Agenda and minutes

Planning & Development Committee - Wednesday 27th June 2018 9.30 am

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Contact: Linda Slowgrove  01473 432511

Items
No. Item

16.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Rudkin.

17.

Unconfirmed Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 May 2018.

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

that the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 May 2018 be signed as a true record.

18.

To Confirm or Vary the Order Of Business

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

that the Order of Business be confirmed as printed on the Agenda.

19.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Kreidewolf, being a Director of IPSERV Ltd, declared an interest in Items 5 and 6 (IP/18/00438/FUL  and IP/18/00439/FUL) and left the room during the consideration of these items.

 

Councillor Kreidewolf, being a Director of Ipswich Borough Assets Ltd, declared an interest in Item 7 (IP/18/00209/VC) and left the room during the consideration of this item.

 

Councillor Studd, having submitted a letter of objection and also speaking as a ward Councillor, declared an interest in Item 4 (IP/17/01185/FUL) and left the room after making representations on this item.

 

Councillor Harsant, being known to the agent, declared an interest in Item 2 (IP/18/00279/FUL) and left the room during the consideration of this item.

Councillor Harsant, speaking as a ward Councillor, declared an interest in Item 4 (IP/17/01185/FUL) and left the room after making representations on this item.

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PD/18/02 Planning Applications - General Information pdf icon PDF 7 KB

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Throughout these minutes “the Act” means the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended and the “Advertisement Regulations” means the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992.

 

In considering the applications the Committee took into consideration representations where indicated by the words “(REPS)” after the individual planning reference number.

 

With regard to Item 1 (IP/18/00336/FUL – 470 Norwich Road), as the applicant had reported to the Council on the morning of the meeting that he was not well enough to attend to make his representation to the meeting, the Chair proposed that this item be deferred to the next meeting to allow the applicant the opportunity to attend the Committee and speak on his application, and this was agreed.

 

The remaining applications were considered in the following order:

 

Item 4 – IP/17/01185/FUL – Woodland, Mitre Way

Item 7 – IP/18/00209/VC – Europa House, Europa Way

Item 2 – IP/18/00279/FUL – Land opposite to 30 The Havens

Item 3 – IP/17/00382/FUL – Land at Discovery Avenue

Item 5 – IP/18/00438/FUL – University of Suffolk Car Park, Ballast Wharf Walk

Item 6 – IP/18/00439/FUL – Orwell Quay Car Park, University Avenue

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PD/18/02 Item 1 - Application IP/18/00336/FUL pdf icon PDF 234 KB

470 Norwich Road

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REPS

Ward:             CASTLE HILL

 

Proposal:      Part change of use as dwelling and for keeping and breeding up to 12 dogs/breeding bitches for a temporary period of 12 months.

 

Address:       470 Norwich Road

 

Applicant:     Mr P Caley

 

Agent:            Philip Cobbold Planning Ltd

 

RESOLVED:

 

that the application be deferred to the next meeting. 

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PD/18/02 Item 2 - Application IP/18/00279/FUL pdf icon PDF 246 KB

Land opposite to 30 The Havens

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Ward:             PRIORY HEATH

 

Proposal:      Erection of ‘Clips’n’Climb’ indoor climbing centre with associated access road, parking and landscaping.

 

Address:       Land opposite to 30 The Havens

 

Applicant:     Maro Development Ltd

 

Agent:            Barefoot and Gilles Ltd

 

The Senior Planning Officer presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs. 

 

The report was updated with reference to a late representation by Planning Direct, on behalf of the applicant, received 26.6.18. Issues raised:-

 

1.      The use requires a large warehouse type building which would be difficult to accommodate on town centre sites. The sites suggested by Officers are not suitable or available.

2.      Planning permission has been granted for a climbing centre in Bermuda Road (refer IP/17/00921/FUL). Officer approach is therefore contradictory.

3.      There is a surplus of employment land within the Borough and within the surrounding area.

4.      Approximately 50 new jobs would be created.

 

Mr Roger Gilles, of Barefoot & Gilles, spoke on behalf of the applicant in support of the proposals:

-           Disappointed with recommendation.

-           Reference made to decision at Bermuda Road.

-           No sequentially preferable sites available or suitable.

-           If refused, the applicant would look elsewhere outside of Ipswich.

-           Would create 50 jobs and represents only a small part of the employment area and allocation.

-           Local company looking to operate national franchise.

 

There was no proposer to move the recommendations set out in the report.

 

Councillor Jones proposed that the application be approved and that delegation be given to the Head of Development to set conditions as considered appropriate, and this was agreed.

 

RESOLVED:-

 

that the Head of Development be authorised to grant planning permission, subject to conditions as considered appropriate.

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PD/18/02 Item 3 - Application IP/17/00382/FUL pdf icon PDF 316 KB

Land at Discovery Avenue

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REPS

Ward:             BRIDGE

 

Proposal:      Erection of 113 residential units comprising 57 3-bedroom dwellings (3 storey) and 56 2-bedroom apartments (4 storey) with associated roads, car parking and landscaping.

 

Address:       Land at Discovery Avenue

 

Applicant:     Mr Stuart McAdam

 

The Senior Planning Officer presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs. 

 

The report was updated with reference to the applicant’s Viability Assessment, which had been independently assessed with a further report received. From this, Officers concluded that the development could not support further planning obligations having regard to policy CS17.

 

SCC Highways – Further response raising no objections subject to conditions relating to detail of roads and footpaths, access and provision of vehicular areas.

 

SCC Drainage – Remaining concerns regarding landscaping detail can be addressed by condition.

 

Mr Stuart McAdam of Permission Homes spoke on behalf of the applicant in support of the application:-

 

-           Wider permission is extant.

-           Application represents an alternative proposal that would be appropriate having regard to market demand.

-           No longer high density, but appropriate balance and mix.

-           Design has evolved and would be of a high standard.

-           Applicant has carried out public consultation and neighbours supported the principle of the development.

-           Only a single representation has been received.

-           Viability report submitted and subject to independent assessment.

-           Applicant agreed to the provision of public open space. 

 

Councillor Kreidewolf proposed that a condition be added to request the submission of a construction management plan, and this was agreed.

 

Councillor Jones proposed that the Section 106 contribution towards youth provision be broadened to consider play provision for younger children, and this was agreed.

Councillor Harsant proposed that lighting be considered within the development, and it was agreed that condition no. 4 be updated to include this requirement.

 

RESOLVED:-

 

Grant planning permission subject to:-

 

A.        The completion of a legal agreement under the provisions of section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act (1990) dealing with the following matters:-

 

1.    On site provision towards youth/play facilities and/or off site contribution of £128,000 (£78,000 maintenance) to provide youth/play facilities in the vicinity of the site. Public access to be secured by legal agreement.

 

B.        Planning conditions in accordance with those set out below (briefly):-

 

1.    Development to be in accordance with the approved plans.

2.    Buildings to meet energy and water efficiency standards, unless demonstrated not viable or feasible.

3.    15% of energy to be from decentralised and renewable or low carbon sources, unless demonstrated not viable or feasible.

4.    Details relating to external facing materials, lighting, boundary treatments, surfacing, ecological/habitat measures, cycle parking, mechanical ventilation and bin storage to be submitted, approved and implemented.

5.    Conditions relating to surface water drainage strategy.

6.    Details relating to provision and maintenance of landscaping, including play equipment. Public routes and public open space to be provided and made available for public use. Any landscaping which dies or is removed within 10 years to be replaced in accordance with details to be agreed with the LPA in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

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PD/18/02 Item 4 - Application IP/17/01185/FUL pdf icon PDF 324 KB

Woodland, Mitre Way

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REPS

Ward:             HOLYWELLS

 

Proposal:      Erection of detached house and garage including associated site works.

 

Address:       Woodland, Mitre Way

 

Applicant:     Mr and Mrs Robert Appleton

 

Agent:            Ian Smillie Architectural Services

 

The Acting Development Management Team Leader presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs.  A site visit was made by Committee Members on 25 June 2018.

 

The report was updated as follows:

 

One representation of support received 19 June 2018. 1 representation received 26 June 2018 objecting, happy for house to be built, but not by removing many of the trees.

 

Representation received from applicant with photos identifying amount of fly-tipping cleared from the site (20 yard skip of old furniture, mattresses, gardening equipment, electrical equipment, double glazing, motor bikes, bikes and many tyres).

 

Mr Appleton, the applicant, spoke in support of the proposals:-

-           Not a developer, wants to build a house to raise a family.

-           Commissioned the right people before submitting application - ecologist, arboriculturists.

-           Dwelling designed to be lowest impact on the woodland.

-           Woodland cleared of fly-tipping since taking ownership.

-           Ivy growth managed, which was killing the trees.

-           Trees were ageing and some have collapsed; ongoing issue of woodland management.

-           Proposal includes the long term solution to protection of trees.

-           The concerns of residents are acknowledged.

-           Proposals include restoration of the swimming bath.

-           Proposals provide ecological benefits to the site.

-           French drain to be rebuilt and restored, which would benefit the woodland by reducing surface water that rots the trees, and benefiting properties in Cavendish Street, which suffer from subsidence.

-           Woodland designed as landscaped garden originally.

-           No-one else would take care of the site in the same manner.

 

Mrs Faye Gatenby, local resident, spoke in opposition to the proposals:

-        Concerns relating to wildlife and trees.

-        Ecological survey submitted was inadequate.

