Venue: Norfolk & Dereham Rooms, The Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham
Contact: Committee Services Tel 01362 656870
Note: This will be an all day meeting and a buffet lunch will be provided for members.
To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 23 October 2007.
The minutes of the meeting held on 23 October 2007 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Mr. W.P. Borrett, Mr. R.P. Childerhouse, Mr. I.A.C. Monson and Mrs. P. Quadling. Mr. K. Martin and Mr. A. Byrne gave apologies for their late arrival.
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 Solicitor and Standards Consultant gave advice as to the declaration of interests in relation to consideration of the Local Development Framework. In general, where members had an interest in land a personal interest would exist; such interest in relation to general policy matters need not be prejudicial so long as the land was not affected any more than any other. However, if the discussion indicated that the policy would directly affect such land (for example, that its value or development potential could be increased or decreased), then the member might feel it proper to declare a prejudicial interest at that point and leave the meeting.
The following declarations were made in regard to Agenda Item 6:
Non-Members Wishing to Address the Meeting
To note the names of any non-members wishing to address the meeting.
The following members were in attendance to speak to agenda item 6:
Local Development Framework (LDF): Breckland Core Strategy and Development Control Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) - Preferred Policy Options Consultation (Agenda Item 6)
It was noted that the views from this meeting would be reported to the Cabinet when it considered the matter on 20 November 2007.
Core Policies (continued)
Part 2 consideration of Preferred Policy Options Consultation, adjourned from the last meeting (Minute 68/07 refers).
Printed versions of the following additional supporting documents are enclosed with this agenda as separate documents:
§ Appendix 6: Preferred Options (REG26): Development Control Policies
§ Appendix 7: Sustainability Appraisal: Development Control Policies
The documents can also be viewed online using the following link: http://www.breckland.gov.uk/brecklandcouncil/environment/planning/planningpolicy/localdevelopmentframework
Members should bring to the meeting their copy of the following documents as previously circulated:
Supporting Documents folder containing:
[Note - For those members not present at the last meeting, copies of the supporting documents folder will be available for them at the meeting.]
Members are asked to retain their copies of the above documents for future reference.
Following on from the adjourned meeting on 23 October 2007, discussions on the Core Policies continued as follows:
This policy aimed to deliver a proactive approach to infrastructure provision.
Key issues related to the need for extra capacity for high schools at Dereham, Attleborough, Thetford and Old Buckenham; additional new primary school provision in Thetford, Attleborough and Dereham; enhancements to capacity at Dereham, Wayland (Watton) and Litcham high schools. Additional strategic waste water treatment capacity was also needed at Attleborough and Dereham to meet future development.
Members endorsed the importance of resolving these issues for the District and during discussion the following further points were made:
(Note – Mr. P.J. Duigan declared a personal
interest in regard to the above point as a member of Dereham Town
Council, which owned land in the town.)
CP5 Town Centres
This policy took a cautious approach to out of town retailing, which would require strong evidence of need and demonstrate that no town centre sites were available.
Primary retail shopping areas were to be defined in the proposals maps and were designed to limit the use of non-retail developments in those areas to prevent any over-dominance.
During discussion, the following points were raised:
Development Control Policies
This policy was aimed at ensuring developments did not have a detrimental effect on the amenity of an area.
In answer to questions, the following points were noted:
DC2 Principles of New Housing
It was explained that new guidance permitted lower densities than the national average of 30 dwellings per hectare.
This policy defined high density developments as 40 dwellings per hectare and lower density developments as 22 to 30 dwellings per hectare (8 or 9 houses per acre) which could be applied to rural locations.
The policy also defined the parameters that would apply to the mix and type of housing.
The following issues were discussed: