Agenda and minutes

Venue: Norfolk Room, The Conference Suite, Dereham

Contact: Julie Britton 

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Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 February 2014.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 11 February 2014 were confirmed as a correct record.



Apologies (Agenda item 2)

To receive any apologies for absence.





Declarations of Interest (Agenda item 3)

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.






Urgent Business (Agenda item 4)

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.





Non Members wishing to address the meeting (Agenda item 5)

To note the names of any non-members who wish to address the meeting.


Councillors Borrett, Cowen, Martin and Stasiak.



Chairman's Announcements (if any) (Agenda item 6)





Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan (ANP) (Standing Item) (Agenda item 7)


The Deputy Planning Manager mentioned the very useful meeting he had attended that had been Chaired by George Freeman MP.  The meeting had been held with the Business Sub-Group a sub group of the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.   The Planning Policy Team was also working with the Group on issues around health & social care and economic development and feedback from this work would be circulated in due course.  Councillor Martin explained that the Business Sub-Group was coming up with ideas to gel everything together.  MKM said that he had attended the meeting at the Town Hall and felt that a Memorandum of Understanding was needed to link together a coherent evidence base going forward.



Breckland Local Plan Issues and Options Document (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Report of Iain Withington, Planning Policy Team Leader.

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MKM stated that this was very much work in progress and was a preliminary part of the first consultation.  The report was intended to go to Cabinet in October followed by a consultation in November.  There had been a good response last time so it was hoped that a good response would be received for this Issues and Options document.  Members would be given the opportunity to shape this document.


The Planning Policy Team Leader said that he envisaged three sessions for this work, this being the first session which would cover the early chapters such as the overall vision and objectives for housing, including affordable housing and Gypsies and Travellers and the economy.  Another session had been arranged to take place following the Cabinet meeting on 9th September and would cover the natural and historic environment together with a housing update, if available – the final Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) report was due out early in October.  The final session would be held to discuss market towns, service centres and the approach to the countryside including the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).  The Planning Policy Team Leader said that he was looking for feedback from Members on the questions and options included in the report to ensure that the right questions were being asked going forward.


Vision and Objectives


The first question that should be asked was whether the document was pulling out the key priorities of the Council; and whether the questions were still appropriate.  The key priorities were:


        Sustainable development;

        A11 corridor growth;

        Thetford growth;

        Attleborough housing and economic growth;

        Improved services, sustainability of settlement hierarchy and rural hinterland;

        Appropriate enhancement & protection of natural, built and historic environment.


The key themes within the last vision were:


  • Housing , Employment and regeneration
  • Environment
  • Natural Resources
  • Accessibility


The existing vision from the Core Strategy had served the district well and significant progress had been made to deliver the aims of the document. However, the new Local Plan offered the opportunity for this vision to either be replaced or brought up to date. It was proposed through the Local Plan Consultation to seek views on what sustainable development meant in Breckland, and what should be included in the Strategic Objectives and the time span of the Local Plan.


The time span of the Local Plan had two options, Option A set the period to 2031, Option B set the period to 2036.  MKM said that he would be recommending setting the Plan to 2036, in order to align the evidence base with neighbouring authorities and enable more effective cross boundary cooperation.  He felt that 2036 would be a better common end date.  The Planning Policy Team leader agreed to reflect the Council’s preference for the end date to be 2036 in the text of the document but pointed out that much of the emerging evidence ran until 2031. The lack of a Health & Wellbeing objective was questioned, as this was a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12/14


Next Meeting (Agenda item 9)

The next Local Plan Working Group will be held on Tuesday, 9 September 2014, following the Cabinet meeting.


The arrangements for the next meeting on Tuesday. 9 September 2014 were noted.