Agenda and minutes

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Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 4 February 2008.


A correction was necessary so that Minute No. 13/08 read: “the Chairman declared a prejudicial interest in item 4 of the Schedule of Applications (North Elmham) as she had relatives who owned a site adjacent to the site in question”.


Subject to the above correction, the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 February 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 A Byrne and Mrs M Chapman-Allen.



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.



Chairman's Announcements (Agenda item 4)


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



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.


Item 5 of the Schedule of Applications (Gressenhall) had been withdrawn.  The outstanding issues had been resolved, and in agreement with the Chairman, the application had been dealt with under delegated powers.



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

To receive an update.


The Environmental Planning Manager was in attendance for this item.


Members were informed that the consultation on the Core Strategy would continue until 10 March 2008.  Until that time, further meetings and exhibitions would be held with the following Parish and Town Councils:


  • Attleborough – Monday, 25 February 2008 – a public exhibition at the Town Hall - 3pm until 7pm


  • Shropham -  Wednesday, 27th February 2008 in the evening


  • Weeting – Saturday, 1 March 2008 in the morning.


With regard to the site specifics, landowners and agents who had shown an interest in land being included in the Local Development Framework would be written to, asking them to clarify details of the sites and remind them that the sites would need to be in the public domain.  Those details would then be released to Town and Parish Councils for publication.


Following the above, a consultation programme would have to be established.  Further meetings would be arranged to coincide with Town and Parish Council meetings so that full a full public consultation could take place.



Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda item 9) pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications.


Item No



Page No.


Suffolk County Council




Sainsbury Supermarket Ltd




Multi Fab Ltd




Mr & Mrs R. Gilbert

North Lopham



Mr & Mrs M. Errington




Breckland Council




Mr A & Mrs E Middleton








Mr & Mrs E Goward





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


a)           Item 1: 3PL/2007/1750/F: Harling: Thorpe Woodlands, West Harling: Outdoor activities centre including hostel accommodation and camping for Suffolk County Council


Approved, as recommended, subject to an additional condition to be added by the Development Services Manager in relation to the termination of the use of the existing site (which includes the Ancient Monument) as an outdoor activities centre within a period to be specified, in consultation with Suffolk County Council. A Member wished for it to be noted that he objected to the application purely on design grounds.


b)           Item 2: 3PL/2007/1818/F: Thetford: Sainsburys London Road: Single storey front extension incorporating new entrance lobby and ATM pod, single storey side extension and associated works for Sainsbury Supermarket Ltd


Members were informed that since the publication of the report the proposal had been revised to re-locate the ATM pod to the front elevation towards the corner of the store.


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 or unilateral undertaking, to secure the contribution of £50,000 towards the Thetford Walking and Cycling Network.


The Committee noted that the £50,000 would be paid to Norfolk County Council before the occupation of the extension.


c)            Item 3: 3PL/2007/1904/F: Attleborough: Plots 3 & 4 Bunns Bank: Erection of factory/office building for Multi Fab Ltd


Approved, as recommended.  Members were of the opinion that the Highway Authority request of £25,000 towards a new footpath was unreasonable.


d)           Item 4: 3PL/2007/1978/F: North Lopham: Beech House, The Street: Two storey side extension to house and alterations to previously approved bedroom extension for Mr & Mrs R Gilbert


Approved, as recommended.


e)           Item 5: 3PL/2007/2022/F:Gressenhall: Garden to 6 Bittering Street (Swan Drive): New house and garage for Mr &Mrs M Errington


This item had been withdrawn (see Minute No. 26/08 above)


f)              Item 6: 3PL/2007/2049/F: Attleborough: Barrier Biotech, 36 & 37 Haverscroft Ind. Estate, New Road: Double steel frame extension to either side of an existing steel portal frame building for Breckland Council


Approved, as recommended.


g)           Item 7: 3PL/2007/2072/F: Beeston: Glebe Barn, Herne Lane: Proposed conversion of barn to dwelling and creation of new access for Mr A and Mrs E Middleton


Refused, as recommended.  Members felt that the applicants should reasonably demonstrate that there was no interest in re-using the barn for business purposes by advertising it for a period of not less than 12 months in accordance with PPS 7.


h)            Item 8: 3PL/2007/2073/F: Dereham: Greens Road: Erection of builders merchants for SCWS Ltd


Approved, as recommended.


i)              Item 9: 3PL/2008/0023/F: Scarning: Westholme, Chapel Road: Erection of new dwelling in garden for Mr & Mrs E Goward


Approved, as recommended.


