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13218.

Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 29 October 2018.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 29 October 2018 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

13318.

Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Brame.

13418.

Declaration of Interest and of Representations Received (Agenda item 3)

The duties to register, disclose and not to participate for the entire consideration of the matter, in respect of any matter in which a Member has a disclosable pecuniary interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011.  Members are also required to withdraw from the meeting room as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.

 

Minutes:

Agenda item 8(a): Toftwood: Land off Shipdham Road, Westfield Road and Westfield Lane: Reference: 3PL/2015/1490/O

 

Members had received direct correspondence in relation to this application.

13518.

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)

Minutes:

Members were informed of a site visit that was taking place on Tuesday, 11 December 2018 at a site in Beeston.  All Members were encouraged to attend - refreshments would be available in the Norfolk Room from 9am for departure at 9.30am and car sharing was advised.

13618.

Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda (Agenda item 5)

To consider any requests from Ward Members, officers or applicants to defer an application included in this agenda, so as to save any unnecessary waiting by members of the public attending for such applications.

Minutes:

Councillor Duigan raised concerns about the deferred item in Hockering, listed on the schedule of deferred applications.  He had been past the site on many occasions and was aware that most of the dwellings had been built. The Planning Business Manager, Mr Simon Wood, said that he would investigate.

 

The schedule of deferred applications was otherwise noted.

13718.

Urgent Business (Agenda item 6)

To note whether the Chairman proposes to accept any item as urgent business, pursuant to Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

None.

13818.

Local Plan Update (Standing Item) (Agenda item 7)

To receive an update. 

Minutes:

Simon Wood, the Interim Director of Planning announced that there was a report going to Full Council on 6th December which would consider the main modifications required to the Breckland Local Plan following the Inspectors letter to the Council. The report should be published in the next few days as part of the agenda pack for that meeting, and would include a full schedule of modifications. The Council agenda would soon be published on the Breckland website and any questions relating to that report should be directed to the Planning Policy Team.

 

Councillor Clarke looked forward to further clarity on this matter.

 

Councillor Martin asked if there was any indication to when the Attleborough SUE would be discussed.  Members were informed that significant discussions were still on-going but it was anticipated, although not definite, that the application would be included on the Planning Agenda early next year.

13918.

Deferred Applications (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 48 KB

To consider applications deferred at previous meetings including some, but not all, of those shown on the attached Schedule of Deferred Applications.

13918a

Toftwood: Land off Shipdham Road, Westfield Road and Westfield Lane: Reference: 3PL/2015/1490/O pdf icon PDF 154 KB

This application was considered at the Planning Committee meeting of 15th January 2018 where it was resolved to refuse planning permission.

 

An extract of the minutes is set out below:

 

DECISION: Members voted 7 x 4 not to accept the Officer's recommendation of approval.

 

REASONS:

1. the intrusion of built development into the open countryside and the creation of a hard edge to the Town of Dereham; and

2. significant visual impact and harm to the character and appearance of the site and surrounding landscape.

 

DECISION: Members voted 5 x 5 (plus one abstention) not to accept the Officer's recommendation of approval and refuse the application.

 

The vote was tied 5 x 5. The Chairman was entitled to his casting vote and voted that the application be refused on the above stated two grounds together with a highway ground, including the impact of the junction on a 'C' Class road being used as an entrance/access point to the development. It was agreed that the final wording for the decision of refusal would be drafted by Officers in consultation with the Chairman.

 

The scheme has been under consideration since that time with a view to seeking to address concerns raised by Members.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Residential development for a maximum of 291 dwellings, link roads, open space and recreational space.  Amended proposal to include demolition of existing railway bridge at Westfield Lane and construction of a replacement two-way railway bridge (instead of traffic signalling works at the junction of South Green and Tavern Lane).

 

This application had been considered at the Planning Committee meeting on 15 January 2018 where it was refused planning permission for the following reasons:

 

1.     The intrusion of built development into the open countryside and the creation of a hard edge to the town of Dereham; and

2.     Significant visual impact and harm to the character and appearance of the site and surround landscape.

 

The vote had been tied, 5 x 5, and following the Chairman’s casting vote, the application was refused on the above stated grounds together with a highway ground, including the impact of the junction on a ‘C’ Class road being used as an entrance/access point to the development.

 

Members had received direct correspondence in relation to this application.  A letter of objection from George Freeman MP was read aloud, this was a follow on letter from the one he had written in January 2018. 

 

Councillor Dimoglou, a neighbouring Ward Representative for Yaxham, although in attendance, did not take part in the debate and left the room whilst this application was discussed.

