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Minutes pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 9 July 2012.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 9 July were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Declarations and Representations Received


It was noted that Cllr Robinson had attended a meeting with the Executive Member for Localism, Community & Environmental Services with regard to Agenda Item 9, Schedule of Planning Applications Item 8, Yaxham.


Cllr C Bowes declared for the purposes of transparency, that she knew the applicant with regard to Agenda Item 9, Schedule of Planning Applications Item No. 2, Watton.


Cllr W Richmond declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in Agenda Item 10, North Elmham (there were no discussions on the item).


Deferred Applications pdf icon PDF 39 KB

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


Bradenham: Land at Wood Farm, Church Lane: Erect 2 100m wide turbines, access tracks, crane pad areas, electricity sub-station and temp construction compound: 3PL/2011/0854/F pdf icon PDF 29 KB

To consider the application following the site visit. 


Please note: This application will be the first to be considered for determination after the meeting start time of 9.30 am.


Michael Horn, Solicitor to the Council was present for this Agenda item only.


The application had been deferred from the Planning Committee held on 9 July 2012 to allow Members to attend a site visit held on 27 July, 2012 where the area had been pegged out to show the site of both the old application and the new one. 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.  The application was recommended for approval, subject to conditions.


Mr Reading, Bradenham Parish Council, stated that power lines were obscured from view from the brow of the hill.  He read out the distances for 25 properties in Bradenham Parish that would encircle within 1500m of the turbines.  The turbines would be audible in bedrooms at night.  Wood Farm land was unsuitable for industrial wind turbines in any position.


Mr. Hinchliffe, Supporter, stated that the proposal had met concerns, with the imposition of conditions, and that CANAS would be delighted if the application was approved.


Mr. Hill, Objector, spoke as a farming neighbour to the west of the application site, and represented workforce and tenant families, all of whom were opposed to the application.  Noise and shadow flicker would be a constant intrusion both at work and home.  Environmentally, the area was very special, as it had been set aside in memory of his son and would be a haven for wildlife.


Dr Hoare, Objector, stated that the application failed to comply with Breckland’s Windfarm Policy, and that Ecotricity were aware that problems would be caused due to the close proximity of houses.


Mr Kite, CATS, Objector (Campaign Against Turbines in Shipdham & Bradenham), confirmed that the blimp had been “inked in” onto photographs shown to Members during the presentation, and with regard to the detrimental effects the proposal would have, he made Members aware of a report produced by Dr Christopher Hanning on sleep disturbance and wind turbine noise.


Mr Muir, Applicant, stated to Members that the key consideration related to impact on the landscape and in this regard, any difference in the proposed scheme to the one that came before it previously.  He believed the proposed development would not have an overbearing affect or harmful impact on the area and would comply with the ETSU noise limits.  No further turbines could be located on the site.


Mrs Turner, Ward Representative, explained that the village had been under a cloud of uncertainty for 10 years.  Two large turbines would physically and aesthetically affect Shipdham.  Access, construction and ongoing maintenance movements would have a detrimental impact. However, from personal correspondence received and at Parish meetings, there were a number of residents who supported the application for alternative energy at this site.   She spoke about the NPPF and that the tranquillity of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 76a


Schedule of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Paul Rackham Ltd




Abel Homes Ltd




Norfolk County Council




Norfolk County Council




Breckland District Council




Mr & Mrs R W Key




Mr & Mrs D Smith




Mr Ray Newton





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows :


(a)       Item 1 : Roudham/Larling & Bridgham: Change of use of buildings 6 & 11 from agricultural use to B8 storage (retrospective) : Applicant : Paul Rackham Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2012/0450/CU


(Cllr Bambridge was not present for the item).


The application sought retrospective planning permission for the change of use of two units (units 6 and 11) from agriculture to B8 storage outside the Settlement Boundary and was recommended for approval.


Mr Cunnane, Agent, advised that the buildings were redundant for agricultural purposes, and were sustainable for reuse, have regard for sustainability principles and an economic resource.  Employees on site were good for the local community.  There was no environmental impact.  The proposal complied with Breckland’s Core Strategy and the NPPF.  There was no proposal to store chicken litter.


Mr Germany, Foulger Transport, stated that only shop fittings were stored at Camp Farm.


Mrs Jolly, Ward Representative, stated that she owned land bordering the site.  She said that there had been a long history of “creeping” development, and some buildings currently had unauthorised use.  A farm was still there.  She advised of up to 50 HGV deliveries daily.  The exit/entrance was narrow.  There were no road signs in place as per the routing agreement.


One Member agreed with the comments made by Bridgham Parish Council, in that the area should not become an industrial estate by stealth.  It had been the subject of enforcement for many years.  He would not agree to any further erosion of the original granting of permission. 


Members were advised by the Planning Manager as well as the Solicitor and Standards Consultant.


RESOLVED, that the application be deferred and the Officers be authorised to approve it as recommended, on completion of the legal agreement.


(b)       Item 2 : Watton : Erection of 33 new dwellings with associated roads, landscaping & infrastructure (second phase of Abel Homes ‘Hus46’) : Applicant : Abel Homes Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2012/0521/F


Cllr C Bowes declared for purposes of transparency, that she knew the applicant.



Full planning permission was sought to construct 33 new dwellings with associated roads, landscaping and infrastructure on land off Norwich Road, Watton.  It included 5 affordable units which were single storey (and not as presented in the report) and constituted the second phase of the development.  Approval was recommended subject to conditions and a Section 106 Agreement relating to the provision of open space, affordable housing and contributions to schools and library services.


RESOLVED, that the application be deferred and the Officers be authorised to approve it as recommended, on completion of the legal agreement.


(c)        Item 3 : Swaffham : Demolish buildings & erect 16 flats, works to boundary walls to widen/improve access and associated works : Applicant : Norfolk County Council : Reference : 3PL/2012/0527/F


(Cllr Bambridge was not present for the item).


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) presented the report, which sought full planning permission to provide 16 flats (6 one  ...  view the full minutes text for item 77.



An agricultural notification was submitted by the wife of a Ward Member.  A decision had to be issued within 28 days.  Therefore a decision was made under delegated powers with authority given by the Chairman of the Planning Committee.




Applications determined by the Director of Commissioning pdf icon PDF 92 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 30 KB




Enforcement Items (for Information) pdf icon PDF 67 KB




Appeal Decisions (for Information)

APP/F2605/A/12/2170350 : Land at Norwich Road, Besthorpe : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for a new dwelling and annex with associated cart lodge style garage and means of access, by Mrs R Shearwood : Reference : 3PL/2011/1338/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/12/2170390 : Land at Norwich Road, Besthorpe NR17 2LA : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for two new dwellings and associated garaging and means of access by Mr S Rogers : Reference : 3PL/2011/1334/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed