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Minutes (Agenda item 2) pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2007.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2007 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Apologies (Agenda item 3)

To receive apologies for absence.


An apology for absence was received from Mrs M Chapman-Allen.



Declaration of Interest (Agenda item 4)

Members are asked at this stage to declare any interests they may have in any of the following items on the agenda.  The Members’ Code of Conduct requires that declarations include the nature of the interest and whether it is personal or prejudicial.


Members and Officers were asked to declare any interests as appropriate at the time the applications were made.


Mr N Moys, the Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects), declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda item 10 (Bawdeswell) as he lived in the vicinity of the site.  Mr Moys left the room whilst this item was being discussed.


Mr Sharpe declared a personal interest in items 7 and 15 of the Schedule of Applications (Swaffham).  The nature of his interest related to him being a Member of Swaffham Town Council.



Chairman's Announcements (if any) (Agenda item 5)


The Chairman introduced Mr Chris Raine, a Senior Development Control Officer, and welcomed him to his first meeting of the Development Control Committee.



Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda (Agenda item 6)

To consider any requests from Ward Members, officers or applicants to defer an application included in this agenda, so as to save any unnecessary waiting by members of the public attending for such applications.


a)           Mileham: Coronation Grove, Litcham Road: Conversion and Re-use of Part of Barn for Class B8 with Ancillary Residential and Parking (Ref: 3PL/2007/0318/F)


Members were informed that at the Development Control Committee on 21 May 2007 the aforementioned application had been deferred and the Development Services Manager had been authorised to grant planning permission subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement to tie the new accommodation to the commercial use and require that the commercial use commenced first.


The Development Services Manager explained that the Applicant’s Agent had, at first, disputed the content of the Section 106; however, after further discussions and since the production of the Agenda, the Agent had now agreed to the terms of the S106 Agreement and would continue through this route.


b)           Thetford: 29 Norwich Road (corner of Vicarage Road and Norwich Road): Demolition of dwelling and erection of 4 town houses and 20 apartments: (Ref: 3PL/2007/0546/F)


Members were advised that the recommendation on this application had been changed to one of refusal.


c)      Shipdham: Land off Mill Road: Residential Development: (Ref: 3PL/2006/1234/F)


Members were advised that the recommendation to this application had changed from one of approval to one of deferment for the reason that the issues relating to the Highways provision had not been resolved. Objections to these issues were still continuing and therefore an Officer decision could not be made; however, as various and numerous discussions had already taken place, it was felt reasonable that Members be given the opportunity to put their views forward and the application be discussed (see Minute No.107/07 below)



Shipdham: Residential Development, Land off Mill Road (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


The following public speakers were in attendance for this item:

  • Mr Hewett, Ward Representative
  • Mr Tindale, Objector
  • Mr Edwards, Applicant’s Agent
  • Mr Tracey, Norfolk County Council Highways Representative


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) presented the report which concerned an application for full planning permission for residential development on land off Mill Road, Shipdham.  The development proposed included the erection of 24 dwellings, a new access and estate road and associated landscaped open spaces.  The development would include 3, 4 and 5 bedroom properties, in a range of sizes, and seven units of affordable housing.  The existing residential house on the site would be demolished.  The site itself, in the past, had included uses such as gravel extraction, a timber yard and a tip for builders waste.


The policy issues and the planning history relating to the application, as set out in the report, were explained.  Members noted that Shipdham had, during the course of the preparation of the Local Development Framework (LDF), been identified as a potential local Service Centre and had therefore been considered suitable for further development.


The proposal had given rise to considerable concerns in relation to highway safety.  Objections had been raised by the Parish Council, the Highway Authority and local residents.  It had been considered that Mill Road, in its present condition, although close to public amenities, was not suitable to cater for any significant increase in traffic.  Further to this, existing footways in the vicinity of the site were very narrow and the junction of Mill Road and the A1075 was also narrow and had limited visibility.  In response to concerns raised, the developer had offered to install three mini roundabouts at different junctions to improve circulation of traffic.  He had also offered to widen the existing footways, introduce traffic calming measures and improve local highway signage including further provisions to instate ‘keep clear’ road markings adjacent to the village school.  However, the Highway Authority had objected to these proposals and as an alternative the developer had offered a financial contribution of up to £48k to be spent on local highway improvements.  The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) explained that although this sum had been offered there was no guarantee that the monies would be spent on the scheme.  If the aforementioned highway improvements were not implemented there was a real danger that the money would be paid back to the developer; that was the main reason that Officers were requesting a deferral of this application. 


