2012 December 18

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY 18 DECEMBER 2012 AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, WORSTEAD

PRESENT: Cllrs. S. Cole (Chairman), S. Harris, G. Paterson, K. O’Hara, R. Barrett, S. Henderson.

 APOLOGIES / NON ATTENDANCE: Cllrs. Bacon (work commitment) and Rance.

 ALSO PRESENT: 4 Members of the Public, District Cllr. Williams                       Clerk: Mrs. J. Gardner

 

TO CONSIDER AND RESOLVE WHETHER TO CO-OPT MEMBER ONTO THE PARISH COUNCIL:

 

Cllr. O’ Hara expressed her discomfort how the recruiting of interested parties had been carried out.

Cllrs. Paterson and Barrett both felt it was a good idea to have a member from the hamlets, agreed by Cllr. Harris.

Resolution: a vote was taken by a show of hands: 1 proxy vote and 5 were for co-option of Mrs. Smith, Sandy Hills

A letter will go to both candidates, explaining the reason of the co-option.

SUBCOMMITTEES:

Planning: (Cllrs. Harris, Barrett, Paterson and Henderson):

 

PF/12/1330: Retention of extension to terrace, installation of steps and raise height of restaurant extension roof and LA/12/1331: Erection of extension to terrace and raising of restaurant extension roof, both retrospective, at The White Lady, Front Street.

Chairman Cole informed all present that the restaurant roof was 300mm higher

Resolution: to object to both applications for the following reasons:

1: Loss of privacy due to the height of the floor of the decking the neighbouring property is overlooked. 2: Impact on visual amenity because of raising of deck and intended fence. 3: Noise pollution due to intended use of decking lasting until late in the evening. 4: The extension and decking are in conflict with the listed buildings (The White Lady itself, grade 2, and St. Mary the Virgin church, a grade 1 Listed building) and the Conservation area. (5: Increase of traffic, including delivery lorries, due to increased capacity of the restaurant, using a minor unadopted road which is also used by users of Queen Elizabeth Hall. 6: The increase of traffic will cause inconvenience to (young) pedestrians going to the playground, and primary school children on a regular basis to visit the Hall. 7: Probable breach of Disability Discrimination Act as no arrangements have been made for wheelchair bound people to leave via the garden. A possible breach of Fire Regulations in respect of wheelchair bound visitors and visitors with pushchairs because of lack of a suitable way to leave quickly in case of a fire. 8: Although the capacity of the restaurant will be increased, if plans are approved, no amendments have been made to parking facilities.

9: Worstead Parish Council requests that these applications are put before the Development Committee and invite the members to a site visit to see the effects of this development for themselves.

PF/12/1362: The Cottage, Withergate Road: Erection of part single-storey and two-storey rear extensions.

Resolution: to have no objections or comments.

B: FOR INFORMATION ONLY:

DECISION NOTICES from NNDC: Consent:

LA/12/1033: The White Lady, Front Street: Alterations to outbuildings to facilitate conversion to holiday accommodation and micro-brewery.

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 13.12.2012:

PF/12/1049: Bengate Barn, Yarmouth Road: Erection of replacement garage with games room in roof space and the retention and conversion of cart shed to one unit of holiday accommodation.

 Meeting finished at 21.00

REPORT OF THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT THE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY 18 DECEMBER 2012 IN THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:

Chairman Cole proposed to split Public Participation into two sessions:

1:Co-option:

A resident from Sandy Hills informed all present she has lived in the village for over 20 years, she lives in Sandy Hills and has always been involved with events, Worstead School and Rainbow Daycare but not in the heart of the village. She is keen to be part of the Parish and get the hamlets involved. She has carried out Council work before in Cawston. She has been encouraged by Meeting Hill residents.

A resident from St. Andrews Close said the family moved to the village 11 years again to give their daughter a country upbringing. She has made lots of friends, has been involved with Parents and Toddlers, Worstead School, was the secretary of the Queen Elizabeth Hall Management Committee for 1 ½ years and is now involved with Worstead Youthclub. Mrs. Marques would also like to get involved with the parish.

A resident from Westwick Road decided to stand down, saying he thought the ladies would do a better job and had more time.

For the decision: see item: 12.060A of the minutes.

2: Planning: The White Lady:

The neighbour of the White Lady stated he objected to the plans because: their privacy is compromised with the deck at that level with noise every and all spring summer and autumn; the usage of the deck is not specified, it could even be used for bands to play on; the restaurant is an extension of a listed building within the Conservation Area; a proposed double skinned fence will not contain the noise, just spread it and it will stand out like a sour thumb on top of the present structure.

The landlord said the noise would remain the same, but they would not be overlooked and he will not be happy to lower the decking or take it down. He could plant trees, but the roots may undermine the listed wall. The decking would be an extension of the restaurant.

Cllr. Barrett stated that the heightening of the roof, and the extension were not part of the original plan, which were supported by the Council and the neighbours. Although aware of the elevation, now on the new plans, the landlord never included it on the original plans.

Cllr. O’Hara wondered whether a compromise could be reached between the two neighbours and why steps on the original plans could not lead to a decking on ground level.

Cllr. Henderson asked the landlord rather than appeal to look for a compromise. He said he personally would be aggrieved if it happened to him.

For the decision see item: 12.061A1a and b of the minutes.

Public Participation finished at 19.45 with three members leaving.

 

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