Agenda and draft minutes

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The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings welcomed everyone to the meeting.  She advised that the meeting was being recorded and streamed live on You Tube.


The Democratic Services Officer carried out a roll call to determine attendees.


The Chairman also welcomed Councillor Holmes to his first meeting as a Member of the Planning Committee.



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


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Parish (Cllr Morley sub), Patel (Cllr Long sub) and Storey (Cllr Bambridge sub).


The Chairman thanked the substitutes for attending the meeting.



To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 11 October 2021.


The minutes of the meeting held on 11 October 2021 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.


Councillor appointed representatives on the Internal Drainage Boards are noted.



The following declarations of interest were declared:


Councillor Nockolds declared that she was a patient of St James Medical Practice, and she had attended meeting where it had been explained to patients and she had also been present at South Wootton Parish Council where it had also been discussed.


Councillor Whitby declared that he was also a patient at St James Medical Practice


Councillor Mrs Bower declared that she was a trustee of Marriott’s Warehouse.


Councillor Bone declared an interest in item 8/2(b) and would speak in accordance with Standing Order 34 for this item.


Councillor Lawton added that he would speaking in accordance with Standing Order 34 for item 8/3(b) – Holme and would not take part in item 8/3(a) – Brancaster.


Councillor Bambridge added that she was a patient of St James Medical Practice and had attended one meeting with other Councillors about whether not the surgery should move.


The Legal Advisor confirmed that being a patient of a Medical Practice was not a pecuniary interest.  In relation to being a Trustee this was not a pecuniary interest.  The Member may declare a prejudicial interest if they felt that their position had been compromised.


Councillor Long informed the Committee that he had been recently been appointed to Stoke Ferry Internal Drainage Board, and they had made a comment on one of the applications.



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 Planning Control Manager referred the Committee to the late correspondence, where it had been recommended to defer item 8/3(d) to allow for the full consultation period to end.  The recommendation to defer the application was proposed by the Chairman and seconded by Councillor Manning and 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 a decision on that item is taken.


The following Councillors attended and addressed the Committee in accordance with Standing Order 34:


Councillor Bone                      8/2(b)               South Wootton

Councillor Lawton                   8/3(b)               Holme next the Sea

Councillor Gidney                   8/3(c)               King’s Lynn

Councillor Bambridge             8/3(c)               King’s Lynn

Councillor Sampson               8/3(e)               Stoke Ferry


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 appropriate officer.


Receipt of Late Correspondence on Applications pdf icon PDF 209 KB

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

Additional documents:


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 27 KB

The Committee is asked to note the Index of Applications.


The Committee noted the Index of Applications.


Decisions on Applications pdf icon PDF 135 KB

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

Additional documents:


(i)   21/01596/CU

Walpole:  Land off Church Road, Walpole St Peter:  Change of use from agricultural field to private equestrian paddock:


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The Principal Planner introduced the report and reminded the Committee that this application had been deferred from the October 2021 Planning Committee meeting.  The reason given was to clarify which of the plans on the file was proposed and ensure the correct plan was published in consultations.


It was explained that there were two plans on the file, one showing a larger extent of land accessed only from the rear garden of the dwelling.  The plan showing a larger extent was uploaded to the file 12/8 and the latter plan was uploaded 18/8.  In the recommendation, condition 2 specifically refers to the plan uploaded 18/8.  Following the October Committee meeting, an amended site notice was produced and posted on site, and the Parish Council was reconsulted.


The application had been referred to the Committee for determination as it was called in by Councillor Blunt and it had been deferred from the October Planning Committee meeting.


The Committee noted the key issues for consideration when determining the application as set out in in the report.


In accordance with the adopted public speaking protocol, Mr Stacey (objecting via Zoom) addressed the Committee in relation to the application.


In response to the comments raised by the public speaker, the Principal Planner explained that there was mention of other sites being fenced off, but that was separate from this application and could be looked at by Planning Enforcement. The site was going to be accessed predominately from the rear garden of the property so there would not be a need to cross the land owned by the water company.  There was also a shared access that they could use and had rights over.   All the correct site ownership certificates and been filled in.


The Chairman asked for clarification as to whether this was agricultural land as the grass looked manicured.  The Assistant Director advised that he considered the application to be acceptable.  The fences would be permitted development.


The Democratic Services Officer then carried out a roll call on the recommendation to approve the application and, after having been put to the vote, was carried (16 votes for, and 2 against).


RESOLVED:     That the application be approved as recommended.


(ii)          21/01069/O

Downham Market:  157 and 159 Bexwell Road:  Outline application:  Demolition of existing properties and construction of a 72-bedroom care home (C2 use class) with associated parking and development:


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The Principal Planner introduced the report and explained that permission was sought to demolish two detached houses (Nos. 157 & 159) set in substantial grounds on the northern side of Bexwell Road approximately 95m west of the A10 roundabout.  In their place, a 72 bedroom care home with associated parking and development was sought. 

This was technically an outline application however the  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC72:a


Direct Action Report - Land At Marlian House, Church Road, Terrington St John pdf icon PDF 311 KB

To consider the attached report.

Additional documents:


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The Enforcement Team Leader presented the report to the Committee so that Members could note the continuing breach of planning control and for a resolution to remedy the breach of planning control following non-compliance with a Section 215 Notice.


The Assistant Director updated the Committee that the owners had booked some landscapers to carry out work on 4 December 2021.




(a)  That the update in respect of the continuing breach of Planning Control be noted.

(b)  That authority be granted to the Executive Director for Environment and Planning for the implementation and execution of direct action under Section 219 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) to comply with requirements set out in paragraph 3 of the Section 215 Notice.






Delegated Decisions pdf icon PDF 202 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 report be noted.