SOUTH WOOTTON PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of a Planning Committee Meeting held at 7.00pm on
Monday 19th December 2011 in the Parish Council Meeting Room
1. Present: Mr A Evans, Mr D Price, Mr B Clapham, Mr D Gerrard, Mrs D Gotts
and Mrs T Cornwell (Clerk)
Apologies: Ms Scott, Mr Narborough and Mr D Steward-Brown
2. To confirm the Minutes of the last Meeting on 5th December 2011: These
were proposed as a correct record by Mr Evans, seconded by Mr Clapham with
one abstention from Mrs Gotts, all remaining members were in favour, these
were signed by the Chairman.
3. To record declarations of any interests: None
4. To receive questions from the public: None present.
5. To discuss Planning Applications received:
1 Beech Avenue, South Wootton.
Two storey Extension
Decision – Support
19 The Boltons, South Wootton.
Extension and Alterations.
Decision – Support
11/00523/F – Non-material amendment
Cedar Lodge, South Wootton.
Proposals to move the Day Room Annexe next to the Garden Room.
Mrs Cornwell reported that some alterations can be carried out under Permitted
Development Rights, the Case Office will check details and proceed as
11/00071/TPO – For info
102 Nursery Lane, South Wootton.
To remove 2 large branches and reduce branches above and around the
branches by 2 meters (2/TPO/00116)
The Borough Council has APPROVED Planning Permission for the following
No 11/01558/F – Construction of Carriage Store at 11 Priory Lane, South
No 11/01719/F – Garage Conversion at 5 Clare Road, South Wootton
The Manor House - Mrs Cornwell reported that issues had been raised by the
Historic Environment Services regarding the Planning Application for the erection
of 2 dwellings at The Manor House, Low Road, South Wootton. To be able to
address these issues the Planning Application has been withdrawn.
Mr Price explained that following the LDF submission from South Wootton Parish
Council to the Borough Council, a copy had been sent to Henry Bellingham; he
had also sent a letter to the Borough Council and had recently received a reply
from Alan Gomm, LDF Manager. Mr Gomm explained that the Parish Councils
views will be carefully considered as part of the process, and in spring 2012 the
Council hope to publish a revised document taking on board all the information
and comments received to date and indicating the Councils preferred choices for
growth in the Borough. The Parish Council will automatically be notified of this
consultation, and that the LDF Team would be happy to meet with the Parish
Council again at this next stage. Mr Gomm said that they were aware of the
Parish Village Design Statement, but at the same time they had to appreciate the
wider context in which the Borough Council is working, i.e, the growth agenda to
2026 and beyond. Points to be considered are the Landscape impact,
Infrastructure etc and Mr Gomm went on to explain the Borough Council’s
position with regards to the CIL payments and how the document outlines the
needs and levels of charge which will be subject to independent examination to
ensure it is fit for purpose, however CIL is not the only mechanism whereby
infrastructure is provided, the NHS and individual utility companies have their
own capital programmes to accommodate growth in the area. In terms of specific
sites mentioned by the Parish Council’s submission, maximizing suitable sites,
utilizing re-development opportunities have been noted, taking into account the
NORA site and Queen Mary Road. Points raised by the Parish Council will be
analysed as part of the production of the next version of the Borough Council
Nursery Lane Zebra Crossing – Mrs Cornwell informed members that the notice
for the public consultation process has been posted and the consultation process
will last for 26 days – ending on Tuesday 3rd January 2012.
The detailed design of the scheme has now been determined and is currently
going through a stage 2 Safety Audit process. In order to provide kerbs in close
proximity to the proposed crossing point on the east side of the carriageway at
Common Lane it will be necessary to construct a short length of footway on land
owned by South Wootton Parish Council. The length of footway will gradually
slope back to the level of the existing carriageway. It will also be necessary to re-
grade the verge slightly and replace the existing barriers with improved
pedestrian guardrails. Mrs Cornwell showed the proposed plans to members of
the Planning Committee.
Mr Gerrard proposed that the plans were acceptable and recommended
Mrs Cornwell write to Mr Nick Woodruff giving permission to go ahead with
the proposed works; this was seconded by Mrs Gotts and unanimously
Mrs Cornwell said that she had received a letter from Norfolk County Council
regarding the Part Night Lighting in Kings Lynn and South Wootton. The letter
was the result of local feedback and reported that there will be no exemptions in
South Wootton to Lighting Columns owned by the County Council and street
lights will be turned off between the hours of midnight and 5am (1am and 6am
during British Summer Time). Parish Council Lighting Columns will not be
Following on from the last full Parish Council meeting, Cllr Murphy has made
investigations and has reported that the Hall Lane/Church Lane area will be
included in the 2011/2012 gritting route. This has also been confirmed by the
The Parish Council has received two requests for winter grit bins, the first being
on Avon Road, opposite Ebble Close and the second near to the bottom of the
Hall Lane/Edward Benefer Way Junction. The grit bin for Avon Road, was agreed
to be the next bin installed and the Planning Committee agreed to keep an eye
on the situation of the Hall Lane/Edward Benefer Way junction once gritting has
The Parish Council has received from Norfolk County Council an order under the
Road Traffic Regulations Act, 1984 to place Deas Road, Tyrrell Crescent and
Barley Close in a 20mph speed limit zone. Any objections should be reported to
the Department of Legal Services at County Hall by 10th January.
Energy Efficient Lighting - From the last meeting Mrs Cornwell had contacted
MHB Services and asked what sorts of Energy Efficient Lighting they could offer.
Sarah Price, Contracts Manager for MHB Services had emailed back to say that
to install an LED Lantern and column would be approximately £1050 and an LED
Lantern only for £820. In terms of part night lighting a mechanism can be fitted
for £60 per unit plus VAT. After discussion it was agreed that Mr Gerrard would
gather more information for, as and when, a new column was required. Mrs
Cornwell said she would email Councillor Nockolds to see if match funding is
available from the Borough Council.
Mr Gerrard asked for thanks to be passed onto the Highways Engineer as the
footpaths along Castle Rising Road have seen some attention where the grassed
verge areas had encroached onto the footpaths.
Mr Gerrard also asked for the current situation with regards to the raised flower
bed along Church Lane. Mrs Cornwell confirmed that the raised flower bed was
encroaching onto the footpath/cyclepath, the owners had been asked to remove
this but had refused, and that the matter was possibly going to be taken further.
Mr Gerrard asked if the Highways Department could look into the drainage
gullies along Castle Rising Road, the gullies are not working properly and the
area floods very easily. Mrs Cornwell will speak to the Highways Engineer.
There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.00pm.
9th January 2012 Chairman