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Site Specific Policies & Proposals Development Plan Document 2001-2026 - Proposed Submission Document

Meeting: 11/01/2011 - Cabinet (Item 6)

Site Specific Policies & Proposals Development Plan Document 2001-2026 - Proposed Submission Document (Agenda item 8)

Please see Agenda item 7 above.


Members are asked to bring their copy of the Special Council Agenda to the meeting as it will have the revised final documentation attached.


Report of the Executive Member for the Planning, Health & Housing Portfolio (Paul Claussen).


The report sought Members’ approval to publish then submit the Site Specific Polices and Proposals Document including any Cabinet recommendations and those changes required to satisfy Habitats Regulations.  Publication and submission represented the last stage of document production and effectively represented the final opportunity for Breckland Council to shape the documents before it was considered at an examination in Public by a Government Inspector.  Following consultation earlier in 2010 on a detailed Site Specifics document, the proposed submission version of the document had been further updated for consideration by Cabinet, to reflect those changes which were necessary as a result of previous responses received.  During preparation of the document there had been 8 public meetings of the Council’s LDF Task & Finish Group (T&F) and 2 meetings of Cabinet.  This level of scrutiny, together with the considerable public consultation and evidence base which underpinned the document, meant that the Council could publish and submit a sound document which would help manage development in the market towns and rural parts of Breckland for the next 15-16 years.


The Principal Planning Policy Officer advised that the Minutes of the LDF Task & Finish Group held on 15 December 2010 were pertinent to this debate.  He explained that the Site Specifics document had been referred to the Cabinet meeting on 30 November 2010 for discussion where representations had been received from East Tuddenham Parish Council outlining concerns that previously agreed changes to the Settlement Boundary for the village had not been carried forward into the final document.  Additional concerns to the same effect had also been raised by non-Executive Members in attendance at Cabinet.  In response to these concerns, Cabinet had agreed that the document be deferred for a one-off meeting of the LDF Task & Finish Group to discuss apparent discrepancies within the document.  Cabinet had further requested that the document be referred back to a future meeting as expediently as possible in order to minimise delays to the publication of the document.  The LDF Task & Finish Group then met on the 15th December and the agenda included discussions on the proposed allocations in Dereham, Shipdham and Watton and 14 rural settlement boundaries where further changes were being proposed and new Officer recommendations were being made. 


Attached at Appendix A of the report was a table setting out the items reported to the LDF T&F Group and the recommendations to Cabinet.  It had been recommended that the proposed allocation for D4 at Dereham (Nurseries, Shipdham Road, Toftwood) be removed and the settlement boundaries for Cockley Cley, Foxley, Guist, Ickburgh, Little Cressingham, Sparham, Stanfield, Stow Bedon and Tittleshall be re-instated.  For East Tuddenham, the changes to the settlement boundary had been supported, subject to the inclusion of additional land north of Mattishall Road at the Baynings.  In Shipdham, the Thomas Bullock Playing Field site was no longer proposed as a preferred option and there would now be only one allocation site for 85 dwellings  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6