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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 8 March 2010.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 8 March 2010 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 Councillors C. Bowes and

M. Chapman-Allen.




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.

  • Mrs D. Irving declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 10(5) as Norfolk County Councillor for Adult  Social Services.


  • Mr P. Francis declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda Item 10(6) as the Chairman of the Appeals Committee which had dealt with the Tree Preservation Order on the Ash tree.


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 (DSM) informed the meeting that Agenda Item 10(2) (Ref: 3PL/2009/1166F) – Attleborough: Victory Park, London Road had been deferred.


The DSM acknowledged a concern about the potential impact of major housing development planned for Attleborough, but said that this application would need to be considered via the usual process, and on its merits. The Planners would be mindful of this point when the application was brought back for consideration.



Local Development Framework (Standing Item) (Agenda Item 7)

To receive an update. 


The Principal Development Control Officer (PDCO) drew Members’ attention to the fact that the Site Specific document would be put before a special meeting of the Cabinet and Overview & Scrutiny Commission on 26 April at 10.00 a.m. at Watton Sports Centre. An 800 page document produced by the LDF Task & Finish Group would be considered, covering the proposed sites and allocations for the three rural market towns, as well as local village centres and the 83 rural settlement boundaries in the District.


Subject to the Cabinet’s decision, a six week public consultation process would commence on 24 May 2010.



Deferred Applications (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 38 KB

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




Attleborough; Proposed Anaerobic Digestion Unit, Land at Attleborough Poultry Farms, off B1077 for S S Agriservices: Reference: 3PL/2009/1143/F (Agenda Item 8a) pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

Additional documents:


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) (PPO MP) presented the report.  This item had been discussed by the Committee on 15 February 2010.  The application had been deferred in order to gather further supporting information, as well as to invite representatives from the Environment Agency to attend, along with the applicant, to answer questions.


Members were shown photographs and drawings of the site, especially in relation to nearby buildings which included St Luke’s hospital, a veterinary practice and an adjacent turkey farm.   The nearest residential property was 250m away.


The PPO MP said that National and local policies were generally to encourage renewable energy projects, subject to certain criteria.  He also said that the new landscaping proposed by the applicant was acceptable to the Planning Officers.


In terms of impact on surrounding properties, there had been much local opposition, with approximately 150 letters having been received, many of which raised concerns about smell and emissions.  There was some uncertainty about the status of the turkey farm tenancy, and the current operator had strongly objected on a number of grounds, including potential noise and emissions affecting his turkey breeding, which he said was particularly sensitive.


Before being able to operate, the proposed anaerobic digestion plant would require an Environmental Permit from the Environment Agency (EA) which would ensure detailed controls over the day-to-day management of the plant.   The PPO MP added that there would be tighter emission controls imposed by the EA permit on the elements located in the open air, than those contained in buildings.  The Environment Agency had made no further comment on the proposal: they did not object, subject to the imposition of certain conditions.


Having seen the details of the EA requirements before permit issue, the Environmental Health Officer had confirmed that she was comfortable with them, and had withdrawn her initial objection. 


The PPO MP concluded by saying that the EA had declined to accept an invitation to attend.  With respect to noise and appearance, the anaerobic digestion unit was felt to be acceptable in terms of the impact on neighbouring properties, since noise levels were unlikely to be vastly different from those produced by general farm equipment, and silage clamps were fairly common on many farms nowadays. 


With regard to traffic concerns, the report detailed the additional information which had been received since the previous discussion.   Highway improvements were part of the planning application.   Work would need to be done on the forward visibility splay at the junction with the B1077.  However the figures quoted were based on reasonable traffic projections in terms of the proposed business combined with existing movements.  It was felt that the additional traffic was not likely to have a significant impact. 


The recommendation was for approval, subject to conditions as listed in the report.


Speaking on behalf of the objectors, Mr Irvine expressed disappointment at the level of further information provided, some of which he felt conflicted with what had been provided in February.    He mentioned the concerns from the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.


Thetford: Residential Development, Former Thetford Cottage Hospital, Earls Street for Norfolk NHS Primary Care Trust: Reference: 3PL/2009/0977/F (Agenda Item 8(b)) pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

Additional documents:


The PPO MP introduced this report which concerned an application for residential development on the site of the former Thetford Cottage Hospital.  This application had previously been deferred to enable further consideration to be given to the relationship of the proposed houses with the adjacent, established, Thetford Snooker Centre.


