Minutes 11th January 2016

Linton Parish Council
Bromsash Gorsley and Linton
Minutes of the Meeting held on held on Monday 11th January 2016 at 7.30 pm in Linton Village Hall


Cllr Ken Downham – Vice Chairman

Cllr Max Gough

Cllr Jackie Gough Cllr Lyn Bryan

Cllr Barry Clark Cllr Paul Crumpton

Clerk: Rosie Clark 6 Parishioners

1. Apologies for absence

Cllr Jean Foley, Cllr Luci Watkins, Cllr John Watkins, Cllr Harry Bramer and Parish Paths Officer.

2. Declarations of Interest in items on the agenda
There were no declarations of interest.

3. Approve the Minutes of Council meeting held on 14th December 2015

Minutes were accepted and signed by the Vice Chairman.

4. Report from the Clerk on actions requested in the minutes dated 14th December 2015, not covered elsewhere in the agenda – FOR INFORMATION ONLY
All items covered within the Agenda.

5. Allotments business and information and agree any actions
No issues reported. Cllr Max Gough advised that the laminated ‘Allotments’ sign was starting to deteriorate and may need to be replaced in the future – to be monitored.

6. Update on minor road defects and other reported issues and agree any actions.
The Locality Steward met with Cllr Downham on 7th January at the culvert in Woodend Lane, unfortunately the Lengthsman was unable to attend. It was agreed that Balfour Beatty would schedule works to alter pipes in the culvert. Once completed any other required works to ditches (by landowners) would be more easily visible. Flood signs to be deployed when there are large amounts of water on the road. It was also agreed that the Locality Steward would follow up on overgrown hedges that were severely limiting visibility for traffic. He confirmed that further work was to be undertaken on the culvert at the corner of Revells Lane onto the B4221. Options for siting the replacement bench by GG School, avoiding any obstruction of the pavement, were discussed. As the bench needs to be set further into the hedge than first thought the Lengthsman and Landowner to meet to confirm the position.

7. Lengthsman’s Report and agree any additional works required
It was agreed that work for the coming month would be to meet with the Landowner and site the bench.

8. Financial Matters: To approve payments
IT WAS AGREED unanimously to pay the following invoices and cheques were duly signed.

Lengthsman (January) – £284

Clerk: Salary (January) (less tax) – £210

Expenses for January – £15

HMRC (Clerk Tax) – £147.20

9. Planning applications including: P153661/O – proposed residential development for 26 houses (10 affordable) on

land situated between the B4221 and Lovers Walk, Gorsley. Cllr Max Gough summarised the details of the planning application and, after detailed discussion and input from members of the public, it was proposed that objections would be as follows: “Linton Parish Council wishes to register the strongest possible objection to the proposal for the development of 26 houses on this site. Recent developments and planning permissions take the total of new houses in the parish towards 30 adding a further development of 26 houses would be unacceptable and unsustainable. The school has a waiting list, the shop/post office is for sale and the bus service has again been severely reduced. Furthermore the B4221 at this site is an exceptionally busy road leading within a short distance to the M50. There is constant danger from speeding traffic including many HGVs.

This development calls for 2 exits onto the B4221, they could not possibly be made safe and suitable accesses as called for in Paragraph 32 of the NPPF.

This proposal is not within or adjacent to the main settlement of Gorsley, it is in open countryside on the fringe of the village and would be disproportionate to its surroundings.

As of today (11th Jan) there does not appear to be a public notice detailing the outline planning application therefore there are concerns that local residents may not be aware that this application has been resubmitted. This is exacerbated by the fact that the application was resubmitted just before the Christmas break and allowed little time for full discussion of the application.

The now approved Herefordshire Local Plan for the period 2011 – 2031 includes a plan detailing the assessment of land with housing potential in Gorsley (2015), which highlights this land as having ‘no suitability during the plan period’. If this land was deemed unsuitable last year how could it now be deemed as suitable?

In addition the parish council:

· objects to the proposed loss of an established hedgerow which will have a detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the site

· has concerns about the number of reserved matters left to be decided in this outline application.

· notes that the proposal removes the current pull in which provides parking for the post office, thereby having significant impact on this local amenity

· notes that the application indicates there would be a designated crossing point to allow for safe access to the opposite side of the road, however there were no further details

· requires further information on the intentions for the public footpath

We would refer you to the ‘Appeal Decision’ of the Planning Inspectorate APP/P1615/A/13/2208025 dated 17th June 2014. It details the refusal for a Caravan Park just over the border in Gloucestershire, particularly on grounds of highway safety. The site of this decision is just a very short distance from the proposed housing site.
It is considered that Gorsley has accepted its fair share of new development in very recent times and any further housing should be the odd windfall site suitable in a rural area. We trust that this application will be refused”

10. Correspondence

As emailed to Cllrs.

11. Chairman’s Announcements
Cllr Downham read an email he had received about the condition of Fordings Lane – to be passed to the Locality Steward.

12. Councillors’ Submissions, including Village Events

13. Public Submissions

There was discussion about the ownership of land to the road edge if farmers were responsible for maintaining the ditches.

14. Date of next meeting
It was RESOLVED that the next meeting will be held on Monday 8th February in Gorsley Village Hall.

The meeting closed at 20.45pm