Agenda and minutes

Venue: Norfolk Room, The Committee Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 March 2010.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 2 March 2010 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.




To receive apologies for absence. 


Apologies for absence were received from Mr R Goreham.


Non-Members Wishing to Address the Meeting

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


Mr B. Borrett, Mr P. Cowen, Mr C. Jordan, Mr P. Duigan and Mrs D. Irving.



Active Land Management - Tranche 1 (Agenda Item 7) pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Report of the Executive Member for the Economic & Commercial Services Portfolio (Mark Kiddle-Morris).

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The Land Management Officer explained that the report sought decisions on the use of the 10 sites covered, being the first tranche of the Active Land Management programme brought forward as a consequence of Cabinet’s decision to adopt a framework for the management of surplus land. She then presented a summary of the main issues and constraints, potential land values, parish council comments and options available in each case.


At the Chairman’s invitation, the following spoke on the options available for sites within their respective parishes/wards:


  • Mrs M Feakes, Chairman, Garboldisham Parish Council
  • Councillor C Jordan, Ward Representative, Yaxham
  • Mr Stamford, Colkirk Parish Council
  • Councillor B Borrett, Ward Representative, Guist
  • Councillor P Cowen, Ward Representative, Thompson


A paper setting out the criteria against which provision of affordable housing outside development boundaries was assessed, under the Local Development Framework, was tabled.


The Chairman of Garboldisham Parish Council said that there was consternation in the village at the prospect of further social housing or a travellers’ site. The Parish Council needed further time to discuss the possibilities, but would not be averse to taking the site on for community use, for example allotments, community woodland or even additional burial ground.


The Deputy Leader agreed, but referred to the need to balance local needs with the interests of the District as a whole. It was also apparent that there were encumbrances affecting the site that needed to be investigated. The Executive Member for Economic and Commercial Services mentioned that there would be highway issues to be addressed if development were to be considered, the site being served by a narrow country lane.


In Yaxham, the Land Management Officer reminded Members that open space in the main part of the village had been lost to social housing and this site, at Clint Green, could be seen as a replacement. The Ward Representative said there was no public open space in Clint Green at present. He mentioned that there was an increasing interest in allotments in the village; the site was of little use to Breckland, but use as such would be of great value to the parish.


The Parish Council representative for Colkirk pointed out to Members that he did in fact have a licence in respect of part of the site under consideration in that village and he thanked the Land Management Officer for the assistance and encouragement she had given him. He referred to possible access difficulties if the site were to be developed. Members saw advantage in retaining what was potentially a valuable piece of land and agreed that the current licence should be allowed to continue.


Having noted that the Parish Council did not consider the Guist site suitable for any building, the Ward Representative felt that an application for an element of affordable housing could in fact be accommodated; he believed this was also the case on other sites under consideration. The Assistant Director – Environmental Health and Housing summarised the Breckland requirement for affordable housing. For clarification,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.


Breckland Council-owned Land at Woodrising Road, Scoulton (Agenda Item 8) pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Report of the Executive Member for the Economic & Commercial Services Portfolio (Mark Kiddle-Morris).

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In presenting the report, the Land Management Officer pointed out that the site in question was one of those in the second tranche of the Active Land Management Programme. Approval was sought for the transfer of the area, in its present condition, with garages on the land and various rights of way across it, to Scoulton Green Space, for retention as an open area for the village.


In asking Cabinet to agree to the recommendation, the Executive Member for Economic and Commercial Services drew attention to possible practical implications for the overall programme of the work generated by the decisions in this and the previous item.




1.      To transfer the land in its present condition, at nil consideration, to Scoulton Green Space, subject to a restrictive covenant limiting the use to amenity purposes and Breckland’s costs for the transfer being met by the purchaser.

2.      To submit a planning application to test the development potential of the site.

3.      To retain the site within the ownership of Breckland District Council.




Scoulton Green Space would like the area to remain as green space for use by the village. The site is currently outside the settlement boundary and planning permission for open market development is unlikely. In the event of transfer, Scoulton Green Space would be responsible for future  maintenance.




(1)       the transfer of the area of Breckland Council-owned land at Woodrising Road, Scoulton to Scoulton Green Space, at nil consideration, be approved;


(2)       a covenant be imposed restricting the use of this area of land to amenity purposes;


(3)       the legal costs associated with the transfer be borne by Scoulton Green Space; and the land be transferred in its present condition.


Budget Carry Over 2010/2011 (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Report of the Executive Member for the Governance & Corporate Development Portfolio (William Smith).

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The Chief Accountant referred to the Appendix showing areas of work identified by managers with values and reasons for requesting carry over, pointing out that pages 54-56 were extraneous working papers which had been attached to the report in error.




1.      To approve the budget carry overs to specific reserve into 2010/11.

2.      To not approve the budget carry overs.




Sufficient budget will be available to complete projects without the need for supplementary budgets or to draw on the General Fund in future years as the funding will be set aside in reserves.


RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL that the requests for budget carry over from specific reserves in 2009/10, to draw upon in 2010/11, be approved.


Anglia Revenues and Benefits Partnership pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Report of the meeting of the Joint Committee held on 11 March 2010.


(a)                     Changes to Housing Benefit Subsidy Rules for Those in Temporary Accommodation (Min No 13/10)


RESOLVED that release of the allocated funding to the Partnership, to enable the project to commence and be completed, be approved.


(b)                     Minutes


The Minutes of the meeting of the Anglia Revenues and Benefits Partnership held on 11 March were noted.


Purchase and Ownership of a New CCTV Van for Breckland Council (Agenda Item 12) pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Report of the Executive Member for the Communities and Benefits Portfolio (Teresa Hewett).

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The Sustainable Communities Manager presented the report which sought approval for the acquisition of a vehicle to support the new CCTV system and the work of partners in tackling criminal activity and the fear of crime in the District. He pointed out that the cost, to be shared among partners, was in fact £39,000 and not £37,000 as shown in the report.




1.      To accept the funding for the purchase of the van.

2.      To not accept the funding.

3.      To authorise the purchase of the van.

4.      Not to authorise the purchase.




The van will significantly enhance the provision of CCTV within Breckland, at no cost to the Council, working alongside the new CCTV system which is being funded, developed and introduced by the authority.  The purchase demonstrates Breckland ‘s ongoing commitment to working with partners in meeting its obligations under Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act and tackling levels of crime, particularly anti-social behaviour, and fear of crime.




(1)           the funding from Norfolk Constabulary, Flagship Housing Association and the Breckland Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) for the purchase of a CCTV van be accepted;


(2)           the purchase and ownership of the van on behalf of the Breckland CDRP, using funds from Norfolk Constabulary, Flagship Housing Association and the Breckland CDRP to purchase and adapt the vehicle be authorised;


(3)           and ownership be taken on with appropriate agreements in place to cover management and maintenance of the vehicle, any ongoing capital/revenue costs to be met by the Norfolk Constabulary and/or Breckland CDRP.


Next Meeting

To note that the date of the next meeting of Cabinet will be held on 11 May 2010.


Members are also asked to note that the date of the joint Cabinet/Overview & Scrutiny Commission meeting to discuss the Site Specific Policies and Proposal Plan Document has been arranged for Monday, 26 April 2010 at 9.30am at the Gallery Bar in Watton (this meeting replaces the formal Executive Board that would have taken place on that day).


It was noted that the next meeting of the Cabinet would be held on Tuesday 11 May 2010 at 9.30 am.