Agenda item

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 10)

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Mr S Vince




Mrs Firman




Mr & Mrs Poole

Saham Toney



Mr Harvey Lay




McCarthy & Stone (Dev) Ltd





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: 3PL/2008/1273/O: Bylaugh: Bylaugh Park: Mixed use residential and holiday/second home accommodation for Mr S Vince


Refused, see Minute No 219/08.


(b)       Item 2: 3PL/2008/1467/O: Rocklands: 68 The Street: Demolition of bungalow and erection of four dwellings for Mrs Firman (Plots 2, 3 & 4) and Mr and Mrs Firman (Plot 1)


This outline application was for one replacement dwelling and three additional dwellings in garden land to the rear of 68 The Street.  Only the access was to be considered, however indicative layout and design drawings had been provided.  A drainage scheme had also been provided.  In the light of local concerns re drainage, this had been put to an independent consultant, who had advised that the scheme would not cause additional flooding.


Elements of roadside widening were also included in the scheme, together with the extension of a footpath across the site frontage.


The site was within Zone 1 of the Environment Agency matrix and therefore they had not been consulted.  However, they had been contacted by an objector and had subsequently requested a deferral of the application and the submission of a Flood Risk Assessment.


Mrs Gibbon, representing the Parish Council, said that the village supported development, but not where it might increase drainage problems.  She provided a photograph of recent flooding and said that as manholes had blown, raw sewage had entered properties and been pumped into the road by the Fire Brigade.  The road was used by school children on a regular basis.


Mr McIlwham, objector, said the proposals were on an unprecedented scale and would change the character of the area and would be contrary to policy.


Mr Best, Chairman of the School Govenors, was concerned that a classroom located to the rear of 72 The Street, would be overlooked by the proposed dwellings.  He was also concerned that the proposals for highway improvements would have an effect on the School Travel Plan and narrow the road even further.


Mr Took, Agent, said there were very few opportunities for new development in Rocklands.  Local people needed houses and this site was within the Settlement Boundary.  The scheme had been designed to be in keeping with the village and incorporated a Sustainable Urban Drainage Scheme designed for a 1/100 year storm event.


Mr Smith, Ward Representative, suggested that the application be deferred as requested by the Environment Agency.  He said the village was in a valley and based on clay and needed a new drainage system.  Extra development was needed, but not where it would exacerbate problems.  He wanted the Committee to avoid a decision which would make things worse for the residents.


Members concluded that the best way forward was to consult the Environment Agency.


Deferred, to allow details of the proposed drainage system to be provided to the Environment Agency.


(c)        Item 3: 3PL/2008/1518/F: Saham Toney: Land at Ovington Road: Removal of condition 6 of 3PL/2000/1297/O relating to turning area for Mr and Mrs Poole


The Head of Legal Services was in attendance for this item only.


This application related to a planning condition, to provide a parking and turning area, imposed by a Planning Inspector when granting approval for this development on appeal.


The application drawings included provision for a turning area. However, due to a conveyancing error, not enough land was transferred to the ownership of the new owners of the new dwellings to provide this.


An Enforcement Notice had been served in 2006 and upheld at appeal.  This decision had subsequently been successfully challenged at the High Court.


The Highways Authority had originally required the condition in the interest of highway safety.  Since the dwellings had been occupied for four years without problem, and following visits to site to view the parking and turning provisions that were available, the Highways Authority had not objected to this application to remove the condition.  The Highways Authority had also indicated that since requiring the imposition of the original condition, the technical requirements relating to this type of development had changed.


The Head of Legal Services advised the Committee that if they were not minded to discharge this condition, the Council would have to consider whether or not to take Enforcement action.  This would either involve seeking an injunction to end occupation of the dwellings, or the compulsory purchase of enough land to provide a turning circle.  He said it was highly unlikely that either of these actions would ultimately be successful, as the dwellings had been occupied for four years without any reported traffic problems and the Highways Authority had now withdrawn their requirement for the condition.


Members were surprised at the Highways change of view, but noted that as the dwellings had been occupied for some time without problem, service vehicles appeared to be able to enter and leave the site safely.


Approved, as recommended and the Enforcement Notice be withdrawn.


(d)       Item 4: 3PL/2008/1530/D: Carbrooke: Neighbourhood Centre, Blenheim Grange (Former RAF Watton), Norwich Road: New build mixed use local centre consisting retail units with car parking and 4 No 3 bed townhouses with parking for Mr Havey Lay


Mrs D Irving declared a personal and prejudicial interest in this item and left the room whilst it was discussed.


This application to provide a neighbourhood centre at the entrance to the former RAF Watton Technical Site was a resubmission, following a previous refusal.  Members had been concerned that the design of the building should be in scale with the recently approved nursing home on the site opposite and able to provide an attractive, landmark building in this prominent gateway site.


The layout was similar to the previous scheme and provided for a single storey building with a number of shop units.  Four houses in two semi-detached pairs were located at the end of the site.  The current proposal was more conventional in design than the previous and appeared two storey in scale, due to the roof design.


Mr Croft, for the applicant, said they were one of the Country’s leading developers of neighbourhood centres.  They were under considerable commercial pressure to commence development as soon as possible.  They had taken the Committee’s previous concerns into account and considered that this building made a strong statement and used materials sympathetic to its setting.


A Member noted that the volume of this building gave it more presence and provided a balance with the nursing home opposite.


Approved, as recommended.


(e)       Item 5: 3PL/2008/1548/F: Attleborough: 25 Queens Road: 38 sheltered apartments for the elderly plus communal facilities (Category II Type accommodation) for McCarthy & Stone (Dev) Ltd


This was an identical application to one previously approved by Committee on condition that the legal agreement was signed within a set time.  This condition had not been met and the application had been refused. 


Members were shown details of the proposal which involved the demolition of 25 Queens Road.  The apartment block had been designed to reflect elements of the street scene.


Norfolk County Council had requested a contribution to library provision and a fire hydrant.  As the applicant was providing a dry rising main within the development this would satisfy the requirement for the fire hydrant. 


The contribution to affordable housing was being met by a £300,000 commuted sum.  This figure had been agreed by the District Valuer and the Council’s Housing Officer was content with this provision.


Mr Oliver, Managing Director of McCarty & Stone Eastern Region, regretted that time had run out on the previous application but said that discussions had continued in the meantime and agreement on the terms of the S106 had been reached.


He said that 20% of Breckland residents were older people and there were currently no sheltered housing schemes in Attleborough.  This proposal would provide accommodation for about 50 people.  If approved, it was expected that development would commence in 2009 and be completed in 2011.


Mrs Miller said that as Ward Representative she knew that this sort of accommodation was desperately needed in Attleborough.


Deferred and the officers be authorised to approve with conditions, subject to the signing of a legal agreement.


Notes to the Schedule


The following persons were in attendance to speak on the following items:


Item No



(Agenda Item 9)

Mr Bambridge – Ward Representative

Mr Sunter - Agent


Mr Smith – Ward Representative

Mrs Gibbon – Parish Council

Mr McIlwham – Objector

Mr Best – Objector

Mr Took - Agent


Mr Croft – for Applicant


Mr Oliver – for Applicant


(Agenda Item 8a)

Mr Chambers – Objector

Mrs Lyons – Objector

Mr Seward - Agent


Written representations taken into account


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