Agenda item

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 12)

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:


Item No



Page No


Dereham Town Council




Flagship Housing Group




Taylor Wimpey




Mr Mohammed Ali




Paul Rackham Ltd




Mr B Titchiner




Mr S Cushion-Swales




Enertrag UK Ltd




Mr J Chapman




Mr B Meen





RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:


(a)       Item 1: 3PL/2008/1685/O: Dereham: Land at Fleece Meadow off Norwich Road: Erection of block of residential apartments including means of access and parking area for Dereham Town Council


Approved.  See Minute No 76/09 above.


(b)       Item 2: 3PL/2009/0067/F: Thetford: Garage Court at the end of Ash Close: Demolition of existing garages for erection of 3 houses, with 6 replacement garages and access to parking space for Flagship Housing Group


This application proposed the demolition of 28 garages (in two blocks of 14) on a site adjacent the Burrell Way Industrial Estate.  The garage blocks, which were a feature of the area, were mainly unused and subject to vandalism.  A terrace of three dwellings was proposed, set at a 90 degree angle to the nearest housing to avoid overlooking.  Parking would be provided to the front of the houses and a block of five garages to the rear (reduced from the six originally proposed).  These would be accessed from Almond Grove.  A footpath link would be maintained and no trees would be lost.


Mr Robertson, objector, said that more garages would have been used had they been well maintained.  He was concerned that there was not enough parking available and that it was planned to remove more garage blocks in the area which would make things worse.


Ms Handford, for the Applicant, said this development was part of a larger plan for improvements to the Barnham Cross Estate.  It would provide three family houses built to Code Level 3.  They would work with residents to ensure that the build impact was minimised.


Members asked about the boundary treatment to existing gardens when the garage block was demolished.  Negotiations would take place with residents and a condition would require details to be approved.


Concerns were voiced about the lack of lighting for the footpath link and also the potential for amenity problems with houses so close to the Industrial Estate.


Members had sympathy with the objector’s issues in relation to parking and the poor upkeep of the garage blocks, but it was pointed out that there was an existing parking problem in the area, that was not caused by the proposed development. 


The Council’s Principal Housing Officer (Strategy and Enabling) explained that this proposal was a small part of a wider regeneration proposal.  A parking strategy had been published.  This had been prepared in consultation with all residents and the aim was to improve parking on the whole estate and to try to raise the standard to two spaces per house.  This application was for 100% affordable housing, but others would be for open market housing to provide funds to invest in the estate.


It was suggested that Members should be informed about the overall scheme for the estate and the Chairman asked that the Council’s Principal Housing Officer (Strategy and Enabling) be invited to address a future Committee meeting.<1>


Approved, as recommended, subject to an additional condition for lighting.


(c)        Item 3: 3PL/2009/0118/D: Carbrooke & Griston: Norwich Road: Residential development with associated access, car parking and open space for Taylor Wimpey


Approved.  See Minute No 77/09 above.


(d)       Item 4: 3PL/2009/0139/F: Dereham: 2 London Road: Change of use from showroom to an Indian restaurant and takeaway for Mr Mohammed Ali


This application for the change of use of a previous glass sales premises to a restaurant and take-away, was located just outside the town centre.  The only external change would be the addition of a flue to the south gable.


The layout plan included two dining areas on the ground floor and residential accommodation on the first floor.


The applicant had been unable to find any alternative, available properties within the town centre.  Officers considered that the change of use was sustainable, having good access via cycle, foot and public transport. 


Mrs Woodward, objector, occupied the cottage immediately adjacent the premises.  She was concerned re smell – which would restrict window opening; waste and litter – which could lead to vermin; noise: gravel, vocal and kitchen; and highway safety due to the inadequate parking on site.  She felt that planning permission would be detrimental to amenity.


The Chairman was concerned that smells from the flue would affect the balconies of the three storey flats opposite.


Members were concerned that this was not a suitable use in a residential area and felt that other properties were available within the town centre.


Refused, contrary to recommendation, as this was an inappropriate site outside the town centre.


(e)       Item 5: 3PL/2009/0160/CU: Ickburgh: Manor Farm, Swaffham Road: Change of use to include Use Class B8 warehousing and storage for Paul Rackham Ltd


This change of use would not result in any external changes to the building.  The existing duck processing elements and internal partitions would be removed.  There was no information about what sort of items would be stored.


Approved, as recommended.


(f)         Item 6: 3PL/2009/0209/F: Lyng: Swan Pens, Elsing Road: Erection of single storey dwelling and cartshed for Mr B Titchiner


Deferred.  See Minute No 73/09 above.


