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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 8 April 2013.



The Minutes of the meeting held on 8 April 2013 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda Item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Bowes, Mr Lamb and Mrs Spencer.  Mr Duigan was present as Substitute for Mrs Spencer.



Declaration of Interest and of Representations Received (Agenda Item 3)

Members are no longer required to declare personal or prejudicial interests but are to declare any new Disclosable Pecuniary Interests that are not currently included in the Register of Interests. Members are reminded that under the Code of Conduct they are not to participate and must leave the room, for the whole of an agenda item to which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest. 


In the interests of transparency, Members may also wish to declare any other interests they have in relation to an agenda item, that support the Nolan principles detailed within the Code of Conduct.


Members had received direct correspondence concerning Schedule Item 7 (Harling).



Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda (Agenda Item 5)

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.


Members were notified that Schedule Item 1 (Mattishall) had been withdrawn.



Local Development Framework (Standing Item)(Agenda Item 7)

To receive an update. 


The Director of Planning & Business Manager advised Members that the consultation on the Revised Statement of Community Involvement had closed on 3 May.  The Statement would be presented to Council for adoption in July.


The Draft Charging Schedule for the Community Infrastructure Levy was currently out for consultation.  Members and Parish Councils had been given briefings on the Schedule.


Work was on-going on evidence for the Local Plan with regard to housing numbers, employment growth and Gypsy and Traveller sites.


The draft reports of the Attleborough Transport Studies were expected at the end of May.



Deferred Applications (Agenda Item 8) pdf icon PDF 39 KB

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


Mattishall: Summer Meadows, off Mill Road: 3PL/2012/1004 pdf icon PDF 18 KB

The above application had been deferred from the Development Control Committee meeting held on 8 April 2013 to enable a site visit to take place on 26 April 2013.


Additional documents:


This application had been presented to the Committee on 8 April 2013 and after discussion by Members had been deferred for a Site Visit which had taken place on Friday 26 April 2013.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) gave Members a brief reminder of the details of the application.  There had been an issue regarding the serving of Notice on the landowner.  The Notice had now been served and further representations had been received but they referred to Rights of Way and Title of the site which were private matters to be resolved elsewhere.


North Tuddenham Parish Council had been consulted and had raised concerns about issues including traffic.  Concerns had also been raised about the scale of development. The National Planning Policy Framework advised that Gypsy sites should not dominate their surroundings. 


He concluded by reminding Members that Human Rights should be borne in mind due to the family circumstances, with children attending local schools.


The Officers recognised local concerns but felt that the site met the necessary criteria. They were therefore recommending approval subject to additional conditions regarding fencing and lighting.


Mr Simmonds (Solicitor representing Mattishall and North Tuddenham Parish Councils) referred Members to the adopted Core Strategy and Policies for the Travelling Community.  He listed the Policy requirements and contended that they were not sufficiently satisfied.  He raised concerns about environmental matters and the fact that Mattishall’s utilities were at their limit.  He said that the Parish Councils had not been consulted adequately.  The development would cause extra traffic and set a precedent for further development on the narrow road.  He concluded by saying that Human Rights applied to everyone.


With regard to Human Rights the Council’s Solicitor advised that the Council had to do an assessment, balancing the rights of the Applicants and their family with the community.


Mr Rockliff (Mattishall Parish Council) made the point that other people would like to live on land they owned in the vicinity but knew that they would not get permission.  He said that was reverse discrimination.  He noted that it was the second retrospective application on the site and if granted would send a signal that all such applications would be approved.  He thought that greater consultation should have taken place as a considerable travellers’ site was being created by default.  He urged Members to turn down the application, regardless of its merits, until a Policy for the whole area had been decided.


Mr Pratt (Objector) had spoken previously about the cumulative effect of applications on adjacent plots which caused disturbance and increased traffic.  The access track had been advertised for sale which indicated that there would be further plots in future.  He appreciated the need for the children’s education but was concerned for their safety as they played in the narrow road which was used by fast moving vehicles.