 

Liz Poole, from Norfolk County Council Highways, was also in attendance.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Simon Wood, Interim Director of Planning.  It was noted that the proposal was for a maximum of 291 dwellings and not for a minimum of 291 dwellings as stated on the report.  It was further noted that the footway would form part of the bridge; there would not be a separate footpath.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Representations were made in respect of the application in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Dereham Town Council:                                 Tony Needham

 

Applicant’s Agent:                                           Jane Crichton & Philip Atkinson                                                                         (Lanpro)

 

Transport Consultant:                                     Simon Clewlow

 

Norfolk County Council Highways:                  Liz Poole                    

 

Neighbouring Ward Representative:               Cllr Linda Monument  

 

Yaxham Parish Council:                                  Peter Lowings (Chairman)

 

Objector:                                                         Philip Morton

 

Objector:                                                         Valerie Baker (on behalf of Toftwood                                                     Life Community)                                                                     

Objector:                                                         Michelle Parnell

 

DECISION: Members voted 6 x 4 for approval of a maximum of 291 dwellings as recommended; subject to the conditions as listed in the report; and a S106 Agreement to secure:

 

1)     the provision of onsite affordable housing at 40% (116 dwellings);

 

2)     contributions to Library services £17,460;

 

3)     contributions to local Primary Schools on a pro rata basis £980,089;

 

4)     public open space contribution;

 

5)     NHS contribution £91,740;

 

6)     the removal of the requirement for a payment of £182,500 for the restoration works to the River Tud - these works would now be undertaken as part of the scheme agreed via the Unilateral Undertaking;

 

7)     onsite open space totalling 12.63 hectare;

 

8)     offsite green space  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13918a

14018.

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 9)

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:

 

14018a

Ashill: Land adjacent to Reeves Farm, Hale Road Reference: 3PL/2018/0764/O pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Minutes:

Residential development.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Tom Donnelly, Development Management Assistant

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

A representation was made in respect of the application in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Ward Representative:                         Councillor Frank Sharpe (on behalf of the                                                         Parish Council)

 

Prior to the decision being made Councillor Sharpe asked for it to be noted that, on behalf of the Parish Council, he wanted the gas pipeline clarified as the gas main was preventing a footpath being installed.  The Parish Council also wanted to know if a street light could be installed.  Simon Wood, the Planning Business Manager advised that there had been no objection in principle to the installation of a footpath and an informative condition could be applied instructing the agents to contact the National Grid or Cadent.  The Development Management Assistant was not aware of any street light proposal.

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval as recommended; subject to:

 

1.     the conditions as listed in the report;

 

2.     the ecology comments being received in relation to bats and other ecological receptors; and

 

3.     an informative be added to the Decision Notice in relation to the gas pipeline being clarified to enable the provision of a  possible footpath.

14018b

Attleborough: Land to the rear of Pixie Paddock, Leys Lane: Reference: 3PL/2018/0889/F pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Minutes:

Erection of a 4 bed dwelling.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Tom Donnelly, Development Management Assistant.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

A representation was made in respect of the application in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Agent:                                                  John Barbuck (Patterson Design)

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval as recommended; subject to the conditions as listed in the report.

14018c

Carbrooke: The Crown House, Meadow Lane: Reference: 3PL/2018/1244/F pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Proposed 2 new bungalows.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Tom Donnelly, Development Management Assistant.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Updated representations had been included in the supplementary agenda (see page 171).

 

No representations were made in respect of the application.

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval as recommended; subject to the conditions as listed in the report.

 

14018d

Foxley: Old Fakenham Road: Reference: 3PL/2018/1053/O pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Minutes:

Seven residential dwellings with associated gardens, garages and private drives.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Naomi Minto, Development Management Planner.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Representations were made in respect of the application in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Ward Representative:                         Councillor Gordon Bambridge

 

Agent:                                                  Russell de Beer

 

Foxley Parish Council:                        Nicholas Mears (Chairman)

 

Bawdeswell Parish Council:                Bill Cuncliffe (Chairman)

 

Prior to the decision being made Members were informed that the words ‘data error’ would be removed from conditions 13 and 14.

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval as recommended; subject to the conditions as listed in the report; and subject to the issue of affordable housing provision being addressed.

14018e

Litcham: Land off Weasenham Road : Reference: 3PL/2018/0694/O pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Minutes:

Outline permission for the erection of 8 dwellings, with all matters except access reserved.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Carl Griffiths, Principal Development Management Planner.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Representations were made in respect of the application in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Applicant’s Agent:                               Sarah Hornbrook (Bidwells)

 

Engineering Consultant                       Martin Doughty

 

An email from the Ward Member, Councillor Gould was read aloud.  Councillor Gould was in support of the application.

 

Both applications 3PL/2018/694/0, agenda item 9(e) and 3PL/2018/0698/O, agenda item 9(f) were considered in conjunction with each other as both would constitute a major development.

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval contrary to the Officers recommendation of refusal.

 

REASON(S): on the grounds that the proposal was in a sustainable location and would contribute to the Council’s five year housing land supply. 

 

Members felt that the above reasons outweighed the Highway Authority’s objections.

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously to approve the application.

