Agenda and minutes

Planning & Development Committee - Wednesday 26th August 2020 9.30 am

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Linda Slowgrove  01473 432511

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Items
No. Item

29.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Studd.

30.

Unconfirmed Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 29 July 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

that the Minutes of the meeting held on 29 July 2020 be signed as a true record.

31.

To Confirm or Vary the Order Of Business

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

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

32.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Harsant, having been involved with the consultation work relating to the Sizewell C Power Station application, declared an interest in Agenda Item 6 (report PD/20/06) and left the room for the consideration of this report.

33.

PD/20/05 Planning Applications - General Information pdf icon PDF 105 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 order set out on the Agenda.

34.

PD/20/05 Item 1 - Application IP/20/00398/OUTI3 pdf icon PDF 703 KB

Portman Road C Car Park, Portman Road

Additional documents:

Minutes:

REPS

Ward:           GIPPING

 

Proposal:     Erection of multi-storey car park and ancillary buildings; Creation of internal site access and paved external spaces. Outline application to consider access, scale and layout only (landscaping and appearance as reserved matters).

 

Address:      Portman Road C Car Park, Portman Road

 

Applicant:    Ipswich Borough Council

 

Agent:          Mr Graham Lambert

 

The Planning & Development Operations Manager presented the report illustrated by drawings and photographs.

 

Late representation:

 

R Lewis, 46 Ivry Street, IP1 3QW, received 20 August 2020

 

Issues raised:

-             The building of further car parking would encourage further traffic and pollution, which did not fit with a sustainable low-carbon strategy and conflicted with Government policy.

 

Petition from Ipswich Friends of the Earth Supporters, 88 signatories, received 25 August 2020

 

Issues raised:

-             Contradicted aims to reduce car dependency

-             Contradicted air pollution targets

-             Irresponsible response to the climate emergency

-             Safety of pedestrians

-             Discouraged cycling

-             Undermined Park & Ride scheme

 

RESOLVED:

 

Grant planning permission upon condition that (briefly): -

 

1.       Reserved matters to be submitted (appearance and landscaping).

 

2.       Development to be in accordance with plans (in relation to layout, scale and access).

 

3.       The scale of the development shall not exceed seven (7) storeys in height.

 

4.       Prior to development being brought into use, details of the proposed access (including position of any gates to be erected) and visibility splays to be provided.

 

5.       Prior to development being brought into use, details showing pedestrian improvements for Portman Road.

 

6.       Prior to development being brought into use, details showing the means to prevent the discharge of surface water from the development onto the highway to be provided.

 

7.       Prior to development being brought into use, details of the electric vehicle recharging provision and infrastructure to be provided.

 

8.       The use shall not commence until the areas within the site for the purposes of manoeuvring and parking of vehicles has been provided.

 

9.       The lux level of lighting at ground floor at the highway boundary shall not exceed 1 lux.

 

10.      Prior to development being brought into use, details of secure cycle and powered two-wheel parking spaces, disabled car parking spaces and to be provided.

 

11.      Prior to development commencing, submission of a construction management strategy, to include a dust management plan, and construction logistics plan.

 

12.      Prior to development being brought into use, submission of a re-modelled car parking layout for Portman Road car parks B and C.

 

13.      Development to be constructed in accordance with recommendations outlined in section 8 of the Phase I and II Geo-Environmental Assessment.

 

14.      Reporting of contamination not previously identified if found to be present at the site.

 

15.      Details of Flood Evacuation Plan and Flood Resilient Construction Details.

 

16.      Details of the strategy for disposal of surface water on the site.

 

17.      Details of the implementation, maintenance and management of the strategy for the disposal of surface water on the site.

 

18.      Details of a Construction Surface Water Management Plan (CSWMP) detailing how surface water and storm water will  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.

35.

PD/20/05 Items 2 & 3 - Applications IP/19/01047/LBC & IP/19/01048/FUL pdf icon PDF 575 KB

9 - 11 Museum Street

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ward:           ALEXANDRA

 

Proposal:     Internal alterations to facilitate change of use from Estate Agents (Class A2) to 9 one-bedroom flats (Class C3).

Change of use from Estate Agents (Class A2) to 9 one-bedroom flats (Class C3).

 

Address:      9-11 Museum Street

 

Applicant:    SPML Museum Ltd

 

Agent:          Mr Robin Bryer

 

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

 

Councillor Jones raised concern about the ground floor French windows of Flat 1 opening out directly onto car parking spaces and about the poor condition of the car parking surface.  It was agreed that condition 3 be amended to consider the landscaping and layout of the parking area to the rear of the building and to request resurfacing of this area, and this was agreed.

