86.1 Item 1
Proposal Demolition of existing building and erection of 21 affordable flats (use class C3) and associated works.
Site Location HADLEIGH- Former Angel Court Care Home, Angel Street, Hadleigh, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 5HA
Applicant Babergh District Council
86.2 The Area Planning Manager clarified that the application before Members was a standalone application, in the same respect that the Former Babergh HQ was at Corks Lane.
86.3 Members requested that when the application for the Former Babergh HQ at Corks Lane did come before the Committee that further evidence, as practicable as possible, be provided on the Viability statement.
86.4 The Case Officer presented the application to the Committee outlining the proposed development, the layout of the site, that the entirety of the dwellings would be Affordable Housing, and that the Officer Recommendation was for approval with conditions.
86.5 Members considered the representation from the Objector, Mike Turley.
86.6 The Objector responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the residence of the Objector in relation to the development, that he, and other residents would prefer a taller and more solid boundary to protect their residential amenity.
86.7 The Case Officer clarified that the fence was outside the red line plan of the application but that the recommendation was to delegate the boundary treatment design to Officers to be agreed.
86.8 Members considered the representation from the Agent, Nicol Perryman.
86.9 A short comfort break was taken between 10:06- 10:12.
86.10 Members considered the representation from the Ward Member, Councillor Sian Dawson.
86.11 The Ward Member responded to Members’ questions on issues including: the design of the building and the possibility of a wall and boundary landscaping adjoining the properties with Meadows Way.
86.12 The Case Officer advised Members that there were a number of existing trees on the frontage of the site that would be retained but that some would be removed and new planting was proposed in the landscaping scheme.
86.13 Members debated the application on the issues including: the boundary treatment on the site and the possibility of a wall being built, the parking provision on the site being in accordance with the Suffolk Design Guide, and that the entirety of the site was Affordable Housing.
86.14 Councillor Alan Ferguson Proposed that the application be approved as detailed in the Officer Recommendation with the additional conditions of delegated authority being given to Officers to seek additional landscaping and that if a wall could not be built that the application be returned to the Committee for determination.
86.15 The proposal was seconded by Councillor Stephen Plumb.
86.16 Members continued to debate the application on the issues including: that the condition of a wall could delay the proposal going forward and the maintenance of the site would be undertaken by a management company.
86.17 The Case Officer responded to Members’ questions that of the trees on the site, the trees on frontage of the site were to be retained, others on the site would be removed, and that new planting was proposed in the landscaping scheme.
86.18 Following the debate where some Members of the committee expressed concern over the Proposal with the inclusion of a condition regarding the building of a wall. Councillor Ferguson amended his proposal to remove the condition regarding the wall returning the proposal to the Officer Recommendation with the delegation to Officers regarding additional landscaping and boundary landscaping. The Seconder of the motion agreed.
That authority be delegated to the Acting Chief Planning Officer - Growth & Sustainable Planning to grant planning permission to the above scheme subject to:
(1) Subject to the prior agreement of a Section 106 Planning Obligation on appropriate terms to the satisfaction of the Acting Chief Planning Officer – Planning for Growth to secure:
· Affordable housing, including properties to be built to current Housing Standards Technical requirements March 2015 Level 1. All ground floor 1 bed flats to be fitted with level access showers, not baths; the council be granted 100% nomination rights to all the affordable units on initial lets and 75% on subsequent lets; all affordable units to be transferred freehold to one of the Councils preferred Registered providers; adequate parking provision is made for the affordable housing units including cycle storage for all units.
· On site open space, including management of the space and requirement for public access at all times; and
· Contribution towards the Suffolk RAMS in the interests of ensuring that any recreational pressure placed upon the Stour and Orwell Estuaries SPA and Ramsar site can be alleviated.
(2) That the Acting Chief Planning Officer – Planning for Growth be authorised to grant Planning Permission upon completion of the legal agreement described above and subject to conditions as summarised below and those as may be deemed necessary:
· Standard time limit (3 years for implementation of scheme);
· Approved Plans (Those submitted forming this application and any subsequent plans to deal with flood and water drainage as may be forthcoming);
· Building materials to be agreed;
· Construction method statement to be prepared and agreed, including hours of delivery, demolition and construction;
· Provision of drawings showing visibility splays from the access;
· Provision of detail showing the means to prevent discharge of surface water from the development to the public highway;
· Provision of details of cycle parking, vehicle parking, vehicle manoeuvring, and electric vehicle charging points within the site and are provided prior to occupation;
· Refuse and recycling facilities to be in place prior to use of the site;
· Provision of drawings showing joinery details of fenestration and doors;
· Implementation of the details included within the submitted tree protection plan;
· Confirmation of the required EPSL for bats has been secured prior to demolition;
· Ecological enhancements detailed within the submitted bat survey are carried out;
· Restriction to external illumination without agreement of the Council; and
· Additional details of the boundary treatment to the rear of the site.
(3) And the following informative notes as summarised and those as may be deemed necessary by the Acting Chief Planning Officer:
· Proactive working statement;
· SCC Highways notes, including the nearby public right of way;
· Support for sustainable development principles;
· Reminder on obligations should contaminated land be discovered; and
· Reminder of S.106 Agreement on site.
(4) And that in the event of the Planning Obligations referred to in Resolution (1) above not being secured within six months from the date of this Planning Committee resolution that the Acting Chief Planning Officer – Planning for Growth be authorised to refuse the application on appropriate grounds.
That authority be delegated to the Acting Chief Planning Officer to seek additional landscaping and boundary landscaping.