 

The application be approved; subject to:

 

1.     delegated authority to be granted to the Executive Director of Place in consultation with the Applicant’s Agent to identify and agree appropriate conditions; and

 

2.     a S106 Agreement and Unilateral Undertaking be imposed in relation to affordable housing, play area and off-site highway works.

 

 

14018f

Litcham: Land of Wellingham Road: Reference: 3PL/2018/0698/O pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Minutes:

Outline permission for the erection of 8 dwellings, with all matters except access reserved.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Carl Griffiths, Principal Development Management Planner.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Representations were made in respect of the application in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Applicant’s Agent:                               Sarah Hornbrook (Bidwells)

 

Engineering Consultant                       Martin Doughty

 

An email from the Ward Member, Councillor Gould was read aloud.  Councillor Gould was in support of the application.

 

Both applications 3PL/2018/0698/O, agenda item 9(f) and 3PL/2018/694/0, agenda item 9(e) and were considered in conjunction with each other as both constituted a major development.

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval contrary to the Officers recommendation of refusal.

 

REASON(S): on the grounds that the proposal was in a sustainable location and would contribute to the Council’s five year housing land supply. 

 

Members felt that the above reasons outweighed the Highway Authority’s objections.

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously to approve the application.

 

The application be approved; subject to:

 

1.     delegated authority to be granted to the Executive Director of Place in consultation with the Applicant’s Agent to identify and agree appropriate conditions; and

 

2.     a S106 Agreement and Unilateral Undertaking be imposed in relation to affordable housing, play area and off-site highway works.

14018g

North Tuddenham: Church Farm, Low Road: Reference: 3PL/2018/1057/F pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Minutes:

Demolition of log store and barn and replacement with single dwelling and garage.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Naomi Minto, Development Management Planner.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Representations were made in respect of the application in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Ward Representative:                         Councillor Gordon Bambridge (in support)

 

Applicant’s Agent:                               Erica Whettingsteel (EJW Planning Ltd)

 

Parish Council:                                    Mike Smith (Vice-Chairman)

 

Prior to the decision being made the Chairman asked if a suitable passing place could be installed.  It was noted that the applicant’s agent was waiting for correspondence and clarification of ownership of land from Norfolk County Council Highways Authority. 

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval contrary to the Officer’s recommendation of refusal.

 

REASON(S): on the grounds that the proposal was in a sustainable location, would enhance the hamlet and would contribute to the Council’s five year housing land supply. 

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously to approve the application.

 

The application be approved and delegated authority be granted to the Executive Director of Place in consultation with the Applicant’s Agent to identify and agree appropriate conditions and an additional condition to be imposed subject to land ownership being obtained for the provision of a passing place between Mattishall Lane and the development site.

 

14018h

Old Buckenham: 9 The Old Yard: Reference: 3PL/2018/0887/F pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Minutes:

Erection of an office building with first floor 2 bed residential accommodation.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Tom Donnelly, Development Management Assistant.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

No representations were made in respect of the application.

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval as recommended; subject to the conditions as listed in the report.

 

14018i

Shipdham: Land to the east of Pound Green Lane: Reference: 3PL/2018/1103/F pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Minutes:

Residential development of four dwellings..

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Naomi Minto, Development Management Planner.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Representations were made in respect of the application in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Applicant’s Agents:                             Abby Gretton and Melanie Tilley (Clayland                                                        Architects)

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval as recommended; subject to the conditions as listed in the report; and subject to additional conditions relating to foul sewage disposal and operational time in relation to movement of site traffic.

 

14018j

Whinburgh and Westfield: Lowdells House, Shop Street: Reference: 3PL/2017/1472/F pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Minutes:

Two new detached 4 bedroom dwellings with detached double garages.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Naomi Minto, Development Management Planner.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Representations were made in respect of the application in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Ward Representative:                         Councillor Pablo Dimoglou (in support)

 

Applicant’s Agent:                               John Jenkins

 

Objectors:                                            Stratton and Denise Humphrey

 

DECISION: Members voted 9 x 1 for approval as recommended; subject to the conditions as listed in the report and subject to a total of three owl boxes being installed.

14018k

Yaxham: Development Site, Land Off Elm Close: Reference: 3PL/2018/0024/VAR pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Minutes:

Removal of conditions 13 and 21 and variation of conditions 12 and 16 of planning permission reference: 3PL/2014/0820/O.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Fiona Hunter, Principal Development Management Planner.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Representations were made in respect of the application in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Ward Representative:                         Councillor Pablo Dimoglou (in support)

 

NP4Yaxham:                                       Maggie Oechsle

 

DECISION: Members voted 9 x 1 for approval as recommended; subject to the conditions as listed in the report.

 

14118.

Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Place.

 

Members are requested to raise any questions at least two working days before the meeting to allow information to be provided to the Committee.

Minutes:

Noted.

14218.

Appeals Decisions (for information) (Agenda item 11) pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Minutes:

Noted.