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Minutes pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 5 January 2011.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 5 January 2011 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Apologies & Substitutes

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Bowes.  Mr P Duigan was in attendance as a substitute for Councillor Bowes.


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 Duigan declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 11 Schedule of Planning Applications Schedule Item No 5 (Dereham) by virtue  of knowing the parents of the applicants. 


The Chairman and Mrs  D K R Irving had received an email from Mrs Read for the same agenda item (Agenda Item 11, No 5 – Dereham).


Mr P S Francis declared a local interest in the area with regard to Agenda Item 10 (Snetterton).


Chairman's Announcements


The Chairman reminded Councillors that there would be English Heritage Training for Members and Officers all day on 8 February commencing at 10 a.m and the second part of the CABE Training (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) would take place all day on 18 February commencing at 9 a.m.  It would be worthwhile for Councillors to attend, even if they had not attended the first part.


Phil Daines, the Development Services Manager (Capita Symonds) would retire on 28 January and he was presented with a gift by the Vice-Chairman.  The Chairman thanked Mr Daines for all the advice and support he had given not only the Development Control Committee but the Council as a whole and stated that he would be sorely missed.  The Vice-Chairman along with various other Councillors echoed thanks to him along with his professionalism.


Mr Daines thanked the Chairman and acknowledged all the work she undertook away from the Committee meetings which enhanced relationships between the Committee and the Council.  He assured Members that they could rely on advice and support from his fellow colleagues, Keith Eccles, Building Control Manager, Mike Brennan & Nick Moys, Principal Planning Officers, and David Spencer, Principal Planning Policy Officer and all the rest of the team.


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.


There were none.


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.


There was none.


Local Development Framework (Standing Item)

To receive an update. 


There was nothing new to report.


Deferred Applications pdf icon PDF 36 KB

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




Thetford : Proposed Retail Development, Forest Retail Park, London Road for The Crown Estate : Reference 3PL/2009/1196/0 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) presented the report relating to an outline planning application for retail development at Forest Retail Park in Thetford.  Outline permission was granted for the development in August 2006 and the current application effectively sought to renew the consent.  The proposed development would comprise the erection of three non-food retail warehouses, including a garden centre, with a total gross floor space of 5,574 square metres. 


General conclusions were as set out in the report.  No objections had been received from existing retail users.  There would be opportunities to retain some of the trees within the new parking area.


Whilst a Councillor was not against retail units, she felt that given there were already a variety of stores and supermarkets in the area, it would be detrimental to the town centre and the future plans of Thetford.  Therefore, she would like to see the area used by families for leisure, for instance a 10-pin bowling alley.  Not all of Thetford Town Council were against the application due to the fact that they were not aware of what all the units would be used for.


In response to a question from a Member of the Committee, the Building Control Manager advised that there was a code level system for commercial premises known as the BREEM assessment (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) was asked if a second entrance was to be created, whether The Crown Estate would be bound to contribute.  He stated that he was not sure what agreement landowners had come to, as it was something that Sainsburys and the Retail Park had taken a lead on, but it was not a planning requirement, and he did not think that permission would alter the situation.  He clarified the situation with regard to the access for the benefit of the Committee. 


Concern was raised about how calculations to accommodate extra retail places were made by Planning Officers, whilst at the same time they stated it would not have any affect on town centres.  There was contention with regard to the depletion of facilities in the town centre and reference to comments made by the Town Council.


The Development Services Manager said the 5500-6000 additional dwellings planned for Thetford would attract significant retail activity and that a considerable amount of trade went out of town.  Part of what was trying to be achieved was to recapture that for the town.


RESOLVED that the application be approved as recommended for outline planning permission subject to conditions set out in the report.


Snetterton : Solar Generating Farm at Airfield Farm, Chalk Lane for PV Farms 01 Limited : Reference : 3PL/2010/1211/F pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.


The Principal Planning Officer presented the report of the application for a 5MW solar photovoltaic array (PV array).  The PV array was a grouping of PV modules with each one designed to absorb sunlight and would cover approximately 7.3 hectares.  Each structure would be no more than 3m in height and reduced down to 600-700mm under which animals could graze. However, the Applicants proposed to grow wild flowers and grasses underneath.


The proposed application would help biodiversity in the area with additional planting and would contribute to the national target of achieving 20% of renewable energy by 2020.


