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Minutes pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 16 January 2012.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 16 January 2012 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


With regard to the Agenda, it was noted that Agenda Item 9, Schedule of Planning Applications, Item No. 5, should read J D Alston Estates.  Item No. 10, should read Weeting.


Apologies & Substitutes

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence had been received from Cllrs Robinson and Bowes.  Cllr Rose was in attendance as a substitute for Cllr 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.


Cllr Sharpe declared a personal and prejudicial interest in Agenda Item 8, Deferred Applications, Swaffham, by virtue of being a Trustee of The Hammond Educational Charity.


Cllr Childerhouse declared a personal and prejudicial interest in Agenda Item 9, Schedule of Planning Applications, Item No. 10, Weeting.


Chairman's Announcements


A training session would be held on 8 March 2012 on the Localism Bill, and Members were asked to contact Richard Wills, Training & Development Manager if they wished to book a place on either the afternoon or evening session.


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.


Scheduled Item No. 7, Roudham/Larling of Agenda No. 9 had been deferred prior to the meeting.


Local Development Framework (Standing Item)

To receive an update. 


Relevant documents with regard to the LDF were available online, as were those of the Thetford Area Action Plan’s examination hearings in public, which were to commence on 6 March 2012 (contact Charlotte Taylor).


Deferred Applications pdf icon PDF 40 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 Director of Commissioning.

Additional documents:


Cllr Sharpe declared a personal and prejudicial interest, by virtue of being a Trustee of The Hammond Educational Charity, and left the room for the item.


For the benefit of the Committee, the Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) re-capped Members on the previous proposal before he advised them on what had happened since the application had been deferred.  Additional information was as detailed in the report, following concerns raised previously about design details.  A phased plan gave priority to the restoration/conversion of the principal listed buildings, with 18 Market Place and the former school buildings immediately to the rear, being converted before the erection of the proposed new build houses. The District Valuer had confirmed that the development would not be viable in current market conditions if any affordable housing or other contributions were required.


In answer to a Councillor’s comment, that a beautiful set of elderly buildings would have imposed on them an inconsiderate modern block in the middle of them, which he felt to be enormous and disproportionate, Mr Horn, Trustee, advised that they wanted to make use of that part of the site to enhance the centre of it, and it had been agreed that they would not design pastiche type buildings, and that the buildings around it would take precedence.


As the proposal was in a town centre location and the area was surrounded by a vast difference of buildings, another Councillor felt that now and again the blend of new buildings had to be set off, and his minor concerns had been addressed.


RESOLVED  that the application be deferred and the Officers authorised to approve it subject to a S106 Agreement and conditions relating to external materials, hard/soft landscaping, tree protection, building conversion details, phasing, access, parking, footway improvements, archaeology and contamination, and an additional condition with regard to internal building materials.





Schedule of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications :


Item No



Page No


Bennett plc




Mrs L Elvin

Great Ellingham



Acorn Building Services Norfolk




Exheat Ltd

Little Cressingham



J D Alson Estates




Mr Ken Seaman

Old Buckenham



W O & P O Jolly




Mr & Mrs D Alston




Mr William Nunn

North Lopham



Mr R Childerhouse




Additional documents:


RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows :


(a)       Item 1 : Watton : Former RAF Radar Site : Residential Development – 154 Dwellings : Applicant : Bennett Plc : Reference : 3PL/2011/0088/D


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) presented the report.  Concerns locally were with regard to over development of the site, and for Members’ benefit he advised of the site history which included a financial contribution to recreation.  Gilman’s Drift caused local concern, given the desire for the tree lined route to be maintained.  The applicants had proposed additional tree planting on the southernboundary.


Mr Trimmer, Objector, had been a resident of Lovell Gardens for 20 years and his property backed on to Gilman’s Drift.  His main concern was the retention of the boundary fence line.  He suggested as it had already been adopted by the Council, could he have confirmation that the boundary would be set back on the west, with a wooden fence and not a chain link one.  Gilman’s Drift held lots of wildlife and was enjoyed by many local people.


Mr Bell, for the applicants, advised they were aware of the value of vegetation and the proposal was to retain it, they had no intention of removing or cutting it back in Gilman’s Drift. The legal boundary would be more or less in the centre line of the vegetation.  Vegetation at the new properties would be trimmed back, with the other side maintained by the authority.  He was aware that 1/3rd of the site sat within Watton and the remainder in Carbrooke.


Mr K Gilbert, Ward Representative, was pleased that a mutual agreement had almost been agreed with regard to the development of the site, interest in which he had had for the past 15 years.  The biggest concern was the fence line at Gilman’s Drift, and he read out an email from Edward Parker of Bennetts.  Given that three sets of people would be responsible for half the hedge (private ownership, residential social landlords and a management company), he urged that the boundaries of the side and hedge line were on the far side of the hedge from Gilman’s Drift, so it could be handed to Breckland and Norfolk County Council could maintain half the hedge and paid to maintain the other half.  He questioned if an emergency entrance was required given the 154 dwellings.  The Planning Manager saw no reason why the Ward Representative could not be consulted on with regard to the conditions at a later date.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) said a balanced view had been taken, Gilman’s Drift seemed to be quite well used, and the proposal achieved a reasonable balance.  With open space areas there should be no need for solid barriers but perhaps chain link within the hedge so it was hidden by vegetation.  Following the request by a Councillor for a firm condition to be imposed with regard to a boundary hedge adjacent to the site, he said they were recommending  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.


Applications determined by the Director of Commissioning pdf icon PDF 30 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.





Appeal Decisions

APP/F2605/A/11/2160660 : Plot to front of Somerleyton House, White Hart Street, East Harling, Norfolk NR16 2NE : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for new dwelling and garage to plot to front of Somerleyton House : Reference : 3PL/2011/0291/F

Decision : Appeal Allowed


APP/F2605/A/11/2161503 : Rose Farm, Neatherd Moor, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 3BL : Appeal against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for demolition of existing bungalow and development of five dwellings : Reference : 3PL/2011/0392/O

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/11/2160820 : Plot at Church Lane, Cranworth, Thetford, IP25 7SH :  Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for a new house and garage : Reference : 3PL/2011/0459/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/11/2160818 : Fredericks Loke, Southburgh, Thetford, IP25 7SU : Appeal against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for residential development (7 dwellings) : Reference : 3PL/2011/0458/O

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/D11/2164556 : 19 Dereham Road, Mattishall, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 3AA : Appeal against refusal to grant planning permission for erection of large shed used for recreation and small shed used as a garage (retrospective) : Reference : 3PL/2011/0876/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/11/2160279 : Attleborough: Land off Whitehorse Lane : Appeal against refusal to grant planning permission for the erection of a pair of semi-detached dwellings and re-surface entrance road to site by Mr Steve Becker : Reference : 3PL/2011/0449/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed




Enforcement Items pdf icon PDF 61 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.


These were noted, and Members were updated on an item with regard to direct action taken as requested on an item at a previous meeting.


Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (For Information) pdf icon PDF 33 KB