Agenda and minutes

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To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 1 November 2010.

Additional documents:



Minute 195/10 - Clarification was given that Mr Eccles had been Breckland’s Building Control Manager, so the word Breckland’s would be added in paragraph 4 of this item.  With this amendment noted, the Minutes of the meeting held on 1 November 2010 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Apologies & Substitutes

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Mr N Wilkin and Mrs M P Chapman-Allen.  Mr P Duigan was in attendance as substitute for Mr N Wilkin.


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.


There were none.


Chairman's Announcements


The Chairman made her usual announcements regarding the fire exits, mobile phones etc.


The second part of the CABE Training on Built Environment would take place on 30th November.  Members were advised that if they had not been to the first part, it was still worthwhile to attend.


Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda

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.




Urgent Business

To note whether the Chairman proposes to accept any item as urgent business, pursuant to Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.




Local Development Framework (Standing Item)

To receive an update. 


The first Open Day with regards to the Attleborough and Snetterton Heath Action Plan had taken place on Saturday 20 November and had gone very well.  The next Open Morning would take place at the Attleborough Town Hall on Saturday 27 November, where it was anticipated that more people would attend.


Schedule of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


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Mrs J F Green




Connolly Refrigeration Ltd




Mr J Gooch & Mrs R P Gooch




Mr & Mrs Stephen Cross





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows :


a)         Item 1 : Swaffham : 48 Station Street : Conversion of public house to dwelling & construction of additional dwelling on existing car park for Mrs J F Green.  Reference : 3PL/2010/0806/0


The Principal Planning Officer advised that this was an Outline proposal with access and layout  to be determined.


Two letters of objection had been received with regard to the loss of light to occupants of the adjacent building, the need to maintain access to their properties, and the careful treatment of boundaries would need to be considered.  He advised that Policy DC18 (Community) Facilities was also relevant. The Public House was not a listed building, and already looked like a residential property.


With regard to amenity, the turning head bisected the rear garden, but given the town centre location, the small garden was felt to be appropriate, and whilst there could potentially be an impact on some of the neighbouring property, this matter could be addressed at Reserved Matters stage.


Mr Green, husband of Applicant gave various numerical statistics and advised that in June 2008 the population was 7304, with 1704 being over 70 years of age.  There were 6 public houses, 3 hotels, 5 restaurants and at least 5 clubs currently all licensed for drinking; 3 supermarkets, 3 shops and 2 garages all of which were off licenses; and the facility for TENS licences were factors that affected the pub’s income. The property was not in the town centre.


Concern was raised that once “proper drinking” places disappeared, they would be gone for ever, and for that reason, one Member could not support the application, although another Member was aware of the problems public houses in Swaffham had and therefore supported the application.


A Member asked for clarification over the fact that sometimes public houses were not allowed to be granted planning permission for conversion, and at what point would the Committee be concerned that “enough was enough”.


The Development Services Manager stated that the question was probably the first one the Officers asked themselves when the application was received.  He explained that in villages it was different as community facilities were trying to be protected.  In towns it depended on the size of the community.  In this case, because of the location and the number of alternatives, the loss although regrettable, was something that could be supported.


A Member asked if there were planning grounds to refuse applications for licenses for alcohol being sold, but the Solicitor and Standards Consultant stated that was a licensing issue and not a planning one.  It was clarified that any objections were always heard.


Approved, as recommended.


b)                 Roudham/Larling : Roudham Ind Estate : Construction of 4 new business units with associated hard standing for Connolly Refrigeration Ltd.  Reference : 3PL/2010/0913/F


The Principal Planning Officer advised that the original application was for 5 units, but took the premises to within 3 metres of the boundary of Marston Villas which was unacceptable,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 215.


Applications determined by the Deputy Chief Executive (For Information) pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.



Attleborough : Replace windows, int doors, kitchen, staircase, bathroom, floorboards, install c/heating & repaint (retrospective), Unit 2, 1 High Street : Mr R Mowser : Reference 3PL/2010/0964/LB


The Development Services Manager would be speaking to Mr Francis further with regard to this.


Enforcement Items (For Information) pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.


This item was noted.


Appeal Decisions (For Information)

APP/F2605/A/10/2129709: East Tuddenham: Frans Green Industrial Estate, Sandy Lane: Appeal against the refusal of planning permission for change of use from agricultural to industrial by Salvern Properties: Application Reference: 3PL/2009/1186/CU.


APP/F2605/A/10/2129706: East Tuddenham: Frans Green Industrial Estate, Sandy Lane: Appeal against the refusal of planning permission for change of use from agricultural to industrial for the storage of skips by Salvern Properties: Application Reference: 3PL/2010/0083/CU.

Decision:  Both Appeals Dismissed


APP/F2605/D/10/2136022 : Ashill : Glebe House, Church Street : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for new driveway, walls and gates to existing access.  Application Reference : 3PL/2010/0499/F

Decision : Approved


APP/F2605/A/10/2128020 : Dereham : Land at 125 Shipdham Road : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the proposed development of erection of a two bedroom bungalow by Messrs J Smith. Application Reference : 3PL/2009/1030/F

Decision : Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/10/2128452 : Snetterton : Old School House, North End : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for a new two-storey dwelling and re-use existing garage by Miss Alison Wilkinson.  Application Reference : 3PL/2009/0777/F

Decision : Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/10/2123421 : Attleborough : 142 Besthorpe Road : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission.  The development is described as the ‘demolition of bungalow, re-siting substation anderection of 5 houses and access road’ by Mr J George and Mrs L Wood.  Application Reference : 3PL/2009/0890/O

Decision : Dismissed


This item was noted.