Minutes Extra-Ordinary Meeting 10th August 2015

Minutes of the Extra-Ordinary Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 10th August 2015 in Stoke Lacy Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Present: Councillors Neil Walters (Chairman), Janet Ivison, Anne Reece, John Westwood

In attendance: Mrs Alma Westwood (Clerk); Ward Councillor Jonathan Lester; 26 members of the public.

1/15 APOLOGIES were received from Councillor Clifford Bufton. Apologies accepted.
Apologies were also received from Mr Gary Parker and Mrs Bridget Mackereth.

2/15 TO ACCEPT DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST on Agenda items
No declarations were made.

3/15 To discuss PLANNING APPLICATION P151937/0: Proposed erection of 28 houses at Newlands, Stoke Lacy, HR7 4HE
The Chairman invited members of the public to participate, through the Chair. Various questions were raised including:
1 What planning rules were currently in place?
Ward Councillor Lester replied that the new Local Plan Core Strategy was due to be adopted at the end of September 2015 and would replace the old UDP and the LPCS was now the document from which Herefordshire Council was working. Stoke Lacy would be seen as a sustainable location to maintain sustainable growth, in line with the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework).
2 Various queries were raised concerning what constituted ‘sustainable’ and ‘proportionate’ growth.
Discussion ensued.
3 Concern was expressed that the number of 4 and 5 bed houses was too large a proportion of the proposed development; more 2 and 3 bed houses were required.
4 Members of the public felt that clarification was required as to where Herefordshire Council got its statistics from. Various queries were raised about proportionate growth and density and whether this proposal was proportionate for this village, which objectors felt it was not.

4 Concerns were raised over the proposed hedge and ditch.

Discussion ensued, with members of the public being advised to contact Herefordshire Council Planning Department direct with their comments. Ward Councillor Lester also advised that spokesmen for the Parish Council and members of the public would be given three minutes each to speak at the planning meeting if they so wished.

After further discussion, Parish Councillors RESOLVED that they would make the following response to Herefordshire Council:
‘Whilst the Parish Council is not against this application in principle it wishes to raise the following points for consideration:

  • Although Stoke Lacy requires new houses, and in particular affordable/starter homes for our community, in the Parish Council’s opinion the current proposal represents an overdevelopment of this site
  • The proposed development will have negative impact on houses in the immediate locality
  • Whilst the village has a public house, a village hall and a church, there is no general shop or village school and the bus service has recently been reduced’

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.40pm.

Dates of next meetings: – all Wednesdays at 7.30pm in Stoke Lacy Village Hall:
9th Sept (discuss precept); 11th Nov; (set precept); 2016: 13th Jan; 9th March
Annual meetings: 11th May 2016 at 7pm; Annual Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm.