Venue: Anglia Room, The Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham
Contact: Committee Services
To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 17 December 2007.
Minute No. 208/07: Snetterton: Proposed hotel/restaurant, The Flame Restaurant, Adjacent A11
A Member queried the conditions agreed in respect of the above application. She asked whether her suggestion of the planting of Scots Pines had been included as part of the landscaping conditions. In response, the Development Services Manager advised that her suggestion had been picked up as part of the overall permission.
The Minutes of the Development Control Committee meeting held on 17 December 2007 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
Apologies (Agenda item 2)
To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Mrs M Chapman-Allen, Mr T Lamb, Mrs P Spencer and Mr M Spencer.
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.
Members and Officers were asked to declare any interest as appropriate at the time the applications were considered.
Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)
The Chairman advised the meeting of the procedures for public speaking.
Members were reminded of the Development Control training session that had been arranged for Monday, 28 January 2008 at 2.15pm in the Norfolk Room. All Members were encouraged to attend.
Local Development Framework (Standing Item) (Agenda item 7)
To receive an update.
The Principal Planning Policy Officer was in attendance for this item.
Members were informed of the forthcoming six week consultation period, with regard to the Core Strategy Document and the Development Control Policies. All Parish and Town Councils, public and stakeholders would be issued with a copy of the aforementioned document as well as a CD Rom, and the consultation process would be from 28 January to March 2008. All parties who had an interest in the Local Development Framework would also be notified.
An on-line version would become interactive on 28 January for people to make comments and put their views forward electronically.
To accompany the launch of the Strategy document, the following meetings had been arranged:
The Planning Policy Team would also be in attendance at the Town and Parish Council Forum on 31 January 2008 at 5.30pm, at the Guildhall Complex in Thetford.
The Ward Representative extended an invitation to the Planning Policy Team to attend the Hermitage Ward meeting on 14 April 2008.
To consider applications deferred at previous meetings including some, but not all, of those shown on the attached Schedule of Deferred Applications.
a) Swaffham and Sporle: A wind energy development comprising six wind turbines and associated works on land off Sporle Road for Next Generation: Reference 3PL/2007/0314/F
The Principal Planning Officer presented the report which concerned a planning application for the erection of six wind turbines with hard-standing areas, information board, electricity sub-station and a temporary construction compound on land off Sporle Road, Swaffham. The application had been deferred from the meeting held on 17 December 2007 to enable further representations to be submitted.
A Member was concerned, having read the related reports over the past few months, particularly in relation to the MOD objections, whether the application should be heard. In response, the Solicitor advised that he was aware that there was a conflict of opinion but this was an application that the Committee should take forward and be dealt with today.
The six turbines would have a tower height of 78 metres and a blade diameter of 82 metres. For comparison, Swaffham II had a tower height of 85 metres and a blade diameter of 70 metres.
If the proposal was permitted, it would bring with it significant environmental benefits; clean electricity from a renewable source would be provided for up to 9,500 homes. The applicant had estimated that the six turbines would save on the emissions of up to 31,474 tonnes of carbon dioxide and would also contribute 1.8% of the capacity required to achieve the region’s 2010 target or 7% of that identified for Norfolk.
The consultation process had been extensive and a large number of responses had been received including 30 objection letters. Since the publication of the Agenda, Sporle Parish Council had provided a second objection to the application and a letter had also been received from CATS (Campaign Against Turbines at Shipdham) objecting to the proposal. The main concern related to flicker. Members were informed that the matter of flicker was one that had been recognised and could be controlled by condition.
Photo montages of present and future views of the area had been provided with the Landscape Assessment document. Members were able to comprehend what effect the turbines would have on the landscape from various locations.
The Principal Planning Officer explained that the Council had received an objection from the MOD who had requested that the development, if approved, should not commence until a proven technical solution had been found.
The Committee was informed that in the light of the detailed objection from the MOD relating to the impact of the proposal upon air traffic control radar and air traffic management procedures at RAF Marham, the application had been recommended for refusal.
The following speakers were in attendance for this item:
· Mr D Williams, Ward Representative
· Mr Hickey, Sporle Parish Council
· Mrs Bartley, Sporle Parish Clerk
· Mrs Burrows, Objector
· Mrs Stone, Objector
· Mrs Cawley, Objector
· Mr Partridge, Ecotricity
Mr Hickey, who was in attendance with Mrs Bartley, said that both had concerns relating to noise and the environmental impact. Mr Hickey felt ... view the full minutes text for item 6.
