Agenda and minutes

Venue: Anglia Room, The Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham

Contact: Committee Services  01362 656870

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2015.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2015 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

2.

Apologies & Substitutes

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

An apology had been received from Councillor Clarke.

3.

Declaration of Interest and of Representations Received

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:

Agenda Item 9 – Schedule Item 2 (Scoulton)

All Members had received direct representation.

Councillor Bowes declared an interest which was not a Declaration of Pecuniary Interest, and left the room for this item.

 

Schedule Item 1 (Old Buckenham)

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 Ward Representative and after his public address took no part in the discussion or vote.

 

Schedule Item 4 (Swaffham)
Councillor Bowes declared an interest which was not a Declaration of Pecuniary Interest, and abstained from the discussion and vote.

4.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Councillor Robinson to the Committee.

5.

Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda 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.

Minutes:

Agenda Item 9, Schedule Item 7 (Dereham) had been deferred from the Agenda to allow for further supporting information to be submitted.

6.

Urgent Business

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.

7.

Local Plan Update (Standing Item) pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To receive an update. 

Minutes:

The Planning Policy Manager informed Members that the 6-week period of consultation had commenced from 11 January.  Officers would check daily for responses and update the Local Plan.

 

A number of public events would be held in all of the market towns and a number of rural villages.  Member briefing sessions had taken place and Members were reminded to collect their Local Plan documents from the Planning Policy team.

 

Members were informed that Saham Toney were in early discussions with regard to a Neighbourhood Plan.

 

8.

Deferred Applications 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.

9.

Schedule of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 210 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

 

Item No

Applicant

Parish

Page No

1

David Alston (Norfolk) Ltd

Old Buckenham

12-20

2

Thornalley Funeral Services Ltd

Scoulton

21
 (See Pages 117- 127)

3

Silkwin Homes

Great Ellingham

22-30

4

MK Breckland Promotions Ltd

Swaffham

31-38

5

Nature’s Menu

Snetterton

39-50

6

Twells Partnership

Snetterton

51-56

7

WM Morrison Supermarkets plc

Dereham

57-60

8

Mr & Mrs Moore

Stanfield

61-65

9

Mr M Monk

Hockering

66-72

10

MMC Norfolk Ltd

Besthorpe

73-82

11

Otley Properties

Whinburgh & Westfield

83-89

12

Iceni Developments Ltd

Besthorpe

90-102

13

Mr & Mrs Barrett

Little Dunham

103-109

14

Mr & Mrs Brown

Hockering

110-116

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:

 

 

a)    Item 1: OLD BUCKENHAM: Land at Shrublands, Attleborough Road: Change of use of disused agricultural barns to provide 9 residential dwellings with associated parking: Applicant David Alston (Norfolk) Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2014/0976/F

 

Councillor Joel acted as Ward Member as stated in Minute Ref: 153/16.

 

In a previous appeal it was recognised that the agricultural buildings were worthy of retention having architectural value and being of a type recognised as disappearing from the Norfolk countryside.

 

Mr Milner (Chairman of Old Buckenham Parish Council) said Old Buckenham were not against development and wanted to support the needs of the village.  However, this development was considered to be isolated.  It would be family orientated and therefore the children would go to the school in the village by car.  This was considered unacceptable as there were no parking facilities at the school.  There was also no footpath for pedestrians from the development.

 

Mr Pierce (Agent) said the appeal information had been considered and the development supported the re-use of redundant buildings.

 

Councillor Joel (Ward Representative) had no objections to the development but was concerned about the sustainability.  There were no buses into the village, and the road had a 60mph speed limit in places.  He was concerned that there was no footpath from the development into the main village centre, or for the children to walk to school.

 

Councillor Duigan asked if the appeal decision gave indication of what development would be allowed.  The Chairman confirmed that the four bungalows were still at the site, and the original application was for 18 dwellings in total.

 

Councillor Martin asked which access the agricultural vehicles would use if Barn ‘A’ was to remain as a steel frame building.  It was confirmed they would use an existing route, so as not to disturb the new development.

 

Councillor Brame asked if the developer had spoken to the Parish Council with regards to adding a footpath.  There had been no discussions between both parties.

 

To grant approval, subject to conditions set out in the report, on completion of the Section 106 agreement.

 

b)    Item 2: SCOULTON: Land at Norwich Road: Erect new crematorium, car park, access roads, ancillary buildings & gardens of remembrance: Applicant Thornalley Funeral Services Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2014/1204/F

 

Councillor Bowes left the room as stated in Minute Ref: 153/16.

 

Mr Horn explained that planning permission, subject to conditions, had been granted by Planning Committee for this application by a Decision Notice dated 27 August 2015.  However, an objector had subsequently issued judicial review proceedings in the High Court and following the advice of a leading QC, Mr Horn, on behalf of Breckland Council, had signed a consent order which quashed the planning permission dated 27 August 2015.

 

The Application therefore now fell to be re-determined by Breckland Council.  No amendments had been made to the original application and accordingly, no further consultation was either required or had taken place.

 

Councillor Sharpe said he was not present at the meeting in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

SCOULTON: Land at Norwich Road: Erect new crematorium, car park, access roads, ancillary buildings & gardens of remembrance: Applicant: Thornalley Funeral Services Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2014/1204/F pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Report of the Executive Director Place.

Minutes:

This item was discussed under Agenda Item 9, Item 2 (minute ref: 159/16 (b))

11.

Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place pdf icon PDF 77 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.

12.

Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (For Information) pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Minutes:

Noted.

 

13.

Appeal Decisions (For Information) pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Minutes:

Noted.