Agenda and minutes

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 13 August 2007.


The minutes of the meeting held on 13 August 2007 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.




To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Mrs C. Bowes and Mrs D. Irving and Mr T. Lamb.



Declaration of Interest

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.


Members were asked to make any declarations at the time relevant items were considered.



Chairman's Announcements (if any)


Following a general announcement of procedural matters, the Chairman welcomed Mike Brennan, new Principal Planning Officer to replace Greg Britton, and new Planning Officer, Simon Algar.


The Chairman also welcomed back as a member of the Committee Mr. Alec Byrne.



Requests to Defer Applications included in this Agenda

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.


The following applications had been withdrawn at the request of the applicants:


  • Item 8 of the Schedule of Planning Applications: 3PL/2007/1166/O: Swaffham: Land adjacent to 1 Low Road
  • Item 10 of the Schedule of Planning Applications: 3PL/2007/1237/F: Dereham: 20 School Lane, Toftwood


In addition, it was announced that the officers’ recommendation in regard to item 1 of the Schedule of Planning Applications (3PL/2007/0886/F: Old Buckenham: Innishowen, Fen Street) had been amended to one of approval in the light of additional information received from the applicant.



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.


Local Development Framework Update


It was agreed to accept an item of information to update members on progress of work under the Local Development Framework, including forthcoming key dates, and the Environmental Planning Manager reported as follows:


  1. The next LDF report to be submitted to Policy Development and Review Panel 1 on 18th September (at Dereham) would be on candidate Local Service Centre Villages.  Affected Ward Members had already been contacted and relevant Parish Councils had also been approached to seek their views.  All Members were welcome to attend.


  1. There were to be a number of LDF presentations to Parish Councils in September:  To date officers were committed to attend Bawdeswell on 3rd September; Hockering on 11th September; Rocklands on 24th September and East Harling on 25th September. 


  1. Work was progressing on amending previous drafts of the Core Strategy and Development Control policies.  Officers were to meet again with Anglian Water and EDF-energy in early September to further explore key infrastructure issues.


  1. Work had started on a comprehensive assessment of housing land across the District.  Breckland was the first authority in Norfolk to be using the recently published Government guidance on ‘Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments’ (issued with the Housing Green Paper on 23rd July).  This process would help to establish Breckland’s position on deliverable/developable housing land and would put the authority in a more robust position to further control development in the District.


Other key dates in the Committee cycle were:


  • October & November 2007 - Policy Development and Review Panel meetings
  • 12 November 2007 – Development Control Committee
  • Mid-end November 2007 – Cabinet


This programme would be followed by a period of public consultation.



Proposed Extension to Tesco Store, Kingston Road, Dereham: Reference: 3PL/2007/0929/F (Agenda Item 7) pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) presented the report which concerned a proposed extension to the Tesco store in Dereham.  It was recommended that the application was approved, subject to conditions.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) explained the details of the relevant planning policies and the assessment of the application, covering the issues of need, sequential approach, retail impact, accessibility and other issues including a transport assessment and landscaping and recycling facilities.  Results of the consultations carried out were also given.


So far as the objection received from Morrisons store was concerned, it was considered that, given the fact that there was a lot of margin in the retail need projections for the period to 2014, the impact on the town centre and Morrisons would not be significant and that the application accorded with the requirements of Planning Policy Statement 6 (Planning in Town Centres).


The application incorporated a Travel Plan and it was recommended that this be subject to a Section 106 Agreement to secure its implementation and monitoring.


A Transport Assessment had also been submitted in support of the proposed development.  The Assessment concluded that the capacity of the local road network was sufficient to cater for increased traffic movements associated with the development, subject to improved signal control systems being installed at nearby traffic light controlled junctions.


The Highways Authority had concluded that it was satisfied that the installation of computer controlled traffic lights with a phased and variable operation would overcome existing problems of traffic queues at peak times and would give a significant benefit to the town.


It was also reported that the Highways Authority was additionally requiring a contribution from the Applicant for £15,000 to implement improvements for pedestrian and cycling facilities.  It was recommended this should be secured by a Section 106 Agreement.


In response to questions, the Principal Planning Policy Officer advised that not withstanding the observations from Morrisons, growth was predicted to double within the district according to national projections and that independent consultants’ advice in this regard concluded that allowing for some higher sales densities at Morrisons, there was still sufficient need to accommodate the proposal.


Mr Hayes, a local resident, spoke against the application, on grounds of need, adverse impact on the town centre and the impact of increased traffic. 


The Applicant’s Agent answered various questions from members on specific details of the proposed extension.


In answer to another question, the Principal Planning Policy Officer advised that retail need projections were based on spending levels, not numbers of people.  Independent advice received on retail expenditure showed that there was currently a surplus of expenditure which was projected to rise year on year to 2018.


It was felt that the proposed upgrade to the traffic lights system should be carried out before any development of the proposed extension.


Another member suggested that there was a need to look at the mini roundabout at the slip road entrance to the site to improve the safety of drivers using  ...  view the full minutes text for item 142.


