Agenda and minutes

Venue: Norfolk Room, The Conference Suite, Dereham

Contact: Julie Britton 

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Vice Chairman in the Chair


Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 27 May 2015.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 27 May 2015 were agreed as a correct record.



Apologies (Agenda item 2)

To receive any apologies for absence.


An apology for absence was received from the Chairman, Councillor Wassell.



Declarations of Interest (Agenda item 3)

Members are reminded that under the Code of Conduct they are not to participate in 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 that they have, in relation to an agenda item that supports 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 G Bambridge, B Borrett, C Carter, M Chapman-Allen, P Duigan, A Joel, K Martin, L Monument, A Stasiak and P Wilkinson.


Mr R Atterwill, Chairman of Swanton Morley Parish Council and Reverend & Mrs Stamford from Colkirk Parish Council were also in attendance.



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





Neighbourhood Plans (Standing Item) (Agenda item 7)


Following an enquiry, Members were informed that the Neighbourhood Plan Officer post was now being advertised.


The Strategic Planning Manager provided the Group with an update on the progress of Neighbourhood Plans for Swanton Morley and Attleborough.


Meetings had been had with Swanton Morley Parish Council and their Neighbourhood Plan area had been confirmed on 6 July 2015.


The Strategic Planning Manager had met with representatives on 15 July 2015 in relation to the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan where draft initiatives had been discussed.  Further details were expected.


The Planning Policy Team Leader provided an update on progress around Mattishall’s Neighbourhood Plan. Mattishall had indicated that they wished to undertake the strategic allocation of sites as part of their Neighbourhood Plan.   A methodology approach had been discussed and the Planning Policy Team who would be supporting them with their initial site assessment work.  This approach would allow the community to have a direct say but in return a Memorandum of Agreement would have to be agreed to support that approach so as to reduce any potential soundness issues that could occur with the Local Plan if this process was not carried out in a timely and objective manner by the Community Group.


Councillor Borrett felt that if such a framework was in place it ought to be promoted.  Members were informed that Mattishall was unique, this was a matter of timing as well as community engagement but all had to be on a timeline with the Local Plan.


Mr Atterwill, the Chairman of Swanton Morley Parish Council advised that Swanton Morley was intending on allocating sites, a consultant had just recently been appointed to assist them with their Neighbourhood Plan which all took time.  Mr Atterwill requested information on the SHLAA 2015 updates and housing target information and was informed that a housing target had not been set as yet and that work was continuing on the SHLAA 2015 update.


Councillor Chapman-Allen asked what teeth a Neighbourhood Plan would have to protect an area from development taking place once the Local Plan had been approved.  The Planning Policy Team Leader explained that the Council had to be realistic with the whole plan process as it still had to set a strategic target for growth.  Protecting areas was very difficult as the National Planning Policy Framework was all about positive growth.  Neighbourhood Plans needed to align with the Local Plan and could sit aside the Plan to be used in consideration when applications were determined and there was nothing to prevent Neighbourhood Plans identifying more sites.  This in itself could, through providing choice and flexibility, help to protect other areas from development. It would; however, depend on how the Neighbourhood Plan had been worded.  The Planning Committee would also have some weight in its interpretation and weight given to the Neighbourhood Plan.


Councillor Carter felt that what was needed was a concrete idea which could influence decisions going forward.  The Chairman advised that any parish considering putting a Neighbourhood Plan forward  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36/14


Duty to Cooperate (Standing item) (Agenda item 8)


On 9 July 2015, the Norfolk Strategic Member Forum met to consider a programme of works for the coming year.  Councillor John Fuller had been elected as Chairman replacing Mark Kiddle-Morris, a former twin hatter for Breckland and Norfolk County Council.  A strategic framework approach had been agreed and a special meeting to deal with the Strategic Housing Market Assessment would be taking place in September.  This was not a public meeting but all Members could attend if they so wished.


The date and time of the meeting would be sent to Members accordingly.



Local Plan Progress (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Report by the Planning Policy Team Leader.

Additional documents:


The Planning Policy Team Leader provided Members with a summary of the report to enable discussion on the wider Local Plan vision and the setting of the Strategic Options that the Plan would seek to address.


The emerging vision and objectives had been developed reflecting the priorities and aspirations expressed by neighbourhoods, businesses and local organisations and had been built on the responses received through the stakeholder consultations and the Local Plan Working Group discussions.  It also reflected the supporting priorities established in Breckland Council’s 2015 Corporate Plan and reflected the requirements within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).


Paragraph 1.6 outlined the key points received from consultations and paragraph 1.7 identified a number of commitments from the Corporate Plan.


The Planning Policy Team Leader said that he would like Members to discuss the strategic objectives on paragraph 1.11 of the report to establish if these reflected Members requests from previous meetings.


Councillor Duigan referred to page 23 of the agenda and asked the meaning of the word ‘self-containment’.  The Planning Policy Team Leader explained that from a strategic point of view, the emerging Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) identified most of Central Norfolk as the Housing Market Area (CNHMA).  By definition, a housing market area had a degree of self-containment whereby a high percentage of movement was between settlements.  This demonstrated that those settlements within the HMA functioned with a degree of linkage.  It would be misleading to refer to one settlement to be self-contained in strategic planning purposes.


Councillor Borrett asked if this CNHMA was available to view.  Members were informed that the Local Plan Working Group had been briefed on the emerging draft at an earlier meeting in March and that the report was available as a matter of record.


Councillor Borrett referred to the strategic vision within the report and did not disagree with any of it; however, some of the feedback he had been receiving from his community was in relation to the ‘dollops’ of development being built rather than just one or two dwellings as preferred.  He asked if there was something that could be added in the Plan for small growth such as one or two houses.


Members were informed that this approach had been included in the Issues & Options document and that this was an area the Local Plan would be developing.  There would be an opportunity to look at the approach to rural development at the September meeting.  Neighbourhood Plans could also do this, support rural development.  Councillor Borrett asked what about the villages that did not have a Neighbourhood Plan as this was about making it local and he asked the Executive Member, Councillor Charles Carter, to look into this.


Councillor Bambridge supported all what the aforementioned Member had said and felt that the villages had been let down by the previous Local Development Framework (LDF) and suggested that a Planning Inspectorate be invited to a future meeting to inform Members what should be included in a Local Plan.


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Next Meeting (Agenda item 10)

To note the arrangements for the next meeting on Tuesday, 29 September at 10.00am in the Anglia Room.


Members were informed that the meeting originally planned for August had been cancelled due to summer recess for Members.


Members were also informed that a representative from the Education department was willing to attend a future meeting as requested but had been unable to make this meeting due to other commitments.


The arrangements for the next meeting on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 at 10.00am in the Anglia Room were noted.