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50.

Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 13 April 2015.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 13 April 2015 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

51.

Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda Item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Smith.  Councillor W Richmond was present as his Substitute.

 

52.

Declaration of Interest and of Representations Received (Agenda Item 3)

Members are reminded that under the Code of Conduct they are not to participate in 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 that they have, in relation to an agenda item that supports the Nolan principles detailed within the Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

All Members had received direct representation on Agenda Item 9, Schedule Item 2 (Banham).

 

53.

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed the new Members of the Committee and introduced the Planning Officers that would be presenting at the meeting.  He congratulated Councillor Sharpe on being appointed as Vice-Chairman and thanked Councillor Robinson for all his work in the past as previous Vice-Chairman who was no longer on the Committee.

 

54.

Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda (Agenda Item 4)

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.

Minutes:

Agenda Item 9, Schedule Item 3 (Attleborough) had been deferred to address outstanding issues.

 

55.

Urgent Business (Agenda Item 6)

To note whether the Chairman proposes to accept any item as urgent business, pursuant to Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

None.

 

56.

Local Plan Update (Agenda Item 7) pdf icon PDF 43 KB

To receive an update. 

Minutes:

The Interim Head of Planning Services had nothing to add to the report and invited questions from Members.


Councillor Clarke asked two questions relating to the update from the previous meeting and the Interim Head of Planning Services agreed to provide him with details outside the meeting.

 

57.

Deferred Applications (Agenda Item 8) pdf icon PDF 44 KB

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

Minutes:

None.

 

58.

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

 

Item No

Applicant

Parish

Page No

1

Mrs R Wilkins

Dereham

15-20

2

MLN (Land & Properties) Ltd

Banham

21-35

3

Norfolk Homes Ltd

Attleborough

36-47

4

Mr Tim Davidge

Gt Ellingham

48-55

5

Mr Philip Whitman

Mattishall

56-60

6

Mr Christopher Brian

Saham Toney

61-66

7

Mr C Mitchell

Litcham

67-72

8

Mr & Mrs Andrew Hector

Attleborough

73-79

9

Mr S Hall

Attleborough

80-85

10

Mr N A & P A Cater

Gooderstone

86-92

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:

 

a)         Item 1: DEREHAM: 159 Shipdham Road: Proposed Residential Development (6 detached dwellinghouses and one pair of semi-detached dwellinghouses): Applicant: Mrs R Wilkins: Reference: 3PL/2014/0979/O

 

This outline application was for development on an existing builders yard which was a brownfield site.  Indicative layout and street-scene drawings showed traditional simple designs.  Officers did not consider that the development would result in any significant harm to the character of the area.

 

Councillor Duigan was Ward Representative for the area and said that the site was currently run down and the modest size of the development would have no effect on traffic and only some effect on ecology.

 

Approved, as recommended.

 

b)         Item 2: BANHAM: Land adjacent to Kenninghall Road: Outline planning application for the erection of up to 43 dwellings: Applicant: MLN (Land and Properties) Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2014/1006/O

 

All Members had received direct representation on this item.  Additional information had been provided in a supplement to the Agenda.

 

This outline application with only access to be approved was on a site adjacent a Listed Building and in close proximity to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  A main gas pipeline crossed the site and the indicative layout submitted showed development divided down the middle with an open space over the pipeline.  More open space was provided near the SSSI.

 

Members were advised of additional representations received since the report had been published.  No new issues had been raised.  Correspondence had also been received about an Environmental Impact Assessment and Screening Exercise.  Officers and the Applicant’s legal advisor did not consider that the application was Schedule 2 development, therefore Screening was not required.  However, the site had been Screened twice.  The Council’s own legal advice had not yet been received.  If Members were minded to approve the application it was suggested that they should delegate authority to Officers to approve the application subject to receipt of that legal advice.

 

In view of the Council’s five year housing land supply shortage it was considered that the application was acceptable in principle and that conditions could overcome the issues raised.

 

Councillor Joel (Ward Representative) spoke on behalf of 137 residents who wanted the application refused.  The site was Grade 3 agricultural land which was used for grazing cattle and sheep.  The area of open countryside had been purposely kept and a previous Appeal Inspector had said that the form and character and setting of the village would be affected by its loss.  Nothing had changed.  There were alternative brownfield sites available in the village for development.  Wash Lane had a history of flooding problems, the school and doctors were full and the village had only one bus a day.

 

Mrs Sayers-Cowper (Parish Council) reiterated that there were several brownfield sites available on which development would be acceptable to the village and repeated that the Appeal Inspector had said that the loss of openness would have a harmful effect and be an unacceptable extension to Banham.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 58.

59.

Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Place.

 

Members are requested to raise any questions at least two working days before the meeting to allow information to be provided to the Committee.

Minutes:

Noted.

 

60.

Appeals Decisions (Agenda Item 11) pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Minutes:

Noted.

 

61.

Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (Agenda Item 12) pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Minutes:

 Noted.