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Chairman's Opening Remarks

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the Planning Committee meeting. The
procedure was explained and following introductions the meeting commenced.

 

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Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 270 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 15 March 2022.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 15 March 2022 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

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Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

None.

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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:

Saham Toney: Land adjacent Swaffham Road: Reference: 3PL/2019/0010/F

 

The Chairman declared an interest in agenda 9 (c) Minute No. 35/22(c) below as he had received a video link from an objector.  The Chairman did not vote on this application.  

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Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)

Minutes:

Members were informed that James Heaton, the Housing Enabling Officer, would be providing a short presentation after the meeting on the subject of starter homes.

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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:

TPO 2021 no.15: Dereham:  Rookery Farm Barns. Elsing Lane (Agenda item 8(a)

 

The applicant was organising a tree survey to be carried out, the outcome of which would be reported back to the Planning Committee in due course.

 

Councillor Mark Kiddle-Morris was interested in the Wellingham applications that had been deferred at the previous meeting and asked when these were due to come back to the Committee.

 

Simon Wood, the Director of Planning & Building Control did not have that information to hand but would find out.

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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.

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

To receive an update. 

Minutes:

The Director of Planning & Building Control provided Members with an update on the following matters:

 

Local Plan – Call for Sites

 

Members were aware that the first round of the process in respect of the call for sites was in progress in relation to proposed sites for residential, employment, leisure and various other uses that fell within the remit of the Local Plan, including a separate call for sites for local green spaces which were areas of land that local communities considered important to them and would like such areas to be protected.

 

All details were available on the website at https://www.breckland.gov.uk/local-plan-review.

 

The closing date for both of the above was 20 May 2022 and any proposals that came forward would be included on the website.  This was an initial tranche of land coming forward and there were no implications of any likelihood of them being allocated or getting planning permission as this initial part of the process was very much just a search exercise.

 

Councillor Atterwill asked the Director of Planning & Building Control if he could provide an update on recruitment in respect of the Principal Planning Officers that was crucial in respect of maintaining the process for the Local Plan.

 

Another question related to his attendance at the Neighbourhood Plan presentation where a series of dates were provided in relation to the Local Plan, but those dates seemed to differ to the ones mentioned at a previous Cabinet meeting held in 2021.  Councillor Atterwill felt that it would be helpful for this Committee if an up-to-date programme and timetable could be sent to the Planning Committee Members.

 

Further to the above, Councillor Atterwill also asked if the date could be provided of when the draft Local development Scheme document would be submitted for examination as again, in the Neighbourhood Plan presentation it stated August 2025 but in the Cabinet report it stated 2026. He welcomed the fact that this Council was speeding up the process and getting it done a year quicker or was this just an error.

 

In terms of the two latter points, in respect of the Local Development Scheme and the submission date, the Director of Planning & Building Control said that the dates would be clarified; however, his instinct was that it was the earlier date, but he would check and report back accordingly.

 

In terms of recruitment, Rachel Gibbs had successfully been recruited internally for the Senior Planning role with immediate effect, but no additional posts had been employed as yet.  The Principal Planning role had been advertised and a further advertisement for Rachel’s replacement was being prepared.

 

Recruitment at the moment was difficult but Members would be kept up to date with progress and it was hoped that such recruitment would be able to take place in the next few weeks. If unsuccessful, there was a resource through the wider Capita family and there was a commitment to use this resource if necessary to ensure that the Local Plan process continued to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33/22

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Deferred Applications (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 195 KB

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

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TPO 2021 no.15: Rookery Farm Barns. Elsing Lane, Dereham pdf icon PDF 359 KB

Proposal: Not to confirm the order and allow the tree to be felled.

Recommendations: To confirm the Order.

Minutes:

This application was deferred (see Minute No. 31/22 above).

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Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 9)

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

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Garvestone: Land at The Street, Reymerston: Reference: 3PL/2021/1581/F pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Change of use from existing grass land to use as a glamping site for six new glamping pods.

Minutes:

Change of use from existing grass land to use as a glamping site for six new glamping pods.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Gemma Manthorpe, 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:     Cllr Paul Claussen (spoke against the application)

 

Applicant:                        Steve Munday

 

Objector:                          Vicky Wallis

 

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

 

1.     the conditions as listed in the report; and delegated authority being given to Officers to grant planning permission, subject to:

 

2.     the receipt of a satisfactory Unilateral Undertaking in respect of GIRAMs and, subject to:

 

3.     full consideration by Officers of the issue of nutrient pollution and its impacts on the integrity of Special Areas of Conservation

 

4.     delegated authority also be given to Officers to refuse planning permission if a satisfactory Unilateral Undertaking is not received and/or if – after full consideration by Officers – they are of the opinion that due to nutrient pollution, the integrity of Special Areas of Conservation has not been satisfactorily secured.

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Old Buckenham: Coal Storage Yard, Road From Stacksford Lane to Hargham Road: Reference: 3PL/2021/1564/O pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Outline permission for 3 no. dwellings.

Minutes:

Outline permission for 3 no. dwellings.

 

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.

 

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:     Cllr Stephen Askew (spoke in support of the application)

 

DECISION: Members voted 9 x 2 for approval against the Officer’s recommendation of refusal.

 

REASONS: on the basis that a brownfield site was of material consideration, and in the Committee’s opinion, this overrides the non-compliance of the Local Development Plan.

 

DECISION: Members voted 9 x 2 for approval, subject to delegated authority being granted to the Executive Director of Place to agree and impose suitable conditions; subject to:

 

1.     delegated authority being given to Officers to grant planning permission, on the receipt of a satisfactory Unilateral Undertaking in respect of GIRAMs and, subject to:

 

2.     full consideration by Officers of the issue of nutrient pollution and its impacts on the integrity of Special Areas of Conservation

 

3.     delegated authority also be given to Officers to refuse planning permission if a satisfactory Unilateral Undertaking is not received and/or if – after full consideration by Officers – they are of the opinion that due to nutrient pollution, the integrity of Special Areas of Conservation has not been satisfactorily secured.

 

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Saham Toney: Land adjacent Swaffham Road: Reference: 3PL/2019/0010/F pdf icon PDF 140 KB

Erection of 54 dwellings with associated roads, parking, hard & soft landscaping and open space.

Minutes:

Erection of 54 dwellings with associated roads, parking, hard & soft landscaping and open space.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Simon Wood, Director of Planning & Building Control.

 

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 Timothy Birt (spoke against the application)

 

Parish Council:                Cllr Trevor Bunce

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for refusal in support of the Officer’s recommendation with the addition of reasons for refusal relating to the requirement for a tariff payment for GIRAMS and the requirement to demonstrate that the development will be nutrient neutral and will not impact on the integrity of protected water bodies.

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Griston: HMP Wayland, Thompson Road: Reference: 3PL/2021/1706/F pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Demolition of existing structure and construction of two storey house block, erection of new multi-faith building, minor extension to visitor building, construction of all-weather pitch and athletics track within a secure perimeter fence together with new pedestrian footpath, relocation of horticultural polytunnels and landscaping together with additional car parking outside of the secure perimeter fence.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Demolition of existing structure and construction of two storey house block, erection of new multi-faith building, minor extension to visitor building, construction of all-weather pitch and athletics track within a secure perimeter fence together with new pedestrian footpath, relocation of horticultural polytunnels and landscaping together with additional car parking outside of the secure perimeter fence.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Simon Wood, Director of Planning & Building Control.

 

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:

 

Ministry of Justice:          Phil Houghton, Kelly Lloyd and Megan Freeman

 

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 raised by the Council’s ecologists;

 

3.     full consideration by Officers of the issue of nutrient pollution and its impacts on the integrity of Special Areas of Conservation; and

 

4.     delegated authority also be given to Officers to refuse planning permission if after full consideration by Officers – they are of the opinion that due to nutrient pollution, the integrity of Special Areas of Conservation has not been satisfactorily secured.

 

 

 

 

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Colkirk: Land Off Whissonsett Road: Reference: 3PL/2022/0132/VAR pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Variation of Condition No 22 of planning permission 3PL/2021/1265/VAR - to vary the wording to enable works to continue up to slab level across all plots, in advance of this condition being discharged.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Variation of Condition No 22 of planning permission 3PL/2021/1265/VAR - to vary the wording to enable works to continue up to slab level across all plots, in advance of this condition being discharged.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Gemma Manthorpe, 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:

 

Parish Council:                Cllr Charles Joice

 

Applicant:                        David Winch (on behalf of Breckland Bridge)

 

DECISION: Members voted 10 x 2 to defer the application contrary to the Officer’s recommendation of approval to allow Officers to liaise with Norfolk County Council Highways to establish the position of the S278 application they are currently considering in relation to off-site highway works.

 

Notwithstanding the deferral, Councillor Mark Kiddle-Morris asked that this application be brought back to the next Planning Committee meeting.

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Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place & Delivery (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 89 KB

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.

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Appeals Summary - March 2022 (Agenda item 11) pdf icon PDF 77 KB

For information.

Minutes:

Noted.