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To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 17 March 2008.
A correction was necessary so that Minute 34/08 read “the Chairman declared a prejudicial interest in Item 8b of the Agenda (North Elmham) as she had relatives who owned the land adjacent to the site in question”.
Subject to the above correction the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 March 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 Mrs P A Spencer, Mr M Spencer and Mr F Sharpe.
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.
Mr J Labouchere declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 7 (Local Development Framework Update).
Chairman's Announcements (Agenda Item 4)
The Chairman reminded Members that names could still be put forward to attend the Planning Summer School in September.
The Development Services Manager informed Members of a Seminar by the Energy Savings Trust on 16 April 2008 at 2.30 pm in the Anglia Room, open to all Members. Those wishing to attend were asked to inform Chris Dorling on 01362 656205 or email@example.com
The Vice-Chairman notified Members that it was the Chairman’s birthday and they all joined in wishing her Many Happy Returns of the Day.
Local Development Framework (Standing Item) (Agenda Item 7)
To receive an update.
The Environmental Planning Manager was in attendance for this item and she reminded Members that there would be a briefing on site specifics after the Council meeting on Thursday 10 April 2008.
All landowners/agents who had made representation had been contacted and asked to confirm their interests. It had been made clear to them that their details would become public.
A new Senior Planning Policy Officer would be starting work in May. A Lead Officer would be assigned for each Ward. Details would be confirmed at the briefing on Thursday.
A clear message was being sent out to all that there would be plenty of opportunity for communities to be involved.
A Member asked if it was necessary for those who had previously made application for specific sites to be included to confirm they still wished to be considered.
The Environmental Planning Manager confirmed this and said that due to the length of time that the process had taken it was likely that in some cases changes would have occurred. Specific details on sites, land ownership and aspirations had been requested.
Report of the Development Services Manager.
The Planning Obligations Officer introduced this item to Members explaining that permission had originally been granted for a swimming pool subject to a condition that it should only be used by the occupiers of Moor Farm and those staying in the holiday units within the site.
It had been drawn to the attention of the Enforcement Officer that other people were using the pool and the owner had been invited to make an application to remove the condition.
That application had been approved, subject to a legal agreement limiting the pool’s use to pre-booked parties only, when used by the public.
The draft agreement had taken a long time to be agreed and had still not been signed. Technically there was no planning permission for the use of the pool by the public.
A Member asked that if this was the case and the pool was in use, was there a case to pursue a Closure Notice as anyone using the pool would not be insured.
The Development Services Manager agreed that the issue needed to be brought to a close. He had spoken to the Ward Representative who was concerned as he had supported the application. He had suggested that the applicant be given one more month to sign the legal agreement and if this was not done then the application be refused. A Planning Contravention Notice (PCN) could then be served.
A Member requested confirmation of why restrictions had been placed on the use of the pool when it was Council policy to encourage tourism.
This application had been discussed by Development Control Committee and concerns had been raised in respect of highway safety and health and safety issues about the number of people using the pool at any one time. Therefore the legal agreement had been required.
RESOLVED that the applicant be given a further four weeks to sign the legal agreement. If it is not signed, the Development Services Manager to be authorised to refuse the application under delegated powers and enforcement action taken.
To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:
RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:
a) Item 1: 3PL/2007/0672/F: Harling: Keepers Cottage West Harling: Retrospective application for new siting of dwelling (new dwelling approved ref no 3PL/2005/1914/F) for Mr Kobylecki
Deferred for a Site Visit to be made.
The Senior Development Control Officer showed Members plans of the dwelling as approved and photographs as built and explained that outstanding conditions attached to the original permission, relating to archaeology, had been signed off.
It was not considered that the change to the siting of the dwelling had significantly affected the amenity of neighbours and approval was recommended.
Mr Horn spoke on behalf of a relative who owned the closest neighbouring property. He had no objection per se to the changes but was concerned that stringent landscaping conditions should be applied to any permission to mitigate the visually intrusive effect of the new dwelling on the open countryside and on neighbouring properties.
The applicant confirmed that he was happy to comply with full landscaping requirements.
It was explained that the revision to the siting had been brought to the attention of the planning department by the Building Surveyor but that it had not been considered necessary to serve a Stop Notice as an application had been lodged requesting an amendment. Work had proceeded at the applicant’s own risk.
After general discussion on the reasons for the change in position and the acceptability or not of the changes to the dormers a Member suggested that a site visit should be made.
b) Item 2: 3PL/2007/1571/F: Dereham: Adjacent Moorgate House South Green: Proposed 16 No new flats and bungalow with garage for Mr M Gore
Refused as recommended.
The Senior Development Control Officer advised Members that no affordable housing provision was included in the application. It was considered that the proposal represented an overdevelopment of the site and detracted from the setting of the adjacent Listed Building, Moorgate House.
Mr Gore told Members that as the development consisted of one and two bedroom flats, this represented affordable housing. He explained that as the area around the protected tree remained clear, this provided a break between the development and the listed building.
Members felt that the previously approved scheme was more acceptable.
c) Item 3: 3PL/2007/2039/F: Ashill: Watton Road: Erection of gospel hall and associated parking and landscaping for Swaffham Gospel Hall Trust
Refused on design grounds.
The Senior Development Control Officer explained that additional information had been requested to support the choice of the site and to consider Watton as an alternative. This had been received too late to assess within the current application’s timescale.
The Development Services Manager read an e-mail from an objector, Mr Nunn, who was unable to attend. He raised concerns about the rural location of the proposal, outside the settlement boundary for Ashill. He further drew attention to the fact that the application stated that public access to the pond would be maintained, however the gates were padlocked and ... view the full minutes text for item 50.
Report of the Development Services Manager.
This item was noted.
APPEAL DECISION (FOR INFORMATION) (Agenda Item 11)
APP/F2605/A/07/2057397: Shipdham: Land at Mill Road, including land at Molecatchers Cottage: Appeal by Buckfastleigh Limited against the decision of Breckland Council not to grant planning permission for the demolition of the existing building and the construction of a residential development (24 units) (application reference 3PL/2006/1234/F)
Members were informed that the appeal had been dismissed on highway grounds alone.
The item was noted.