Agenda and minutes

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 31 May 2016.



The Minutes of the meeting held on 31 May 2016 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Apologies & Substitutes

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillors Bowes and Newton.  Councillors Darby and Hollis were present as substitutes.


Declaration of Interest and of Representations Received

The duties to register, disclose and not to participate for the entire consideration of the matter, in respect of any matter in which a Member has a disclosable pecuniary interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011.  Members are also required to withdraw from the meeting room as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.



Agenda Item 9: Deferred Applications


c) SWAFFHAM: Councillor Darby declared that as Mayor of Swaffham and a member of the Town Council that he would not take part in the discussion or vote on these items.


Agenda Item 10: Schedule of Planning Applications


Item 2: WEETING: Councillor Brame abstained due to being a shop owner in Brandon.


Item 4: SWAFFHAM: Members had received representations.  Councillor Nigel Wilkin (Chairman) had met with developers to discuss the outline application but had not expressed views at the meeting.


Item 4 & 6: SWAFFHAM: Councillor Darby declared that as Mayor of Swaffham and a member of the Town Council that he would not take part in the discussion or vote on these items.


Item 13: Councillor Duigan had received correspondence.  Councillor Martin spoke as a Ward representative and did not take part in the vote.



Chairman's Announcements


The Chairman confirmed that the briefing by Anglian Water would take place in the Autumn.


Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda

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 10, Schedule Item 8 (Banham) had been deferred from the Agenda for further information.


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.




Local Plan Update (Standing Item) pdf icon PDF 42 KB

To receive an update. 


The Planning Policy Officer presented the update at page 19 of the Agenda.  The Local Plan Working Groups were expected to take place week commencing 11 July and encouraged as many Members to attend as possible.


It was noted that the Dereham Transport Study and Flood Risk Assessment had not yet been received, and Members felt frustrated that decisions could not be made on the site specifics before that information had been received. 


Small Scale Housing Developments with Decisions Not Issued pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Report of the Director of Place.


Four applications had been approved by the Committee during the past six months, but the issue of the decisions were deferred subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement to secure a contribution towards affordable housing.  Due to a change in government policy the requirements of Policy DC4 could no longer be secured for development that fell below the 11 dwellings or 1,000sq m threshold.


It was RESOLVED that given the change in circumstances delegated powers be granted to the Executive Director of Place to issue the relevant planning permissions without the need for s106 agreements.


Deferred Applications 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.


WATTON: Modify Section 106 Agreement, Former RAF Radar Site: Applicant: Bennett Homes: Reference: 3OB/2015/0007/OB pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Place.


Additional documents:


Items 9a) and 9b) were discussed together as they were closely linked.  A site visit had been carried out since the previous committee meeting where a number of issues had been raised.


Comments on a)

It was proposed that the developer would provide the open space early Spring 2017.


Councillor Gilbert (Ward Representative) said the site had been designated for leisure and recreational use and the town had waited a long time for the use of the land.  He urged Members to object.


A letter of objection from Councillor Wassell (Ward Representative) endorsed that residents had waited long enough for the use of the land.


A letter of objection was read on behalf of Councillor Rogers (Ward Representative) which requested that the land was returned to Breckland Council.


Councillor Claussen suggested that enforcement procedures should apply if the S106 agreement was not completed within the timescale.


Comments on b)

Councillor Gilbert (Ward Representative) highlighted issues of access to the development; drainage issues; and the additional pressure on the local public services. 


Ms Williams (Objector) raised concerns particularly on access and safety along Portal Avenue; the felling of 18 protected trees; and drainage issues.


Parking at the site was identified as an issue and whilst no provision for visitor parking had been identified this could be dealt with by further discussion and conditions.


The Chairman asked for the junction to be re-considered and felt concerned about the finished result of the road surfacing.  He was also disappointed that the affordable housing allocation had been reduced to 7%.


Approved, as recommended






WATTON & CARBROOKE: Erection of 80 dwellings, Portal Avenue: Applicant: Bennett Homes: Reference: 3PL/2014/1378/F pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Place.


Additional documents:


This item was discussed under minute ref 84a) above.


Approved, as recommended


SWAFFHAM - Land North of Norwich Road: Applicant: Manor Oak Homes: Reference: 3PL/2015/0550/O pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Place.


Additional documents:


The application was for outline planning permission for the erection of up to 165 homes which would provide 29.7% of affordable housing.


The Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) had raised concerns relating to surface water drainage, and the Applicant had responded to those issues. 

Anglian Water had confirmed that the existing network had capacity.


Mr Armstrong (Agent) said no objections had been raised by the statutory authorities, and issues raised by LLFA would be resolved.  A noise report had been submitted with the application.


Mr Scott (Swaffham Town Council) argued that a number of houses had already been approved for Swaffham.  There would be significant harm to intrinsic character and the amenity of the area because Swaffham had issues with poor air quality within the south of the town.


Mr Day (Objector) opposed the application on the basis of traffic issues and local services being overstretched.


Councillor Matthews (Ward Representative) said there was concern within the town, and full attention should be given to the water issues. 


Councillor Clarke asked if the density of 25 dwellings per hectare was average.  It was confirmed this was a common level and considered reasonable.


The flood and water management would be controlled by a drainage strategy, which was not being approved at this stage.


Deferred and the officers authorised to grant approval, subject to conditions and a Section 278 agreement for off-site highway works, and the completion of a section 106 agreement.


Schedule of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 518 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Norfolk County Council




Brandon Promotions Ltd




Mr & Mrs Long




MLN (Land and Properties) Ltd




Mr & Mrs P Madden




Abel Homes Ltd




NR20 Developments




Mr Graham Hancy




Mr Adam Riley




Mr & Mrs Paul Meachen




Mr John Edward Taylor




Norfolk County Council




Norfolk County Council





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


Item 1: ATTLEBOROUGH: Land fronting the northwest side of London Road: New 630 Pupil Primary School and associated external works and a standalone 52 place nursery building: Applicant: Norfolk County Council: Reference: 3CM/2016/0014/CM


This item was discussed alongside Item 13.


This was a County matter application of which Breckland were a statutory consultee.  Four access routes were proposed, two would serve the school, and two would serve the residential development.  Key issues highlighted included noise, lighting, and highway safety.


Environmental Health had considered noise and lighting and found it to be acceptable.  Norfolk County Council Highways had raised concerns about the four access points, but would continue to address the issue. 


Councillor Crouch (Attleborough Town Council) supported the provision for Attleborough.  However, he raised concerns on the level of parking for parents to drop off/pick up the children.  No footpath or cycleway had been identified.

Concerns were also raised with regard to travelling between the schools and the impact this would have on traffic within the town.  He added that the development of the residential area in front of the school would not allow the school to grow in the future.


Mr Smith (Agent) confirmed that 3-hectares was sufficient area for the primary school.  He would be happy to agree to a condition that a footpath and cycleway be added prior to occupation.


Councillor Joel added his concern with the parking at the school and transport through the town.


The Chairman asked that the parking issue be considered.


Approved, as recommended.


Item 2: WEETING: Mundford Road: Mixed use development food store/petrol filling station/play barn/business trade/access road & car parking: Applicant: Brandon Promotions Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2013/1184/O


It was recommended that the application be refused for the following reasons:

1)    The applicant had failed to demonstrate that sequentially preferable locations for the development were not available, furthermore the proposed retail development by way of its scale and location outside of Brandon Town Centre, would draw significant levels of trade and as a result cause significant harm to the vitality and viability of Brandon Town Centre.

Furthermore the proposed development virtue of lack of connectivity to the centre of Brandon would fail to encourage more sustainable modes of travel and would not provide for a sustainable form of development furthermore the submitted plans fail to demonstrate that the site can be adequately accessed and serviced for the purposes of the development proposed.


2)    Insufficient information had been submitted to allow a full assessment of the implications of the development on:

a.    The ecology and wildlife within and around the site and the ecological and nature conservation value of the surrounding European Protected sites

b.    Flood risk and the risk of pollution of controlled waters


Refused, as recommended


Item 3: ICKBURGH: Manor Farm, Ashburton Road: Erection of 6 dwellings in 2 separate blocks with associated parking and amenity areas: Applicant: Mr & Mrs Long: Reference: 3PL/2015/0472/F


Councillor Claussen felt the application did not allow for sufficient car parking  ...  view the full minutes text for item 85.


Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place pdf icon PDF 93 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.




Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (For Information) pdf icon PDF 26 KB




Appeal Decisions (For Information) pdf icon PDF 37 KB




Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider passing the following resolution:


“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Act”.





The resolution was not moved.



Enforcement Update

Verbal Update by the Enforcement Manager.




This item was deferred.