Venue: The Norfolk Room, Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham
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To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 23 September 2008.
The minutes of the meeting held on 23 September 2008 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
To receive apologies for absence.
An apology for absence was received from Mrs. M. Chapman-Allen.
Declaration of Interest
Members are asked at this stage to declare any interests that 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 a personal or prejudicial interest.
The following declarations of interest were made:
1. Mr. W.P. Borrett – Personal and prejudicial interest in regard to LDF matters relating to North Elmham as landowner and a family member has land submitted under the LDF.
2. Mr. R. Childerhouse – Personal and prejudicial interest in relation to Weeting Local Service Centre allocation.
3. Mr. P.J. Duigan – Personal interest as a Member of Dereham Town Council in relation to LDF matters.
4. Mrs. D. Irving – Personal interest as a Member of Dereham Town Council in relation to LDF matters.
5. Mr. A.P. Joel – Personal interest in regard to LDF matters as a member of Old Buckenham Parish Council and has a friend and knows others who have submitted applications under the LDF.
6. Mr. I.A.C. Monson – Personal and prejudicial interest in relation to LDF site specifics relating to Oxborough.
7. Mr. J.D. Rogers – Personal and prejudicial interest in regard to LDF and site specifics matters as landowner in Carbrooke and submitted land application in LDF.
8. Mrs. L. Turner – Personal interest as a Member of Dereham Town Council in relation to LDF matters.
9. Mr. A.C. Stasiak – Personal interest as a close associate of the above-named Members.
Non-Members Wishing to Address the Meeting
To note the names of any non-members wishing to address the meeting.
The following members were in attendance:
Mr. W.P. Borrett
Mr. P.S. Francis
Mrs. S.R. Howard-Alpe
Mrs. D. Irving
Mr. M. Kiddle-Morris
Mr. B. Rose
Mr. A.C. Stasiak
Mrs. A. Steward – Executive Member for Planning and the Environment
Report of the Strategic Director (Business Transformation).
The Senior Planning Policy Officer presented the report on the findings of the Study, which had been commissioned by Dereham Town Council in partnership with Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council.
The Study provided detailed evidence to underpin the emerging Breckland Core Strategy of the Local Development Framework in relation to the delivery of new green infrastructure, as well as recommending opportunities for the enhancement of the existing. The assistance in the production of a Green Infrastructure Study was also a year 1 action point in the Council’s adopted Environment Strategy.
The key objectives of the Study were to:
The vision for green infrastructure in Dereham set out in the Study was:
“The vision for Dereham is for a network of wild places and green space which reconnects local people with their cultural and wildlife heritage and provides for an abundance of space for play and recreation.”
This vision was illustrated graphically in appendix A to the report.
Key findings from the Study, which would have an impact on the Local Development Framework and the site specifics process, were summarised as follows:
a) The Study recommends the protection of the upper Tud Valley from new development in order to help sustain environmental values, utilising measures such as stewardship schemes.
b) Utilise the design and development of a new Dereham town cemetery to contribute to achieving the vision for Green Infrastructure. This could include welcoming informal access to the site, providing for areas of woodland burials as part of the habitat and seeking a wildlife friendly location.
c) Enhance sustainable access to three corridors running north-south through town.
d) Recommend the development of a new football pitch in the Toftwood quadrant to be designed with green infrastructure in mind, ensuring broad margins and marginal habitats as well as tree planting.
e) The study also indentifies other ‘soft’ measures that could be developed to enhance biodiversity, such as introducing a voluntary ‘Green Gardens’ scheme around areas of recognised biodiversity interest, such as Potters’ Fen and Scarning Fen. This would require funding to support changes in garden management.
f) A summary of ‘green’ guidelines for developers in Dereham, supplementing the expectations of the Norfolk Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Guidance as well as the requirements of 1APP (the planning application form).
g) In the longer term (6-25 years), the study finds that a country park could be developed in the town to include the restoration of the Tud valley and creation of community woodland could establish the eastern corridor and link to the southern corridor from the Upper Tud to Badley Moor.
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Report of the Strategic Director (Business Transformation).
The Principal Planning Policy Officer presented the report on the preparation of the latest evidence base to demonstrate the delivery of the Submission Core Strategy and Development Control Policies Document of the Local Development Framework.
Detailed amendments to the Core Strategy and Development Control Policies arising from the evidence base would be submitted to a special meeting of the Council on 20 November 2008, when members would be asked to decide whether to submit the document or not.
The key evidence base documents in question were:
A large volume of work had been carried out on the evidence base and the findings were summarised in the report, with the exception of those for the Breckland Infrastructure Study and the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment. The latter two were near to completion and would be included in the report to the special meeting of the Council on 20 November 2008. The final piece of work to be completed was the Appropriate Assessment of European Habitats.
The key findings of the emerging evidence base were summarised as follows:
I. Overall the Spatial Strategy can be delivered.
II. There may have to be some amendments to reflect emerging evidence that need to be agreed by Council. These amendments are likely to include:
a) Reviewing strategic growth options for Thetford to avoid any adverse impact on European Habitats and species.
b) Reviewing Weeting as a Local Service Centre with growth due to avoid any adverse impact on European Habitats and species.
c) Revising the employment figures for Attleborough in Policy CP3 in an upwards direction.
d) Enhancing the distinction between policies CP4 and CP5 on Infrastructure and Developer Obligations to add clarity around the delivery of strategic elements of infrastructure which may require a Tariff or Community Infrastructure Levy approach.
e) Introducing additional text around the indirect measures that the Council will need to employ to mitigate adverse effects on European habitats – mainly involving a commitment to co-ordinated efforts to manage recreational impact in respect of The Brecks and the North Norfolk Coast.
III. There are sufficient water resources and deliverable solutions to waste water treatment capacity at Attleborough. Elsewhere the proposed spatial strategy is deliverable although there is not additional capacity at Dereham and Swaffham to accommodate development beyond the scale of growth identified in the Spatial Strategy.
IV. A link road to serve a sustainable urban extension to the south of Attleborough is technically deliverable. All four link road options examined can be engineered to a standard acceptable to the Highways authority and Network Rail and are viable.
V. There is sufficient energy to meet the needs arising from growth in Attleborough. There are localised energy constraints in Thetford which are not insurmountable but are now more fully understood and ... view the full minutes text for item 68.
Members are invited to consider any additional items or topics for inclusion on the future work programme.
It was noted that future items would continue to relate to the Local Development Framework.
To note the arrangements for the next meeting on 16 December 2008 at 10.00 a.m. in the Norfolk Room, Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham.
Arrangements for the next meeting on 16 December 2008 were confirmed.