Minutes 8th February 2016

Linton Parish Council
Bromsash Gorsley and Linton
Minutes of the Meeting held on held on Monday 8tth February 2016 at 7.30 pm in Gorsley Village Hall

Present:

Cllr Jean Foley – Chairman

Cllr Ken Downham – Vice Chairman

Cllr Lyn Bryan Cllr Paul Crumpton

Cllr Barry Clark Cllr Max Gough

Cllr Jackie Gough Cllr John Watkins

Clerk: Rosie Clark 7 Parishioners and Parish Paths Officer.

1. Apologies for absence

Cllr Luci Watkins.

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

3. Approve the Minutes of Council meeting held on Monday 11th January 2016

Minutes were accepted and signed by the Vice Chairman.

4. Report from the Clerk on actions requested in the minutes dated Monday 11th January 2016, not covered elsewhere in the agenda – FOR INFORMATION ONLY
All items covered within the Agenda.

5. Update on minor road defects and other reported issues and agree actions.
The Locality Steward sent his apologies. Defects have been reported and Revells Lane culvert has been jetted. It was noted that two straps were in place across the M50 westbound slip road (towards Ross). Following discussion a number of defects were raised – Clerk to report.

6. Lengthsman’s Report and agree additional works required

Clerk had been unable to arrange a meeting between Landowner/Lengthsman. Meeting now arranged for Friday 12th February. Lengthsman advised to inspect grips and gullies and clear as required. It was agreed to suspend litter picking for the time being and concentrate on clearing grips and gullies and other routine/nominated tasks.

7. Review the Website & Transparency Grant

Councillors had reviewed the website prior to the meeting and it was agreed that it could be launched. Clerk to confirm that statistics on the number of times it was visited would be available and to add a link to planning applications. The costs of security & office software for the parish council laptop were discussed, depending on whether a 12 month or 5 year + office licence was purchased. It was agreed that Cllr Watkins would seek clarification and advise the Clerk. Expenditure against the Transparency Grant was circulated.

8. Financial Matters: approve payments, consider HALC subscription invoice and agree to complete expression of interest for Lengthsman and P3 Scheme for 2016/2017
IT WAS AGREED unanimously to pay the following invoices and cheques were duly signed.

Lengthsman (February) – £284

Clerk: Salary (February) (less tax) – £226.80

Expenses for February – £47.38

HITT (Website) – £105

R. Baker (PFO) – Footpaths – £523.55

Following discussion on the increase in the HALC subscription, Cllr Crumpton undertook to look at the benefits of membership and seek the views of parish councils that were not HALC members for further discussion at the next meeting. It was agreed to complete an expression of interest form for the Lengthsman and P3 Scheme for 2016/2017.

9. Planning applications including: P160211 – Land adjacent to Grape Cottage, Burrups Lane – Proposed

residential dwelling. Detailed information and plans not yet available on the planning website, an extension of time to comment requested.

P153678/F – Fairfields Bromsash – Proposed change of use of redundant barn to residential dwelling. The Chairman read out the parish council comments from previous planning applications by way of background. After detailed discussion and input from members of the public, the Chairman proposed a vote. The result was 4 objections (Cllrs Bryan, Clark, Downham and Foley), 1 in favour (Cllr M Gough) and 3 abstentions (Cllrs Crumpton, J Gough and J Watkins). It was therefore agreed that the parish council would object to the planning application, the Clerk to collate the comments from the meeting and email them for Cllrs approval prior to submitting to Herefordshire Planning. Agreed comments: Linton Parish Council strongly objects to this application for the following reasons:

· Highways Safety – the existing entrance onto the C road is not good. If an alternative entrance were allowed onto the B4224 it would be extremely dangerous.

· This is a small agricultural outbuilding in a poor condition; it has no particular architectural merit to suggest its retention for anything other than a storage facility. We believe it to be too small to provide reasonable two-storey accommodation. A similar application was refused in June 2005.

· The building shares part of its length with the model-engineering workshop of the adjacent property. The width of the building is a party wall with the garden wall of the adjacent property. The owner of this property has a large petrol log cutter and log store, a lathe and other large noisy machinery situated near and this could cause a noise/vibration problem to any occupants of the barn.

· Bromsash does not have a settlement boundary and this site is classed as agricultural land in open countryside.

· An application for a new access from this site onto the B4224 was refused in November 2012 on highway safety grounds and nothing has changed since that decision was taken.

P153686/F – Land opposite Laburnam Cottage Bromsash – Proposed 4 dwellings. Following further detailed discussion it was agreed that the parish council would object to the planning application, the Clerk to collate the comments from the meeting and email them for Cllrs approval prior to submitting to Herefordshire Planning. Agreed comments: Linton Parish Council strongly objects to this application for the following reasons:

· Highways Safety – although a 30 mph limit is in place vehicles do not observe it and there have been many near misses and accidents have occurred. The restricted vision and undulating road add to this problem. Highways do not appear to have considered all aspects of this access given their comments state that this road is relatively straight. The parish council considers it essential that further observations are made.

· The parish council believes this application would result in overdevelopment of the site.

· Bromsash has no facilities whatsoever – other than a post box.

· The potential archaeological importance of the site given the proximity to the Ariconium.

· An application for a new access from this site onto the B4224 was refused in November 2012 on highway safety grounds and nothing has changed since that decision was taken.

· There appears to be significant removal of existing hedgerow.

· Bromsash does not have a settlement boundary and this site is classed as agricultural land in open countryside.

· The provision of houses on this site would set a precedent for further development of adjacent land with the attendant safety and other issues.

We appreciate that Bromsash is not immune to housing development however this is not an appropriate site due to the safety concerns and particularly the proximity to the dangerous crossroads.

Notifications:

P153661/O – proposed residential development for 26 houses (10 affordable) on land situated between the B4221 and Lovers Walk, Gorsley – Refused

P143488 – Land adjacent Hartleton Farm, Bromsash – proposed erection of four dwellings. Appeal dismissed.

The Chairman read the call from Herefordshire Council for suitable land for sites for Gypsies and Travellers (extended to 14 February 2016) and also details of a Neighbourhood Planning seminar on 23rd February, the Chairman and Cllr Crumpton to attend.

10. Correspondence

As emailed to Cllrs.

11. Chairman’s Announcements
None

12. Councillors’ Submissions, including Village Events
None

13. Public Submissions

Concerns were raised about the brook at Warrens Pitch which appears blocked under the bridge. Safety concerns about the condition of the pavement alongside the B4221 from Hillcrest, which is broken up and in a bad state. Overgrown hedge at the bottom of Frowens Lane (opposite junction with Quarry Lane). Clerk to pass concerns to Locality Steward.

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

The meeting closed at 21.30pm