TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Cllr
P Grove-Jones (Development Committee Chairman) and Cllr L
Cllr H Blathwayt was present as a substitute
for Cllr P Grove-Jones. The Vice-Chairman; Cllr P Heinrich, served
as Chairman for the meeting.
MINUTES PDF 372 KB
To approve as a correct record the Minutes of
a meeting of the Committee held on Thursday 24th
The Minutes of the Development Committee held
Thursday 24th November 2022 were approved as a correct
ITEMS OF URGENT BUSINESS
(a) To determine any other
items of business which the Chairman decides should be considered as a matter of urgency pursuant to
Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.
(b) To consider any
objections received to applications which the Head of Planning was
authorised to determine at a previous meeting.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST PDF 721 KB
Members are asked at this stage to declare any
interests that they may have in any of the following items on the
agenda. The Code of Conduct for Members
requires that declarations include the nature of the interest and
whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest. Members are requested to refer to
the attached guidance and flowchart.
Fitch-Tillett declared a non-pecuniary interest for agenda item 8,
planning application PF/21/2186. She advised that the application
site was located in AONB and she was the Vice-Chairman for the
Norfolk Coast AONB Partnership.
Cllr H Blathwayt declared a non-pecuniary
interest for agenda item 8, planning application PF/21/2186. He
advised he is a Member for Norfolk Coast AONB Partnership.
Langham - PF/21/2186 - Change of use of land to storage of caravans and boats, siting of 39 storage containers, siting of portable building for office use and erection of boundary fence. Land On, Langham Road, Langham, Norfolk PDF 382 KB
The DMTL introduced the Officers report and
recommendation for refusal for the reasons outlined on the
- The Chairman asked the DMTL about
the history of the land and its prior uses.
- The DMTL advised that the land had
previously been used as an RAF base during WWII but was now
populated by trees. It was understood that part of the site had
been used ad-hoc for agricultural storage purposes, however it was
unknown the full extent of the sites history.
- The Chairman sought clarity whether,
if approved, the application site would be permitted to accommodate
107 caravans/ boats.
- The DMTL confirmed, as per the
Officers report (p.25) that in addition to the 39 containers,
permission was sought to house up to 107 caravans/boats.
- The Local Member – Cllr R
Kershaw – expressed his support for the Officers
recommendation, and thanked the case Officer for his lengthy
report. He noted that there had been 37 letters of objection and
that the parish council had objected to the proposal. Having
attended the site, and read the Officers report, the Local Member
stated he was convinced that the proposal was contrary to NNDC Core
Strategy Policies SS1, SS2, SS5, EN1, EN3 & EN9, and considered
that the harm outweighed any benefits. He commented that the
proposal would result in an intensification of a rural site,
resulting in damage to the ecosystem, and a loss of bio-diversity.
Further, the containers would be visible from the quiet lane. Cllr
R Kershaw questions the suitability of the lane in supporting the
volume of traffic in installing and moving the containers, and
subsequent delivery and removal of boats and caravans throughout
the tourist season. He contended that the site would likely require
security measure including fencing, CCTV and lighting, given the
value of the assets proposed to be located on the site, and noted
that the lighting would have a detrimental effect on the AONB. The
Local Member noted paragraph 174 of the NPPF, and argued that the
proposal was counter to these aims. He commented that some of the
trees on the application site were subject to TPO’s, and
approval in the application would require removal of mature trees
at the entrance to facilitate access. Having considered all of the
above, Cllr R Kershaw proposed acceptance of the Officers
recommendation for refusal.
- Cllr A
Fitch-Tillett remarked on the length harm described to the AONB in
the Officers report, and stated that she could not support the
application. She considered the proposal would have a significant
detrimental effect on the surrounding natural beauty, and on dark
skies. Cllr A Fitch-Tillett seconded the
Officers recommendation for refusal.
- Cllr N Pearce spoke in support of
the Officers recommendation, and commented that access to the site
was highly restricted. He considered the harm brought through the
proposal would outweigh any good, and noted that the proposal was
counter to many of NNDC’s core strategy policies, as
identified in the Officers report. ...
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DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE UPDATE PDF 151 KB
- The ADP introduced the Development
Management Performance Report and advised that performance remains
solid with sustained improvement both with respect of major and
non-major performance. He reiterated prior advice that that the
introduction of the new software system still had a lingering
impact on figures but that he was confident that the two-year
figure would improve significantly. The ADP affirmed that
validation of applications continued to be completed in a timely
manner, with low rates of validation outside of the timeframe.
- Cllr A
Brown thanked the ADP for his comments, and asked that his thanks
be supplied to the Planning Service for their work over the last 12
- Cllr J Toye noted the significant
workload of Officers, and commended them for validating
applications in time under challenging circumstances.
- The PL advised, with regard to the
S106 report, Scottow Enterprise Park that NCC had explained the
delay had arisen on the property side as they were discussing
overage provisions. NCC had requested for additional time to secure
completion until the end of February 2023.
- Cllr R Kershaw commented that the
applicant for Scottow Enterprise Park understood the situation with
overage as relating to the runway, and considered that this would
not impede completion.
- Cllr A
Brown expressed his support for the extended deadline for Scottow
Enterprise Park, and thanked the PL for her work in this
- Cllr G Mancini-Boyle noted that a
S106 Officer was sought and advised that he was keen to implement
schemes in his area. He expressed his frustration over the
difficulties in accessing S106 money.
- The ADP advised he would be pleased
to discuss S106 revisions with any Council Member. He commented
that when Members wished to secure S106 money, they would be
required to have a qualifying development within their Ward. The
key stages with progressing schemes involved the engagement through
the planning application process. The ADP noted that a new S106
software had been launched, with a Member training session
organised for January 2023. Interviews had been held for a
dedicated S106 Officer, and the Council were awaiting confirmation
of acceptance of a job offer for one of the candidates.
- Cllr A
Brown asked that a link be circulated to Members for S106’s.
It was agreed that the Democratic Services Officer would provide
this to all Members.
- The Officers report was noted by
APPEALS SECTION PDF 409 KB
Inquiries and Hearings – Progress
Representations Appeals – In Hand
Cases – Progress and Results
- The ADP advised that the significant
hearing for Arcady, Cley-next-the-sea
(ENF/18/0164, PF/21/0882 & RV/21/2583) was due to he heard on
24th – 26th January 2023 in NNDC
officers, which Members were welcome to attend. The enforcement
appeals for Thurning (ENF/19/0307 &
ENF/19/0307) were due to be heard, date pending.
- The ADP confirmed that 3 appeals had
been determined since the agenda publication – PU/22/0019 and
PF/22/1121 which were dismissed in addition to PF/21/1561 which was
also dismissed. The ADP noted that there were still a significant
number of written representation appeals awaiting
- Cllr A
Brown was pleased to see the Councils decisions upheld by the
Planning Inspectorate, and noted the Councils exemplary record at
appeal of 95%.
EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC
To pass the following resolution, if
Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and
public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of
business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of
exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A (as
amended) to the Act.”