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Minutes (Agenda Item 1)

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 6 November 2008.


The minutes of the meeting held on 6 November 2008 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Apologies (Agenda Item 2)

To receive apologies for absence. 


Apologies for absence were received from Mr P Balaam, Mr S Chapman-Allen, Mr R Childerhouse, Mr P Claussen, Mr R Duffield, Mr M Fanthorpe, Lady K Fisher, Mr K Gilbert, Mr J Gretton, Mr I Monson, Mr I Sherwood, Mr M Spencer, Mrs L Turner and Mr D Williams.



Declaration of Interest (Agenda Item 3)

Members are asked at this stage to declare any interests they may have in any of the following items on the agenda.


The Members’ Code of Conduct requires that declarations include the nature of the interest and whether it is personal or prejudicial.


The Deputy Chief Executive clarified the requirements with regard to declarations of interest.


The following declarations of interest were noted:


Mr W Borrett                 Personal interest in the LDF by virtue of having a family member who has submitted land at North Elmham in the site specifics and generally as a landowner


Mr G Bambridge          Personal interest in the LDF by the nature of his employment


Mr J Labouchere          Personal interest in the LDF in North Elmham by virtue of being a landowner and as Ward Representative for Hermitage Ward.


MrA Joel                       Personal interest in anything to do with the LDF for Old Buckenham by virtue of being a Parish Councillor.


Mr S Askew                  Personal interest in the LDF by virtue of having land under consideration.


Mrs D Irving                   Personal interest in anything to do with Dereham being a member of Dereham Town Council


Mrs T Hewett                Personal interest as a landowner in Shipdham with land in the LDF and as a Breckland District Councillor.


Mr P Hewett                  Personal interest as a Shipdham Parish Councillor and the Shipdham Ward Representative for Breckland District Council should any site specifics be discussed in Shipdham.


Mr P Duigan                 Personal interest by virtue of being a Dereham Town Councillor


Mr M Griffin                   Personal interest by virtue of being a Dereham Town Councillor.


The following Members declared a Personal and Prejudicial interest in the LDF, by virtue of having an interest in land under consideration, and left the room for the remainder of the meeting.


Councillor C Bowes, Mr P Cowen, Mr R Kemp, Mr R Kybird, Mr J Rogers and Mr W Smith.



Local Development Framework - Core Strategy and Policies (Agenda Item 5)

Report of the Strategic Director – Transformation.


The Portfolio Holder for Planning and the Environment introduced this item and told Members that the Core Strategy document had been the subject of much debate and consultation.  It had been discussed at 40 Council meetings and more than 80 meetings with Parish and Town Councils.  The Strategy had also been the subject of press releases, workshops, road shows and drop-in events and she considered that the public had been successfully involved.


The purpose of the Strategy was to provide a vision for the District up to 2026 and an important steer for the emerging Action Plans.


The Environmental Planning Manager and the Principal Environmental Planning Officer then gave Members a presentation to cover the latest issues affecting the Core Strategy together with a summary of the process to date and the next steps.  (Copy attached)


The Core Strategy needed to be broad enough to relate to national policy and specific enough to enable determination of specific issues. 


The Strategy was required to provide for at least 11,000 homes and 6,000 jobs in the five towns; the proposed allocation was shown.


14 villages had also been identified as Local Service Centres (LSC) and, of those, four were promoted for growth.  The others were included without growth, at their request, following consultation.


Small scale development would still be possible in other villages.  It was estimated that 3,000 houses would come forward as windfall sites over the LDF period.


Throughout the process two issues had been identified: infrastructure delivery and environmental impacts.  A list of identified strategic infrastructure requirements was shown.


Policy CP4 (on page 42 of Appendix A) made clear that infrastructure would need to be in place in advance of development.  No growth would be allowed until this was secured. A myriad of funding sources was available.  There would still be a role for developer contributions, secured through legal agreements and there was the potential to introduce tariffs and levies.  The Local Strategic Partnership and EEDA also had a role to help deliver sustainable growth.


Other legal requirements had been addressed.  The Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) had identified two types of habitat: Special Protection Areas (SPA sites) and Special Conservation Areas (SAC sites).  Evidence had been required of bird populations and this work had only recently been completed.


The Assessment had concluded that the Core Strategy would have a significant effect on some birds and mitigation measures were required.  The proposal was to introduce a 1500 metre buffer zone around Stone Curlew nesting sites and a 400 metre buffer zone around the nesting sites of Nightjar and Woodlark.  Water related habitats would also be protected. 


Maps were shown.  Within the Stone Curlew buffer there were two further zones to restrict development and to ensure that where it was permitted, replacement habitat areas were provided.


Evidence of the effect of development on Stone Curlew nesting was provided in graph form.  It clearly showed that nest densities declined close to settlements.


Both Natural England and the RSPB supported the findings of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 125.