Extracts April 2019 – March 2020


Extract for April 2019

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

Prior to the Parish Council meeting, the Annual Parish meeting was held. Reports were presented by the Chairman of the Parish Council, Community Car Scheme, County and District Councillors, Speedwatch Co-ordinators for both Beetley and East Bilney, the Parochial Church Council and the Pre-School. Reports had also been received from the Scout Group and the Primary School which will be posted on the website.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4 April at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors one of whom, Councillor R Richmond is also the District Councillor, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and nine members of the public.
Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the application to re-build kitchen, new ground floor extension and new window to en-suite at The Rectory Church Road Old Beetley. The members objected to the revised site layout plan and site levels for the construction of single storey three-bedroom dwelling on land adjacent to the Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney as this is outside the settlement boundary and the Parish Council is concerned about highway safety as well as this being an intrusion into the rural countryside. The Parish Council objected to the applications for a change of use to agricultural buildings into dwellings at Beck Farm East Bilney as this is again outside the settlement boundary and three dwellings have already been granted approval. Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for the application for a front and rear extension and detached single garage at 29 Elmham Road and for the reserved matters for erection of dwelling and garage following outline approval (3PL/2018/0909/O) on building plot adjacent Highfield Farm Church Road East Bilney. countryside.
Patient Participation Group. Councillor Richmond reported that whilst there is no facility to stockpile medicine at the surgery the pharmacy is able to cross-reference medicines to be able to hold a stock.
Highways. The hedge on Elmham Road near to Holt Road had been cut back. Norfolk County council had confirmed that signs to Beetley Church will be erected on Fakenham Road and High House Road. The Clerk is still in contact with Norfolk County Council over the blocking of the footpath in East Bilney and the replacement of the red lining outside the school. The Parish Council had been successful in its bid for funding from Norfolk County Council for an extension of the trod along Fakenham Road to the Scout Hut. Unfortunately, the cost quoted has now doubled and Norfolk County Council is to be requested to confirm the price.
Footpaths. Several footpaths have not been sprayed off after planting and this will be reported to Norfolk County Council.
Elections. There are to be elections for the Parish Council on 2 May and this will cost the Parish about £1000.
Tree Felling. The Parish Council accepted a quotation for the felling and this will be carried out during the Easter School holidays
Meetings. The next meeting of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 9 May 2019 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 [email protected]

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Extract for May 2019

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 9 May at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Atterwill, and five members of the public.
Election of Chairman. Councillor J O’Donovan was re-elected Chairman for the ensuing year.Election of Vice-Chairman. Councillor Rose was re-elected Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year.
New Councillor. Following the election on 2 May Councillor Henry Johnson was elected a member of the Parish Council in place of Mr T Turner.
Planning. Applications. The Parish Council raised no objection to the proposed single storey extensions, internal alterations and enlargement of existing garage at Windermere 43 Elmham Road. The Parish Council objected to the application for the erection of two detached dwellings on the plot adjacent to Redroofs 73 Fakenham Road as this is outside the settlement boundary and the members had very serious concerns about highway safety as there would be an additional access onto the properties and there is insufficient visibility splay. The members also objected again to the detailed application for the erection of 1 dwelling with integral garage following outline approval at Flint Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney. Again this is outside the settlement boundary, there are highway safety concerns, the new property would overshadow the adjacent properties causing loss of amenity. In addition, there were concerns over the parking arrangements and the dwelling was being squashed into the plot. There had been a meeting on site with the officers regarding this application and the Parish Council had requested a site visit by the Planning Committee.
Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for the application to re-build kitchen, new ground floor extension and new window to en-suite at The Rectory Church Road Old Beetley.
SNAP Meeting. Councillor Richmond reported that he had attended this and there has been a 40% reduction in rural crime following the campaign. The priorities agreed were rural crime, supply of drugs and cycling on pavements. The meetings are now to be held every three months and the next meeting is on 31 July at Breckland Council offices if any one wishes to attend.
Highways. A complaint had been made to Norfolk County Council about lorries traveling through Beetley from the aggregate quarry in East Bilney prior to the specified hours of working. The site had been monitored and there had been instances of the regulations being abused. The company had been written to by Norfolk County Council. The potholes at the junction of Beech Road and Wood Drive had been reported but these are not at intervention level but they will continue to be monitored by the Highways Inspector. The pothole on School Road Old Beetley had been repaired. The hedge on Elmham Road near to Holt Road had been reported but this is not at intervention level according to Norfolk County Council. The following will all be reported to Norfolk County Council-the dropped ironworks on Fakenham Road, the loose 30 mph sign on School Road and potholes on School Road.
Footpaths. The footpaths that have not been sprayed off after planting had been reported to Norfolk County Council who had informed the Parish Council that letters had been sent to the landowners. The Countryside Access Officer had confirmed to the County Councillor that a possible resolution to the blocking of the footpath in East Bilney had been submitted to the legal department at Norfolk County Council for approval.


