Agenda and minutes

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 3 September 2012.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 3 September 2012 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Apologies & Substitutes

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence had been received from Cllr M Robinson, Cllr M Chapman-Allen was in attendance as his substitute.


Declaration of Interest and of Representations Received

Members are no longer required to declare personal or prejudicial interests but are to declare any new Disclosable Pecuniary Interests that are not currently included in the Register of Interests.  Members are reminded that under the Code of Conduct they are not to participate and must leave the room for the whole of an agenda item to which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest.


In the interests of transparency, Members may also wish to declare any other interests they have in relation to an agenda item that support the Nolan principles detailed within the Code of Conduct.


Cllr C Bowes declared that she knew the applicants with regard to Item Nos. 3 and 4 of Agenda Item 9 Schedule of Planning Applications.


Cllr Bambridge declared that he used to have a connection with the Anchor Hotel with regard to Agenda Item 9, Schedule of Planning Applications Items 9 and 10.


Cllr M Chapman-Allen declared that she was pre-determined as she had spoken on a related matter at a Norfolk County Council Planning meeting and mentioned the regeneration of the Anchor site with regard to Agenda Item 9, Schedule of Planning Applications Items 9 and 10.  She would speak on these items but not vote.



Chairman's Announcements


The Chairman hoped that all Committee Members would stay for the briefing being held in the afternoon on Gypsies and Travellers.


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.


There were no requests to defer items, but Members were asked to note that Scheduled Items 1 and 2 (both for Kenninghall) and Agenda Item 11, Enforcement Report re Crown Milling, Kenninghall had been withdrawn from the agenda pending a Screening Direction to be requested from the Secretary of State.


Local Development Framework (Standing Item)

To receive an update. 


The Planning Manager advised that the challenge on the Thetford Area Action Plan was ongoing and would be heard by the High Court before Christmas 2012.  On 20 November 2012 a report would go to Cabinet.  Good progress on transport had been made with regard to the Attleborough and Thetford Market Plan.


Deferred Applications pdf icon PDF 41 KB

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


THOMPSON: Construction of two bedroom bungalow including landscaping and parking : Applicant : Breckland Council : Reference : 3PL/2012/0547/F pdf icon PDF 21 KB

Report of the Director of Commissioning.


The proposal which sought full planning permission for the erection of a two bedroom bungalow was deferred at the Planning Committee held on 6 August 2012 to allow the applicant to improve the design due to concerns raised about the appearance of the proposed dwelling.


Comments made were that both sides of the window panes did not match as one side had a top opening and the other side did not, and the front door still opened straight into the lounge.


Subject to the application being amended to include the porch being either closed in or made bigger and that there being a top opening light in each side of the window panes or a bar across the other side so both sides of the windows matched, the application be approved as recommended.



WATTON: Erection of 31 Residential Units (18 Flats & 13 Houses, Estate Road, Parking Areas & Open Space) at Plaswood, Griston Road : Applicant: Serruys Property Company Ltd : Reference: 3PL/2012/0503/O - DEFERRED ITEM pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Report of the Director of Commissioning.


The application had been deferred from the Planning Committee held on 3 September in order to conduct a site inspection which took place on 28 September 2012 to assess the proposal in further detail.  The Principal Planning Officer gave a brief overview of the outline application.


Mr McCarthy, Objector, stated that as the meeting of Watton Town Council had not been quorate they had not approved the application.  He did not believe that the site visit revealed a true reflection of noise, given that the factory had closed at 12 noon on that day. 


Mr Watling, Supporter, was a resident of Field Maple Road and walked passed the proposed development six times a day.  In six years he had never seen 24 hour working and had no recollection of work being undertaken on an evening or on a Sunday, although occasional work did take place on Saturday mornings.  Friends who resided in Cherry Tree Close and Whitebeam Close had heard nothing from the factory.  He believed the nearest plant/machinery would be 85’ from the boundary of the proposed development.  Children played on the derelict site which was an area residents understood would be developed.  They were sick of the derelict site and the terrible view they had to look out on, and felt that the whole area would be enhanced if it was developed.


Mrs Surridge, Objector, was disappointed that they had not been made aware of the date of the site visit although there had been someone present from the developer.  The site visit should have been undertaken when the factory was fully operational and not when it was closed.  The proposal would have a detrimental effect on the site which had the ability to work 24 hours a day.


Mr McCarthy stated that it was incorrect to state that plant/machinery was 85’ from the proposed development, as it was more appropriate to say it was 30’ to the nearest machine which was not outside.  Complaints had been received from residents in Field Maple Road.


