Agenda and minutes

Venue: Anglia Room, The Conference Suite, Dereham

Contact: Julie Britton 

No. Item


Apologies (Agenda item 1)

To receive any apologies for absence.




Declarations of Interest (Agenda item 2)

The duties to register, disclose and not to participate for the entire consideration of the matter, in respect of any matter in which a Member has a disclosable pecuniary interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011.  Members are also required to withdraw from the meeting room as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.





Urgent Business (Agenda item 3)

To note whether the Chairman proposes to accept any item as urgent business, pursuant to Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.




Non Members wishing to address the meeting (Agenda item 4)

To note the names of any non-members who wish to address the meeting.


Councillors M. Chapman-Allen, S. Matthews, P. Claussen, P. Darby, P. Dimoglou, P. Duigan, K. Gilbert, A. Joel, K. Martin, F. Sharpe, N. Wilkin and P. Wilkinson.


Chairman's Announcements (if any) (Agenda item 5)


The order of the meeting was explained.  Public speaking would be limited to 3 minutes.


Breckland Local Plan Pre-Submission - Key Issues (Agenda item 6) pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Report of Councillor Gordon Bambridge, Executive Member for Growth.

Additional documents:


There were a number of documents that supported the Local Plan; the first of which was the Design Policy which was presented by Sarah Robertson, the Senior Planning Policy Officer (Capita).


A presentation was provided (see attached).


Design Policies


Further work had been carried out since the Cabinet meeting on 25 April 2017, where at the request of Members, a design build specification had been included within the Local Plan.  Full versions of these policies were highlighted at Appendix A of the report.  Two separate design policies would now be included in the Local Plan; GEN02 Promoting High Quality Design would be a strategic policy and would be included at the beginning of the Plan emphasising the importance of high quality design in all development within Breckland.  The second, the Development Management Design Policy, now included additional requirements in relation to highway safety, parking and refuse, recycling and servicing facilities.  The Local Plan allowed for a supplementary planning document to be prepared.


Councillor Martin pointed out that developers were already taking Breckland Council’s views on board as he had been very impressed with the design of both residential and commercial properties being built in Attleborough.


Councillor Claussen asked if the Design Policy would have enough ‘teeth’ at the Planning Committee meetings for Members to be able to refuse applications on design.  The Chairman said that this was his intention and it would have ‘teeth’ as it formed part of the Local Plan. 


Councillor Wilkin, the Chairman of the Planning Committee hoped that these Policies would help with some of the challenges that Members of the Committee faced.


In response to a question as to whether there would be further information to come, the Chairman advised that there was but not this year as there was no completion date as yet.


The following settlements representing key outstanding issues were discussed:




Sarah Robertson presented.


During the preferred sites allocation, no preferred site had been included within Watton due to the Planning Inquiry on Mallard Road which was only now being heard this week.  It was therefore necessary to identify further sites to accommodate 175 dwellings within the town.  The four alternative sites had been re-visited, two of which were considered to be unsuitable as one was in multiple ownership and the other, located to the south of Wayland Academy, was not considered to be a reasonable alternative option and was being recommended for removal due to part of the site falling within the Stone Curlew buffer zone. Following further consultation with the Town Council, it was proposed that two new sites be brought forward (a combined site and a completely separate site). LP(104)008 land off Saham Road in combination with LP(104)019 land off Sharman Avenue for 160 dwellings and LP(104)015 land north of Norwich Road for 40+ dwellings plus a Care Home; however, according to the Water Cycle Study a number of improvements would have to be made to alleviate surface water flooding. 


Councillor Gilbert, a Ward Representative for Watton, said  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39/17