Council Minutes - July 2015



Meeting held on 1st July 2015 at the Halford Bridge Inn at 7.30 p.m.
Meeting closed 8.45 p.m.
Cllrs Gale (Chair), Abernethy, Alexander and Smethurst-Mcintyre
SDC Cllr Philip Seccombe
Clerk: Karen Parnell
Nine members of the public were present

All councillors completed the declaration of acceptance of office and notification of financial interests subsequent to the 18th June parish council election

Apologies: Cllr Bannister and WCC Cllr Izzi Seccombe

1. Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman
Cllr Nick Gale was appointed Chairman
Proposed Cllr Abernethy Seconded Cllr Smethhurst-Mcintyre

The appointment of Vice- Chairman deferred to September PC meeting

2. Declaration of Interests Councillors are asked to declare personal interests in any items on the agenda. Councillors are reminded that the code of conduct that took effect from September 2012 provides that should they have a prejudicial interest in any matter under discussion, they should withdraw from the room and not seek to influence a decision about the matter.

3. Approval of minutes of meeting held on the 13th May 2015
Minutes having been circulated were confirmed as an accurate record of the meeting held in May 2015 and were duly signed as such.

4. Democratic 15 minutes
It was questioned what is happening with regard to the Bowls Club benches: These are awaiting refurbishment before relocation which Cllr Alexander will progress.

The Cala Homes proposed development of 28 homes caused much concern and discussion. Drainage and sewage leading to pollution of the stream or river caused concern as did an ill-informed wildlife survey but these were not deemed to be planning reasons for objection to the plans.
Size and scale of the development, highway issues and flooding are among valid reasons for objection.
Cllr Philip Seccombe has already objected to the proposals on a number of grounds.
A working party will meet and look at the plans in full.
As many unique and individual objections from residents to the application with strengthen the case for refusal.
The application will go before SDC Planning Committee and the PC will submit its response by the deadline of 17/07/2015.

It was felt Halford was being regarded as a Local Service Village by the developer and in the emerging SDC Draft Core Strategy it is indeed referred to as such however this is still a draft document and absolutely no consultation whatsoever has taken place on the change of status of Halford between the PC and SDC which caused much consternation among residents.
Paul Lankester as Head of Planning Policy at SDC will be informed of what was felt to be extremely bad practice as well as a legitimate reason to object to the current planning application for 28 homes as this is not currently a LSV.
It was noted that 70% of the core strategy has been declared sound and the document is gathering weight.

Halford Planning Guidance was discussed and it was noted the Village Design Statement of 1999 is a good document which is relevant to date.
It was questioned if further planning documentation should be enabled but this will be discussed outside of a PC meeting.

The Community Asset status of the Bowls Club was explained: This delays the completion of sale of the site for a period of six months.

5. Matters arising and new matters

A) Drainage, highway Issues and village maintenance - Progress Report
Mill Lane drainage is an issue which is being followed up with Severn Trent.
Queen Street will be closed temporarily for rectification of drainage.

B) Traffic Calming
Ongoing: No new matters to report.

C) Play area equipment for young children
Catalogues of play equipment were made available for consideration.

D) Bowling Green Site
There was much discussion on community ownership and possible future use of the site.
The PC felt the cost and financial process involved prohibitive and so will not be funding the project. The PC supports a village effort to obtain the site.

6. Planning
Application(s) reference: 15/01369/OUT
Proposed : Outline application with all matters reserved except access for the erection of one new dwelling
At : Folly Lodge , Idlicote Road, Halford, Warwickshire CV36 5DG
For : Mr M Soloman Granted

Application(s) reference: 15/02108/FUL
Proposed : Erection of 28 dwellings and associated infrastructure works including sustainable drainage works and equipped play area with access off Idlicote Road.
At : Land North Of Idlicote Road, Halford, Warwickshire, CV36 5DE
For : Mr Mark Gay Cllrs will meet to discuss a formal response.

Application(s) reference: 15/02138/COUQ
Proposed : Notification of change of use of agricultural building to a dwelling house within Use Class C3 (1 dwelling of 170 square metres), with building operations reasonably necessary to convert the building including replacement windows, door, roof and provision of services (Class Q a and b) (re-submission of refused application 14/03501/COUMB).
At : Blackberry Farm, Halford, Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 5DL
For : Mr And Mrs Hopkins

7. Finance
009 Karen Parnell 384.00 (Salary) 010 26.00 (Expenses) 011 Japonica Pride Limited 49.00 012 St Mary's Church Halford PCC 250.00 013 Japonica Pride Limited 49.00

8. Correspondence
Bank Mandate distributed

9. Date of next meeting: 2nd September 2015 (Same venue)

Meeting closed: 8.45pm

Signed: Nick Gale Chairman on 9th September 2015