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Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Carnall and Councillor Parry.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2018.
that the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 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
Councillor Knowles, having a family member who had a business adjacent to the site, declared an interest in Item 3 (IP/18/01076/FUL) and left the room during the consideration of this item.
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 following order:
Item 1 – IP/18/00526/OUT – Westerfield House, Humber Doucy Lane
Item 2 – IP/18/01046/FUL – 26-28 St Matthew’s Street
Item 3 – IP/18/01076/FUL – Car Parking Area, The Factory, Star Lane
Westerfield House, Humber Doucy Lane
Proposal: Erection of care ‘village’ (C2 use class) as residential care home.
Address: Westerfield House, Humber Doucy Lane
Applicant: Khan and Co Ltd for Westerfield House Care Ltd
Agent: KLH Architects Ltd
A site visit was undertaken by Members of the Committee on Monday 7 January 2019.
The Senior Planning Officer presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs. Further reference was made to the presumption in favour of sustainable development and the status of the site as redundant land, part of which was previously in use as a playing field and not in agricultural use.
The report was updated as follows:-
IBC Conservation and Design – Objection maintained as the proposal would erode the intended isolated setting of Westerfield House, reduce the legibility of the historic core of Westerfield House by introducing inappropriate, over scaled development within the building’s immediate setting, which cumulatively with the proposed road network through the site, associated hardstanding, and the existing large, prominent extensions, would result in high level ‘less than substantial harm’ to the special interest of the Grade II listed Westerfield House, detracting from its architectural and historic significance.
Whilst there could be scope for new development within the application site, the number of units and scale of development would need to be significantly reduced. It is therefore recommended that this application is withdrawn, and encourage the applicant to submit a pre-application enquiry of a much reduced proposal, of a more sensitive design with regard to the listed building and the countryside setting of the application site.
SCC Drainage – Previous concerns and holding objection still apply as no new drainage or flood risk information has been submitted.
The following representation has been received in support of the proposal:-
Mr O Thurtle, 43 Cowper Street, IP4 5JA received 22.12.18
1. General support. Suggest that car parking could be redesigned and that the proposed communal facilities would be beneficial.
The following representation has been received against the proposal:-
Suffolk Preservation Society, received 8.1.19
1. Harmful impact upon the setting of the listed building, resulting in high level ‘less than substantial harm’.
2. If Officers are minded to support the scheme in principle, a substantially scaled down proposal should be sought.
Mr Steve Miller, Planning Direct, spoke in support of the application on behalf of the applicant:-
· Applicant has been involved in number of regeneration sites across town, as well as Westerfield House.
· Care Village was acceptable having regard to presumption in favour of sustainable development.
· Grounds for refusal represent minor points and any refusal may be subject to appeal.
· Important that the directors live at the site for what was an ambitious project and use. In any case there was the presumption in favour of sustainable development.
· No substantive heritage impact.
· There was no question that surface water can be accommodated, therefore Flood Risk Assessment was not required. Further detail can be subject to conditions.
· Preserved trees shown as retained on the plan. Do not ... view the full minutes text for item 89.
26-28 St Matthew’s Street
Proposal: Change of use from retail shop (A1) to place of worship on a temporary basis until 1st July 2019.
Address: 26-28 St Matthew’s Street
Applicant: Mr T Muhamad
The Development Management Team Leader presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs.
Grant temporary planning permission subject to the following conditions (briefly):-
1. Unless planning permission is renewed the temporary use hereby permitted shall cease on or before the 9th January 2020.
2. Reversion to A1 use upon occupant vacating site.
3. Within one month of the date of this permission, a full Management Plan, is to be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The Management Plan is to include details and contact numbers of persons responsible for the running and management of the premises. The approved Plan is to be implemented as soon as it is agreed by the Local Planning Authority and updated as and when appropriate.
1. An electronic ‘call to prayer’ is recommended for use in association with the Premises to avoid unnecessary objections relating to noise.
2. Building Regulation approval is required for the change of use.
3. Suffolk Constabulary comments.
4. Ipswich Borough Council supports the use of automatic sprinkler systems.
Councillor Knowles left the meeting.
Car Parking Area, The Factory, Star Lane
Proposal: Renewal of Planning Permission IP/16/00758/FUL for use of site as short stay Car Park comprising 12 spaces.
Address: Car Parking Area, The Factory, Star Lane
Applicant: Mr Zeral Hamadamin
The Senior Planning Officer presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs.
Grant of planning permission subject to the following conditions (briefly):-
1. Use shall cease on or before 9 January 2021.
2. Parking to be restricted to short-stay use (no more than 5 hours) with financial disincentives for longer stays.
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