Venue: Anglia Room, Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham
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To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 18 September 2007.
The minutes of the meeting held on 18 September 2007 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Mr I. Monson, Mr P. Duigan, Mrs M. Chapman-Allen and Mrs P. Quadling.
Declaration of Interest
Members are asked at this stage to declare any interests that 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 a personal or prejudicial interest.
The following declarations in regard to agenda item 6 were made:
Non-Members Wishing to Address the Meeting
To note the names of any non-members wishing to address the meeting.
Members of the Development Control Committee are cordially invited to attend for agenda item 6.
The following members were in attendance for agenda item 6:
Mr S.G. Bambridge
Mr W.P. Borrett
Councillor Claire Bowes
Mr A.J. Byrne
Mr J.P. Cowen
Mr P.S. Francis
Mrs S.R. Howard-Alpe
Mrs D.K.R. Irving
Mr R. Kemp
Mr M.A. Kiddle-Morris
Mr J.P. Labouchere
Mr B. Rose
Mrs A.L. Steward – Executive Member (Planning & Housing)
Local Development Framework (LDF): Breckland Core Strategy and Development Control Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) - Preferred Policy Options Consultation (Agenda Item 6)
The Environmental Planning Manager introduced the report, which was to go forward to Cabinet on 20th November for approval to consult on a series of Preferred Policy Options (Reg. 26) for the Core Strategy and Development Control Policies Development Plan Document that would form part of the Local Development Framework (LDF).
The Options had been devised following extensive community and stakeholder consultation during 2005 and 2007.
The proposed consultation period would run for a minimum period of six weeks and the results would be reported back to members in due course, prior to submitting a final document to the Government later in 2008.
Members’ views were being sought on the Core Strategy and suggested Preferred Policy Options, which would form the Council’s broad overarching strategy for the next 20 years.
The report set out the background and policy framework against which the Core Strategy and policies were being developed, which had to be consistent with the Statement of Community Involvement, together with details of the consultations undertaken to date; the background to the preferred policy options (Reg. 26) and sustainability appraisal, as well as the tests of soundness against which the policies would be examined by the Planning Inspectorate.
The life of the Development Plan had been extended from 2021 to 2026 to take in the new Government guidance under PPS3 for a 15 year land supply for housing; this proposal had been consulted on and agreed previously.
Copies of the supporting documents folders were circulated to members at the meeting. Members were asked to retain their copies of all documents for reference purposes at succeeding meetings.
Consideration was then given to the following elements of the Development Plan, as outlined in the Executive Summary for Members (Appendix 2 of the report) and detailed in Appendix 3 (Core Strategy and Development Control Policies Preferred Options 2007). The debate took the form of members’ comments, questions and answers, the main points arising from which are summarised as follows:
Spatial Vision for Breckland to 2026
Members are invited to consider any additional items or topics for inclusion on the future work programme.
Items currently listed in the Panel’s programme are:
23 October 2007
8 November 2007
Item deferred to the next meeting.
To note the arrangements for the next meeting of the Panel to be held on Thursday, 8 November 2007 at 10.00 a.m. in the Norfolk Room, Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham.
The arrangements for the next meeting on 8 November 2007 were noted. The meeting would conclude the adjourned items from agenda item 6 (Minute 68/07 above) and would consider the second part of the Preferred Options: Development Control Policies.