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Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 3 July 2017.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 3 July 2017 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Brame, Marion Chapman-Allen, Clarke and Hollis.


Substitutes in attendance were Councillors Darby, Gilbert, Richmond and Taylor.


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.



Councillor Phillip Duigan received direct representation in relation to Agenda item 10 (schedule item 16) Dereham, (see Minute No. 82/17(p) below).


The Vice-Chairman, Councillor Frank Sharpe, declared an interest in Agenda item 10 (Schedule item 18) Ashill, (see Minute No. 82/17(r) below).



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)


The Chairman and Members of the Committee wished Councillor Marion Chapman-Allen a speedy recovery.


2017 Statement of Five Year Housing Land Supply (Agenda item 5) pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Report of the Director of Planning & Building Control.

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The Director of Planning & Building Control informed the Committee of Breckland’s current situation in regards to its five year housing land supply.


The five year housing land supply was a comparison of the anticipated supply of new dwellings, against the number of new dwellings that were required to be built in Breckland (known as the housing requirement). 


The housing supply was made up of deliverable sites in suitable locations, available now and achievable in the next 5 years and was made up of the following components: sites with planning permission, allocations in the Local Plan and windfall sites.


To assess the Council’s 5 year land supply position, the identified supply against the comparison had to be compared using both the Core Strategy targets and the Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) target.  The Council’s historic under provision of housing from previous years had also been taken into account and added to the projection of future need using both the Liverpool and Sedgefield methodologies. On the basis of the figures as at the end of March 2017, Breckland Council was now below the level following a recent update from the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) and could only demonstrate a 4.6 year housing land supply using the Liverpool methodology.  One of the reasons for this shortfall was due to planning permissions not being built and some being delayed such as the Strategic Urban Extensions (SUE) in Attleborough and Thetford.


The allocation of additional land as part of the new Local Plan would assist in resolving the problem.  As the document gained weight, moving through the examination process, the emerging Local Plan allocations would remedy the current shortfall. On adoption of the Local Plan these sites would form part of the Council’s forward looking supply.


In order to boost the supply of housing in the short term, in addition to the new Local Plan, the Council would now need to consider development on sustainable sites located outside identified settlement boundaries. This would only apply where sites have been demonstrated to meet the three limbs of sustainable development as defined within the National Planning Policy Framework.


In response to a question, a review of the five year land supply statement should take place on an annual basis using the base date of 31st March each year; however, taking into account the Council’s current situation, and if development increased in the interim, a further review could take place later in 2017.


In response to a question, outline planning permissions had been taken into account.


Referring to the build out rates on Appendix 1 of the report in regard to development in Necton, Councillor Duigan asked if the figures shown were realistic.  He also asked about the long list of small sites that had not been developed of which a trench would be dug to preserve the planning permission but not built out. In response to the first question, Members were informed that the evidence the Council had, had to be tested and normal measures would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7717.


Revisions to Local List (Agenda item 6) pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Place.

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Rebecca Collins, a Principal Planning Officer, presented the report.


The Council’s current Local List had been adopted in July 2015 and local authorities were required to review their list every two years.


An initial updating of the document had been carried out by Officers followed by a public consultation which included sending letters to potentially interested stakeholders/consultees including agents, parish and town councils.   A number of responses had been received and the comments/proposed changes summarised and included on the tracked changed version of the Local List on pages 48 to 74  of the agenda pack.


Members were asked to accept the changes and adopt the revised Local List.


RESOLVED that the draft Local List for 2017 for the validation of Planning Applications be adopted and all track changes be accepted.


Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda (Agenda item 7)

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(b) and Agenda item 10, Schedule Item 3 (Dereham)

·         Agenda item 10, Schedule item 10 (Attleborough)

·         Agenda item 10, Schedule item 11 (Harling).


Urgent Business (Agenda item 8)

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 9) 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.


List of Deferred Reports pdf icon PDF 46 KB




DEREHAM: Land off Greenfields Road: Reference: 3PL/2016/1397/F pdf icon PDF 83 KB


Deferred for further information.


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 455 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:



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RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


a)    Item 1: Mattishall: Land south of Dereham Road: Erection of up to 50 residential dwellings with associated infrastructure: Applicant: Gladman Developments Ltd: Reference:3PL/2015/0498/O


Consideration was given to the report presented by Chris Hobson, 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.  A letter of representation from Councillor Bill Borrett had also been received urging the Committee to refuse the application:


Ward Representative:                         Councillor Paul Claussen


Ward Representative:             Councillor Pablo Dimoglou


Objector:                                             Councillor George Freeman MP


Objector:                                             Sylvia Gill & Anna Loake (Mattishall                                                  Matters)


Objector:                                             Richard Stephenson (Mattishall                                                                      Neighbourhood Plan)


Parish Council:                                    John Rockliffe


Norfolk County Council:                     Graham Brown & Matt Aitchison                                                                    (Flood Water Management)


DECISION: Members voted unanimously for refusal contrary to the Officer’s recommendation.


REASONS: Intrusion of built development into the open countryside and the creation of a hard edge to the village of Mattishall having a significant visual impact and harm to the character and appearance of the site and surrounding area, and the surrounding landscape.


b)    Item 2: Wretham: Stonebridge Camp, Thetford Road, Stonebridge: development of Stonebridge Camp including erection of 27 dwellings (revised scheme): Applicant: Beres Development Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2016/0939/VAR


Consideration was given to the report presented by Chris Hobson, 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 Philip Cowen


Developer:                                          Les Beres


DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval as recommended; subject to:


                       i.        the conditions as listed in the report; and


                      ii.        authority be delegated to Planning Officers, in consultation with the Chairman of the Planning Committee, for the relocation of the sub-station and the retention of the current footpath ‘trod’ located along the Thetford Road frontage.


c)    Item 3: Dereham: Land at Greenfields Road: 285 dwellings comprising 6 x 5 bedroom house, 87 x 4 bedroom houses, 113 x 3 bedroom houses, 73 x 2 bedroom houses, 4 x 2 bedroom bungalows and 2 x 1 bedroom bungalows together with associated access, pedestrian and cycle links, landscaping and open space: Applicant: Orbit Homes (2020) Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2016/1397/F


Deferred (see Minute No. 79/17 above).


d)    Item 4: Hockering: Heath Road: Outline for residential development of up to 12 dwellings: Applicant: Greatbrisk Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2016/1262/O


Consideration was given to the report presented by Debi Sherman, Principal Development Management Planner (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 Gordon Bambridge


Parish Council:                                    Richard Hawker & Susan Warren


DECISION  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8217.


Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda item 11) pdf icon PDF 63 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 (Agenda item 12) pdf icon PDF 8 KB

For information.