Parish Council Meeting, September Summary
The Parish Council met on Thursday, 1st September 2016. I wasn’t there in person, but arranged for someone to take brief notes. As ever, I apologise in advance for any omissions and am more than happy to reply to comments.
Councillors Pfleger, Dodge, Sharp, Hearn and Kayani attended. Apologies received from Councillors Vernon Montgomery, Andrew Harris, Dean Cobb, and Robert Baggs.
Councillor Pfleger chaired, in Councillor Harris’ absence.
Questions from the public
A resident made a number of comments in respect of the draft application for the designation of the parish of Lydiard Millicent as a new neighbourhood plan area. These included—
- Is there a chance to review the Parish Application Draft before it will be submitted?
- The PC is positioned in North West Wiltshire and not North East.
- Nothing has been mentioned in there about the Millennium Trail- will it persist or not? Would it add more bearing?
They said they hoped that the application would be discussed this evening and then promptly submitted.
A member of the public asked about the state of the blocked drains bear the Butts.
Main issues covered in the formal meeting
The neighbourhood plan
The Parish Council must submit a request to Wiltshire Council for the designation of the revised area to be covered by the neighbourhood plan now that Lydiard is no longer part of the New V group. This is a formal document.
The main issues covered include—
- planning to protect and enhance the distinct character and identity of the parish,
- to ensure Public Open Spaces remain,
- to consider sites for modest housing developments, which meets local needs; small developments, residents downsizing, additional employment opportunities, to support the rural community and community facilities,
- for public car parking in the parish to be improved.
The neighbourhood plan can only cover the area that the area designation order relates to.
It was felt by some that there was inconsistency in the draft area designation statement, and elsewhere over terminology. For example, the draft statement describes Lydiard as a village, rather than referring to the civil parish. All references should be to the civil parish. It is important that it covers the whole of the parish.
The plan must be in agreement with Wiltshire’s Core Policy, and clarification is to be sought on what is meant by infill in the context of small villages, which Lydiard Millicent is classified as.
All councillors voted in favour of the designation of Lydiard Millicent Civil Parish as the area for the designation order, and to be covered by the neighbourhood plan. Application for formal designation is to be made very shortly.
Councillors also discussed the setting up of a steering group, which will form the plan, manage consultation and present it to Wiltshire Council. Terms of Reference are to be agreed between the Council’s current Working Group and the new Steering Group. The existing working group is to set up these terms of reference.
Councillors and residents were invited to apply to join the steering group.
Yellow lines from the Church to the Beeches
With the Car Park project not progressing as originally planned, it was now felt that there could be potential issues associated with the proposed yellow lines. Whilst still being in favour of parking restrictions, it was suggested that a single yellow line should be introduced to allow parking after 5pm. Council and school to be included in further discussions.
Cheaper alternatives to the original car park plans were considered. It was mooted that it may be possible to park on the community field without the extensive car park works originally proposed. The use of Netpave 25 (grid paving system) had previously been dismissed due to its insufficient weight bearing capacities, but Councillor Pfleger will get some local contractor to look into this further informally.
There were no Planning Application determinations released by Wiltshire Council for this month.
On current applications-
The Council objected to Taylor Wimpey’s application to build 48 houses off Tewkesbury way. This was contrary to Wiltshire’s Core Policy, would spoil the historic setting of Lydiard House, Church and the Park, and it was too early in relation to the draft neighbourhood plan. There were also concerns over flooding.
The Council maintains its objection to planning application Y3940/W/16/3154507, relating to land off the Mews, for four additional dwellings, and in respect of which Custom Land have now lodged an appeal. A separate meeting is set for next week to discuss this further.
This meeting is now set for Thursday 8th September, at 7.30pm in the Jubilee Club House, and is open to the public.
The council had no objections to the following—
16/07095/OUT – Wood Lane Nursery, Wood Lane, Braydon Demolition of existing buildings and glass houses & erection of single dwelling (outline application for access and layout only)
16/07970/FUL – Application for another Industrial Unit to be located at Bagbury Industrial Park.
Historic England are assessing war memorials as part of a commemoration and listing project, and had written to the Council.
The Council had no objection as this was nothing to do with the Parish Council.
Expansion of Parish Office
It was agreed that the clerk would now use the office at the Jubilee Club House as her main place of work, rather than home. Desk and chair to be purchased from charity shop. Laptop or desktop purchase to be discussed further at next meeting.
The Chairman had attended a meeting at the school, but there was nothing to report back on.
The Council is working on a staff and media policy.