Extract for June 2019

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6 June at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield, and twelve members of the public.
Planning. Applications. The Parish Council objected to the proposed residential development comprising four 1.5 storey dwellings and garaging on land at Green Lane as this is outside the settlement boundary and the members had very serious concerns about highway safety at this point in the village. This parcel of land had been submitted for inclusion in the Local Development Framework but had been assessed as unsuitable by Breckland Council. The Parish Council was also concerned that several mature trees would have to be felled for the development to take place which would be contrary to wishes of the Parish Council to maintain all trees and hedgerows. The members also objected to the proposed two self-build bungalows on land at Beetley Grange. This is another application to develop the land to the rear of the properties on Beetley Grange. All previous applications had been refused and the Planning Inspector had upheld the decisions by Breckland Council to refuse the applications. The members listened to the views of the residents present who stated that this is outside the settlement boundary and is little different from all previous. Whilst this is for self-build this could change at a later application if permission is granted for this application. The Parish Council decided to support the residents who had responded to the application and were present at the meeting as this application would affect the amenity of the residents and it is outside the settlement boundary. Decisions. Breckland Council had given approval for the detailed application for the erection of 1 dwelling with integral garage at Flint Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney and for the proposed single storey front and side extensions, internal alterations and enlargement of existing garage art Windermere 43 Elmham Road Beetley. Breckland Council had refused the applications for the change of use of agricultural buildings to 4 dwellings and 1 dwelling at Beck Farm East Bilney.
Patient Participation Group. Councillor Richmond reported that he had attended this and that all medicines are now in place in the event of Brexit, that there is still concern about the telephone answering call queue and a new contract has been signed for an improved system. The Triage system appears to be accepted by patients.
Highways. There is to be a road closure at the junction of B1145 and B1146 which is the junction of the Fakenham Road and King’s Lynn Road at night from 1 July for 5 nights from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. Please be aware that it will not be possible to travel from Beetley to Fakenham, Litcham or Bawdeswell by using this junction. Diversions will be signed but these are very long so please allow extra time. The potholes on School Road Old Beetley had been reported as had the loose 30 mph sign on School Road.
Footpaths. The contractor is to be requested to cut the footpath from Fakenham Road alongside the school playing field and the entrance on Green Lane into the permissive path through the woods to Beetley River Meadows.

