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Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9)

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


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Mrs Sharmane Edwards




W O & P O Jolly





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


a)         Item 1: ATTLEBOROUGH: Birds Meadow, Buckenham Road: Erection of 17 dwellings: Applicant: Ms Sharmane Edwards: Reference: 3PL/2012/1243/F


This application for 17 dwellings was similar to a proposal refused in 2011 on grounds that the site was outside the Settlement Boundary, impact on the area and trees; and access issues.  In view of the Council’s lack of a five year housing land supply, such applications were to be determined on the basis of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).  The site would provide 40% affordable housing and had good eco-credentials.  However, the layout was constrained by a gas pipeline which crossed the site.  The Officer thought that the layout was at odds with development in the locality and that the density to the rear of the site was at odds with its surroundings.


The Highways Authority had objected to the access arrangements, due to lack of sufficient visibility splays.  The applicant said there was scope for agreement with an adjacent landowner to allow hedge trimming to achieve the required splays.  


It was proposed to infill an existing pond and create a new one and there was concern about the effect of that on an adjacent protected oak tree.


On balance the scheme was considered unacceptable and was recommended for refusal.


Mrs Taylor (Town Council) supported the recommendation of refusal.  The scheme did not fit with the existing street scene and there were traffic and safety concerns.  The Town Council also wanted to prevent piecemeal development.  They were considering a Neighbourhood Plan for the town and wanted to stop development outside the Settlement Boundary until infrastructure provision had been addressed.


Mr Cumming (Agent) responded to the objections saying that the pond was heavily shaded and silted up.  Specialist advice was to fill the pond in.  That would enhance the life of the closest tree.  With regard to access, visibility splays could be achieved by cutting back the hedge.  An application would also be made to extend the 30mph limit along the site frontage.


Councillor Stasiak (Ward Representative) thought there was a lack of consistency in the Officers’ recommendations.  350 houses had been approved recently outside the Settlement Boundary with a reduced affordable housing provision.  This site would give the full amount and there were over 600 people on the housing waiting list.  The application was not opposed by local residents and the buildings would enhance the area.


Councillor North was concerned that infilling the pond could cause drainage problems.


Councillor Bambridge asked how it could be ensured that the visibility splay would be retained for future years.  He asked about the Town Council’s timescale for their Neighbourhood Plan and was advised that, due to all the work done for the Attleborough Action Plan, it should be possible to produce the Neighbourhood Plan within 12 months.


Refused, as recommended.


b)         Item 2: ROUDHAM/LARLING: Roudham Farm: Erection of environmentally controlled onion storage building: Applicant: W O & P O Jolly: Reference: 3PL/2012/1352/F


This application proposed a new onion store within the existing farm complex.  Its visual impact would be partly screened by existing hedging.  The applicant was in attendance to answer questions if required.


Approved, as recommended.


Notes to the Schedule

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Agenda Item 8a


Tulip Site

Mrs Glossop – Town Council

Mr McPhillips – Objector (2SFG)

Mr Beaumont – Objector (Lidl)

Mr Birtles – Agent

Mr Hoare - Agent

Councillor Jermy – Ward Representative


TEP Site

Mrs Glossop – Town Council

Mr Hoare – Objector

Mr Van Cutsem – Agent

Councillor Canham – Ward Representative

Schedule Item 1

Councillor Stasiak – Ward Representative

Mr Cumming – Agent

Mrs Taylor – Town Council

Item 2

Mr Jolly - Applicant


Written Representations Taken into Account

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No of Representations






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