Councillor Claussen noted that Mattishall was a Service Centre.  It had taken part in the consultations during the Core Strategy preparations and had persuaded the Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item 47a


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Ms J Wright




The SH1 Consortium




Taylor Wimpey East Anglia




Mr Basil Todd




Mr Basil Todd




Mr R Hum and Mrs P Williams




Mr & Mrs A Hales




Rocklands Mere Fishery





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: MATTISHALL: Plot adjacent to 6 South Green: Demolition of existing outbuildings and erection of dwelling and garage: Applicant: Ms J Wright: Reference: 3PL/2012/1165/F


This application had been withdrawn.


(b)       Item 2: SHIPDHAM: The Old Waggon & Horses, Chapel Street: Residential accommodation public open space and associated infrastructure (all matters reserved except access): Applicant: The SH1 Consortium: Reference: 3PL/2013/0095/O


This outline application for 90 dwellings, open space and land for a doctor’s surgery, was on a site allocated under the Council’s Site Specifics Policy.  Part of the allocation site remained unused and would be the subject of a separate application expected to be for retail development.


The application met all normal policy requirements except for affordable housing where it was proposed to provide 13.3%, rather than the 40% policy requirement, due to viability issues.


Subject to confirmation of viability from the District Valuer and comments from Anglian Water regarding foul water the application was recommended for approval.


Ms Whettingsteel (Agent) said the proposal was an efficient use of the land and would provide a sustainable extension to the village and make a positive contribution to housing supply.  The Open Space, Play Area and Doctor’s Surgery would add to the services in the village.  The development would compliment and enhance the Conservation Area providing a high quality residential environment.


Councillor Turner (Ward Representative) spoke on behalf of residents who supported the scheme.  Development on the site would enable walking to schools, etc and include new residents in the community.


Councillor Carter acknowledged that times were difficult but thought it seemed a very low affordable housing figure.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) advised that it was similar for Councils all over the country.  The site had some areas of contamination from previous uses which would add to development costs. 


Councillor Bambridge asked what would happen if the District Valuer set a different figure and the Planning Manager suggested that if the figure was higher Officers could negotiate with the applicant.  If agreement was reached they could grant approval.  However, if there was no agreement, or the District Valuer set a lower figure, the application would be brought back to the Committee.


Councillor Bambridge asked if there was a problem with sewage and the Agent advised that studies had been carried out by professional engineers and referred to Anglian Water.  If there was a problem a technical solution could be found.


It was suggested that if the application was approved by Committee, the decision would not be issued immediately and if Anglia Water raised significant issues it would be brought back to Members.  Otherwise, a condition could be attached requiring drainage details to be agreed.


Councillor Duigan asked about the land for the Doctor’s Surgery and was advised that it formed part of the legal agreement.  The land would be reserved for five years and if not used in that time would be subject to a separate planning application for alternative use.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 48.


Enforcement Items (for Information)(Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 54 KB





Appeal Decisions (for Information)(Agenda Item 11)

APP/F/2605/D/13/2192067: YAXHAM: Red House Farm, Brakefield Green: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for an extension to side and rear of detached house by Mr P Howes: Reference: 3PL/2012/1050/F

Decision: Appeal Allowed


APP/F2605/H/12/2183045: DEREHAM: Lidl Foodstore, Kingston Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant express consent for 1 No. non-illuminated freestanding advertisement hoarding by Wendy Hurst: Reference: 3PL/2012/0540/A

Decision: Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/11/2143206: LITTLE DUNHAM: Land to the south of Little Dunham: Appeal by Dudgeon Offshore Wind Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2009/1188/O

Appeal Withdrawn


APP/F2605/A/12/2189441: WATTON: 60 Norwich Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for a new dwelling by Mr Michael Tufts: Reference: 3PL/2012/0676/O

Decision: Appeal Dismissed





Applications Determined by the Director of Commissioning (Agenda Item 12) pdf icon PDF 31 KB

Report by the Director of Commissioning.