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33.

Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 16 February 2009.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 16 February 2009 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

34.

Apologies (Agenda Item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr W Borrett, Mr T Lamb, Mrs S Miller, Mr F Sharpe and Mr M Spencer.

 

35.

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.

Minutes:

Members and Officers were asked to declare any interest at the time the applications were discussed.

 

Councillor C Bowles declared a personal and prejudicial interest in Schedule Item 1 (Watton) by virtue of having a financial interest in the site.  She also declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 14 (Brettenham) by virtue of her family having business connections with the tenant farmer of the site.

 

36.

Local Development Framework (Agenda Item 7)

To receive an update. 

Minutes:

Members were told that the Core Strategy and Development Control Documents would be presented to the Council meeting on 12 March 2009, together with the comments and representations received during the consultation period.  About 600 comments had been received from 94 individuals and organisations, of which approximately 450 sought amendments.  However, the recommendation to Council was to proceed with the document as drafted, subject to about 20 minor amendments.

 

Consultation on the 200 additional sites was underway and would end on 30 March 2009.

 

Consultation on the Preferred Options for the Thetford Area Action Plan was also going well.  There had been an event held in Thetford to publicise this process and visits had been made to all Thetford schools to encourage participation.  The consultation period would end on 3 April 2009.

 

37.

Deferred Applications (Agenda Item 8) pdf icon PDF 44 KB

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

Minutes:

There were no deferred applications to be considered.

 

38.

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 35 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

 

Item No

Applicant

Parish

Page No

1

Mr T Wells

Watton

16-19

2

Mrs J Mysko

North Tuddenham

20-22

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:

 

(a)       Item 1: 3PL/2008/1622/O: Watton: 10 Monkhams Drive: Demolition of bungalow, creation of new access and erection of 8 new dwellings with garages for Mr T Wells

 

Councillor C Bowes declared a personal and prejudicial interest in this item and left the room whilst it was discussed.

 

This was an outline application with only access to be considered. 

 

Members were shown a map with the site highlighted and an adjacent site also outlined which was for a similar application.  This had been received at a later date and would come to a future Development Control Committee.

 

The existing modest bungalow on site would be demolished.  A ditch which crossed the site would be piped.  An indicative layout showed that the access would lead onto a private drive through the site in cul-de-sac form.

 

It was pointed out that surrounding residential development was predominantly single or one-and-a-half storey.  Any overlooking and privacy issues would be addressed at the reserved matters stage, if outline approval was granted.

 

The density of the proposal was low and the Council’s Housing Officer had suggested that a higher density could include an affordable housing element.  However, officers felt that a higher density development would be out of character for the area and considered the current proposals acceptable.

 

Mrs Duggan, objector, said that she had lived adjacent to the site for 12 years.  She would have no objection to bungalows but if houses were permitted they would take away the natural light to her dwelling.

 

Mr Mawford, objector, was concerned about potential loss of privacy through overlooking; the maintenance of the hedges on the borders of the site; and flooding.  He showed photographs of the ditch full of water following recent rain.  Finally he raised concerns about health and safety due to the proximity of a commercial garage to the site.

 

Mr Wells, Agent, understood the concerns of the neighbours and said these could be addressed in due course.  He was present to answer questions.

 

A Member proposed that a condition be imposed limiting the development to a maximum of one-and-a-half storey dwellings and this was unanimously agreed.

 

Members were also keen to maintain the low density style of development.

 

Approved, as recommended, subject to additional conditions limiting the development to a maximum of eight dwellings, restricting the height to one-and-a-half storeys and that the indicative plan should be broadly followed.

 

(b)       Item 2: 3PL/2008/0073/F: North Tuddenham: Dale Tree Barns, Low Road: Removal of condition 5 on pp 3PL/2005/1274/F to allow annex to be used as separate dwelling for Mrs J Mysko

 

This application was for the removal of a condition which restricted the annex to ancillary use only and prevented it from being sold, leased or sub-let separately from the main dwelling.

 

The applicant was the sister of the owner of the site and had inhabited the annex since 2006.  The owners were intending to sell.  If the applicant succeeded in having the condition  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 39 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.

