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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 2 September 2009.


The minutes of the meeting held on 2 September 2343 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 Mr A Byrne, Mr M Fanthorpe, Mr P Francis, Mr R Kemp and Mr M Spencer.



Declaration of Interest and of 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.


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


It was noted that all Members of the Committee had received direct representation concerning Item 1 (Harling) and Item 4 (Scarning).



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)


The Chairman reminded Members of the forthcoming bus tour to be held on Friday 16 October 2009.



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.


It was noted that Item 8a (Hockham) had been deferred from the agenda, as advice from English Heritage was awaited.



Local Development Framework (Agenda Item 7)

To receive an update. 


The Principal Planning Policy Officer advised Members that the Inspector’s report on the Core Strategy was expected by the end of the month.  The report would be ‘fact checked’ before public release, which should be in mid October.


The Site Specifics process would commence on 22 September, with a meeting in Watton to discuss sites in Watton and Harling.  Further meetings would be held on 14 October – re sites in Swaffham and Narborough; 3 November – re sites in Dereham, Shipdham and Swanton Morley; and 24 November – when the Settlement Boundaries of rural parishes would be reviewed.


Work was progressing on the Thetford Area Action Plan, with detailed discussion with stakeholders taking place.


The Attleborough Task Force were meeting on Wednesday (23 September) but future progress was dependant on the outcome of the Inspector’s report.



Deferred Applications pdf icon PDF 40 KB

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


3PL/2008/0526/F: Hockham: Land Adjacent North Farm, Shropham Road: Demolition of barn/shed and erection of 4 No. dwellings and garages for Mr Trappes-Lomax (Agenda Item 8a) pdf icon PDF 42 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

Additional documents:


This application had been deferred.  See Minute No 145/09 above.



3PL/2009/0589/F : Harling: Proposed Residential Development, Lopham Road for Mr D Taylor (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.


This full application proposed 15 dwellings outside the Settlement Boundary on land adjacent to the site of a previous application for ten dwellings. 


The current application proposed 15 houses (including five affordable units) in the same format, character and style as the previous scheme and included a footpath link to the adjacent site and an area of public open space.  The proposal performed well against some of the national policy criteria in PPS3.  However, the Council’s Principal Housing Officer was concerned that the scheme was not in the best place and the proposed mix of affordable housing was not well related to local need.


In addition, the wider aspect of the affect of a further 15 houses on the emerging LDF process needed to be addressed.  Under the submitted Core Strategy there was a proposed allocation of 50 houses for Harling up to 2026.  If approved, this application together with the previously approved ten houses, would take up half of the proposed allocation in advance of the adoption of the Site Specifics DPD.


A meeting of the LDF Task and Finish Group was due to take place the following day.  This would discuss Site Specifics in Harling.  The question was raised as to whether approval of the current application would pre-empt that process and compromise the Council’s ability to comprehensively consider other sites in Harling.


Other issues to be considered were:


Ø      the position of the proposal on a prominent edge to the village.  It was felt that as a clear field boundary of hedging with trees already existed, this would not affect the general character of the area;

Ø      relationship of development with existing trees.  The Council’s Tree & Countryside Officer had concerns that the close proximity of some of the dwellings could lead to future pressure to lop or remove the trees;

Ø      security concerns raised by the police in relation to the open space and the footpath linking the two sites. 


An amended layout had very recently been provided by the applicant and this appeared to overcome these concerns.  If Members were minded to approve the application the Officer suggested that the amended layout was an improvement.


The Development Services Manager felt that this proposed change to the layout was too great to accept as an amendment and therefore a new application would be required.  He therefore suggested that the current application should be withdrawn or determined.


The meeting was adjourned to allow a brief discussion between the officers and the applicant following which the applicant confirmed that he wished the application to be determined as presented, but that he would be submitting a new application with the amended layout, the next day.


The Principal Planning Policy Officer clarified the position with regard to the forthcoming LDF Task & Finish Group meeting.  He explained that the Group would be asked for their views and observations concerning proposed sites for development in Harling.  These would be reported to Cabinet which would actually make  ...  view the full minutes text for item 148.


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 52 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Mr D Taylor




Taylor Wimpey




Mr & Mrs P Palmer




Mr S & Mrs T Fryett




Mr K Thrower





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: Harling: Land east of Lopham Road: Residential development (15 units) for Scott Brown Partnership: 3PL/2009/0589/F


Refused as recommended.  See Minute No 148/09.


(b)       Item 2: Carbrooke: Former Technical Site, RAF Watton: Re-plan of 11 residential units (private dwellings) including associated infrastructure for Taylor Wimpey: 3PL/2009/0627/F


This application proposed a re-plan of an existing permission for 11 dwellings which formed part of a large housing development.  The proposed layout was almost identical to that previously approved.  The changes were to the house types and internal layout of the dwellings.  The rear wing of the four corner plot houses was to be increased from one and a half to two storeys and four other plots previously approved as two and a half storeys would be reduced to two storey houses.  The character of the area would be maintained and the changes would provide more marketable house types.


Members sought clarification on the possibility of requesting a higher build standard at this stage and were advised that it would not be reasonable to require a different standard for a small section of a much larger development.


The Development Services Manager agreed with this but said that the developer could be asked if they would be willing to introduce changes.  He also confirmed that the appropriate Code level was required on all new developments.


Approved, as recommended.


(c)        Item 3: Blo’Norton: Oak House, The Street: Proposed erection of two storey chalet cottage style dwelling and detached garage for Mr & Mrs P Palmer: 3PL/2009/0684/O


This outline application sought permission for a single cottage style dwelling on part of a large garden set behind mature hedges.  All matters were reserved, but indicative plans had been submitted showing a proposed access and siting of the dwelling to the rear of the plot approximately 14m back from the boundary.


A previous application for two dwellings on the site had been refused and dismissed at appeal due. The Inspector had considered that the dwellings were too cramped but had not objected to the principle of development.


Mr Nunn, Ward Representative, had requested the application be heard at Committee because he had objected to the previous submission.  However, having seen the officer’s presentation he had no objection, provided any approval closely followed the indicative plans.


Members discussed the effect of this proposal on the street scene.  There was concern that if large visibility splays were required at the access point a lot of hedge would be lost.  It was agreed that as long as the Reserved Matters submission closely followed the indicative plans, approval could be granted.


Approved, as recommended, subject to a condition requiring the Reserved Matters application to closely follow the layout and design indicated, with the proviso that the access point should be sited to minimise its impact on trees/hedging.


(d)       Item 4: Scarning: Foresters Lodge, Bradenham Lane: Proposed two storey side extension and single storey rear extension to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 149.


Applications determined by the Deputy Chief Executive (Agenda Item 11) pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


This items was noted.



Enforcement Items (Agenda Item 12) pdf icon PDF 60 KB


This item was noted.



Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (Agenda Item 13)

3CM/2009/0021/F: Dereham: Dereham Sixth Form Centre, Crown Road: Construction of conservatory extension to café area for Children’s Services.

Decision: Conditional Approval


3CM/2009/0013/F: Dereham: Dereham Fire Station: Demolition of existing training tower, erection of new fire tower and confined space training facility for Norfolk Fire & Rescue.

Decision: Conditional Approval


This item was noted.