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Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2016.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2016 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.




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)




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.


Supplementary Agenda item 8 (pages 170-187 Reference: 3PL/2016/0486/H) for Warren’s Lane in Attleborough had been deferred.  It was expected that this application would be presented at the next meeting on 12 December 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 (Standing Item) (Agenda item 7) pdf icon PDF 7 KB

To receive an update. 


The Senior Planning Policy Officer reported that the Local Plan consultation closed on 31 October 2016, this was now a very busy time for the Planning Policy Team as over one thousand comments had been received and all needed to be uploaded onto the system.   All comments received would be analysed and discussed by Officers and at the Local Plan Working Group and any changes would be incorporated into a revised document.  Many of the comments were in relation to Local Service Centre villages and whether they should be designated as such.  Additionally, the Team was also updating a number of key pieces of evidence base work such as Gypsy & Traveller Assessment, Water Cycle Study and the Infrastructure Delivery Plan as well as the Council’s Monitoring Report.  All the above would be reported through to the Local Plan Working Group accordingly (dates to be confirmed).


Councillor Clarke said that he had been surprised to see an application for an industrial site in Dereham in the local newspaper just as the consultation had ended.  He had been unaware of the proposal and raised concern about the impact this could have on all features of the Local Plan.


Councillor Duigan asked Councillor Bambridge, the Executive Member for Growth, if there was a timetable available for the Local Plan Working Group meetings and asked if there was likely to be one held prior to Christmas.  He also asked whether such weighty documents could be made available to Members much earlier than the publication date.  In response to the first question, the Executive Member advised that it was his belief that it would be before Christmas and he would keep Members informed accordingly.  As far as the latter was concerned, he would ask if this request could be accommodated.  


Councillor Claussen was very disappointed and frustrated that Members were not made aware of the aforementioned application for this industrial site and only found out by way of the local press.  The Senior Planning Policy Officer assured the Committee that this was not an application it was a representation submitted as part of the Local Plan process.  She pointed out that there were always greater volumes received on the final day of consultation.


Deferred Applications (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 46 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:


GREAT ELLINGHAM: Land off Attleborough Road: Proposed Residential Development Applicant: Mellor Metals Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2016/0648/O pdf icon PDF 10 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Place. 

Additional documents:


This application had been considered by the Planning Committee in September and had been approved, subject to conditions and on the completion of a S106 Agreement.  One of the conditions imposed was in relation to time limits.  As currently drafted and approved by Committee, this condition required Reserved Matters applications to be submitted within 2 years, with a further year for work to start.  The applicant had subsequently requested that these periods be extended to the standard outline time limit of 3 years and 2 years respectively.  This would allow for the relocation of the existing scrap yard business, a secure and suitable alternative site to be identified and time to dispose of the application site to a developer.


Members felt that this was quite a straightforward request.


RESOLVED that outline planning permission be granted; subject to the standard outline time limit being imposed; conditions relating to the amount of development, archaeology, construction management, access details, external lighting drainage and ecology and the S106 Agreement to secure affordable housing, public open space, contributions to local infrastructure and the cessation of the scrapyard use.



ATTLEBOROUGH: Development Plot, Warrens Lane: Change of use from agricultural to burial site and outline for 8 dwellings Applicant: Righetti: Reference: 3PL/2016/0486/H


This item had been deferred see Minute No. 143/16 above.


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 378 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Mr Graham Tweed

Saham Toney



Orbit Homes (2020) Ltd




Mr Ian Thompson




Mr T Atkins

South Lopham



AJ Garrod and Son




Mr D Burdett

Stow Bedon/Breckles



Mr G R Woodyatt




The Garrod Partnership Ltd

North Elmham



David Alson (Norfolk) Ltd

Old Buckenham



Palmer & Son




R W Duffield Ltd

Swanton Morley



Clayland Homes (Ashill) Ltd




Mr Simon Ball




Mr & Mrs Smith






Additional documents:


a.    Item 1 – Saham Toney: Richmond Hall: Residential development of up to 35 dwellings, open space, access, parking and associated works (all matters reserved): Applicant: Mr Graham Tweed: Reference: 3PL/2015/0976/O


            Councillor Bowes abstained from voting on this application for the reason that her family had a planning application in the vicinity.  She asked if it was appropriate for the reasons to be recorded in the Minutes as she had received conflicting views.  The Solicitor advised that a Member may abstain from voting; however, in his professional opinion, it was important in light of the seven principles of public life and to avoid issues of bias to be open, honest and transparent and making it clear to the public, and in the Minutes, the reason for the abstention.


            Chris Hobson, the Principal Planning Officer (Capita) presented the application.  Attention was drawn to the supplementary agenda (page 188) where further representations had been received.


            The site location, photographs and the layout of the proposed scheme, which included 40% affordable housing, were highlighted. There were a number of benefits to this application but one of the key issues for refusal was the projection of the proposal into open countryside which was considered unacceptable.  Objections had also been received from the Flood Authority as it had not, as yet, been demonstrated that the site could accommodate satisfactory management of local flood risk.


            Mr Chris Blow, an objector to the application, highlighted a number of reasons why the application should be refused including, the destruction of open countryside, the likelihood of instigating further development and the flooding issues.  Further to this the site, in his opinion, was not sustainable, the capacity at the school and the Doctors was oversubscribed and the site access was close to a blind bend.  He felt that a development of this type should show support from local residents and this application clearly did not.


            Refused, as recommended.


b.    Item 2: Attleborough: Land at Haverscroft House Farm, London Road: Erection of 200 dwellings with associated works, landscaping, play areas, vehicle/cycle paths: Applicant: Orbit Homes (2020) Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2016/0325/F


Simon Wood, the Interim Business Manager (Capita) presented the application.


Orbit Housing would be delivering the affordable housing itself which would be conditioned.  A formal response from Highways England was still awaited and a decision notice could not be issued until the Holding Direction had been lifted.  Acoustic fencing would be erected for those dwellings that directly abutted the A11 and a ‘Trim Trail’ on the southern boundary would be installed which would help encourage fitness.


The Applicant’s Agent, Mr Hendry was in attendance and expressed his support for the application and was happy to answer any questions.


The Chairman raised a concern about parking provision as he felt that parking courts did not always work.


Councillor Clarke asked if the discussions with the applicant in respect of health care contributions had been finalised.  Members were informed that the exact details were still under discussion.  The Agent stated that the applicant was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 147.


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