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Parish Council Extraordinary Meeting Report, October 2019

Summary report of the Extra Ordinary Parish Council meeting held 10TH October 2019

Public Participation Session:

District Cllr Arthey advised that he was continuing to work on the Joint Local Plan consultation, the “Old Piggeries” Enforcement Notice, together with planning applications at the Garage site (Great Green) and Mackenzie Place and the CIL Framework Review.

In response to a query District Cllr Arthey outlined the process which would be followed to ensure that in future the 5 Year Housing Land Supply buffer (recently confirmed as being currently 5.78 years) would at least be maintained at 5 years.

Parsonage Green Bench:

It was agreed that the quotation from C Limmer for £140.00 to refurbish the timber bench on Parsonage Green was accepted. Mr Limmer is to be instructed to proceed.                    

Planning Applications Received:

DC/19/04367: Application for Reserved Matters: Submission of details under Outline Planning Permission DC/18/00474 – Access, Appearance, Landscaping, Layout and Scale for Erection of up to 3 No. dwellings and construction of vehicular access; Discharge of Condition 3 (Reserved Matters), Condition 5 (Landscape Protection), Condition 8 (Access), Condition 9 (Visibility Splays), Condition 11 (Surface Water Discharge), Condition 12 (Provision of Parking and Turning): Plot 1 Land At Bury Road, Cross Green, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0LG. The Parish Council objects to this Application principally on the matter of scale, mass, inappropriate design and context adjacent to listed buildings and the conservation area at Cross Green (The Parish Council’s full consultation submission can be seen on the BMSDC Planning Portal)

DC/19/04576: Full Planning Application – Erection of 1No. 1 Bed Bungalow and 2No. 2 Bed Bungalows with parking. Site Adjacent To, Mackenzie Place, Cockfield, Suffolk. The Parish Council supports this Application. (The Parish Council’s full consultation submission can be seen on the BMSDC Planning Portal)

Planning Decisions:

DC/19/02075: Householder Planning Application – Conversion of barn to residential annexe. The Walnuts, Great Green, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0HN. Planning Permission has been Granted.

DC/19/02076: Application for Listed Building Consent – Conversion of barn to residential annexe, including creation of accessible ground floor bedroom & wet room and insertion of mezzanine gallery with doors and windows in existing structural openings. New internal door in brick wall. The Walnuts, Great Green, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0HN. Listed Building Consent has been Granted.


Cllr Southgate provided an update on the Football Club’s application for an Alcohol Licence at the Pavilion. A summary of the Licence conditions will be issued to the Clerk by BMSDC Licensing.

The Football Club are proposing to install additional worktops and shelving, a lockable storage cupboard and a replacement electric cooker in the kitchen and are sourcing a cleaner’s cupboard for the disabled toilet to store mops.

It was agreed that the 5 fluorescent lights in the lounge area be replaced with LED lighting and the defective kitchen water heater be replaced.  Cllr Turner will install one LED light as a trial and obtain a quotation for the water heater.

Cllr Turner updated councillors on options available to resolve the water heating thermostat problem and agreed to liaise with the Installation Contractor for the water system.

Cllr Williams had investigated a resident’s complaint about litter around the Pavilion after football matches, however no evidence could be found at the time of the visit.

CIL123 Funding Bid Submission:

It was agreed that the Parish Council submit a CIL123 Funding application to BMSDC of £25,000, match funded by Parish Council Neighbourhood CIL of £20,000, Community Council funding of £5,000 and Parish Council Precept of £7,206 for new and replacement Play Equipment and Safety Flooring at the Great Green. Thanks, were given to Cllr Morley, Cllr Cutting-Keyton and Cllr Brinkley for all their work invested in the feasibility study. The Clerk will work with Cllr Morley to prepare the Application forms for submission to BMSDC by the 31/10/19 deadline.

Maintenance of Notice Boards:

After surveying all the Parish Council owned Notice Boards, Cllr Levett advised that they all required refurbishment, particularly the one located at Great Green. It was agreed that we should obtain a quotation from former Cockfield resident K Griffiths for the work. 

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