Agenda and minutes

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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 757 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 16 November 2015.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 16 November 2015 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda Item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bowes and M Chapman-Allen.  Councillor Darby was present as Substitute for Councillor Bowes.


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.


Agenda Item 9, Schedule Item 9 (Cranworth) – all Members had received direct representation.  Councillor Wilkin declared that he had been involved in the early application process and was close to pre-determination.  He therefore left the room whilst the item was discussed.



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)


Following the Planning Committee meeting on 11 January 2016 there would be a training session for Members on Highways and Flood and Drainage issues.  At the request of Councillor Clarke, it was agreed that Anglian Water would also be invited to attend.


Following the Council meeting on 21 January 2016 there would be a briefing session by the District Valuer.


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.


Agenda Item 9, Schedule Item 2 (Mattishall)

Late correspondence had been received from the Lead Local Flood Authority regarding this application.  It had therefore been deferred from the Agenda to allow time for further clarification.  It was confirmed that the correspondence would be available to view on the public website.


Agenda Item 9, Schedule Items 7 and 8 (Snetterton)

Following discussions with the Chairman and in view of the fact that the context of the site was a very important issue for consideration, these items had been deferred for a Site Visit which would be held on Friday 7 January 2016.  The applications would then be considered at the meeting on 11 January 2016.


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.




Local Plan Update (Agenda Item 7) pdf icon PDF 52 KB

To receive an update. 


The Planning Policy Manager presented the update.


A publication strategy had been drafted for the Local Plan documents.  The strategy would be considered by the Overview & Scrutiny Commission at their meeting on 17 December 2015.  The public consultation would commence on 11 January 2016.


Evidence based studies in support of the Local Plan were ongoing including the additional addendum to the Dereham Transport Study.


The Rocklands Neighbourhood Plan had been approved.


Councillor Smith asked if the affordable housing trigger figure had changed from 5 to eleven.  He also wondered how the Government’s Right to Buy impacted on such provision.


 He was advised that the Council was still looking for an affordable housing contribution from sites of 5 or more dwellings. Advice would be sought from the Housing Officers on the impact of Right to Buy and that information would be forwarded to Councillor Smith.



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.

Additional documents:


An amended Schedule of Deferred Items had been issued on the Supplement to the Agenda as the Caston application had been determined.


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 196 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Mr Mark Dakeyne


17 - 27


Gladman Developments Ltd


28 - 44




45 - 53


Mr R Lond-Caulk


54 - 62


Mrs M Johnson

Holme Hale

63 - 69


Mr & Mrs Justin & Nesha Wilkin

Great Ellingham

70 - 76


Nature’s Menu


77 - 88


Twells Partnership


89 - 94


Mr Simon Cole


95 - 101


Mr Stephen Westrop


102 - 107


Manor Adventure


108 - 117


Mr Richard Adcock


118 - 125


Additional documents:


RESOLVED that the planning applications be determined as follows:


a)       Item 1: WATTON: Land south of Mallard Road: Outline planning application for residential development of up to 177 dwellings: Applicant: Mr Mark Dakeyne: Reference: 3PL/2015/0254/O


The Principal Planning Officer advised Members that due to the receipt of late advice he was recommending deferral of this application.  Comments from the RSPB had been received on Friday and further advice had been sought from the Council’s ecologist.  As a result, it had been decided that an Appropriate Assessment was now required, contrary to Natural England’s advice.


This was a significant application for the Town and Habitat implications affected the way that Planning Policy was applied.  It was therefore the Officers’ advice that the application be deferred.


Deferred, for further information.


The Chairman apologised to the Members of the public that had travelled to the meeting for this application, but he said that Members needed all the information to make a proper decision.


b)       Item 2: MATTISHALL: Land south of Dereham Road: Erection of up to 65 residential dwellings with associated infrastructure: Applicant: Gladman Developments Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2015/0498/O


This application had been deferred from the agenda.  See Minute No 144/15 above.


c)       Item 3: SHIPDHAM: Land at Parklands Avenue: Construction of 24 dwellings, associated open space, parking & access road: Applicant: Wellington: Reference: 3PL/2015/0562/F


This full application proposed a slightly denser development than that already approved on the site.  Existing trees would be retained and the two bridleways that crossed the site would be diverted through the required legal process.


Ms Jacinta Webb spoke on behalf of Saffron Housing, the Registered Provider that would manage the dwellings. There would be a separate drainage connection to the pumping station.  The site was not high density and about a third of the site was Open Space.


Mrs Baker (Objector) said the original permission had been reduced to 14 houses which had been acceptable.  The site was too small for the number of buildings proposed. The increased number of vehicles would add to existing problems on Parklands Avenue which was heavily used by large farm traffic.  The village did not have the infrastructure for a new estate.


Councillor Hewett (Ward Representative) thought the application was bad for Shipdham in terms of location, infrastructure and Planning Policy.  The site was on the fringe of the village, remote from services.  The cramped development would have adverse impact on residents.  Local roads were already blocked and the junction with the A1075 was dangerous.  The area had serious sewage problems.  The Planning Inspector had recommended 15 homes on the site; the current proposal was over development of the site.  There were other more suitable sites in Shipdham.


Councillor Duigan asked what the site’s status was in the LDF and was advised that it had been one of three preferred sites but had not received any allocation.


The following issues were clarified:


·       the reference to Flagship in the report was an error.  Saffron Housing would be the Registered Provider.

·       The land  ...  view the full minutes text for item 148.


Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 44 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 (Agenda Item 11) pdf icon PDF 60 KB