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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 3 June 2013.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 3 June 2013 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda Item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillor Bowes and Mr Sharpe.  Mr Duigan was present as substitute for Mr Sharpe.



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.


Any declarations would be made at the time an application was discussed.



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)


The Chairman advised Members that in future Planning Officers would present their own cases to the Committee.  Officers in attendance today would be Nick Moys, Chris Raine and Jayne Owen.


He also drew attention to the Supplementary Agenda which had been issued.  It included information received after the original Agenda had gone to print. 



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

To receive an update. 


The Director of Planning & Business Manager gave Members a brief update on the work of the Planning Policy Team.  They were currently analysing the responses received from the Community Infrastructure Levy and the Sustainability Scoping consultations.


They were providing supporting information for the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Study and the Annual Monitoring Report regarding the Council’s Five Year Housing Land Supply.


They were also assisting Attleborough Town Council with their Neighbourhood Plan preparations.


Finally he advised Members that the next meeting of the Local Plan Working Group would be held following Cabinet on 30 July.  A number of reports would be presented to the meeting and it would be a good opportunity for Members to engage in the process.



Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 205 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


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S & A Jones Developments Ltd




Mr A Scales




Naturediet Petfoods Ltd




Havebury Housing Partnership




Mrs Syrett




Valley Traction Services Ltd




Mr & Mrs Alan Nichols




Mr A Thompson




Mr & Mrs A Stasiak




Mr D & Mrs M A Cram




Pentney Leisure & Bowls Club




Traditional Norfolk Poultry Ltd




Additional documents:


RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: WATTON: 119 Norwich Road: Revocation of Section 106 on pp 3PL/2009/1084/F: Applicant: S & A Jones Developments Ltd: Reference: 3OB/2012/0004/OB


This was a request for a variation to a legal agreement to remove the requirement for financial contributions, due to viability issues that had been confirmed by the District Valuer.


If the agreement was varied it was suggested that a mechanism be applied so that if economic conditions improved and the development was not completed within three years, a review should take place.


Mr Futter (Agent) said that the site was currently available but not deliverable.  Without the contributions it could be delivered within three years.


Councillor Richmond noted that the District Valuer was often involved in applications heard by the Committee and it might be useful for Members to receive a presentation on the methodology used.


The Planning Manager advised Members to determine the application on its merits.  The scheme was for large units with a high specification making them more expensive to build.  If the variation was refused the developer might come back with a different scheme for denser development.


Councillor Duigan asked the Ward Rep for Watton whether the town would prefer a financial contribution or a denser development.


Councillor Wassell thought that it might be acceptable to agree a nil contribution for affordable housing but not for recreation. He also wanted development to commence within a set period.


The Planning Manager suggested that agreement could include a specified commencement date and a review after three years.


Deferred, contrary to the recommendation, for negotiation to include a recreation contribution, an agreed start date for commencement and a review if not complete within three years.


(b)       Item 2: DEREHAM: Cemex Site, 10 Yaxham Road: Proposed mix use development (full – new drive through restaurant and family restaurant; outline – 51 bed hotel and development: Applicant: Mr A Scales: Reference: 3PL/2013/0071/H


This hybrid application sought full permission for a McDonalds restaurant and for a public house/restaurant and outline permission for a hotel and storage warehouse.


The relationship with the adjacent, sub-standard railway crossing was an issue.  Following dialogue with Mid Norfolk Railway the applicant had agreed to part fund an upgrade to the crossing, which would be secured by a S106 Agreement.  Amenity issues were not considered to be significant.


Mr Scales (Applicant) and Mr Largent (Agent) were in attendance to answer questions if necessary.


Mr Sidney (Objector) had no objection in principle to the use of the land but objected to the layout of the road at the exit which would cause HGVs to slow down traffic and cause blockages.  His property was directly adjacent the site and was affected by noise and dust.  He asked for a fence along that boundary.


Councillor Duigan hoped the applicants would take account of that request.  Otherwise he felt it was excellent that a local man was bringing a national company to Dereham.  He wished the A47 could  ...  view the full minutes text for item 64.


Applications determined by the Director of Commissioning (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 98 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.






Enforcement Items (For Information) (Agenda Item 11) pdf icon PDF 60 KB





Appeal Decisions (For Information) (Agenda Item 12)

APP/F2605/C/12/2188563: STOW BEDON: Land known as land near Breckles Heath: Appeal by Traditional Norfolk Poultry against an enforcement notice alleging breach of planning control by the erection of poultry units (being polytunnels and temporary structures) and associated feed hoppers on the Land and construction of a roadway on the land: Reference: ENF/2012/0362/CAS

Decision:  Appeal dismissed – Enforcement Notice corrected and Upheld


APP/F2605/A/12/2184151: OLD BUCKENHAM: The Shrublands, Attleborough Road: Appeal by Mr John Alston (David Alston (Norfolk) Ltd) against the failure to give notice within the prescribed period of a decision on an application for planning permission for the removal of a steel framed grain store, demolition of four bungalows, conversion of agricultural barns to eight residential units together with the erection of ten new-build buildings: Reference: 3PL/2012/0193/F

Decision:  Appeal dismissed – planning permission refused.


APP/F2605/A/13/2190343: BRIDGHAM: Adjacent to Corner House, Chapel Lane: Appeal by Mr Keith Trumpness against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for the erection of a one and a half storey dwelling: Reference: 3PL/2012/0646/O

Decision: Appeal dismissed.