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Minutes pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 24 January 2011.




With regard to Agenda Item 30/11 Schedule of Planning Applications

(b) Item 2 : 3PL/2010/0405/F paragraph 4 on page 5, the last word ‘restricted’ was to be removed and changed to ‘minimum standard of size’.


Subject to the above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 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 Councillors Irving and Lamb, and Mr K Eccles, Building Control Manager (Capita Symonds for Breckland Council).


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.


Councillors declared they had received a letter from Mr Took, Agent concerning Agenda Item 12 (Schedule Item 9) Old Buckenham.


Mr Labouchere declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 11 (Schedule Item 7) Bradenham, by virtue  of knowing the Chairman of the Parish Council.


Councillor Bowes declared personal interests in Agenda Items 11 (Schedule Item 7) Bradenham, Agenda Item 9 (Schedule Item 1) Shipdham, by virtue of knowing the applicants and in Agenda Item 12 (Schedule Item 8) Weeting, by virture of serving on a local charity with the applicant.



Chairman's Announcements


The Chairman explained the format the meeting would take, asked that all mobile phones were turned off, and made those present aware of the fire exits.


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.


The Principal Planning Officer advised that with regard to Agenda Item 12, Schedule of Planning Applications, Item Nos. 4 and 5 had been withdrawn, which were :-


3PL/2010/1289/F : Applicant Mrs R Shearwood – Parish Besthorpe

3PL/2010/1290/O : Applicant Mr S Rogers – Parish Besthorpe


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 were none.


Local Development Framework (Standing Item)

To receive an update. 


David Spencer, Principal Planning Officer advised Members that the recently published Site Specific document had gone out, and the consultation period would end on 24 March.  Anyone wishing to respond would need to use the specific document forms which were available online or from Officers in the Planning Department.


The Thetford Area Action Plan closes on 4 March; the drop in days had been busy and comments would be reported back through the committee process in June.


The Attleborough and Snetterton Area Action Plan closed on 28 January and there had been 1000 comments received.  A report to the Attleborough Task Force would be presented in March.  Atlas (Advisory Team on Large Applications) who were an objective impartial service that helped local authorities, had been brought in to assist and their first piece of work looked likely to be an engagement strategy.


Deferred Applications pdf icon PDF 37 KB

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





Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.


Councillor Bowes declared a personal interest in this item.


The application proposed minor amendments to the layout and design of an approved housing scheme at Shipdham.  Changes were also proposed to the design of the surface water drainage system.  None of the houses would be closer to the site boundaries and no significant changes were proposed to the orientation of houses such that overlooking would be increased.


A concern had been raised by local residents with regard to the trees on site, and the applicant had advised that all the trees would be retained.


There had been a need for technical changes with regard to drainage due to the needs of Anglian Water.  The previous proposal was to store water partly underground but also partly above ground in swales, all water would now be stored underground to address Anglian Water’s requirement.  A proposed dry swale was proposed to link in to the overall drainage scheme, which would improve the current situation.


Mrs Tindale, Objector, said she objected due to the complexity of the new proposal, drainage details and lack of clarity on a number of issues such as, a panel fence, dry swales, no felling of trees and the change of position of Nos 35 and 36.  There appeared to be many versions of the plan and she asked that a clearly defined set of plans was submitted and written agreement that Nos 35 and 36 remained angled for privacy.


Mr Abel, Applicant, stated that the proposed changes were enhancements.  A 6’ fence would be erected and the swales and capacity of the system had been increased and the service water run off would not be any greater.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) clarified details on the drainage scheme, which was sound and was somewhat better than the original scheme.  When the application was made, some of the plans had not been the up to date ones, but the Committee were shown the correct plans at the meeting.  Nos. 35 and 36 were shown parallel to the boundary which was their approved positions.  There would be no changes in terms of tree removal.  He showed Members where drainage changes were to be made, which was from being an above ground dry lagoon to an underground crater system, the proposed swale was along the boundary and was to deal with an existing area of poor drainage and would provide a French drain (aggregates and free draining material), there was no change proposed to the boundary drainage, only that pipes under the road would be larger, and the removal of the above ground lagoons to under ground storage systems.


