Following a resignation, Woodbastwick (Inc. Ranworth and Panxworth) Parish Council has a councillor vacancy.
Both Ranworth and Panxworth are well represented at the Council, so a resident in Woodbastwick would be ideal, however, you can apply to be a councillor if you live within 3 miles of the Parish!
We meet regularly, on the 1st Wednesday evening of each month at 7.30pm, at either Woodbastwick or Ranworth village halls. Meetings last no longer than 1.5 hours. Please take a look at our ‘Meetings’ page to see the topics we consult on.
If you would like any information on being a Councillor, please contact us or Broadland District Council on 01603 431133.
Wherry Maud art exhibition
Sunday May 6th & Monday May 7th 2018
Art Show in Ranworth Village Hall. Local artists and photographers will offer their work for sale. Trustees of Wherry Maud Trust are organising this event as a fundraiser.
A47 westbound, Postwick interchange to Ipswich Road, Norwich: survey works
Kier will be completing survey works at the above location, on behalf of Highways England. These surveys will allow them to investigate potential issues, and programme any future works necessary to maintain the existing infrastructure. Whilst in the area, they will also utilise this closure to perform pothole repair works.
The work is planned to be completed over ten nights, from Monday 30 April, with working hours of 9pm until 6am, weeknights only, weather permitting. A full closure of A47 westbound between Postwick interchange and Ipswich Road will be in place.
Traffic will be diverted via the A1270 onto the NDR, Wroxham Road, A11 Newmarket Road, before re-joining the A47 at Thickthorn interchange.
Find out more
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The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Parishes will be held at Woodbastwick Village Hall on Wednesday 2nd of May at 7.30pm, and will be followed by the Annual Parish Council Meeting. All residents are very welcome to attend. It is an excellent opportunity to meet your councillors and your chance to raise local issues.
Agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting
APM May 2018
Minutes of the 2017 Annual Parish Meeting
APM minutes 2017
In this note I bring the latest news on the Five Year Land Supply and the Call in Procedure at Broadland District Council.
Might I ask clerks to copy this to all members and if possible attach my note on call ins on your web site
The Five Year Land Supply
Many will know that Broadland District Council has updated its performance targets and perhaps for the first time is able to demonstrate a Five Year Land Supply across the board.
Those within the Norwich Policy Area (as was) know full well that failure to achieve the target requirements introduced two adverse consequences.
First the goalposts were artificially moved by adding a percentage makeweight to the target requirements for persistent underachievers. This is now gone.
Second the NPPF – National Planning Policy Framework document – directed that planning policies for underachievers were/are deemed to be out of date. The effect was that regardless of local plan policies (ie the Joint Core Strategy) carpetbagger developers were able to secure permissions not otherwise achievable. Blofield Brundall Hemblington and Hethersett have suffered particularly.
This is no longer true. Since we now have a Five Year Land Supply – planners concede an oversupply (!) of 8.08 years – our local plan (the JCS) will apply across this Ward. Recently you have had the opportunity to vote on the proposals for the Greater Norwich Development Plan which will in time replace the JCS
The effect of this important development was demonstrated at the Planning committee meeting on 28th March in respect of an application relating to eight dwellings in Blofield Corner Road.
The Committee had previously resolved to approve the application. I opposed. The Committee had little choice at the first hearing but to resolve to grant permission. The rules concerning the five year land supply – as they were then known required it that way.
When it came back to Committee on the 28th March Consent was refused, This was because we now have a Five Year Land Supply. Accordingly the policies in the JCS were able to apply.
This outcome is of equal relevance to outline planning permissions previously granted. They will lapse where detailed consent has not been obtained (I think within two years). If application is made for renewal JCS and/or the Neighbourhood Plan may defeat the application.
This is particularly good news for Blofield, Blofield Heath and Hemblington. I don’t think other parishes were greatly moved by the possible consequences – but it might have gone the other way. That did not happen so all is as before and all is well.
Report To Parishes – Spring 2018 Continued
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The Call In Procedure
The procedure in Broadland enables any district councillor to require a planning application to be determined
by the Planning Committee and not an officer. I am told a determination by committee increases the cost tenfold.
Personally I expect to support any resident who requires a call in. The major difficulty in a successful request
is the time limit. Often when I am approached I find I am already out of time. The rules are opaque, not
widely known and discourage requests.
Changes can be made by the Standard Committee. The Committee is formed of elected district members and
co-opted parish members. At a recent meeting I attempted to secure transparency. I could not find one of the
members to support my proposed changes even though they were for their benefit.
In case it is of assistance the following note sets out my requirements when I am asked to seek a call in.