 

Councillor Jones also raised concern about the quality of the glazing with regard to noise pollution, especially on the south side of the building next to the restaurant; it was agreed that an informative be added to request secondary glazing as necessary on elevations.

 

Application IP/19/01047/LBC:

 

RESOLVED:

 

Grant listed building consent subject to the following condition (briefly):

 

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

 

Application IP/19/01048/FUL:

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

1.       Development to be in accordance with the approved plans and the requirements of the succeeding conditions.

 

2.       Secure cycle parking, secondary glazing, electric vehicle charging and bin storage/collection details to be provided and agreed before first occupation.

 

3.       Notwithstanding the details submitted with the application, details relating to biodiversity enhancement measures, landscaping details, layout of parking spaces and surfacing improvements, shall be agreed before first occupation. Approved works to be provided on first occupation and provisions for planting and maintenance covering a 5-year period.

 

4.       Details relating to energy and water efficiency to be agreed before first occupation (subject viability and feasibility).

 

5.       Reporting of any unexpected contamination with regard to reconfiguration of parking area and new landscaping.

 

6.       Prior to occupation, details of the long-term management of communal areas and refuse/recycling facilities to be submitted.

 

INFORMATIVES: -

 

1.       Ipswich Borough Council supports the use of automatic sprinkler systems.

 

2.       Please note that the details pursuant to condition 3 will require adequate separation between car parking space and the ground floor windows, particularly the windows/doors relating to Flat 1.

 

3.       With regard to secondary glazing pursuant to condition 2, it is expected that all elevations be subject to this requirement.

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PD/20/05 Item 4 - Application IP/20/00210/FUL pdf icon PDF 574 KB

Land between 17 & 21 Harrow Close

Additional documents:

Minutes:

REPS

Ward:           ST JOHNS

 

Proposal:     Erection of one new dwelling.

 

Address:      Land between 17 and 21 Harrow Close

 

Applicant:    Mr J Preston

 

Agent:          Mr Michael Ashton

 

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

 

Councillor Jones expressed concern about the impact of the proposed dwelling on the character of Harrow Close and added that it did not sit comfortably within the street scene.  Councillor Kreidewolf commented that whilst this was an area of varying styles and high-density housing, the proposed dwelling was an overdevelopment as it had been made to fit into a very small space.

 

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

 

Councillor Jones proposed that planning permission be refused on the grounds of policy DM13(c) as the proposed dwelling failed to protect the setting of existing buildings and the character and appearance of the area.

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

Refuse planning permission for the following reason:-

 

 

1.       The character of Harrow Close is one of residential development in generous sized plots fronting onto the highway with pedestrian access to their rear gardens, which is in stark contrast with the narrow plots for dwellings in Kemball Street to the rear of the site. The proposed development site is significantly narrower that those others which make up the prevailing character and urban grain of Harrow Close and would therefore be seen as an unacceptably cramped form of ad-hoc, unplanned development which would be unrelated to the character of the surrounding development which would fail to be in keeping with the appearance of the locality. The proposed access to the rear garden is of minimal size such that the proposed dwelling would be hard up against the boundary of number 21 Harrow Close and would provide no meaningful landscaping or separation to the neighbouring property. The proposal therefore fails to make a positive contribution to the quality of the local environment or protect or enhance local character and distinctiveness of this part of Ipswich. The proposed development is therefore contrary to policy DM13 'c' of the adopted Ipswich Core Strategy and Policies DPD (2017), the adopted Space and Design Guidelines SPD (2015), and the aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework.

37.

PD/20/05 Items 5 & 6 - Applications IP/20/00528/FUL & IP/20/00529/LBC pdf icon PDF 456 KB

4 College Street

Additional documents:

Minutes:

REPS

Ward:           ALEXANDRA

 

Proposal:     Alterations to the interior and exterior of the building and the demolition of former warehouse walls to the west side of car park.

 

Address:      4 College Street

 

Applicant:    Ipswich Borough Council

 

Agent:          Nicholas Jacob Architects

 

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

 

Application IP/20/00528/FUL:

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.       The works to be carried out in accordance with approved drawings.

 

2.       Scale drawings of windows and door; wall and gate; and boundary treatments.

 

3.       Details of hard and soft landscaping, and cycle / bin store to be provided.

 

INFORMATIVES:

 

1.       Bricks from warehouse wall to be salvaged and re-used where possible.

 

Application IP/20/00529/LBC:

 

RESOLVED:

 

Grant listed building consent upon condition that (briefly):-

 

1.       The works to be carried out in accordance with the approved drawings.

 

2.       Scale drawings of details including:- cross section of barge board; new flooring; internal Insulation; door and window details; rear wall and gate; attic steps; and fireplace alterations.

