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Minutes pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2012.


It was noted that with regard to Minute No. 59/12 (a) Item 1 Snetterton, the job title of James Stone should be, Senior Planner. Page 6 paragraph 5, should read Anglia Farms and not Anglian Farms, and the Snetterton and Thetford Area Action Plan, should have read Attleborough and Snetterton Area Action Plan within paragraph 6 of the same item number.


Subject to the above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2012 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



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.


The Solicitor reminded Members of the changes made following the Council meeting held on 5 July 2012 with regard to the new Code of Conduct.


Chairman's Announcements


Cllr S Armes was welcomed to the Planning Committee.  The Chairman thanked Cllr C Clark for all his valuable work whilst being a member of the Planning Committee.


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.


Item 2 of Agenda Item 10, Schedule of Planning Applications, Old Buckenham 3PL/2012/0193/F had been deferred prior to the meeting.


Local Development Framework (Standing Item)

To receive an update. 


The Planning Manager advised that the Thetford Area Action Plan had been adopted by Council on 5 July 2012.  Members would be updated as and when appropriate.


Five Year Housing Land Supply Statement 2012 pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Report of the Director of Commissioning.

Additional documents:


The purpose of the report was to update Members on Breckland’s five year housing land supply, which was a requirement under the National Planning Policy Framework and was presented by Sarah Robertson, Planning Policy Officer.


Questions asked by Members covered the definition of an appropriate location, consultation with villages, and timescale.


Members noted the contents of the report.  The five year housing land supply statement represented a factual statement on the existing situation and would need to be taken into consideration in the determination of planning applications, as set out within the housing implementation strategy.


Schedule of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 180 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


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Ecotricity (Next Generation) Ltd





David Alston (Norfolk) Ltd

Old Buckenham



Millngate Swaffham Ltd




Taylor Wimpey East Anglia




Richard Johnston Ltd




Richard Johnston Ltd




Breckland Council




Mr & Mrs R Wragg





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows :


(a)       Item 1 : Bradenham : Erect 2 100m wind turbines, access tracks, crane pad areas, electricity sub-station & temp construction compound : Applicant : Ecotricity (Next Generation) Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2011/0854/F


The Principal Planning Officer presented the report, which was for the erection of 2 x 100m wind turbines, access tracks, crane pad areas, electricity sub-station and temporary construction compound, outside the Settlement Boundary.  A previous application (3PL/2002/004/F) was refused on 17 December, 2002, as was 3PL/2004/0313/F on 4 January 2005.


79 letters of objection had been received from local residents and the areas they referred to were outlined in the report.  Additional objections received since the report was published covered issues of landscape impact, distraction to road users and inadequate access.  130 letters of support had been received.


It was considered by Officers that there would be no unacceptable impacts on the local area with regard to cultural heritage, landscape, visual amenity, aviation safety/radar and protected species.  Furthermore, it was felt that the issues of noise and shadow flicker relating to local and residential amenity had been adequately addressed by the applicant, subject to appropriate conditions being imposed.  The application was accordingly recommended for approval subject to conditions.


Mr Hewett, Shipdham Parish Council, advised Members why the previous applications had been dismissed.  He believed that the express wishes of local residents could not be conditioned away.  If localism meant anything, the proposal constituted an unacceptable planning application and should be rejected.


Mr Reading, Bradenham Parish Council, stated that they had unanimously declined the application on six policy grounds with the main objection being that of noise pollution.  The development would be too close to neighbouring properties and would be visibly dominant and he urged Members to refuse the application due to the adverse affects it would have.


Mr Hinchliffe, Supporter, had been a village resident for 24 years and spoke on behalf of CANAS who believed that after 10 years all legitimate concerns had been met and satisfied and they fully supported the proposal.  They did not believe that CATS represented the majority of village opinion.


Mr Hill, Objector, was a neighbouring farmer, who stated the application was opposed by both young and old.  There would be constant noise intrusion and shadow flicker would affect working conditions.  He questioned the applicant’s interest in the environment.  The proposal would be a personal tragedy for him as well as that of the landscape, due a woodland planted two years ago as a haven for wildlife which would be dominated by huge structures.


Dr Hoare, Objector, commented that there would be noise problems as the turbines would be too close to residential properties.  The applicant had persisted in understating the noise impact.  The proposed turbines would be louder than those in the previous applications.  It was a very quiet area, and they had been told the noise would  be audible indoors at night.  The turbines would  be much closer than those sited  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.


Applications determined by the Director of Commissioning pdf icon PDF 68 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.





Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (For Information) pdf icon PDF 31 KB




Appeal Decisions (For Information)

APP/F2605/A/11/2167567 : Old Ashill Garage, Swaffham Road, Ashill, Norfolk, IP25 7BT : Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for a dwelling on brown field commercial land : Reference : 3PL/2011/0232/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/12/2169541 : Land adjacent Gay-Dene, Lower Stow Bedon, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 1EN : Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for the erection of agricultural worker’s dwelling : Reference : 3PL/2011/0140/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/12/2170709 : Spring Studio, Hoe, Dereham, NR20 4BD : Appeal against a failure to give notice within the prescribed period of a decision on an application for the change of use of an existing building from artist’s studio with ancillary residential accommodation to single dwellinghouse : Reference : 3PL/2011/0807/CU

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/12/2170708 : Spring Studio, Hoe, Dereham, NR20 4BD : Appeal against a failure to give notice within the prescribed period of a decision on an application for a certificate of lawful use of development (LDC) for use class C3 : Reference 3PL/2011/0806/LU

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/12/2169344 : 159 Shipdham Road, Dereham, NR19 1NP : Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for residential development : Reference : 3PL/2011/05/02/O

Decision : Appeal Dismissed