Agenda and minutes

Venue: Anglia Room, The Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 2016.


The minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 2016 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



To receive apologies for absence. 




Urgent Business

To note whether the Chairman proposes to accept any item as urgent business, pursuant to Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.




Declaration of Interests

The duties to register, disclose and not to participate for the entire consideration of the matter, in respect of any matter in which a Member has a disclosable pecuniary interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011.  Members are also required to withdraw from the meeting room as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.



Item 10 – Local Plan Preferred Sites Consultation.


Councillor Dimoglou – due to owning land that had been identified as preferred site.  He left the room whilst the item was discussed.


Councillor Cowen – due to the nature of his business.  He participated in the debate but did not take part in the vote.


Non-Members Wishing to Address the Meeting

To note the names of any non-members who wish to address the meeting.


Councillors Clarke, Claussen, Duigan, Monument, Richmond, Sharpe, Wilkin and Wilkinson.


Chairman's Announcements (If Any)


Nothing to report.


Breckland Community Funding Applications (Standing Item)

To consider the grants put forward (if any).  


The Executive Member for Place presented a summary of funding expenditure since the previous Cabinet meeting.  In total, £32,000 had been given in community grants and a further £198,000 waiting to be considered.



Supporting Community Growth in Attleborough pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Report of the Deputy Leader and Executive Member for People & Information, Councillor Sam Chapman-Allen.  

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The Deputy Leader and Executive Member for People & Information presented the report. 


Councillor Martin said Attleborough had been moving forward as a community and the development of the partnership would enhance this.


Councillor Cowen added that the A11 corridor created the strategic route particularly with Thetford and Attleborough set to see major growth in the coming years.  He said it was very important to engage with the local community.


Councillor Robinson, a Member of the Greater Thetford Development Partnership hoped that the two groups would be able to work together.


The Deputy Leader and Executive Member for People & Information confirmed that Councillor Tristan Ashby would be the Council’s formal representation to the partnership.




1)    The Council support the establishment of the Attleborough Development Partnership as a formally recognised outside body contributing to successful planned growth in and around Attleborough and confirms its nominated representative.

2)    Do Nothing.



The Attleborough Development Partnership (ADP) brings together the key partners involved in the growth of the town.  It is a critical time as many details of the proposed development are being worked out prior to any planning application and the ADP has already proved to be a useful forum to explore and move these forward.


It was RESOLVED that:


1)    Cabinet support the establishment of the Attleborough Development Partnership (ADP) as a formally recognised outside body contributing to successful planned growth in and around Attleborough and confirms nomination of a Breckland Council representative to the ADP.


2)    Cabinet confirm the nominated representative to the Attleborough Development Partnership – Councillor Tristan Ashby.


3)    Cabinet noted the approach to allocate financial support to fund the Independent Chair of the Attleborough Development Partnership and website development.



Quarter 1 Financial Performance Report pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Report of Executive Member Finance, Pablo Dimoglou.

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The Executive Member Finance presented the report. 


Councillor Wilkin questioned why the figure that had been set aside for Better Broadband for Norfolk project was not expected to be used until 2019-20.


The Deputy Leader informed Members that following a recent presentation at Overview and Scrutiny and in order to secure grant funding monies needed to be allocated and would be drawn down when the second phase was complete. 



To provide timely information to Members on the overall financial position of the Council.


It was RESOLVED that the report was noted.


Local Plan - Preferred Sites consultation pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Report of Executive Member Growth, Charles Carter.

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Councillor Dimoglou left the room for this item.


The Director of Capita Planning and Building Control presented the report (a copy attached to the minutes).  The report set out the background to the preparation of the consultation document through a series of Local Plan Working Group meetings held across the district. He set out how updated housing numbers were identified noting alternative scales of growth that were included in the January/ February Preferred Directions consultation. He drew Members attention to proposed amended draft policies relating to the rural housing. Mr Ottewell also noted in his presentation that two further maps were omitted from the document in front of Members (Attleborough and New Buckenham) and recommended that these be included in the consultation document.


The Leader invited Mrs Oechsle, Chairman of the Yaxham Neighbourhood Plan, and Mr Peter Lowings, Chairman of Yaxham Parish Council to speak.  Members were informed that there had been considerable local opposition to a Local Service Centre status for Yaxham.


Yaxham was a small and residents questioned how 95 new homes in the village represented 10% growth.  It was strongly felt that the village did not meet the necessary criteria to be a Local Service Centre.  The local school was at full capacity and had no room to expand.  Whilst the village did have a good village hall which hosted clubs and private functions, the village did not have a pub with no plans to re-open one.  There was a 5km walking distance from one end of the village to the other to reach the school or shop.  It was felt that there was inconsistency within the proposed document and that this should be addressed.


Councillor Claussen said he had recently received notification that Yaxham now met 4.5 out of the 5 criteria to become Local service centre status.  He wanted to understand why this had been the case and noted that he had received emails of disapproval from local residents prior to the next consultation.


Mr Lowings, Chairman of Yaxham Parish Council reiterated that it was the capacity of the local school which was concerning to local residents.


Councillor Sharpe asked why Ashill’s allocation of 90 additional dwellings had been reduced to 50.  The Director of Capita and Building Control said that the area shown had been reduced in scope and had created the reduction in dwellings which had the potential to mitigate a number of concerns raised through a recent planning application on the site.


Councillor M Chapman-Allen said she had arranged a meeting with Garboldisham Parish Council to inform them of the Local Plan.  She was awaiting information from Officers with regards to ownership of a piece of land.


Councillor Harry Clarke raised concern on the increase of development from 18% to 30% within Dereham.  The increase in figures would have severe impact with ongoing widespread traffic issues, and would affect employment opportunities within the town.  He suggested that the transport study was a technical document and should not be adopted as evidence as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 94/15


Next Meeting

To note that the date of the next meeting of Cabinet will be held on 11 October 2016 at 9.30am in the Norfolk Room.


The arrangements for the next meeting held on 11 October at 9.30am in the Norfolk Room, Elizabeth House, Dereham were noted.