Agenda and minutes

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 6 August 2012.


Cllr Jolly clarified her position with regard to Minute 77/12 (a) Schedule of Planning Applications, Item 1, Roudham/Larling & Bridgham and stated that under the new regime she had no Disclosable Pecuniary Interest and was therefore able to speak on behalf of the residents.


It was noted that with regard to Minute No. 77/12 (c) Item 3 Swaffham, it was the Senior Planning Officer who presented the report and not the Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects).


The second paragraph Minute No. 77/12 (e) Item 5 Thompson, should have the words “building an affordable” removed from the minute record.



Apologies & Substitutes

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence had been received from Cllrs Lamb and Robinson.


Declarations and Representations Received


Cllr C Bowes declared for the purposes of transparency, that she knew the applicant with regard to Agenda Item 9, Residential Development : Shipdham Variation of Agreement.



Local Development Framework (Standing Item)

To receive an update. 


Following the adoption by Council on 5 July 2012 of the Thetford Area Action Plan, the Planning Manager advised that on 16 August 2012 a legal challenge had been made by Shadwell Estate Company Ltd on three grounds, in that they had requested that the plan be “quashed”.  Breckland Council had appointed a QC but the timetable was uncertain.  He advised Members that until the outcome of the challenge was concluded the local plan remained in place which included TAAP.   Decisions on planning applications should therefore continue to be made in accordance with the Council’s current development plan policies.


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.


Swaffham : Former Sixth Form College Site (northern part), Market Place : Demolish buildings and erect 16 flats, works to boundary walls to widen/improve access and associated works : Applicant : Norfolk County Council : References : 3PL/2012/0527/F and 3PL/2012/0528/CA pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of the Director of Commissioning.


The application had been deferred from the Planning Committee held on 6 August 2012 to allow the NCC Highways Officer to look at all possible options at the site given Members’ concern about the suitability of the proposed site access.  The Principal Planning Officer presented the report.


Mr Scales, Agent, outlined for Members’ benefit discussions that had taken place pre-application when access issues had been extensively discussed and explored, and that the proposed scheme met Highway’s requirements.


Mrs Matthews, Ward Representative, stated that visibility had never been an argument but congestion was, and she remained adamant that as the proposed access was awful it could not be sited there.


Members discussed the access thoroughly which was critical to the proposal.


The recommendation for approval was not supported.


A new recommendation was made to defer the application which was seconded.


RESOLVED, that contrary to the recommendation of Officers, the application be deferred to allow the Agent/Applicant time to consult with Norfolk County Council Highways on access issues.


Residential Development: Land off Church Close, Shipdham: Reference: 3PL/2007/1234/F: Applicant: Abel Homes Limited - Variation of Agreement pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Report of the Director of Commissioning.


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


The report was presented by Sue Bloomfield, Planning Obligations Advisor.


A comment made by a Councillor was that he had long suggested part and shared ownership schemes and that all be done to enable solutions of that nature to be developed which would improve the total mix of people within Breckland and give individuals a chance to get on the property ladder.


Approved, as recommended to vary the Section 106 Agreement to allow development to continue.


Residential Development: Land off Mallow Road, Attleborough: Reference: 3PL/1994/1300F: Developer: Wilcon Homes Limited pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Report of the Director of Commissioning.

Additional documents:


Sue Bloomfield, Planning Obligations Advisor presented the report.


Approved, that the area of public open space shown edged red on the plan be adopted and maintained publicly in order to ensure their future retention and maintenance, and that the offer of a commuted sum for their future maintenance (the exact sum to be agreed between Asset and the developer) be accepted.


Schedule of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Mr R Taylor

East Tuddenham



Domino Pizza Group Ltd




Serruys Property Company Ltd




Bennett Plc




Bennett Plc




Bennett Plc




Mr Ian Thompson





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows :


(a)       Item 1 : East Tuddenham : Conv of existing structure to w/shop connected with use of site as place for storage of vehicles (retrospective) : Applicant : Mr R Taylor : Reference : 3PL/2012/0199/F


            Retrospective consent was sought to extend an existing structure on site to form a vehicle workshop used in connection with an established vehicle storage use of the site.  The vehicle workshop was of steel construction with a covered roof and open front. 


