Agenda and minutes

Planning & Development Committee
Wednesday 18th September 2019 9.30 am

Venue: Gipping Room, Grafton House

Contact: Linda Slowgrove  01473 432511

Items
No. Item

47.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

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

48.

Unconfirmed Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 August 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

that the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 August 2019 be signed as a true record.

49.

To Confirm or Vary the Order Of Business

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

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

50.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

51.

PD/19/06 Planning Applications - General Information pdf icon PDF 8 KB

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Minutes:

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

 

Item 2 (IP/19/00591/FUL – 43A Woodbridge Road East) had been withdrawn by the applicant prior to the meeting. The remaining applications were considered in the following order:

 

Item 1 – IP/19/00369/FUL – Former Defiance Public House, 22 Stoke Street

Item 3 – IP/19/00173/FUL – Websters Trade Yard, Dock Street

Item 4 – IP/19/00667/FPF – Sizewell C (Stage 4 Consultation)

52.

PD/19/06 Item 1 - Application IP/19/00369/FUL pdf icon PDF 863 KB

Former Defiance Public House, 22 Stoke Street

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REPS

Ward:             BRIDGE

 

Proposal:      Demolition of single-storey extension to former Defiance Public House. Re-ordering of premises to provide two flats. Erection of buildings on land behind Defiance Public House containing 29 flats.

 

Address:       Former Defiance Public House, 22 Stoke Street

 

Applicant:     Maybush Developments Ltd

 

Agent:            KLH Architects Ltd

 

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

 

The report was updated with regard to the ownership of the adjacent land outlined in blue and the future provision of a riverside path, which was to be secured as part of the Section 106 agreement, and increased cycle parking within the development.

 

Mr Bryan Wybrow, Director at KLH Architects, spoke on behalf of the applicant in support of the application:

 

-               Prominent, yet abandoned, site had become overgrown and subject to anti-social behaviour.

-               Applicant had made considerable investment, including clearance of site.

-               Site was now ready to deliver housing and had potential to be the start of a riverside walk.

-               Design had evolved following discussion with Officers.

-               Proposal aimed to encourage permeability and accessibility whilst relating well to the local context, including St Mary At Stoke Church and the Stoke Conservation Area.

-               Proposal represented a great improvement to a derelict site.

 

Councillor Jones proposed that draft condition 20 be amended to read as “Details of hard and soft landscaping, including communal and parking areas, and the respective management of these areas, shall be provided for agreement …”, and this was agreed.

 

As there was an equality of votes, the Chair used his casting vote in favour of the revised recommendations.

 

RESOLVED:-

 

Grant full planning permission for the development, subject to the completion of a legal agreement under the provisions of section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act (1990) securing the following (index linked):-

 

1.         Education £48,724

2.         Pre-school £24,999

3.         Libraries £496

4.         Traffic Regulation Order £11,500

5.         Provision of pathway/amenity space adjacent to the River Orwell (to include hard/soft landscaping and street furniture) before commencement of development and in accordance with details to be approved.

6.         Restrictions upon access to pathway/amenity space until adjacent development is first occupied or other timescales to be agreed. Pathway open and available to the public thereafter and provision of path between application site and Bridge Street in accordance with details/phasing to be approved.

7.         Provision for adoption and future maintenance of riverside path and associated works.

8.         Review clause covering delivery of Affordable Housing and POS contributions should the development become more profitable than described in the current submission.

 

Any planning permission granted be subject to the following summary planning conditions:-

 

1.         Development to be in accordance with the approved drawings.

2.         Detail of external materials shall be submitted and approved before commencement of external elevational works.

3.         Details of site levels shall be submitted and approved prior to construction of foundations.

4.         Submission of electric vehicle charging details, including numbers and locations, shall be submitted and approved before commencement of groundworks.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.

53.

PD/19/06 Item 2 - Application IP/19/00591/FUL pdf icon PDF 443 KB

43A Woodbridge Road East

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REPS

Ward:             BIXLEY

 

Proposal:      Erection of two-storey building containing 4 x one-bedroom flats and associated external works.

 

Address:       43A Woodbridge Road East

 

Applicant:     SDA Property Solutions Ltd

 

Agent:            Mr Adrian Tricker

 

This application had been withdrawn by the applicant prior to the meeting.

