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 Councillors Bubb and Mrs S Buck.



To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 1 April 2019.


The Minutes of the Meeting held on 1 April 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings.


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 of interest were declared:


·        The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings declared a pecuniary interest in items 8/2(g) – Stow Bardolph and 8/3(a) – Upwell.


·        The Vice-Chairman declared a pecuniary interest in item 8/2(i) – Wretton as he was related to the applicant.


·        Councillors Storey and White declared an interest in item 8/2(a) – Heacham as members of Norfolk County Council.




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 pursuant to 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 pursuant to Standing Order 34:


D Pope                       8/2(g)                           Stow Bardolph


Chairman's Correspondence

To receive any Chairman’s correspondence.


The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings reported that any correspondence received had been read and passed to the relevant officer.


Receipt of Late Correspondence on Applications

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 83 KB

The Committee is asked to note the Index of Applications.


The Committee noted the index of applications.


Decisions on Applications pdf icon PDF 508 KB

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

Additional documents:


The Committee considered schedules of application 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) – (xii) below, where appropriate, to the conditions and reasons or grounds of refusal, set out in the schedules signed by the Chairman.


(i)         18/01750/RMM

            King’s Lynn:  The Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA), Wisbech Road:              Reserved Matters:  Development for 94 dwellings:  Lovell Partnership Ltd


The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings explained that the Committee had visited the site for clarification purposes only.


The Principal Planner introduced the report and explained that the application sought reserved matters approval for 94 dwellings in relation to the outline consent for the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA) granted under application ref:  09/02010/F.  The reserved matters were:  access, appearance, scale, landscaping and layout.


The application site covered an area of approximately 2.5 hectares that had previously been cleared for development under outline permissions dating back to 2002 and already had reserved matters approval for 126 residential units under application ref:  14/00997/RMM.  To the north and west the existing residential development was located which had been developed under earlier NORA phases as well as more established dwellings on Kitchener Street, the River Nar which was located to the east and Morston Drift to the south.


The application had been referred to the Committee for determination as the applicant was the Borough Council and the proposal was for a major development.


It was explained that as part of the discussions with Homes England, should the application be approved it would form part of the Government’s ‘Accelerated Delivery Program’ and be built as modular units. 


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


·        Planning history;

·        Form and character;

·        Residential amenity;

·        Highway safety;

·        Affordable housing;

·        Open space and landscaping;

·        Flood risk and drainage;

·        Other considerations; and

·        Crime and disorder.


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


The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings drew the Committee’s attention to page 4 of the report, where it stated that an additional 16 visitor spaces would be provided but further in report it stated that 12 spaces would be required, and asked for this to be clarified.


The Principal Planner confirmed that 16 additional visitor spaces would be provided.


The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings also referred to page 5 of the report under Design Statement, where it stated that the dwellings layout and size exceeded the governments Technical Housing Standings, creating high quality spaces for people to live. 


The Assistant Director advised that the standards related to Homes England requirements as the Council was receiving a grant from them.


Councillor Wareham asked for clarification as to where the affordable housing was located on the site.  The Principal Planner highlighted the affordable housing on the plans.


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Delegated Decisions pdf icon PDF 129 KB

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

Additional documents:


The Committee received schedules relating to the above.


The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings referred to the number of live cases and congratulated the Enforcement Team for the reduction.


RESOLVED:   That, the reports be noted.


Planning & Enforcement - Quarterly Report pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To provide the Committee with the quarterly report covering performance for the period 1 January 2019 – 31 March 2019.

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The Committee received a report which gave an update on service performance for planning enforcement for the period 1 January 2019 – 31 March 2019.


It was reported that the total number of live cases was 125 with 125 cases having been closed.  In addition, 8 formal notices had been served.


RESOLVED:   That, the report be noted.


Planning & Enforcement Appeals - Quarterly Report pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To provide the Committee with the quarterly report covering performance for the period 1 January 2019 – 31March 2019.

Additional documents:


The Committee was provided with the quarterly report update covering performance for the period 1 January 2019 – 31 March 2019.


It was noted that for the first quarter of 2019 8% of all appeals were allowed.  For the 12 month period 31 March 2019 an average of 27% of all appeals were allowed.  This was below the 2017/18 national average figure of around 32% of all appeals allowed.


RESOLVED:   That, the report be noted.


Expression of thanks


As it was her last meeting before the Local Elections and, as she was not standing for re-election, the Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings thanked officers and the Committee for the work which had been carried out over the past 14 years.  She also wished Councillors Morrison, Mrs Watson and Wareham who were not standing again, a happy retirement.


Councillor Morrison offered congratulations to the Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings for her time as Chairman.  He added that he found the Planning Meetings most enjoyable and valued the advice and help given by officers.  He also thanked his fellow Councillors and wished them luck.


The Vice-Chairman also offered his congratulations to Councillor Mrs Spikings and added that she had been a superb Chairman over the years and would be a hard act to follow. 


Councillor Storey also thanked the Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings, his fellow Councillors and officers for the help and support given over the years.


Councillor Mrs Watson added that she had very much enjoyed her time on the Planning Committee and wished her fellow Councillors well for the future.


Councillor Wareham added that he had enjoyed his time on the Committee but felt that it was the right time for him to retire.