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185.

Minutes (Agenda item 1)

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 5 November 2007.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 5 November 2007 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

Members were informed that the absence of Councillor Bowes from this meeting was due to her attending other Council business.

 

186.

Apologies (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

 

187.

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 interest as appropriate at the time the applications were made.

 

Mr Lamb declared a personal interest in Schedule item 11 (Thetford) because of his involvement with the Charles Burrell Museum.

 

188.

Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)

Minutes:

The Chairman advised the meeting of the procedures for public speaking.

 

Members were asked to make a provisional note in their diaries for a member training day, which would be a half day session, on Monday, 28 January 2008.  A letter confirming the arrangements would be issued nearer the time.

 

The Committee was reminded about the Open Evening for Breckland Councillors and Town and Parish Councillors on Monday 3rd December 2007.  All Members were encouraged to attend.

 

189.

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 Development Services Manager explained that it had been intended to include item 2 of the Schedule of Applications (Swaffham/Sporle), the wind turbine application, on the Agenda but it had been withdrawn due to the information from the MOD not being submitted.

 

In addition it was announced that the officers’ recommendation in regard to Agenda item 10/ item 3 of the Schedule of Applications (Fransham) had been amended to one of approval in the light of the Section 106 Agreement being accepted and signed by the applicants.  Therefore the application did not need to be discussed.

 

190.

Local Development Framework (Standard Item) (Agenda item 7)

To receive an update. 

Minutes:

The Principal Environmental Planning Officer provided Members with an update on the Local Development Framework.

 

The Committee was informed that the Policy Development and Review Panel 1 had been considering issues concerning the Core Strategy documents and the Development Control Policies.  A further meeting of the Panel had been arranged for Tuesday, 27 November 2007 to consider the remaining Preferred Policy Options which had been adjourned from the last meeting held on 8 November 2007.  The meeting would commence at 5.30pm and Members of the Development Control Committee were invited to attend.  Both reports would be presented to the Cabinet meeting on 3rd December 2007 together with the comments of the Panel for consideration.

 

191.

Deferred Applications (Agenda item 8)

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

 

191a

Shipdham: Land off Church Close: Residential Development for Abel Homes Ltd (reference 3PL/2007/1234/F) (Agenda item 8a)

This item was deferred from the Development Control Committee meeting held on 5th November 2007 to enable a site visit to take place.

Minutes:

This report concerned a proposal for a residential development in the village of Shipdham.  The application had been considered at the Development Control Committee meeting held on 5th November 2007 where it had been deferred to enable a site visit to be carried out on 23rd November 2007.

 

The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) explained the details of the relevant planning policies and the assessment of the application, covering the issues of local character, recreation provision, trees/ecology, highway safety and flooding. The application had been supported by a number of technical reports, including a Design & Access Statement, a Flood Risk Assessment, a Tree Survey, an Archaeological Report and an Ecological Report.  Detailed amendments had been made to the proposals in the light of responses from consultees.  One of the changes included an amended design to one of the affordable housing units which had been dropped in height and set further back from the remaining affordable dwellings. 

 

A number of concerns had been raised with regard to flooding on the site as the land was low lying and a ditch had been allowed to be filled in.  The Principal Planning Officer admitted that the site was quite soggy underfoot; however, the Environment Agency was quite satisfied with the Flood Risk Assessment that had been submitted in support of the application.

 

As far as the traffic issues were concerned, the Highway Authority had concluded that it was satisfied with the application and had stated that no traffic calming measures in that area were required.  The applicant; however, had offered to improve facilities if requested.

 

Mr Willeard, Norfolk County Council’s Assistant Engineer for Estate Development was present to answer questions.

 

Mr Hill, for the Parish Council was concerned about the flooding issues and the proposed access from the A1075.  He urged the Committee to support some form of pedestrian crossing in that area. He also had concerns with regard to the on-going and future development in the village which he felt could lead to Shipdham having to accommodate in the region of 100 homes over the next five years. 

 

Mr Bird, the Applicant, was in attendance and put his views forward.  He stated that the density proposed would, at around 20 dwellings per hectare, be lower than that generally sought by PPS3.  Mr Bird advised that the drainage on the site had been neglected over the years and the new drainage system that would be installed would eliminate existing problems.  The Flood Risk Assessment had been carried out by the applicant’s own professional advisors. On the issue of highway safety, a 20 metre extension of footpath would be installed to allow buses to stop away from the access/entrance.  Mr Bird felt that he had met and exceeded all requirements and urged Members to support the Officers’ recommendation.