-        Survey didn’t identify all the protected species within the site.

-        The devastation to wildlife for the sake of one dwelling was not supported.

-        The woodland management plan was inadequate; proposes non-native trees.

-        Site is within a Green Corridor and Ecological Network.

-        Tree Survey identifies 12 trees to be removed.

-        Permission would open the flood gates for further development.

-        Concerns regarding the use of a biomass boiler and impact on trees.

-        Existing tree loss means Mitre Way could be seen from Cavendish Street.

-        Understand that there was a lack of a 5 year housing supply, however this site was not acceptable and the lack of housing supply should not override this.

-        The Council has a brown-field register for applicants to find appropriate housing sites.

-        Concerns over proposed garage building and impact on neighbours.

-        Concerns relating to emergency access.

-        The loss of trees and increase in poor air quality has an impact on mental health.

-        There is a global issue regarding loss of green spaces.

 

Councillor Harsant, spoke as a Holywells ward Councillor on behalf of residents:

-        Objected to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

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PD/18/02 Item 5 - Application IP/18/00438/FUL pdf icon PDF 201 KB

University of Suffolk Car Park, Ballast Wharf Walk

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Ward:             HOLYWELLS

 

Proposal:      Change of use of land from temporary compound to temporary car park for use of University of Suffolk staff and students. Works to include repairs to surface, white lining of parking bays, new perimeter fencing and soft landscaping. (Site in floodzone 2).

 

Address:       University of Suffolk Car Park, Ballast Wharf Walk

 

Applicant:     University of Suffolk

 

Agent:            Ipserv

 

In the absence of the Chair, Councillor Knowles took the Chair for the duration of this item.

 

Councillor Vickery left the meeting.

 

The Senior Planning Officer presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs.

 

The report was updated with condition no. 1 being amended to: “Use shall cease on or before the 27 June 2023.”

 

RESOLVED:-

 

Subject to no substantive objections received against the proposal, the Head of Development be authorised to Grant planning permission subject to the following conditions (briefly):-

 

1.         Use shall cease on or before the 27 June 2023.

2.         Parking to be ancillary to University of Suffolk only.

3.         Details of cycle parking, disabled parking, surfacing, boundary treatments, and PTW parking to be submitted and thereafter provided on first use.

4.         Provision of approved vehicular areas prior to first use.

5.         Conditions relating to landscaping and maintenance.

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PD/18/02 Item 6 - Application IP/18/00439/FUL pdf icon PDF 207 KB

Orwell Quay Car Park, University Avenue

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Ward:             HOLYWELLS

 

Proposal:      Continued use of existing temporary car park with repairs to surface, white lining of parking bays, erection of new perimeter fence and provision of soft landscaping (site in floodzones 2 and 3).

 

Address:       Orwell Quay Car Park, University Avenue

 

Applicant:     University of Suffolk

 

Agent:            Ipserv

 

The Senior Planning Officer presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs.

 

RESOLVED:-

 

Grant planning permission subject to the following conditions (briefly):-

 

1.         Use shall cease on or before the 27 June 2023.

2.         Provision of cycle parking, disabled parking, new boundary treatments, PTW parking to be submitted, agreed and thereafter provided on first use.

3.         Restriction on gates.

4.         Provision of landscaping and maintenance. Details to be agreed.

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PD/18/02 Item 7 - Application IP/18/00209/VC pdf icon PDF 314 KB

Europa House, Europa Way

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Ward:             WHITEHOUSE

 

Proposal:      Removal of Conditions 1, 2, 3 and 4 of planning permission IP/98/00881/FUL relating to working hours, noise levels, delivery vehicles and service yard gates.

 

Address:       Europa House, Europa Way

 

Applicant:     Ipswich Borough Assets Limited

 

Agent:            Savills (UK) Ltd

 

The Senior Planning Officer presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs.  This application had previously been deferred in order to request a detailed noise management plan.

 

Mr Clive Bentley of Sharps Redmore spoke on behalf of the applicant:

-           Previous operational restrictions had been relaxed without objections on a temporary basis.

-           Jobs would be secured.

-           Other uses in the area and high background noise level.

-           Has been the subject of assessment on a worst case scenario basis.

-           Concluded that the site can operate without harm with mitigation in place.

 

RESOLVED:-

 

Grant planning permission subject to the following conditions (briefly):-

 

1.         Prior to use first commencing, acoustic fencing to be installed (In accordance with planning permission IP/18/00208/FUL) and maintained in the approved form thereafter.

2.         The use of the premises shall only be undertaken in accordance with the measures set out within the noise management plan (received 7th June 2018).

3.         Any new air extraction and ventilation equipment to be installed shall be first agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

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PD/18/02 Information for Councillors pdf icon PDF 13 KB

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Resolved:

 

that the information for Councillors be noted.