Agenda and minutes

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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 25 April 2016.


Councillor Newton requested an amendment to page 10 to include the response of the Chairman to his suggestion that matters should be referred to the NCC Health Scrutiny Committee.  However, as the exact wording could not be recalled it was agreed to make no change.


Councillor W Richmond noted for accuracy that the title of the Committee was the Norfolk Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee.


Councillor Claussen requested that his additional comments be added to the fifth paragraph on Page 10 regarding cat predation.  He had said that the Statutory Consultees and the Planning Inspector were wrong and he considered he was as much an expert as they were on the subject.


Subject to the amendments the Minutes of the meeting held on 25 April 2016 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 Councillors T Carter, Martin and Sharpe.  Councillors W Richmond and Darby were present as Substitutes.



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

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.



Agenda Item 9: Schedule of Planning Applications


Item 6: DEREHAM – All Members had received direct correspondence.

Item 9: SWAFFHAM – Councillor Darby declared that as Mayor of Swaffham and a member of the Town Council he would not take part in the discussion or vote on this item.

Item 10: SAHAM TONEY: Councillor Bowes declared that she would not take part in the discussion and would abstain from voting as her family had a planning interest in a site in the vicinity.

Item 11: NORTH ELMHAM – All Members had received direct correspondence.



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)


The Chairman confirmed that the briefing by Anglian Water had been postponed due to the number of items on the Agenda. 


He informed those present that Schedule Items 3, 6, 7, 1, 2 and 13 would be heard during the morning.  All other items would be heard from 2pm onwards.


He welcomed Councillor Wilkinson back to the Planning Committee.



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.


Agenda Item 9, Schedule Item 4 (Swaffham) had been deferred from the Agenda for further drainage information.




Urgent Business (Agenda Item 6)

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.





Local Plan Update (Agenda Item 7) pdf icon PDF 41 KB

To receive an update. 


The Planning Policy Officer presented the update at page 15 of the Agenda.  The terminology contained in the Preferred Directions document and the weight that could be applied to emerging Local Plan policies was explained. 


It was clarified that a site classified as unreasonable might receive planning permission as the application process provided far greater detail than was available in the Local Plan site assessment process.


Following changes to National Policy on 19 May regarding S106 obligations it was confirmed that Policy DC4 was no longer applicable.  Contributions could not be sought on sites of less than 10 units or less than 1000 square metres.


Councillor Joel asked when the houses currently receiving planning permission would be included in the figures for calculating housing allocations and he was advised that they could only be included once the planning permission had been issued.


Councillor Claussen wanted assurance that the published timetable would be followed.  He also wanted it spelt out clearly what a ‘reasonable’ site was.  During the Gladman Appeal it had been said that Members had agreed to that terminology but they had not and the terminology was open to misinterpretation.

Councillor Clarke asked if the change in National Planning Policy would affect schemes already agreed but not delivered.


The Operations & Contract Manager advised that where a legal agreement was being drafted the permission had not been issued and could not now be issued, contrary to Policy.  Members were asked if they would delegate authority to Officers to deal with those applications which had been approved subject to contributions which could no longer be required.


Councillor Claussen said that although he was happy to delegate authority to Officers to deal with such applications he felt they should come back to Committee so that it could be made clear that the new policy was contrary to what the Council wanted.  All Members agreed with that suggestion.





Deferred Applications (Agenda Item 8) pdf icon PDF 40 KB

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


There were no deferred items for consideration.



Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 760 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No




20 - 22


Bennett Homes


23 - 33


Raemoir Properties Ltd


34 - 62


Manor Oak Homes


63 - 80


Mr Tim Davidge

Great Ellingham

81 - 88


Taylor Wimpey East Anglia


89 - 92


Taylor Wimpey Strategic Land


93 - 116


Mrs S Edwards


117 - 122


deMarke Estates


123 - 143


Mr & Mrs D Wright

Saham Toney

144 - 150


Mr & Mrs John Labouchere

North Elmham

151 - 158


Mr Tim Davidge

Great Ellingham

159 - 164


Westmere Homes


165 - 172


F S Dann & Son Ltd / CE Norfolk

North Tuddenham

173 - 181


Mr & Mrs Lishman


182 - 189


Ms G Pervaz


190 - 193


Mrs Gayle Curtis


194 - 197


Additional documents:


RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


a)       Item 1: WATTON: Former RAF Radar Site: Modify S106 of 3PL/2007/0262/O: Applicant: Geradeve: Reference: 3PL/2015/0007/OB


Items 1 and 2 were discussed together as they were closely linked.  The alternative Open Space land required under Item 1 was within the site area of Item 2.  The developer was seeking to co-ordinate the two developments.  Two separate decisions were required.


Comments re Item 1


Councillor Wassell (Ward Representative) asked Members to refuse the application.  Watton residents had waited long enough and the proposal to link the two applications undermined the authority and decision making powers of the Committee.  There was no Plan B if Item 2 was refused.  He asked for the land to be transferred immediately.


Councillor Gilbert (Ward Representative) gave the Parish Council’s representative’s apologies.  He said there had been years of stalemate and Watton had waited 16 years for the land.  He asked Members to reject the proposal.


Mr Rogers (Ward Representative) agreed with the other Ward Representatives.  Bennetts had owned the land for nine years.  It was originally in good condition but was now badly overgrown.  It should be returned to its original condition and provided now.


Mr Sampher (Carbrooke Parish Council) did not support the development and said the developers should keep their agreement.


It was confirmed that there had been no change in the size of land to be provided.  No management plan had been specified.  The land would initially be transferred to Breckland Council.


Councillor Darby suggested that if the land had come forward separately the development would be required to provide more affordable housing.


The Principal Planning Officer agreed that it did affect viability, as did the long stretches of access road without housing on either side.


Councillor Claussen asked why the developer required extra time to deliver the Open Space and he was advised that they wanted to have finalised plans for the access roads and housing to determine where services would be needed before the exact boundaries of the Open Space were determined.


Councillor Brame asked if the developer could be required to return the land to its original state.  He was advised that the site had previously been a playing field and it could be ensured that it was a level surface.


Councillor Claussen asked how the split of land and money would be worked out.


That would be up to Breckland Council to determine, once the land was transferred.


Mr Sampher said it was the first Carbrooke Parish Council had heard about the split. 


Comments re Item 2


Councillor Wassell (Ward Representative) was against the proposal.  Watton was densely populated with limited infrastructure.  He raised concerns about access; drainage; amenity; lack of up-to-date ecological information; and only 7% affordable housing.


Councillor Gilbert (Ward Representative) would not object to a small scale, high quality development on part of the site, but said that Trenchard Crescent and Portal Avenue were fine examples of architecture that warranted protection.  He recommended a site  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.


Appeal against Tree Preservation Order (TPO) 2016 No 1 by Childerhouse Lodge Farm (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 17 MB

Report of the Executive Director, Place.


The Tree & Countryside Officer presented the report which sought confirmation of a Tree Preservation Order on a Beech tree, a group of trees and an area of woodland all thought to have amenity value and to be worthy of retention.  The trees were located close to an area with outline permission for housing and there was concern about the potential future pressure to remove or cut them back.


Members were unanimous in their support of the Order.


RESOLVED that Tree Preservation Order (TPO) 2016 No 1 be confirmed.



Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda Item 11) pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Place.


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 (Agenda Item 12) pdf icon PDF 62 KB





Exclusion of Press and Public (Agenda Item 13)

To consider passing the following resolution:


“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Act”.





The resolution was not moved.



Enforcement Update (Agenda Item 14)

Verbal Update by Enforcement Manager.


This item was deferred.