Extracts April 2017 -March 2018

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL : EXTRACTS April 2017 – March 2018

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Extract for April 2017

Prior to the Parish Council Meeting the Annual Parish Meeting of Beetley Parish was held. Reports were received from the Chairman of the Parish Council, the Community Car scheme, the County councillor and District Councillors, Speedwatch, Beetley Common Advisory Committee and the Parochial Church Council. A report had also been received from the Village hall Management Committee.

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6 April 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 twelve members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the two storey side extension at St. Fillians, 40 Elmham Road. The members objected to the replacement dwelling at 1, The Drift East Bilney as it was felt that the size of this dwelling would overwhelm the plot, it was not agreed that there was a necessity to demolish the existing dwelling and the size of the new dwelling would cause increased flooding in the area. It was also agreed that a bat survey should be carried out prior to any development of the site. The Parish Council also objected to the new dwelling at Conway 49 Elmham Road as it was another garden development on Elmham Road where the dwelling would be squashed into the plot which would have a detrimental effect to the area. It was noted that there had already been one dwelling erected within the cartilage of 49 Elmham Road. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused permission for the residential development of eight houses on land adjacent to 78 Faken- ham Road. Appeals. The applicant had appealed against the refusal of Breckland Council for the erection of an agricultural workers dwelling at Beetley Nurseries, Elmham Road. The Parish Council had submitted its objections to the development to Planning Inspector. Local Plan. A parishioner had requested that the Parish Council withdraws its support for the land on Fakenham Road for development and to amend the settlement boundary on Fakenham Road to bring this parcel of lane into the settlement boundary. The Parish Council decided not to change its view that this is a natural infill site and would continue to support this parcel of land and would also reiterate its request to amend the settlement boundary,

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that Norfolk County Council will be considering changing the current committee system at its meeting on10 April and if possible to revert to a cabinet arrangement. There will be elections on 4 May for the county council seats.

District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that the he had attended the full Council meeting that day and reported that there was considerable discussion regarding the housing allocation for Thetford as none had as yet been commenced despite outline planning permission having been granted.

Highways. The request for a new bus shelter at the Gressenhall/ Fakenham Road junction had not been successful under the Local Parish Partnership Scheme as it is not a new shelter but is classified as maintenance.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. Quotations had been received for the replacement fencing and this is to be replaced as soon as possible.

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Extract for May 2017

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 11 May 2017 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish and County Councillor M Kiddle Morris.

Elections. Councillor Joanne Baldwin was elected Chairman of the Parish Council and Councillor Jacqui O’Donovan Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year.

Planning Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the detailed plans for the four dwellings and garages to the rear of The Paddocks. This site had received permission for four dwellings in 2016 as an outline plan and the members could see no reason to object to the detailed plans. No objection was also raised to remove the single storey extension to the rear construct new single storey extension to the rear and re-roof the garage at 19 Fakenham Road. A letter had been sent to Breckland Council regarding the development at 1 The Drift East Bilney. The Parish Council is to submit a further comment about this letter refuting some of the claims which are misleading. The members were pleased that a bat survey has been carried out at this property which was requested in the initial response.

Local Plan. The next stage of the consultation has been delayed and it is now expected in June or early July.

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that Norfolk County Council following the elections on 4 May has a Conservative majority and the full Council will meet on 15 May to confirm the Leader and Deputy Leader plus the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of all Committees.

District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that the housing plans for Thetford are still in outline and so no new houses have been built which affects the housing allocations in other areas of Breckland. Breckland Council is still stating that it has a five year housing supply but several developers have disputed this but at present there has been no legal challenge.

Highways. The members were disappointed with the re-surfacing at the junction at Corner Nurseries and will be writing to a landowner requesting that he cuts back the vegetation around the road signs on the approach to East Bilney. Norfolk County Council had confirmed that the potholes on Fludges Lane from the church in East Bilney through to Brisley are to be repaired. The vandalism on the footbridge on Folly Lane had been promptly repaired by Norfolk County Council.
Beetley River Meadows Play Area. Clarification has had to be obtained for the fencing at the play area but this has now been resolved and it is hoped that this will be erected by the end of June.

Finance. The accounts for the year ending 31 March 2017 had been audited by the Internal Auditor and these were approved at the meeting. The accounts will be posted on the website and any parishioner has the right to inspect these accounts by contacting the Clerk. All the information regarding the accounts will be posted on the website.

Recycling. The payment from Breckland Council for the year from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 was £1018.23. This compares with £1449.59 for the previous year. The income from the bottle bank at the New Inn was £583.32 which compares with £400.45 for the previous year. Unfortunately the income from the textile bank at the Village Hall was only £434.91 compared with £1049.104 the previous year. Breckland Council changed the contractor for the textiles and the new contractor will not take cushions, pillows or quilts which it is believed has reduced the tonnage considerably.

