Agenda and minutes

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Welcome and Introductions


The Chair advised the Task Group that the meeting was being broadcast live on You Tube.


A recording of the meeting could be viewed on WestNorfolkBC on You Tube.





There were no apologies for absence.



Notes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 509 KB


The notes of the meeting held on 1 July 2020 were agreed as a correct record.



Matters Arising


There were no matters arising.



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 Members 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.


There were no declarations of interest.



Urgent Business

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


There was no urgent business.



Members Present Pursuant to 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.


Councillors A Kemp and C Morley were present under Standing Order 34.



Chair's Correspondence (if any)


There was no Chair’s correspondence.



Local Plan Review Draft pdf icon PDF 16 MB

Supporting Documents


Sustainability Appraisal


Comments Consideration and Analysis


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Councillors A Kemp and C Morley were present under Standing Order 34 and asked questions/made comments.


The Planning Policy Manager provided an overview of the process undertaken to draft the document.


The officers highlighted the changes to the policies set out below and responded to questions and comments.


The Task Group considered the following policies:


LP01 Spatial Strategy


RESOLVED:  The Task Group agreed the above policy.


LP02 Settlement Hierarchy


RESOLVED:  The Task Group agreed the above policy, subject to Ashwicken being re-categorised as a small village and hamlet.


LP03 Presumption in favour of Sustainable Development


RESOLVED:  The Task Group agreed the above policy.  Requested officers to email all Members to ask whether they were happy with the development boundaries or something similar.


LP04 Development Boundaries


RESOLVED:  The Task Group agreed the above policy.


LP05 Implementation Policy


RESOLVED:  The Task Group agreed the above policy, subject to reference being added to the Community infrastructure Levy document.


LP06 Climate Change Policy


RESOLVED:  The Policy be amended to reflect the comments made by Councillors Bone and de Whalley.  The amended policy be presented to the Task Group at its next meeting.


Councillor de Whalley was asked to circulate the changes he was suggesting to the text at 4.6.2 and 4.6.3 and the policy – use of ‘where appropriate’ in 3, 7 and 8.  Could ‘large developments to support active travel’ and ‘maximising use of public transport’ be included in LP06 1?  Council number 5 of the ‘key questions’ be strengthened?


LP07 The Economy Policy


RESOLVED:  The Task Group agreed the above policy, subject to an amendment to supporting text 5.1.6 on page 61 and to the policy made by Councillor Moriarty.


LP13 Transportation Policy


RESOLVED:  The Task Group agreed the above policy.


LP14 Parking provision in new development


RESOLVED:  The policy was agreed subject to officers making a minor amendment relating to vehicle charging points there by ensuring that the policy was consistent with the NPPF and in particular paragraphs 105 and 110, on this subject.


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The Chair explained that the remainder of the policies listed in the Agenda would be considered at a meeting to be convened within 2 weeks.





Members requested that Officers emailed a link to the settlement section of the proposed Local Plan review to all Members of the Borough Council asking if they had any suggested amendments to the development boundaries of settlements in their Ward. Any suggestions would need to be highlighted and reasoned to enable the Task Group to fully appreciate the suggested change. It should also be noted that areas with adopted or emerging Neighbourhood Plans this would left to these plans to consider. The period for comment should be two weeks and then these can be discussed as part of the settlement sections at Local Plan Task Group Meetings in the near future.


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Task Group will take place on Wednesday 2 September 2020 at 11.00 am via Zoom.



The next meeting of the Local Plan Task Group will be held on 14 August 2020 at 9.00 am via Zoom.




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