Present: Mr D Purnell (Chairman).

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

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 nineteen members of the public present at the start of the Meeting.

The Chairman opened the Parish Council Meeting.

  1. The Chairman invited apologies. The Council received and accepted an apology from Mr K Brown. The Chairman recorded the Council’s wishes that Cllr. Brown made a speedy recovery.

  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 Ordinary Council Meeting held on 6 October, as a true record. The Minutes of the October 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. Solar panel farm at Manor Farm, Upper Wick. The Chairman explained that the Council had been advised that, following the Rejection by Stroud DC of an earlier Planning Application for a 18MW solar panel farm at Manor Farm, Upper Wick (S.14/1336/FUL), a further application (S.14/2460/FUL) had been received by Stroud DC Planning team. This new application is for the “Continued use of land for agricultural purposes and the installation of up to 5 MW of solar photovoltaic panels and ancillary works at Manor Farm, Upper Wick.”

The matter had been included on this Meeting’s Agenda to enable the Council to comment within the 3 week period, normally permitted. The Chairman advised the Council at the time of the Meeting the application had not been processed and allocated to an officer. Therefore the planning application papers were not available for the Parish Council’s consideration.

The Chairman advised the Meeting that, unlike the earlier application, the new application fell entirely outside of the Parish, although it could still affect the Cotswold AONB. The Council expected to be invited by Stroud DC to submit its comments.

The Chairman advised the Meeting that discussions would continue as on the Agenda, but that any decision by the Council would have to be deferred until the next Council Meeting on 1 December. The Clerk assured the Meeting that he had been advised this would still be in time for the Council’s comments to be presented to and taking into account by the Planning Officer.

The Chairman Closed the Meeting and invited Mr Andrew Bower, representing the applicant Upper Wick Solar Farm Ltd, to address the Meeting.

Mr Bower explained the planning application including:

The Chairman invited questions and comments from members of the public. He reminded the Meeting that the discussions should be about the current application (S.14/2460/FUL) and not the one which has been “Refused” (S.14/1336/FUL).

Members of the public made the following comments:

Following a robust discussion the Chairman thanked Mr Bower for attending and members of the public for their comments and questions. The Chairman re-opened the Council Meeting for Councillors to further discuss. The Chairman reminded the Council that there was no application to further discuss.

A Resolution to defer any decision until the December Meeting was proposed and seconded. The Council agreed. The Clerk was requested to place the matter on the December Agenda.

At this stage of the meeting all but 4 members of the public left the Meeting.

  1. The Chairman offered to Close the Meeting to enable members of the public to ask questions. There were no Questions.

  1. The Council considered and commented upon the following Planning Applications:

  1. S.14/2125/CPE. The Old Brewery, Pitt Court, North Nibley, Dursley. Certificate of Existing Lawful Use/Development. Residential use of annexe as a separate dwelling.

The applicants were in attendance and were invited by the Chairman to briefly explain to the Council the reasons for their application for a “Certificate of Existing Lawful Use/Development”.

Following discussion three Parish Councillors were able to confirm the details of the applicants’ occupancy of “The Old Brewery” for the period in question. The Council agreed to inform Stroud DC of this information.

  1. S.14/2312/HHOLD. The Nook, Vernals Lane, Swinhay, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7PJ. Demolition of existing conservatory, erect a rear extension and extend roofline to enable second floor accommodation.

Following discussion the Council agreed to make “No Comments”.

  1. S.14/1805/LBC. Millmans Farm, Wotton Road, North Nibley, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7PD. Change of use and alterations to outbuildings to form two new dwellings, one granny annexe and ancillary accommodation adjacent to Millmans Farmhouse. Creation of new safer access and landscaped courtyard.

Following a detailed examination and full discussion of the application to develop 4 premises at Millman’s Farm, Wotton Road, the Council agreed to make “No Comments”.

