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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 2009.


The minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 2009 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, Councillor E Gould, Mr R Kemp, Mr S Rogers and Mr M Spencer.



Declaration of Interest and of Representations Received

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.


Mr Labouchere and Mr Daines declared a personal and prejudicial interest in Schedule Item 5 (Bradenham); Mr Labouchere because he was acquainted with one of the speakers and Mr Daines because he lived in the village.



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.


The Development Services Manager advised Members that both deferred items (Supplementary Agenda Items 8a (Swaffham) and 8b (Hockham)) had been deferred from consideration at the meeting and that Agenda Item 9 (Watton) had been withdrawn.



Local Development Framework (Agenda Item 7)

To receive an update. 


The Development Services Manager told Members that the Examination in Public had been completed.  It had gone well and he congratulated the Planning Policy Team for doing a good job.  The Inspectors first report was expected on 30 September 2009.


Work was continuing on the Site Specifics and the second round of public consultation for the Thetford Area Action Plan had been completed and the responses would be considered at the meeting of the Moving Thetford Forward Board on 6 August 2009.



Deferred Applications (Agenda Item 8) 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:


Agenda Items 8a (Swaffham) and 8b (Hockham) had been deferred.  Minute No 122/09 refers.



Watton: 119 Norwich Road: Proposed residential development for S & A Jones Developments Ltd: Application Reference: 3PL/2009/0350/F (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

Additional documents:


This item had been withdrawn.  Minute No 122/09 refers.



Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


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Page No


Mr D Batch




S & A Jones Developments Ltd




Mr A McBride

Swanton Morley



Gladedale Homes Ltd




Next Generation Ltd




Dr R Dryden

Swanton Morley




RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: 3PL/2009/0341/F: Rocklands: Land to rear of Holly Cottage, Chapel Street: Erection of two dwellings and garages, conversion of existing office to residential, demolition of existing garage and erect new for Mr D Batch


This application for residential development involved the demolition of the garage to No 4 St Peter’s Close to provide an access road for two new houses (one 3 bed and one 4 bed) and the conversion of an existing building with permission for office use, to residential.


Concerns raised included highway safety, overlooking, noise and disturbance and loss of privacy.


No objections had been received from the Highways Authority and the parking provision complied with the required standard of two spaces per dwelling.


Mr Smith, Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council, said that they had a policy to support suitable housing development in the village to help with the viability of the school, shop and pub.  However, this application was considered to be backland development which was unsuitable and would not enhance the form and character of the village and would set an unwelcome precedent.  It would have a detrimental effect on neighbouring amenity and due to inadequate parking provision would lead to the spread of parking on roadsides and verges.


Mr Smith, Ward Representative, agreed with the Vice-Chairman’s comments.  He said that when the St Peter’s Close development had been approved they had been assured that it would not be allowed to expand.  The road was only 14’ wide and if the development was approved, it would have to serve twice the number of properties it was designed for.  Headlights from the access road would shine straight into the windows of No 2 St Peter’s Close. 


A Member asked for clarification of the plot size for the conversion and it was noted that this was very tight.  After discussion it was proposed and seconded that the application should be refused.


Refused, contrary to recommendation, on grounds of overdevelopment and being out of character with the area.


(b)       Item 2: 3PL/2009/0350/F: Watton: 119 Norwich Road: Demolition of existing bungalow and redevelopment of site with residential development and ancillary works for S & A Jones Developments Ltd


Withdrawn – Minute No 122/09 refers.


(c)        Item 3: 3PL/2009/0446/F: Swanton Morley: Park Farm: Temporary standing of caravan for Mr A McBride


This application for the permanent standing of a caravan and its occupation for eleven months of the year was considered under policy PPS7, which required evidence of need.  No such evidence had been provided and therefore the application was recommended for refusal.


Mr Atterwill, Chairman of the Parish Council, fully supported the application.  The applicant was a hardworking window cleaner and a refusal would impact on his business. 


Mrs Griffith Thompson, supporter, said that one reason for refusal referred to isolated dwellings in the countryside, but in fact this site was closer to key services than some of the dwellings in the village.  She said  ...  view the full minutes text for item 126.


Applications determined by the Deputy Chief Executive (Agenda Item 11) pdf icon PDF 32 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.


This item was noted.



Enforcement Items (Agenda Item 12) pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.


This item was noted.



Appeal Decisions (Agenda Item 13)

APP/F2605/C/09/2097953: Weeting: Land at 5 Jubilee Close: Appeal against an enforcement notice issued in respect of the erection of a wooden structure or store and garage at the north end of the Land by Mr Kevin Newman:  Reference: ENF/2008/0440/CAS.

Decision: Appeal dismissed and the enforcement notice upheld.


APP/F2605/A/09/2097649: Watton: Land at the former Plaswood Works, Griston Road: Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the demolition of existing industrial units and the erection of 24 residential dwellings and garages for Plots 1, 2 & 4 by the Serruys Property Company Limited: Application Reference: 3PL/2008/0607/F.

Decision: Appeal dismissed.


This item was noted.



Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (Agenda Item 14)

3CM/2009/0010/F: Dereham: Dereham Sixth Form Centre, Crown Road: Single storey extension to existing art room for Children’s Services.

Decision: Conditional Approval.


3CM/2009/0015/F: Thetford: Thetford Library, 2 Raymond Street: Replacement of tiled area with trespa panels for Norfolk Library Services.

Decision: Conditional Approval.


3CM/2009/0016/F: Attleborough: Attleborough Junior School: Extension to staffroom; secure lobby at front; fencing and gates at front; barrier at entrance and traffic control plates at exit for Children’s Services.

Decision: Conditional Approval.


3CM/2009/0018/F: Thetford: Raleigh Infant and Nursery School, Admiral’s Way: Erection of red bow top fencing to area of grass at front of nursery school for Children’s Services.

Decision: Conditional Approval.


3CM/2009/0018/F: Dereham: Toftwood Junior School, Westfield Road: Removal of 4 No mobile classrooms and WC block; refurbishment of existing hall to provide 3 No classrooms and toilets; single storey extension linked to main school for performing arts and community use for Children’s Services.

Decision: Conditional Approval.


This item was noted.