(g)       Item 7: 3PL/2009/0213/F: Elsing: Elesa, Heath Road: Construction of dwelling for Mr S Cushion-Swales


This application proposed the demolition of an existing two-storey outbuilding and the construction of a contemporary, split level building.  The slope of the site had been taken into account and the design had a two-storey element to the rear and single storey to the front.  It would be a U shaped building with an inward facing courtyard, with green credentials; having grey-water recycling, a heat pump and photo-voltaic solar tubes.


The site fell outside the Settlement Boundary and was considered to be backland development, out of character with the area. 


The Ward Representative had written in support of the application which she considered ‘disappeared into its environment and made no statement at all’.  She also commended its green credentials.


Officers did not consider the design to be ‘truly outstanding’ or ‘ground-breaking’ and therefore felt it did not fulfil policy requirements of special justification.


Mrs Swales, applicant, said that the site had previously been within the Settlement Boundary and this had been changed without consultation.  She said that the policies were intended to protect the countryside from intrusion or encroachment and this development would do neither.  The dwelling would be close to carbon neutral.


The Development Services Manager explained that the site’s inclusion within the Settlement Boundary was a matter to be considered through the Local Development Framework (LDF) process.  He said that the design had been looked at in detail and did not meet the policy requirements to be outstanding or exceptional.


Refused, as recommended.


(h)        Item 8: 3PL/2009/0225/F: Weeting: Land at Lodge Farm: Erection of meteorological mast to measure, record and log wind speed and direction for Enertrag UK Ltd


Councillor C Bowes declared a Personal and Prejudicial interest in this item and left the room while it was discussed.


This application was for temporary permission (amended to two years) for a mast to assess wind speeds and direction.  It was sited a good distance from the village and surrounded by woodland. 


The site fell within the area of special control for Stone Curlews and this had been considered.  Natural England and the RSPB had no objection to the proposal although the latter had suggested a condition to restrict the erection and dismantling of the mast to outside the breeding season.


Mrs Hewett, for applicant, said the site was away from the area where Stone Curlews had been seen.  She did not feel there was a need to avoid the breeding season as the mast could be erected and dismantled in less than a day and would cause no more disturbance than agricultural activity.  The mast would sit on a small steel plate.  It would hold approximately 4 – 6 instruments (anemometers and wind vanes) spaced evenly down the mast.


Approved, as recommended.


(i)         Item 9: 3PL/2009/0258/F: Roudham/Larling: Chattel House, Roudham Road, Harling Road: Establish permanent dwelling on site including retention of existing timber clad temporary structure with new two storey structure for Mr J Chapman


This application proposed the retention and extension of a temporary dwelling located adjacent the employment area at Roudham Park.  The dwelling was set back from the highway and well screened by trees.


Temporary permission had been granted for the dwelling in 2003 to provide security for the tree surgery and forestry business run from the site.  Security was still an issue with machinery and timber on site having increased in value.


However, it was considered that insufficient justification had been given for a permanent dwelling of this scale and design, outside the Settlement Boundary.


Mr Chapman, applicant, said he had started the business in 1996 and it now supported four full time and two part time people.  There was a lack of affordable/available housing in the area and he needed to live on site for security.  He wanted a permanent home and the two storey extension was proposed to minimise the footprint.  There were nearby dwellings of the same size and scale.


Lady Fisher, Ward Representative, supported the application.  Planning Policy encouraged diversity and this site had previously been a pig rearing unit.  It now supported five people and brought vitality and viability to the area.  The site did not affect the landscape. 


Members felt that the original temporary permission had been granted to give the applicant the opportunity to prove the business. He had done this and generally they supported his application.


Deferred, contrary to recommendation, and the officers be authorised to approve, on grounds that the business case was proven, security was required on site and the development would not detract from the environment, on completion of a S106 agreement to tie the property to the business.


(j)      Item 10: 3PL/2009/0278/F: Dereham: 40 Swanton Drive: Extension and alterations to existing bungalow for Mr B Meen.


This was a minor application for a rear extension to a bungalow.  It fell to be determined by the Committee as the applicant was a member of staff.


The relationship of the bungalow with the adjacent property was described to Members and they were advised that two windows (to a bathroom and study) would have obscure glazing to overcome concerns raised by a neighbour.  A velux roof light had been added to provide additional light to the study.


Approved, as recommended.


Notes to the Schedule


Item No



(Agenda Item 10)

Mr Needham – Town Council


Mr Robertson – Objector

Mr Thompson – For Applicant

Ms Handford – For Applicant


(Agenda Item 11)

Mrs Wheeler – Objector

Mr Chapman – For Applicant


Mr & Mrs Woodward - Objectors


Mrs Swales – Applicant


Mrs Hewett – For Applicant


Lady Fisher – Ward Representative

Mr Chapman - Applicant


Written representations taken into account


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