MINUTES OF COMPTON MARTIN PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON 9TH JANUARY 2017 AT 7.00 P.M.
IN COMPTON MARTIN VILLAGE HALL
Councillor R Chapman (RCh)
Councillor C Craig (CC) (Vice Chairman)
Councillor J Halling-Brown (JHB)
Councillor Dr AA Palmer (AAP) (Chairman)
Councillor E Taylor (ET)
Councillor K Moore (KM)
District Councillor V Pritchard
Jane Griffiths – Clerk
3 members of the public
1. To receive and accept apologies for absence
· Councillor Jurkiw was unable to attend due to work commitments.
2. Receive comments from the public
· Clarification was requested regarding the B&NES planning decisions
3. Receive declarations of interest in the agenda
· None received
4. To approve and sign the minutes of the previous meetings
· It was proposed and seconded that the Minutes of the 12 December 2016 be approved and signed. All in favour.
5. Clerk’s Report
· B&NES Precept Requirements for 2017/18
It was proposed and seconded that the following payment be confirmed. All in favour.
Cheque No or Standing Order
Cheque signed by
Payee and Description
E Griffiths – Net Salary
6. The Parish Precept for 2017/18
The Budget for 2017/18 was agreed in December 2016.
The Parish Precept was discussed and it was proposed and seconded that the Precept Requirements for 2017/18 was £14,000, made up as follows:
Parish Precept - £13,790
Local Council Tax Support Scheme Grant - £ 210
All in favour.
7. The Village Pump and the Fingerpost Sign
· To receive an update on the arrangements for the refurbishment of the Village Pump and Fingerpost Sign.
The Village Pump – The Clerk confirmed that work will commence on the village pump with immediate effect.
The Fingerpost Sign – The Highways Team have arranged to meet with the Highways Inspector regarding the possible moving of the fingerpost sign once refurbishment has taken place. Councillor Chapman confirmed he had spoken with the landowner.
8. Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan
· To receive an update from the CVNP Representatives for Compton Martin Parish Council and date of the Referendum.
The Referendum will take place on February 16th 2017. A Banner for Compton Martin had been received, and leaflets will follow shortly.
9. Planning Applications
1 To consider and comment on the following B&NES Planning Decisions received:
a) 16/05614/TCA – Ivy Cottage, Rectory Lane. Tree Works – NO OBJECTION
b) 16/0553/FUL – 18 Mendip Villas. Erection of two storey side extension – PENDING CONSIDERATION
c) 16/05378/FUL – Bryony Cottage, The Coombe, Erection of decking platform (retrospective) – PENDING CONSIDERATION
d) 16/05191/FUL - Feltham Lodge, The Coombe, Erection of a New Detached Garage – APPLICATION WITHDRAWN
e) 16/04728/FUL - Parsons Hill, Rectory Lane – Replacement of the pergola with open fronted garden room and roof – APPLICATION PERMITTED
f) 16/042729/LBA – Parson Hill, Rectory Lane – External Alterations for the replacement of the pergola with open fronted garden room and roof replacement - CONSENT
2. To receive a report from the Planning Working Party and consider their recommendations regarding the following Planning Applications
a) 16/05668/FUL – The Old Rectory, Dewdown, Nempnett Thrubwell – Erection of an agricultural storage barn (Resubmission)
It was proposed and seconded that the Parish Council Object in principle to this Planning Application and the comments, attached to these minutes be sent to B&NES. All in favour.
10. To receive Updates from Working Parties
1. Combe View and The Batch
Nothing to report at this stage
2. The Pond
Nothing to report at this stage
Some potholes were reported and a request for a stop sign at the junction at the top of The Wrangle will be discussed with the Highways Inspector when the Highways Team meet with him.
4. Broadband Working Party
Four of the six areas in the second phase have been allocated. Compton Martin is one of the two areas that has not been allocated. It is hoped to receive further information shortly.
5. Footpath Working Party
The inaugural meeting of the Footpath Working Party will take place on the 11 January 2017. Further information at the February meeting.
11. To receive reports from Councillors who have attended outside meetings and dates of future outside meetings.
No meetings have taken place
12. To receive an update from District Councillor Victor Pritchard
13. Future Dates of Meetings
13th February 2017 – Compton Martin Village Hall – 7.00 p.m.