Members felt it was safer to store excess water underground which was the Anglian Water recommended system.


RESOLVED that the application be approved as recommended for the revised scheme subject to a new condition relating to surface water drainage.  All other conditions would remain as per the current planning permission.



Gt Ellingham : Residential Development At Attleborough Road for Silkwin Homes Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2010/1244/0 pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) presented his report which concerned a proposal for residential development on the edge of Great Ellingham, outside of the defined Settlement Boundary.  The application sought outline planning permission for residential development with all matters reserved.  Key issues related to justification for the development, highway safety, neighbour amenity and impact upon local character.  An indicative layout had been provided which suggested 17 new dwellings be provided within the site, with 3 of the properties accessed via Church Street and the other 14 via Attleborough Road.


There was no 5 year land supply and therefore applications such as this needed to be looked at, but it was felt that the site did not perform particularly well. Given constraints of the site it was believed a hard edge would be created and would not relate well to the character of the village, and that the scheme was overly dense.  Nothing had been demonstrated with regard to delivery of the proposed development. 


Mr Took – Agent, acknowledged it lies outside of the settlement boundary.  He advised that the reason for the application was due to the site having been overlooked as part of the LDF process.  The application was in outline to establish approval in principle, and if obtained a detailed scheme showing layout and numbers would be provided.  He felt that the site was obvious for incremental growth.  Great Ellingham was a service village and evidence could be provided with regard to the lack of a 5 year land supply.  It was a site that should be considered on its merits and 40% of units would be affordable which would be a significant factor.


Mr Smith – Ward Representative, had been asked to speak as the site had not been included in the LDF and therefore residents of Gt Ellingham had never been given an opportunity to include it in the LDF.  It lied to the South of the Church and on the former plan it was considered as a restricted site, and residents of the village would prefer it to be retained as an open aspect.  There was an issue of affordable housing, the Parish Council had carried out its own housing needs survey, and they had made a submission to the LDF.


RESOLVED to refuse the application on the grounds that, the application was contrary to national and local planning policies which limit new housing outside town and village boundaries


Bradenham : Proposed Residential Development, Hale Road for Clayland Estates : Reference : 3PL/2010/1333/F pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.


Mr Labouchere and Councillor Bowes declared a personal interest in this item.


The Applicant tabled at the meeting a plan showing Dwelling Samples and Local Community Benefits, a copy of which was given to all Members.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) advised that the application was for revised proposals for a residential development on the edge of Bradenham and was outside the Settlement Boundary.


Two previous proposals were refused permission in 2010.  Key changes to the scheme compared to previous proposals included


i)                    the construction of the affordable dwellings to Code Level 4 (previously Code Level 3)

ii)                  the construction of a new pedestrian footway

iii)                the inclusion of a wheel chair adapted bungalow

iv)                a reduction in the level of financial contribution offered towards community facilities


The effect on the local character of eleven new dwellings was a substantial proposal and would change an open site to a developed one, but the scheme had been sensibly designed to reflect character, houses had been set back and the scale of the houses had been set low.


With regard to issues of traffic, transport and access, since the report had been published further proposals had been put forward which consisted of a new pedestrian footpath linking the site to the Village Green, pub and Community Centre, a new crossing point and road widening to improve road safety for pedestrians and motorists. If permission was granted it would be subject to full details being provided.


Two alternatives had been put forward with regard to the location of the pedestrian footway which were either


(i)                 behind the hedge which would allow much of the hedge to be retained, or

(ii)               the existing hedge be removed and a new hedge replanted behind the footway


Given the proposals had only recently been received, this had only allowed for  limited discussion with Highways and therefore there had been no wider consultation with members of the public, and it was suggested that Members might want to give members of the public further time to review the proposals.


The Parish Council had indicated that the proposed improvement to the footpath had changed their view  and they were no longer raising an objection  subject to certain caveats given the overall benefits of the scheme.


Mr Worsfold, NCC Highways stated that there were limited services within Bradenham and the application remained contrary to  policy statement.


