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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 2015.


The minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 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 Bowes, Claussen and Martin.  Councillor Darby was present as substitute for Councillor Martin.


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 declarations were made regarding Agenda Item 9:


Schedule Item 3 (Great Ellingham) – Councillor Smith declared an interest which was not a Declaration of Pecuniary Interest but did conflict with his duties under the Code of Conduct.  He therefore spoke as the Ward Representative in opposition to the development.  After his public address he took no part in the discussion or vote, and then left the room.


Schedule Item 8 (Banham) – Councillor Joel declared an interest which was not a Declaration of Pecuniary Interest but did conflict with his duties under the Code of Conduct.  He therefore spoke as the Ward Representative in favour to the development.  After his public address he took no part in the discussion or vote, and then left the room.



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)


The Chairman thanked Councillor Wilkinson for his time on the Committee and welcomed Councillor Darby as a substitute.


Members were reminded that a presentation by representatives of Norfolk County Council Highways would be at the end of the meeting.


Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda (Agenda Item 5) pdf icon PDF 40 KB

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.


Schedule Item 5: Attleborough: Former Grampian Food Site, Buckenham Road: Demolish buildings and erect up to 165 homes, together with public open space and associated infrastructure (Outline): Reference: 3PL/2015/0546/O


This application had been deferred in order to address flood risk and drainage issues and comments raised by Norfolk County Council Lead Flood Authority.


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.


WATTON: Land West of Saham Road - Residential Development of 73 dwellings: Applicant: Hopkins Homes: Reference: 3PL/2015/0219/F pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Report of Executive Director Place.

Additional documents:


Members were reminded that the application had been refused at Planning Committee on 22 June 2015.  The reasons for refusing the application were on the grounds of density and impact on landscape character and appearance, overlooking, and drainage.


A letter had been received which gave notice of the intention to lodge an appeal against this decision, and highlighted the fact that although no agreed foul water drainage was in place, the Statutory Undertaker (Anglian Water) felt this could be dealt with by an appropriate condition.


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


Councillor Gilbert (Ward Representative) was concerned that the letter received from Hopkins Homes solicitors was stating incorrect facts.  He also suggested that a supplement should be put aside so that if a decision was taken to appeal there would be capital to cover the costs should they be incurred.


Councillor Duigan said the Inspector would not look favourably if there were not sound reasons for opposing development.


Councillor Smith added that if there were not good reasons given, then he did not know why the decision had been made.  He asked the Officer for further information if the application was to go to appeal.


The Operations & Contract Manager advised that if this application was to go to appeal, he felt certain the Council would have costs awarded due to this ground of foul water drainage.


RESOLVED that Members formally withdraw the current drainage ground of refusal.


Local Plan Update (Standing Item) (Agenda Item 7) pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To receive an update. 


The Planning Policy Team Leader advised that good progress continued to be made.  The team were working on a time line and were aiming to take the Local Plan Preferred Directions Consultation Document to a Cabinet in December in order to see permission to consult.


Councillor Joel asked when the consultation with the Public was likely to be. 


Members were advised that a letter was being drafted and that it was the intention to give advance notice of the consultation dates to all Town and Parishes in due course.


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.


SPORLE: Rear of Thatched Cottage Too, 29 The Street: Single storey dwelling: Applicant: Mr & Mrs Russell: Reference: 3PL/2015/0537/O pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Report of the Executive Director Place.

Additional documents:


This application was deferred at 24 August 2015 Planning Committee with a request for applicants to submit further details in respect of levels, potential overlooking, screening and access.


Those details had now been received and presented to Members.  It was considered the dwelling could be accommodated on the site without causing significant harm to the amenity of neighbouring properties.


Mrs Hunt (Objector) said the proposed site was located to the immediate rear of 31 Chapel View and would therefore be overlooked.  All principle rooms faced the proposed site as well as the garden, which was felt would be affected by the afternoon and evening sun.  The hedge between Chapel View and the site had been maintained to be of a more manageable height.