The Principal Planning Officer advised that vehicles could remain on site from 14 days and up to 7 months.  A long history of complaints about the site had been received principally from one source.  A Member raised his concern that he had only received a copy of the full written representation from the complainant the morning of the Committee meeting.


Mr Gowler, Supporter, was the mobile engineer who used the workshop.  He explained he was on site during school holidays but on average only 1-2 days when the schools were open. Over an eight week period he had worked on eight vehicles.  Waste was properly disposed of, and any spillages were cleared and could not get out of the yard and into the river.  He had never received any complaints himself from local residents, vehicle movements had decreased and he did not work after 6 p.m.


Mr Philpot, for the Applicant, stated that the building was used infrequently by a part time mechanic and was an ancillary element to the use of the site.   The Certificate of Lawful Use had no restrictions over traffic volume and use of Traps Lane.  Public views of the building were very limited and discrete in nature.  Contamination was collected and complied with Regulations.  The Applicant was seeking to install oil interceptors and environmental protection.


Mr Rose, Ward Representative, had been asked by East Tuddenham Parish Council to put forward their concerns which were mainly about the effect the active development had as it grew on the Tudd Valley and important surrounding environment.  They felt that the site was unsuitable for the activity and should be located in an industrial area and asked for the retrospective application to be refused.


It was requested that a condition be imposed for the retention of fluids on site as the River Tudd was one of the cleanest rivers in Norfolk and of environmental importance.  Hours of work should be conditioned and the Parish Council listened to, to ensure no extension of work took place.


Approved, as recommended subject to conditions as detailed in the report with the additional condition that only vehicles stored on the site be serviced in the building.


(b)       Item 2 : Scarning : C/U from A1 to A5, erect new shop front and erect extract duct and air compressors : Applicant : Domino Pizza Group Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2012/0392/F


            The applicant sought full planning permission to change the use of an existing retail unit to A5  ...  view the full minutes text for item 90.


Applications determined by the Director of Commissioning 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.





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




Appeal Decisions (For Information)

APP/F2605/A/12/2172473 : Oak Lodge, 25 Nordelph Corner, Hardingham, Norwich : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the conversion of a garage into a dwelling, by Mr A J Townshend : Reference : 3PL/2011/0618/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2065/A/12/2169049 : 46 Yaxham Road, Dereham : Appeal against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for a new bungalow, by Mrs D Harbour : Reference : 3PL/2011/1248/O

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/Q/12/2171146 : Bilney Mews, Fakenham Road, East Bilney, Dereham : Appeal against the refusal to discharge a planning obligation for 7 no. sheltered housing units and the conversion of outbuildings to staff accommodation, by Healthcare Homes Group Ltd : Reference : 30B/2011/0002/OB

Decision : Appeal Allowed


APP/F2605/A/12/2169975 : Land west of Heath Cottage, Dereham Road, Bawdeswell : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for 2 no. low cost starter homes, by Mr Paul Davis : Reference : 3PL/2011/1212/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/12/2172613 : Spencer Lodge, Stone Road, Dereham : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the erection of a bungalow, by Mr M Gore : Reference : 3PL/2011/1249/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/12/2169342 : Woodlands House, Brecklands Green, North Pickenham, Swaffham : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for a single storey dwelling for family accommodation, by Mr Peter Jerman : Reference : 3PL/2011/1026/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/D/12/2177927 : 24 Windmill Avenue, Dereham : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for proposed extensions and alterations, by Mr P Walker : Reference : 3PL/2012/0368/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/12/2172205 : Land north of Cromwell Road, Weeting : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for 35 No dwellings including a mix of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom dwellings, new access arrangements, 24 allotments, community woodlands, public open space and associated landscaping, by Childerhouse Lodge Farms  : Reference : 3PL/2011/1102/F

Decision : Appeal Allowed


Costs application in relation to Appeal Reference : APP/F2605/A/12/2172205 Land north of Cromwell Road, Weeting, by Childerhouse Lodge Farms  : Reference : 3PL/2011/1102/F

Decision : Costs partly allowed (see Decision Notice for details)