Agenda and minutes

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An apology for absence was received from Councillor C Joyce.




Notes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 81 KB


The notes of the meeting held on 4 September 2019 were agreed as a correct record.



Matters Arising


Item 9:  Local Plan Review (2016-2036) Consideration of the latest Housing Numbers (August 2019)


Agreed that an email/letter be sent to all Parish Councils (especially those preparing a Neighbourhood Plan) informing them of the latest housing numbers/proposals.


The Chair asked if Councillors had been informed of the latest housing numbers.  In response, the Planning Policy Manager explained that Councillors had not specifically been informed.  It was therefore agreed that all Councillors would be copied into the letter being sent to Parish Councils.


The Task group considered a draft letter to go to all Parish Councils and were invited to comment on the content.


It was agreed that the last paragraph be amended to include the email address of the Local Plan Team as a contact point.




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 the meeting commences.  Any Member attending the meeting under Standing Order 34 will only be permitted to speak on those items which have been previously notified to the Chairman.


Councillor A Ryves for all items.



Chairman's Correspondence


There was no Chairman’s correspondence.



Borough Council Housing Delivery Test Action Plan pdf icon PDF 58 KB


The Principal Planner presented the Housing Delivery Test Action Plan summary circulated with the Agenda.


The Planning Policy Manager and Principal Planner responded to questions relating to:


·        Timescale.

·        Action required by the borough council.

·        Five year land supply.

·        Windfall allowance.

·        Number of completions.

·        No of units allocated in the Local Plan that had not yet commenced development.

·        The Norfolk Strategic Planning Framework.

·        Potential de-contamination costs of brownfield sites.

·        Planning Committee decisions including reasons for refusal.

·        Presence of major housebuilders in King’s Lynn.

·        Potential actions – borough council could take the decision to shorten the period following the approval of the planning application to commence development.

·        Payment of CIL.

·        Annual Monitoring Report

·        Potential for borough council to acquire sites.

·        Role and impact of Neighbourhood Plans.

·        Flooding – a constraint to development in flood risk areas, discussions held with Local MPs.

·        Sites which required assistance to bring them forward.  An example was given – West Winch housing access road.

·        Brownfield and Greenfield development in the Borough.


AGREED:  1) The Local Plan Task Group endorsed the Cabinet Report 24 September 2019.  The Chair invited Councillors to forward any comments to be raised at Cabinet.


2) In line with the Action Plan sites which appeared to have ‘stalled’ will be considered by the Task Group at a later date.





LP01 Spatial Strategy pdf icon PDF 365 KB


Following a general discussion on the comments received during the consultation period, the Chair invited Members to consider the responses and proposed that LP01 Spatial Strategy be discussed at the next meeting on 9 October 2019, which the Task Group agreed.



LP26 Residential Development adjacent to existing Settlements pdf icon PDF 153 KB


The Planning Policy Manager drew attention to the summary box and explained that following the consultation in February/March 2019, 1200 responses had been received, all of which had been entered into the public consultation system and the comments had been extracted which formed the summary as set out.


The officer comments/proposed actions were set out as part of the response to the consultation.


Reference was made to the NPPF and development boundaries.  It was agreed that the link to the NPPF would be included in the minutes.


(Please see the rural housing section page 21/22 Para. 77 & 78)


The Chair proposed that individual comments from Councillors be forwarded to the Local Plan Team which would then be presented to the Task Group on 9 October 2019, which was agreed by those present.



Knights Hill E4.1 pdf icon PDF 1 MB


The Planning Policy Manager provided an overview of the discussions at the previous Task Group meeting and the current.  Based upon this it was proposed that the site was to be removed as an allocation from the Local Plan review going forward. The portion of the allocation that already had planning permission could be included in a revised development boundary.


Officers responded to questions from the Task Group on the implications of removing the site from the Local Plan review going forward.


Following a discussion, it was


AGREED: That Knights Hill E4.1 be removed as an allocation from the Local Plan review going forward and the portion of the site which had outline planning permission be considered as a commitment and included within the development boundary.




South Wootton E3.1 pdf icon PDF 120 KB


AGREED:  To be considered at a future meeting of the Task Group.



North Wootton pdf icon PDF 61 KB


AGREED:  To be considered at a future meeting of the Task Group.



Downham Market - LP35, F1.1, F1.2, F1.3 and F1.4 pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Additional documents:


AGREED:  To be considered at a future meeting of the Task Group.



Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Task Group will take place on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 11.00 am in Meeting Room 2-4, King’s Court.



9 October 2019, 11.00 am, MR 2-4.