Withington Group Parish Council
Extra Ordinary Meeting Held on Tuesday 12th February 2019
M I N U T E S
Present: Paul Bainbridge (PB), Alison Bainbridge (AB), John Baker (JB), Jonathan Beech (JB), Kevin Hewison (KH), Martin Kirk (MK), Bob Wood (BW), Steve Scotcher (SS); Ed Simcock (ES), Sue Rudd (SR);
Also: Sophie Glover (Clerk), Dave Greenow (Ward Councillor) and five members of the public (3 left after the planning element of the discussion) .
The Meeting opened at 7.30pm
1. To accept Apologies for absence – Ralph Barber (RB), Rachel Leake (RL). Jim Callow (JC), Tom Nellist (TN); Sarah Winwood (SW), Simon Dent (SD)
To receive Declaration of Interests.
2. Planning including :
190008 – Land off Veldo Lane, Withington
The chair has written to the planning officer explaining that there was a meeting this evening, and some comments would be sent to him following this. However, the expectation is that he will have a further consultation with us after he has received all of the further information that he has recently requested.
The Chair outlined the application to the meeting. He also commented that the Minton planning application was passed by the planning inspector. He said that the second application (this one) had no bearing upon his decision.
A member of the public voiced their concern about the sewage situation as it is at the moment, the feeling was that any additional development will have a negative impact on the infrastructure.
A second member of the public voiced the fact that there is no sign of the sewage pipe on any of the plans, she queried exactly where the mains lies in the Minton Field.
A third member of the public expressed his concerns about the additional vehicular pressure on Veldo Lane. He also indicated that lorries servicing the possible build would really struggle to access the site via the lane.
A question was raised as to the difference in approach to the previous planning officer and the current one. He questioned why the first officer was allowing the applicant to get planning with many details missing.
Cllr Greenow explained that planning applications can not be called to committee until all comments are in. Due to the conservation officers delay with his comments, cllr Greenow was unable bring it to committee. A parish councillor suggested that Ward Cllr Greenow did not support the parish council in their decisions – he explained how hard he often worked on the PC’s behalf, but he could not guarantee to get the outcome that the PC wanted.
The Chair had outlined a number of points that he had drafted in a response against the current planning application, he proposed circulating this response and the parish councillors agreed that once they had had a chance to read through the comments, they were minded to submit this as their official response.
There was a discussion as to how the Herefordshire Council was in regard to their 5 year housing supply, as it is their lack of future housing supply that seems to be the reason all of these developments are passed.
There was an update of where we were with our NDP, and the chair clarified that Reg 16 was now finished, the comments from this consultation will be sent to the PC for their attention. Once this is done the PC should be selecting an examiner for the plan. He was asked how much weight the plan carried at present, and the comment was made that for this planning application there was an outstanding complaint to the NDP putting Mintons Field in as a green barrier, so it is expected that we will need to look carefully at the comments from the consultation.
182752 – 1 the Wharf, Thinghill Lane, Cross Keys.
No further comment.
These applications have come in, but there are no details on the web site at the time of this meeting, so they were not discussed.
190339 – Land adjacent to the Old School House, Preston Wynne
190403 – 15 dwellings at the Old Pumping Station, Withington
Open forum for public comments:
3. Work to Withington War Memorial
JB explained that we had received 3 quotes for works to the memorial. He had downloaded an application form from the War Memorial Trust, and he needs to contact the ‘historic buildings’ officer at the council. It was resolved that the meeting was happy for him to push forward and continue applying for assistance towards getting the work done.
Proposed : Chair Seconded : KH
4. P3 scheme
It was moved to sign up for the scheme for next year.
Proposed: Chair Seconded: KH
Action: clerk to submit the paperwork.
5. Payment of invoices
Information Commissioners Office: £ 40.00
Village Hall Hire 2018 £ 72.00
Clerks Salary and expenses £526.80
Wiser Hosting (website domain) £ 66.00
Payment of invoices Proposed: MK Seconded: BW
KH explained that the MUGA electricity bill had not been paid, the clerk has not received the said invoice and it will be resent to her for payment asap.
6. Receive items for the next agenda (no discussion)
The two planning items from above whose details have not yet been put on the website, how the council address the flouting of planning conditions.
The meeting closed at 8.30pm