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Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 22 August 2016.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 22 August 2016 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman subject to it being noted that Councillor Sharpe had never been a Ward Representative for Holme Hale (see Minute No. 113/16(h)).


Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.


There were no apologies for absence and Councillor Hollis was in attendance not as a substitute but as an observer.


Declaration of Interest and of Representations Received (Agenda item 3)

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.





Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting particularly Mike Brennan, the Council’s Planning Manager who, although still on long term sick leave, was in attendance to observe the meeting. 


Following the usual formalities the meeting commenced.


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 1 (Scoulton) had been deferred from the Agenda as further information was still awaited.


Urgent Business (Agenda item 6) pdf icon PDF 534 KB

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 south of Mallard Road:  Proposed residential development of 177 dwellings:  Applicant: Mark Dakeyne, Janet Strickland-Miller, Nicholas Rickett & Tesni Properties:  Reference: 3PL/2015/0254/O


The Chairman had agreed to take this urgent item of business.  The report had been published on the Supplementary Agenda on page 118.


Nick Moys, the Principal Planning Officer (Capita) presented the report and drew Members’ attention to the appeal that had been lodged against the refusal in April 2016.  The appeal would be considered at a local inquiry in due course. Breckland Council had to submit its Statement of Case to the Planning Inspectorate by 19 October 2016.  It was noted that no comments had been received from NHS England; therefore, the reason for refusal relating to effects on healthcare provision would be withdrawn and the Planning Inspectorate and appellant would be advised accordingly.


Councillor Clarke felt that it was a shame that the Council had no direct control over these matters and felt that it was a weakness that healthcare facilities did not come into the equation.    Councillor Claussen agreed that there was some form of disconnection.


Approved, as recommended.


Councillor Bowes abstained from voting on this matter.



Local Plan Update (Standing Item) (Agenda item 7) pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To receive an update. 


Sarah Robertson, the Senior Planning Policy Officer informed Members that the consultation period for the Local Plan Preferred Site Options and Settlement Boundaries had commenced and would run from 19 September 2016 for a period of 6 weeks until 4pm on 31 October 2016.  A number of comments had already been received.


Fourteen drop-in events had been arranged across the District and all comments would be reported to the Local Plan Working Group following the close of the consultation period.  Further to this, letters had been sent to all concerned.


In the interim, the Planning Policy Team would continue to look at a number of evidence base studies including a Gypsy and Traveller Needs Assessment as well as an Indoor Sports Study that had recently been commissioned.


Referring to Neighbourhood Plans, Yaxham Parish Council had submitted theirs and had already been advertised under Regulation 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.  This was the first one of its kind for Breckland Council and would run for a period of 6 weeks until 21 October 2016.


As far as the Local Plan consultation was concerned, Councillor Clarke felt that the dates and times of the drop-in events should have been added to all correspondence also, he had not seen sight of the Transport Study that Councillor Charles Carter said would be included.  Members were informed that the dates and times were all available on the website and had been included in the correspondence.  The Senior Planning Policy Officer pointed out that the majority of sessions ran from 2pm until 8pm and as far as the Transport Study was concerned this had not been included but did form part of the evidence base studies and could be commented on through the consultation process.  In response to a request, paper copies of this particular document would be made available at the drop-in sessions.  Councillor Martin highlighted the fact that he had seen the dates, times and venues of the drop-in sessions advertised in the local press. Councillor Duigan raised concerns in relation to the mitigation plans and costings that had not, as yet, been put forward for the Transport Study.  He pointed out that it would be difficult to ask or respond to any questions on Dereham if such matters were not available.  Councillor Claussen agreed and mentioned the cumulative impact that the Transport Study would have on neighbouring villages which must also be taken into consideration.  He knew that many people were not happy about what was being proposed in the Local Plan and felt that these concerns should be addressed and the drop-in sessions should be well advertised and be held in large enough venues.  He suggested that a mechanism should be put in place to take on board what the people were saying and it needed to be made clear how this evidence would be taken forward beyond the closure of the consultation period.  In response to another question in relation to further preferred sites, the Senior Planning Policy  ...  view the full minutes text for item 123.


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.




Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 668 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Thornalley Funeral Services Ltd




Mrs G Lloyd




Mr Tristan, Raymond, John Smith




R Paterson




CCL Holdings Ltd




CCL Holdings Ltd



Mellor Metals Ltd

Great Ellingham



Mr Lester Palmer





Additional documents:


RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


a.         Item 1 – SCOULTON: Land at Norwich Road: Erect new crematorium, car park, access road, ancillary buildings and gardens of remembrance: Applicant: Thornalley Funeral Services Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2014/1204/F


Deferred (Minute No. 121/16 above refers).


b.         Item 2: SPORLE: Land off Dunham Road: Residential development of 6 dwellings & associated access drive, parking, garaging and amenity space: Applicant: Mrs G Lloyd: Reference: 3PL/2016/0093/O


Simon Wood, the Interim Business Manager (Capita) presented this application. Mr. David Futter was in attendance to represent the applicant.  The application had been accompanied by further evidence including an ecology statement and a contamination report. Mr. Futter informed Members that this site was an untidy parcel of land and this proposal would tidy it up and provide new properties for the village.  The majority of existing trees would be maintained and the Parish Council welcomed the proposal.  The new dwellings would provide a number of benefits including job creation and assist with the sustainability of the existing facilities in the village.


Approved, as recommended.


c.         Item 3: Garvestone: Land South of Southburgh Road & North Blackwater River: Erection of dwelling and garage: Applicant: Mr Tristan, Raymond, John Smith: Reference: 3PL/2016/0122/F


Chris Hobson, the Principal Planning Officer (Capita) presented the application. It was noted that according to National Planning Policy, as set out in paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), local Planning Authorities should avoid isolated new homes in the countryside, but extends the special circumstances that may justify development to include, amongst other things, the exceptional quality or innovative nature of the design of the dwelling (the qualifications were highlighted).


A 3D model of the application site was displayed.


Councillor Pablo Dimoglou was in attendance as Ward Representative in support of the application.  He reported that 80 parishioners had attended the Parish meeting to discuss this application.  Almost all in attendance had been in support and many compliments had been received and felt that there should be more striking architectural buildings such as this in Breckland.   The applicant had put a great deal of effort to enhance the flora and fauna. 


The agents, Mr. Meynell and Mr. Chadwick were also in attendance and provided Members with a detailed overview of the application which would be of a contemporary design.  The majority of the site would be left untouched and the low energy alternative building would provide the illusion of it rising out of the ground. 


Councillor Clarke asked where the solar PV array would be situated.  Members were informed that it would be tucked under a very high parapet on top of the garage. 


Councillor Claussen concurred with the Ward Member’s views.  A dwelling of this calibre and design should be encouraged and the idea of going off grid was, in his opinion, completely unique and very sustainable.


Mr. Meynell asked the Chairman if Members were mindful to approve the application if a site visit could be arranged.  The Chairman welcomed the invitation but advised that this  ...  view the full minutes text for item 125.


Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 76 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 44 KB