Mr Retchless (Agent) appreciated the land was higher hence a single storey application.  Further information of overshadowing had also been submitted.  The hedge that separated the plot had been removed, and the applicant would be happy for a condition to be included for the fencing to be replaced at the reserved matters stage.


Councillor Wilkinson (Ward Representative) provided further pictures of the shadowing effects to the property and also raised concerns that the site was very small and not large enough for a plot to be developed.  He also raised concerns about access to the proposed site as the driveway would be very narrow.


Councillor Smith said this was outline permission and asked if any windows would be in the east gable which would overlook the Chapel View property.


The Chairman reminded Members that this was an outline permission request, and the reason this came back to Committee was that the plot did not look large enough.  However, the hedge had been trimmed, and could see the full size of the plot.  He requested to see the detailed plans.


Approved, as recommended.


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 191 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


MMC Norfolk Ltd


20 – 28


Bernard Matthews Ltd

North Pickenham

29 – 38


Melton Farms

Great Ellingham

39 – 52


Mr Matthew Gibbard


53 – 60


Raemoir Properties Ltd


61 – 85


Mr Liam Burke

Little Ellingham

86 – 98


Mr S Gray


99 – 104


Mr & Mrs Burrows


105 - 110


Mr P Howell

North Elmham

111 – 120


Tredwell Developments Ltd


121 - 126


Additional documents:


RESOLVED that the following applications be determined as follows:


a)    Item 1: CASTON: Land East of Walnut Tree Cottage, Attleborough Road: Erection of 4 dwellings (amended from 8 dwellings): Applicant: MMC Norfolk Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2015/0147/F


This was a full planning application for four detached dwellings which had been amended from eight dwellings. 


Mr Blincow (Caston Parish Council) said the parishioners would prefer the plot to be developed in a linear format and after consultations between the applicant and the Parish Council were in support of the application subject to a number of conditions.


Mr Clancy (Applicant) said he had worked with Planning Officers and since the original application had been submitted had been in consultation with the Parish Council.  He felt it was important to engage with the local community.


The Operations and Contracts Manager said he had received correspondence from Councillor Cowen (Ward Member) who was pleased to see the applicant had corresponded with the Parish Council and was supportive of the scheme.


Councillor Joel said he was delighted to see the Parish Council and applicant work together.


Approved, as recommended.


b)    Item 2: NORTH PICKENHAM: The Airfield, Hilborough Road: erection of anaerobic digestion plant: Applicant: Bernard Matthews Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2015/0378/F


Full planning permission was sought for an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant.  The Scheme included three digestate tanks and associated equipment, a combined heat and power (CHP) plant and silage clamps for feedstock storage.  Access to the plant would be gained from North Pickenham Road, via an existing entrance to an adjacent poultry farm and a new internal access road. 


It was intended that the AD Plant would convert locally-sourced biomass into biogas which would be transferred directly to the National Grid.  Feedstock would comprise of maize, silage/energy beet and turkey litter.  Dry and liquid digestate produced by the plant would be stored in a lagoon and spread on local farmland as a fertiliser/soil conditioner.


It was expected that further detail would be provided on the proposed earth bund to ensure that it was suitable for the natural surroundings.


There would be some adverse impacts to the visual surrounding open area but this would not be deemed as significant.


The main impact would be with the traffic, and delivery of the feedstock into the site of which the main movement would be the energy crop being bought into the site.  The Turkey litter would be bought in by the farm and therefore would be a reduction in traffic.  The Energy crop would be seasonal of which a period of four to six week period of extensive traffic.


Access would be served by the country roads, and it had originally been proposed to use the A47 and Whitegate Road to bring the feedstock in.  Whilst there would be localised road-widening, and passing places it was not thought this would be satisfactory.  Subsequently, agreement had been obtained to provide the feedstock directly from the South Pickenham Estate.


By sourcing locally there would be little change to traffic around the area as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 123.


Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 37 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 50 KB