To meet BDC requirements
1. Have your planning consultant check with the Case Officer to ensure we are still in time. There are strict
time limits. Often when I am approached it is already too late.
2. Give thought to the reason I must give for my seeking the call in.
For my purposes
3. I would like to inspect the site with you or your advisors
4. Please confirm you or your advisors will speak at the planning committee meeting regardless of other
commitments that day
5. Confirm it would be acceptable for me to bring a member of the relevant local parish council to the site
Either in the case of an Applicant requesting a Call in
6. Say if you would be satisfied by a call in limited to where officers intend to refuse consent. I am told the
cost to the ratepayer of a planning hearing is ten times that of an officer determination. No matter.
However; it will save public money if you do not require a call in where they intend to grant consent
Or in the case of an Opponent requesting a Call in
6. Say if you would be satisfied by a call in limited to where officers intend to grant consent. I am told the
cost to the ratepayer of a planning hearing is ten times that of an officer determination. No matter.
However; it will save public money if you do not require a call in where they intend to refuse consent
While I am open to persuasion you will understand that in arranging a call in I do not necessarily agree with
the person requesting be (s)he applicant or opponent.
There will be an open day at the NBYC on 5th May, plus various courses during the year.
7453 NBYC Membership Leaflet A5 2pp forWEB
Rackheath Lane, Spixworth, has been permanently closed at its junction with the B1150 North Walsham Road (pictured above) now that the A1270 Northern Distributor Road provides a vastly better link through to the A1151 Wroxham Road.
The closure is to ensure that traffic stops using the narrow lanes and difficult junctions that were popular routes before there was a purpose-built alternative.
The closure also simplifies access from Crostwick Lane, Spixworth, on to the B1150. Although more traffic will be turning right towards the NDR, it will not be competing with traffic emerging from Rackheath Lane. The mouth of Crostwick Lane has been widened to ease left turns.
Permanent changes in the roads serving the Plumstead area will come into effect on Monday 19 February when Plumstead Road and Middle Road reopen and Smee Lane and Low Road close.
Plumstead Road has been closed since mid-January to allow completion of its realignment to a new roundabout serving a link road connection to the A1270 NDR.
Middle Road, an important local access route over the NDR from Great Plumstead, has been closed since May 2016 for construction of a bridge over the new dual carriageway.
Both roads will be open to general traffic by 6am on Monday 19 February. A permanent 30mph speed limit will be in force on Middle Road.
At the same time, Smee Lane and Low Road, which have been kept open during the closure of Plumstead Road and Middle Road, will close permanently.
Traffic management staff will be at the ‘Road Closed Ahead’ signs on Monday to redirect any vehicles trying to get through these lanes. Access to properties within the closure will be maintained, and temporary turning heads will be provided at the points of closure.
Closure of these two lanes will allow them to be broken up and removed so that the NDR dual carriageway can be completed.
Three-way lights on B1150 North Walsham Road
Plumstead Road will close for four weeks from Monday 15 January for work to connect the road with the A1270 Norwich Northern Distributor Road dual carriageway.
This could well be the last really disruptive phase of work of the whole project – along with three-way lights on the B1150 North Walsham Road, also from Monday (see right).
The Plumstead Road closure will be between Thorpe End and the junction with Broad Lane. The work involves realigning Plumstead Road to connect with a new roundabout that has already been constructed. Once complete, a short link road from this roundabout will provide access from Plumstead Road to the main roundabout on Norwich NDR (see below).
The width of Plumstead Road and the nearby railway level crossing mean that the work cannot be carried out under temporary traffic lights, and so a full closure of the road is unavoidable. Unfortunately it is not possible to maintain safe access for pedestrians or cyclists.
New roundabouts and link road (left) that will link Plumstead Road to the NDR dual carriageway. Picture Mike Page.
Traffic heading to and from Norwich should use Salhouse Road. The marked diversion will be (from the Plumstead side of the closure) north along Broad Lane/Green Lane East to the Sole & Heel roundabout, west towards Norwich on Salhouse Road, returning to Plumstead Road via Woodside Road. (Same route in reverse for journeys from the city side of the closure.)
It had been hoped that Middle Road, Great Plumstead, would be open to provide an alternative local route, but very wet weather at a critical time saturated and damaged the earthworks and prevented surfacing before Christmas. Instead, Low Road and Smee Lane will be kept open.
Middle Road reopening
The target for Middle Road is opening in February. Asphalt base layers will be going down next week, and on Wednesday (17th)Tarmac lorries will need to go through Great Plumstead to supply asphalt for use on the eastern embankments.