Agenda and minutes

Venue: Anglia Room, The Conference Suite, Dereham

Contact: Julie Britton 

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25.

Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2013.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2013 were agreed as a correct record.

26.

Non Members wishing to address the meeting (Agenda item 5)

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

Minutes:

Councillors J North, G Bambridge, T Carter, A Joel, K Martin and A Stasiak.

27.

Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan (Agenda item 7)

Verbal update by Phil Mileham, Deputy Planning Manager.

Minutes:

Members were provided with a brief update on the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan (ANP) process and it was recommended that the ANP be a standing item on future agendas.

 

The Local Plan area had now been defined and it was now the responsibility of Attleborough Town Council to progress the Local Plan in accordance with the Core Strategy.

 

Councillor Martin was pleased to with the new boundaries but had concerns in relation to Old Buckenham and Bunns Bank.  Councillor Joel said that he would rather have the land at Old Buckenham considered in the Local Plan rather than in the Neighbourhood Plan.

 

It was agreed that the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan would be included on future agendas as a standing item.

 

28.

Attleborough Transport Studies (Agenda item 8) pdf icon PDF 198 KB

Report by Phil Mileham, Deputy Planning Manager.

 

Members are asked to note that due to their size, the appendices to this report are attached as separate documents (appendices, B, C, D and E).

 

Members of the Local Plan Working Group and any Cabinet Members wishing to attend the meeting are asked to bring their copies of these appendices to the meeting as previously notified.

 

NB: There will be a limited number of hard copies available on the day.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Attleborough had been earmarked as one of the two principal areas for growth and change in the District.  The Council’s adopted Core Strategy allocated 4,000 dwellings and 10Ha of employment land to the town in the period up to 2026.  A further 20Ha of employment land had also been identified at Snetterton Heath.

 

Councillor Kiddle-Morris presented the findings of the Attleborough Transport Studies that had been under preparation since 2012.  The report had been split into three parts, all of which would provide evidence base for the Local Plan:

 

·        Smarter Choices Study

·        Town Centre Study; and

·        The Link Road Study

 

Further work was required in relation to any cost constraints.

 

The Deputy Planning Manager said that he would try and provide a reasonable summary of a 1600 page report. 

 

Smarter Choices Study

 

The Smarter Choices Study would form part of the overall Transport Strategy and looked at:

 

  • Reducing the need for travel in the first place: i.e. working from home, receiving shopping through supermarket deliveries.
  • Active Travel: walking and cycling routes and promotion.
  • Public transport: improvements to existing rail and bus services and facilities and new bus services.
  • Car share: potentially a key element of Travel Plans
  • Reducing the number and length of trips: through use of master-planning (e.g. primary schools provided locally).
  • Using more efficient, lower carbon vehicles/fuels: e.g. electric cars
  • Using existing vehicles more efficiently: green driving tips and techniques to reduce fuel consumption.

 

The Council’s Core Strategy links residential growth in Attleborough to the promotion of further employment at Snetterton Heath, which was a strategic employment site in the district.  To help provide greater transport linkages between the two wares, one of the key recommendations of the Study was the implementation of an Attleborough to Snetterton Heath orbital bus service.  The Study sets out a possible route, but also considers that this could potentially be extended to link through the proposed Urban Extension are to Snetterton Heath.  Options had been suggested that the orbital bus service be extended further into the existing residential areas which could provide greater opportunities to access the service.  Many of these findings could be implemented by the Town Council or Norfolk County Council.

 

The Study also considered making better use of the rail station at Eccles Road to access the Snetterton Heath employment area and opportunities for walking and cycling improvements in the town centre.  Appendix A of the Smarter Choices Study provided a detailed list of potential improvements to Attleborough’s walking and cycling network along with associated costs.  Some of the key improvements had been identified as follows:

 

  • New cycle link across Gaymer’s Meadow, and convert to bridleway
  • New pedestrian and cycle bridge over the railway linking existing town with Urban Extension
  • New footway south of London Road
  • New foot/cycleway linking Eccles Road station to Snetterton Heath
  • Resurfacing to provide more attractive links
  • Improved signage to highlight cyclists
  • Better maintenance of existing routes.

 

The full list of improvements could be seen at pages 107-114 of Appendix B to this report.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.