Extract for November 2017

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 2 November 2017 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, District Councillor R Duffield and eight members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the proposed new dwelling at Conway 49 Elmham Road. The members decided that the proposed dwelling was too large for the plot and therefore would be squashed into the plot as has occurred elsewhere within the parish. The detailed plans submitted show a larger dwelling than had been submitted initially for planning permission which the Parish Council had also objected to. It was also felt that the height of the dwelling was not in keeping with the neighbouring properties. The Parish Council also objected to the installation of 15 holiday lodges, 1 lodge to form reception, shop, toilet/ changing facilities, natural swimming pond, children’s play area, wildflower meadow and associated landscaping at Otters Mead Elmham Road Beetley. The Parish Council listened to a presentation from the applicant and to the concerns of parishioners who attended the meeting. The members had objected to the original planning application in 2006 as they felt that this was not a suitable site for holiday lodges on a narrow road with a 60m.p.h. speed limit. This concern was raised by several parishioners at the meeting and in their responses to Breckland Council. The members felt that 15 holiday lodges was too many for this location. If permission is granted by Breckland Council the Parish Council requested that several conditions are placed on the permission to ensure that the concerns of traffic are resolved prior to occupation, there is no further development on the site, all facilities are in place prior to occupation and to ensure that these remain as holiday lodges and not permanent homes. The District Councillor had requested that this application be referred to the Planning Committee if the officers decide to grant permission. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the new access into the parking area at Beetley Nurseries Elmham Road.

Highways. The Clerk had arranged a meeting with the new Highways Engineer to discuss the problems with highways in the village. It is hoped that the trod alongside the Fakenham Road in East Bilney will be finished, the junction of Rawhall Lane and Fakenham Road repaired, the footway alongside the Fakenham Road from High House Road to the old school and from Beech Road to Beetley River Meadows will be cleared, that High House Road will be sided out again to ensure there is a full width of road and that the new accesses on Elmham Road have permission. The Highways Engineer also agreed the siting for a new bus shelter at the Beech Road bus stop on Fakenham Road. The Parish Council will now proceed with the application for match funding of this with Norfolk County Council.

There was dismay that some of the problems with footpaths have not been resolved despite the clerk pressing for a resolution to these matters.

Precept. The members decided to maintain the precept which is the portion of Council Tax raised by Breckland Council for the parish at the level set last year. The members agreed to use more of the reserves in the forthcoming year to finance items.

Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 7 December at the Village Hall, Beetley at 7.30 p.m. 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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