 

Mr Jordan, a neighbouring Ward Member, acting on behalf of the Ward Representative, had attended the site visit and was impressed with the proposed engineering solutions to the existing flooding problems.  However, he  ...  view the full minutes text for item 191a

191b

Attleborough: Heisker, West Carr Road: Residential development of nine dwellings including demolition of existing dwelling for Bennett PLC (Agenda item 8a)

Minutes:

Members recalled that this application had been deferred at the Development Control Committee meeting on 5th November to enable further consideration to be given to the relationship between the proposed and existing terrace.

 

The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) advised that amended plans had been received which had reduced the height of the end terrace closest to the existing terrace and thereby lessened the visual impact.  A chimney had also been added.  A further amendment that had been added was a proposed 2.4 metre fence to provide further screening to an adjacent existing property.  Members were informed that a new section of footway would be linked to an existing footway to provide a pedestrian link.  The Environment Agency had also confirmed that it had no objections to the proposal subject to conditions.

 

The amended plans were considered acceptable and the proposal had been recommended for approval.

 

Mr Nuttall, an Objector to the application, was in attendance and was concerned with the lack of privacy, access, road safety and the demolition of an architectural property.  He stated that the proposed two bed dwellings fronting the road would affect his and his neighbours’ privacy.  He suggested that the access to the development would be better situated from cottage no. 1.  The Committee was made aware that the garden at Wisteria Cottage already had flooding problems and the cesspit had to be emptied much more regularly.  If Members were mindful to approve the application, Mr Nuttall requested that double yellow lines be installed outside his and his neighbours’ properties.

 

Mr Bell, on behalf of the applicants, was in attendance in support of the application.  He did not feel that the bungalow that would be demolished would be a great loss.  He also felt that Mr Nuttall would not be in any worse of a position than anyone else who resided along the West Carr Road.  He mentioned the Environment Agency approval and that the proposed development would be connected to the mains drainage system at the junction of Westfields and West Carr Road. 

 

Following discussion, Members were still concerned with flooding issues, overcrowding, the increase of traffic off a private drive and that the development could set a precedent.

 

RESOLVED that the application be refused, contrary to the recommendation, on the grounds that the proposal represented overdevelopment and failed to enhance the form and character of the area.

 

192.

Longham: Land at Bittering Quarry: Proposed continued extraction of minerals from land at Longham and extension of extraction area of Spreadoak: Reference: 3CM/2007/0019/F (Agenda item 9)

Report of the Development Services Manager.

Minutes:

The Senior Development Control Officer presented the report which related to a minerals application to be determined by Norfolk County Council.  Breckland Council, as consultee, had been requested to provide its views on the proposal.  Subject to appropriate conditions, it was recommended that no objection be raised to the application.

 

The proposal was for the continued extraction of sand and gravel from the existing site at Longham, for a further 2½ years and an extension of the extraction area into 26 ha of land at Speadoak, immediately to the south east.  Additionally, the proposal included the retention of and improvement to the existing site plant.

 

The Chairman advised that Longham Parish Council had not raised any objections to the proposal subject to a 40mph speed limit being installed on the stretch of road leading to the quarry.  Wendling Parish Council; however, had objected to the proposal for the reasons that it wanted Norfolk County Council to provide a dedicated road for the HGV traffic.

 

A Member, whose part of his Ward fell within Bittering, stated that Bittering Parish Council had no objections to the proposal and, in fact, was quite pleased that this application had come forward for the reason that, if approved, the site would be further away from the Parish once the operator moved onto the Spreadoak site.

 

            RESOLVED that

 

(1)         Norfolk County Council be informed that this Council does not raise any objection to the proposal subject to:

 

(i)            the mineral extraction to which this permission relates shall cease and all mineral processing and ancillary plant including concrete batching and aggregate bagging plant shall be removed on or before 31 December 2019 with the approved restoration programme being completed before 30 June 2020;

 

(ii)     all activities proposed or existing should be able to comply with the noise levels set out in Planning Ref. No C/3/2002/3003 including when the processing plant and extraction from the existing site at Longham are in operation i.e.:

 

Monday – Friday 06.00 – 08.00 hours 42 dBLAeq (1 hour) free field

Monday – Friday 08.00 – 18.00 hours 45 dB LAeq (1 hour) free field

Saturday 06.00 – 08.00 42 dBLA eq (1 hour) free field

Saturday 08.00 – 13.00 45 dBLA eq (1 hour) free field

These levels as measured at the nearest residential properties to both the existing operations and the new Spreadoak operation.

 

(iii)    all reversing bleepers fitted to vehicles, under the control of the applicant, should be of the directional sound or broad band type.