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Extract for June 2017

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1 June 2017 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and three members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the amended plans for the Woad Barn Rawhall Lane. Decisions. Permission had been granted to remove the single storey extension to the rear construct new single storey extension to the rear and re-roof the garage at 19 Fakenham Road and to the variation of conditions 6 & 8 on 3Pl/2008/0811/F at Beetley Nurseries Elmham Road. Permission had been granted for the replacement of existing dwelling and garage at 1 the Drift East Bilney despite the numerous objections raised by the Parish Council and nearby residents. Several conditions had been placed on the permission and the development will be monitored closely. As there has been concern about pollution from some work already carried out the Parish Council is to request that the stream is checked to ensure that no pollution is entering the water course and subsequently the River Wensum.

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that little has happened at Norfolk County Council since the elections as the first committees will not be sitting until the week commencing 12 June.

District Councillor Report. The District Councillor reported that William Nunn had been elected Leader and Sam Chapman-Allen Deputy. The Chairman is Kate Millbank and the deputy is Richard Duffield who is the District Councillor for Beetley. Breckland Council is still stating that it has a five year housing supply but there has been no legal challenge and under both methods of calculating this there is a five year supply.

Footpaths. The members were disappointed with the state of many of the footpaths within the parish and the members have requested a meeting with the footpath officer who is assigned to this area. This is so that all the correct signage and finger posts are in place and those footpaths that have always been cut by Norfolk County Council are maintained correctly. The owners of the land where the hedges are en- croaching and the paths are not passable are to be written to. Highways. The landowner has been requested to cut back the vegetation around the flashing sign at the north end of Fakenham Road. A quotation is awaited for the new signage for the 20 mph sign near to the school to clearly show that it is a 20 mph area when the lights are flashing. The contractor will be contacted again as the lights are still flashing in holiday time. A complaint had been received regarding an encroaching hedge on Ashley Road and the owner will be contacted to request that this is cut back to the boundary of the property.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. The contractor for the fencing is to be contacted again to ensure that the new fencing is erected prior to the start of the school summer holidays.

Beetley Common. A complaint had been received regarding weed spraying on a small area of the common. This was undertaken to ensure the new saplings do not take over the area. The Parish Council noted the concerns of the person but will continue to allow spraying to continue when necessary. This work is undertaken by volunteers and it would not be feasible to request that all the new saplings are removed by hand. The Parish Council is indebted to these volunteers for maintaining paths through the Common as without their assistance parts of the Common would become overgrown and impossible to walk.

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Extract for July 2017

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Extract for August 2017

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 24 August 2017 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond, is also the District Councillor for Beetley Parish.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council had made no comment to the application to replace front flat roof dormer with three pitched dormers add rear dormer and single storey side extension at 65 Fakenham Road as this was a resubmission of a previous application which had expired. The Parish Council had raised no objection to the original application. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application to vary condition 3 on 3PL/2008/0811/F to allow additional goods to be sold at Beetley Nurseries Elmham Road. Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the proposed single storey front extension at 13 Beech Road, for the front extension to the dwelling at 51 Elmham Road, for the variation of condition to vary the design at Woad Barn Rawhall Lane and for the application to replace front flat roof dormer with three pitched dormers add rear dormer and single storey side extension at 65 Fakenham Road.

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7 September 2017 at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six 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 six members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application to convert existing outbuilding into habitable space inc small kitchen, bathroom and bedroom/ living area, all alterations to be internal, exterior to remain the same at Swanhaven Fakenham Road East Bilney provided that a condition is placed on any permission that the annex is not sold as a separate entity or is used as a holiday let. No objection was also raised to the side and rear extension to form attached annexe at 1 High House Road. Decisions. Permission had been granted to allow the main residence to be let on a short term basis at High View Elmham Road.

Local Plan. The Parish Council is to respond to the latest consultation stating that it does not believe that the document is sound as despite several requests a parcel of land had not been included in the Local Plan and the settlement boundary had not been amended as requested.

County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that the Minerals and Waste Local Plan call for sites had finished on 4 August and he will forward the sites put in as soon as these are received. The County Council will commence its budget setting in October and it is likely to have to find a further £100 million of savings.

District Councillor Report. District Councillor Duffield reported that the Local Plan is out for consultation and he has doubts as to whether this is sound and that as there is not a five year housing supply in Breckland sites will be granted permission that have not been allocated in the plan. District

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Extract for September 2017

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Extract for October 2017

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Extract for November 2017

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Extract for December 2017

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Extract for January 2018

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Extract for February 2018

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Extract for March 2018

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Bryan Leigh, Clerk to the Parish Council
Dawn Meadow, Fakenham Road
East Bilney, Dereham, NR20 4HT
Telephone : 01362 861112
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