Notes to the Schedule


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


Item No.




Mr O’Hare, Applicant’s Agent


Mr Cocks, Applicant


Mr Hall, Applicant’s Agent

Mr Nunn, Ward Representative, in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.


Applications determined by the Development Services Manager (For Information) (Agenda item 10) pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Report of the Development Services Manager.


The item was noted.



Applications Determined by Norfolk County Council (For Information) (Agenda item 11)

3CM/2007/0024/F: Wretham: Larkshall Mill: Variation of condition 2(i) of permission C3/04/3014 and condition 4(i) of permission C/3/2007/3009 to allow the reception, sorting and transfer of household, commercial and industrial waste for Pearsons (Thetford)

Decision:  Conditional approval


3CM/2007/0020/F: Weeting VC Primary School, Main Road: Construction of new playground, drainage, soakaways and associated works for Director of Children’s Services, Norfolk County Council

Decision:  Conditional approval


The item was noted.



Appeals Decisions (For Information) (Agenda item 12)

APP/F2605/F/07/2041601: Dereham: Moorgate House, South Green: Appeal by Michael Gore against a listed building enforcement notice issued by Breckland Council (reference ENF/2004/0291/CAS)

Decision:  The listed building enforcement notice is quashed.


APP/F2605/C/07/2042378: Litcham: Land at Punch Farm: Appeal by C.W. Utting & Son against an enforcement notice issued by Breckland Council (reference ENF/2006/0627/CAS)

Decision:  The appeal is dismissed and the enforcement notice is upheld.


APP/F2605/C/07/2053348 (Appeal A): Attleborough: The New Bungalow, Leys Lane: Appeal by Mrs Abronika Jones against an enforcement notice issued by Breckland Council (reference ENF/2007/0039/CAS)

Decision: Subject to correction of the enforcement notice, the appeal is allowed subject to conditions and the enforcement notice is quashed.


APP/F2605/A/07/2051447 (Appeal B): Attleborough: The New Bungalow, Leys Lane: Appeal by Mrs Abronika Jones against the decision of Breckland Council to refuse planning permission (application reference 3PL/2006/1185/CU).

Decision:  Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/07/2056827: Longham: Pond Lodge, Wendling Road: Appeal by Peter and Alison Lord against the decision of Breckland Council to refuse planning permission (application reference 3PL/2007/0611/F.

Decision:  Dismissed.


APP/F2605/H/07/1202298: Dereham: Dereham Leisure Centre and Pool, Station Road: Appeal by Mr. T. Woodhead against the decision of Breckland Council to refuse express consent for the erection of a non-illuminated freestanding advertisement sign (application reference 3PL/2007/1428/A).

Decision: Dismissed.


APP/F2605/A/07/2039115: Shingham: Shingham Farmhouse: Appeal by Dr. Carly Hughes against the decision of Breckland Council to refuse outline planning permission (application reference 3PL/2006/1802/O).

Decision: Dismissed.


The Development Services Manager updated Members on the following appeals:


APP/F2605/C/07/2042378: Litcham: Land at Punch Farm: Appeal against an enforcement notice (dismissed and the enforcement notice upheld).


Members were reminded of the application where the applicant had erected an agricultural building for storage purposes but had moved livestock in.  The matter had been brought to the Committee where the application for the change of use had been refused.  The Planning Inspector had agreed and required that the barn not be used for the housing of livestock.


APP/F2605/A/07/2056827: Longham: Pond Lodge, Wendling Road: Appeal against a refusal to grant planning permission (dismissed).


The Inspector had concluded that the dwelling was not of a standard that warranted it to be built outside the settlement boundary.  However, the Inspector had stated that eco houses of this type should be classed as customary in the future.