Agenda and draft minutes

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No. Item




There were no apologies for absence.



Notes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 78 KB


The notes of the previous meeting held on 6 November 2019 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 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 Kemp for all items.



Chair's Correspondence


There was no Chair’s correspondence.



Draft Policy LP06 - The Economy Policy pdf icon PDF 170 KB


·       Discussion on the issue of the Docks area being a COMAH site.

·       Discussion on amendment point 4 and LP06 6f in relation to protecting rural employment sites.

·       Issue of not wanting to promote wording which may allow large housing to go through a loophole in relation to rural businesses - discussion on LP29 and how this policy sets out criteria linked to this concern.

·       Discussion on EV Charging points and NPPF 105-106 being placed specifically into this policy.

·       Comment raised on how point 10 coexists alongside retaining land for business which led to a discussion around suitable employment sites and housing and an alternative approach to moving sites if needs be.

·       Discussion on Norfolk County Council Highways and road issues.

·       Discussion on Tourism & environmental impacts – 5.1.3 point.

·       Discussion on point 6 - what areas are classed as rural and what tourist accommodation would be included? There was concern this point could allow wriggle room (6a and 6d).

·       Discussion on the fear of cutting off employment opportunities.


AGREED:  The Task Group approved the recommendation.




Draft Policy LP07 - Retail Development Policy pdf icon PDF 82 KB


·       Discussion on size and scale of proposed units (500 sq.m. - floor space).

·       Supportive points on encouraging sustainable development and a mixture of retail services.

·       Discussion on protecting local pubs and how can this protection be strengthened - this led back to LP06 - point 9/10 covers this and this is also something neighbourhood plans can deal with.

·       Discussion on point 3 and the retail impact assessment – discussion on challenging this and the worry of large new stores shutting down small scale shops.


AGREED:  The Task Group approved the recommendation.





Draft Policy LP08 - Touring and Permanent Holiday Sites pdf icon PDF 100 KB


·       Discussion on the issue that holiday sites do not always stick to business plans.

·       Clause 3 related to discussion on whether this policy protects sites against the fear of ‘rogue’ developers.

·       Discussion on 3a and selling homes.


AGREED:  The Task Group approved the recommendation.



Draft Policy LP09 - Development associated with the National Construction College, Bircham Newton (CITB) and RAF Marham pdf icon PDF 95 KB


·       Discussion on British Sugar being added to this policy.

·       Discussion on the soon to be former CITB site and the interest in how this policy could be moulded to ensure it remains as a large employment site.

·       Important to encourage the use of these sites in this policy.


AGREED:  The Task Group approved the recommendation.


Draft Policy LP10 - Strategic Road Network pdf icon PDF 103 KB


·       Point 1b issue around the word ‘severe’ - can this be softened – this wording is derived from NPPF 109.

·       Discussion on issues around the design of roads/roundabouts.

·       Discussion around large supermarkets having an effect on roads.

·       Discussion on health facilities, new development and transport links.

·       Discussion on proposals for mitigating highway issues in relation to CIL/S106.

·       Discussion on writing into the policy traffic flows within peak times for tourism (March – Sept.).


AGREED:  The Task Group approved the recommendation with the addition of: Under 1b iii) the route’s traffic capacity ‘over peak times - this may be anytime depending on different area’s characteristics’.



Draft Policy LP11 - Disused Railway Trackways pdf icon PDF 86 KB


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



Draft Policy LP12 - Transportation Policy pdf icon PDF 185 KB


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




Draft Policy LP13 - Parking Provision in New Development pdf icon PDF 83 KB


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




Schedule of Meetings 2020 pdf icon PDF 43 KB


The meeting dates of the Task Group for 2020 were noted.



Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Task Group will take place on 16 January 2020 at 2 pm in Meeting Room 2-1, King’s Court, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn.



The next meeting of the Task Group will take place on Thursday 16 January 2020 at 2.00 pm in Meeting Room 2-1, Kings Court, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn.