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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 1st September 2008.


The minutes of the meeting held on 1 September 2008 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Apologies (Agenda Item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Mrs M Chapman-Allen, Mr M Fanthorpe, Mrs S Howard-Alpe and Mr M Spencer.



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.


Members and officers were asked to declare any interest at the time the applications were made.


Mrs C Bowes declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 10 (Schedule Items 3 and 4 – Watton) as she knew the applicant and used the garage currently on the site.


Mr M Kiddle-Morris declared a personal interest in Schedule Item 8 (Horningtoft) as he knew the applicant and had served as a Governor of Brisley School with him.



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)


The Chairman reminded Members of future training dates: Appeals on Monday 29 September and Drainage on Monday13 October.



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.


Two items had been deferred:


Agenda Item 8/Schedule Item 5 (Attleborough) – to await comments from the District Valuer; and

Agenda Item 11a (Harling) – to await comments from the Parish Council.



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.


There was none.



Local Development Framework (Agenda Item 7)

To receive an update. 


The Environmental Planning Manager gave a brief update.


Significant progress was being made on the Core Strategy and there would be an all day meeting of Panel 1 on 23 September 2008 with comments going forward to Overview and Scrutiny Commission on 2 October, Cabinet on 14 October and Council on 6 November.  The Core Strategy would then be published for a minimum of 6 weeks public consultation before submission to the Secretary of State.


The Site Specifics consultation period would end on 26 September.  Approximately 150 new sites had been put forward during the consultation period and there would be an opportunity for consultation and scrutiny of those sites later in the year.



Attleborough: Land off Bryony Way/Carvers Lane: Residential Development for Norfolk Homes Ltd. - Reference 3PL/2008/1083/F (Agenda Item 8) pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


This item was deferred, see Minute No 158/08.



Carbrooke: Former RAF Watton Technical Site: Proposed Neighbourhood Centre/Erection of four dwellings for HDD RAF Watton Ltd. - Reference 3PL/2008/1171/D (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) introduced this amended scheme.  The previous approval had been for a three storey building with retail units at ground floor and two storeys of flats above.  The current application was for a single storey row of retail units, omitting the flats and including two pairs of semi-detached houses on the land originally set aside for parking for flat residents.


A Member asked why there had been such a drastic change in design and was told that due to changing market conditions it was no longer viable to build the approved scheme.


Some Members were unhappy with the design of the new proposal and one remarked that permission had been granted for the three storey Nursing Home opposite as it reflected the scale of the original proposal.  If this new single storey proposal was approved the whole scale of the entrance to this part of the site would be lost.


Members voted unanimously against the recommendation for approval.


RESOLVED to refuse the application on design grounds as the scale was not suitable and a landmark building was required on this site.



Watton: Land off Norwich Road: Proposed Residential Development/New Creche for Abel Homes Ltd. - Reference 3PL2008/1042/F & 3PL/2008/1019/F (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


Councillor Bowes declared a personal interest in this item.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) corrected a mistake in the report which should refer to 67 dwellings and not 131 as printed; he then updated Members as follows:


·                    The Environment Agency had withdrawn their objection following receipt of further information.  

·                    Norfolk County Council had significantly reduced their requirement for an Education contribution to £93,000.

·                    A commuted sum of £300,000 was offered in lieu of provision of on-site affordable housing.


A large part of the site was outside the Settlement Boundary, but the proposal could not be rejected for that reason alone because of the shortage in the Council’s five year housing supply, previously explained to Members.  This site performed well against PPS3 criteria; it was within the town; had good links to local services; provided a good mix of housing and much of the site was brownfield – of the 67 houses, 52 would be on previously developed land.


In response to concerns raised by local residents regarding flooding the applicant had provided additional information which showed that the surface water discharge from the site would remain the same.  This would be achieved by attenuation measures.  Surface water would be directed to a pond on-site and discharge from there to local ditches would be restricted.  Responsibility for ditch maintenance was currently being investigated.


