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158.

Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 24 September 2007.

Minutes:

Subject to a correction to add Mrs P Spencer and Mr F Sharpe to the attendance list, the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 September 2007 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

159.

Apologies (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Mr F Sharpe.

 

160.

Declaration of Interest (Agenda item 3)

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.

 

Mr Kemp declared a personal interest in Agenda item 8 (Bridgham) as he knew the applicant.

 

Mr Duigan declared a prejudicial interest in item 12 of the Schedule of Applications (Dereham) for the reason that he was a personal colleague of one of the chief objectors.  Mr Duigan left the room while this item was being discussed.

 

Mrs D Irving declared a personal interest in item 12 of the Schedule of Applications (Dereham) as she knew an objector to the application.  Mrs Irving remained in the room whilst this item was being discussed.

 

161.

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)

Minutes:

Following a general announcement on procedural matters, the Chairman asked the Solicitor to update Members on two items of interest.

 

The Committee was reminded of the Hemp Processing Unit at Camp Farm, Roudham.  The Solicitor advised that Roudham & Larling Parish Council’s application for permission to proceed with its Judicial Review application in the High Court had been refused following consideration of the papers only.  Roudham and Larling Parish Council then appealed this decision and renewed its application before the High Court. 

 

The Solicitor was pleased to announce that the renewed application had been heard and all of the Parish Council’s six grounds of appeal had been rejected by the High Court Judge, who concluded that the Parish Council did not have arguable grounds to proceed with its application.

 

The second item referred to the Old Guildhall in Dereham.  Members had previously authorised an injunction against the applicant to stop all works being carried out to the building in the absence of a satisfactory schedule of works being submitted.  Since the stop notices had been enforced, the Historic Buildings Officer had managed to gain access to the building and had found that the unauthorised works that had been carried out had, in fact, been broadly satisfactory.  The applicant and the Historic Buildings Officer had now entered into discussions and would be working together to produce a satisfactory schedule of works which was indeed welcome news.

 

162.

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:

The following items had been deferred:

 

  • Agenda item 7: 3PL/2006/0812/F: East Tuddenham: Riverside Farm, Rotten Row
  • Item 7 of the Schedule of Applications: 3PL/2007/1319/F: Thetford: Castle Park Play Area, Castle Meadow, Castle Lane

 

163.

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:

Local Development Framework (LDF) Update

 

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

 

Breckland Core Strategy Submission Document and Development Control Policies

 

Due to its size and complexity, the document would be presented in two halves to the Members of the Policy Development and Review Panel 1 – the Core Strategy on the 23rd October and the Development Control Policies on 8th November. Members of the Development Control Committee were invited to attend both meetings. Both reports would be presented to the Cabinet Members on the 20th November together with the comments of the two Panel Meetings for consideration.  

 

This programme would be followed by a period of public consultation before being submitted to the Secretary of State for determination.

 

Saved Policies

 

Following a Members request from a previous meeting, the saved Policies would be circulated to all Members for information and would also be available on the website.

 

Planning Policy Statements and Planning Policy Guidance

 

The Government was revising a number of key planning policy guidance notes and changing them to planning policy statements.  Following these revisions the Development Control Committee would be issued with a paper to clarify which guidance notes and statements were still in force.

 

LDF Parish Council Meetings

 

The Committee was informed of two forthcoming evening meetings that Ward Members might wish to attend:

 

  • Beeston Parish Council – 15 October 2007
  • Harling Parish Council – 17 October 2007

 

164.

North Tuddenham: Change of Use and Conversion of Redundant agricultural buildings to Provide 2 Units of Accommodation for Holiday Letting: Reference: 3PL/2006/0812/F(Agenda item 7) pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Report of the Operations Manager (Environment).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members were asked to refer to the correct version of the report which was sent out separately to the Agenda (page 60 refers); however, this item had been deferred and would be brought back to the next meeting of the Development Control Committee (Minute No. 162/07 refers).

 

165.

Bridgham: Hall Farm Barns, The Street: Proposed Barn Conversion creating 8 no. residential units and associated amenity areas: Reference 3PL/2007/1186/F (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Report of the Operations Manager (Environment).

Minutes:

The Development Services Manager presented the report which concerned a revised scheme for the conversion of the barn to eight dwellings.  Planning application 3PL/2006/1116/F had been agreed to convert the barn to eight dwellings subject to a S106 Agreement to ensure the provision of two affordable housing units.  The legal agreement had not been signed and therefore the permission had not been issued.

 

There was also an extant permission to convert the building to five units which had been approved before the policy requirement for further affordable housing provision.

