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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 1 June 2009.


The minutes of the meeting held on 1 June 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.



Declaration of Interest and Representations Received (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 received.


Mr M Kiddle-Morris, Mr B Borrett and Mr J Labouchere declared a personal interest in Schedule Item 6 (Scarning) by virtue of knowing the applicant.


Mr N Wilkin declared a personal interest in Schedule Item 8 (Necton) by virtue of owning two properties in the vicinity of the site and having called the application in as Ward Member.



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)


  1. Jon Durbin, Operations Manager from Capita Symonds, was introduced to the Committee.  Mr Durbin told Members that he would be overseeing the maintenance of the high standard of service.  He said that he aimed to be accessible if they had any issues they wished to raise with him.


  1. The Principal Planning Officer (major projects) told Members that the planning and listed building applications for the Abbey Barns development had been called in by the Secretary of State.  (This decision had come as a surprise as twelve months previously similar proposals had not been called in.)


This meant that the Council could no longer make the decision and the next steps would be similar to the appeal process.  A Public Inquiry would be arranged, probably in September or October, but no date had yet been set.


A Member asked if there was any indication why the applications had been called in and was told that the letter said that the decisions might conflict with national policies on important matters.



Local Development Framework (Agenda Item 7)

To receive an update. 


The Development Services Manager told Members that the Examination in Public would commence the following week.  The Inspector was only able to site for two days that week (on the Tuesday and Wednesday) and therefore the programme had been extended slightly and should now conclude on 17 July.



Attleborough: Proposed anaerobic digestion unit on Land at Attleborough Poultry Farms, off B1077: Reference: 3PL/2009/0247/F: Applicant: S S Agriservices (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


The Principal Planning Officer (major projects) advised Members that there had been a number of outstanding issues relating to odour control, impact on local residents and traffic. 


Comments from the Environment Agency had been received late on Friday 19 June, objecting to the odour management proposals.  The applicants had been informed that officers would be recommending refusal in the light of those comments and the application had been withdrawn.



Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Mr Philip Hodson




Dr Sanjay Kaushal

Swanton Morley



SS Agriservices




Thetford Independent FC




Broadland Housing Assoc




Mr S Cross




Mr G Loxton




Mr C & Mrs W England





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: 3PL/2008/1627/F: Brettenham: Shadwell Breck Cottage, Snarehill: New cottage and garage: Mr Phillip Hodson


This item had been deferred for further investigation following the late withdrawal of objections by the RSPB.


(b)       Item 2: 3PL/2009/0242/F: Swanton Morley: Adjacent Swanton Morley Doctors’ Surgery & Lincoln House Care Home: 30 bed care unit: Dr Sanjay Kaushal


Outline approval had previously been granted for a two storey care home on this site.  This new application proposed a single storey care home to fit in with the development of single storey, assisted care bungalows currently being constructed on part of the site.   The simple design followed the form of the bungalows.


Members had concerns particularly with regard to the size of the roof and detailing.


Deferred, to allow negotiations on design.


(c)        Item 3: 3PL/2009/0247/F: Attleborough: Crows Hall Farm, Land west of Stony Lane & South of B1077: On-farm anaerobic digestion unit, construction of silage clamp store, one lagoon and a balancing pond: SS Agriservices


This item had been withdrawn.  See Minute No 102/09 above.


(d)       Item 4: 3PL/2009/0263/CU: Kilverstone: Kilverstone Park: Change of use of land to use for football maches and training: Thetford Independent Football FC


This application proposed the creation of four football pitches and car parking areas and the change of use of a former café to changing, toilet and refreshment facilities.


The site fell within the Stone Curlew buffer zone and this issue had been addressed. 


No objections had been received and the proposal was supported by Sport England.  A short-fall in pitches in Thetford had been identified following the Open Space Assessment and this proposal would provide facilities for junior players.


Approved, as recommended.


(e)       Item 5: 3PL/2009/0274/D: Carbrooke & Grison: Former RAF Watton Technical Site, Norwich Road: Development of 100 affordable dwellings: Broadland Housing Association


This application formed part of the redevelopment of the RAF Watton Technical Site.  Members were shown a plan of the whole site and the different phases of development were pointed out.


The scheme under consideration was a reserved matters application for affordable housing on three separate parcels of land, referred to as Sites A, B and C.


Sites A and B provided blocks and small terraces of housing, situated between the road and the green spine area.  Site C was different, providing three blocks of apartments.  All areas maintained key views through the development.


A number of existing trees would be retained and additional tree planting was proposed.


No full set of elevational drawings was available as a number of amendments to the layout and design had been required.  Members were shown the original drawings and then sketches of the agreed changes which included additional brick detailing, chimneys and improvements to the appearance of corner properties.