From the Planning perspective, the amended application was deemed acceptable, with the proposed additional screening between the development and the Snooker Centre.   This was a town centre development and in its current form there would be provision for affordable housing, albeit there would be further consultation with the District Valuer in this respect.


Mr Mossop, speaking as the owner of Oddfellows and an objector, said that, in his view, the amended proposals for properties 12 and 13 showed no real improvements.  They still sat 2.4m from the boundary line.    His business was currently licensed to play live music (and discos) until midnight, with the busiest times being over the weekends.  The proposed properties had bedrooms which directly overlooked the Centre entrance/exit.  The properties would need to keep their doors and windows shut during the summer months in order to minimise disturbance which, even with the best of care, would inevitably occur as people arrived and departed from the Snooker Centre. 


Mr Nolan, Agent, spoke in favour of the proposed development, saying that they had moved the two dwellings.    However, if they needed to make any more amendments, this would reduce the viability of the whole development, including the amount of affordable housing units available. 


General discussion covered the following:


  • Members felt that if permission were granted, it would only be a matter of time before complaints were made against the licensing hours, which might affect the viability of the business.  The potential loss of the Snooker Centre could then impact on the youth of the town.


  • Others felt that this was a town centre site and, as such, would inevitably be subject to a certain amount of noise and disturbance.


  • The proposal had only been slightly re-jigged, rather than re-designed. 


  • The PPO MP explained that moving the proposed access to the site would not be practical from a Highways perspective, or in terms of overall viability of the development.   He added that there was a risk that if the development were not allowed to proceed, then the site could be left in a semi-derelict state for some time.   However, some Members felt that viability was not their concern – and pointed out that some local people felt the site could more usefully be developed for some sort of public building, such as a dental surgery.


RESOLVED that the application be refused on the grounds of the viability of the neighbouring business premises and the development being unacceptable in its current form and layout.



Snetterton:Land at Snetterton Park and Land at Ship's Galley Restaurant, Harling Road: Demolition of existing buildings, erection of 4 B1 units, car parking, laying out of access and servicing roads, landscape, etc for Cliffsky Limited: 3PL/2007/1820/0 & & 3PL/2009/1204/F (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.


This application concerned proposals to redevelop the existing Snetterton Sunday market site.   The PPO MP reminded Members that outline permission had been granted for a new business park on adjacent land, which was owned by Motor Sport Vision.


From a policy perspective, Snetterton Heath had been identified as a strategic location for employment development.  Whilst a large part of this application was not actually within the designated employment area, and would therefore require some justification, the PPO MP believed that it could be argued that part of the proposal was effectively an expansion of the existing toy and model business.   Where appropriate, matters would be brought before future Committee meetings.  In addition, the Tank Museum and Exposition buildings both needed large areas, and appropriate access to the primary road network.  The proposed business units would also link to, and feed off, visitors attracted to the rest of the site.


The agents acting on behalf of the circuit (Motor Sport Vision) had been generally supportive, but had raised a few concerns about increased traffic.  Various letters of support had been received from local businesses and key toy manufacturers.


With regard to the retail elements there would be a significant reduction in overall floor space. 


The proposal was seen as an opportunity to enhance the wider policy objectives for the area, with a recommendation for approval, subject to listed conditions and a S.106 Agreement. 


Mr S. Askew, Ward representative, felt that overall this project was positive and would rejuvenate the site.  He therefore welcomed the proposals, albeit with concerns about relevant conditions, including: 


  • adequate screening adjacent to the proposed hotel;
  • suitable measures to be taken in terms of noise/bounce from any proposed development;
  • clear and adequate road signage.


Other points raised in discussion included:


  • It was generally felt to be an exciting proposition, along the A11 corridor and in an area which was already popular for visitors, especially for the Sunday markets.


  • Members were keen that there should be a proper Business Plan in place for the whole package.


  • Whilst the proposed new market would comprise lock down units, with shutters, there would be scope for a limited number of fold-away stalls in the market square itself. 


