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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 5 January 2009.


The minutes of the meeting held on 5 January 2009 were agreed 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.  Apologies were also received from Councillor Gould, Mr Duigan, Mr Labouchere and the Development Services Manager who were on other council business in Salford.



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 discussed.


Councillor Bowes declared a personal interest in Schedule Item 3 (Brettenham) by virtue of her family having business connections with the tenant farmer of the site.



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.


Members were informed that the application at Schedule Item 1 (Lyng) had been withdrawn.



Local Development Framework (Agenda item 7)

To receive an update. 


The Environmental Planning Manager told Members that the Core Strategy public consultation, which was canvassing for comments on the soundness and content of the document, would end on 16 February 2009. 


The additional sites put forward during the Site Specifics phase would then go out to public consultation, to the same level as the original consultation, but for only six weeks.  Not every Parish had an additional site, but all Parishes would be included in the consultation.


The Thetford Area Action Plan had received Cabinet approval for consultation and this would occur concurrently with the Site Specifics re-consultation.  There would be publicity in the local press and around Thetford nearer to that time.



Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Mr B Titchiner




Mr H E Harris

Swanton Morley



Mr Philip Hodson




Flagship Housing Group




Mr T Dilek




Mr T Dilek





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: 3PL/2008/1358/F: Lyng: Swan Pens, Elsing Road: Erection of house and garage for Mr B Titchiner


This item had been withdrawn (See Minute No 15/09).


(b)       Item 2: 3PL/2008/1379/O: Swanton Morley: Land off Greengate: Proposed residential development for Mr H E Harris


This outline application for residential development proposed a mix of terraced and detached properties.  The site was well related to services such as bus stops, doctor’s surgery, etc.  The existing access would be closed and a new access, giving better visibility, would be provided. 


The site was within the Settlement Boundary and had previously had planning permission for six dwellings which had not been implemented.  The proposed scheme for 20 dwellings would equate to 33.8 dwellings per hectare, just above the minimum threshold set by the Government.


Financial contributions towards library and footpath facilities were sought as well as 35% affordable housing.


Mr Hyde, objector, had a large number of concerns which he had set out in a document previously submitted.  He said there was a serious problem with surface water run-off, which had caused flooding to properties immediately adjacent to the site.  This would be made worse by the development.  He also drew attention to the number of empty houses in Swanton Morley and suggested they should be brought back into use before new development was permitted.


Mr Moulton, Agent, said the legal agreement was prepared and ready for completion.  This included much needed affordable housing for the village and a footpath along the frontage of the site.


Mr Atterwill, Parish Council, said they supported this application.  A survey had identified a need for affordable housing in the village and this scheme would provide seven homes.  He was aware of the drainage problem but believed that engineering could overcome it.  He requested a street light to be included with the new footpath to improve visibility.


He then explained the Parish Council’s anger at not being notified of this application before agreeing the proposal for 50 additional dwellings outside the current envelope, in the Core Strategy.  If they had known they would only have agreed to 30 additional dwellings.


The Environmental Planning Manager said that Swanton Morley had been identified as one of four Service Centres for growth.  After consultation an allocation of 50 additional houses, outside the Settlement Boundary, had been submitted.  The current application, within the Settlement Boundary, was larger than would normally be expected.  They were not in a position to change the allocation but the Inspector would look at what was appropriate.  Swanton Morley fitted the criteria for a Service Centre and the number of sites put forward could accommodate more than 50 houses.


Some Members were concerned about the drainage problem, but another pointed out that flooding concerns could be addressed at the Reserved Matters stage.


Approved, as recommended.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) explained that the legal agreement, covering affordable housing and financial contributions, had been  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.


Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


This item was noted.



Appeal Decisions (Agenda Item 11)

APP/F2605/A/08/2075602: Mundford: Land adjacent 2 Fir Close: Appeal against refusal to grant outline planning permission for the construction of two houses with parking and new access by Flagship Housing Developments Ltd: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/1603/O.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/08/2079558: Beetley: Southfields, 65 Fakenham Road: Appeal against refusal to grant outline planning permission for a proposed new dwelling by Mr and Mrs P Melton: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/1874/O.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/08/2073426: Saham Toney: Off Richmond Road: Appeal against refusal to grant planning permission for a new dwelling/garage by Mr and Mrs D Wright: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/1654/F.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/08/2073414: Ickburgh: Land between 67 & 69 Ashburton Road: Appeal against refusal to grant planning permission for 2 dwellings by Ideal Developments (UK) Ltd: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/2053/F.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed


This item was noted.