Agenda and draft minutes

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The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting. She advised that the meeting was being recorded and streamed live to You Tube.


She invited the Democratic Services Officer to conduct a roll call to determine attendees.




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


Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor Lintern (Councillor Bearshaw sub) and Councillor Long.


Councillor de Winton stayed for the first application and then left the meeting.



To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 31 July 2023 (previously published).     


The minutes of the meeting held on 31 July 2023 were agreed as a correct record ad signed by the Chair.


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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 Mrs Spikings declared a pecuniary interest in item 9/1(h) and left the meeting during consideration of the application.


In relation to items 9/1(d) and (e), Councillor de Whalley declared that he was a member of Grimston Parish Council but did not take part in any discussions relating to the applications.


Urgent Business Under Standing Order 7

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


There was none.


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 under Standing Order 34:


The Democratic Services Officer read out statements on behalf of


Councillor S Sandell               9/1(c)               Docking

Councillor P Beal                    9/1(f)                Hunstanton


Chair's Correspondence

To receive any Chair’s correspondence.


The Chair reported that any correspondence received had been read and passed to the appropriate officer including some relating to 9/1(a) Cherry Trees, Brancaster Staithe received this morning.


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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.



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The Committee noted the Glossary of Terms.


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The Committee is asked to note the Index of Applications.


The Committee noted the Index of Applications.


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

Additional documents:


The Committee considered schedules of applications for planning permission submitted by the Executive Director for Planning and Environment (copies of the schedules were published with the agenda). Any changes to the schedules were recorded in the minutes.


RESOLVED: That the application be determined, as set out at (i) – (x) below, where appropriate, to the conditions and reasons or grounds of refusal, set out in the schedules signed by the Chair.


(i)              20/01672/O

Brancaster:  Cherry Trees, 12 Town Lane, Brancaster Staithe:  Outline application some matters reserved:  Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of up to 7 no. dwellings (net increase of 6):  Client of Vertex Architecture Ltd


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The case officer introduced the report and advised that outline permission with all matters reserved for future consideration, except access, was sought for up to 7 no. dwellings following the demolition of the existing property (net gain of 6 dwellings).


Access would be from the eastern part of the site onto Town Lane, an unadopted gravel lane that ultimately joined the A149 to the north of the lane.


An indicative layout had been provided showing how the 7 no dwellings could be arranged on site. 


The site was located within the development boundary for Brancaster Staithe, a Joint Key Rural Service Centre with Brancaster to the west and Burnham Deepdale to the east as categorised in the Settlement Hierarchy of the Core Strategy (CS02).


The site was also located within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and had a Scheduled Monument (SAM) to the west (Roman Fort) (Branodunum)).  The area was Flood Zone 1 (low risk).


The application had been referred to the Committee for determination at the request of former Councillor Lawton and Councillor de Winton.


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


In accordance with the adopted public speaking protocol, Mr N Thorley (objecting on Zoom) and Mr C Lindley (supporting on Zoom) addressed the Committee in relation to the application.


Councillor de Winton explained that the application was within his Ward and had caused discussion within the village.  The application was within policy however in relation to highways the road going to the A149 was at the eastern part of the land was owned by individual houses along the lane.  He added that he felt that the proposal did not fit in with the form and character of Brancaster and that there should be a maximum of 6 dwellings.  He added that it did conform with policy but there was a danger that the scheme could not be built.


The Chair highlighted to the Committee that the County Highway issues were set out on page 29 of the agenda.

The case officer explained that the application was at the moment in outline form and numbers, scale and detail would be considered at the reserved matters stage.


Councillor Ryves asked for clarification that the number of 7  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC43:a


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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 reports be noted.




Thank you


The Chair announced that this could potentially be her last meeting of the Committee as Chair since being appointed to the Cabinet.  If it was her last meeting, she wished to thank officers for their guidance and help and also to the Committee Members for their support and dedication.  She added that it had been an enjoyable time sitting on the Planning Committee.


Councillor Storey added that he would like to thank Councillor Rust for chairing the meeting in the manner in which she did, as it was not always an easy role.