Minutes Extra-Ordinary Meeting 1st June 2016

Minutes of the Extra-Ordinary Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 1st June 2016 in Stoke Lacy Village Hall at 7.30pm

Present:
Councillor Neil Walters (Chairman); Councillors Clifford Bufton, Janet Ivison and John Westwood
In attendance
Mrs Alma Westwood (Clerk)
Ward Councillor Jonathan Lester; 20 members of the public

1/16 To receive and accept APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Councillor Anne Reece
Mrs Chris McNaught; accepted.

2/16 To receive DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST on Agenda item
Councillors Janet Ivison and John Westwood made declarations of non-pecuniary interests (Non-DPI) as members of Stoke Lacy Village Hall Committee.
The Clerk declared the Parish Council was not quorate as two of the four members present were unable to vote. This meant that the planning application could be discussed but that no vote could be taken, but the Parish Council could advise the Clerk as to its feelings on the matter, noting that Councillor Reece had emailed Councillors and the Clerk as to her feelings.

3/16 To discuss revised PLANNING APPLICATION 160014: Land adjacent to Stoke Lacy Village Hall, HR7 4NG: Proposed erection of 12 new dwellings including 2 affordable houses, new vehicular access and associated works, together with the gift of land to the Village Hall; on behalf of Mr N Symonds
The Chairman put the application in context, then invited members of the public to speak on this matter.
Various concerns were raised, to which Ward Councillor Lester was invited to respond, inter alia:
Whether the Newlands consent could be appealed. Councillor Lester said it could not.
Stoke Cross was bearing the brunt of the 15% development for Stoke Lacy/Stoke Cross: because the centre of Stoke Lacy was a conservation area.
i. It was key that everyone contacted Herefordshire Planning Dept with their
views on the revised application even if they had responded to the previous
one.
ii. If the Planning Officer was minded to approve the plan, Ward Councillor Lester
would ask that it went before the Planning Committee. Representatives would
then be given the opportunity to speak in favour or against the scheme.
A show of hands from members of the public present indicated: FOR: 1; AGAINST: 15; ABSTAINED: 4

After discussion with Councillors, the Chairman then asked Councillors for a show of hands of those not having declared an interest (2): FOR: 0; AGAINST: 1; ABSTAINED: 1 Councillor Reece had expressed her concerns in her email of apology and was AGAINST.
The Clerk was asked to write to Herefordshire Council Planning Department with the Parish Council’s views
(see the Parish Council’s letter to the Planning Officer as published on Stoke Lacy website in February 2016 and its letter in response to this revised application published on the website in June 2016)).
DATES OF FUTURE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS to May 2017
(all Wednesdays at 7.30pm)
13th July; 14th September; 9th November (set Precept); 2017: 11th January; 8th March;
Annual Meetings: 10th May 2017, Parish Meeting at 7.30pm; Parish Council Meeting at 8pm

The meeting closed at 8.17pm.