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13/21

Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 25 January 2021.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 25 January 2021 were confirmed as a correct record.

14/21

Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Dale.  Councillor Kybird was in attendance as her substitute.

15/21

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 as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Crane declared a personal and prejudicial interest in agenda item 9(a) of the Schedule of Applications and left the meeting whilst this item was being discussed.

16/21

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)

Minutes:

None.

17/21

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:

None.

18/21

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.

19/21

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

To receive an update. 

Minutes:

Nothing to report.

20/21

Deferred Applications (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 53 KB

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

Minutes:

The Schedule of Deferred Applications was noted.

20/21a

Dereham: Land East of Westfield Road: Reference: 3PL/2019/1526/D: 1pm (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Reserved Matters application for 100 dwellings, following Outline permission 3PL/2017/0563/O.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Application for Reserved Matters for 100 dwellings, following Outline permission 3PL/2017/0563/O.

 

This application was due to be heard at the Planning Committee held on 14 December 2020; however, following the receipt of a letter from Leathes Prior Solicitors on 10 December 2020, on behalf of Dereham Town Council in respect of the provision of open space on the site, the item was deferred to allow the content of the letter to be considered (see report).

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Rebecca Collins, Head of Major Projects.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the Reserved Matters 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:

 

Neighbouring Ward Representative:              Councillor Philip Morton (spoke against                                                                the application)

 

Applicant (Persimmon Homes Ltd):               Jessica Groome

 

Senior Planner (Persimmon Homes Ltd):      Kian Saedi

 

Asst. Engineer (Persimmon Homes Ltd):      Josh Hayne

 

Dereham Town Council:                                 Tony Needham (Clerk)

 

DECISION: Members voted 7 x 3 + 1 abstention for approval as recommended subject to:

 

1.     the conditions as listed in the report; subject to:

 

2.     Condition 7 being updated to extend the hours of construction until 1.30pm on Saturdays.

21/21

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 10)

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

Minutes:

The Schedule of Applications was determined as follows:

21/21a

Elsing: Three Bridges Solar Farm, Land south of Elsing Road: Reference: 3PL/2020/1134/F: 1.30pm pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) farm along with continued agricultural use, ancillary infrastructure and security fencing, landscaping provision, ecological enhancements and associated works.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Crane declared a personal & prejudicial interest in this application and was put in the ‘waiting room’ whilst this item was discussed.

 

Ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) farm along with continued agricultural use, ancillary infrastructure and security fencing, landscaping provision, ecological enhancements and associated works.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Rebecca Collins, Head of Development Management.

 

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:

 

Applicant:                                Robert Shaw (Pathfinder Clean Energy UKDev Ltd)

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval in support of the Officer’s recommendation subject to:

 

1.     the conditions as listed in the report;

 

2.     no objections being received from County Council Public Rights of Way and Lyng Parish Council, within 21 days of the date of this Planning Committee meeting; and

 

3.     an additional or updated condition to require management and maintenance of hedgerows and fencing.

21/21b

Harling: Toms Meadow, Fen Lane: Reference: 3PL/2020/1201/F: 1.45pm pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Erection of 1 no. dwelling with detached carport with storage above.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Erection of 1 no. dwelling with detached car port with storage above.

 

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 William Nunn (against the                                                                         recommendation of refusal)

 

Applicant’s Agent:                               Thomas Wheatley (Parker Planning Services                                                             Ltd)

 

Objector:                                             Steven Kuntze

 

DECISION: Members voted 10 x 1 in support of the Officer’s recommendation of refusal.

 

21/21c

Thompson: Land to East of Marlpit Road and South of Mill Road: Reference: 3PL/2020/1215/PIP: 2pm pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Permission in Principle for the erection of up to 4 dwellings (Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) (Amendment) Order 2017).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Permission in Principle for the erection of up to 4 dwellings (Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) (Amendment) Order 2017).

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Tom Donnelly, Senior 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:                         Cllr Philip Cowen (against the recommendation                                                    of approval)

 

Parish Council:                                    Cllr Angus Welch

 

Applicant’s Agent:                               David Jones (Blue Oak Developments Ltd)

 

Objector:                                             John Stanley

 

DECISION: Members voted 9 x 2 against the Officers recommendation of approval.

 

REASONS: Members felt that the proposal failed to comply with point 3 of Policy HOU04 of the Local Plan in terms of failure to enhance the local area.  In addition, the proposed development would unacceptably harm the character and appearance of the area. It would conflict with Policies COM 01, GEN 02, ENV05 and HOU 04 of the Breckland Local Plan 2019 and paragraph 127 of the National Planning Policy Framework which sought high quality design and developments that integrate to a high degree of compatibility with the surrounding area and landscape, which this proposal failed to do.

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously to refuse the application.

 

22/21

Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda item 11) pdf icon PDF 84 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.

23/21

Appeals Summary for January (for information) (Agenda item 12) pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Minutes:

Noted.