To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:
a) Item1: 3PL/2007/1721/F: Great Ellingham: Land at Old Hall Farm, Penhill Road: Proposed free range egg production for 16,000 chickens, erection of 2 feed silos and associated vehicular access for P J Southgate Ltd
Approved, as recommended in the Schedule.
b) Item 2 - 3PL/2007/1722/F: Great Ellingham: Old Hall Farm, Penhill Road: Proposed agricultural dwelling for poultry manager for P J Southgate Ltd
Deferred, contrary to the recommendation; however, the Development Services Manager be authorised to grant permission subject to the conditions as listed in the report and subject to the completion of a S106 Agreement requiring the dwelling not to be occupied until the chicken shed was operational.
b) Item 3 – 3PL/2007/1723/F: Attleborough: Lyng Farm, Long Street: Erection of two storey agricultural dwelling/garage and office for poultry manager for P J Southgate Ltd
Deferred, contrary to the recommendation; however, the Development Services Manager be authorised to grant permission subject to conditions and subject to the completion of a S106 Agreement requiring:
i) the new dwelling and Lyng Farm farmhouse to be tied to the existing farming enterprise; and
ii) the new dwelling on the site to be tied to the adjacent free range egg production unit.
A number of Members were unsure about granting permission for an additional dwelling on the same site. Ms Shelly, the applicant’s agent advised that the house was required for an existing manager who currently lived in rented accommodation away from the farm.
The proposal had been supported with a technical appraisal which had concluded that there was a need for an experienced stockman to live on the site for the security and welfare of the birds.
c) Item 4: 3PL/2007/1742/F: Riddlesworth: Home Farm, Thetford: Proposed free range egg production unit for 16,000 chickens, erection of 2 feed silos and associated access for A Chandler (Norfolk) Ltd
Approved, as recommended.
Note: Mr J Labouchere abstained from voting on this application.
d) Item 5: Snetterton: Oakwood Industrial Estate, Harling Road: Demolition of two WWII buildings and erection of two industrial buildings, service yard and parking for Ripblast & Co Ltd
Approved, as recommended. Also, the Development Services Manager to confirm with Norfolk Landscape Archaeology whether there are any internal items which could be preserved.
e) Item 6: Harling: Unit 1, Cloverfield Industrial Estate, Lopham Road: Change of use of first floor only from B1 business to A1 usage for a licensed sex shop for Mr Christopher Thomas
Refused, contrary to the recommendation on the following grounds:
i) unsustainable location;
ii) inadequate pedestrian access and parking; and
Members felt that if permission was granted it could set a precedent for other units to apply for A1 use and trade would be be taken away from the town. The Committee suggested that the applicant looked elsewhere to set up his business, preferably on an industrial estate which already had mixed uses.
Notes to the Schedule
The following persons were in attendance to speak on the following items:
Report of the Development Services Manager.
This item was noted.
Appeals Decisions (for information) (Agenda item 11)
APP/F2605/C/07/2048630: Lyng: Wrongs Covert, Easthaugh Road: Appeal against an enforcement notice for Katherine E Harris: Application reference: ENF/2006/0589/CAS
Decision: Appeal dismissed and Enforcement Notice upheld
APP/F2605/A/07/2048426: Toftwood: Plot adjacent to Toftwood Stores, Westfield Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for PCR Properties: Application reference: 3PL/2007/02798/O
A Member had asked the Solicitor for an update on two appeals. The Solicitor advised that he would have the information in time for the next meeting.
Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (for information) (Agenda item 12)
3CM/2007/0019/F: Longham: Longham Quarry, land south of Salters Lane: Variation of conditions on permission C3/95/3013, to revise working and restoration scheme for Tarmac Ltd
Decision: Conditional Approval
3CM/2007/0016/F: Beetley: Beetley Quarry: Extraction of sand and gravel with continued processing of mineral and use of haul route for Barker Bros Aggregates
3CM/2007/0017/F: Beetley: Beetley Quarry: Continued use of concrete batching plant for Barker Bros Aggregates
This item was noted.