Decision Maker: Development Control Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
(Councillor Ian Houlder declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item in view of having worked for Greene King (the owner of the premises) for a number of years prior to retirement. He would continue to take part in the meeting and determination of the item.
Councillor Richard Alecock declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item in view of being a Mildenhall High Town Councillor, however, he stipulated that he did not take part in the High Town Council's formal consideration of the application and he would therefore continue to take part in the Committee meeting and determination of the item.
Councillor Andy Drummond declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item in view of his parents living close to the application site, he would therefore not take part in the determination of the item.)
Planning application - Conversion of existing storage barn to one dwelling with associated access and parking
This application was referred to the Development Control Committee following consideration by the Delegation Panel and in view of the support from Mildenhall High Town Council, which was in conflict with the Officer’s recommendation of refusal, for the reason set out in Paragraph 46 of Report No DEV/WS/21/001.
As part of his presentation the Officer provided videos of the site by way of a virtual ‘site visit’.
Speakers: Councillor Ian Shipp (Ward Member: Mildenhall Kingsway & Market) spoke in support of the application
Ron Pammenter (applicant) spoke in support of the application
(Neither individual connected to the meeting to personally address the Committee and instead opted to have the Democratic Services Officer read out pre-prepared submitted statements on their behalf. During this part of the meeting Councillor Carol Bull briefly lost connection during the Ward Member’s statement, accordingly the Chair asked the Democratic Services Officer to re-read this statement once Councillor Bull had regained connection.)
During the debate the Committee posed a number of questions which the Planning Officer responded to as follows:
Wall – it was confirmed that the wall in question was not listed and had been assessed by the Council’s Conservation Officer as not being of listed status;
Access – the joint access was not able to be amended and the application should be considered as set out in the proposed plans;
Occupation – contrary to the statement from the applicant, the Planning Authority had been advised that the intention was for the converted building to be rented out; and
Linkage condition – Members were informed that, if they so wished, it would be possible to condition planning permission to tie the occupation of the converted building to that of the public house, thereby, preventing it from being an independent premises.
Councillor Don Waldron proposed that the application be approved, contrary to the Officer recommendation, as he did not consider that the proposal would have a significant adverse impact on the public house or future residents of the converted building. This was duly seconded by Councillor Jim Thorndyke.
In response, the Service Manager (Planning – Development) addressed the meeting and advised that the proposal would not be ‘minded to’ and the Decision Making Protocol would not be invoked in this instance.
The Chair sought clarification from the proposer and seconder if their motion included the condition to tie the occupation of the converted building in with the public house. Councillors Waldron and Thorndyke confirmed that they did not consider the condition to be necessary.
Following which, the Planning Officer verbally outlined the conditions that could be appended to a planning permission, if granted.
Upon being put to the vote and with 15 voting for the motion and with 1 abstention, it was resolved that
Planning permission be GRANTED, CONTRARY TO THE OFFICER RECOMMENDATION, subject to the following conditions:
20-5079-04 REV A for the purposes of manoeuvring and parking of a vehicle has been provided and thereafter that area shall be retained and used for no other purposes.
No. 20-5079-04 REV A shall be provided in its entirety before the development is brought into use and shall be retained thereafter for no other purpose.
Report author: Connor Vince
Publication date: 22/02/2021
Date of decision: 03/02/2021
Decided at meeting: 03/02/2021 - Development Control Committee