The Clerk brought to the Council’s attention that Stroud DC are now seeking “off-site recreation facilities contribution” on all applications for residential development where they have an identified scheme (Policy RL5 of the Stroud District Local Plan, November 2005). At present the Parish does not have such a scheme. Following a brief discussion the Clerk agreed to bring this to the December Meeting.

  1. S.14/1259/HHOLD. Woodland View, Pitt Court, North Nibley, Dursley. Alterations and extension including replacement of sub-standard concrete panels with cavity wall construction, together with replacement of sheet asbestos garage with timber frame garage .

Following a detailed examination and full discussion of the application the Council agreed to “Object” on the following grounds: The descriptions in the application and Design & Access Statement are contradictory, misleading and incomplete. For example:

  1. In the Design & Access Statement (D&A Statement) para. 2 it states “It needs to be wholly or partially demolished and rebuilt” and later in same paragraph that The existing damaged building will be completely refurbished”. Yet their letter of 21 July the architect asks that “the application be treated as an extension not a new house”.

The Council have examined the proposals and believe that the extent of the work proposed in this application is a rebuild and therefore should be subject to Stroud Local Plan Policy HN14. In which case sub pas 2 & 3 apply.

  1. The Council also bring to the Planning Officer’s attention further inaccuracies in the D&A Statement. Namely at Para 4. It states: “The house will be a one and a half story building”. Whilst in para 2 it states the current building “is a single story house with a tiled roof” and goes on to claim (in Paragraph 3) that “The existing ground floor bungalow style use of the building will be maintained.”

  1. In D&A Statement paragraph 4 it also states “The roof has been raised over the central section but not beyond the existing ridge”. The Council, on examining the supporting elevations provided with the application, question the accuracy of this statement. It appears to be taller than the current structure.

  1. In paragraph 4 it also states “The proposed building essentially remains within the existing footprint”. The Council maintain that it either does or doesn’t. This statement is ambiguous. From the plans & elevations provided it would appear that the proposed building is significantly larger and therefore subject to Stroud Local Plan Policy HN14 (2).

  2. Further that “The refurbished house does not overlook or overshadow anyone else”. It is evident from the site location plan provided that the upper windows on the North facing elevation will overlook the 3 nearby properties (Willow House; Cotswold House; and The Old Brewery) and would give rise to unacceptable loss of privacy to those properties.

  3. In paragraph 6 it states “The scheme has been discussed with the neighbours”. From information provided to the Council this would appear inaccurate.

  4. Finally, the statement that “There is a nearby bus stop” is inaccurate. The nearest bus stop is in the centre of the Village.

  1. S.14/2320/FUL Land At, Waterley Bottom, North Nibley, Gloucestershire. Full Planning Permission. Erection of an agricultural building.

Following a detailed examination and full discussion of the application the Council agreed to “Object” on the following grounds:

The Council refers to Stroud Local Plan Policy NE 8 & EM8. It did not consider that this proposal meets the terms of:

  1. The Council noted that Planning Consent had been Approved in respect of the following planning application:

  1. The Council noted that Planning Consent has been Refused in respect of the following planning applications:

  1. Parish Council Finances.

  1. The Council approved the Invoice and drew up a cheque for item on the Payments Schedule. See aside.

  2. The Council noted that the Direct Debit for (£1,068.74) payable to the Public Works Loan Board for the loan on the pavilion on the Recreation Field had been taken on 3 November 2014.

  1. The Council received a written District Council Report from District Councillor Mrs Cordwell. The Chairman invited discussion. There was none. The Chairman thanked Councillor June Cordwell for her report.

  1. The Council received a written County Council Report from County Councillor Dr J Cordwell. Dr Cordwell added that he was still awaiting further feedback on the potholes in Old Hollow.

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

  1. The Clerk provided a verbal report on Cemetery & Churchyard matters.

  1. The Clerk issued written report of Correspondence received since the last Meeting. See aside.

There being no further business the Chairman Closed the Meeting at 9.30 pm.

The Chairman reminded Councillors that the next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 1 December 2014 at 7.30 pm.