Agenda and minutes

Planning & Development Committee - Wednesday 25th July 2018 9.30 am

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor B Rudkin.


Unconfirmed Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 95 KB


30.1    Minute 23 – PD/18/02 Item 3 – Application IP/17/00382/FUL – to read ‘Mr Stuart McAdam of Persimmon Homes…’




that the Minutes from the meeting held on 27 June 2018, with the amendment above, be signed as a true record.


To Confirm or Vary the Order Of Business




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


Declarations of Interest


Councillor Gage, as the Deputy Portfolio Holder for Housing who had been involved with this development, declared an interest in Item 1 (IP/18/00518/FPI3) and left the room during the consideration of this item.


PD/18/03 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.


The applications were considered in the order as listed on the Agenda.


PD/18/03 Item 1 - Application IP/18/00518/FPI3 pdf icon PDF 334 KB

214 Sidegate Lane

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Ward:             RUSHMERE


Proposal:      Change of use from Care Home (C2) to allow building to be used for the provision of temporary accommodation (Sui Generis), including external alterations and associated works.


Address:       214 Sidegate Lane


Applicant:     Ipswich Borough Council


Agent:            Nicholas Jacob Architects


34.1    The Senior Planning Officer presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs.  It was confirmed that a site visit had taken place on Monday 23 July 2018 and that the latest National Planning Policy Framework had been formally published on 24 July 2018.  The content of what would be in a management plan was also detailed by the officer.


34.2    The Senior Planning Officer confirmed that three late representations objecting to the proposal were circulated on 20 July 2018 and provided a summary of the issues raised. A further three late representations objecting to the proposal were received and tabled as part of the Committee Meeting and a summary of the issues raised was provided. The Senior Planning Officer also advised that the late representations did not raise any new issues to those covered in the Committee report.


Mr Ian Blofield, Head of Housing and Community Services at Ipswich Borough Council, spoke on behalf of the applicant:

-              There was a need for more accommodation for homeless households and details of hostels operated by the applicant were provided.

-              The current number of households in temporary accommodation was 67, with 65% being families, and 25% of households were in employment.

-              The scheme was for homeless households eligible for assistance where there was reason to believe that there could be a priority need. Most single people would not meet this criteria.

-              Focused on operational management of the unit; qualified staff on site 24/7, households were risk assessed to ensure they were placed in a suitable scheme, which included liaising with other agencies e.g. Social Services, Education, Probation. Also considered the location of schooling for households with children in education, place of employment and existing family and support networks.

-              Households would have to sign license agreement and any household who breached the licence was at risk of losing their accommodation.

-              Usually provide contact details for residents nearby to contact the Duty Officer, and the applicant wanted to integrate the unit into the community, and would look to hold a consultation event in the Autumn. 


Mr Ben Fox, spoke in opposition to the application:

-              The development was a departure from the Local Plan, in particular, Objective 9.

-              Identified findings in the Ipswich Housing Market Area, Strategic Housing Market Assessment that set out need for more care homes and does not set out need for homeless accommodation.

-              Should focus on developing brownfield sites.

-              Contrary to DM26 - applicant to demonstrate that the development will not cause nuisance and the Management Plan was not sufficient. Disagree with Officer’s assessment of harm.


Councillor Ion, Rushmere ward Councillor, spoke on behalf of local residents:

-              Been a Ward Councillor for 9 years and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.


PD/18/03 Item 2 - Application IP/18/00513/FUL pdf icon PDF 202 KB

Slade Street Car Park, Star Lane

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Ward:             ALEXANDRA


Proposal:      Continued use of site as a public Pay and Display car park for a period of five years.


Address:       Slade Street Car Park, Star Lane


Applicant:     Total Car Parks Limited


35.1    The Acting Development Management Team Leader presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs.  As part of the recommendation, an amendment was made to Condition No 1. to read ‘Use shall cease on or before 25 July 2019.’




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


1.         Use shall cease on or before 25 July 2019.


2.         Parking to be restricted to short-stay use (no more than 5 hours).


3.         A minimum of 6% of the car parking spaces provided shall be laid out and reserved for use by disabled drivers only within two months of the date of permission being granted.


4.         Restriction upon gates opening out over highway.


5.        Details of cycle and PTW parking to be submitted, approved and implemented within 2 months of the date of permission being granted.


PD/18/03 Information for Councillors pdf icon PDF 6 KB

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36.1.    The Operations Manager for Planning and Development highlighted the latest quarterly Planning Enforcement performance update within the papers.



that the information for Councillors be noted.


Training Update: Development Management and the Local Plan


37.1.    The Operations Manager for Planning & Development gave a presentation about the Planning & Development process and Councillors took part in a workshop activity to identify street scenes.



that the presentation be noted.