Minutes:

This item was noted.

 

40.

Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (Agenda Item 11)

3CM/2008/0025/F: Dereham: Grove House Infant's School, Gilpins Ride: Replacement of single glazed Crittal style windows with PVC double glazed windows for Children's Services

Decision: Conditional Approval

3CM/2009/0001/F: Attleborough: Attleborough High School, Norwich Road Installation of 9 x solar collectors on roof of school building for Children's Services

Decision: Conditional Approval

3CM/2008/0020/F: Gressenhall: Norfolk Rural Life Museum, Union House: New entrance to tearoom and improvements to disabled access for Cultural Services Decision: Conditional Approval

3CM/2008/0021/LB: Gressenhall: Norfolk Rural Life Museum, Union House: Cedar timber post and horizontal boarding to screen two oil tanks and fire proof lining to boiler room ceiling for Cultural Services

Decision: Listed Builidng Consent (Conditional)

Minutes:

This item was noted.

 

41.

Appeal Decisions (Agenda Item 12)

APP/F2605/A/08/2088669: Attleborough: 69 Queens Road: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the demolition of existing property and erection of a pair of detached houses and garages by B M Developments Ltd: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0219/F

Decision:  Appeal Allowed.

APP/F2605/A/08/2085015: Dereham: 58-64 Yaxham Road: Appeal against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for the erection of 4 bungalows and garages by Mr P Mickleburgh: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0360/O

Decision:  Appeal Dismissed.

APP/F2605/A/08/2087955: Watton: 9 Griston Road: Appeal against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for a new starter / retirement home by Mr D Whyte and Miss M Cangy: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0142/O

Decision:  Appeal Dismissed.

APP/F2605/A/08/2086159: Watton: High Field House, Watton Green: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the demolition of HGV shed and erection of two detached houses and detached garage by Mrs L Glenn: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0841/F

Decision:  Appeal Dismissed.

APP/F2605/A/08/2088462: Little Ellingham: Plot 1, Land adjoining Hambledowns, 5 The Green: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for a new dwelling and double cartlodge by Miss T Mays: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0556/F

Decision:  Appeal Dismissed.

APP/F2605/A/08/2089511: Yaxham: Hill House, Mattishall Road, Clint Green:  Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the replacement of Hill House with 2 detached dwellings and cart shed garage by Mr and Mrs T Partridge: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/1102/F

Decision:  Appeal Dismissed.

APP/F2605/A/08/2088772: Mundford: 24 Fir Close: Appeal against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for construction of one bungalow and detached garage by Mr Brian G Walker: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0782/O

Decision:  Appeal Dismissed.

APP/F2605/A/08/2090631: Great Ellingham: Rosedene, Attleborough Road: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the construction of a two bedroom bungalow by Mr Obey: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0518/F

Decision:  Appeal Dismissed.

Minutes:

The Development Services Manager was pleased with the success rate on appeals.

 

42.

Exclusion of the Press and Public (Agenda Item 13)

To consider passing the following resolution:

 

“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 5 of Schedule 12A to the Act”.

 

PART B – ITEM FROM WHICH THE PRESS AND PUBLIC ARE EXCLUDED

Minutes:

RESOLVED that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involved the disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 5 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

 

43.

Brettenham: Home Farm, Shadwell: Change of Use from agriculture fields to equine use incorporating an all weather gallop and two stables consisting of six boxes each for Mr Philip Hodson: Reference: 3PL/2008/1419/F

To consider a verbal report by the Council’s Monitoring Officer on the legal issues relating to the above application.

Minutes:

Councillor Bowes declared a personal interest in this item.

 

The Deputy Chief Executive addressed Members in his role as Monitoring Officer, at the request of the Leader of the Council.

 

He advised them that the grounds for refusal on this application were not sustainable and would probably be overturned on appeal, which would be very likely to result in a substantial award of costs against the Council. 

 

Mr Wilkin, had been Chairman of the first meeting at which this application had been considered, and had agreed to its deferral, for further information.  He regretted that the decision had not been settled on that day.

 

After discussion, it was RESOLVED that the application should be brought back to the next Committee for further consideration.