Agenda and minutes

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Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 9 January 2017.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 9 January 2017 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.


An apology for absence was received from the Vice-Chairman, Councillor Sharpe; Councillor William Richmond was in attendance as his substitute.  Councillor Claire Bowes also sent her apologies.


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 informed the Committee that a temporary Vice-Chairman had to be nominated in the absence of Councillor Sharpe who was unwell following an operation.  It was proposed and seconded that Councillor Martin be appointed as Vice-Chairman for this meeting only. 


The Chairman also conveyed his thanks to Councillor Paul Claussen who had recently been appointed as a Member of the Cabinet.  He had been a determined Member of the Planning Committee and took no prisoners and was always party to a constructive debate.


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 8 (pages 20-57), Schedule Items 1 and 2 (Dereham) had been deferred from the Agenda for further Highway information.


Item 7(a) (pages 14-18) for Warren’s Lane, Attleborough had been deferred due to last minute changes by the applicant that required further consultation.


Councillor Clarke asked when both the Dereham applications would be brought back to Committee.  He further asked if any meetings for large applications such as these had been held outside office hours.  The Head of Development Management advised that it was likely that these applications would be on the agenda for the March meeting and as far as the latter question was concerned, a one agenda item meeting had been held for the Thetford SUE which was a complete rarity as generally applications could be dealt with in the morning or the afternoon during office hours.


Councillor Clarke was pleased to see Matthew Ellis, the Principal Planning Officer, at the meeting but had concerns about the Case Officers who were based outside of the Breckland area who were not likely to be aware of the sensitivities of local applications and asked how Breckland extended these concerns in the planning process.  The Chairman explained that Capita had various staff and agreed that some were not based in the local area but planning was a thorough process and Officers were aware of the concerns.



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.




Deferred Applications (Agenda item 7) pdf icon PDF 45 KB

To consider applications deferred at previous meetings including some, but not all, of those shown on the attached Schedule of Deferred Applications.


ATTLEBOROUGH: Change of use from agricultural to burial site and outline for 8 dwellings: Warrens Lane: Applicant: Righetti: Reference: 3PL/2016/0486/H pdf icon PDF 78 KB


Deferred for further information (see Minute No. 15/17 above).


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 340 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Avant Homes (Midlands)




Glavenhill Strategic Land (Number 1) Ltd




Mr David Taylor




Mr David Taylor




Ms Heather Rutterford

Saham Toney



Breckland Bridge Ltd




Mrs Pauline Keene




Mr Adrian Stasiak




Mr Richard Syrett




Mr & Mrs Toney and Nicky Perkins

Stow Bedon/Breckles



Mr Paul Davis




Additional documents:


a.    Item 1 – Dereham: Land off Swanton Road: Residential development of up to 216 dwellings, landscaping, openspace, parking and access from Swanton Road: Applicant: Avant Homes (Midlands): Reference: 3PL/2015/1487/0


Deferred for further Highway information.


b.    Item 2 – Dereham: Land off Shipdham Road, Westfield Road and Westfield Lane: Residential development for a minimum of 291 dwellings, link road, open space and recreational space: Applicant: Glavenhill Strategic Land (Number 1) Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2015/1490/0


Deferred for further Highway information.


c.    Item 3 – Harling: Taylors Drift, Lopham Road: Erection of 3 dwellings: Applicant: Mr David Taylor: Reference: 3PL/2016/0189/F


Chris Hobson, the Principal Planning Officer presented the application which was considered in conjunction with Schedule item 4 (see Minute No. 18/17(d) below).  Planning permission for 33 dwellings on an existing development had already been permitted.  This application for the erection of 3 dwellings would be located on plot 4 which had a previous permission for one 5 bed dwelling; the proposal if approved would now provide an additional two x 4 bed dwellings.


This application was also being considered alongside application reference 3PL/2016/0192/VAR to make minor material amendments to house types and the layout of the permission of phase 3 of the wider development; this would also include an amendment to the vehicular route.


Approved, as recommended.


d.    Item 4 – Harling: Taylors Drift, Lopham Road: Minor material amendment to planning permission 3PL/2011/1071/F in respect of amendments to design of plots: Applicant: Mr David Taylor: Reference: 3PL/2016/0192/VAR


Approved, as recommended (see Minute No. 18/17(c) above.


e.    Item 5- Saham Toney: Site off Mill View, Ovington Road: Proposed residential development for 10 No. single storey dwellings: Applicant: Ms Heather Rutterford: Reference: 3PL/2016/0766/F


The Principal Planning Officer presented the application which was recommended for refusal due to it being outside a settlement boundary and contrary to policies SS1, CP14, DC02 and policies contained within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in particular paragraphs 12, 14 and 17.


Chris Parsons, the applicant’s agent advised that the application had been due to come before Committee in 2016 and although the application itself was generally positive it was recommended for refusal due to the Council’s recent five year housing land supply.  The single storey dwellings would infill an obvious gap and once built this high quality accommodation would serve the rental market.  Mr Parsons urged Members to approve the application as it was unknown what the Government White Paper was going to contain and felt that smaller housing sites must be considered.


Refused, as recommended.


f.     Item 6 – Mileham: Land off Burghwood Drive: Construction of 3 No. new build dwellings and associated external works: Applicant: Breckland Bridge Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2016/0959/F


Jemima Dean, a Senior Development Planner presented the application.  The land ownership was clarified.


Councillor Clarke asked if the units would be for sale or for the rental market.  Members were informed that 4 of the 11 dwellings which had already been granted planning permission were for affordable housing but these three would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1817.


Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 64 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.




Appeals Decisions (for information) (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 83 KB




Exclusion of Press and Public (Agenda item 11)

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”.



RESOLVED 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 the exempt information as contained in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Act.


Enforcement Update (Agenda item 12)

Verbal update by the Enforcement Manager.



The Enforcement Manager provided Members with an overview of the work carried out over the last 12 months.


The Enforcement Team had been extremely busy and the statistics for 2016 had been reviewed and compared to 2015.  There had been 340 new cases in 2015 compared to 370 in 2016.  This increase was mainly due to the new on-line reporting facility which was much more accessible to the public. 377 cases were closed in 2015 compared to 366 cases in 2016, 58 had resulted in retrospective planning applications bringing in fees of over £23,000.


In the last year 99.73% of cases had been resolved and in 100% of cases investigations had commenced within ten working days which was well above national standards.


Two new staff had been appointed, Ian Williamson, an experienced Enforcement Officer and Fiona Culshaw who was an experienced S106 Officer.


Councillor Duigan felt that as this item was all good news it should have been above the line and discussed with the press and the public present.  The Legal Advisor pointed out that the resolution to exclude the press and public had been agreed.


Councillor Marion Chapman-Allen felt that given the case load, as a Ward Member she felt that the Enforcement Team were very prompt in their response.


The Chairman thanked the Enforcement Manager for his update.