Agenda and draft minutes

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1/23

Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 278 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2022.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2022 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

2/23

Apologies & Substitutes (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Mark Kiddle-Morris.  Councillor Taila Taylor was in attendance as his substitute.

 

Mr Horn, the Solicitor to the Council, was in attendance for agenda items 1 to 8 only.

3/23

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 as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.

 

Minutes:

Agenda item 9(c): Shipdham: Meadow Bank, Carbrooke Lane: Reference: 3PL/2022/1263/F

 

Councillor Bowes declared a personal & prejudicial interest in this application and left the room whilst this matter was being discussed.

4/23

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)

Minutes:

The site visit that had previously been arranged to take place on Tuesday, 7 February would not now be taking place and would be re-arranged for another day.  Members would be informed of a new date in due course.

5/23

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.

Minutes:

None.

6/23

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.

Minutes:

None.

7/23

Local Plan Update (Standing Item) (Agenda item 7)

To receive an update. 

Minutes:

Simon Wood, the Director of Planning & Building Control provided Members with a brief update on the Local Plan.

 

Members were aware that the Issues & Options report went to the Cabinet meeting on 9 January 2023 and was approved for consultation.  This had followed what could only be agreed as a fairly successful Briefing that had been held prior to Christmas with Parish & Town Councillors.  At this Briefing, Town & Parish Councils were provided with detailed information about the consultation and what Breckland Council was trying to achieve from it.

 

Agreement was being sought to appoint a consultation expert in terms of community engagement to run alongside the consultation process in respect of the Issues & Options paper. It was anticipated that the consultation would start in early February 2023 and Members would be kept informed of the date that this would commence.

 

On another matter, Members were aware that just before Christmas, a consultation paper on the National Planning Policy Framework had been issued.  It was quite a lengthy consultation paper and the Council had until 2 March 2023 to respond.  It was planned to take a report to the Cabinet meeting on 6 February 2023 that would set up some of the main issues and some initial thoughts for discussion.  It was hoped that the all Member Briefing on 7 February, the day after Cabinet, could also be used for further discussion on this matter.  Papers would be sent out to all Members in advance of the Briefing.

 

Additionally, the tender in respect of the Housing Economic Development Needs Assessment was close to being agreed.  This was to assess the housing and economic need across the district to inform the Local Plan. This would be going out in the next couple of weeks and was something that had been put together not only by Planning Policy but also with colleagues in Housing Strategy and Economic Regeneration & Growth.

 

No questions were asked.

 

8/23

Deferred Applications ((Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 106 KB

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

8/23a

Griston: Coughtrey Industrial Estates (Units 1 -17), Church Road: Reference: 3PL/2022/0368/F pdf icon PDF 150 KB

The demolition of Units 1-6 (whole block Western boundary) and Units 7-13 (part of North Block), extensions to units 14 and 15 (large extension to North block), extension to unit 16 (small extension to South Block), external fascia changes, refurbishment to Unit 17. Change of use of whole site to mixed B2 and Class E (offices). The reconfiguration of parking and creation of a new loading and unloading area.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The demolition of Units 1-6 (whole block Western boundary) and Units 7-13 (part of North Block), extensions to units 14 and 15 (large extension to North block), extension to unit 16 (small extension to South Block), external fascia changes, refurbishment to Unit 17. Change of use of whole site to mixed B2 and Class E (offices). The reconfiguration of parking and creation of a new loading and unloading area.

 

This application was deferred at the Planning Committee meeting on 4 October 2022 for further information.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Rebecca Collins, Head of Development Management.

 

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

 

Applicant:                                Mr Philip Leslie

 

Applicant’s Agent:                   Edward Tyrer Consultancy

 

Griston Parish Council            Cllr Andy Parsons

 

Griston Community Group:    Mr John Heath

 

DECISION: Members voted 8 x 3 for approval in support of the Officer’s recommendation; subject to:

 

1.    the conditions as set out in the report;

 

2.    the updated conditions as listed on the supplementary report in respect of conditions 10 and 11 in relation to operating hours; and

 

3.    delegated authority be given to Officers to agree an acceptable drainage strategy with the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA).

 

 

9/23

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 9)

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

9/23a

Attleborough: Land off Carvers Lane: Reference: 3PL/2022/0812/VAR pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Variation of Condition(s) No 2 on 3PL/2014/1264/F - Amendment to approved plans and documents to include new plans to allow for smaller units more suitable for the applicant (Places for People).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Variation of Condition(s) No 2 on 3PL/2014/1264/F - Amendment to approved plans and documents to include new plans to allow for smaller units more suitable for the applicant (Places for People).

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Chris Hobson, Principal Development Management Planner.

