Agenda item

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 12)

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Dawe Estates Ltd




Peartree Property Co




Abel Homes Ltd




Abel Homes Ltd




Norfolk Homes Ltd




Hastoe Housing Assoc

Saham Toney



Mrs Diana Wyatt




J Drew & Son




HDD RAF Watton Ltd




Heitz Engineering Ltd




David Wilson Homes Ltd





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: 3PL/2008/0969/F: Carbrooke: Site adjacent Fen Farm, Willow Corner: Proposed residential development (3 dwellings) for Dawe Estates Ltd


This full application followed two previous refusals, one upheld on appeal.  The comments made by the Appeal Inspector (that the site had appeared cramped and out of keeping and the development too close to the existing cottage) had been taken into account by the applicant.


Mr Morphew, an objector, felt the new application was not very different to the previous plans.  He was concerned re overshadowing, loss of light and potential danger to users of the access track.


Mr Parsons, Agent, said that the proposal had been reduced from four to three dwellings and the built form had been considerably reduced.  He considered the proposal enhanced the character and setting and reflected the vernacular context of the site.


Approved, as recommended.


(b)       Item 2: 3PL/2008/0988/F: Dereham: Lyndon, Mary Unwin Road: Erection of 8 apartments following demolition of existing for Peartree Property Co


This application proposed the replacement of the existing bungalow with flats in three linked blocks comprising a three storey block with access through at ground floor to parking at the rear, then a second three storey block with a mono-pitch roof and finally a third, two storey block.


Mrs Powell, an objector speaking for residents in the area, was dismayed at this proposal.  She said it was an inadequate space and would lead to overlooking of adjacent properties.  She was also concerned about highway safety as there were three schools in the vicinity and cars were often parked on the road. 


Mr Pettifer, Agent, confirmed that the separation distances complied with requirements as did the parking provision.


Some Members expressed concern about only five parking spaces and felt the design was unsuitable for the location.


Refused, contrary to recommendation, on the grounds of overdevelopment, poor design, lack of parking and being out of keeping with the street scene.


(c)        Item 3: 3PL/2008/1019/F: Watton: The Stables, Norwich Road: New Creche/Nursery facility and ancillary works for Abel Homes Ltd


Approved, see Minute No 163/08.


(d)       Item 4: 3PL/2008/1042/F: Watton: The Stables, Norwich Road: Demolition of existing premises and erection of residential development together with ancillary works for Abel Homes Ltd


Approved, see Minute No 163/08.


(e)       Item 5: 3PL/2008/1083/F: Attleborough: Land at Bryony Way/Carvers Lane: Residential development comprising 38 dwellings and associated roads, infrastructure and open space for Norfolk Homes Ltd


Deferred, see Minute No 158/08.


(f)         Item 6: 3PL/2008/1086/F: Saham Toney: Site adjacent Parkers VC Primary School, Pound Hill: Construction of 10 No dwellings for Hastoe Housing Association


This application was for the development of 10 affordable houses on a site outside the Settlement Boundary for Saham Toney.  It was recommended for approval as an exception site, as it was well located to local services, closely related to the Settlement Boundary and there was an identified need for affordable housing in the village.


The Development Services Manager clarified the policy.  This was different to those sites being considered outside the Settlement Boundary because of the Council’s 5 year housing land shortage.  Hastoe Housing Association was a Registered Social Landlord and there had been provision in the Local Plan (now covered by PPS 3) to allow exception sites for such development.


Mrs Sayer, Mr Bowes and Mr Hinkins, all objectors, accepted the need for affordable housing in the village but said this was not the right place.  They stressed the unspoilt, ancient nature of this ‘heart’ of the village and raised concerns with regard to wildlife and highway safety


Ms Stefan, Development Officer for Local Needs Housing Project, said that nine sites had been considered and the sequential test applied.  This site had proved the best.  The development would have high eco-credentials and would provide local people with good quality homes.


Mrs Hewett, Ward Representative, said that residents did not dispute the need for affordable housing but wanted a better site.  She said there were land owners willing to provide land at a reasonable price.  This site was on a corner, on a hill, adjacent the school and opposite the church and was not the right location for the development.


Members discussed the possibility of a more suitable site being available.


Deferred, to allow evidence of landowners having other land to put forward for affordable housing to be gathered.


The Development Services Manager requested that formal proposals for alternative sites be available in time to bring this application back to the next meeting of the Development Control Committee.


