Agenda and draft minutes

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Note: Special Meeting 

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


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mrs Bower, G Wareham and Mrs E Watson.


The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Spikings thanked Councillors R Blunt, A Lawrence and Mrs J Westrop for attending the meeting today as a substitute.


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 Crofts declared that he was a Member of the Internal Drainage Board, who had made comments on the application.


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 under 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 Councillors attended pursuant to Standing Order 34:


Lord Howard                           8/1(a)               16/02231/OM

N J Daubney                           8/1(a)               16/02231/OM

Mrs E A Nockolds                    8/1(a)               16/02231/OM



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 pdf icon PDF 248 KB

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 19 KB

The Committee is asked to note the Index.


The Committee noted the Index of Applications.


Decisions on Applications pdf icon PDF 527 KB

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

Additional documents:


The Committee considered the application for planning permission submitted by the Executive Director for Planning & Environment (copies of the schedules are published by the agenda).  Any changes to the schedules are recorded in the minutes.


RESOLVED:   That the application be determined, as set out below, where appropriate to the conditions and reasons or grounds of refusal, as set out in the schedules signed by the Chairman.



Castle Rising, South Wootton and King’s Lynn:  Land west of Knights Hill Village, Grimston Road, South Wootton:  Residential development of the land to provide up to 600 dwellings, incorporating affordable housing, together with a local centre for uses A1, A2, A3 and / or A5 (600 m2) with the total quantum of A1 net sales area not to exceed 279m2 in the alternative, D2 community floorspace (up to 500 m2), open space, formal sports pitches, a car park to serve Reffley Wood and associated development to include substations, drainage features, roads, cycle and pedestrian paths and other such works:  Whistle Wood and Reffley Wood Ltd and Mr P De Gray Osborn


The Committee had visited the site prior to the meeting.


The Principal Planner explained that the application site formed the majority of a site identified as an Urban Growth Area on the Core Strategy Key Diagram for King’s Lynn and allocated for at least 600 houses under Policy E4.1 Knights Hill of the Council’s adopted Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan.


She reminded Members that a smaller portion of the allocated site was previously granted outline planning permission for up to 60 dwellings at Committee last year under application ref: 15/01782/OM.


It was explained that the SADMP was, following modification, ultimately found sound by an independent Inspector, having considered all of the comments and representations made.  Knights Hill was subject to considerable representations and detailed debate during the SADMP examination.  This mainly focussed around the potential impact of the developmentupon the surrounding local road network, the natural environment and the historic environment. This did lead to modifications being made to the policy and supporting text but following agreement these were subject to further public consultation and recommended for inclusion to the SADMP in the Inspector’s Report.


The Knights Hill Strategic Growth Area was rather unusual in that it sits within the unparished Area of King’s Lynn, South Wootton Parish and Castle Rising Parish. It was some distance from the Village of Castle Rising and was far more closely related to King’s Lynn, being adjacent to the development boundary for the Town, and South Wootton, with the Village and the services and facilities within South Wootton in close proximity.


The Principal Planner then handed over to the case officer Kate Lawty who outlined the application proposals.


The Senior Planner explained that the application site measured 35.3ha in area, and was roughly triangular in shape.  To the west of the northern half of the site was the established residential estate of Ennerdale Drive and Ullswater Avenue.  The  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC118: