Buckland Brewer Parish Council meeting Wednesday 23 July 2014
Members Present Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr George Heywood, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson.
Also in attendance 6 members of the public and Cllr. Robin Julian
Parish Clerk Patrick Blosse
1244 Apologies for Absence Barbara Babb and Kate Slocombe
1245 Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council on 9 July 2014: The minutes of the meeting held on 9 July 2014 were confirmed and signed.
1246 Declarations of Interest George Heywood re item 1250 (i), Batson planning application and 1250(vi), Draft Local Plan consultation.
1247 Public Participation Brian Chapple explained that there might be some misunderstanding about the plans being discussed this evening for the replacement of agricultural buildings with three residential dwellings at Meadow Park inasmuch as the vehicle entrance to the new buildings would be via Meadow Park through Orleigh Close and not via Northwood Lane as might have been interpreted from the plans.
1248 Thornhillhead Moor: To seek authorisation of payment for fencing works. An invoice from Stop Gap Fencing for £6,098.05 + VAT was approved in respect of fencing works. Reimbursement had already been received from the Rural Protection Agency. An invoice from Robert Hicks & Co. for £5.80 + VAT for screws and timber was also approved. In reply to an enquiry from George Heywood the clerk explained that the £1,000 that had been held back from the contractors had yet been released. He would ask Claire McIntosh about progress with the spot spraying.
1249 Fields and Allotments Tenancy Review: There was a general discussion about the expectations of a review of rents and future tenancy arrangements and the following over-arching principals were agreed:
- Field and allotment tenants should be required to lodge a deposit to cover potential reinstatement costs, which would be repayable at the conclusion of a tenancy unless required to be withheld to meet costs
- Responsibilities for fixtures and fittings such as gates, fences etc. and for hedge trimmings should be clarified
- Written records (supported by photographs) should be kept to identify original conditions
- Any changes identified by the review would apply to new tenancies only
It was agreed that a small working party would be established to discuss the details and that the group should report back by the October meeting, with a view to implementing any changes by March 2015. The group will comprise Trevor Mills, George Heywood and Andrew Hewitt, supported by the Parish Clerk. Trevor Mills is to arrange the meetings.
(i) 1/0565/2014/COU – Batsons, Change of use from shop to part of existing dwelling – Supported
(ii) 1/0680/2014/AGRPD – Meadow Park, Orleigh Close, Proposed conversion of existing agricultural buildings to create 3 dwellings. Jim Lowe tabled guidelines that had been issued by Torridge District Council relating to the conversion on agricultural buildings to dwellings. It was generally agreed that they were contradictory and vague but that they specifically permitted the conversion of all barns, including Dutch barns and non-standard construction buildings. George Heywood said that he could support the application if it was within the current legal specifications and if there was no agricultural tie. Andrew Hewitt was concerned about more traffic coming through Orleigh Close. Jim Lowe was inclined not to support the application because it appeared more like a new build than a conversion. Specific details about the materials to be used and the designs were not available due to the fact that this was an outline application. Following further discussion and two failed motions the following motion was agreed by 3 votes FOR and 2 votes AGAINST with 1 ABSTENTION: That the application would be supported with the caveats that there were no agricultural ties in place, that the application met all the current legal limitations on developments of this nature and that vehicle access would be limited to Orleigh Close.
(iii) 1/0602/2014/FUL – 2 Hillpark, Erection of conservatory on rear (east) elevation – Supported
(iv) 1/0801/2013/FUL – Land at Tuttsclump Farm, Parkham, Proposed siting of wind turbine – Appeal start date 9 July 2014 – Noted
(v) Following a discussion it was noted that no amendments had been made to Buckland Brewer’s element of the draft plan since the last consultation and it was agreed unanimously that the Clerk would resubmit the last letter to the Planning Department setting out the Parish Council’s dissatisfaction. It was noted that the field referred to in the Buckland Brewer submission as ‘Cock Pheasant’ (plot 1) should have been called ‘Higher Turnaway’ and that the clerk would highlight this to the Planning Department.
1251 Urgent Payment Request: The Council approved a payment of £35 for a memorial wreath for the Poppy Appeal that was required by 1 August 2014.
Date of Next Meeting:
Wednesday 13 August 2014 (School Hall)(8:00pm)
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 9:05 pm.