 

(iv)        hours of operation should be as in supporting statement.

 

(iv)        measures shall be taken to minimise dust nuisance and sand blow caused by the operations, including spraying of road surfaces, plant area and stockpiles as necessary.

 

(v)          no external lighting shall be installed on the site unless it is maintained such that it will not cause glare beyond the site boundaries.

 

(vi)        notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or  ...  view the full minutes text for item 192.

193.

Fransham: The Manor, Main Road: Proposed erection of dwelling (outline): Reference: 3PL/2007/1142/O (Agenda item 10)

Report of the Development Services Manager.

Minutes:

The Development Services Manager announced that the officers’ recommendation in regard to this item had been amended to one of approval in the light of the Section 106 Agreement being accepted and signed by the applicants.  Therefore the application did not need to be discussed.

 

194.

Swaffham: Land to the East of Brandon Road: Full application for 135 dwellings, access & associated works and outline for residential development and associated works: Reference: 3PL/2007/1436/H (Agenda item 11)

Report of the Development Services Manager.

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) presented the report which concerned proposals for a residential development of approximately 400 dwellings on 10.7 hectares of former commercial land at Brandon Road, Swaffham.  It was recommended that permission be granted, subjects to conditions and a S106 Agreement.

 

The fact that the current proposal made no provision for any continuation of previous commercial uses was not considered to be objectionable given the current figures for housing and employment land supply across the District.

 

An application for outline planning permission to develop the site for part residential and part commercial (roughly 60:40 split) had been submitted in September 2000.  Committee approval of the application had been given in October 2004, subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement.  This application was currently being held in abeyance, pending the outcome of the latest proposals.

 

The application had been split into two parts.  The hybrid application sought planning permission for 135 dwellings on 4.38 hectares, and an outline permission was sought for approximately 265 houses on the remaining 6.32 hectares of the site.

 

A new roundabout was proposed on Brandon Road (A1065) to provide access to the development, together with a new footway/cycleway.  Affordable housing, public open space, sustainable construction standards, and contributions towards education, library, transport services and public art, were proposed as part of the development, and would be secured through a S106 Agreement. 

The application was supported by a number of technical reports, including a Design & Access Statement, a Transport Assessment/Travel Plan, a Flood Risk Assessment, an Open Space & Recreation Strategy, an Arboricultural Implications Assessment, a Landscape Strategy Report, an Archaeological Evaluation Brief, a Wildlife Habitat Survey and an Acoustic Report.  A draft S106 Agreement had also been submitted. 

In order that the development had a sense of identity, a Design Code had been drawn up which divided the development into distinct character zones.  Within these zones, the design, street spaces, building types and external materials would be varied to create visual interest and a sense of place.  It was explained that the Home Zone Areas was a relatively new idea, the roads and the paths had been designed to limit vehicle traffic and encourage much more comfortable areas for children and pedestrians.

Densities would vary across the site with the site frontage being principally 25 to the hectare.

The S106 Agreement would require the dwellings to be built to Code Level 3.  The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) explained that there were currently six codes; codes five and six contained zero environmental factors.  Code Level 3; however, was considered to be of a good standard of environmental design and was 25% better than the current building regulations standards.

Swaffham Town Council were now happy with the elements of the detailed design but had still raised concerns about the traffic implications of the proposed development.

The Highway Authority had concluded that it was satisfied with the location of the proposed roundabout and had withdrawn its concerns.

As far as accessibility issues were  ...  view the full minutes text for item 194.

195.

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 12)

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

 

Item No

Applicant

Parish

Page No

1

Alan Everard

Longham

31

3

Mr and Mrs Daisley

Fransham

32 - 33

4

Diacra Industries Ltd

Snetterton

34 - 35

5

Gladedale (Anglia) Ltd

Swaffham

36

6

Dencora Dereham Retail Partnership

Dereham

37 - 39

7

Dencora Dereham Retail Partnership

Dereham

40 - 41

8

P D Hook Ltd

Wretham

42 - 44

9

Christopher Sanford

Thetford

45 - 46

10

Miss M A Cook

Mattishall

47 - 48

11

Henstead Hall Estates Ltd

Thetford

49 - 51

 

Minutes:

a)            Item 1: 3CM/2007/0029/F: Longham: Land at Bittering Quarry: Continued extraction of mineral from land at Longham, ext. of extraction area at Spreadoak for Tarmac Limited Colchester Quarry

 

This item was considered in conjunction with Agenda item 9 – see Minute No. 192/07 above.

