93.1 Item A
Proposal Outline Planning Application (Access and Layout includes all other matters reserved) – Erection of 5 no. detached dwellings, associated garages and vehicular access.
Site Location WOOLPIT- Land on the South side of, Rags Lane, Woolpit, Suffolk
Applicant Mr L Scott
93.2 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee outlining the proposal before Members, the layout of the site, the changes to the proposal since it was last presented to the Committee, and the officer recommendation of approval.
93.3 Members considered the representation from Julia Ewans of Woolpit Parish Council who spoke against the application.
93.4 The Planning Lawyer advised Members that the officer recommendation and Section 106 Agreement would be open ended with regards to the ecological mitigation proposed.
93.5 Members considered the representation from Derek Curry who spoke as an Objector.
93.6 Members considered the representation from Ben Moore and Andrea Scott who spoke as the Agent and Applicant respectively.
93.7 The Agent and Applicant responded to Members’ questions on issues including: that the proposal had been accepted by the Ecological Consultee and Suffolk County Council’s Highways Department as being acceptable.
93.8 Members considered the representations from the Ward Members, Councillors Helen Geake and Sarah Mansel.
93.9 The Ward Members responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the importance of the hedgerow.
93.10 Members debated the application on the issues including: the amount of hedgerow that was proposed to be removed, whether there had been any serious accidents on Drinkstone Road, the proposed Ecological mitigation, and the number of houses on site.
93.11 Councillor Lavinia Hadingham proposed that the application be approved as detailed in the officer recommendation with the addition that:
- The Section 106 Agreement for ecological meadow area shall be in perpetuity.
93.12 Councillor Dave Muller seconded the motion.
93.13 Members continued to debate the application on the issues including: that the application was not plan led as detailed in the National Planning Policy Framework, the securing of the meadow area, and the weight of the Draft Joint Local Plan and the Woolpit Neighbourhood Plan.
93.14 It was noted that Councillor John Matthissen could not vote on the item as he arrived after the commencement of application DC/19/02688 but took part in all subsequent items.
93.15 By 5 votes to 1
That authority be delegated to the Chief Planning Officer to Grant Outline 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 to secure:
• The implementation and retention of the ecology compensation as recommended that sit outside of the red line plan and that is shall be in perpetuity.
• The improvements to Drinkstone Road.
(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 time limit (3yrs for implementation of scheme and 1 years to submit Reserved Matters application)
• Approved Plans (Plans submitted that form this application)
• Reserved Matters
• Swfit/Owl/Bat Boxes and Hedgehog fencing scheme to be agreed • SuDs conditions as recommended
• Market housing mix prior to or concurrent with reserved matters to be agreed
• Energy and renewal integration scheme to be agreed
• Rainwater harvesting to be agreed
• Construction Plan Management to be agreed.
• Level access to enable wheelchair access for all dwellings/buildings.
• All conditions recommended by the SCC highway’s authority All Conditions recommended by the Ecology Place Services on their response received on the 7 Jan 2020.
• Phasing Condition (To allow phasing of the development and allows spreading of payments under CIL)
(3) And the following informative notes as summarised and those as may be deemed necessary:
Pro active working statement
• SCC Highways notes
• Support for sustainable development principles
• Further landscaping consideration along the west boundary to be considered as part of a reserved matters scheme.
(4) That in the event of the Planning obligations or requirements referred to in Resolution (1) above not being secured and/or not secured within 6 months that the Chief Planning Officer be authorised to refuse the application on appropriate ground
 In the event that the application has not been determined at the time that [a] the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Examiners report is published and [b] that report recommends the designation / allocation of the application site as green space as proposed within the draft NP then the application be reported back to Committee having regard to such change in material policy considerations