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Extract for September 2019

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5 September at Beetley Village Hall. There were present five Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Atterwill and seven members of the public.
Planning. Applications.The Parish Council had raised an objection to the prior approval application for change of use of agricultural building to 4 dwellings at Beck Farm East Bilney as the members could see no difference between this application and the previous one that was refused.
The Parish Council raised objections to all the planning applications that were discussed at the meeting.
The first was for a new detached two storey dwelling at Beetley Nurseries Elmham Road as this is outside the settlement boundary and there is no justification for a dwelling for the business.
The members also objected to the outline planning application for the principle of two dwellings at the Boat House Church Road East Bilney as this is outside the settlement boundary and there were concerns over flooding and the width of the road at this point.
Lastly the application for four detached dwellings with garaging including means of access on land to the north east of Fakenham Road was again objected to as this is outside the settlement boundary.
Decisions. Breckland Council had approved the demolition of existing conservatory and the erection of a single storey extension at 25 Oakland Drive and the application for a proposed single storey front extension and porch at The Cottage Hall Road Old Beetley and the prior approval application for change of use of agricultural building to 4 dwellings at Beck Farm East Bilney.
Breckland Council had refused the two self-build bungalows at land at Beetley Grange and had refused the construction of a single story three-bedroom dwelling at the Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney.
Highways. The Clerk reported that Norfolk County Council had resolved the blocked gulley on High House Road. The sign for Beetley Church on High House Road should be installed in September. The red lining on Elmham Road will not be refreshed as Norfolk County Council do not do this anymore. However, the Highways Engineer is to install extended H-bars as a deterrent. A large bough had fallen onto the B1146 near to the bus shelter and this had been cleared but it had damaged the signage. The Clerk had reported the damaged signs.
Beetley River Meadows Play Area. There had again been vandalism on the multi-use paly area with the fence being damaged. The panel is to be replaced but the members are concerned that if this vandalism continues then the multi-use play area with the football pitch and basketball nets would have to be closed. The Parish Council is looking at replacement goals of a sturdier construction. The contractor has been contacted to ensure that all the nettles and growth is removed from the footpaths.
County Councillor Report. County Councillor M Kiddle Morris stated that the Autumn Statement from the Chancellor had only projected forward one year. There is a shortfall of £90 million up to 2021 and 70% of revenue is spent on 14% of the population as the cost of social services is increasing monthly. There are Government Grants available for those who have download speeds of greater the 10mbs but less than 30mbs. £500- £3500 is available for businesses and £500-£1500 for residents. It appears that these grants will fund fibre to property. A further £8million has been awarded to Norfolk County Council from the Government to connect 370 properties with gigabit speed. These include schools and other important locations and the advantage is that nearby properties can piggy bank onto this technology.


Extract for November 2019

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7 November at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Atterwill and five members of the public.
Planning. Applications.The Parish Council had raised no objection to the 2 storey extension to rear of property, double garage, replace existing flat roofs with pitched roofs at Weavers School Road. The members objected to the outline application for a residential development on Land at Green Lane as this is outside the settlement boundary and will be an intrusion into the countryside. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused the application for the enlargement and conversion of outbuilding to residential and the re-use of the existing access on land adjacent to 16A Fakenham Road. Breckland the enforcement process for the stationing of a caravan on site which has not had permission.
Highways. The Parish Council had heard no more from Norfolk County Council regarding the trees on Beech Road near to the footpath to Beetley River Meadows but a house owner of a property adjacent to the footpath had requested permission from Breckland to remove dead branches and this had been granted. The flooding on Rawhall Lane near to the B1146 had been reported. This had occurred previously and Norfolk County Council is to investigate the culvert under the road. The Parish Council is still min discussion with Norfolk County Council about the routing of Sanders 23 service to Norwich as it does not seem to be following the route as agreed on the return journey. The sign for Beetley Church had been erected and the Parish Council had been thanked by the Parochial Church Council.
Beetley River Meadows Play Area. Unfortunately, the multi play unit will have to be taken down as this has been found to be unsafe at the annual inspection. The Parish Council has endeavoured to have this repaired to stop any toggle entrapment but despite having several contractors look at the unit it has not been possible. The Parish Council is now actively looking at a new unit to replace this probably in timber to match the other items on site. At the same time new goals and basketball posts will also be fitted. The Parish Council accepted the grass cutting quotation from its current contractor for next year as the members could see no reason to change contractor.
Beetley Pre-School. There had been objections from 4 properties who benefit from the covenant on the land that was gifted to the Parish Council to the proposed removal of the covenant and 2 properties had stated that they had no objection. The Parish Council is to take advice from its solicitor before it makes a decision as to whether it will raise the precept to cover the cost of any legal fees that it may incur and any compensation that may have to be paid. The Pre-School were advised to submit a planning application as if this is passed it may assist with the application to the Land tribunal. The Parish Council had been contacted by the Eastern Daily Press for a comment on the application form the Pre-School and a response would be sent.
Precept. The Parish Council will decide the amount of the precept at its meeting in December. This is the amount payable through the Council tax which comes to the Parish Council to cover its expenses for the year. This will be decided after it has taken a decision on the land for the Pre-School.


Extract for December 2019

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5 December at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Atterwill, District Councillor R Duffield and six members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council had raised no objection to the roof conversion with dormer windows to existing garage roof to provide living accommodation at 8 Spinney Close, the amendment at 45 Beechcroft Elmham Road for the installation of velux windows in the side roof of the garage, the proposed single storey front extension and associated alterations at Chrisfield 11 Elmham Road or to the installation of new play equipment at Union House Norfolk Rural Life Museum. The members objected to the amendment to the outline application for a reduction in site area and a reduction in plots from 4 to 3 on land adjacent to Whitemill Green Lane for the same reasons as previously being outside the settlement boundary and an intrusion into the rural countryside.
Decisions. Breckland Council had refused the application for a change of use of farm building to single dwelling at Beck Farm East Bilney.
Appeal. The applicant had appealed against the decision of Breckland Council to refuse the construction of single storey three-bedroom dwelling at the Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney. The Parish Council is to send a representation to the Planning Inspector stating all the objections it had raised during the planning process.
Highways. The Parish Council had heard no more from Norfolk County Council regarding the trees on Beech Road near to the footpath to Beetley River Meadows despite a further request for information. The flooding on High House Road near to Fakenham Road had been reported as had the damage to the chevron in East Bilney on B1146.
Beetley River Meadows. There had been an incident of a dog and owner being attacked by another dog not on a lead or under control. Would all dog owners please ensure that their dogs are on a lead and if necessary be muzzled.  The signs in place state that dogs should be on leads to protect other users of the area.
Beetley Pre-School. The Parish Council decided not to pursue with an application to remove the covenant on the land as the cost to the Parish Council could be so great that the precept would have to raise to an unacceptable figure. The Parish Council was very disappointed that it could not take forward the request from the Pre-School but as four properties had objected this was deemed to be too large an amount to expend on the removal of the covenant.
Precept. The Parish Council decided that it would raise the precept by £500 as it has increased costs to fund during the year on Beetley Common, Beetley River Meadows grass cutting and grass cutting at other smaller sites in the parish. The precept is the amount payable through the Council Tax which comes to the Parish Council to cover its expenses for the year. This equates to a rise of just under £1 per annum for a Band D property.
Breckland Local Plan. The new Local Plan has been adopted by Breckland Council and a review is to commence immediately on the Local Plan with a possibility that more sites are called for to ensure that there is always a 5-year housing supply. The wording of some parts of the Local Plan is to be reviewed to ensure that there is no confusion.
Patient Participation Group North Elmham Surgery. Councillor Leigh had attended the North Elmham Group and reported on the discussions raising many points that had been reported to the Community Car Drivers. Receptionists are having training regularly and the problem of obtaining results from blood tests etc was raised. It is possible to book in advance a telephone call from a doctor at the weekend but this might not be with a doctor from North Elmham but one from Dereham.


