Parish Council Meeting: March 2005
Present: S. Bust; G. Herbert; A. Fraser; A. Paris; D Parish Apologies: I Sharman; N. Armstrong;
Matters Arising: Deferred
Halam House Farm proposed development plan was examined by the P. C. and the agent’s supporting letter was read out.
Open Meeting: About 45 members of the public attended. Issues were raised and comments made re proposed development.
Reconvened P.C. Meeting: Parish Cllr Ian Sharman’s letter supporting the planning application was read out.
The application was discussed at length. A proposal made to support the application was not seconded and so fell. A second proposal was made to write to the District Council objecting to the application along with detailed comments re the positive aspects of the proposed development, as well as issues of concern to the parish. This was passed 4 for, 1 against.
Acceptable/Positive aspects:- 1) Mix of size of properties 2) Barn conversion 3) Semi-detached properties 4) Demolition of existing bungalow 5) Removal of poplar trees 6) New entrance 7) Clear definition of edge of development
Areas of concern : - 1) Additional strain on existing problematic drains/sewage system 2) Possible further encroachment of development up the hill behind the proposed site – would like to see legal protection e.g. a 106 agreement to prevent this 3) Proposed Unit 4 is very close to road 4) Units 5 & 6 are very tall 5) Parking for the development is limited – especially for visitors/extra cars
Date of next meeting: Thursday 10 March at 7.30pm
Parish Council Meeting: 10 March 2005
Present: S Bust, G Herbert, N Armstrong (arrived later), A Fraser, A Paris & D Parrish
Apologies: I Sharman
1) Traffic calming:– ARP questioned the positioning of traffic survey points currently taking place. Agreed to raise with Mr Charnley at Open Parish Meeting.
2) Village Plan: Most copies have now been distributed; agreed that finance paperwork etc. should be passed to the Parish Clerk for archiving. Progress against the plan was reviewed. The plan is now available on Halam website at – www.halam.org.uk; the Parish Plan will be on future agendas for continuing review.
C.Cllr Andy Stewart reported that County Council accepts that Halam has a speeding problem – to be discussed with Mr Charnley. Community Projects: £300 received from Cllr Stewart towards a community notice board; Clerk is to investigate putting a free standing board either in front of the church or by the bench at the Turnpike crossroads. Suggestions re a location for a new notice board will be most welcome at the Open Parish Meeting.
Halam Footpath Group: On the group’s recommendation it was agreed to join the Parish Paths Partnership giving the parish more responsibility for maintenance of paths. The first step is for the group to survey all the footpaths in the village.
Litter in the Village: Mrs Herbert reported litter problems and thanked volunteers who have been picking up rubbish.
New Litter Bins: The Clerk to investigate putting new litter bins by the bench outside the church and by the bus stop against the school wall.
Social Committee: Further to the Parish Plan, Peter Thompson is arranging a meeting of those that expressed an interest in forming an events/social committee, Sunday March 20 th. P.C. representatives: Andrew Fraser & Di Parish.
Open Gardens Day: It was agreed that there would not be an open gardens day this year; consideration would be given to incorporating this in an inclusive village event for 2006.
Issues raised: 1) Halam Hill footpath;
2) Holbeck Cottage planning – both dealt with under planning.
Planning Decisions: Holbeck Cottage – the Appeal has been won and the owners have permission to build a two-storey extension to the rear of the house. The Parish Council agreed to write a letter to the Planning Inspectorate expressing their extreme disappointment at the decision – copies to N&S District Council and Paddy Tipping MP.
Footpath up Halam Hill – Sir John Starkey has won his appeal and now will not have to build the pathway. The Parish Council will investigate other possibilities e.g. County Council funding (Building Better Communities).
Finance: Resolved to pay: village hall cleaners; NALC subscriptions; Clerk’s wages; bus shelter cleaners; and retrospective payment for design for Village Plan. Parish Plan invoices – ARP declared a financial interest.
Items for next agenda: Parish Plan; Community Projects – notice board, litter bins; social committee
Date of Open Parish Meeting:- Thursday April 14th at 7.00pm followed by Parish Council Meeting
Date of Annual Parish Meeting:- Wednesday 11 May 7.30pm