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123.

Minutes (Agenda item 2) pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 23 July 2007.

Minutes:

Subject to Mr Kemp being added to the attendance list and Mrs K Millbank being added to the list of apologies, the Minutes of the meeting held on 23 July 2007 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

124.

Apologies(Agenda item 3)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mrs M Chapman-Allen and Mr A Byrne.

 

125.

Declaration of Interest (Agenda item 4)

Members are asked at this stage to declare any interests they may have in any of the following items on the agenda.  The Members’ Code of Conduct requires that declarations include the nature of the interest and whether it is personal or prejudicial.

Minutes:

Members and Officers were asked to declare any interests as appropriate at the time the applications were made.

 

Mrs C Bowes and Mr M Kiddle-Morris declared a personal interest in item 2 of the Schedule of Applications (Beeston) as they knew the applicant.  Both Mrs Bowes and Mr M Kiddle-Morris left the room whilst this item was being discussed.

 

Mrs C Bowes declared a personal interest in item 10 of the Schedule of Applications (Thompson).  No reason was given as to the nature of the interest.

 

126.

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 5)

Minutes:

  • The Chairman announced that Mr G Britton, the Council’s long standing Principal Planning Officer, was retiring and that this would be his last Committee meeting.  Members of the Committee thanked Mr Britton for his support and guidance over the years, which, they said, had always been of the highest professional standard.

 

On behalf of Officers, the Development Services Manager added his personal thanks to Mr Britton and wished him the very best for the future.

 

The Principal Planning Officer thanked everyone for their kind words.

 

  • Items 6 and 8 of the Schedule of Applications (Attleborough) had been withdrawn.

 

127.

Local Development Framework (Standard Item) (Agenda item 8)

To receive an update.

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Policy Officer informed Members of the progress on the Breckland Local Development Framework (LDF). He explained that, although Breckland was in the third year of the new system, and it was appreciated that there was some anxiety over the time taken to produce the LDF, Breckland was making reasonable progress. 

 

In Spring 2007 the LDF team had consulted on ‘Development Choices’ – around some critical issues for the LDF including housing numbers, job numbers and retail floorspace figures.  This had generated 1400 comments all of which could be viewed on-line at www.breckland.gov.uk  Broadly, the consultation had advised the Council that it was on the right lines but that it needed to develop further which villages became Local Service Centres, the balance of growth between towns and a strategy for thriving and sustainable rural communities.

 

The next LDF milestone was public consultation on the final draft of Strategy and Core Policies.  Before this consultation could take place with the public there remained a number of areas of work which needed to be finalised over the next 2 months before the draft was able to go through the various Committee cycle.  This included a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment – a thorough analysis of all sustainable housing options, a revised Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and a detailed Assessment of European Wildlife Sites (which was underway).  Much of the work would be in the public domain once it entered the Committee process towards the middle/end of October with the public consultation to follow.   Work on the LDF site specifics would need to start in the Autumn 2007 with dialogue between Officers, Town and Parish Councils and Ward Members to develop revised inset plans.  An LDF newsletter on the timetable would be sent out to all Town & Parish Councils and stakeholders in September which would be available on-line.

 

Members were advised that on 30th September 2007 the Local Plan and Norfolk Structure Plan would expire; although there was a process for saving Local Plan policies beyond this date. Whilst there were over 150 policies in the Local Plan, the core 20 policies which were being used on a daily basis would be saved and would meet the Government’s strict criteria for the saving of Local Plan policies.

 

A key task for the LDF was to define a number of villages as Local Service Centres.The emerging Regional Plan allowed for LDFs to allocate development to large villages with good level of services.  The services were:

 

-          Primary school in the village and access to a Secondary School nearby

-          Health care facilities

-          Retail and service provision to meet everyday needs

-          Local employment opportunities

-          Public transport provision

 

This was the first time in 15-20 years that plan-making had been able to consider the potential of larger villages for further development.  Despite growth in the rural areas, the closure of village services and commuting had increased and identifying a number of Local Service Centres had the following benefits:  ...  view the full minutes text for item 127.

128.