  • It was acknowledged that the establishment of a more formal retail centre on site, with permission to trade for seven days per week during the season, would bring with it an element of competition to local towns.   However, there would be conditions imposed as to the type of goods allowed on site.  It was also noted that many stallholders would only wish to trade on site at the weekends.


  • It was confirmed that both the Highway Agency and Local Authority were satisfied that the existing road network could cope with likely traffic loads.


  • Snetterton Parish Council had no planning issues with the application.  However, they were concerned that the new development should be compatible with ongoing plans for the development at the race track. 




1)                 full planning permission be granted for the main  ...  view the full minutes text for item 59.


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 625 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Cliffsky Limited




J R Rix & Sons Ltd




Mr Brendan Larwood




Cliffsky Ltd




Caring Homes Group




Mr N Medler




Ms N Gilbert





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: Snetterton: Land at Snetterton Park and Land at Ships Galley Restaurant, Harling Road: Demolition of existing buildings, erection of 4 B1 units, car parking, laying out of access and servicing roads, landscape, etc for Cliffsky Limited: Reference: 3PL/2007/1820/O


Approved, See Minute No 59/10.

(b)               Item 2: Attleborough: Victory Park, London Road: Proposed fuel depot including erection of office/amenity building and gantry, installation of fuel tanks and change of use of land for J R Rix & Sons Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2009/1166/F

Deferred, see Minute No 54/10.

(c)        Item 3: Roudham/Larling: Oak House Farm, Larling: Erection of agricultural building for Mr Brendan Larwood: Reference: 3PL/2009/1173/F

            The PPO MP introduced this item, which was a major application for an agricultural building to house livestock in the winter and store machinery during the summer.  

            It was noted that the proposed building would sit neatly amongst a group of existing buildings.

            Approved, as recommended.

(d)       Item 4: Snetterton: Snetterton Park, Harling Road: Erection of model and toy expo building, garden centre, tank museum, covered market and café, relocate market and play areas, etc for Cliffsky Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2009/1204/F

Approved, see Minute No 59/10.

(e)       Item 5: Scarning: Oak Manor, Dereham Road: 24 assisted care bungalows for Caring Homes Group: Reference: 3PL/2010/0035/O

            Mrs D. Irving declared a personal interest as the NC Councillor responsible for Adult Social Services.

            The PPO MP presented the report.  The application sought outline planning permission for the erection of 24 assisted care bungalows within the grounds of an existing residential care home.   The layout proposed was almost identical to that approved by the Committee in 2005 but which had not been developed. 

            NCC Social Services were supportive of this development as there was clear evidence of a need for these bungalows and assistance could be provided from the adjacent Care Home.   Similar schemes had identified this type of accommodation as akin to C2 use (“residential home”), which did not warrant an affordable housing element. 

            The application was recommended for approval, subject to a legal agreement and conditions.

            Discussion focussed on access for ambulances and wheelchair users, and the amount of parking to be available (including covered areas for mobility scooters).   However, Ms Thornton, speaking on behalf of the applicants, confirmed that the scheme was indicative only at this stage and these concerns, alongside other internal design elements, would be addressed at reserved matters stage.

            As the Ward representative, the Chairman said that the Parish Council were very supportive of the scheme – but noted that they wished more garages had been built at a similar scheme in Swanton Morley. 

            Approved, subject to a legal agreement and conditions.

(f)                 Item 6: Tittleshall: 13 High Street: Domestic extension and wall and pedestrian access for Mr N Medlar: 3PL/2010/0084/F

Mr P. Francis declared a prejudicial interest as Chairman of the Appeals Committee which had dealt with the Tree Preservation Order.

The Principal Development Control Officer (PDCO) presented the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 60.


Applications determined by the Deputy Chief Executive (For Information) (Agenda Item 11) pdf icon PDF 39 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.





Appeals Decisions (for information) (Agenda Item 12)

APP/F2605/A/09/2112906 : Banham: The Old Telephone Exchange, Dam Brigg: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for change of use to residential by Mr and Mrs Raymond Elliott: Application Ref: 3PL/2009/0064/CU


Decision: Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/09/2114732 : Harling: Land east of Lopham Road:  Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for proposed residential development (15 units) by Mr David Taylor: Application Ref: 3PL/2009/0589/F


Decision:  Appeal Dismissed