Some say this noticeboard has been long overdue for Penny Green. Thanks to Hughie Glaves and John Knight for installing it on a thankfully dry day.

John & Hughie – just about finished.

This project was paid for as a community benefit from the Parish Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money.

If you have a notice for this board then please contact the parish clerk.


We are looking for a suitably experienced and qualified individual to support our Parish Councillors. This is a varied and interesting role within a flexible working opportunity. You will be based at home and support the bi-monthly meetings at Wreningham Village Hall, held the second Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, November plus the Annual Parish meeting in May. We hope to make the appointment in time for the November 2019 meeting.

Key duties include:

  • Organising, attending and reporting to meetings
  • Preparing agendas and writing minutes
  • Supporting Councillors in their Parish Council duties
  • Dealing with Parish Council business including South Norfolk Council Planning applications
  • Ensuring the website & village noticeboards carry current and relevant information
  • Liaising with local organisations and external bodies
  • Managing the Parish Council’s finances / financial record keeping, including the annual audit

You will have good organisational and communications skills, a facility with use of IT in support of Council business, self-motivated, able to work independently and to plan and manage your workload.

Previous relevant experience would be an advantage. Support will be provided and the appointee will be encouraged to take advantage of training to improve their knowledge and skills. NJC Pay Scales will apply depending on experience and qualifications between LC1 SCP 7 – 10 (£10.16 – £10.79). You will expect to allocate an average of 4.2 hours a week to your role.

Application by email to be with the Chairman by 10th September.

Please contact the current Clerk, Anne Rayner on clerk.WPC@gmail.com or Michael Hill (Chair) on wrendriff@gmail.com for further details or to meet and discuss the post.


Driving along Church Road you will have seen your speed flashed up by the device near Church Farm. This is the speed machine (SAM2) purchased by the Parish Council. We have some data to share with you. It is not complete; we have not yet worked out why several days are missing. However, it is interesting to see the Summary for October/November/December 2018:

Here is the data captured on an hourly basis and presented by day of the week:


Update 28 December 2018

SNC have updated the planning application 2918/1658 . It is now entitled:

“The change of use of land to a residential Traveller Site for one family, involving the retention of one stable building for use as a dayroom, the standing of 2 touring caravans on 2 concrete pads, the installation of 2 outdoor security lights, a sewage treatment plant, a children’s play house, and post and rail fencing.”

Additional documents have been posted on the SNC website in support of the application. Comments from the public are again welcomed although the closing date is rather close – 4th January 2019.

Update 30 October 2018

SNC have advised that the planning application 2918/1658 has been amended. It is now entitled:

“The change of use of land to a residential Traveller Site for one family, involving the retention of one stable building, and its conversion for use as a dayroom, the standing of 2 touring caravans and 1 mobile home on 3 concrete pads, the installation of 2 outdoor security lights, a sewage treatment plant, a childrens play house, and post and rail fencing.”

The applicant’s agent has provided a statement supporting the application: 2018_1658-SUPPORTING_STATEMENT_INCLUDING_DESIGN_AND_ACCESS_STATEMENT-6214041

The planning officer, Glen Beaumont, invites further comments to be submitted by 20 November 2018 to:

email: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
post: SNC, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE

Update on WPC meeting on 13 August 2018

With respect to the planning application 2018/1658, the advice remains to focus on material considerations (remember the image attached to the previous post); this message has been heard and the comments appearing on the SNC planning site are making their point very well. A number have revisited their comments and recast them in the light of the guidance.

SNC planning site is currently carrying 106 documents the vast majority of them from parishioners. Those who are not able to use the technology for whatever reason have used the postal system to get their comment in. The 450 voters in the village all have a chance to make their contribution and I expect at least 116 from those attending the Parish Council meeting!

Remember, when commenting, to include the reference number 2018/1658, whether you support or oppose the application, and provide your name and contact details, then use one of the following options:

  • e-mail planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
  • write to Planning Team, South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE
  • go to SNC planning page, click on the options at the bottom of the page; login / register, complete the on-line form
  • Visit SNC in Long Stratton and leave your written comments there
  • e-mail Phil Hardy (if you prefer not to have your name, etc. made public – he will provide a summary of comments received. This is NOT as effective as individual, named comments since it will become one comment.)

The Parish Council’s draft minutes are posted on this website in the Council’s pages. We were waiting for Cllr. Hardy to provide us with the text of his statement made at the opening of the Open Forum part of the meeting. The Parish council’s own objection statement is on the SNC website.

