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6317.

Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 12 June 2017.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 12 June 2017 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

6417.

Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

None.

6517.

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.

 

Minutes:

All Members had received direct representation in relation to Agenda item 7(a), Dereham.

6617.

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 5)

Minutes:

A site visit was being arranged to take place in the morning of Thursday, 20 July 2017 to Mattishall and Hockering.  The Hockering site visit would also include a visit to the company’s business premises in Toftwood. 

 

A site visit letter will follow (times to be confirmed).

6717.

Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda (Agenda item 6)

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.

Minutes:

Agenda Item 7(b), (Wretham) had been deferred.

6817.

Urgent Business (Agenda item 7)

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.

Minutes:

Interim 5 Year Land Supply Update

 

The Director of Planning and Building Control presented this item of urgent business.

 

There had not been a formal change to the Council’s position on land supply; however, new information had come to light.

 

During the Planning Appeal process held for the residential development on Mallard Road in Watton, the Appellant sought to undermine the Council’s most recent statement on its 5 year land supply. They highlighted subsequent changes, such as developments that had not come forward in the timescales predicted.  Within the context of this Appeal only, the Council therefore agreed that the demonstrable housing land supply should be reduced to 4.9 years at this point in time.  Further work was now underway to finalise a new 5 year land supply and a report was expected to be presented to the next Planning Committee meeting on the 31 July 2017.

 

In addition on the 28 June 2017, the Council published its new Central Norfolk Strategic Housing Market Assessment (CNSHMA).  For Breckland, the data had shown that the annual housing target had increased from 598 dwellings per annum to 612 dwellings per annum.  This increase had impacted the 5 year housing land supply from the September 2016 position.

 

Further to the above, Members were advised that the Council’s emerging Local Plan proposes a ‘stepped’ trajectory with a lower housing target for the first five years to reflect the increase in delivery that would come in later years as the Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUE) in Thetford and Attleborough were built out.

 

The Director of Planning and Building Control advised that whilst there was no formal change to the 5 year housing land supply, in the light of recent events, less weight should be given to the Council’s 5 year housing land supply when determining planning applications until the position had been formally updated at the end of the month.

 

In response to a question as to whether the 4.9 year figure included the 20% housing buffer, Members were informed that it had been included.

 

Councillor Duigan asked about the recent permissions granted outside the Settlement Boundary and whether any of these had started construction.  Members were informed that these permissions would have been given a reduced time limit of two years to commence construction; however, a number of these, had not, as yet, come forward; therefore, to compensate, other housing had to be found.  Councillor Duigan felt that a record should be kept on this matter.

 

Councillor Joel asked what methodology had been used to get to the 4.9 year position.  It was noted that the 4.9 year position had been reached on the Liverpool approach as it was felt to be the most appropriate method.

 

Councillor Martin pointed out that the Attleborough SUE was still on track.

 

Scoulton Crematorium

 

Members were provided with an update on the long running Scoulton Crematorium application that was granted permission and then was judicially reviewed in the High Court.

 

The Council’s Solicitor was pleased to report that judgement  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6817.

6917.

Deferred Applications (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 49 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:

Minutes:

The Schedule of Deferred Applications was noted.

6917a

Dereham: Land off Swanton Road: Reference: 3PL/2015/1487O pdf icon PDF 6 MB

Repotr of the Executive Director of Place.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report presented by Debi Sherman, the Principal Development Management Planner (Capita). Further representation had been received objecting to the application.

 

This application had been deferred to enable  highway issues to be explored.

