Agenda and draft minutes

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Appointment of Vice-Chair

To appoint a Vice-Chair for the meeting.


RESOLVED:   That Councillor A Bubb be appointed as Vice-Chair for the meeting.



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


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Crofts, Hudson, Patel and Squire.


The Chair welcomed Councillors Blunt and Spikings to the meeting who were attending as substitutes.



To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 6 January 2020.      


The minutes of the meeting held on Monday 6 January 2020 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair, Councillor Bower


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.



The following declarations were declared:


·        Councillor Kirk declared that in relation to item 9/2(f) – Marshland St James, the applicant was a customer of his and he would therefore not take part in the debate or decision.


·        Councillor Blunt declared in relation to 9/1(a) – King’s Lynn that he was a member of the Council’s Cabinet and therefore would withdraw from the debate and decision.


·        Councillor Storey declared that in relation to 9/2 (c) - Gayton, he was a member of Norfolk County Council’s Planning Committee and therefore would not take part in the discussion or debate.


·        Councillor Bubb declared that he was a member of the King’s Lynn Internal Drainage Board.



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.


There was no urgent business under Standing Order 7.


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 Councillor attended under Standing Order 34:


B Long                         8/2(f)                Marshland St James


Chairman's Correspondence

To receive any Chairman’s correspondence.


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


Receipt of Late Correspondence on Applications pdf icon PDF 119 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 57 KB

The Committee is asked to note the Index of Applications.


The Committee noted the index of applications.


Decisions on Applications pdf icon PDF 357 KB

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)         19/00351/RMM

            King’s Lynn:  The Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA), Wisbech Road:   Reserved Matters:  Erection of mixed use units – Enterprise Zone:  BCKLWN


Councillor Blunt took no part in the debate or decision, and left the table during consideration of the item.


The Principal Planner introduced the report and explained that the application site comprised part of the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA) situated on the eastern and western sides of Nar Ouse Way (A148), King’s Lynn.  To the east, the site abutted the mainline railway line, to the west was the River Nar, to the north was Horsley’s Fields Industrial Estate and Hardwick cemetery and to the south abutted the Puny Drain and A47.


There was an existing Restricted Byway (King’s Lynn Restricted Byway 30) which ran through the site from north to south beginning at Horsley’s Fields and terminating at the A47.


Reserved matters approval had previously been granted (18/01333/RMM) for access and site infrastructure for the Nar Ouse Enterprise Zone (NOEZ) along with full details (access, layout, scale external appearance and landscaping) for the first phase of buildings for light industrial / office use (Plots A1, A2 and F1).   The current reserved matters application sought approval for minor amendments to the previously approved scheme together with full details of the remaining 28 plots of the Enterprise Zone.  These would include a mix of the following uses as allowed by outline planning permission 09/02010/F:  Class B1 (office, light industrial and research and development), Class B2 (general industry) and Class B8 (storage and distribution). 


NOEZ was an ambitious development comprising a mix of light industrial and office units, which had been conceived and designed to attract high quality employers to King’s Lynn.


The application had been referred to the Committee for determination at the request of the Assistant Director.


The Principal Planner advised that the key issues for consideration when determining the application, namely:


·        Principle of development;

·        Design and impact on form and character;

·        Flood risk and drainage;

·        Highway safety;

·        Residential amenity;

·        Other considerations; and

·        Crime and disorder.


In accordance with the adopted public speaking protocol, Matthew Henry (supporting) addressed the Committee in relation to the application.


Councillor Parish referred to the comments from King’s Lynn Civic Society regarding the lack of detail about rooftop PV provision.  He added that the Borough Council should be exemplar and leading the way.  He further added that if the Borough Council did not set an example on their sites then this could not be expected on privately owned sites.


He also referred to the Civic Society’s comments regarding  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC83:a


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.


Decisions on Planning & Enforcement Appeals - Quarterly Report pdf icon PDF 25 KB

To provide the Committee with the quarterly update covering performance for the period 1 October 2019 – 31 December 2019.

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The Committee was provided with the quarterly report update covering performance for the period 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019.


It was noted that for the final quarter of 2019, 36% of all appeals were allowed.  For the 12 month period to 31 December 2019 an average of 19% of all appeals were allowed.  This is below the national average figure of around 32% of all appeals allowed.


RESOLVED:   That, the report be noted.