Normal consultees plus a few others such as the RSPB and Norfolk Wildlife Trust have been invited to consider the parishioners’ on-line comments (to make use of local knowledge) and to submit their own.

Phil Hardy took some actions in the Monday meeting and Helen Mellors (hmellors@s-norfolk.gov.uk), Development Manager of SNC has responded to each (see the blue text):

  1. To put back the closing date for comments – given the obvious problems people were having with the web-site. [Done]
  2. Talk to SNC IT about the on-line comments/registration issue – is there a reason for these problems, can it be resolved?

We are happy to help anyone who is experiencing difficulties with registering on the planning pages of the website to enable them to comment online. As far as I am aware, we have not been contacted directly to notify us of anyone experiencing difficulties. Details are given on the Council’s website, the consultation letters and site notices about alternative methods of submitting comments which includes by e mail or in writing.

3. Confirm the default basis for a planning application when no (real) evidence presented for Traveller status.

Any application is always considered on its own merits and in accordance with national and local plan polices and any other material considerations.  If the applicant submits evidence to say they meet the definition of a traveller, for planning purposes, then this will be a material consideration and the application considered in accordance with local plan policy DM3.3.  A new dwelling outside the development limits would also need to be considered in light of paragraph 11 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)  and local planning policy DM1.3.  Material consideration would also need to be given to the Council’s  housing land supply in the rural area and at present the Council is applying material weight to evidence in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) which shows we have a shortfall. Clearly other policies in the local plan will also apply and will need to be taken into account as appropriate.

4. Clarify this applicant’s status with regard to being a Traveller

The case officer is currently seeking clarification from the applicant and once received this will form part of the application.

5. Examine whether there is a breach of GDPR in insisting that names & other details are to be published and not offering to withhold them. (perhaps a “name & address supplied” option?).

We reviewed all processing of personal data before the GDPR was implemented with the Information Governance Manager, which included publishing comments received regarding planning applications on our website. I have also discussed the publishing of contributor’s names and address with the Council’s Senior Governance Officer & Deputy Monitoring Officer who considers that there is not a breach of the GDPR as the Council has set out how the data will be used in the privacy statement which is set out above as part of the lawful processing of the application. Details on the website also highlight that Members of the public can send their comments to their District Councillor who can raise them as appropriate, so they can be taken into account when the application is considered.

If you need clarification or wish to comment on these, then please raise them directly with Helen Mellors.

The solicitor consulted by the Parish Council advised that until the planners’ recommendation was known, there is nothing to challenge. So the Parish Council will bide its time until then. In the meanwhile I do not know the steps being taken by those parishioners who wish to raise a separate challenge earlier than this. If there is a co-ordinating group for this can they contact me?

The application is to come before the Planning Committee for its decision (in September?). The normal process is for a series of presentations to the committee; we will need to declare beforehand our intention to attend and speak:

  1. the Planning Officer presents the application to the Committee (as per the recommendation document published beforehand);
  2. 5 minutes for the Parish Council to present its case;
  3. 5 minutes for the public (parishioners or representative), and
  4. 5 minutes for the applicant.

[Note: Only 5 minutes – so the time has to be well used – highly focussed on the telling points with no padding or bluster.]

At each point the Committee may question the presenter. The Committee then make final statements and vote on the application. The decision is either: accept the planning application (with such constraints as may be recommended), or, to reject the application. In the latter case, I imagine that the issue could be to return the site to a pre-application state through some enforcement action by SNC – but that is yet to be determined and may require additional input from Wreningham people or their legal representative(s).

The Parish Council and “public” presentations must be closely aligned and mutually supportive. So it is vital that we maintain close cooperation.


The Greater Norwich Local Partnership have opened a consultation on a number of additional sites. Some of these are in or near Wreningham and you should be aware of them. More information is available on the page link here. The Wreningham specific information has been extracted and placed at the end of that page.

You are encouraged to make your views known to GNLP but please also let your Parish Councillor know what you think.


Reference: 2018/1863
Applicant: Mr Raymond Turner
Location: Land Adj To Fairlands Top Row Wreningham Norfolk
Proposal: Reserved matters application for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale following outline permission 2017/2828 for single storey domestic dwelling and garage to include access.

Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line

Please return comments quoting reference 2018/1863 by 20 September 2018 via:
e-mail: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk , or,
Mail: South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich NR15 2XE


Monday’s meeting had a lively and informative Open Forum during which many of the 116 parishioners present expressed their views about the planning application for the field adjacent to the Village Hall. The Parish Council was given invaluable feedback and observations. In attendance were Phil Hardy (District Councillor) and Colin Foulger (County Councillor).

Prior to the meeting the EDP carried the story. This was followed by an update at the close of the meeting.

Never before have I seen such long queues waiting to attend a Parish Council meeting! As the hall filled, the Parish Council took up position on the stage in order that parishioners could see and hear  clearly.

A show of hands indicated full support to oppose the application. Parishioners had clearly shown they wanted the Parish Council to register an objection with South Norfolk.

People reported difficulties using the SNC planning site when trying to register their comments: they ran out of time; lost their work; were unable to complete registration; etc. With this in mind, the District Councillor has arranged for the consultation closure date to be put back to 24th August. For those concerned about their names and address being made public, Councillor Hardy invited them to email their comments to him. He will collate them for inclusion in his Councillor’s report. I must emphasise that this does not carry the same weight as individual comments to South Norfolk Planning.

Before the meeting, I had taken informal legal advice which recommended delaying any legal intervention until the planners had made their recommendation. The Parish Council may then instruct a solicitor.

Two thirds of parishioners expressed support for a separate legal approach sourced and funded by themselves.

I need to stress that the main message, underlined by Colin Foulger, is that comments must be objective, factual and address material considerations, as explained in the image below. Colin makes it clear that if people ensure sufficient comments are made then there is a very good chance that we will win.

Finally, I wish to thank all who attended for their positive approach and working with me as the Chair to ensure the meeting met its objectives. And, thank you to those who helped to clear away the tables and chairs.


Talk

Mike Pinner of the Caister Roman Project will be at Wreningham Village Hall at 8pm on Tuesday 5th June. See the website here. This is a very exciting project which featured in its own Time team episode! Mike will be talking about the excavations in and around the Roman town and the community test-pitting in and around the village. Entry is free.

Practise Pit

There will be a practise test-pit digging session from 11am on Sunday 29th July. Meet on the playing field opposite the School and Village Hall. Bring a spade, trowel and hefty boots! If anyone has an old garden sieve or two, you will find them handy too.

I will take you through the art of effective archaeological digging (for beginners!) ready for your own investigation in August.

The playing field is on the edge of an old common, a popular place for settlement in the medieval period, so there is a fair chance we may find something interesting!

The Real PIT!

The Community Test-Pitting itself will take place on 11th and 12th August (there will be another chance later if you can’t do this date) at a site of your choice around the village – if not your land/garden do make sure the owners has given permission to dig…!

Please send me, Steve Hickling (steve.hickling@norfolk.gov.uk), your email address if you wish to take part. No experience is necessary.


The public consultation on the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP) which opened on 8th January closes at 5pm on 22 March 2018 (see www.gnlp.org.uk for details).

It is important to note that this is a consultation – no final decisions have been made on any policy choice or site. The consultation will include:

  • a Growth Options document setting out the broad housing numbers required to 2036;
  • six main distribution options;
  • a significant number of questions on various policy areas (such as air quality, landscape and affordable housing); and,
  • the Site Proposals document, listing sites submitted for consideration for various uses through the plan, along with a settlement summary for those parishes where sites have been submitted.
  • (The Wreningham Site Proposal plan is here: GNLP_Wreningham.)

The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) in the evidence base has more detail on the sites submitted for potential inclusion in the GNLP. Other evidence studies, along with the Interim Sustainability Appraisal, will also be available for comment.

The public consultation roadshows’ venues and dates are published on www.gnlp.org.uk.

If there are any questions, please email LP@s-norfolk.gov.uk.
Adam Nicholls, Planning Policy Manager, SNC. Tel: 01508 533809 e-mail: anicholls@s-norfolk.gov.uk


Planning application reference: 2018/0303
Applicant: Mrs Jean Sissons
Location: Glastonbury Cottage Top Row Wreningham Norfolk NR16 1AR
Proposal: Replace 2 first floor windows and French doors in kitchen

Copies of the submitted plans can be viewed on-line here
If you have a comment on this application, please do so quoting reference 2018/0303 by 6 March 2018 to:
e-mail: planning@s-norfolk.gov.uk
Mail: South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich NR15 2XE