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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 101 KB

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


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



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)


The Chairman welcomed Councillor Robinson as the Vice-Chairman of the Committee and thanked the Councillor North for the work she had done as Vice-Chairman previously.


He mentioned that Nick Moys and David Spencer would be leaving the Council.  Chris Curtis had been appointed as Obligations and Enforcement Team Leader.  He would attend meetings periodically to answer questions and provide a more hands-on process for Members.


He then asked the Solicitor to clarify the position with regard to the Mattishall application discussed at the two previous meetings.  The Solicitor explained that when the application had been determined at the previous meeting, Members and Officers had been unaware that the applicant had already lodged an appeal against non-determination.  That being the case, the Council had no right to determine the application and could not therefore issue a decision.  The matter would be decided by the Secretary of State.


It was confirmed that the recommendation to Cabinet made as part of the Minute to that application, would still proceed.



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

To receive an update. 


The Deputy Planning Manager updated Members on two areas:


  • The consultation on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) had closed.  30 responses had been received.  A report would be presented to the Overview & Scrutiny Commission on 18 July and the revised Schedule would be considered by Cabinet in September.
  • The date for the next Local Plan Working Group had been set for 30 July and at that meeting the Attleborough Transport Studies and Housing numbers would be considered.



Deferred Item Report: NARBOROUGH: 55 Dwellings, Open Space and Associated Access (Outline) at Chalk Lane, Attleborough: Applicant: Gooderstone Farming Company: Reference: 3PL/2012/1093/O (Agenda Item 8a) pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Report of the Director of Commissioning.

Additional documents:


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) presented the report.


Members had previously been minded to approve the application, which was deferred pending the satisfactory resolution of some outstanding issues regarding viability and highways.  The District Valuer had been asked to give an appraisal.  He had confirmed that 35% affordable housing was not viable and that 25% was an appropriate requirement.


Highway concerns would be addressed by traffic calming measures including a vehicle activated speed sign.  A £15,000 contribution was proposed and had been agreed by the Highway Authority.


Subject to those changes, approval was recommended.


Mr Bird (Agent) said that the affordable housing figure had received the full scrutiny of the District Valuer and 25% would make the scheme deliverable.  He hoped to bring it forward quickly.  A lot of work had been undertaken with the Parish Council regarding traffic concerns and he was pleased that agreement with the Highway Authority had been reached.


Mr Wilkinson (Parish Council) said they were in full agreement and happy with the proposals.


RESOLVED that the application be deferred and the officers authorised to grant approval, subject to conditions, on completion of the section 106 agreement.



Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


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Stepford Homes Ltd




Wrights of Brettenham




Mr Robert Childerhouse




Mr & Mrs D Maclean




Ashley Care Group

East Tuddenham




RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: ATTLEBOROUGH: Land between London Road and New Road: Erection of 73 dwellings and associated access roads, public open space, play areas and landscaping:  Applicant: Stepford Homes Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2012/1259/F


Members were advised of some consultation updates.  The Town Council had raised no objection to amendments to off-site play equipment proposals.  However, they maintained their original objection to the development as a whole.


The Attleborough Community Team (ACT) objected to the application on grounds of the loss of Open Space, density and impact on the town’s infrastructure.


The Environment Agency had withdrawn their objection.


The key issue was that the site had a long-standing allocation as Open Space.  It was noted that there had been no successful attempts to deliver the Open Space, which was currently in agricultural use.  The application proposed a financial contribution to provide play equipment and enhancements to two other existing play areas in the town.  That would improve the quality rather than increase the quantity of Open Space for the town.


Other issues were the impact of the development on the character of the area and potential congestion from the additional traffic.


There were strong arguments for and against the development.  There had been previous refusals for applications on the site, but in this instance Officers felt that the balance of arguments had changed in favour of approval.


Mr Hall (Objector) representing ACT said they had received a 3000 signature petition.  Residents were concerned about infrastructure issues.  They were not against growth but it had to be sustainable.  They were against the loss of Open Space and felt that the density was out of keeping with the area and would cause anti-social behaviour and parking problems.  The Town Council were preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and any major applications should form part of that process.


Mr Sykes Popham (Agent) doubted that the Open Space allocation would ever be delivered.  The development would provide one third of it as well as enhancing other areas.  The new dwellings would address the housing shortfall, had good sustainability credentials and would deliver 40% affordable housing. 


Mr Wright (Town Council) objected on three grounds: loss of Open Space, density and traffic.  The Town Council had not been consulted on proposals to enhance existing play areas and had no money for on-going maintenance.  The houses were crammed together in much higher density than the surrounding area.  The development together with other approvals given in the past 18 months would have a severe impact on infrastructure.


Councillor Martin (Ward Representative) thought that the Open Space provided a cushion for surrounding areas and on behalf of residents he asked for it to remain as it was.


Councillor North noted that she had received direct representation on this application.  She was dismayed at the potential loss of the site as Attleborough had a dearth of Open Space.  She thought that the Highways Authority had failed to consider the cumulative effect of developments on the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 56.


Applications determined by the Director of Commissioning (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Report of the Director of Commissioning


Members are requested to raise any questions at least two working days before the meeting to allow information to be provided to the Committee.






Appeal Decisions (For Information)(Agenda Item 10)

APP/F2605/A/13/2192084: East Tuddenham: Magpie Yard, Traps Lane: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the erection of a single storey welfare unit comprising toilet, storage room and waste treatment plant by Mr Bob Taylor: Reference: 3PL/2012/1285/F

Decision:  Appeal Allowed


APP/F2605/A/13/2192365: Little Ellingham: Wood lane: Appeal against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for building two houses by Mr Richard Baker & Son: Reference: 3PL/2012/0651/O

Decision: Appeal Dismissed





Fire Alarm Testing

Councillor Claussen noted that the meeting had been interrupted several times by the fire alarm sounding.  He was joined by other Members in requesting that future maintenance should be scheduled to avoid the disruption of public meetings.