Agenda and minutes

Planning & Development Committee - Wednesday 19th September 2018 9.30 am

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Rudkin and Councillor Studd.


Unconfirmed Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 25 July 2018.




that the Minutes of the meeting held on 25 July 2018 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


There were no declarations of interest.


PD/18/04 Planning Applications - General Information pdf icon PDF 90 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 set out on the agenda.


PD/18/04 Item 1 - Application IP/17/00769/OUT pdf icon PDF 385 KB

Norsk Hydro Ltd, Sandyhill Lane

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Ward:             GAINSBOROUGH


Proposal:      Outline application for the erection of up to 85 dwellings with associated landscaping, open space and ancillary infrastructure works. All matters reserved except access.


Address:       Norsk Hydro Ltd, Sandyhill Lane


Applicant:     Cheltenham Developments (Top Site) Ltd


Agent:            Lawson Planning Partnership Ltd


The Acting Development Management Team Leader presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs. 


The recommendation of the report was updated with revisions to the s.106 Heads of Terms:-


vi) Review mechanism(s) to be agreed.


The remainder of the recommendation remained the same as per the agenda report.


Ms Kathryn Oelman, of Lawson Planning Partnership, spoke on behalf of the applicant in support of the proposals:-


-        Historic legacy of the site was one of highly contaminated soils which requires remediation.

-        Retail/commercial use of the site has not come forward.

-        De-contamination of the site will cost £3.5 million.

-        NPPF supports alternative reuse of commercial sites where commercial has not come forward.

-        Site has density constraints due to HSE consultation zones.

-        Site accords with parking standards.

-        A number of technical studies have been submitted which indicates a residential development could be supported on this site.

-        Applicant has worked closely with SCC Highways regarding a pedestrian crossing of Landseer Road.

-        The crossing will have lasting legacy for future and existing residents.

-        Proposals will provide s106 contributions for educational purposes and habitat improvements.

-        Proposal will provide up to 85 dwellings, which would benefit the Council’s 5-year housing supply.

-        Constraints of the site make this a risky development and together with remediation costs, no affordable housing was provided.

-        However, applicant was willing to enter into a s106 clause requiring a re-valuation of the s106 contributions when the remediation costs are secured.

-        NPPF places substantial weight on the use of brownfield sites.

-        No objection from any statutory consultee.


The Planning & Development Operations Manager confirmed that following the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework in July 2018, viability reports for future applications would be made publically available; however, as this application had been submitted in August 2017, the viability report had been processed as per the previous regime and therefore had not been made publically available.




Grant planning permission for the development 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:


i)          Bus stop improvements - £2,500

ii)        TRO requirements and 20MPH Zone Order - £10,000

iii)       Pre-school contribution - £54,819

iv)       Primary school contributions - £121,810

v)        Stour & Orwell Estuaries contribution - £12,750

vi)       Review mechanism(s) to be agreed.


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


1.         Details of the appearance, layout, scale and landscaping (the reserved matters).

2.         Application for approval of the reserved matters to be made.

3.         Implementation of development following approval of the last of the reserved matters.

4.         Development to contain a maximum of 85  ...  view the full minutes text for item 43.


PD/18/04 Item 2 - Application IP/18/00534/FUL pdf icon PDF 337 KB

Land at Harris Way

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Ward:             GIPPING


Proposal:      Erection of a distribution centre (Class B8) and all associated works including car parking, access roads and loading areas.


Address:       Land at Harris Way


Applicant:     Headlam Group PLC


Agent:            Planning Direct


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


The report was updated with reference to an overall floorspace of 19,368 sq.m, comprising warehousing 16,608 sq.m, offices 2,317 sq.m with ancillary welfare facilities, battery charging etc.


The report was also updated with reference to a revised employment figure provided by the applicant. The applicant anticipated that there would be 150 employees, comprising 50 warehouse staff, 50 drivers and 50 office staff.


Mr S Miller, Planning Potential, spoke in support of the application on behalf of the applicant:-


-           Applicant was Europe’s largest distributor of floor coverings.

-           Intention was to replace existing facility in Hadleigh.

-           Have previously considered site at Whitton. The application site is much larger and its redevelopment was previously held up by Ipswich Chord.

-           Site is close to road network.

-           Proposal would be compatible with its surroundings, would be in accordance with policy and create 150 full time jobs, some of which would be relocated from Hadleigh.

-           Numerous technical reports submitted in support of the application, allowing the Local Planning Authority to conclude that the proposal was acceptable subject to further details that could be secured by conditions.

-           The recommended conditions were acceptable to the applicant.

-           The access was traffic light controlled and designed to provide access for a greater amount of floorspace than proposed by the applicant.

-           The building would be constructed using high quality materials.

-           Public consultation undertaken by the applicant and no substantive objections received.

-           Represents a major investment.


The application was subject to debate, and in particular, members considered that public access and a contribution towards a bridge link should be investigated further.


Officers advised that public access/bridge link would not be appropriate in the context of a storage or distribution use nor necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms.


Furthermore, Officers reiterated that the Site Allocation and Policies DPD no longer allocates the site for public access/bridge link, whereas a site to the west (Elton Park) was allocated for such a link.


Councillor Smart proposed that officers explore options with the applicant with regards to a contribution towards the provision of a pedestrian/cycle bridge across the River Gipping and public access to the amenity area within the site, and this was agreed.  The Planning & Development Operations Manager commented that some of these issues had already been raised with the applicant as noted in the report.


Councillor Kreidewolf proposed that the Head of Development be authorised to grant planning permission, subject to the consideration of the requests relating to the pedestrian/cycle bridge and public access to the amenity area, and this was agreed.




That the Head of Development be authorised to enter into further discussions with the applicant to explore  ...  view the full minutes text for item 44.


PD/18/04 Item 3 - Application IP/18/00697/FPI3 pdf icon PDF 289 KB

3-7 Russell Road

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Ward:             GIPPING


Proposal:      Change of use of hardstanding to storage of commercial vehicles.


Address:       3 - 7 Russell Road


Applicant:     Ipswich Borough Council


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


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




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


1.         Temporary permission for five years (until September 2023).

2.         Proposals to be in accordance with the approved plans.

3.         Restriction upon use – not public or pay and display parking.


PD/18/04 Information for Councillors pdf icon PDF 13 KB

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46.1.    Councillor Kreidewolf asked about the outcome of the application for costs in relation to the 4 Mallowhayes Close appeal. The Planning & Development Operations Manager reported that the costs claim had also been dismissed. Councillor Smart congratulated officers for the successful defence of this appeal.



that the information for Councillors be noted.


Councillor Carnall and Councillor Vickery left the meeting.


Training Update: Probity and Governance


47.1.    The Lead Lawyer gave a presentation covering aspects of pre-determination and bias in relation to the determination of planning applications.



that the presentation be noted.


As PD/18/04 Item 1 (application IP/17/00769/OUT) had been considered without referring to the details of the exempt information, Agenda Items 7 and 8 were not required.