(g)       Item 7: 3PL/2008/1132/O: Shropham: 14 Watton Road: One, two  storey detached house with garage and new access for Mrs Diana Wyatt


This proposal was in outline form with only access to be considered.  A previous application had been refused because it was unduly cramped and failed to enhance.  The plot size had been increased and indicative drawings demonstrated it was capable of taking a dwelling.


Mr Napier, speaking for the Parish Council, said they were unanimously against this proposal.  The site was too small; it would not enhance the area and there were highway safety issues.  He also raised concern about potential overlooking of the back garden to No 15 Watton Road.


Refused, against recommendation, on grounds of overdevelopment of the site and loss of character of the area.


(h)        Item 8: 3PL/2008/1152/F: Horningtoft: Grange Farm: Conversion of barns to residential for J Drew & Son


Mr Kiddle-Morris declared a personal interest in this item.


This was the resubmission of an application previously refused.  The reasons for refusal had been addressed and it was recommended for approval subject to conditions ensuring that the remaining farm buildings were not used for livestock and the permanent closure of the front opening in the closest building.


Approved, as recommended.


(i)         Item 9: 3PL/2008/1171/D: Carbrooke: Neighbourhood Centre, Blenheim Grange (Former RAF Watton) Norwich Road for HDD RAF Watton Ltd


Refused, see Minute No 162/08.


(j)         Item 10: 3PL/2008/1191/F: Dereham: 24 Charles Wood Road, Rash’s Green Industrial Estate: Erection of workshop extension including offices and amenities for Heitz Engineering Ltd


This application sought permission for a workshop and office extension which would require the removal of a protected oak tree.  The site was immediately adjacent the railway line and had a gas main running along its boundary with a six metre easement restricting development.


The Council’s Head of Economic Development had visited site.  This company had received a grant from the REV Project.  He encouraged Members to support this application to ensure that the business continued to flourish.


Mr Gates, Agent, explained that he had been briefed to design a building to expand the business without causing disruption to the work.  He had investigated different layouts to try to accommodate the tree, but due to the gas main easement there was not sufficient room on site to provide a large enough extension.  Because of the nature of the machinery used, a two storey building was not feasible.


Mr Thomas, Director of Heitz Engineering, said that they had increased turnover year on year and had re-invested £400,000.  They already leased the adjacent building but had reached capacity.  They currently employed two full-time and one part-time member of staff.  There was enormous potential for growth.  He offered to donate money to provide supplementary planting elsewhere.


Discussion followed on the potential to move the business elsewhere and on the comparative merits of the tree against retaining a skilled workforce in Dereham.  The offer to donate money to provide planting elsewhere and how this could be achieved was also debated.


Deferred, for negotiations on the sum of money to be paid and to identify potential sites for supplementary planting.


(k)        Item 11: 3PL/2008/1208/D: Carbrooke and Griston: Part of Former Technical Site, RAF Watton: Erection of 113 No dwellings, garages, access road and assoc highway works (amended scheme to 3PL/2008/0162/D) for David Wilson Homes Ltd


This was a revision to incorporate minor changes to an already approved reserved matters application.  Changes to the layout of the development were required due to a drainage easement.  Slightly smaller houses were proposed on some corner plots, to increase garden sizes and it was proposed to move a garage block in one of the parking courts.


The Police had raised concerns about the restricted views into the parking court caused by the re-siting of the garage block.


Approved, subject to officers’ negotiating a better position for the garages.


The Chairman confirmed that this item would return to the Committee if negotiations were unsuccessful.


Notes to the Schedule


The following persons were in attendance to speak on the following items:


Item No



Mr Morphew – Objector

Mr Parsons - Agent


Mrs Powell – Objector

Mr Rollings – Objector

Mr Payne – Objector

Mr Boulter - Objector

Mr Pettifer - Agent

3 & 4

(Agenda Item 10)

Mr Newell – Objector

Mr Bird - Applicant


Mrs Sayer – Objector

Mr Bowes – Objector

Mr Hinkins – Objector

Mr Parsons – Agent

Ms Stefan - Applicant


Mr Napier – Parish Council


Mr Drew - Applicant


Mr Stanton – Breckland

Mr Thomas – Applicant

Mr Gates – Agent

Mr Addison – Breckland

Mr Fisher - Breckland


Mr Askew – Ward Representative

Mr Moses – Objector

Mr Stanton – Breckland

Mr Houghton – Agent

Mr Palmer – Applicant

Mr Grimley - Breckland


Written Representations taken into account


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