Planning White Paper - Planning for a Sustainable Future (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Report of the Operations Manager (Commercial Services).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Government had recently published the Planning White Paper – Planning a Sustainable Future which set out the Government’s detailed proposals for reform of the planning system, building on Kate Barker’s recommendations for improving the speed, responsiveness and efficiency in land use planning, and taking forward Kate Barker’s and Rod Eddington’s proposals for reform of major infrastructure planning.  The White Paper was the subject of consultation until 17 August 2007 and the proposals contained within the White Paper were principally the Government’s response to the two reports as outlined in the report.  These proposals could be examined in more detail at Appendix 1 of the report.

 

The Development Services Manager explained that there were a number of “daughter” papers that had accompanied this report which would be presented to the Development Committee at a later date.

 

The key recommendations from Kate Barker’s report and Rod Eddington’s analysis of the delivery system for transport infrastructure were highlighted.

 

Members were informed that the planning policy guidance notes would now be named as planning policy statements.  The Government was also looking to move away from the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) and move towards the Governing body, the East of England Development Agency (EEDA).  The Planning White Paper was also looking to remove the need for planning permissions for some commercial developments.

 

The key proposals had been split up in a number of ways as follows:

 

1)                  To provide a positive framework for delivering sustainable development, supports local government in this place shaping role and improving speed efficiency and customer focus within the planning system.

2)                  A positive framework for delivering sustainable development.

3)                  Strengthening the role of local authorities in place shaping.

 

In response to a question, Members were informed that the forthcoming White Paper would not slow down the progress of the Council’s Local Development Framework (LDF).

 

Questions and concerns were raised as follows:

 

Appendix A – Page 13 – 2nd bullet point

 

“Site allocations may not always be needed and core strategies to include strategic sites (consultation in August).” 

 

The Development Services Manager advised that the Officers had not been entirely convinced that this issue related to an area such as Breckland and therefore would not be supported.

 

Appendix B - page 14 - 2nd bullet point (i)

 

A reduced need for planning applications for minor developments”.

 

A Member asked the Development Services Manager what this Order would mean for a local authority.

 

In response, it was explained that the detailed proposals had been based on:

 

a)      Developments with no or low impacts on neighbours or on the area outside the immediate site being permitted under the new Order; and

b)      Those developments considered to have more than a low impact on the wider neighbourhood and/or street scene requiring specific planning permission.

 

Appendix B - bullet point 2 (iii)

 

An improvement to appeals process.” 

 

A Member, in his opinion, felt that this could mean that the public would be allowed to appeal against permissions  ...  view the full minutes text for item 128.

129.

Dereham: Alterations/Conversion of the Guildhall to Form Four Dwellings: Applicant Mr P Green: References: 3PL/2004/1316/F & 3PL/2004/1317/LB (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) presented the report which concerned proposals to convert the Guildhall in Dereham into four dwellings.  It had been recommended that planning permission be refused and that enforcement action be authorised.

 

These applications had previously been considered by the Development Control Committee on 27 September 2004, where it had been resolved to grant permission subject to the receipt of a satisfactory schedule of works, providing full details and specifications of the proposed building works/alterations. 

 

Members were informed that since the publication of the Agenda, the schedule of works had recently been submitted; however, it had been found to be unsatisfactory and was a good deal short of what was required.  Further to this, the schedule of works had not dealt with the damage caused by the vandalism to the building.

 

Given the length of time that this application had continued, the Committee was asked to consider whether the application should be deferred before a final decision was made.  This would allow a further period of time of 4 to 6 weeks for the applicant to provide a satisfactory schedule of works, or alternatively, to refuse it if the said schedule was not received during that time.

 

As far as the enforcement issue was concerned, significant alterations were being carried out which were unauthorised but were continuing.  The applicant had been strongly advised to stop the work, but as yet had not done so.  The works being carried out could cause irretrievable damage if allowed to continue.  The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) felt that some form of injunction should be issued for the works to cease immediately, and/or prosecution should be sought for the illegal works being carried out to a Grade II Listed Building.