COMPTON MARTIN PARISH COUNCIL
Chairman: Dr Axel Palmer LLM PhD FRSA
Clerk: Jane Griffiths
9 January 2017
The Old Mill,
Mill Lane, Compton Martin
Bristol, BS40 6NA
Tel: 01761 221702
The Old Rectory, Dewdown, Nempnett Thrubwell, Bristol, Bath And North East Somerset, BS40 8YQ
Erection of an agricultural storage barn (resubmission)
Application reference: 16/05668/FUL
Compton Martin Parish Council, having just become aware of this application, and OBJECTS IN PRINCIPLE.
Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan.
The draft Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan, which covers the seven parishes around Chew Valley, was submitted to Bath & North East Somerset Council on 19 July 2016. This is in accordance with the Localism Act 2011. The Bath and North East Somerset Planning Department should consider applications in light of the Plan.
The following areas of the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan will assist the Planning Department:
‘HDE1-V1and V2 Characteristics that Reinforce Countryside Character within the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan Area’ provide visual landscape character summary of the area covered by the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan. They particularly indicate the visual importance regarding field patterns, proportions, landscape setting, natural boundary treatments, trees, settlement positions and much more.
In the CVNP household survey 84.9% agreed with the statement that ‘the green spaces and views are one of the main attractions of living in my village’.
Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan Policy HDE2
The Neighbourhood Plan will support planning applications that conserve the settlement character, including scale, materials and density.
Visual impact is also of importance regarding the Mendip Hills AONB. AONBs are designated solely for their landscape qualities, and designation under the provisions of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the countryside Act is to secure their permanent protection against development that would damage their special qualities.
Long Views can be found on pages 21-24 of the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan as can Policy HDE3 – Important Views – The Neighbourhood Plan will support planning applications that are sensitive to the importance of views in, out and around the Chew Valley and which protect and preserve those views.
Compton Martin Parish Council accepts that this resubmission is for a smaller barn and that it has been re-sited. Compton Martin Parish Council shares the views of Ubley Parish Council with regards the Design and Access Statement which states that the barn “in time will be an acceptable feature” in this location. It continues to be adjacent to a Listed Building, in Green Belt, sitting on the northern boundary of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The site is visually prominent, overlooking the Mendip Hills to the South. It can be seen from the Mendip escarpment and the Chew Valley.
Compton Martin Parish Council has taken note of, and is in strong agreement with, the most recent comments (and helpful photographs) of Ubley Parish Council.
Nempnett Thrubwell Parish Council’s comments that they are pleased that the new application is much reduced in size and so will visually fit better in the field are also noted
The mass, size, height and scale of the revised proposed development continues to represent a considerable intrusion into the landscape.
Policy NE1 states Development which does not either conserve or enhance the character and local distinctiveness of the landscape will not be permitted.
Policy NE5 states Development in the Forest of Avon, as shown on the proposals map will only be permitted where it:
- Respects the existing and developing woodland setting. And
- Does not conflict with the objectives of the forest plan and had regard to its aims in the layout of development, including landscaping.
The Parish Council would also direct the attention of the Planning Department to Policies: BH2, GB1, GB2, D2, D4, HG15.
Site Location Plan
The site location plan exhibits the same features as that supplied with 10/04076/FUL
on 21 September 2010. It does not show subsequent changes. Given that the Delegated Report on 10/04076/FUL states the application for ‘erection of a building, which incorporates a garage, stables and ancillary space’ which entailed the demolition of three outbuildings, which were spread about the site, it does appear that the location plan does not provide a true reflection of the current site usage. This is not helpful.
The Parish Council refers the Planning Department to the Delegated Report (Tessa Hampden) on the last application 10/04076/FUL. That report referred to a 2007 application to increase the size of listed building by 20% which in 2010 became a 40% increase. The justification for exceeding guidelines was that removal of a garage would enhance the setting of the listed building.
The Report referred to the Supplemental Planning Document making it clear that ‘the character of the dwelling and its surroundings need to be considered. The justification for approval was predicated on the removal of three buildings to ‘increase the openness of the Green Belt.’
Compton Martin Parish Council considers that the proposed development continues to be totally out of keeping with the principles of the Green Belt, AONB and Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan. The site, including a Listed Building, has been subject to considerable development and is already in excess of SPD guidelines. Compton Martin Parish Council has reviewed the application against the yardstick of Bath and North East Somerset Policies and refer the Planning Department to policies: BH2, GB1, GB2, D2, D4, HG15, NE5.
For the avoidance of doubt, Compton Martin Parish Council strongly OBJECT IN PRINCIPLE to this resubmission of the above planning application.