Agenda and minutes

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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 7 March 2016.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 7 March 2016 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 Councillor Mark Robinson.



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 of Planning Applications:


Schedule Item 1 (HOE) – Councillors Brame and Duigan received direct representation from the Parish Council.


Schedule Item 9 (SAHAM TONEY) – Councillor Bowes declared that she would abstain from voting on this item.





Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 3)


Members were reminded that there would be a presentation by Mr Brown from the Local Lead Flood Authority following the meeting.  


It was noted that the Gladman Appeal had been dismissed.



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 of Applications:


Schedule Item 5 (SNETTERTON) and Schedule Item 7 (SWANTON MORLEY) had been deferred from the Agenda for further information.



Urgent Business (Agend 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 72 KB

To receive an update. 


The Planning Policy Manager referred to a question raised by Councillor Duigan at the previous meeting and was able to confirm that the number of unimplemented planning permissions would be included in the Annual Monitoring Report.


The Local Plan consultation responses were being worked on and a statement would be available for the next meeting of the Local Plan Working Group (LPWG) (date to be confirmed).  Officers were also reviewing Settlement Boundaries for rural villages.


A section had been added to the update on the weight to attribute to the emerging Local Plan Policies to keep Members informed as the Local Plan progressed.  In its present state very little weight could be applied in determining planning applications.


A comprehensive report on the evidence base studies would be presented to the next LPWG.


Neighbourhood Plan progress was noted.


Councillor Clarke asked about the timeframe for the Dereham Transport Study and was advised that the report was due in May.


In response to a question from Councillor Joel it was clarified that the newly appointed Neighbourhood Plan Officer was Mrs Josephine Wright. 


Councillor Claussen asked that future LPWG meetings should be arranged to avoid clashing with Planning meetings as it was important that Members should be able to attend.



Deferred Applications (Agenda Item 8) pdf icon PDF 40 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 307 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Mr & Mrs G K Lotis




Mr M Rayner




Walnut Farm Developments




Mr Thomas Carroll




GAG404 Ltd




Mr Martin Turver




The Exors of Miss E M Hilton

Swanton Morley



Norfolk Camping




Mr & Mrs P S de Roeck

Saham Toney



Mr & Mrs Burrows




Mr Adrian Stasiak




Additional documents:


RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


a)       Item 1: HOE: Adjacent Home Farmhouse, Swanton Morley Road, Worthing: Demolish bungalow/workshop/store and erection of dwelling: Applicant: Mr & Mrs G K Lotis: Reference: 3PL/2015/0904/O


Councillors Brame and Duigan had received direct representation from the Parish Council.


This outline application provided indicative plans showing a four bedroom bungalow.  The previous reasons for refusal on grounds of impact on sustainability, ecology and trees had been addressed in the report.  There were two existing wooden buildings on site the planning status of which was unknown.  Although it was accepted that occupants of a dwelling on the site would rely on transport by car it was not considered sufficient reason to sustain an objection.


Mr Wood (Chairman of Hoe & Worthing Parish Council) said the application did not meet the sustainability test.  There were no footpaths, lighting or core services and the development would create a precedent.  The benefits were outweighed by the harm and there was no social, economic or environmental merit to the proposal.


Councillor Robert Richmond (Ward Representative) noted that Worthing had no bus service; residents had to use a car.  Current policies still applied and a new dwelling should not be permitted in the countryside. 


Councillor Duigan asked for clarification of the brownfield status of the site.  The Interim Business Manager explained that there was no indication of the residential status of the dilapidated buildings on site.  Any land with buildings on it was classed as Brownfield, except for land in the curtilage of a residential dwelling.  It was up to Members to take a view on that.  Recent case law clarified that residential gardens in built up areas did class as Brownfield.


Mr Wood advised that local residents had confirmed that the buildings on site had never been occupied as dwellings.


Approved, as recommended.


b)       Item 2: ROUDHAM/LARLING: Land adjacent Mill House, Harling Road: Proposed dwelling and cart lodge: Applicant: Mr M Rayner: Reference: 3PL/2015/1123/F


Additional information had been provided in the Supplement to the Agenda.  The cart lodge had been moved to the rear of the site, overcoming the main objection to the proposal.  The site was an infill plot and the design was considered acceptable.  The balcony would have no impact on amenity.


Approved, as recommended.


c)       item 3: SWAFFHAM: Pendle Lea, 3 North Pickenham Road: erection of two bungalows – variation of conditions 5 and 9 on 3PL/2010/1093/F: Applicant: Walnut Farm Developments: Reference: 3PL/2015/1275/F


Additional comments from the Town Council had been included in the Supplementary report.  They had requested a three month time limit for providing the footpath.


The original scheme had proposed a footpath to Norwich Road from the site.  The new proposal would link the development to White Cross road and had been accepted by the Highways Authority as it would provide access to schools the town centre and amenities.


Mr Jessett (Applicant) explained that the original permission had been for two bungalows with a footpath link to Norwich Road.  In pre-discussions with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 47.


Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda Item 10) pdf icon PDF 94 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 49 KB