Mr Newell, an objector, said there had been a lot of confusion surrounding the proposal and about ditch ownership.  He showed photographs of flooding in the vicinity and said that the constriction of the road and the complexity of the drainage system were responsible for the flooding.


Mr Bird, the applicant, said the homes were in a sustainable location and that the financial contributions would provide facilities.  Drainage problems were probably caused by riparian owners not maintaining the ditches.  The proposed attenuation of surface water flows had been agreed by the Environment Agency and he also offered to attenuate flows from other sources to improve drainage in the area.


A Member was concerned that the crèche was located to the rear of the site and that safety and amenity would be affected by traffic accessing it.  He suggested placing the crèche at the front of the site.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) explained that the access had been carefully designed to provide a formal, symmetrical entrance which would not work if the crèche was moved.


The matter of affordable housing was addressed.  There was already a considerable amount in the vicinity and The Council’s Principal Housing Officer (Strategy and Enabling) told Members that it was important to achieve a balance in the provision of affordable housing across the whole town.


Members discussed drainage concerns, layout and the use of land outside the Settlement Boundary.


RESOLVED to approve the application as recommended, subject to conditions to include slab height specification and a Section 106 agreement.



Deferred Applications (Agenda Item 11) 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.

Additional documents:


(a)       Harling: Proposed residential development, Lopham Road: Applicant Mr A Taylor/Mr D Taylor:  Reference: 3PL/2008/0579/F


This application was deferred, see Minute No 158/08.


(b)       Snetterton: Proposed business park and alterations to racing circuit: Harling Road for Motorsport Vision Limited:  Reference 3PL/2008/0600/O


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) reminded Members that this application had been deferred on 21 July 2008 for further discussions re noise control and retail uses.


A large number of letters of objection had been received since then, most concerned with noise issues.


Progress had been made and a revised Noise Management Plan had been submitted.  This was a very useful document but it would be unreasonable to expect it to resolve all the noise issues.  Members needed to consider if the proposals in the plan would deal with increased noise from the planning application.


Some of the proposals in the Noise Management Plan were:


·                    No increase in the current maximum number of vehicles allowed to use the track at any one time.

·                    Limit of four Class 3 events per year

·                    One x 12hour and one x 24 hour Class 1 and 2 events per year

·                    Hours restrictions

·                    Noise limits and changes to noise testing

·                    Track day and testing restrictions

·                    Communications to local residents re forthcoming events.


In respect of retail uses a number of conditions had been agreed, limiting the sale of goods and restricting the size of the units.


The Council’s Head of Economic Development said this potential investment was crucial to growth plans for the A11. 


Mr Moses, an objector, explained that he had no objection to the development of the hotel and shops.  His main concern was noise.  He had been complaining since 2005 and despite the Noise Abatement Notice served in January 2007, there had been no reduction whatsoever.  He was concerned that work on the bund had stopped and wanted assurance that it would be completed before the new track developments.


Mr Palmer, Chief Executive of Motorsport Vision, explained his history with the circuit since 1975.  He became owner in 2004  and transformed it into a smart circuit.  He was excited at the prospect of enhancing the circuit and recognised the importance of working with local people and the Council.


Mr Houghton, Agent, said that the proposal would be a high quality development on a designated employment site.  The Noise Management Plan had evolved through consultation and struck a balance between business needs and the residents’ concerns. 


Mr Askew, Ward Representative, had seen the Noise Management Plan and had concerns about the noise monitoring arrangements.  He was not convinced this was the best solution for residents as track monitoring would not commence until March 2010.  He felt all measures needed to be in place and drive-by monitoring needed exploring.  He welcomed the economic benefits but was concerned about the physical control of noise and monitoring.


The Council’s Solicitor reminded Members that they were not looking at the noise problems of the whole site; they were looking at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 164.


