Present: Mr K Brown (Chairman).

Mr S Hale; Mr K Larkin; & Mr D Palmer.

District Councillors: District Councillors Mrs J Cordwell; Mrs L Reeves; & Mr P Smith.

County Councillor: Dr J Cordwell.

The Clerk: Mr R Symons.

There were two members of the public present for part of the Meeting.

The Chairman opened the Parish Council Meeting.

  1. The Chairman invited apologies. The Council received and accepted apologies from Mr D Purnell; Mrs J Burton; & Mr L Smitherman. District Councillor Mr P Smith notified the Clerk that he would have to leave the Meeting early.

  2. Declaration of Interests. The Chairman invited members to declare any Interests relating to this Meeting. There were none

  3. The Council approved and signed the Minutes of the Parish Annual Council Meeting held on 14 July 2014, as a true record. The Minutes of the July Ordinary Meeting of the Council 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 Council received and discussed the following application for Planning Permission:

Following discussion and careful consideration of the relevant planning policies the Council agreed to Object to the application on the following grounds:

  1. The Council noted that Planning Consent has been granted in respect of the following applications and noted the conditions which have been placed on those consents:

It was pointed out that the decision for S.14/1083/FUL stated that “no comments have been received” from the Parish Council. The Clerk explained that the Council’s comments had been submitted on line and that the planning website showed the comments from the Council. The Clerk was asked to write to Stroud Planning to point out the error in the Decision Notice.

  1. The Chairman closed the Meeting for Public Discussion and Questions. He invited two members of the public present to address the meeting. They explained that they had recently been given a plot of land on Stinchcombe Hill. Following consultation of the map it was ascertained that the land is within the Parish boundaries. It was the landowners hope that they might be able to build a residential property on the site. They explained they have held pre-application discussions with a Stroud Planning officer and today wanted to seek the Parish Council’s views on their ideas. During discussion Parish Councillors discussed the relevant Local Plan Policy, namely HN10, which precludes residential development outside the defined settlement boundaries, unless it is essential to the efficient operation of agriculture or forestry. It was also pointed out that whilst the Parish Council is consulted for its views, the final decision on applications is made by Stroud Planning. At the end of the discussion the members of the public thanked the Council and left the meeting.

The Council re-opened the Meeting.

  1. The Council received a written District Council Report from District Councillor Mrs Cordwell. (See filed aside). Following discussion the Chairman thanked Cllr. Mrs Cordwell for her Report.

  1. The Council received a written County Council Report from County Councillor Dr J Cordwell. (See filed aside). In response to a question Dr Cordwell explained it was hoped that the work at Old London Road, Wotton under Edge would commence soon. Following discussion the Chairman thanked Cllr. Dr Cordwell for his Report.

  1. The Chairman invited Councillors to report on Committees and Meetings they had attended.

  1. The Clerk went through the drafts of the letter and Housing Needs Survey for the Parish. Following discussion some minor amendments were made and the documents approved. The Clerk reported the Survey would be issued with the October Edition of “On The Edge” to all households in the Parish. .

The Council noted that it had agreed to fund the cost of the Survey, estimated at £140.00.

District Councillor Mr Smith left the Meeting at this point.

  1. Parish Council Finances.

  1. There were no Invoices for the Council to approve.

  2. The Council received and approved a quarterly bank reconciliation statement for period ending 14 June 2014. The Chairman signed the statement.

  1. The Council received a verbal Cemetery & Churchyard Report from the Clerk. The Clerk reported that confirmation of grass cutting arrangements at St Martin’s Church would involve the Council in taking on the “rough cut” areas to the south side of the Churchyard with effect from April 2015. This would need to be taken into account when setting the 2015/16 Budget.

  1. The Council received for information details of Correspondence received. (See attached).

There being no further business the Meeting closed at 8.50 pm.

Councillors were reminded that the Council had agreed to meet initially at St Martin’s Church at 7.00 pm; to be followed by the Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in the Village Hall on Monday 1 September 2014 at 7.30 pm.