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Minutes pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 29 October 2012.


Subject to it be noted that Cllr E Jolly was present as a Ward Representative, the Minutes of the meeting held on 29 October were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Declaration of Interest and of Representations Received

Members are no longer required to declare personal of 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.


As Ward Representative, Mr Childerhouse, declared under the Code of Conduct, with regard to Agenda Item 9, Schedule of Planning Applications Item No. 2 (Weeting), that whilst he was a member of the Parish Council and a relative of the landowner, he had no financial interest himself or was not the landowner.


Cllr Bambridge declared with regard to Agenda Item 9, Schedule of Planning Applications Item No. 1 (Sparham) that he had attended various meetings in Sparham where the matter was discussed.




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 No. 6, of Agenda Item 9 Schedule of Planning Applications, Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd Attleborough, had been deferred prior to the meeting at the request of the Highways Consultant to allow further information to be obtained.


Local Development Framework (Standing Item)

To receive an update. 


The Adopted Breckland Policies and Proposals Maps were available for Members to collect from the Policy Team.


Members would be updated in due course on the outcome of the legal challenge with regard to the TAAP which was being heard on 26 and 27 November, 2012.


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.




Schedule of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 192 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications :


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Page No


Mr David Sayer




Weeting Parish Council




Mr T Thompson




Middleton Developments Ltd




Mr & Mrs P Burton




Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows :


(a)       SPARHAM : Erection of five dwellings and access drive : Applicant : Mr David Sayer : Reference : 3PL/2012/0050/F


Cllr Bambridge declared he was the Ward Member for Sparham and had attended various meetings in the village where the matter had been discussed.


The application sought full planning permission for the erection of five dwellings and access drive and was outside the Settlement Boundary.  Approval was recommended subject to conditions and a Section 106 Legal Agreement, ensuring that three of the dwellings were provided and retained as affordable units and to secure a financial contribution towards local recreation projects.


Mr Sayer, Applicant, stated that he would be the landlord of the affordable housing which would be at affordable rents.  His preferred choice in lieu of a recreational contribution would be that he gave the half acre of land that adjoined the village hall and church to the Parish Hall Committee.


Cllr Bambridge advised that historically there was a declared basis for growth for Sparham.  Housing needs had been declared in the village.  The two open market houses would be used by people who worked in the village.  The proposal had the support of the Parish Council and himself.  The half acre of land had been used by the village for decades.


RESOLVED, that the application be deferred and the Officers authorised to approve it as recommended, on completion of the legal agreement and to include either the proposal by the applicant of land being given to the Parish Council or a financial contribution towards local recreation projects.


(b)       WEETING : Change of use from agriculture to sports & recreation (D2e) : Applicant : Weeting Parish Council : Reference : 3PL/2012/0578/CU


Change of use was sought of 4.48 ha of agricultural land to sports and recreation outside the Settlement Boundary. The proposal would provide 2 full size football pitches, 1 three quarter size pitch and 3 five-a-side training/junior pitches. 


An email had been received from Cllr Monson, local member for Weeting which was read out by the Principal Planning Officer, the contents of which covered the fact that it was very important that Weeting expanded its sports facility, with football being one of its popular sports.  The proposed site would not have any access problems.  He proposed that a TROD (hard surface path) ran alongside Lynn Road.


The Principal Planning Officer stated that it had not been adequately demonstrated that the recreational facilities were located in an appropriate sustainable location in the village in terms of sustainability and accessibility to non car users.  Moreover the site was sub optimal in terms of the constraints the proximity to the SPA placed on the ability of the location to support future facilities.  Conditions required by Natural England would prevent the erection of buildings and structures and lighting and thus would limit the benefit to the village, and the Application was therefore recommended for refusal.


Mr Childerhouse, Ward Representative, declared that he was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 128.


Applications determined by the Director of Commissioning pdf icon PDF 60 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 Items (For Information) pdf icon PDF 62 KB




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




Appeal Decisions (For Information)

APP/F2605/A/12/2177192 : Scants Corner, Brown’s Lane, Holme Hale, IP25 7DU : Appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for the barn conversion to residential by RNLI & St Johns Ambulance : Reference : 3PL/2012/0317/F

Decision : Appeal Dismissed