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Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 305 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 12 April 2022.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 12 April 2022 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

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Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bowes, Duigan and Kiddle-Morris.  Substitutes in attendance were Councillors Marion Chapman-Allen and Linda Monument.

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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:

None declared.

41/22

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)

Minutes:

None.

42/22

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.

43/22

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.

44/22

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

To receive an update. 

Minutes:

Simon Wood the Director of Planning & Building Control provided Members with a Local Plan update.

 

Local Plan

 

The call for sites process would end on 20 May 2022 and the findings would be reported in due course. There had been a number of questions raised by Councillor Atterwill at the previous meeting in terms of clarification around the dates of some of the key elements of both the single policy review and the Local Plan update.  The Director of Planning & Building Control advised that that Local Development Scheme was available on the website and was currently the definitive and published timeframe.  However, another timeframe was being considered that had been highlighted in various meetings in relation to the partial review, and it was anticipated that a report in relation to the partial review would be taken to Cabinet in June 2022 that would be subsequently submitted to the Planning Inspectorate following a consultation period with possible adoption by April 2023.

 

In terms of the Local Plan update, it was currently anticipated that a report would be taken to Cabinet along with the final draft document in December 2024 with a submission date following various consultations in April 2025 looking at adoption in 2027.

 

Members would be kept updated if any of these dates changed. Members should also be aware that planning was expected to be highlighted in the forthcoming Queen’s Speech that could possibly bring some changes and would have to be factored into the process.

 

In response to a question, it was confirmed that the dates that had been set at the recent Cabinet meeting were accurate; Members were asked to ignore the dates that had been provided at the subsequent Neighbourhood Plan meeting. 

 

Nutrient Neutrality

 

In terms of nutrient neutrality, this was still a matter that was causing a great deal of upheaval within Norfolk.  All were still in a position where planning authorities were not able to determine a substantial number of planning applications particularly those relating to residential development that provided additional overnight accommodation.

 

There was work being carried out by officers of all the Districts to seek to clarify with Natural England and with Anglian Water the types of development that authorities could seek to determine especially outside the catchment areas. The Director of Planning & Building Control would be attending an upcoming meeting to hopefully clarify such matters with the key aim being how Districts could move forward with an adopted consistent approach in relation to applications that were non-residential.

 

In terms of mid and long-term solutions, this subject was going to carry on for some considerable time before authorities could get into a position where normal service could be resumed. Information would be brought to this Committee on any key changes or steps forward made.

 

Councillor Atterwill had noticed that there had been a great deal of information in the local press about the 7 authorities getting together to employ a consultant to look at these matters and asked the Director of Planning & Building  ...  view the full minutes text for item 44/22

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Deferred Applications (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 196 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.

 

Recommendation: To confirm the Order.

 

This application was deferred from the Planning Committee meeting on 12 April 2022.

Minutes:

Formal objection to the serving of Tree Preservation Order (TPO) 2021 No. 15, Rookery Farm Barns, Elsing Lane, Dereham.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Hugh Coggles, Tree & Countryside Officer.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the report 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:

 

Objectors:                   Jason & Jemma Hammond

 

DECISION: Members voted 6 x 4 against the Officers recommendation to confirm the Order.

 

REASONS: Members felt that the tree in question did not have sufficient amenity value given the location of the tree.

 

DECISION: Members voted 7 x 3 not to confirm the Order.

 

 

45/22b

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.

 

This application was deferred from the Planning Committee on 12th April 2022. The Council has sought an update from Norfolk County Council Highways Authority, which will be shared with Members of the Planning Committee at the meeting.

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 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.

 

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 Jeanette Paul

 

Applicant:                    David Winch (on behalf of Breckland Bridge)

 

DECISION: Members voted 6 x 3 for approval in support of the Officer’s recommendation; subject to:

 

1.     the conditions as listed in the report;

2.     delegated authority to be given to Officers to grant planning permission on the receipt of a satisfactory Unilateral Undertaking in respect of GIRAMs payment;

3.     full consideration by Officers of the issue of nutrient pollution and its impacts to the integrity of protected habitats; 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 protected habitats has not been satisfactorily secured.

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46/22

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 9|

There are no applications to consider.

Minutes:

None.

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Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 82 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.

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Appeals (April) (Agenda item 11) pdf icon PDF 82 KB

For information.

Minutes:

Noted.