Mr Knight, Agent, said that whilst the venture would be new for Breckland the Applicants did have other sites in South Cambridgeshire, Cornwall and recently obtained consent for one at the Old Airfield, Rackheath, Norwich.  The development would assist towards solving some of the Snetterton power issues by 15-20% of requirement (overall plan of power required was 22MW).  Access for construction vehicles would be via the Wyatts roundabout but the track might be used for maintenance vehicles.  During the construction phase there would be 30-50 HGVs and after that, 4 vans per annum would attend the site to wipe the panels and check the converters over the life of the programme.  A Councillor stated that he would not want the track cut up and pot holes created, and that any damage would need to be made good.


The Chairman felt the proposal was an exciting project for Breckland.  It would help towards the Snetterton power deficit and potentially could help towards the longer term prosperity of the area.


RESOLVED that the application be approved as recommended, subject to appropriate conditions as listed in the report.


Schedule of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 50 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


The Crown Estate




Black Swan International Limit




Mr Kevin Bell




P V Farms 01 Ltd




Mr & Mrs A Read





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows :


(a)       Item 1 : Thetford : The Crown Estate : Forest Retail Park, London Road: Non food retail development renewal of outline 3PL/2006/0851 resubmission 09/0746 : Reference 3PL/2009/1196/0


            Approved, as recommended, see Minute No. 28 /11


(b)       Item 2 : Dereham : Black Swan International Limited : 12 Westfield Road : Proposed alterations and extension

Reference 3PL/2010/0405/F


The Principal Planning Officer presented the report on the application for full planning permission for the erection of single storey extensions to the existing care home so as to provide 8 new bedrooms, bathroom, store, lounge, office and enclosed courtyard.  The application would also lead to the creation of a car park within the site providing 10 parking spaces of which one was a disabled space.


The single storey extensions represented a significant increase to the existing building.  Sufficient space would be left around the building to provide a reasonable amount of amenity.  However it was proposed that a landscaping condition be put in place to help soften the remaining area to the West of the site.


The Applicants had incorporated a “drop off” area within the site and created a separate access for emergency vehicles.  Staff would increase from 24 to 28.  No exact scheme had been submitted with regard to surface water, so a condition would be proposed, and a condition on the external lighting scheme.


Mr R Goreham, Ward Representative had raised objections and sent them to the Development Services Manager on the grounds of, over development of site, its proximity to a busy road junction and the potential for traffic problems associated with it, and the loss of established trees and consequent loss of amenity to nearby residents at the rear of the development.


No objection had been received from Highways.  9 letters of objection had been received from residents which covered, increased traffic, lack of parking, too large an extension, drainage, emergency vehicle access, clinical waste, noise, light pollution and over development.


Mr Cracknell, Objector, advised of a serious accident outside the Care Home on Friday 21 January due in part to parking problems.  Staff do not park in spaces provided but in the road instead, which caused difficulty to those who lived beside and opposite the Care Home.  In the past he had asked for cars to be moved, but was met with abuse, although he had not written an official complaint, but had spoken to the Manager on one or two occasions. He was very concerned over clinical waste left outside the Care Home and the smell generated was offensive.  Trees were removed before the application was put in.  He believed the addition of 8 bedrooms was too many for the small site area.


Mr Evans, Agent, explained that the previous application had been withdrawn to allow for further discussions to be entered into which had been ongoing for the last 12 months, and had been re-submitted with the bedrooms reduced down to 8 which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 30.


Applications determined by the Deputy Chief Executive (For Information) pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.





Appeal Decisions (For Information)

APP/F2605/A/10/2135843 : Dereham : Rosetta Cottage, Hall Road, Beetley, NR20 4DE : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for use of land for stationing a caravan by Mr & Mrs John Stocking : Application Reference 3PL/2010/0182/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/E/10/2131279 : Kings Lynn : 1 Church Street, Litcham, PE32 2NS Appeal against the refusal to grant listed building consent for the introduction of a number of kitchens into holiday lets to make them self catering by Mr Mark Frankland : Application Reference 3PL/2010/0211/LB

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/10/2129803 : Kings Lynn : 1 Church Street, Litcham, PE32 2NS Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the introduction of a number of kitchens into holiday lets to make them self catering by Mr Mark Frankland : Application Reference 3PL/2010/0211/LB

Decision : Appeal Allowed