Extract for February 2020

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6 February at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Atterwill, District Councillor R Duffield and three members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The Parish Council had raised an objection to the change to the application to self-build for three detached dwellings with garages on land to the north east of Fakenham Road for the same reason as previously, as this is outside the settlement boundary. The members also objected to the application for one dwelling and detached garage which was a resubmission on plot adjacent to Redroofs 73 Fakenham Road as this is outside the settlement boundary and there was concern about the highways safety aspect with more vehicles exiting onto Fakenham Road at this point as there is inadequate visibility splay to the south. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused the application for a residential development on land at Green Lane. Breckland Council had approved the erection of  roof conversion with dormer windows to existing garage roof to provide living accommodation at 8 Spinney Close, the amendment at 45 Beechcroft Elmham Road for the installation of velux windows in the side roof of the garage, the proposed single storey front extension and associated alterations at Chrisfield 11 Elmham Road and to the 2 storey extension to the rear of the property, double garage, replace existing flat roofs with pitched roofs at Weavers School Road.  Norfolk County Council had approved the installation of new play equipment at Union House Norfolk Rural Life Museum.
Planning Committee. The applications for the self-build of three detached dwellings with garages on land to the north east of Fakenham Road and for the outline planning g application for 3 no dwellings on land adjacent to Whitemill off Green Lane had been referred to the next Planning Committee with recommendations for refusal. The Parish Council would not be speaking at the meeting as these were both objected to and the officers had recommended refusal.
Highways. The Clerk reported that there had been an increase in dog fouling again and the members requested that all dog owners clear up after their dogs. This has been especially prevalent on Ashley Road, Beech Road and Elmham Road. A parishioner raised concerns that Church Road Old Beetley is now shown on some Sat Navs as going as far as Folly Lane and this has meant an increase of HGVs traveling towards Fakenham on an unsuitable road. The Clerk had contacted the County Councillor regarding this and this is being investigated by the Highways Department.
Beetley Pre-School. The Pre-School had advised the Parish Council that it was looking at utilising an area on the Norse depot for a new building and is working with the County Councillor on this. The Pre-School had requested that it hold a duck race again this year on Beetley River Meadows and the Parish Council granted permission.
Patient Participation Group North Elmham Surgery. Councillor Leigh had again attended the North Elmham Group and reported that the appointments for early morning are for blood tests and late afternoon for a telephone consultation with a doctor. There is still a problem with the supply of some drugs and medication and the dispensary will advise on which pharmacy is best to obtain the medication needed as other pharmacies have alternative sources of supply.
County Councillor Report. The County Councillor reported that the Council Tax will increase by 2% for Adult Social Services and 1.99% for the remainder. All mobile libraries will remain although there may be a slight change to routes and/or timings. All libraries will also remain open with improved access via the app which can be downloaded from Norfolk County Council.


Extract for March 2020

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5 March at Beetley Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Atterwill, and four members of the public.
Planning. Applications. The Parish Council had raised an objection to the application for two self-build bungalows and garages on land at Beetley Grange for all the reasons that had been expressed before as this is outside the settlement boundary and would cause the loss of amenity to the nearby residents. The members raised no objection to the variation to the fenestration at Vale Farm Barns Stoney Lane. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused the application for three self-build detached dwellings with garages on land to the north east of Fakenham Road on the casting vote of the Chairman of the Planning Committee. Breckland Council had approved the application for three dwellings on land adjacent to Whitemill off Green Lane
Highways. The Clerk reported that there had been no improvement with dog fouling and the members requested that all dog owners clear up after their dogs. This has been especially prevalent on Ashley Road, Beech Road and Elmham Road. The hedges on some properties on Oakland drive are overhanging the footway making it impossible for pedestrians to pass on the footway. The properties will be written to. Breckland Council is to be requested to organise a litter pick along the Fakenham Road as there has been a build-up of this recently. Norfolk County Council had agreed to part fund new signage on Fakenham Road near to the school with improved flashing signs.
Beetley Pre-School. The Pre-School had advised the Parish Council that it was to submit a planning application for a new building on the land that the Parish Council owns which is used as a playing field for the school. The Parish Council had taken advice from its solicitor and decided that an agreement with the Pre-School should be in place indemnifying it against any costs prior to it supporting the application.
Beetley River Meadows Play Area. Match funding has been approved by Breckland Council for new goal posts and basketball hoops and an application for funding for a new multi-play unit is to be forwarded to the National Lottery
Meetings. All future meetings of Beetley Parish Council are cancelled until further notice. 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 [email protected]

END OF EXTRACTS April 2019- March 2020

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