Agenda item

Schedule of Planning Applications

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Norfolk County Council




Brandon Promotions Ltd




Mr & Mrs Long




MLN (Land and Properties) Ltd




Mr & Mrs P Madden




Abel Homes Ltd




NR20 Developments




Mr Graham Hancy




Mr Adam Riley




Mr & Mrs Paul Meachen




Mr John Edward Taylor




Norfolk County Council




Norfolk County Council





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


Item 1: ATTLEBOROUGH: Land fronting the northwest side of London Road: New 630 Pupil Primary School and associated external works and a standalone 52 place nursery building: Applicant: Norfolk County Council: Reference: 3CM/2016/0014/CM


This item was discussed alongside Item 13.


This was a County matter application of which Breckland were a statutory consultee.  Four access routes were proposed, two would serve the school, and two would serve the residential development.  Key issues highlighted included noise, lighting, and highway safety.


Environmental Health had considered noise and lighting and found it to be acceptable.  Norfolk County Council Highways had raised concerns about the four access points, but would continue to address the issue. 


Councillor Crouch (Attleborough Town Council) supported the provision for Attleborough.  However, he raised concerns on the level of parking for parents to drop off/pick up the children.  No footpath or cycleway had been identified.

Concerns were also raised with regard to travelling between the schools and the impact this would have on traffic within the town.  He added that the development of the residential area in front of the school would not allow the school to grow in the future.


Mr Smith (Agent) confirmed that 3-hectares was sufficient area for the primary school.  He would be happy to agree to a condition that a footpath and cycleway be added prior to occupation.


Councillor Joel added his concern with the parking at the school and transport through the town.


The Chairman asked that the parking issue be considered.


Approved, as recommended.


Item 2: WEETING: Mundford Road: Mixed use development food store/petrol filling station/play barn/business trade/access road & car parking: Applicant: Brandon Promotions Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2013/1184/O


It was recommended that the application be refused for the following reasons:

1)    The applicant had failed to demonstrate that sequentially preferable locations for the development were not available, furthermore the proposed retail development by way of its scale and location outside of Brandon Town Centre, would draw significant levels of trade and as a result cause significant harm to the vitality and viability of Brandon Town Centre.

Furthermore the proposed development virtue of lack of connectivity to the centre of Brandon would fail to encourage more sustainable modes of travel and would not provide for a sustainable form of development furthermore the submitted plans fail to demonstrate that the site can be adequately accessed and serviced for the purposes of the development proposed.


2)    Insufficient information had been submitted to allow a full assessment of the implications of the development on:

a.    The ecology and wildlife within and around the site and the ecological and nature conservation value of the surrounding European Protected sites

b.    Flood risk and the risk of pollution of controlled waters


Refused, as recommended


Item 3: ICKBURGH: Manor Farm, Ashburton Road: Erection of 6 dwellings in 2 separate blocks with associated parking and amenity areas: Applicant: Mr & Mrs Long: Reference: 3PL/2015/0472/F


Councillor Claussen felt the application did not allow for sufficient car parking spaces.


Approved, as recommended


Item 4: SWAFFHAM: Norwich Road: Outline Planning application for the erection of up to 185 dwellings (including details of access): Applicant: MLN (Land & Properties) Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2015/0917/O


Anglian Water had confirmed that the existing network would be capable. The LLFA raised no objections subject to a drainage strategy being submitted.


Mr Presslee (on behalf of Agent) said this was a logical extension to the town providing much needed housing in the area. 


Mr Day (Objector) raised objections based on traffic issues and air pollution within the town.


Mr Nye (Supporter) highlighted the economic benefit and said it would enhance the customer base of the town.  It was recognised that access to the town could be difficult however; this development would provide easy access to the existing major routes.


Mr Scott (Town Council) asked Members to refuse the application based on the harm to the environment.


Councillor Matthews (Ward Representative) felt Swaffham should be expanded in order to keep the town alive.  It was recognised that there was poor air quality to the south of the town, which was being monitored.


Deferred and the officers authorised to grant approval, subject to conditions and the completion of the section 106 agreement.


Item 5: LITCHAM: Land adjacent Anvil House, Butt Lane: Erection of detached dwelling: Applicant: Mr & Mrs P Madden: Reference: 3PL/2015/1399F


The Highways Authority had raised objections due to inadequate visibility splays, which would cause danger and inconvenience to users of the adjoining public highway.


Mr Madden (Applicant) said the access was currently being used for up to seven vehicle movements per day.


Councillor Gould (Ward Representative) had sent a letter in support of the application.


Councillor Joel felt that as the Parish Council had supported the application, there was no reason why the Committee should go against that decision.


The Applicant was asked if there would be room for additional parking if the application was approved.  It was confirmed that a larger turning circle would be incorporated allowing for vehicles to be able to pull in and drive out of the drive.


Approved, contrary to the recommendation.


Item 6: SWAFFHAM: Land to the west of Watton Road: Up to 175 dwellings including affordable housing and open space with detailed means of access: Applicant: Abel Homes Ltd: Reference: 3PL/2016/0068/O


This application formed the second phase of development within the area.


Mrs Coombs (Objector) said there were already issues of getting on to the Brandon Road from the current site, and was concerned the additional traffic would exacerbate the issue. In addition there had already been sewage issues on the current phase, and felt the further development would not help the issue.


Deferred and the officers authorised to grant approval, subject to conditions and the completion of the section 106 agreement.


Item 7: SCARNING: The Woodlands, Rushmeadow Road: New dwelling and garage: Applicant: NR20 Developments: Reference: 3PL/2016/0160/F


Approved, as recommended


Item 8: BANHAM: Rosary Farm, Kenninghall Road: Erection of 4 dwellings: Applicant: Mr Graham Hancy: Reference: 3PL/2016/0232/O


This item was deferred for further information.


Item 9: SCARNING: Annexe to Grange Cottage, Dereham Road: Conversion and extension of existing garage to form annex accommodation:  Applicant: Mr Adam Riley: Reference: 3PL/2016/0332/HOU


The key issue raised was that permission had been granted in 2007 for a similar building and the permission had been implemented.  The scheme was considered to be well screened and the impact on the neighbours was limited.  The annex would be used for the owner of the house, and the carer.


Mr Whitehead (Objector) said Garden Cottage had now been advertised for rent, and it was suspected that the proposed application would be rented out once it was built.


Mrs Haller (Objector) added that Garden Cottage was already built with wheelchair access in mind, and could not see the need for this building.


Refused, contrary to the recommendation.


The reasons for refusal were:

1.    that the scale and design of the proposed development was inappropriate for the site and location. 

2.    There would be an unacceptable visual impact from the proposed development.


Item 10: SHIPDHAM: Barn at Land affronting Dereham Road: New dwelling and carport: Applicant: Mr & Mrs Paul Meachen: Reference: 3PL/2016/0348/F


Members were informed that the applicant had previously received prior approval to convert an existing agricultural building.  Since that approval, a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) had been made which meant that the prior approval could not be implemented.  This application allowed the applicant to significantly enhance the design of the property to be aesthetically pleasing. 


Mr Dimoglou (Ward Representative) said that neighbours had been concerned about the proposed application; however, due to consultation with the applicants who now agreed that the revised scheme was much better.


Mr Barnes (Supporter) agreed that this application was much better than the previous one submitted.


A letter of support from Councillor Paul Hewett (Ward Representative) was presented to Members.


Approved, contrary to the recommendation.


Item 11: HARLING: The Cottage, Fen Lane: Erection of dwelling & detached garage: Applicant: Mr John Edward Taylor: Reference: 3PL/2016/0392/O


Norfolk County Council Highways had raised concern due to the restricted visibility at adjacent road junctions.


Mr Taylor (Applicant) said the Parish Council had been in consultation with Highways, who had put a visibility mirror up opposite the junction, which has now helped.


Councillor Jolly (Ward Representative) added that despite repeated requests to the Highways there was no street parking control within the village.  There had been additional planning permissions granted in the nearby vicinity.


Approved, contrary to the recommendation.


Item 12: ATTLEBOROUGH: London Road: Erection of 16 dwellings and associated works: Applicant: Norfolk County Council: Reference: 3PL/2016/0416/O


This item was discussed under Item 1 above.


Approved, as recommended.


Item 13: ATTLEBOROUGH: Land to the east of London Road: Change of use from Agricultural land to industrial B1, B2 and B8: Applicant: Norfolk County Council: Reference: 3PL/2016/0417/O


This application was linked to Items 1 and 12. 


Councillor S Taylor (Attleborough Town Council) queried why the site had not been put forward as part of the Neighbourhood Plan.  However, the Town Council supported the application.


Mr Hinde (Objector) raised concerns based on drainage, lights and noise.


Mr Smith (Agent) added that they had worked closely with Norfolk County Council and Breckland Council and felt that the piece of land was appropriate for employment use and was sustainable.


Councillor Martin (Ward Representative) expressed his support for the application.


Councillor Claussen asked that that a condition was added with regard to light pollution.


Approved, as recommended

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