Present: Mr D Purnell (Chairman).

Mr K Brown; Mrs J Burton; Mr S Hale; Mr K Larkin; Mr D Palmer & Mr L Smitherman.

The Clerk: Mr R Symons.

There was one member of the public present for the Meeting.

The Chairman opened the Parish Council Meeting at 8.50 pm.

  1. The Chairman invited apologies. Apologies were received and accepted from District Councillors Mrs J Cordwell & Mr P Smith; & County Councillor Dr J Cordwell.

  2. Declaration of Interests. The Chairman invited members to declare any Interests relating to this Meeting. There were no Declarations of Interest.

  3. The Council approved and signed the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 3 March 2014, as a true record. The Minutes of the March Ordinary Meeting had previously been distributed to all members and displayed on the public notice boards and the website. All members agreed the Minutes should be signed, as a true and accurate record. The Minutes were duly signed by the Chairman.

  1. The Council noted matters arising from the Minutes, not covered by agenda items. The Clerk referred to his Update Note, which had been issued prior to the Meeting. He advised that:

  1. The Chairman closed the Meeting for Public Discussion and Questions.

There being no questions from members of the public, the Chairman re-opened the Meeting.

  1. The Council had received four planning applications for their comments. Following full discussions of each application the Council decided to make the following comments:

The field in which these structures would be placed lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This application is therefore contrary to the NPPF. The proposed poly tunnels clearly do not meet the requirement at para. 28 which states that new buildings need to be "well designed". In the Council's opinion the proposed poly tunnels can in no way be described as well designed; and evidently they would be visually intrusive from many parts of the AONB. They would be detrimental to landscape and character of the AONB; and temporary in terms of their construction.

The proposal is also contrary to NPPF para..115 which states that structures should enhance the landscape and scenic beauty. The Council do not accept that these structures can possibly achieve that requirement as they will be visually prominent throughout the AONB. The proposed tree planting to screen the development from the road would not screen it from other view points.

Furthermore the proposed structures would be visible from a wide area including the important “Cotswold Way” which forms an important part of the National Pathway The field is immediately adjacent to Stancombe Park, a grade 1 listed Parkland which includes "Lake Lodge" (listed grade 2) which is immediately opposite the application site. As such this proposal is also contrary to NPPF 115.

It is also of note that the Application fails to meet the 3 criteria in Stroud Local Plan Policy NE8 (adopted 2005), a policy which is replicated in the Stroud District Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan.

Finally it is noted that the Application fails to mention the length of the proposed poly tunnels.

  1. Finance.

  1. The Council approved the following Invoices and drew up cheques for the following items: (See attached Payments Schedule.)

The Council noted that the half yearly payment of £1,068.74, payable to Public Works Loan Board for the pavilion loan, will be taken by Direct Debit on 1 May 2014.

  1. The Council agreed that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman should meet with the Clerk to review his last year’s performance.

  1. The Clerk advised the Council that, because of IT problems, he had been unable to draw up details of Correspondence received since their last Meeting. A list will be issued later.

There being no further business the Chairman declared the Meeting closed at 9.20 pm.

The Chairman advised the Council that the next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 12 May 2014 at 7.30 pm. This Meeting will be the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council.