 

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:                                on behalf of Places for People Ltd

 

Applicant’s Agent:                   Jason Parker (Parker Planning Services)

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval in support of the Officer’s recommendation; subject to:

 

1.    the conditions as listed in the report;

 

2.    condition 19 being amended in terms of the Noise Impact Assessment; and

 

3.    delegated authority be given to Officers to enter into a S106 Legal Agreement to secure the obligations as set out in the report.

9/23b

Attleborough: Land off Carvers Lane: Reference: 3PL/2022/0852/F pdf icon PDF 113 KB

Erection of 8 dwellings.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Erection of 8 dwellings.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Chris Hobson, Principal Development Management Planner.

 

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:                                on behalf of Places for People Ltd

 

Applicant’s Agent:                   Jason Parker (Parker Planning Services)

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval in support of the Officer’s recommendation; subject to:

 

1.    the conditions as listed in the report;

 

2.    condition 13 being amended in respect of the Noise Impact Assessment; and

 

3.    delegated authority be given to Officers to enter into a S106 Legal Agreement to secure the obligations as set out in the report.

9/23c

Shipdham: Meadow Bank, Carbrooke Lane: Reference: 3PL/2022/1263/F pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To transfer an existing agricultural restriction from Meadow Bank to the adjacent new dwelling The Granary.

Minutes:

Councillor Bowes declared a personal & prejudicial interest in this application and left the room whilst this matter was being discussed.

 

To transfer an existing agricultural restriction from Meadow Bank to the adjacent new dwelling.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Lisa O’Donovan, Senior Development Management Planner.

 

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 Lynda Turner

 

Applicant’s Agent:                   Henry Isotta-Day (Clayland Architects)

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval in support of the Officer’s recommendation; subject to:

 

1.    delegated authority be given to Officers to issue the decision once the S106 Legal Agreement has been finalised; and

 

2.    the conditions as listed in the report.

9/23d

Shropham: Caretakers House, Larling Road: Reference: 3PL/2022/0439/F pdf icon PDF 85 KB

A building to provide residential accommodation for a site manager/caretaker including new highway access, private drive and hardstanding’s together with associated facilities including an office, guest parking, laundry facilities, garage and stores essential for the management, maintenance, security and general upkeep of the holiday accommodation located at Settle.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A building to provide residential accommodation for a site manager/caretaker including new highway access, private drive and hardstanding’s together with associated facilities including an office, guest parking, laundry facilities, garage and stores essential for the management, maintenance, security and general upkeep of the holiday accommodation located at Settle.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Matthew Blackie, Senior Development Management Planner.

 

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 Sarah Suggitt

 

Applicant(s):                            Mr & Mrs Morfoot

 

Applicant’s Agent:                   Mr Philip Cowen (Cowen Consulting)

 

Shropham Parish Council:      Cllr David Napier (Chairman)

 

DECISION: Members voted 9 x 3 to defer the application for a site visit.

 

Councillors Atterwill, Wilkinson and Duigan asked for their vote against the site visit to be recorded.

 

Members were encouraged to look at the applicant’s website for further information prior to the site visit.

9/23e

Thetford: 30 Raymond Street: Reference: 3PL/2022/1305/F pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Change of use to dwelling eight person HMO.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Change of use to dwelling eight person HMO.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Rebecca Collins, Head of Development Management.

 

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 unanimously for approval in support of the Officer’s recommendation; subject to:

 

1.    the conditions as listed in the report; and

 

2.    delegated authority be given to Officers to grant planning permission, subject to the receipt of a satisfactory unilateral undertaking in terms of GIRAMs.

9/23f

Thetford: 30 Raymond Street: Reference: 3PL/2022/1306/LB pdf icon PDF 76 KB

The creation of an HMO associated compliance works and associated external and internal repairs.

Minutes:

The creation of an HMO associated compliance works and associated external and internal repairs.

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Rebecca Collins, Head of Development Management.

 

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 this application.

 

DECISION: Members voted unanimously for approval in support of the Officer’s recommendation; subject to the conditions as listed in the report.

 

9/23g

Thompson: Toms Haven, Tottington Road: Reference: 3PL/2022/0634/O pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Erection 2 x 2-Bed houses.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Erection 2 x 2-Bed houses

 

Consideration was given to the report presented by Matthew Blackie, Senior Development Management Planner.

 

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 Sarah Suggitt

 

Applicant’s Agent:                   Mr Roger Gilles (Barefoot & Gilles Architect Ltd)

 

Thompson Parish Council:     Cllr Angus Welch

 

Objector:                                 Mr Andrew Cook (Thompson Residents Representative)

 

DECISION: Members voted 8 x 2 against the Officer’s recommendations of approval.

 

REASONS:  Overdevelopment of the application site and the loss of green open space that contributed to the landscape and wider character of the area and street scene.

 

DECISION: Member voted 8 x 2 to refuse the application.

10/23

Applications determined by the Executive Director of Place (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

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.

11/23

Appeals Summary (for information) (Agenda item 11) pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Minutes:

Noted.