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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 11 May 2009.


The minutes of the meeting held on 11 May 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 Mr A Byrne, Mr M Fanthorpe, Mr T Lamb, Mr M Spencer and the Development Services Manager.



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.


The following declarations of interest were made:


Mr M Kiddle-Morris declared a personal and prejudicial interest in Schedule Item 2 (Lyng) as he knew the applicant.


Councillor C Bowes declared a personal and prejudicial interest in Agenda Item 9 (Watton) by virtue of having a financial interest in the application and a personal interest in Schedule Item 4 (Croxton) by virtue of knowing the applicant.



Local Development Framework (Agenda Item 7)

To receive an update. 


The Principal Planning Policy Officer told Members that the focus of the team for the next 8-10 weeks would be the Core Strategy and Development Control Documents. 


The Pre-Hearing Meeting had taken place on 19 May with two Government Inspectors and procedural matters had been discussed.  The Examination in Public would commence in four weeks and all the meetings would be held in Dereham except for those directly concerning Thetford which would be held in Thetford on 8 July and those directly concerning Attleborough which would be held in Attleborough on 10 July.


All the information and details about the Examination in Public process were available on the Council’s website.  Factual statements would be on-line in the next couple of weeks.



Reference from Overview & Scrutiny Commission (Agenda Item 8) pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To consider the attached reference from the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission held on 30 April 2009.


The Principal Planning Policy Officer introduced this item.


The Overview & Scrutiny Commission had made a recommendation to the Development Control Committee, following consideration of the Use of LDF Submission Development Control Policies.


A Member advised that guidance had been provided in line with the recommendation, in the form of a S106 newsletter which had been issued on 20 May.


Members then discussed the potential confusion caused by using the policies before the Framework was adopted.  They were advised by the Solicitor that the Council was legally required to take into account the Development Plan, and that new emerging LDF policies gained more weight as the LDF progressed, and had to be treated as material considerations.


The report was noted.




Watton: Proposed Demolition of Outbuildings, Improvement of Existing Access, Erection of 5 Dwellings and Garages and Retention of Existing House at 51 Thetford Road for Mr T Wells: 3PL/2008/1621/O (Agenda Item 9) 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.

Additional documents:


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


This application had been deferred from the meeting on 30 March for negotiation with the applicant to remove the dwelling on plot 2b at the front of the site.  Members had considered that the loss of the open aspect of the front lawn to Westbury would be detrimental to the character of the area.


Consideration had been given to their request by the applicant but they had declined to withdraw the proposed dwelling to plot 2b.  However, they were willing to accept a condition to restrict the two frontage plots to single storey dwellings.


Mr Wells, Agent, explained that the applicants wished to maximise both the value of the site and the use of the land.  He felt that the prominence of the dwelling would remain if the frontage dwellings were single storey and he said that the site tried to reflect the character of the surrounding area.


A Member felt that there was no point in keeping the house without retaining its vista.  He suggested that if it was demolished a better layout could be achieved.


The Chairman agreed that the street scene was enhanced by the existing house.


RESOLVED to approve the application as recommended, subject to a condition restricting the two frontage dwellings to single storey.



Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


J S Bloor (Sudbury)




Mr B Titchiner




Supreme Taste of India




Raker Farms




Mr B J Gooderham




Mr J Chapman




Mr M Haller





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: 3PL/2009/0171/D: Carbrooke: Area B, Former RAF Watton, Norwich Road: House type substitution for plots 77-79, 85-88, 90 and 91 and 101-103 inclusive for J S Bloor (Sudbury)


This Reserved Matters application sought to change the house types of 12 plots.  Previous approval had been granted in 2007 for two and a half and three storey dwellings on these sites.  Due to a decline in demand for that type of house, the applicant sought a reduction to three bedroom, two storey units.  Layout, parking and materials would remain the same.  No objections had been received.


Approved, as recommended.


(b)       Item 2: 3PL/2009/0209/F: Lyng: Swan Pens, Elsing Road: Erection of single storey dwelling and cartshed for Mr B Titchiner


Mr Kiddle-Morris declared a personal and prejudicial interest in this item and left the room whilst it was discussed.


This application proposed a dwelling within the Settlement Boundary on land forming part of the back garden of Swan Pens.  Members were shown surrounding development which included two other examples of backland development.


Officers considered that in this instance backland development was acceptable.  The proposal was not considered to impact on the amenity of neighbouring properties; being single storey there was no problem with overlooking; the access drive was six metres from the adjacent property; and the proposal was in keeping with the character of the area.


Mr Payne, Agent, said that the single storey house met planning criteria.  Backland development had already been permitted in the area.  The new and existing development only covered 18% of the site so could not be considered overdevelopment, and the access drive was adjacent the shed and greenhouse of the adjacent property and would not cause noise and disturbance to the neighbours.


Mr Bambridge, Ward Representative, had received representation from the Parish Council and neighbours against the application, as well as from the applicant.  He agreed with the officers’ assessment that there would be no detriment to the area, and he supported the application.


Two Members raised concern about the potential conflict caused by the shared access drive.


Approved, as recommended.


(c)        Item 3: 3PL/2009/0214/F: Dereham: Former Library, Church Street: Conversion of library building to restaurant (Class 3) and associated take-away (Class 5) (no demolitions) for Supreme Taste of India


Mr P Duigan had spoken to the agent prior to the submission of this application and the Chairman had spoken to people making representation on the application.


This application to convert the former library to an Indian restaurant and take-away would result in little physical change to the building.  Two doors and a flue would be introduced, together with a facility for storing waste.  Signage would be dealt with separately.


The Parish Council and some neighbours objected to the proposal.  The Ward Representative, Robin Goreham, had written to reluctantly request refusal because he had serious concerns about the detrimental effect of the proposal on the neighbourhood.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 90.


Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (Agenda Item 11) pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


This item was noted.



Appeal Decisions (Agenda Item 12)

APP/F2605/A/09/2094470: Dereham: 19 School Lane, Toftwood: Appeal against refusal to grant planning permission for a proposed annexe by Mr Kenny Powles: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/1057/F.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/09/2094609: Watton: 14 Ringmere Road: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for a proposed garage by Mr and Mrs T Smith: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0810/F.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/08/2091151: Beeston: Valley Farm, Watery Lane: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the change of use of land for the stationing of a mobile home to supervise the business run from Valley Farm, by Mr J Ogilvy: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/2060/CU.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed.


F2605/A/09/2094926: Little Ellingham: Plot to rear of Hambledowns, 5 The Green: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the erection of a two storey dwelling and detached garage by Miss T Mayes: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/1408/F.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/09/2094813: Griston: 1 Carbrooke Road: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for a new dwelling for Ms Caroline Wilkinson: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0804/D.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed.


This item was noted.



Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (Agenda Item 13)

3CM/2007/0025/F: Hockering: Frans Green Industrial Estate: Erection of a waste transfer building for Adys Skip Hire.

Decision: Conditional Approval.


CM/2009/0017/F: Garvestone: Garvestone Primary School, Dereham Road: Creation of one new doorway and bricking up of one existing doorway for Children’s Services.

Decision: Conditional Approval.


This item was noted.