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Minutes (AGENDA ITEM 1) pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 24 August 2015.


The Planning Contract Manager referred to Minute 95/15 and advised that Members did have a choice with regards to the Liverpool or Sedgefield calculations. Technically Members had the right to choose between 5 to 20% buffer in terms of housing land supply.


The Government guidance was clear, however if the Council continued to under-perform in development in accordance with the 5-year housing land supply the 20% buffer would not be an option.


The minutes of the meeting held on 24 August 2015 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Apologies & Substitutes (AGENDA ITEM 2)

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillors Claussen and Wilkinson.  Councillor Joel was present as Substitute for Councillor Claussen.



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.


The following declaration was made regarding Agenda Item 10:


Schedule Item 1 (Attleborough) – Councillor Sharpe declared he had received direct representation about this item.



Chairman's Announcements (AGENDA ITEM 4)


The Chairman reminded new Members of the Council that training was scheduled for Wednesday 23 September.


It was also noted that the Glossary at the front of the agenda would be removed and produced on a six-monthly basis.



Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda (AGENDA ITEM 5)

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.





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.


ATTLEBOROUGH: Land north of Norwich Road - Residential development of up to 350 dwellings, associated access, footpaths, cycle path, open space and landscaping pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Report of the Executive Director Place.


Members were reminded that this application was refused at the Planning Committee of the 16 March 2015, on the grounds that the drainage issues had not been adequately resolved.  The Environment Agency raised no objections; however, the East Harling Internal Drainage Board (IDB) had expressed concerns and based on these it was the Members’ decision to refuse the application.


Following this decision, the Applicant and the IDB engaged in discussions and as a consequence, the IDB had removed their objection to the planning application.


Members were asked to consider formally withdrawing their ground for refusal as continuing to pursue would place the Council at significant risk of an award of costs.


Councillor Chapman-Allen asked if the drainage facility would be funded until all the houses were sold, and if this was how all private management companies were funded.


The Principal Planning Officer said there would be standard conditions for the management company who would fund it and as householders buy the properties and into the management company, therefore paying it back.


Councillor Duigan said that a similar development was built in Dereham with a Management Company; however, the Town Council took over that scheme. He would encourage getting Town Council to manage the scheme rather than a management company.


RESOLVED that Members formally withdraw the current grounds of refusal.



Local Plan Update (Standing Item) (AGENDA ITEM 7) pdf icon PDF 43 KB

To receive an update. 


The Planning Policy Team Leader advised that good progress continued to be made on the Local Plan and a detailed report would be going to the next Cabinet meeting. This would feed through the setting of the housing target, spatial strategy and settlement numbers and allow progress to be made on the prioritising of suitable sites.


The Planning Policy Team had been asked to provide an update to Councillor Newton on the number of applications received for Brownfield sites.


Councillor Newton asked for the figures to be circulated.


Councillor Martin said that whilst the Council supported the development of Brownfield sites, it was the decontamination costs to developers which might deter them from beginning the development.



Deferred Applications (AGENDA ITEM 8) pdf icon PDF 43 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 (AGENDA ITEM 9) pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Norfolk Homes Ltd




Abel Homes Ltd




Mr Colin Kilby




Mr Mark Tasker

North Elmham



Mr & Mrs D Hipperson

North Lopham



Mr & Mrs Alan Bainbridge




Additional documents:


RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


a)    Item 1: ATTLEBOROUGH: Phase 3, 4 & 5 Land at Carvers Lane: Erection of 91 Dwellings, access roads, alterations to Carvers Lane, open space, landscaping and associated works: Applicant: Norfolk Homes Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2014/1264/F


This was a full application seeking permission for 91 dwellings together with access roads, alterations to Carvers Lane and the provision of public open space.


The application proposed changes to Carvers Lane to include a restriction to sections of Carvers Lane to non-motorised vehicles only.  The proposal created access points in existing estate roads and a new road off Carvers Lane.  The properties on Carvers Lane could still be accessed but a different road would be used.


A draft Section 106 legal agreement was in progress, and obligations related to affordable housing, public open space and financial contributions towards schools and libraries.


This was a sustainable location with access to services within the Town.


The Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan was being prepared and as it was at an early stage would not influence an appeal. 


The issue of Carvers Lane raised over 120 objections from local residents and a petition with 220 signatories had also been received.


Although the majority of trees would be retained, there would be some removal at the southern end to allow new access into Carvers Lane.  It was reiterated that the approach to properties would be by a slightly different route; however it would be to a better standard than the lane was at the moment.


Highways had worked closely with the developer and were content with the proposal and raised no objections.  Whilst there would be an increase in traffic levels this would be spread across the existing estate roads.


Consultations had taken place with the Environmental Agency, and subsequently with the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), and a final response from the LLFA was awaited.


Councillor Ashby (Ward Representative) felt that this would be a significant loss of amenity and asked Members to defer the application and suggested a site visit.  The main issue raised was that HGVs would need to use Honeysuckle Way if they were unable to use the turning head provided.  Secondly a loss of amenity as the large greenery area was used by residents of Attleborough.  Whilst he was not against development of areas, it should not be to the detrimental effect of small areas.


Mr Taylor (Town Council) fully supported economic growth and there was a plan for 4000 homes within the Town.  The Town Council had worked closely with Breckland Council in the development of a Neighbourhood Plan and the Town could not cope with the additional service, transport and infrastructure the additional homes would create. 


Mr Crouch (Objector) a resident of Carvers Lane said that it was an historic right of way and there was no need for it to be developed into a cycle way as there was one already in place.  Phase 3 of the site would result in a sewage pumping station  ...  view the full minutes text for item 111.


Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (AGENDA ITEM 10) pdf icon PDF 84 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.





Appeal Decisions (For Information) (AGENDA ITEM 11) pdf icon PDF 46 KB





Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (For Information) (AGENDA ITEM 12) pdf icon PDF 27 KB