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance; however, it was noted that if Members were mindful to approve the application, there was a possibility of it being called in by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

 

Representations were made in respect of the application, in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Ward Representative:                         Councillor Linda Monument

 

Dereham Town Council:                     Anthony Needham

 

Geoff Armstrong:                                Applicant’s Agent

 

Andrew Cooper:                                  Highway Consultant

 

Lee Clarke:                                          Drainage Consultant

 

Gill Huckle:                                          Objector

 

DECISION: Members voted 9 – 2 for approval as recommended; subject to:

 

1.    the conditions as listed in the report and the following additional conditions:

 

                                 i.       the occupation of the dwellings be prohibited until a foul water drainage condition has been agreed;

                                ii.       the road improvements to be completed prior to construction of the dwellings; and a

                               iii.       landscaping condition to be made at a later date

 

2.     and subject to a S106 Agreement to secure:

 

                                 i.       the provision of on-site affordable housing at 40%;

                                ii.       a contribution to library services;

                               iii.       contributions to local primary Schools on a pro-rata basis;

                              iv.       public open space; and

                               v.       a contribution towards health facilities.

 

6917b

Wretham: Stonebridge Camp: Reference: 3PL/2016/0939/VAR pdf icon PDF 396 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Place.

Minutes:

This item had been deferred.

7017.

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

 

Item No

Applicant

Parish

Page No

1

Mr & Mrs Wilkins

Great Ellingham

 

2

Mr Holland

Attleborough

 

3

Mr & Mrs Justin & Nesha Wilkins

Great Ellingham

 

4

Mr Maurice Wilkins

Great Ellingham

 

5

Ricco Fabio Ltd

Caston

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:

 

a)    Item 1: Great Ellingham: White House Farm, 97 Long Street: Erection of 2 no 3 bed houses: Applicant: Mr & Mrs Wilkins: Reference: 3PL/2017/0507/F

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Chris Hobson, a Principal Planning Officer (Capita).

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

No representations were made in respect of the application.

 

DECISION: Members voted 9 – 2 to approve the application as recommended.

 

b)    Item 2: Attleborough: Land adjacent to 6 Dodds Lane: Erection of a three bedroomed dwelling with associated parking facilities and a new turning area and passing point for all users of Dodd’s Lane: Applicant: Mr Holland: reference: 3PL/2017/0587/F

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Rebecca Collins, a Principal Planning Officer (Capita).

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Representations were made in respect of the application, in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Ward Representative:                         Councillor Adrian Stasiak

 

Applicant’s Agent:                               John Barbuk + Advisor

 

Objectors:                                            Gordon and Caroline Knott

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for refusal as recommended.

 

c)    Item 3: Great Ellingham: White House Farm, 97 Long Street: Replacement of existing farmhouse within garden curtilage: Applicants: Mr & Mrs Justin & Nesha Wilkins: Reference: 3PL/2017/0559/F

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Chris Hobson, a Principal Planning Officer (Capita).

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Representations were made in respect of the application, in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Applicant’s Agent:                               Jemima Dean

 

DECISION: Members voted 5 for approval and 5 for refusal + 1 abstention.

 

The reasons for the abstention were explained and following further information and subsequently an explanation from the Council’s Solicitor two further votes were taken (the outcome remained the same in both).

 

DECISION: Members voted 6 – 5 for refusal as recommended.

 

d)    Item 4: Great Ellingham: Land at North corner of Bow Street & Hingham Road: Erection of 4 no four bed dwelling houses with garages off private drive: Applicant: Mr Maurice Wilkins: Reference: 3PL/2017/0394/F

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Rebecca Collins, a Principal Planning Officer (Capita).

 

Members considered the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance.

 

Representations were made in respect of the application, in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:

 

Objector:                                             James Abbott

 

Applicant’s Agent:                               Viv Bebbington

 

DECISION: Members voted 10 – 1 for refusal as recommended.

 

e)    Item 5: Caston: Land adjacent to Walnut Tree Cottage, Attleborough Road: Erection of four detached dwellings with detached garages and carports: Applicant: Ricco Fabio Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2017/0438/F

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Rebecca Collins, a Principal Planning Officer (Capita).

 

Members considered the matter and fully  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7017.

7117.

Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 23 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.

Minutes:

Noted.

7217.

June Appeals Summary (Agenda item 11) pdf icon PDF 9 KB

For information.

Minutes:

Noted.