Agenda and minutes

Planning & Development Committee - Wednesday 3rd June 2020 9.30 am

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Linda Slowgrove  01473 432511

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

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

2.

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To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 March 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

that the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 March 2020 be signed as a true record.

3.

To Confirm or Vary the Order Of Business

Minutes:

The Chair proposed that Agenda Item 6 (report PD/20/02) be taken before Agenda Item 5 (report PD/20/01) and this was agreed.

 

R­­ESOLVED:

 

that, subject to Agenda Item 6 being considered before Agenda Item 5, the Order of Business be confirmed as printed on the Agenda.

4.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Rudkin, being known to the person who submitted the representation, declared an interest in Agenda Item 6 (report PD/20/02) and left the meeting during the consideration of this Agenda Item.

 

Councillor Jones, having a relative closely involved with St Mary at the Elms Church and also having visited the home of the person who submitted the representation, declared an interest in Agenda Item 6 (report PD/20/02) and left the meeting during the consideration of this Agenda Item.

 

Councillor Gage, having supported the Selig Suffolk Trust in her capacity as a Suffolk County Councillor, declared an interest in Item 2 (IP/20/00297/FUL) and left the meeting during the consideration of this item.

 

Councillor Harsant, having sought information on the application from the Planning Officers on behalf of the Parliamentary Office of Tom Hunt MP, declared an interest in Item 2 (IP/20/00297/FUL).

 

Councillor Holmes, having volunteered as an Overnight Team Leader at the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter, declared an interest in Item 2 (IP/20/00297/FUL).

5.

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St Mary at the Elms Church, Elm Street

Additional documents:

Minutes:

5.1.        The Development Management Team Leader presented the report, illustrated by plans and photographs.  One letter of objection had been received in relation to the provisional Tree Preservation Order.  A late representation was also received from Father Thackray, setting out the reasons for requesting the removal of the two existing holly trees at the front of the Church.

5.2.        Father John Thackray, Parish Priest at St Mary at the Elms Church, spoke in opposition to the proposals:

-     Highlighted that the substantial tree towards the front of the site was not within the churchyard.

-     No objections to TPO on trees to rear of the church; objections were against including the two holly trees.

-     Previous discussions with the Parks Department about enhancing the churchyard did not raise concerns about the holly trees.

-     Removal of holly trees will open up the frontage and allow the church to be viewed and improve the visual amenity of Elm Street.

-     Elm Street and church forms part of the Heritage Trail.

-     Possibility of planting miniature elm trees in frontage.

-     Leaf drop of holly trees covered a large area of the churchyard frontage.

-     The works and replanting of trees would be at no cost to the Council.

 

RESOLVED:

 

that Tree Preservation Order No. 10 of 2019 (St Mary at the Elms Church, Elm Street) be confirmed as made.

6.

PD/20/01 Planning Applications - General Information pdf icon PDF 8 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

The applications were considered in the following order:

 

Item 2 – IP/20/00297/FUL – 1 Civic Drive

Item 1 – IP/20/00112/VC – The Mulberry Tree Public House, Woodbridge Road

Item 3 – IP/20/00347/FPI3 – Princes Street Car Park, Princes Street

7.

PD/20/01 Item 1 - Application IP/20/00112/VC pdf icon PDF 610 KB

The Mulberry Tree Public House, 5 Woodbridge Road

Additional documents:

Minutes:

REPS

Ward:           ST MARGARETS

 

Proposal:     Removal of condition 7 of planning permission IP/19/00101/FUL relating to hours of use.

 

Address:      The Mulberry Tree Public House, 5 Woodbridge Road

 

Applicant:    Nawracy Cultural Centre

 

Agent:          Mr Metin Bicen

 

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

 

A late representation was received from Miqdad Khorshed, Elmcroft Road, highlighting that the Centre would provide excellent resources for families.

The Officer recommendation of approval was put to the meeting and was lost.

 

Councillor Kreidewolf proposed that planning permission be refused on the grounds of policy DM26 with regards to the impact on the amenity of surrounding residents.  Councillor Jones, in seconding the proposal, requested that the reason for refusal highlight that Woodbridge Road was not busy in the early hours of the morning and there was no guarantee that the proposed mitigation would satisfactorily address the potential noise issues in the car park and outside the building. 

