix.
26.5 Members considered the representation from Jamie Martin-Edwards who spoke as the Agent.
26.6 The Agent responded to questions from Members on issues including: the proposed energy efficiency measure for the site, and whether any consideration had been given to employment opportunities on the site.
26.7 Members considered the representation from Ward Member Councillor Terence Carter, who joined the meeting virtually.
26.8 The Ward Member responded to questions from members regarding accessibility of ground floor units.
26.9 The Case Officer responded to questions from Members regarding the provision units which could be converted to be M4 compliant, and liaison between the community, developer, and the Town Council.
26.10 Members debated the application on issues including: the proposed parking plans, the provision of accessible units, and the use of a previous brownfield site.
26.11 Councillor Hadingham proposed that the application be approved subject to the additional of conditions relating to accessible ground floor flats, the footpath link, and a community liaison group.
26.12 Councillor Warboys seconded the proposal.
By a unanimous vote
It was RESOLVED:
(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:
· Primary education contribution of £370,158;
· Early years education contribution of £130,644;
· Traffic Regulation Order contribution of £11,500;
· Delivery of Open Space within the development;
· Management and maintenance of Open Space;
· Affordable housing contribution of delivery of 22 on-site units.
· Affordable housing mix to be secured concurrent with reserved ... view the full minutes text for item 26.
27.1 None requested
MPL/23/07 CONFIRMATION OF THE CONFIDENTIAL MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 21 JUNE 2023
28.1 It was RESOLVED:
That the confidential minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2023 were confirmed and signed as a true record.