Minutes Extraordinary meeting 10th March 2017

Extraordinary meeting on Friday 10th March 2017 6pm in Lyde Church


Present: Alan Paske (chair), Brian Joy (vice-chair), Maurice Taylor, Sally Robertson

In Attendance: Hazel Philpotts (parish clerk), 8 parishioners

1. Apologies for absence: received from Ward Councillor Pauline Crockett

2. Declarations of interest and written requests for Disclosable Pecuniary Interest dispensations: none

3. Minutes of the last meeting 9th February 2016: accepted and adopted, signed by the chair (proposed by BJ seconded by SR)

4. Public participation 8 parishioners in attendance, a number of concerns regarding the planning application detailed below were outlined, including boundary issues, traffic and safety in the lane, and the effect on the brook if another property has a run-off to it. Residents were also very unhappy that the paddock has been cleared, trees and hedges removed and boundary lines encroached upon.

5. Planning: consider and agree response to planning application 170465, land adjacent to Holly Brook Cottage, Lyde (proposed bungalow and garage with access) (SR proposed objecting, seconded by BJ agreed unanimously) clerk to submit the following objection to Herefordshire Council:

The very narrow drive (originally a hedge removed by the applicant several years ago) giving access to the property is of concern as it would appear to be insufficient for emergency vehicles to get close to the property in the event of a fire etc., which could endanger residents and affect neighbouring properties (contrary to Policy MT1).
Visibility at the point of access will be very restricted, and could be a safety issue to vehicles exiting the property and in the lane.
Delivery and constructions traffic accessing the site is very likely to cause considerable inconvenience to local properties.
Type of sewerage and foul water disposal is of concern as the brook is not capable of taking another run off outlet.

The parish council does not consider the proposal to be sustainable and does not conform to Core Strategy policies SS4 and SS7, nor does it fit with the objective of the NPPF to guide development to sustainable locations. There are no local services to support another dwelling, no village shop, no school, no community centre, no mains drainage, and an infrequent bus service. Occupants of the site will be completely reliant on car use.

An increase in density of housing in this small part of a rural village and and the number of access points to this short stretch of a very narrow lane is unacceptable.
It is disappointing to the local residents that the site has been substantially cleared immediately before the submission of a planning application; a number of trees and hedges have been removed and wildlife habitat within the paddock lost.

The parish council also understands that boundaries shown on the application are disputed. Prior to the application the paddock was cleared by a contractor who removed hedges which belonged to neighbours and encroached onto neighbouring properties. Boundary lines as shown on the planning application are disputed by at least two neighbours; a WPD electricity pole on one property for which the owner receives a wayleave payment is now shown within the proposed development plot.

6. Items for next agenda: SR to report on updated guidelines for responding to planning consultation.

7. Date of next meeting: 9th May 2017 to include annual meetings.