 

b)            Item 3: 3PL/2007/1142/O: Fransham: The Manor, Main Road: Erection of one dwelling for Mr and Mrs Daisley

 

This item was considered in conjunction with Agenda item 10 – see Minute No. 193/07.

 

c)            Item 5: 3PL/2007/1436/H: Swaffham: Land to the east of Brandon Road: Full application for 135 dwellings, access and associated works and outline for residential development and associated works for Gladedale (Anglia) Ltd

 

This item was considered in conjunction with Agenda item 11 – see Minute No. 194/07.

 

d)            Item 6: 3PL/2007/1446/F: Dereham: Land bounded by Wrights Walk and Chapel Walk: Erection of 2 storey retail development and two, two bedroom flats and associated service yard for Dencora Dereham Retail Partnership

 

Approved, as recommended.

 

Note: Mr J Labouchere abstained from voting on this matter.

 

e)            Item 7: 3PL/2007/1447/LB: Dereham: Land bounded by Wrights Walk and Chapel Walk: Demolition of existing garden wall for Dencora Dereham Retail Partnership

 

Approved, as recommended.

 

Note: Mr J Labouchere abstained from voting on this matter.

 

f)              Item 10: 3PL/2007/1579/F: Mattishall: The Paddocks, Mill Road: Standing of mobile home (in connection with equine welfare and security) retrospective for Miss M A Cook

 

Temporary approval for a period of three years, contrary to the recommendation on the grounds that the accommodation was required by the applicant for the security and welfare of horses on the land and such permission to be personal to the applicant, Miss M A Cook.   Although against the guidance in PPS7, Members were informed that no objections had been received from the Parish Council.  In support of this decision, Mr Rose the Ward Member for Mattishall, advised that the site was used for endurance trials and was well maintained and that the applicant had the support of everyone living in the vicinity.

 

 

 

 

 

g)      Item 11: 3PL/2007/1668/F: Thetford: 3 Minstergate: Converted house to provide 2 no. one bed apartments and new build block to provide 11 no. one bed apartments for Henstead Hall Estates Ltd

 

Note: Mr Lamb declared a personal interest in this item because of his involvement with the Charles Burrell Museum.

 

The Planning Officer explained how this application differed from previous approvals and the refusal earlier this year.  The Members noted the amendments to the design, but considered that the two important difficulties with the previous application had not been rectified: lack of parking and the proximity to the adjacent Listed Building.

 

Contrary to the recommendation, the application was refused on the grounds on the unacceptable impact on the adjacent Listed Building and the lack of parking provision.

 

Notes to the Schedule

 

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

 

Item No.

Speaker

 

Agenda item 8a (Shipdham)

Mr Jordan, Neighbouring Ward Representative, against the application

Mr Hill/Mr Malt,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 195.

196.

Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (For Information) (Agenda item 13)

Report of the Development Services Manager.

Minutes:

This item was noted.

 

197.

Appeals Decisions (for information) (Agenda item 14)

APP/F2605/A/07/2046829: Swanton Morley: Freshfield Barn, Harkers Lane: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for the demolition/partial demolition of a barn to form new dwelling and garage for John Keen: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/0321/F

Decision: Dismissed

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2042171: Thetford: 25-27 Old Market Street: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for a Mews style residential development of six townhouses for Mrs A Jones: Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1537/F

Decision: Allowed subject to conditions

 

APP/F2605/E/07/2042173: Thetford: 25-27 Old Market Street: Appeal against a refusal to grant conservation area consent for the demolition of two asbestos/concrete storage buildings for Mrs A Jones: Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1538/CA

Decision: Allowed subject to conditions

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2039609: Beetley: Beetley Nurseries, Elmham Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for a change of use from part garden centre to land for the stationing of five holiday lodges for Mr P Bennett: Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1308/CU

Decision: Allowed subject to conditions

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2039578: Stanfield: Land adjacent to High Farm, Whissonsett Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for the erection of a dwelling for Mrs J Downes: Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1073/O

Decision: Dismissed

 

APP/F2605/A/07/2043495: Bintree: Corner Cottage, 3 The Street: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for the erection of one new dwelling for Mr Lee Rixon: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/0113/F

Decision: Allowed subject to conditions

Minutes:

Members were made aware of the amount of Appeals that were now being allowed compared to what the Council was winning earlier in the year.  The Committee was reminded to be careful when going against officers’ recommendations as the costs to the Council was extortionate.

 

198.

Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (for information) (Agenda item 15)

3CM/2007/00015/F: Hockering: Frans Green Industrial Estate, Sandy Lane: Undercover screening plant to sort out waste for Pips Skips.

Decision: Conditional Approval

Minutes:

This item was noted.