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To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 8 November 2007.


The minutes of the meeting held on 8 November 2007 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.




To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Mrs. M. Chapman-Allen, Mr. A. Byrne, Mr. P. Cowen and Lady Fisher.



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:


Mrs. J. Ball                             Mr. S.G. Bambridge

Mr. G.P. Borrett                     Councillor C. Bowes

Mr. M. Fanthorpe                   Mr. P. Francis

Mrs. S.R. Howard-Alpe        Mrs. D. Irving

Mr. M. Kiddle-Morris            Mr. J.P. Labouchere

Mr. B. Rose


Mrs. A. Steward, Executive Member for Planning & Housing.



Local Development Framework (LDF): Breckland Core Strategy and Development Control Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) - Preferred Policy Options (Agenda Item 6)

To consider the remaining Preferred Policy Options which were adjourned from the last meeting (previous Minute 75/07 refers):


Development Control Policies

à        DC16 Renewable Energy

à        DC17 Design

à        DC18 Historic Environment

à        DC19 Conversion of Buildings of particular Historic or Architectural Merit

à        DC20 Provision of Community Facilities, Recreation and Leisure

à        DC21 Protection of Key Services and Facilities

à        DC22 Highway Safety

à        DC23 Parking Provision

à        DC24 Corridors of Movement

à        DC26 Conversion of Buildings in the Countryside

à        DC27 Farm Diversification


Members are reminded to bring to the meeting their copies of the relevant documents as previously circulated.



The Principal Planning Policy Officer presented a résumé of progress and consultations to date on the LDF, together with a summary of the resulting proposed changes to the Preferred Options which would be going forward for the Cabinet’s consideration and an outline of the future LDF timetable.


Issues raised to date included:


  • Concerns that the job figures along the A11 corridor were insufficient
  • Concerns that there was an insufficient allowance for housing in the villages and the need for a more positive approach to creating jobs in the rural areas
  • The need for greater protection from “infill” development within settlement boundaries
  • The timing of infrastructure to serve new development
  • The number and category of local service centre villages
  • The need for greater emphasis on the ‘green agenda’
  • The need to recognise the car as a necessity in the face of limited public transport
  • The need for greater emphasis on design to deliver the scale of growth in Breckland (size of properties, density)


Changes so far recommended by the Panel were summarised as follows:


  1. Policy CP10 Design: Amend to include reference to traditional Norfolk roof
  2. Policy DC3 Replacement Dwellings: Alternative option “allow for design to be the determinant factor rather than size”
  3. Policy DC4 Affordable Housing: Concern that 40% on sites of three houses was unviable
  4. Policy DC8 Tourist Development: Policy is too restrictive on new build tourist accommodation in the countryside.


Other proposed changes included:

  1. Policy CP13: Amend to clarify the criteria for settlement boundaries
  2. Factual amendments to retail floor space figures (Dereham Tesco)
  3. Factual amendments to employment land figures (RAF Watton Technical Site, Carbrooke)
  4. A number of minor wording changes


The Chairman expressed his thanks to the Cabinet for deferring its consideration of the matter to assist the Panel to conclude its deliberations.


The Environmental Planning Manager reminded members that the draft policies being put forward were professional recommendations based on the need to meet the tests of soundness on which they would be examined against the national and regional strategies and policies by which the authority had to abide.  The Council would also have to demonstrate good evidence of public consultation and how the Council had responded to that consultation, as well as demonstrating good evidence to back-up its policies and to show they were deliverable.


In answer to questions, it was confirmed that the affordable housing target would be reviewed to apply to sites of five houses or more. It was also confirmed that it would apply to developments in both towns and rural areas.


So far as the issue of the jobs/housing balance was concerned, it was explained that this had been examined during the two year period of the draft LDF.  The revised LDF now included housing and jobs figures for towns and Local Service Centre villages, the jobs figures in particular had been revised upwards for locations along the A11 corridor.  These figures would be subject to the further consultation commencing in January.


With regard to site specifics, work on this would commence  ...  view the full minutes text for item 79.