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Parish Council Meeting Report, Jan 16th 2020

The meeting was principally convened to discuss urgent planning applications and agree the 2020-21 budget

Public Participation Session

Cllr Maybury highlighted the current ‘Grants for home adaptions’ initiative with a £7.5k limit, available to qualifying private and tenanted accommodation. BMSDC have committed to a rolling £53,500/year funding programme for the Sudbury Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

A member of the public expressed disappointment that a further planning application for a development of 31 dwellings had been submitted, given previous opinion that Cockfield had “taken more than its fair share of development”.

Planning: Applications Received: It was noted that the following applications had been referred to the Parish Council:

DC/19/04755: Planning Application DC/19/04755 [Outline Planning Application (Access to be considered all other matters reserved) – Erection of up to 34 no. dwellings (Plots 5, 6 and 7 of Reserved Matters Permission DC/19/02020 to be repositioned/amended). Land to The Rear of Plough and Fleece Inn Great Green Cockfield Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP30 0HJ]. Revised Site Layout. (Consultation Submission Deadline 22/01/20). The Parish Council supports the application subject to a number of conditions.  The full Parish Council response can be viewed on the BMSDC Website.

DC/19/05790: Application for Outline Planning Permission (some matters reserved – access to be considered) – Erection of 2No detached dwellings and creation of new vehicular access. Abbey Farm House, Bury Road, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP30 0LB (Consultation Submission Deadline extended until 20/01/20). The Parish Council objects to this Application.

DC/19/05654: Full Planning Application – Erection of 1No detached dwelling (following demolition of existing semi-detached bungalows and outbuildings). Lane End, Colchester Green, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP30 0HG. (Consultation Submission Deadline 23/01/20). The Parish Council supports this Application.

Decisions Received:


Notification under Schedule 2 Part 3 Class Q of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 Proposal: Prior Approval of Proposed Change of Use of Agricultural Building to Dwelling house (Use Class C3) and for Associated Operational Development – Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order1995 (As amended). Barn At Earls Hall Farm, Earls Hall Road, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds IP30 0JD. Decision: Prior Approval Has Been Granted Subject to Conditions.

DC/19/04463: Discharge of Conditions Application for DC/17/05332 – Conditions 16 (Details of Access), 17 (Roads and Footpaths), 18 (Parking and Turning), 19 (Refuse Bins and Collection Areas), 22 (Construction Surface Water Management Plan), 24 (Materials), 25 (Landscaping Scheme), 31 (Screen Walls and Fences), 32 (Levels), 35 (Deliveries Management Plan) and 37 (Construction Management). Land to The North West Of, Mackenzie Place, Cockfield, Suffolk. Decision: Approved Conditions: 16,17,18,19,22 & 24.

Appeal Ref: APP/D3505/W/19/3233313: Land adjacent Gambrel, Chapel Road, Cockfield, IP30 0HE.  The appeal is made under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against a refusal to grant outline planning permission. Decision: Appeal Dismissed.

DC/19/05284: Application under section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act. DC/18/00494 without compliance with Condition 2 (Approved Plans and Documents): to change rear side wall from single to double storey. Cockfield Post Office and Stores, Howe Lane, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP30 0HA. Decision: Planning Permission has been Granted.

Parish Council Budget for 2020/21: It was agreed that2020/21 Draft Parish Council Budget circulated by the Clerk prior to the meeting, be Approved. 

Parish Council Precept for 2020/21: The Precept application was signed by the Chairman, Cllr Brinkley, Cllr Cutting-Keyton and the Clerk and will be submitted to BMSDC prior to the 31/01/20.

Waste paper: Cllr Webster concluded investigations into sourcing alternative Recycling Contractors to collect the village’s Waste Paper & Cardboard.  He recommended that we retain our existing Contractor for Paper Collections and that we stop cardboard collections with immediate effect, otherwise the Parish Council would incur ongoing costs. Notices to residents advising them to use their Blue Bins for disposing of Cardboard have been advertised on the Village Website, in an article in Green Links and via a Community Broadcast.

From the above despite a falloff in returns it was agreed that the Parish Council continue to collect Waste Paper and utilise the current Contractor for Recycling and that Mr Hodge’s Estate Manager be asked to manage the process.

Pavilion Update: Cllr Levett updated Cllrs on the latest Loss Adjuster’s response confirming agreement on the Parish Council’s % contribution towards the settlement claim, the Parish Council’s right to reclaim VAT and the ‘warranty’ period against any repeat damage to the Pavilion, resulting from the same root cause of the settlement.


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