Mrs Shelley, Agent, stated that they had received responses that Watton Town Council had not objected. Continuous noise assessments had been carried out which were consistent representations of the noise levels Members heard whilst on their site visit, and were similar to those emitted from the premises at other times.  The scheme had been designed so the flats were positioned away from WECO.  They had worked closely with Officers to tidy up the derelict site, provide open space and not create a noisy environment for residents and noise bunding would be provided to protect all residents of the area.  If the site was not approved, it could go back to B2 engineering. 


Mr Wassell, Ward Representative, stated the some residents of Wild Cherry Close had contacted him as they were concerned with the derelict nature and size of the structures, also vandalism had reduced the enjoyment of their homes.  The proposal would be a welcome addition and provide much needed homes for people  ...  view the full minutes text for item 102.


Schedule of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications :


Item No



Page No


Crown Chicken Ltd


14 - 19


CCL Holdings Ltd


20 -25


Abel Homes Limited


26 -31


Croxton Park Ltd


32 -35


Mr & Mrs A J Townshend




Breckland District Council


36 - 40


Dudgeon Offshore Wind Ltd


41 - 47


Friends of All Saints Church

Swanton Morley

48 - 52


Breckland District Council


53 - 62


Breckland District Council


63 - 66



RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows :


(a)       Kenninghall : Extension to hatchery : Applicant : Crown Chicken Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2011/1100/F


The item had been withdrawn prior to the meeting pending a Screening Direction to be requested from the Secretary of State.


(b)       Kenninghall : Construct 4 x 48T bulk bins with automatic door : Applicant : C C L Holdings Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2012/0156/F


The item had been withdrawn prior to the meeting pending a Screening Direction to be requested from the Secretary of State.


(c)        Swaffham : Erection of 250 dwellings at the Swans Nest site access from Brandon Road : Applicant : Abel Homes Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2012/0576/O


Cllr C Bowes declared that the applicant was a friend.


Outline planning permission was sought which included access for 250 dwellings.  The proposal had been amended to incorporate the requests of NCC Highways and had resulted in the footpath/cycleway to the west of the site being located directly adjacent to Brandon Road rather than to the east of the hedgerow.


Since the report was published objections and a petition which contained 60 signatures had been received which related to increased traffic, character of the area, local facilities and local employment.


Mrs Miles, Objector, believed the medical cover in Swaffham and Norfolk was not sufficient to accommodate extra people.  It could take up to 15-25 minutes to get out of Cygnet Walk and lots of traffic travelled along Brandon Road.  The Swaffham Flyer did not go round all areas of the town and it would be necessary to walk over a mile to get to the town if transport was not provided.


Mr Hanlon, Agent, explained the application was in outline and the 250 dwellings were a mix of affordable and market led.  Important hedges on the edge of the site would be retained.  There was safe access along Brandon Road.  The proposal would deliver very valuable residential contributions subject to the legal agreement.


A sustainable urban drainage scheme was proposed and a Member requested details be provided if a detailed application came forward and, for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, the reason why Highways would want a path near the road and not behind the hedgerow.  Travel Plan Bonds were explained to the Committee.


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


(d)       Croxton : New purpose built refrigerated onion store : Applicant : Croxton Park Ltd : Reference : 3PL/2012/0595/F


Cllr C Bowes declared that the applicant was a friend.


Permission was sought to erect a general purpose vegetable storage building designed for the long term storage of onions and potatoes.  The building would be 42 metres by 25.7 metres with a 10m x 8m plant room.  It would be a steel frame building clad with plastisol coated steel sheeting in olive green to match the adjacent existing buildings.


            Approved, as recommended.


(e)       Mileham  ...  view the full minutes text for item 103.


Applications determined by the Director of Commissioning pdf icon PDF 83 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.





Enforcement Report : Crown Milling, Green Farm, Edge Green, Kenninghall pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Report of the Director of Commissioning.


The item was withdrawn prior to the meeting pending a Screening Direction to be requested from the Secretary of State.


Enforcement Items (For Information) pdf icon PDF 67 KB




Applications Determined By Norfolk County Council (For Information) pdf icon PDF 32 KB




Appeal Decision for Land North of Cromwell Road, Weeting (For Information Only) pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Report of the Assistant Director of Commissioning.

Additional documents:


David Spencer, Deputy Planning Manager appraised Members on the outcome of the recent Appeal Decision for 35 houses, allotments and public open space at Weeting and the implications for adopted Development Plan Policy relating to the protection of the environment.


Appeal Decisions (For Information)

APP/F2605/A/12/2172683 : 20 Greengate, Swanton Morley, Dereham : Appeal against the refusal to grant outline planning permission for the “residential development 1 no. dwelling”, by Mrs V Flint : Reference : 3PL/2011/1031/O

Decision : Appeal Dismissed




Gypsy/Traveller Briefing - Candy Sheridan

Candy Sheridan will give a briefing to Members after lunch.


Candy Sheridan gave a talk on Gypsies and Travellers and imparted her knowledge for the benefit of the Committee.