54.

PD/19/06 Item 3 - Application IP/19/00173/FUL pdf icon PDF 617 KB

Websters Trade Yard, Dock Street

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REPS

Ward:             BRIDGE

 

Proposal:      Demolition of existing buildings and erection of nine residential units (8 flats and 1 ‘executive residence’) plus associated car parking and cycle storage. Site within floodzone 2 and 3.

 

Address:       Websters Trade Yard, Dock Street

 

Applicant:     Mr Monk

 

Agent:            Mr Ben Willis

 

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

 

RESOLVED:-

 

Grant planning permission upon condition that (briefly):-

 

1.         Development to be in accordance with plans.

 

2.         Details to be submitted and approved:- External materials; Hard and soft landscaping including external surfaces; Details of the specification to be provided for secure cycle storage; Details of refuse/recycle presentation areas; Boundary treatments; External lighting details; Details relating privacy screens to terraced balconies; Renewable or low-carbon energy provision; Ecological enhancement measures. All agreed details to be provided prior to occupation.

 

3.         Dwellings to meet necessary energy and water use sustainability targets as required by policy DM1.

 

4.         Submission of Pre-commencement phase 2 Geoenvironmental investigation including an intrusive site investigation and asbestos survey. Submission of phase 3 report demonstrating remediation options. No occupation of any part of the development should take place until a verification report has been submitted to the local planning authority.

 

5.         Submission of details of any unidentified contamination on commencement of demolition/construction.

 

6.         Submission of Pre-commencement Written Scheme of Archaeological Investigation.

 

7.         No buildings shall be occupied until the site investigation and post investigation assessment has been completed, submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

 

8.         Submission of a Pre-commencement method statement addressing safety of people (including the provision and adequacy of an emergency plan, temporary refuge and

rescue or evacuation arrangements); safety of the building; and flood recovery measures (including flood proofing and other building level resistance and resilience measures).

 

9.         No development shall commence until details of the strategy for the disposal of surface water on the site have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.

 

10.      No development shall commence until details of the implementation, maintenance and management of the strategy for the disposal of surface water on the site have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.

 

11.      No development shall commence until details of a Construction Surface Water Management Plan (CSWMP) detailing how surface water and storm water will be managed on the site during construction (including demolition and site clearance operations) is submitted to and agreed in writing by the local planning  authority.

 

12.      Before the development is occupied a scheme of highway improvements shall be submitted to, approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and implemented. The highway improvements shall include measures to reduce vehicle speeds along Dock Street and appropriate signage.

 

13.      Before the development is occupied details of the proposed signage within the site shall be submitted to, approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and implemented.

 

14.      The new vehicular access shall be laid out and completed in all respects in accordance with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 54.

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PD/19/06 Item 4 - Application IP/19/00667/FPF pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Sizewell C (Stage 4 Consultation)

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Proposal:      Stage 4 Consultation with regard to erection of a nuclear power station (Sizewell C).

 

Address:       Fringe Area Application for Sizewell C

 

Applicant:     NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

 

The Principal Planning Officer presented the report, providing comparative information of the 3 transport strategies being considered: Rail-Led Strategy, Integrated Strategy and Road-Led Strategy.

 

Councillor Holmes highlighted the need for the retention of the public rights of way in relation to the proposed Ipswich Garden Suburb development and the potential risk to the delivery of the foot/cycle bridge by the developer if the rights of way were to be altered.  Councillor Gardiner clarified that the delivery of the foot/cycle bridge and vehicular bridge over the railway were not at risk as these elements of infrastructure would be funded from the Housing Infrastructure Fund rather than by the developer.

Councillor P Smart commented that any changes to the Westerfield crossing should be considered in relation to supporting the doubling of freight from Felixstowe rather than the temporary period for the construction of Sizewell C.

 

Councillor P Smart commented that the Rail-Led Strategy should not be ‘watered down’ and highlighted that the Integrated Strategy did not offer much improvement in comparison to the Road-Led Strategy.

 

Councillor P Smart also highlighted that the East Suffolk railway line improvements would help to encourage more sustainable travel in the future, which would help to support the aims of recent Climate Emergency declarations.