 

3.       Details of lath and plaster finish replacement, and method statement for demolition and making good areas, and paint colours to be agreed in advance of installation.

38.

PD/20/05 Item 7 - Application IP/20/00412/FPI3 pdf icon PDF 594 KB

St Peters Dock Car Park, St Peters Wharf

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ward:           ALEXANDRA

 

Proposal:     Continued use of land as a short stay public car park as previously approved by IP/18/00386/FPI3 (site in Flood Zones 2 and 3).

 

Address:      St Peters Dock Car Park, St Peters Wharf

 

Applicant:    Ipswich Borough Council

 

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

 

The report was updated with regards to condition 4: The applicant was aware that the existing cycle, two-wheeler and disabled parking was currently unavailable due to the risk of falling debris from the adjacent Silo building.  Remedial works would be made to the adjacent building or alternative provision would be made elsewhere within the site.

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

1.       Use shall cease on or before 26th August 2022.

 

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

 

3.       Notwithstanding the provision of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (or any Order revoking and re-enacting that Order with or without modification) no direct means of vehicle access or egress shall be provided from/to College Street.

 

4.       Within 3 months of the date of this permission the existing cycle, two-wheeler and disabled parking facilities shall be made available for use in accordance with the details approved pursuant to ref. IP/17/00614/CON unless equal alternative provision for cycle, two-wheeler and disabled parking facilities has been made available elsewhere within the site. The facilities, together with any previously approved lighting shall be retained thereafter.

39.

PD/20/05 Information for Councillors pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

that the information for Councillors be noted.

 

Councillor Harsant and Councillor Kreidewolf left the meeting.

40.

PD/20/06 Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station pdf icon PDF 323 KB

Minutes:

40.1.     The Principal Planning Officer – Special Projects introduced the report, highlighting that EDF Energy had submitted the Sizewell C Power Station DCO application on 27 May 2020 having undertaken the prerequisite consultation; EDF Energy’s summary of the Council’s consultation responses was set out in the report.

40.2.     Councillor P Smart commented that despite the original proposed legacy of improvements to the East Suffolk Line, the proposed application would no longer provide any improvement to the parts of the route used by passenger services and there was no passing place proposed on the East Suffolk Line for additional freight trains, which after construction could have allowed for additional passenger services on that line.  Additionally, Network Rail was not able to guarantee freight paths on other parts of the network to enable an increase in freight services across this part of Suffolk.  Transport East and the New Anglia LEP had been pressing for improvements to Ely Junction, but even if approved, there was no guarantee that the improvements would be in place before the Sizewell C construction phase.

RESOLVED:

 

that the content of the update report and future actions be noted.

41.

PD/20/07 Business and Planning Act and other changes to Planning Legislation pdf icon PDF 270 KB

Minutes:

41.1.     The Senior Planning Officer – Special Projects introduced the report and highlighted that a legal challenge had been made in relation to Statutory Instruments SI 2020 nos. 755, 756 and 757, which were due to come into effect on 31 August 2020; a Pre-Action Letter had been submitted to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government with a response due today, which could result in these Statutory Instruments being suspended until the legal challenge was resolved.

Councillor Richardson left the meeting.

 

41.2.     Councillor Jones asked whether prior approval processes and the need to determine within 56 days effectively prevented these applications from being considered by the Committee.  The Senior Planning Officer – Special Projects commented that if a prior approval application was not determined within 56 days, then, by default, the development could commence; however, the 56 days deadline did not apply to Part 20 applications.  The Planning & Development Operations Manager added that prior approval applications were restricted on what could be taken into consideration as part of their determination.

41.3.     Councillor Holmes asked whether Officers would be submitting a response to the Planning White Paper consultation.  The Planning & Development Operations Manager reported that the deadline for this consultation was mid-October and added that a summary paper would be brought to the appropriate Committee.

41.4.     Councillor Jones asked whether hot food takeaways being classified as sui generis would make it more difficult to control their future uses.  The Senior Planning Officer – Special Projects commented that currently an A5 use changing to another use would require planning permission.  The updates to specified use classes were intended to allow greater flexibility for changes of use in town centres without the need to go through the planning process; this was likely to impact on the town centre policies within the Local Plan.

RESOLVED:

 

that the amendments to the legislation and implications of the Business and Planning Act 2020 be noted.