The apartments had butterfly style mono-pitched roofs and incorporated brick, timber boarding and render.  They provided an interesting contrast to the rest of the development.


Mr Mumford-Smith, representing Broadland Housing Association, said they  ...  view the full minutes text for item 100.


Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (Agenda Item 11) pdf icon PDF 39 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


This item was noted.



Enforcement Items (Agenda Item 12) pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


This item was noted.



Appeal Decisions (Agenda Item 13)

APP/F2605/A/08/2086231: Tittleshall: 51 High Street: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for a new dwelling to rear of existing dwelling by Mr & Mrs Ives: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0723/F.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/08/2076624: Attleborough: The Bungalow, 16 The Drift, Off Exchange Street: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission to demolish an existing pre-fabricated bungalow and erect 3 two storey town houses by Robert Smith: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/1920/F.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/09/2094839: Wretham: Sunnytrees, Hockham Road: Appeal against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for the erection of a single dwellinghouse by Mr David Coates: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0809/O.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/09/2098286: Swaffham: Land at the rear of No 61 London Street: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the erection of a 2-storey house and garden wall by Mr M Gathercole: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/1373/F.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed.


APP/F2605/09/2097815: Blo Norton: Land at Oak House, The Street: Appeal against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for the erection of 2 detached 2-storey chalet style dwellings with associated garages by Mr and Mrs Palmer: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/1395/O.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/09/2094624: Brisley: Bay Tree Cottage, School Road: Appeal against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for a replacement dwelling by Mr J Irving and Ms S Tinder: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/1231/O.

Decision:  Appeal Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/09/2096823: Harling: 19 Jubilee Avenue: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the demolition of existing houses (Nos 19 and 20) to create access to the site and construction of 13 new 2-storey houses in 5 blocks by Peddars Way Housing Association: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/1438/F.

Decision: Appeal Dismissed.


Application for full award of costs against Breckland Council by Peddars Way Housing Association in connection with the above appeal.

Decision: The application fails and no award of costs is made.


APP/F2605/A/09/2095068: Foxley: Moor Farm:  Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for a mobile home (retrospective) by Mr P Davis: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/1577/F.

Appeal Withdrawn.


This item was noted.



Thetford Regeneration (Agenda Item 14)

To receive a presentation from David Thompson and Nicole Le Rond from Ingleton Wood, Laura Handford from Flagship Housing Group and the Council’s Principal Housing Officer (Strategy and Enabling).


At a previous meeting of the Committee Members had requested further information on the plans for regeneration of the Barnham Cross Estate.


The Council’s Principal Housing Officer (Strategy and Enabling) introduced Liz Robinson from Oxburys (Project Managers), Laura Handford from Flagship Housing, and Nicole LeRonde and David Thompson from Ingleton Wood (Architects).  They gave an informal presentation.


David explained that the original brief had been to assess the Estate which comprised about 800 dwellings, some small shops, a community centre and two schools.  Regeneration proposals included the improvement of parking and open space facilities and the replacement of out-dated buildings.


There were long-term goals, but quick wins were needed to build the confidence of residents in the ability of the project to succeed.  Crime reduction was also key.


A number of partners were involved including an active group of residents known as the Barnham Action Group and the Norfolk Constabulary. 


One main issue identified was that the estate had not been designed to cope with the present day level of car ownership.  Some garage courts were not used, leading to vandalism and security problems.  Residents wanted to park close to their homes and this led to damage to green areas.


An Open meeting was held to which everyone was invited.  A Steering Group was formed and a Masterplan developed. 


The estate was divided into zones and each area was surveyed and a record made of the current state.  Strategies were created.


-        Where possible, green spaces and trees would be protected and preserved, but where this was not possible they would be removed and replaced with formal parking areas.

-        44 poor grade houses would be re-developed providing 80-100 new dwellings built to Code Level 4.

-        The old shops (all vacant) and community centre would be replaced with new to provide a focal point for the estate.


Nicole told Members that lessons had been learned during this process.  The most valuable being the need to keep people involved at all stages by partnership working and inclusive consultation. 


Flexibility and funding were also key issues.  It would be necessary to identify development partners and to source funding.  It was hoped that Moving Thetford Forward would contribute to funding for the Beech Close parking improvements.  The HCA (Home and Communities Agency) was another potential funding source. 


Laura said that the residents were starting to believe that positive results could be achieved.  It was a very big job and help would be needed to co-ordinate all the landowners involved.  The fact that so many different landowners were involved would complicate the process.


This was not just a one-off scheme and would be rolled out to the Abbey and Redcastle estates which had different designs and would require different solutions.


The following questions were asked during the presentation:


  1. How can whole areas be re-developed when some houses are in private ownership?


  1. 95% of owner/occupiers were in favour of what was proposed.  Owners would be worked with on an individual basis to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 104.