 

The proposal to refuse planning permission was put to the meeting and was carried.

 

RESOLVED:

 

that planning permission be refused for the following reason:

 

Policy DM26 states that planning permission for any development (including change of use) will not be permitted where it would likely cause material nuisance to the proposed, existing and/or adjacent users, residents, occupiers or where it is liable to be detrimental to human health. Development which could itself be significantly adversely affected by the conduct of established or potentially noisy or polluting uses nearby will not be permitted. Exceptions will only be made where satisfactory mitigation measures can be secured through the use of planning conditions or Section 106 Agreements.

 

The building is in a location on the edge of Ipswich Town Centre where background noise is relatively high during day-time hours but likely to be lower during the night-time when the volume of traffic and noise from uses associated with the town centre lessen. Furthermore, there are residential properties located 32 metres to the north of the building, which also has entry/exit doors on its eastern elevation and therefore in proximity to those properties.

 

The variation would permit the use of the building between 10pm and 10am and therefore at times when background noise is relatively low. Such a use is likely to give rise to an increase in noise and disturbance impacting upon the residential properties to the north.

 

Although a detailed noise assessment and management details have been submitted in support of this application these do not provide satisfactory mitigation, particularly with regard to comings and goings in relation to the proposed additional hours beyond the boundary of the application site.

 

The variation would therefore be likely to cause material nuisance to existing and adjacent residents and no satisfactory mitigation measures have been put forward. The variation would fail to be in accordance with policy DM26.

8.

PD/20/01 Item 2 - Application IP/20/00297/FUL pdf icon PDF 669 KB

1 Civic Drive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

REPS

Ward:           ALEXANDRA

 

Proposal:     Change of use from substance user support centre (Use Class D1) to night-shelter (Use Class C1).

 

Address:      1 Civic Drive

 

Applicant:    Selig Suffolk Trust

 

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

 

An anonymous late representation was received questioning the proposed use in light of current housing needs and the use being located within an existing residential block.

 

Ms Julia Hancock, Charity Manager at Selig Suffolk Trust, spoke in support of the application:

 

-       Applicant is a local charity.

-       Access to ground floor windows and to building in general will be controlled.

-       Exits will be alarmed.

-       Measures will be taken to ensure guests do not arrive or leave ‘en masse’.

-       Guests will be subject to rigorous assessment and must abide by the guest agreement.

-       Applicant assists guests in securing long term housing.

-       Single site proposal would be fit for purpose and an improvement upon existing facilities.

 

Whilst not part of the planning application conditions, Councillor Jones requested that the applicant be encouraged to establish a friendly and supportive relationship with the residents at 3 and 5 Civic Drive.

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

1.       The hereby-approved development shall operate in accordance with the approved drawings and management details submitted as part of the application.

 

2.       Before the hereby-use commences details of access/egress management shall be submitted. The use shall only operate in accordance with the approved details.

 

INFORMATIVES:

 

1.             Sprinklers recommended.

9.

PD/20/01 Item 3 - Application IP/20/00347/FPI3 pdf icon PDF 444 KB

Princes Street Car Park, Princes Street

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ward:           GIPPING

 

Proposal:     Renewal of planning permission IP/18/00250/FPI3 for a temporary car park, and demolition of building at 86-98 Princes Street to form a temporary car park.

 

Address:      Princes Street Car Park, Princes Street

 

Applicant:    Ipswich Borough Council

 

Agent:          Mr Ben Willis

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

1.       Use shall cease on or before 3 June 2022

 

2.       Existing accesses to be stopped up in a method to be submitted for approval.

 

3.       No part of the development to commence until a photographic condition survey of the highways fronting and near to the site has been submitted to and approved.

 

4.       Details of secure cycle and powered two wheel parking, and parking space layout, and method of demarcation of spaces to be submitted and approved.

 

5.       A Demolition Strategy and a Construction Management Strategy to be submitted to and approved prior to work commencing on site.

 

INFORMATIVES:

 

1.             Comments from Suffolk Constabulary.

 

10.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

that the information for Councillors be noted.