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Minutes pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 8 August 2011.


With regard to Agenda Item 3, Declaration Of Interest and of Representations Received (Minute No. 121/11), Old Buckenham was not part of Cllr J North’s ward, but she had met the Applicant.  It also applied to Agenda Item 9 Schedule of Planning Applications Item 5 (Minute No. 127/11 (e)).  It was noted that the third paragraph of the Minute on page 5 should have the word ‘would’ removed.


Agenda Item 9, Schedule of Planning Applications, Item No. 6 (Minute No. 127/11(f) Attleborough) should read, Mr Took, for the Applicant.


Subject to the above amendments, the Minutes of the meeting held on 8 August 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 Cllrs Bowes and Robinson, and Mr Paul Jackson, Planning Manager.  Cllr P Duigan was in attendance as Cllr Bowes’ substitute.


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.


Cllr P Duigan declared a prejudicial interest in Agenda Item 9, Schedule of Planning Applications Item No 6 (Dereham) by virtue of being a Member of Dereham Town Council.



Chairman's Announcements


The Chairman had received no suggestions with regard to training Members wished to take place after Planning Committees had finished.


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 Thetford Area Action Plan is now subject to a six week consultation period from 30 August to 11 October 2011.  The result of the Examination in Public should be received within the next two weeks.


Deferred Applications pdf icon PDF 43 KB

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


Attleborough : Single Detached Dwelling at Wood Farm, Deopham Road, Attleborough : Applicant : Mr & Mrs Alston : Reference : 3PL/2010/1181/0 pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Report of the Director of Commissioning.

Additional documents:


Correspondence had been received by Members about this application.


At the Development Control Committee on 5 January 2011, Members agreed to approve the application, contrary to officer recommendation, subject to conditions relating to the dwelling being Code Level 5 and of a design which reflects the indicative scheme submitted and the applicant entering into a S106 legal agreement to link the dwelling to the business on-site (Finn Geotherm). 


In light of the failure of the relevant parties to enter into an acceptable legal agreement, the application was recommended for refusal.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) stated that the Applicant had experienced difficulty with the Mortgage Lender and for that reason he had asked that the restriction to tie it to the business be removed.   One possible compromise position Members could consider was to exempt the Mortgage Lender from the restriction on the business.


Mr Took, Agent, advised that the compromise outlined to the Committee had only been tabled that morning but the Applicant believed it would be an excellent way forward and one he would like to pursue. Whilst the Applicant had no problem with the S106 Agreement, the Mortgage Lender was not of the same view.  The proposal was unique and the dwelling was of major benefit to the business.  He asked the Committee for a degree of flexibility and encouragement for the business to be supported.


Mr Alston, Applicant, stated the house was to be located in the proposed position due to business requirements, and hedging would be planted to provide a buffer from the farm buildings.  The Mortgage Lender had suggested that the Applicant obtained planning permission prior to obtaining finance.


The recommendation for refusal was not supported.  It was then resolved :-


That the application be deferred and the Officers be authorised to approve it on completion of a S106 Agreement which would tie the dwelling to the business, but that it would not apply to a mortgage lender on a sale of the property if the lender had to repossess the dwelling, also, that should the business cease, then the dwelling be tied to the farm; that the approval include previous requirements that the design be similar to the indicative design and be built to Code Level 5.



Schedule of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 261 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications :


Item No



Page No


Trustees BPP Pension Fund




Mr J Newboult




Banham Group Ltd




Azur Solar Systems Ltd




Mr Trevor Whitmore




Dereham Town Council




Mr Mark Monk - MPH




Co-Dunkall Limited




South Pickenham Estate Company

South Pickenham



Mr Lawrence Cook




Rev Richardson




Beres Developments Ltd





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows :-


(a)       Item 1 : Wretham : Middle Farm : Demolition & redevelopment of poultry farm & manager’s dwelling, together with road improvements (Revised Appn) for Trustees BPP Pension Fund : Reference : 3PL/2007/1606/F


Item 1 and Item 3 were considered together.


Proposals had been submitted to rationalise Banham Poultry’s chicken rearing operations at Wretham Heath.  It would involve the consolidation of production into 3 farms and the removal of 3 others.  The application proposed the erection of 8 new poultry units to replace 6 existing sheds at Middle Farm.  The new buildings would provide a combined floor space of 14,711m2 and a total capacity of 316,800 birds.  An additional 8 poultry units are proposed at Middle Farm under application 3PL/2011/0402/F, together with another 4 poultry units at Sawpit Farm nearby.  Three other farms would be removed, whilst one other would continue production in its current form.  A new farm worker’s dwelling was also proposed.


The application site was located outside the 1500m buffer zone to the SPA, but within the 1500m buffer zone of known nesting sites.  Extensive discussions had taken place, and there would not be a negative impact on stone curlews due to the removal of buildings.  There would be a 15% reduction in the built footprint, and in addition, farms proposed to be removed, offered opportunities for habitat to be created where none currently existed.


Ammonia emissions were already at a high level, but levels would vary.  At Wretham Heath they would increase and Natural England had stated this was not acceptable and that mitigation measures must be incorporated in the scheme.  Although the Applicants had been working on the measures, further work was still required, therefore full results were not available.  Both applications were recommended for approval subject to that work being completed.


A number of objections from local residents had been received.  The Environmental Health Officers were content there would be no significant adverse affect on neighbours but they proposed some measures as detailed in the report.  Highways raised no objection but asked for a routing agreement with regard to Middle Farm, and this was shown on the plan.


It was noted that both reports referred to a 50-week rearing cycle with 2.8 movements a week, but should read a 50-day rearing cycle with 2.8 movements a day.  Traffic levels were still not believed to be significant.


Mr White, Parish Council, stated that Wretham Parish Council had no objection to Sawpit Farm but did have reservations with Middle Farm and expressed disappointment with regard to the drainage of houses on the farm.  Their main concern as noted in the report, was of vehicular access to Middle Farm, as routing would bring numerous lorry movements and increase the hazardous risk for residential use.


Mr Waterson, Banham Poultry’s Project Manager and Agent, provided some company background.  The application had been made as the company had been chosen by Morrisons to supply chickens.  Environmental and wildlife benefits were included in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 140.


Applications determined by the Director of Commissioning pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Report of the Director of Commissioning


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Appeal Decisions (For Information)

APP/F2605/A/11/2148331 : Watton : Land at Saham Road, Thetford : Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for the proposed development of erection of 91 residential dwellings with associated open space by Hopkins Homes Ltd : Application Reference 3PL/2010/0639/F

Decision : Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/11/2147156 : Dereham : The Green, Brisley, NR20 5LL : Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for the demolition of pair of cottages and construction of replacement dwelling and garage by Mr J Mann : Application Reference 3PL/2010/0817/F

Decision : Dismissed



















Enforcement Items pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Report of the Director of Commissioning.


Members are requested to raise any questions at least two working days before the meeting, to allow information to be provided to the Committee.