Mr Alhusen, Parish Council advised the application had come before the Committee for the third time and the Parish Council were no longer objecting as long as certain works were carried out.  These were :


(i)                 pedestrian road crossing to the West

(ii)               new pavement which would greatly enhance safety

(iii)             widen road to remove pinch points

(iv)              two road calming signs at suitable places

(v)                hedge maintained at present height


He also proposed that the application be subject to a Section 106 Agreement and that if the shared ownership houses could not be sold, that they be changed to lettings instead.  He was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 43.


Schedule of Planning Applications


RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows :-


(a)       Item 1 : Shipdham, Land off Church Close : Variation of condition 2 & 16 and removal of condition 18 on pp 3PL/2007/1234 for Abel Homes Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2010/0732/F


            Approved as recommended, see Minute No. 41/11


(b)       Item 2 : Great Ellingham, Attleborough Road : Residential development for Silkwin Homes Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2010/1244/O


            Refused, see Minute No. 42


(c)        Item 3 : Brettenham, Sports Field, Fishermans Road : Removal of condition 7 from pp 3PL/1999/1348/F for Shadwell Estate Co., Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2010/1267/F


The condition of the development was that it be used solely for the benefit of staff at the Nunnery Stud and should not at any time be sold, leased or sub-leased or used for any other purposes other than in connection with the stud.  The application other than that was unrestricted which was an important point for Members to note.


The proposed removal of the condition was to enable the site to be used by local groups in the town.  The Stud had offered the site to various cricket and football teams.


Brettenham Parish Council supported the application but raised the impact on Stone Curlews and residential amenity.  Environmental Health had suggested a condition of 8-9 hours of use daily.  2 letters of support from local residents had been received along with 2 letters of objection.


A response had been received from Lady Kay Fisher who was supportive of space and play provision but had considerable concern over noise, and suggested the hours of use should be between 9 a.m – 6 p.m.


The Tree and Countryside Officer accepted planning permission had been granted prior to research on the SPA (Special Protection Area) and acknowledged the site was unrestrictive, but had concern on intensification and the potential impact on the Stone Curlew breeding season.  Due to the fact that it was not known what the implication of intensification would have on the Stone Curlew population on that basis it was suggested that restriction of use of the site in the breeding season months of April – August be to the Shadwell Estate only.


Restriction of use until 9 p.m at night would alleviate some of the concerns of local residents, but the current use was unrestricted.


Mr Claydon, Objector said usage had been low in the past and was appropriate for private land, however usage would increase if uncontrolled and would consequentially affect the properties by the boundary.  He said that conditions should be imposed with regard to usage within any ten day period, and which restricted spectators and players from a demarcation area.  In summary he said there would be a clear negative impact which would arise by the removal of condition 7.


Mr Kennard, Applicant said that there would be no payment for letting local clubs use the site.  Some years ago, there was one Stone Curlew in the vicinity, but in 2008 when most cricket matches had been played there  ...  view the full minutes text for item 44.


Applications determined by the Deputy Chief Executive (For Information) pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.





Enforcement Items (for information) pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.




Appeal Decisions (For Information)

APP/F2605/H/10/2138412 : Thetford : Unit 2, London Road, Stephenson Way, IP24 3RU : Appeal against a refusal to grant express consent for a non-illuminated, 4.6m high pylon sign by Kwik Fit Properties Ltd.

Decision : Allowed



APP/F2605/A/10/2138072/NWF : Thetford : Land off Nightingale Way, IP24 2YN : Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for the erection of four detached dwellings, new access arrangements and associated landscaping by Abbey Developments Ltd.

Decision : Allowed






Applications Determined By Norfolk County Council (For Information)

3CM/2010/0012/LB : Norfolk Rural Life Museum : Additional security measures to car storage area, 3 no. bollards, 1 roller shutter door for The Norfolk Rural Life Museum.

Decision : Conditional Approval


3CM/2010/0020/LB : Norfolk Rural Life Museum : Internal refurbishment of conservation laboratory for The Norfolk Rural Life Museum.

Decision : Conditional Approval


3CM/2010/0022/LB : The Norfolk Rural Life Museum : Formation of terrace area outside the entrance door to the Old Bakery & general use room for Norfolk Rural Life Museum.

Decision : Conditional Approval