Agenda and minutes

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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 115 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 12 October 2009.


The minutes of the meeting held on 12 October 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 Mr A Byrne and Mr M Fanthorpe.



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.


Members noted that they had received direct representation for Items 3 and 4 (Caston) and Item 6 (North Tuddenham).



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)


The Chairman told Members that the bus tour had been very information and had given those attending the opportunity to view both old and new Social Housing provision in Thetford.



Local Development Framework (Agenda Item 7)

To receive an update. 


The Principal Planning Policy Officer informed Members that the Inspector’s report was now available on the Council’s website and at libraries.  Copies would be sent out shortly.


Work on the Site Specifics element of the Core Strategy was continuing.  A meeting had been held on 14 October to discuss sites in Swaffham and Narborough and the next meeting would be held on 3 November 2009 in the Memorial Hall, Dereham, to discuss sites in Dereham, Shipdham and Swanton Morley.  This would conclude the Task and Finish Group’s work on towns and service centres.  They would then move on to consider the smaller villages and rural settlement boundaries.  The district would be divided into four quadrants and the first meeting would be held on 25 November 2009 when the North East quadrant would be discussed.



Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 386 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


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Page No


      1.         Mr Philip Hodson                   Brettenham                    

      2.        The Dawe Charitable Trust    Dereham            

      3.        Chapel Partners                      Caston                            

      4.        Chapel Partners                      Caston                            

      5.        Derek Hales Ltd               .     Dereham            

      6.        Mrs J Mysko                           North Tuddenham          




RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


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


This application sought full permission to construct a new dwelling and garage to replace an existing temporary dwelling for the yard manager, responsible for caring for the horses.


The two main issues were ‘need’ and the impact on the Special Protection Area (SPA).  Justification of the need was accepted, as a 24 hour presence within sight and sound of the high value horses was required.  The views of Natural England and the RSPB were noted.


Regarding the relationship with the SPA, the appropriate assessment carried out under the Habitat Regulations was adverse: in this instance the Council’s Tree and Countryside Officer considered that no evidence had been put forward to show that there would not be an impact on the SPA.


An enormous amount of analysis had been done to determine the 1500m buffer zone to the SPA in the LDF process.  This had been closely looked at by the Inspector and various experts during the Examination in Public.  They had concluded that 1500m was the correct area for the buffer zone and this application was significantly within that area.  It was however important that Members realised that this did not mean there should never be any development in the buffer zone.  They needed to take into account existing screening, etc and whether mitigating measures might be appropriate.


If Members were minded to approve this application the Secretary of State would be notified and he could call it in if he so desired.


A Member said that Breckland was lucky to have this world class breeding and training establishment and that the proposed bungalow was a nice design and not large and ostentatious.


Another Member felt that as residential use already existed it would be acceptable to approve the bungalow, but it was pointed out that the temporary permission for the mobile home had been granted before the SPA and buffer zone had been set and that this was therefore not a straight replacement case.


A Member asked if there was any other location that would be more appropriate and it was noted that the case officer had suggested siting the bungalow behind the existing barn but the applicant had said the proposed siting was the most appropriate location.


The vote was tied and the Chairman used her casting vote to support the recommendation.


Refused, as recommended.


(b)       Item 2: Dereham: 116 Sandy Lane: Proposed 12 flats including demolition of existing building for The Dawe Charitable Trust: 3PL/2009/0078/F


This application sought full permission for 12 flats in two identical blocks of six.   An amendment had repositioned the bin storage area in response to a neighbour objection.


Members discussed the design and build specification for these flats and considered that a higher code level should be sought.  A Member also sought clarification on the amount of affordable housing to be provided as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 170.


Applications determined by the Deputy Chief Executive (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


This item was noted.



Enforcement Items (Agenda Item 11) pdf icon PDF 64 KB


This item was noted.



Applications determined by Norfolk County Council (Agenda Item 12)

3CM/2009/0027/F: Watton: The Director of Children’s Services, Wayland Community High School, Watton: Installation of input and extract ventilation system to school kitchen and associated works.

Decision:  Conditional Approval


3CM/2009/0029/F:  Thompson:  The Director of Children’s Services, Thompson Primary School, School Road, Thompson:  Extension to existing building to create increased kitchen area and extension to create space for store with separate boiler room.

Decision:  Conditional Approval


This item was noted.