 

This current application included alterations to the previously approved 2006 scheme which were relatively minor in nature and complemented the proposed scheme.  The main issue in this instance related to the change in method for the provision of the affordable housing element.

 

The applicant had argued that the provision of on-site social housing would affect the viability of the scheme and had indicated that the extant permission on the site for the conversion to five units, if implemented, would not enable the provision of additional social housing.

 

The applicant had offered a commuted sum payment of £123,000 which would be secured by a S106 Agreement that would enable two units to be provided elsewhere within the Parish.

 

A Member was concerned with the differences between financial contributions offered and asked for the ratios to be explained.

 

Darryl Smith, the Principal Housing Officer, was in attendance for this item.  She explained that the method of calculation was very transparent and would be applied to any other site.  Financial contributions could be negotiated with the developer.

 

Members felt that it might be useful to invite the Principal Housing Officer to a future meeting to discuss matters relating to financial contributions and how they were calculated.

 

RESOLVED that the revised application be deferred; however, the Development Services Manager be authorised to grant permission subject to appropriate conditions and the completion of a Section 106 Agreement to secure the payment of the commuted sum.

 

Note:Mr Kemp declared a personal interest in the above item for the reason that he knew the applicant.

 

166.

Sporle: Hill Farm, The Street: Demolition of Poultry Houses and Erection of 8 no. Housing Association Dwellings including access roads and parking: Reference: 3PL/2007/1303/0 and Erection of 9 no. detached dwellings including access roads and garages: Reference: 3PL/2007/1305/O (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Report of the Operations Manager (Environment).

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) presented the report which concerned two outline planning permissions for the provision of eight housing association dwellings and nine open market dwellings together with a new shared access road, associated footpaths and parking areas.  Policies relevant to these proposals were PPS1, PPS3 and PPS7.

 

The site was located at the southern end of the village of Sporle on an area of land currently used for poultry production, containing four poultry sheds.  Whilst the affordable housing application was separate from the application for the nine open-market houses on the adjoining parcel of land, the two applications had been submitted simultaneously and were required to be determined together.

 

The affordable housing application site, in part, directly joined the Settlement Boundary and could be accepted as an exception site as there was evidence that there was a proven need in the village for affordable housing.  The proposal for the open-market dwellings was outside the Settlement Boundary and was contrary to Policy but might be necessary in economic terms to finance the provision of the eight affordable units.

 

In support of the applications, a number of benefits had been put forward by the applicant.  If Members were mindful to approve both applications, the poultry sheds would be removed, new footways and traffic calming measures would be installed, and improvements would be made to the bus shelter in the centre of the village.

 

The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) advised that the applicant had attempted to secure this piece of land through the LDF but to no conclusion.  Further to this, the planning permissions for the two separate poultry houses and associated plant, granted in 1997, were due to expire on 5th November 2007.  Members were further advised that if the applications for the 17 dwellings were refused, the applicant, for economic reasons, would be looking to renew the 1997 permission and install a further two poultry units and expand the business.  The erection of further units would likely give rise to odour and/or noise complaints from the premises.

 

Another matter for Members to consider was that the village of Sporle had not been identified as a Local Service Centre in the LDF.

 

Mrs Dorling, for the Parish Council, spoke in support of the application and pointed out that a Village Appraisal had recently been conducted that had shown that there was a housing need in Sporle.  She also felt that the traffic calming measures would benefit the village and would help to make Sporle a safer place to live.  Mrs Dorling made Members aware of a similar application that had been approved by South Norfolk District Council.

 

Mr Hounslow, the Applicant’s Agent, put his views forward and stated that the applications had been very much a community led proposal and had been well supported.  He felt that the proposals would be of a huge benefit to Sporle and would help to sustain the village. If refused, the poultry farm would double in size and would house 84,000  ...  view the full minutes text for item 166.

167.

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 153 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

 

Item No

Applicant

Parish

Page No

1

Mr and Mrs R Gilbert

North Lopham

18 - 19

2

Mex Homes Ltd

Bridgham

20

3

Ms Emma Gent

Sporle

21

4

Ms Emma Gent

Sporle

22

5

Caring Homes Ltd

Attleborough

23 - 24

6

Fairstead Homes Ltd

Watton

25 - 28

7

Thetford Town Council

Thetford

29 - 30

8

Willben Homes Ltd

Thetford

31 - 33

9

Mrs Jacqueline Cook

Attleborough

34 - 35

10

Equity Holding and Investments

Swaffham

36 - 39

11

Mr and Mrs Townsend

Gressenhall

40 - 42

12

P Withey

Dereham

43 - 45

 

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/2007/1135/F: North Lopham: Beech House, The Street: Extension to dwelling for Mr and Mrs R Gilbert

 

Refused, contrary to the recommendation.  The Committee felt that the layout was unsatisfactory, and was of a poor design and would be detrimental to the character of the area.