Video footage was shown of the site and the surrounding road network.


Mr Tindale spoke against the application.  He felt that further expansion in the village was not needed; Shipdham was a rural community where the facilities were limited and the local bus service was insufficient.  He had nothing against a smaller development, but felt that if the application was granted it could set a precedent for further larger developments in the village.  Mr Tindale pointed out that the application made many references to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 106.


Enforcement Items (for information) (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 74 KB

For information.


This item was noted.


Deferred Applications (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 13 KB

To consider applications deferred at previous meetings including some, but not all, of those shown on the attached Schedule of Deferred Applications.

Additional documents:


a)           Bawdeswell: Folland Court: Demolition of existing sheltered housing units and construction of 8 dwellings for rent and a post office: Reference 3PL/2007/0606/F


The following public speakers were in attendance for this item:


·        Mr Bambridge, Ward Representative

·        Mr Mallen, Parish Council

·        Mr Snape, Objector

·        Mrs Handford, for the Applicants

·        Mr Nourse, Agent

·        Mr Tracey, Norfolk County Council Highways Representative


The Senior Development Control Officer presented the details of the application which had been deferred from the meeting held on 11 June 2007 to enable an Officer from the Highway Authority to attend.


The Committee was informed that a subsequent meeting had been held between the applicant and the Parish Council where an agreement had been reached in support of the application.


Mr Mallen spoke in support of the application, adding that he had attended the Development Control Committee meeting in his capacity as a Bawdeswell Parish Councillor and not as a member of the Board of Peddars Way Housing Association.  He outlined the results of the meeting between the applicant and the Parish Council which had concluded that the revision of the proposals, to provide the open space and the post office, had been agreed.  Mr Mallen advised that he still had some reservations concerning the trees and parking issues but he did not want to delay the application any further now that an agreement had been reached.  He confirmed that the Parish Council was now unanimous that the proposal be approved.


Mr Snape advised that there was nothing wrong with the existing buildings that had been built solely for sheltered accommodation.  All the dwellings were in perfectly good condition except for the heating system being disconnected.


Mr Nourse confirmed that there was a housing need in Bawdeswell, and if approved, this development would be a positive contribution to the area.  The impact on the trees had been minimised and the dwellings were of a traditional design that would have no adverse impact on the character of the area.


Mrs Handford explained that local demand for the current facilities offered at Folland Court had diminished over the years; this had recently been proven by two bungalows on the site having to be re-let to people outside of the Breckland area. Mrs Handford pointed out that three trees out of 14 would have to be removed but would be replaced elsewhere.  She gave the reasons for not installing a new central heating boiler.


Mr Bambridge, the Ward Representative, spoke on behalf of the parishioners and advised that one of the main concerns was the inadequacy of the footpath leading from the site to the school.  He felt that moves should be made to install a footpath around the corner of Paradise Road prior to the scheme going ahead. A further concern raised was with regard to the Sweet Chestnut tree on the site which he asked to be retained.


Mr Tracey, the Norfolk County Council’s Highway Representative, advised that he was aware that Paradise Road  ...  view the full minutes text for item 108.


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 11) pdf icon PDF 194 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No





Ashill Parish Council


18 - 20


Buckfastleigh Limited




KKK Construction Ltd


22 - 24


The Crown Estate


25 - 27




28 - 30




31 - 33


Mr D Wright


34 - 35


Ingram Property Trading Partners


36 - 39


Willben Homes Ltd


40 - 43


Henstead Hall Estates Ltd


44 - 46


Mr C Mannion


47 - 49


Gladedale (Anglia) Ltd


50 - 51


Mr Stephen Bealey


52 - 56


Mr Ray Cross


57 - 58


Mr & Mrs Smith


59 - 60


Mr & Mrs A Stasiak


61 - 62



RESOLVED that the applications be determined in accordance with the recommendations contained in the schedule, subject to the following conditions and amendments:


(a)         Item 2: 3PL/2006/1234/F: Shipdham: Land at Mill Road including Molecatchers Cottage: Demolition of existing building and construction of residential development for Buckfastleigh Ltd


This item was considered in conjunction with Agenda item 8 (see Minute No. 106/07 above).