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 12) pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Dawe Estates Ltd




Peartree Property Co




Abel Homes Ltd




Abel Homes Ltd




Norfolk Homes Ltd




Hastoe Housing Assoc

Saham Toney



Mrs Diana Wyatt




J Drew & Son




HDD RAF Watton Ltd




Heitz Engineering Ltd




David Wilson Homes Ltd





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: 3PL/2008/0969/F: Carbrooke: Site adjacent Fen Farm, Willow Corner: Proposed residential development (3 dwellings) for Dawe Estates Ltd


This full application followed two previous refusals, one upheld on appeal.  The comments made by the Appeal Inspector (that the site had appeared cramped and out of keeping and the development too close to the existing cottage) had been taken into account by the applicant.


Mr Morphew, an objector, felt the new application was not very different to the previous plans.  He was concerned re overshadowing, loss of light and potential danger to users of the access track.


Mr Parsons, Agent, said that the proposal had been reduced from four to three dwellings and the built form had been considerably reduced.  He considered the proposal enhanced the character and setting and reflected the vernacular context of the site.


Approved, as recommended.


(b)       Item 2: 3PL/2008/0988/F: Dereham: Lyndon, Mary Unwin Road: Erection of 8 apartments following demolition of existing for Peartree Property Co


This application proposed the replacement of the existing bungalow with flats in three linked blocks comprising a three storey block with access through at ground floor to parking at the rear, then a second three storey block with a mono-pitch roof and finally a third, two storey block.


Mrs Powell, an objector speaking for residents in the area, was dismayed at this proposal.  She said it was an inadequate space and would lead to overlooking of adjacent properties.  She was also concerned about highway safety as there were three schools in the vicinity and cars were often parked on the road. 


Mr Pettifer, Agent, confirmed that the separation distances complied with requirements as did the parking provision.


Some Members expressed concern about only five parking spaces and felt the design was unsuitable for the location.


Refused, contrary to recommendation, on the grounds of overdevelopment, poor design, lack of parking and being out of keeping with the street scene.


(c)        Item 3: 3PL/2008/1019/F: Watton: The Stables, Norwich Road: New Creche/Nursery facility and ancillary works for Abel Homes Ltd


Approved, see Minute No 163/08.


(d)       Item 4: 3PL/2008/1042/F: Watton: The Stables, Norwich Road: Demolition of existing premises and erection of residential development together with ancillary works for Abel Homes Ltd


Approved, see Minute No 163/08.


(e)       Item 5: 3PL/2008/1083/F: Attleborough: Land at Bryony Way/Carvers Lane: Residential development comprising 38 dwellings and associated roads, infrastructure and open space for Norfolk Homes Ltd


Deferred, see Minute No 158/08.


(f)         Item 6: 3PL/2008/1086/F: Saham Toney: Site adjacent Parkers VC Primary School, Pound Hill: Construction of 10 No dwellings for Hastoe Housing Association


This application was for the development of 10 affordable houses on a site outside the Settlement Boundary for Saham Toney.  It was recommended for approval as an exception site, as it was well located to local services, closely related to the Settlement Boundary and there was an identified need for affordable housing in the village.


The Development  ...  view the full minutes text for item 165.


Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (Agenda Item 13) pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


This item was noted.



Appeal Decisions (Agenda Item 14)

APP/F2605/A/08/2064103: Necton: 18 Mill Street: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for residential development for Mr T Wicks: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/0676/O.

Decision: Appeal Allowed and Costs awarded against the Council.


The Head of Legal Services referred to two recent appeal decisions which had resulted in costs being awarded against the Council.


He told Members that these decisions were very rare and generally arose when Members went against technical advice.  In the most recent case, Members had been advised by a drainage expert that there was no flood problem, but had considered that photographs showing flooding, displayed by an objector, outweighed this advice. 


The Head of Legal Services explained that they could ask Officers to seek another opinion in cases where there was doubt.  However, when they were advised by Officers that there were no grounds to refuse an application, they should think very carefully before doing so.


This item was noted.



Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (Agenda Item 15)

Reference 3CM/2008/0001/F: Snetterton Quarry/Landfill Site, Harling Road: Importation of inert waste to assist in the restoration of the former quarry, with selective recycling of reusable materials for NEWS Ltd Reynolds.

Decision: Refusal.


This item was noted.