 

b)            Item 2: Bridgham: Hall Farm Barns: The Street: Proposed barn conversion creating 8 no. residential units and associated amenity areas for Mex Homes Ltd

 

This application was considered under Agenda item 8 – see Minute no. 165/07 above.

 

c)            Item 3: 3PL/2007/1303/O: Sporle: Hill Farm, The Street: Demolition of poultry houses and erection of 8 no. Housing Association dwellings including access roads and parking for Ms Emma Gent

 

This application was considered under Agenda item 9 – see Minute no. 166/07 above.

 

d)            Item 4: 3PL/2007/1305/O: Sporle: Hill Farm, The Street: Erection of 9 no. detached dwellings including access roads and garages for Ms Emma Gent

 

This application was considered under Agenda item 9 – see Minute no. 166/07 above.

 

e)            Item 5: 3PL/2007/1307/F: Attleborough: Land adjacent to Brooklyn House Nursing Home, off Queens Road: Construction of new car park for Brooklyn House for Caring Homes Ltd

 

Approved as recommended, subject to a further condition to include low level lighting.  Furthermore, Members asked that the details of the method of surfacing for the car park be agreed with the Officers in order to prevent any unnecessary noise associated with vehicle movements.  It was further suggested that the surface should be of a porous material to enable water to run off.

 

f)              Item 7: 3PL/2007/1319/F: Thetford: Castle Park Play Area, Castle Meadow, Castle Lane: New play equipment including 5.29m giant swing for Thetford Town Council

 

This item had been deferred (see Minute No. 162/07 above).

 

g)            Item 8: 3PL/2007/1325/F: Thetford: 29 Norwich Road: Convert dwelling to four apartments, erect four 3-storey townhouses, one 2-storey cottage dwelling and twelve 2-storey apartments for Willben Homes Ltd

 

Deferred, contrary to the recommendation; however, the Development Services Manager be authorised to grant permission for the proposed development, subject to the following conditions:

 

1)      the existing house to be retained;

 

2)      external materials to be agreed;

 

3)      the development throughout to feature gauged brick arches as opposed to soldier arches above the windows;

 

4)      genuine sash windows to be installed throughout the development;

 

5)      appropriate landscaping;

 

6)      the completion of a Section 106 Agreement to secure the financial contribution towards affordable housing provision in lieu of built units on the site;

 

7)      the completion of a Section 106 Agreement to secure the improvements to the adjacent road and widening of footways on the site frontages.

 

The Chairman thanked the applicant for addressing the Committee’s needs.

 

h)            Item 9: 3PL/2007/1336/CU: Attleborough: 51 Blackthorn Road: Change of use of amenity land to residential garden for Mrs Jacqueline Cook

 

Approved, as recommended.  The Committee understood that it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 167.

168.

Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (For Information) (Agenda item 11) pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.

Minutes:

This item was noted.

 

169.

Appeals Decisions (for information) (Agenda item 12)

APP/F2605/A/07/2044178: Swaffham: 9 Beech Close: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Mr and Mrs Anscombe: (Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1879/F)

Decision: Dismissed

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2042652: Watton: No. 3 St Mary’s Close: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for Mr and Mrs R Watts: (Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1368/0)

Decision: Dismissed

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2043834: Mattishall: 117-119 Dereham Road:  Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Mr and Mrs R Hendry: (Application Reference: 3PL/2007/0210/F)

Decision: Allowed and planning permission granted subject to conditions as set out in the Formal Decision

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2040474: Hoe: Spring Studio: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Mr and Mrs Griffin (Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1699/F)

Decision: Allowed and planning permission granted subject to conditions as set out in the Formal Decision

 

Minutes:

This item was noted.

 

170.

Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (for information) (Agenda item 13)

3CM/2007/00018/F: Thetford: Thetford Recycling Centre, Burrell Way: Retrospective application for the erection of portacabin for Anti Waste Ltd.

Decision: Conditional Approval

 

3CM/2007/0003/F: Cranworth: Part of Grove Farm, Letton Road: Recycling small scale biodegradable wastes for Mr Ian Leonard.

Decision: Conditional Approval

 

Minutes:

This item was noted.