Agenda and minutes

Venue: Anglia Room, The Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham

Contact: Committee Services 

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Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 14 January 2008.


Minute No. 6/08: 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


A Member queried the content of this Minute and felt that it was incomplete as it had not included the Planning Officer’s statement: “that the MOD requirements should be sorted out before an application could be heard”.


In response, the Solicitor advised that he would confirm the wording with the relevant Officer.


Subject to the above concern, the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 January 2008 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 Mr P Francis, Mr R Kemp 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 interests at the time the applications were made.


The Chairman declared a prejudicial interest in item 4 of the Schedule of Applications (North Elmham) as she had relatives who lived next door to the site.  The Chairman left the room whilst this item was being discussed.


Messrs J Labouchere and B Borrett declared a personal interest in item 3 of the Schedule of Applications (North Elmham) as they both knew the applicant.



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)


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


The Chairman thanked those Members who had attended the Development Control training on Monday, 28 January 2008.



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

To receive an update. 


The Principal Planning Policy Officer was in attendance for this item.


Members were informed that the six week consultation period, with regard to the Core Strategy Document and the Development Control Policies, was now underway.


All Councillors, Parish and Town Councils and stakeholders should have received copies of the aforementioned documents.  The on-line version was now interactive for the public to make comments and put their views forward until 10 March 2008.


The next edition of Breckland Voice would include a two page spread on the subject of the LDF.


To accompany the launch of the Strategy document, public meetings had already taken place and further meetings had been arranged as follows:


  • Dereham – 5 February 2008 – a special event for Local Service Centres, Breckland Council, Elizabeth House, The Anglia Room – 6.00pm


  • Thetford – 6 February 2008 – public exhibition at the Carnegie Rooms – two drop in sessions on the LDF – 10.00am until 2.00pm and 5.00pm until 7.00pm


The Planning Policy Team had also been invited to Attleborough.  A provisional date for this meeting had been arranged for Thursday 21 February 2008.


A number of LDF items were being presented to the Policy Development and Review Panel 1 meeting on Tuesday 5 February in Watton.  The documents being discussed were:


  • The Open Space Assessment
  • The Landscape Character Assessment; and
  • Planning Policy Statement: Planning and Climate Change – Supplement to Planning Policy Statement 1.


All Development Control Members were invited to attend.



Deferred Applications (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 35 KB

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


This item was noted.



Wretham: Stonebridge Camp: Proposed Residential Development: Application Reference 3PL/2007/1569/F (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


The Principal Planning Officer (Major Projects) presented the report which concerned a planning application for the residential development of a former military camp on the edge of Wretham.  It was recommended that the application be approved.


The development proposed would comprise of 27 dwellings, a new access and estate road, and an area of open space.  The application had been supported by a number of technical reports, including a Planning Statement, Sustainability Statement, Consultation Statement, Design and Access Statement, Ecological Survey, Flood Risk Assessment, Transport Assessment and Site Investigation Desk Study.


The 1.6 hectare site was located just outside the Settlement Boundary on the southern edge of Stonebridge, East Wretham.


A draft Section 106 Agreement was currently under preparation and would include the following obligations:


  • the provision of 8 affordable dwellings;
  • provision of public open space and play area; and
  • financial contributions towards schools and library services, traffic management proposals, improved bus stop facilities and improvements to the Village Hall.


There would be a range of properties proposed and all dwellings would be constructed to a high environmental standard (Sustainable Home Code Level 4).  There were currently six codes: codes five and six contained zero carbon environmental factors.  Code Level 4 was considered to be of an excellent standard of environmental design and was above the energy performance standard of Code Level 3. 


The principal issues raised by the application were: i) the extent to which the development would accord with relevant planning policy relating to housing development in rural areas, and ii) the impact of the development on the character of the area.


The Principal Planning Policy Officer explained that the current proposal for 27 dwellings exceeded what could reasonably be considered to be a small scale development in the context of the existing settlement.  To this extent, the proposal would conflict with national policy.  However, in support of the application, it was argued that a smaller scheme would not be viable, given the costs associated with redeveloping a brownfield site of this sort and the community benefits being offered. National Policy, as set out in PPS3, prioritised the re-use of brownfield sites, particularly those that contained vacant or derelict buildings that had previously been publicly owned.  The site, although outside the defined development boundary, was well related physically to the built up form of the village.  The site had previously been identified for commercial uses; however, no such uses had been forthcoming despite efforts by the applicants to market the land for such purposes.


There had been strong local support for the development from local residents and the Parish Council.  Prior to the submission of the application, the views of the Parish Council and local residents had been sought at a series of public meetings.  The general response had been positive except for the one issue of parking.  The applicant had taken on board their concerns and had amended the scheme slightly by increasing the parking spaces belonging to the affordable units to two each.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.


Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 287 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Mr N Melton




Beres Developments Ltd




Kester Cunningham John




Land & New Homes

North Elmham



Flagship Housing Group




MSM Property Services Ltd




Miss T Mays

Little Ellingham



Norfolk Homes Ltd




Mr & Mrs T Partridge




H G Developments




Mr & Mrs C Smith




Hastoe Housing Association





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/2007/1449/O: Hockering: Mattishall Road: Replacement of caravans with two dwellings for Mr N Melton


Approved, as recommended, subject to a further condition to include the removal of permitted development rights from both dwellings.


b)           Item 2: 3PL/2007/1569/F: Wretham: Stonebridge Camp, Thetford Road, Stonebridge: Development of Stonebridge Camp including removal of all buildings and erection of 27 dwellings (2, 3, 4, & 5 bed units) and associated works for Beres Developments Ltd


This item was considered in conjunction with Agenda item 9 (Minute No. 17/01 above refers).


c)            Item 3: 3PL/2007/1595/F: Watton: 1 High Street: Conversion and extension of existing building to form 13 new apartments for Kester Cunningham John


Approved, as recommended.


d)           Item 4: 3PL/2007/1688/O: North Elmham: Site adjacent 7 Station Road: Proposed residential development site for Land & New Homes


Deferred, contrary to the recommendation, for further information to be obtained on foul drainage and road and rail crossing concerns, and for negotiation on the layout.


e)           Item 5: 3PL/2007/1767/F: Thetford: Garage Court, Fir Road: Demolition of existing garages for the redevelopment of 5 dwellings and associated parking for Flagship Housing Group


Deferred, contrary to the recommendation, but the Officers, in consultation with the Chairman, be authorised to approve subject to amendments to parking and layout (particularly with regard to plots 4 and 5).

Members also felt that Breckland’s Tree and Countryside Officer should visit the site to investigate the option of issuing a Tree Preservation Order in relation to the mature trees on the site.


f)              Item 6: 3PL/2007/1783/F: Dereham: Rear to 1 – 5 Clifton Terrace: Proposed demolition of existing garages and construction of 8 flats and one 2 bed room house for MSM Property Services Ltd


Approved, as recommended, subject to a further condition to incorporate a number of blind windows to the blank elevations.


g)           Item 7: 3PL/2007/1796/F: Little Ellingham: Land adjoining Hambledowns, 5 The Green: New dwelling with double garage (plot 2) for Miss T Mays


Refused, contrary to the recommendation.  Members felt that the proposal constituted overdevelopment of the site that would result in a form of development that was out of keeping with the character of the area.  Members also felt that a further dwelling on the site would cause disturbance to neighbouring properties.


Mr Smith, the Ward Representative had been asked to speak on behalf of Little Ellingham Parish Council and on behalf of a number of residents.  Photographs were displayed of the access to the site which illustrated that there would not be an adequate turning point provided for vehicles.  Mr Smith expressed further concerns relating to drainage and highway issues, and with the number of trees that had already been removed prior to the submission of the plans.


h)            Item 8: 3PL/2007/1800/D: Dereham: Moorgate Business Centre, South Green: Residential Development for Norfolk Homes Ltd


Approved, as recommended, on the basis that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.


Enforcement Items (for information) (Agenda item 11) pdf icon PDF 68 KB


The item was noted.



Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (For Information) (Agenda item 12) pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


This item was noted.



Appeals Decisions (for information) (Agenda item 13)

APP/F2605/A/07/2054319: Attleborough: Corner Cottage, Chapel Street, Rockland St Peter: Appeal against a decision to grant outline planning permission for D Wright: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/0182/O

Decision: Dismissed.


APP/F2605/C/06/2024074/2024076/2024078/2024081: (Appeals 1 – 4) Roudham: Land at Camp Farm:  Appeals against an enforcement notice issued by Breckland Council against Foulger Transport Ltd (2024074), Lloyds TSB Bank plc (2024076), Mr Brad Webb (2024078), and Paul Rackham Ltd (2024081)

Decision: The appeals under ground (c) and also the appeals under ground (a), refusing to grant planning permission including in relation to the application deemed to have been made under section 177(5) of the Act as amended are dismissed.  The appeals on grounds (f) and (g), and direct that the enforcement of the Notice, of the words “non-agricultural” before the words “storage and distribution”, and by the deletion of the three months and the substitution of nine months as the period for compliance are allowed.


APP/F2605/C/06/2024074 (Appeal 5): Roudham: Land at Camp Farm: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Paul Rackham Ltd: Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1484/CU

Decision: Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/07/2035705/NWF (Appeal 6): Roudham: Land at Camp Farm: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Paul Rackham Ltd: Application Reference: 3PL/2006/1485/CU

Decision: Allowed and conditional planning permission granted.


APP/F2605/A/07/2053737: North Pickenham: ‘The Old Stores’, Meadow Lane: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Mr G Bensley: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/0111/F

Decision: Allowed subject to conditions.


APP/A/07/F2605/07/2054108: Attleborough: 24 Connaught Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for S Becker: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/0657/O

Decision: Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/07/2055836: Bawdeswell: Rear of Denver House: Appeal against a refusal to grant outline planning permission for Mr J A Baker and Mrs J A Smith: Application Reference: 3PL/2007/0400/O

Decision: Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/07/2039597: Thetford: Land at Arlington Way: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission for Abbey Developments Ltd: Application Reference: 3PL/2006/0531/F

Decision: Allowed subject to conditions.




The Solicitor updated Members on the following appeals:


Appeal references APP/F2605/C/06/2024074/2076/4078/2081: The Inspector had refused the permissions and the matter was now subject to three High Court legal actions.


Appeal reference: APP/F2605/A/07/2039597:  costs had been awarded against the Council.