 

A Member felt that there should be no further delay and that the Officers should be given the authority to take any steps that were felt necessary.

 

A Ward Member for Dereham urged the Officers’ to issue a stop notice and to secure the whole ground floor of the building.

 

The Historic Buildings Officer advised that the Council was keen to keep the building secure.  In the last three years, the building had been allowed to fall into disrepair and had been a continual target for vandalism; however,  following continual dialogue with the police and fire brigade, the Council had boarded the building up to prevent further damage and the risk of fire. He stressed that the nature of current works being carried out to the building had not been agreed.

 

The Chairman also raised concern about the damage being done to the existing garden wall alongside St Withburga Lane.  The damage had been caused by a dip in the road which constantly filled up with water when it rained and was being splashed up the wall by vehicles using St Withburga Lane.  The Committee agreed that the Highway Authority should be asked to repair the road to stop further damage to the wall which had been listed in its  ...  view the full minutes text for item 129.

130.

Delegations to Officers (Agenda item 11) pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.

Minutes:

The Development Services Manager presented the report which concerned the Officers’ Delegation Agreement that had previously been introduced for a 12 month period in September 2006.  The report had considered the issues and recommended its retention.

 

The Development Services Manager felt that the current Delegation Agreement (Appendix 2) had worked much better than the previous Agreement as attached at Appendix 1 of the report.

 

The Committee was reminded that the recommendation was subject to the approval of Full Council at its meeting on 20th September 2007.

 

In considering the report, a Member felt that all applications previously refused by the Development Control Committee should automatically be brought back if a revised application on the same site was submitted.  Members were advised that it would be very difficult to administer, particularly if the application had met all the necessary conditions.  Members were reassured that they still had the right of call-in and through them, the Parish or Town Councils also had the opportunity to request applications to be called-in.

 

Referring to the Camp Farm application, the Solicitor suggested clarifying existing delegations by adding a specific delegated power for the Development Services Manager to make decisions as necessary for the processing of applications, including decisions under the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations.

 

In conclusion and for the reasons outlined in the report, the Committee

 

RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL that the current Officer Delegation Agreement from the Development Control Committee be approved, in accordance with option i) of the report, subject to the addition of a specific delegated power for the Development Services Manager to make      decisions as necessary for the processing of applications, including any decisions required under the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations.

 

131.

Enforcement Items (for information) (Agenda item 12) pdf icon PDF 20 KB

For information.

Minutes:

This item was noted.

 

132.

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 13) pdf icon PDF 277 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

 

Item No

Applicant

Parish

Page No

1

Sara Jane Inglis

Besthorpe

42 - 44

2

Mr C Griffin

Beeston

45 - 47

3

Ideal Developments UK Ltd

Holme Hale

48 - 51

4

Ideal Developments UK Ltd

Holme Hale

52 - 55

5

Ideal Developments UK Ltd

Holme Hale

56 - 60

6

R & H Leisure (Norfolk) Ltd

Attleborough

61 - 63

7

Great Hockham Children’s Centre

Hockham

64 - 68

8

Woodys Haulage Ltd

Attleborough

69 - 71

9

Paul Rackham Ltd

Roudham/Larling

72 - 73

10

Mr E Raker

Thompson

74 – 76

11

Mr E Raker

Thompson

77 - 78

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the applications be determined in accordance with the recommendations contained in the schedule, subject to the following conditions and amendments:

 

(a)         Item 1: 3PL/2007/0773/F: Besthorpe: Unit 10: Rookery Business Park, Silver Street: Extension to existing warehouse type building & change of use to a gymnastics facility (D2 leisure use) for Sara Jane Inglis

 

Following the receipt of a satisfactory sequential test, the application was approved as recommended.

 

b)            Item 2: 3PL/2007/0882/F: Beeston: Norfolk Farm Produce Ltd, Herne Lane: Construction of single storey loading bay/pallet store extension to existing cold store for Mr C Griffin

 

Approved as recommended.

 

Note: Mrs C Bowes and Mr M Kiddle-Morris declared a personal and prejudicial interest in this item and both left the room whilst this item was being discussed (Minute No. 125/07 above refers).