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 8) pdf icon PDF 183 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No




Page No


J A Askew & Partners

Old Buckenham


18 - 19


Tesco Stores Ltd





Marlborough Properties UK Ltd



21 - 22


Mr Brian Wilson



23 - 27


Mr & Mrs Daisley



28 - 29


Mr A Woodhouse



30 - 31


Citygate Development Ltd




32 - 33


Mr M Smith



34 - 35


Mr & Mrs W Morgan



36 - 38


P Withey


39 - 41



RESOVED 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/2007/0886/F: Old Buckenham: Innishowen, Fen Street: Removal of agricultural occupancy condition on 3/74/0089 for J A Askew & Partners

It was reported that additional information had been received giving evidence that the business had been advertised beyond the statutory 12 months required and that it had been established that there was no local agricultural need.

In the light of this information, the application was now recommended for approval.

In the circumstances, the application was approved as recommended.

(b)    Item 2: 3PL/2007/0920/F: Dereham: Tesco Dereham, Kingston Road: Proposed extension of Tesco (class A1) retail store with ancillary works to provide additional car parking and landscaping for Tesco Stores Ltd.

This application was considered under agenda item 7 – see minute no. 142/07 above.

(c)     Item 3: 3PL/2007/0993/D: Thetford: Land off London Road / Kimms Belt: Mixed use development comprising residential and retail for Marlborough Properties UK Ltd.

Approved, as recommended; members recorded their preference for grey/dark coloured roof slates or clay pantiles and high-quality window frames to be used, details of which were subject to agreement.

(d)    Item 4: 3PL/2007/1097/F: Besthorpe: Virginia Works, Norwich Road: Proposed new one and a half storey 4-bed house and replacement 3-bed chalet bungalow (resubmission) for Mr Brian Wilson

Approved, as recommended, subject to additional conditions to require the retention of window screening and requiring the demolition of the existing dwelling prior to the commencement of the development.

(e)    Item 5: 3PL/2007/1142/O: Fransham: The Manor, Main Road: Erection of one dwelling for Mr & Mrs Daisley

Deferred, contrary to the recommendation; however, the Development Services Manager be authorised to grant permission, subject to completion of a Section 106 Agreement to tie the proposed dwelling to the existing pig rearing and farm shop business.  Members considered the site to have merit as a brownfield infill site and that approval of the application would help to ensure a long-standing local and growing family business in the village, allied to agriculture (pig rearing and farm shop), could be maintained.

(f)      Item 6: 3PL/2007/1143/O: Whinburgh/Westfield: OS 1412 (part): Whinburgh Road, Westfield: Erection of a 3-bedroom bungalow and garage for Mr A. Woodhouse

Deferred, contrary to the recommendation; however, the Development Services Manager be authorised to grant permission subject to completion of a Section 106 Agreement to tie the property to the existing business (i.e. C. Woodhouse Digger Hire).  Members considered that there was sufficient justification to support the application from the fact that its approval would help to secure the continuation of this long-standing, local family business.  Members also took account of the fact that the Parish Council and local Ward Member fully supported the application.

(g)    Item 7: 3PL/2007/1164/F: Thetford: Glunz & Jensen Ltd., Wyatt Way: Variation of condition 5 on application 3PL/2007/0404/F for Citgate Development Ltd.

Approved, contrary to the recommendation, subject to conditions as to screening of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 143.


Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (Agenda Item 9) pdf icon PDF 111 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


Report noted.



Appeals Decisions (Agenda Item 10)

APP/F2605/A/06/2027995: Bylaugh: The Orangery, Bylaugh Hall, Dereham: Appeal against the granting of planning permission subject to conditions for Mr and Mrs S Vince (Application Reference: 3PL/2006/0330/CU)

Decision: Allowed and the planning permission be varied


APP/F2605/A/07/2038325: Saham Hills: High House Farm Barns, Ploughboy Lane, Thetford: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Mr C Hagan (Application Reference: 3Pl/2006/1558/F)

Decision: Dismissed


APP/F2605/A/07/2038572: Beeston: Valley Farm, Watery Lane: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Mr J Ogilvy (Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1652/F)

Decision: Allowed subject to conditions


APP/F2605/A/07/2038575: Beestion: Valley Farm, Watery Lane: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Mr J Ogilvy (Application Reference 3PL/2006/1653/F)

Decision: Dismissed


Item noted.



Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (Agenda Item 11)

3CM/2007/00012/F: Old Buckenham: Old Buckenham High School, Abbey Road: To provide 1 no. 4 bay mobile for a period of five years for Director of Children’s Services, County Hall.

Decision: Conditional Approval


3CM/2007/0013/F: Attleborough: Attleborough High School, Norwich Road: To provide 1 no. 5 bay mobile classroom for a period of five years for Director of Children’s Services, County Hall.

Decision: Conditional Approval


3CM/2007/0014/F: Watton: Watton Junior School, Brandon Road: To site 1 no. three bay mobile classroom for Director of Children’s Services, County Hall.

Decision: Conditional Approval


3CM/2007/0009/F: North Pickenham: St Andrew’s CEVA First School, South Pickenham Road: Extension to provide hall, classbase, offices and ancillary storage and toilet facilities for Director of Children’s Services, County Hall.

Decision: Conditional Approval


3CM/2005/0021/F: Oxborough: Land adjacent to Oxborough Wood: Variation of conditions 1 & 2 of pp 3CM/2002/0048/F to extend timescale for peat extraction, stockpiling and restoration works for John Brown & Sons (Gazeley) Ltd.

Decision: Conditional Approval


Item noted.