Extract for October 2016

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6 October 2016 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and 10 members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to theapplication for a replacement cottage and single additionalcottage including garaging at 1 The Drift East Bilney. This isoutside the settlement boundary and the members decided that two dwellings would result in a cramped development onThe Drift and that it was not necessary to demolish the existing dwelling and construct two dwellings. The increase in traffic along The Drift would affect the amenity of the existing dwellings and be a safety hazard when accessing Fakenham Road. The comments of local residents were taken into
consideration when reaching the decision.
Decisions. Permission had been granted for the proposed loftconversion with dormer and windows to front and rear of property at 16 Oakland Drive.
Appeals. The appeal against Breckland Council’s decision to refuse planning permission on land to the rear of 12 Beetley Grange had been dismissed by the Planning Inspector as the Inspector decided that this would cause significant harm to the character and appearance of the area and that it would be unacceptably detrimental to the living conditions of adjacent residences.
Local Plan. Breckland Council is currently consulting on preferred site options and settlement boundaries as part of its new Local Plan. The Parish Council again decided to request that the settlement boundary be amended in Beetley to incorporate a parcel of land on Fakenham Road that would allow a small increase in housing within the parish. Beetley has not been designated as a service centre under the plan as it does not have the new criteria for this and so any new housing has to be on sites that are supported by the local community. All parishioners may make comments on the plan either online at consult.breckland.gov.uk or by post to Planning Policy Team, Breckland Council Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke Dereham NR19 1EE or by e-mail at planning policyteam@breckland.gov.uk.
Faster Broadband. The additional money that Breckland Council has earmarked for improved services will not be allocated until 2019.
Footpaths. The state of several footpaths was discussed at length with the County Councillor and residents and he will investigate these with the Highways Department. It is hoped that a dedicated officer to deal with Public Rights of Way will be appointed at Norfolk County Council.
County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that the results from the consultation on devolution had been collated and sent to the Secretary of State. Overall the majority were against devolution. The matter will be discussed by Norfolk County Council on 21 November.
District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that there is a concerted effort by the police to catch speeding motorists especially in rural areas and this will continue for the next two months. The operation is always hampered by other motorists flashing to warn those approaching a speed check. In lots of instances the police have been requested to attend sites by the Parish Councils following complaints by parishioners and it is disappointing that this warning is given as it means that those committing an offence normally are not caught.
Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 3 November 2016 at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, Beetley. Planning applications are available for viewing from 7.15 p.m. Minutes. The full minutes are available for viewing on the Beetley Parish website, beetleypc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk, or by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or bryan.leigh@btinternet.com.

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