Agenda and draft minutes

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To receive any apologies for absence and to note any substitutions.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Hipperson, and Councillor Blunt would be substituting for him today.



To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 2nd September 2019 (previously circulated).


The Minutes of the meeting held on 2 September 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


In relation to item 19/01053/CU, Downham Market, Councillor Rose advised that he had pointed out that Section 15 of the 1983 Limitations Act would apply as use had been established for 12 years or more. 


The Committee confirmed the minutes without amendment.




Declarations of Interest

Please indicate if there are any interests which should be declared.  A declaration of an interest should indicate the nature of the interest (if not already declared on the Register of Interests) and the agenda item to which it relates.  If a disclosable pecuniary interest is declared, the Member should withdraw from the room whilst the matter is discussed.


These declarations apply to all Members present, whether the Member is part of the meeting, attending to speak as a local Member on an item or simply observing the meeting from the public seating area.



There were no declarations of interest declared.


Urgent Business Under Standing Order 7

To consider any business, which by reason of special circumstances, the Chairman proposes to accept, under Section 100(b)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act, 1972.


The Assistant Director advised the Committee that in relation to item 8/2(d) – West Acre, late information had been received regarding the use of the containers, which could be fundamental.  Therefore, it was suggested that the application should be deferred so that the information could be considered further, which was agreed by the Committee.


Members attending under Standing Order 34

Members wishing to speak pursuant to Standing Order 34 should inform the Chairman of their intention to do so and on what items they wish to be heard before the meeting commences.


The following Members attended and addressed the Committee pursuant to Standing Order 34:


Councillor D Whitby                8/1(a)                           Clenchwarton

Councillor A Kemp                  8/1(a)                           Clenchwarton

Councillor A Ryves                  8/1(b) & 8/1(c)             Stoke Ferry

Councillor R Blunt                   8/1(b)                           Stoke Ferry

Councillor de Whalley             8/2(b)                           Leziate

Councillor J Moriarty               Item 10 – Knights Hill Appeal


Chairman's Correspondence

To receive any Chairman’s correspondence.


The Chair, Councillor Crofts reported that any correspondence received had been read and passed to the appropriate officer.


Receipt of Late Correspondence on Applications pdf icon PDF 103 KB

To receive the Schedule of Late Correspondence received since the publication of the agenda.


A copy of the late correspondence received after the publication of the agenda, which had been previously circulated, was tabled.  A copy of the agenda would be held for public inspection with a list of background papers.


Index of Applications pdf icon PDF 22 KB

The Committee is asked to note the Index of Applications.


The Committee noted the Index of Applications.


Decisions on Applications pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider and determine the attached Schedule of Planning Applications submitted by the Executive Director.

Additional documents:


The Committee considered schedules of applications for planning permission submitted by the Executive Director for Planning & Environment (copies of the schedules are published with the agenda).  Any changes to the schedules are recorded in the minutes.


RESOLVED:   That, the applications be determined, as set out at (i) – (x) below, where appropriate, to the conditions and reasons or grounds of refusal, set out in the schedules signed by the Chair.


(i)         19/00913/RMM

            Clenchwarton:  Land north of 94 and south of Wildfields Road, Hall Road:  Reserved matters:  Construction of 10 dwellings:  Lavish Estates Limited


The Committee had visited the site prior to the meeting.


Councillors Blunt, Joyce and Storey had not been present at the site inspection and took no part in the debate or decision.


The Principal Planner introduced the report and explained that the application sought reserved matters approval for the construction of 10 dwellings following outline permission granted under application ref:  15/01315/OM.   The means of access was agreed as part of the outline application, which comprised two accesses of Hall Road serving three and seven dwellings respectively


The site comprised a former nursery of approximately 0.67 ha to the south-western corner of Hall Road and Wildfields Road, Clenchwarton.  Clenchwarton was defined as a Key Rural Service Centre in the settlement hierarchy contained in the Core Strategy of the Local Development Framework.  The site was one of the three allocated sites identified for housing development within the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan for Clenchwarton, and Policy G25.1 related specifically to development of this allocation.


The principle of development had already been established; this application addressed the matters of scale, appearance, layout and landscaping.


The application had been called in to the Committee for determination at the request of Councillor Whitby.


The Committee noted the key issues for consideration when determining the application, namely:


·        Impact upon character and appearance of the locality;

·        Impact upon neighbouring properties; and

·        Any other material considerations.


In accordance with the adopted public speaking protocol, Mr James Burton (supporting) addressed the Committee in relation to the application.


In accordance with Standing Order 34, Councillor Kemp explained that she was the County Councillor for the area.  She was speaking against the application in relation to flood risk.  She explained that the Lead Local Flood Authority would not look at applications for less than 100 homes.  She also considered that the application would go against the NPPF when proposed development increased the risk of flooding off-site.  Councillor Kemp informed the Committee that No.80 Hall Road had experienced regular flooding to its garden since the building of new homes nearby. She added that there was also a regular back-up of sewage to homes in the area from Hall Road to Robin Kerkham Way.  There had also been no response from the Internal Drainage Board.  She referred to comments from the Planning Inspector when considering the Local Plan, in that no development should be allowed until a scheme for the clearing  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC41:a


Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider passing the following resolution:


“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act”.


RESOLVED:   That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.


Knights Hill Appeal (report to follow)

The  Committee is asked to consider the report.

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report which sought guidance from the Planning Committee on the approach to be adopted at the forthcoming Public Inquiry in relation to the Knights Hill planning application.


In accordance with Standing Order 34, Councillor Moriarty addressed the Committee in relation to the matter.


Councillors Hudson, Parish and Squire asked for their vote to be recorded against the following resolution.


RESOLVED:   That, the Committee agreed with recommendation (1), as set out in the report.


Delegated Decisions pdf icon PDF 16 KB

To receive the Schedule of Planning Applications determined by the Executive Director.

Additional documents:


The Committee received schedules relating to the above.


RESOLVED:   That, the reports be noted.