 

c)      Items 3 and 4: 3PL/2007/0898/0899/F: Holme Hale: Plots 1 and 2, Church Farm: New house and Garage for Ideal Developments UK Ltd

 

Approved, as recommended, subject to the inclusion of an additional condition required that the precise details of surface water and foul water disposal to be agreed prior to commencement of any works on site.

 

d)      Item 5: 3PL/2007/0900/F: Holme Hale: Plot 3, Church Farm: New house and garage for Ideal Developments UK Ltd

 

Refused, contrary to the recommendation, on the grounds that the proposal constituted overcrowding of the whole site.

 

e)            Item 6: 3PL/2007/0933/CU: Attleborough: 11/12 Maurice Gaymer Road: Change of use from B1 use to roller skating rink and soft play area – D2 for R & H Leisure (Norfolk) Ltd

 

This item was withdrawn at the request of the applicant.

 

f)              Item 7: 3PL/2007/0936/F: Hockham: Site to the North of Great Hockham Primary School, Watton Road: Re-location of children’s centre with car parking facility for Great Hockham Children’s Centre

 

Refused purely on design grounds.  The Committee felt that the principle of the development might be acceptable with a suitable design.

 

g)            Item 8: 3PL/2007/0951/O: Attleborough: Woodys Haulage Ltd, Woodys Yard, West Carr Road: Construction of new office buildings, demolition of existing offices for Woodys Haulage Ltd

 

This item was withdrawn at the request of the applicant.

 

h)            Item 9: 3PL/2007/0992/F: Roudham/Larling: Unit Ten: Camp Farm: Small two storey office extension to existing unit ten to be occupied by Hemcore Ltd for Paul Rackham Ltd

Approved, as recommended, subject to the inclusion of an additional condition requiring that no works to commence pursuant to this development until the permission for the development of the premises as a hemp processing plant had been implemented.

 

i)              Items 10 and 11: 3PL/2007/0994/F/0995/LB: Thompson: Redbrick Farmhouse: Erection of dwelling to replace Redbrick Farmhouse (existing house to be demolished)

 

Refused as recommended.

 

Note: Mrs C Bowes declared a personal interest in this item (Minute No. 125/07 above refers)

 

Notes to the Schedule

 

The following persons were in attendance to speak on the following items:

 

Schedule Item No.

 

Speaker

1

Miss Inglis, Applicant

 

3, 4, and 5

Mr Newton, Objector

Mr Ironman, Objector (for plot 3 only)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 132.

133.

Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (for information) (Agenda item 14) pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.

Minutes:

This item was noted.

 

134.

Appeals Decisions (for information) (Agenda item 15)

APP/F2605/A/07/2037958: North Tuddenham: Land North of 2 Mill Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for Mr and Mrs E Ward (Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1375/O)

Decision: Dismissed

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2037959: North Tuddenham: Land North of 2 Mill Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for Mr and Mrs E Ward (Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1722/O)

Decision: Dismissed

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2035746: Croxton: Wyndham Lodge, The Street: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Mr and Mrs Jones (Application Reference: 3PL/2006/0918/F)

Decision: Allowed subject to conditions

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2037470: Toftwood: 28 Stone Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for Mr A Naylor (Application Reference 3PL/2006/1501/O)

Decision: Dismissed

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2042052: Brisley: Plot adjacent Hill Cottage, School Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Mr and Mrs T Larkin (Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1222/F)

Decision: Dismissed

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2038388: Longham: Chapel Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for Mr Richard Gorrell (Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1276/O)

Decision: Dismissed

 

Minutes:

This item was noted.

 

135.

Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (for information) (Agenda item 16)

3CM/2007/00011/F: Ashill: Ashill VC Primary School, The Oaks: To provide quiet teaching area. Single storey pitched roof to match existing for Director of Children’s Services, County Hall.

Decision: Conditional Approval

 

3CM/2007/0007/F: East Wretham: Larkshall Mill: demolition of existing structure and provision of covered waste handling area for Pearsons Thetford Ltd.

Decision: Conditional Approval

 

Minutes:

This item was noted.