(b)    Item 4: 3PL/2007/0424/O: Thetford: Brandon Road/Maine Street: Residential development for The Crown Estate


Approved as recommended, subject to the inclusion of direct pedestrian access being provided on to the Brandon Road.


(c)     Item 5: 3PL/2007/0484/F: Thetford: Old Glass Warehouse, Old Market Street: Conversion into flats

Deferred, with authority for the Development Services Manager to approve as recommended on completion of a Section 106 Agreement to secure an affordable housing contribution.

(d)    Item 8: 3PL/2007/0503/F: Watton: Thetford Road and Gregor Shanks Way: 19 sheltered flats


         Deferred, with authority for the Development Services Manager to approve as recommended on completion of a Section 106 Agreement to secure an affordable housing contribution.


(e)    Item 9: 3PL/2007/0546/F: Thetford: 29 Vicarage Road (corner of Vicarage Road and Norwich Road): Demolition of dwelling and erection of 4 town Houses and 20 apartments


The Committee was informed that the recommendation had been changed to one of refusal due to the Council’s Tree and Countryside Officer still having concerns about the close proximity of the existing Lime trees to some of the proposed apartments.  Members noted that the applicant had recently submitted revised plans to try to overcome these concerns.


Refused, as recommended on the grounds that:

i)                    the proposal, together with the loss of the existing house, would fail to enhance the character of the area; and

ii)                  the buildings would have an impact on two large existing Lime trees.


(f)      Item 10: 3PL/2007/686/F: Thetford: 3 Minstergate: Convert house to provide 2 no. one bed apartments, new build block to provide 11 no. one bed apartments for Henstead Hall Estates


Deferred, contrary to the recommendation.  Members felt that the dimensions of the building should be verified to ensure that the proposed scheme was similar to the previously approved application.


(g)         Item 11: 3PL/2007/0687/F: Attleborough: Bunns Bank: 2 blocks of industrial units


Approved as recommended, with an additional condition restricting the use to Classes B1 and B8 only.


(h)         Item 12: 3PL/2007/0714/D: Dereham: Toftmead, South Green: Erection of 12 no. flats and 4 no. semi-detached houses for Gladedale (Anglia) Ltd


Refused, contrary to the recommendation.  Members felt that the dwellings fronting the site should be of a superior design to compensate for the loss of the former Georgian building.


(i)      Notes to the Schedule


The following persons were in attendance to speak on the following items:


Schedule Item No.                             Speaker


Agenda item 10 (Bawdeswell)        Mr Bambridge, Ward Member

Mr Mallen, Parish Council

Mr Snape, Objector

Mrs Handford, for the Applicants

Mr Nourse, Applicant’s Agent

Mr Tracey, NCC Highways Representative


Agenda item 8  ...  view the full minutes text for item 109.


Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (For Information) (Agenda item 12) pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


This item was noted.



Appeals Decisions (for information) (Agenda item 13)

APP/F2605/A/06/2033013: Toftwood: 20 School Lane: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for a new three bed dwelling for Mr and Mrs P Sandford (Application Reference 3PL/2006/0720/O)

Decision: Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/07/2032731/WF: Banham: Land at the Paddock, Wash Lane: Appeal against a refusal of planning permission to erect two 2-storey detached dwelling houses with garages for Mr Simon Fisher (Application Reference 3PL/2006/0778/O)

Decision: Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/06/2033013: Toftwood: 20 School Lane: erection of new three bed dwelling for Mr and Mrs Sandford (Dismissed)


Members congratulated the Officers concerned on the outcome of the above Appeal.


This item was otherwise noted.



Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (for information) (Agenda item 14)

3CM/2007/0008/F: Necton: Necton Middle School, School Road: To provide one no. nursery mobile unit for Director of Children’s Services, County Hall.

Decision: Conditional Approval


This item was noted.