HOOK NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF HOOK NORTON PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE MEMORIAL HALL ON THURSDAY 12 JULY 2012 at 7.30pm
Present: Councillors: Shepley- Cuthbert, Kane, Hicks, Usher, Cooke, Mrs Watts (Parish Clerk) and three members of the public
Apologies for Absence
Cllrs Hayward, Millar, Brotherston, Leader, Casson and County Cllr Jelf
Cllr Shepley- Cuthbert reported that a bench commemorating Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee had been ordered.
Minutes of Previous Meeting held on 14 June 2012 and Matters Arising
It was proposed by Cllr Hicks and seconded by Cllr Kane that the minutes of the previous meeting on 14 June 2012 be accepted as a true and accurate record and this was passed unanimously.
Declarations of Interest
Cllr Usher declared an interest in planning applications at 13 Beanacre and 2 Round Close. Cllr Shepley- Cuthbert declared an interest in a planning application at Badger Farm, Cow Lane, Swerford.
Code of Conduct – Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPI)
This Regulation was published by Cherwell District Council on 8 June 2012. Members are required to complete a Declaration of Members’ Interests (DPI) form. This covers the disposable pecuniary interests of a Councillor and their spouse/civil partner/co-habitee. Deadline for returning to Cherwell DC is 31 July 2012. Failure to disclose is a criminal offence. Forms to be returned in the first instance to the Parish Clerk. A DPI Register will be published on the Cherwell District Council website and must be published on the Parish Council website.
Report of the Planning Co-Ordinator on Planning Applications Received
Three planning applications and a TCA had been received during the month; Cllrs had no objections to any of these. Cherwell District Council granted a 5-Day Notice on 6 July to fell a T1 unspecified tree on grounds of safety at 2 The Green. Cherwell District Council had granted four planning applications and refused one at Spring Barn, Berryfield Farm. Oxfordshire County Council had granted one planning application at Hook Norton Primary School.
To Invite Members of the Public to Comment on Planning Applications
There were no comments from the member of the public attending.
Reports of Working Groups
Recreation In the absence of Cllrs on the Working Group there was nothing to report.
Cemeteries and Allotments
Hook Norton Memorial Hall Cllr Kane read Cllr Brotherston’s written report:
Report on District Council Matters
In the absence of District Cllr Irvine there was nothing to report.
Report on County Council Matters
The Clerk reported that County Cllr Jelf had telephoned her to say that there was nothing to report to the meeting.
Finance/Schedule of Receipts and Payments for Authorisation by the Council
The Clerk presented the schedules of receipts and payments and sought approval to pay the cheques itemised on the schedules totalling £6,600.39 for the Parish Council and £468.02 for the Memorial Hall. Cllr Shepley- Cuthbert moved acceptance of the payments detailed, this was seconded by Cllr Hicks and approved unanimously.
Proposed Bourne Lane Development
This application was due to be considered by CDC’s Planning Committee on 21st June, with CDC Planning Officers recommending it be approved. Approximately 100 people from the village attended Bodicote House unaware that the application had been deferred at the last minute thanks to a letter from Sir Tony Baldry querying CDC’s position on the five year land supply, to lobbying by District Cllr Irvine and the appeal decision received that week on a greenfield site in Adderbury. The Parish Council thanks those members of the public who attended Bodicote House, those people who have put so much time and effort into helping Cllrs produce a concise argument against the application and those who successfully publicised the proposed planning meeting around the village
Cllrs Kane and Cooke have carried out further work since then, with two motivated residents pointing out the numerous “deficiencies” in CDC’s recommendations. The PC also has the benefit of the expertise of a retired planning barrister, for which it is also grateful.
Areas under discussion:
Stanton Engineering Site
Cllr Cooke reported that A C Lloyd Ltd has revised its plans for the site. Three houses have been taken out including two plots (5 & 31) which residents and the PC had specifically objected to. They have made minor changes to the layout and reduced the height of some properties by about 1 metre. Planners have indicated that some trees running alongside Austin’s Way, which residents had asked to be felled, must remain. The Consultants believe that the revised plans will be considered by CDC Planning Committee on 16 August.
Cllr Kane proposed that Cllr Cooke write to CDC stating that the PC would not object to the revised plans since they met most of the needs of those residents who had attended the public meetings. This motion was seconded by Cllr Hicks and unanimously approve.
To Invite Questions and Comments from Members of the Public
A member of the public said that his garden backed on to the graveyard and he was concerned that the current allocation of plots might soon move on to unconsecrated ground. Cllr Usher will contact Reverend Ackerman immediately to ascertain which areas of land are consecrated and which areas, if any, are not.
The hand-drier in the gentlemen’s’ lavatory in the Memorial Hall is not working properly. Cllr Brotherston to address this issue.
Date and Time of Next Meeting
There being no Parish Council Meeting in August, the next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday, 13 September 2012 in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.
There being no further business the Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the public meeting at 8.25pm