 

Councillor Jones emphasised that no attention had been given to Ipswich in terms of the Accommodation Strategy; Ipswich already had a shortage of private rented housing, and further demand for this housing could result in poorer members of the local population struggling to compete for the limited accommodation available.

 

Councillor Gage commented that in light of the potential environmental impact on the countryside, improvements to the East Suffolk railway line would be a minimal offset to this development.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Head of Development be authorised to make representation on behalf of Ipswich Borough Council to EDF Energy on the Stage 4 consultation on the Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station.

 

1.         Of the three strategies proposed, IBC would strongly encourage the use of a Rail-led transport strategy, as the most sustainable way of getting construction materials to the site, followed by the Integrated strategy and the last strategy that should be followed is the Road-led strategy.

 

2.         Should the Integrated strategy be pursued this should include

improvements to the East Suffolk line providing a legacy of rail

infrastructure.

 

3.         The DCO application must have proper regards to the proposed

development of 3,500 dwellings at Ipswich Garden Suburb, with particular reference being made to potential added noise and disturbance to existing and future occupants, the need for level crossing improvements at Westerfield Station, and the retention of the public right of way and installation of a foot/cycle bridge, rather than a permanent diversion.

 

4.         The Ipswich housing market needs to be part of the Accommodation Strategy that is being considered by EDF and should form part  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.

56.

PD/19/06 Information for Councillors pdf icon PDF 6 KB

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RESOLVED:

 

that the information for Councillors be noted.

57.

PD/19/07 Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (Regulation 18) Consultation pdf icon PDF 141 KB

Minutes:

57.1.    The Planning Policy Team Leader presented the report, outlining the points to be raised in the Council’s proposed response to the Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (Regulation 18) consultation, which was due to close on 30 September 2019.

57.2.    Councillor P Smart commented that the proposed housing on the fringes of Ipswich could equate to over 5,000 residents and highlighted the need for contributions to alleviate the impact on Ipswich.  Councillor P Smart added that although contributions were being proposed for A14 junction improvements, it would be preferable to consider how increases in traffic flows could better be mitigated, for example, similar traffic attenuation measures to those employed along Norwich Road where traffic was held at Bury Road and released at a rate that could be accommodated further along the road network.

57.3.    Councillor P Smart also advocated contributions towards providing a bus network and public transport improvements.  The Planning Policy Team Leader reported that a joint strategy would be put in place to mitigate transport and air quality issues relating to fringe developments, which would consider improvements to public transport. Officers would work with the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area Board to ensure that land would be reserved to deliver these improvements, e.g. bus stops, cycle network.

57.4.    Councillor P Smart highlighted that contributions to mitigate the impact on Ipswich’s services needed to be made up front to be effective, e.g. the bus service on the Ravenswood was implemented at the start of that development.

57.5.    Councillor Cook asked about the amount of Gypsy and Travellers accommodation currently provided in Babergh and Mid Suffolk. The Planning Policy Team Leader reported that Mid Suffolk had a high provision as it had authorised a site that had previously been unauthorised, but Babergh had a much lower provision.  The Gypsy and Travellers Accommodation Needs Assessment from 2017 was available on the Council’s website as part of the evidence base for its Local Plan.

57.6.    Councillor Gage commented on bus services being cut by operators to the East of Ipswich, impacting on routes to Martlesham and Woodbridge, and highlighted that it was not just a matter of influencing Babergh and Mid Suffolk authorities, but also gaining support from Suffolk County Council and bus operators.

57.7.    Councillor Gage highlighted the long term needs of Ipswich and its surrounding areas for GPs and medical services.  The Planning Policy Team Leader commented that Officers were working closely with the NHS in relation to the provision of medical services across the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area; in those areas where recruitment of GPs was proving difficult, ‘super medical centres’ could be considered that would offer a wider range of services.

57.8.    Councillor Holmes proposed that the fifth point of the Council’s proposed response be amended to also request contributions towards NHS medical services and public transport provision, and this was agreed.

RESOLVED:

 

that the Committee note the summary of the main points of the Babergh & Mid Suffolk Local Plan Preferred Options (Regulation 18)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.

58.

Suffolk Guidance for Parking - Third Edition (July 2019) - Verbal Update

Minutes:

This item was deferred and a briefing note would be circulated to Planning & Development Committee Members and Substitutes.