View of the Well House with Saint Lawrence Church behind

Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning & Development Committee (19/01/16)

Present: Councillors, J.P.Anderson (Chairman) G.Hutter, M.J.Sheppard, H.Taylor, M.Wilkins, J.M.F.Royce, B.J.Walker, A.Clayworth, G.Clark.

1/ Apologies: Nil.

2/ Declaration on Interest: Nil.

3/ Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday, 17th November, 2015.
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Planning & Development Committee, held on the 17TH November, 2015 as previously circulated, be confirmed and signed as a true record of the business.
PROPOSED: B.J.Walker SECONDED: M.J.Sheppard Vote: All in favour.

4/ Progress from the Minutes, not on the Agenda. Nil to report.

5/ Green Belt Envelope:
J.P.Anderson reported that K.Mafham had been authorised by GPC to prepare a submission to RBC for the designation of the whole of Gotham Parish as an area for which a Neighbourhood Plan should be drawn up.
He would also make a submission for a grant to the agents for Government Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning and Community Buildings Programme.

Neighbourhood Plan: Grants of up to £8,000 are available to fund the drawing up of a Neighbourhood Plan. Two dedicated people are required to take on the production of a Neighbourhood Plan, with assistance from Ken Mafham. J.P.Anderson stated he did not want to be involved in its production due to already producing a Parish Plan in 2005 and having other village issues on hand at the present time. M.J.Sheppard, B.J. Walker and A.Clayworth offered to form a team but would welcome any help from another parishioner, not necessarily a Councillor. If someone outside of the Council assisted, it might lead to them joining the Parish Council in the future.
The Housing Survey forms, drawn up by Midland Homes, are due to be delivered to J.P.Anderson’s house and will be distributed to every house in the village and will include a return envelope to Midland Homes to be collated. J.P.Anderson will hold Advice Forums at the Friday morning coffee mornings on the 3rd and 10th February, 2016 in the Memorial Hall, to offer assistance on issues relating to the Housing Survey forms and acquisition of the former Royal British Legion site. M.J.Sheppard suggested posters to advertise the Forum Days could be distributed around the village.

Item 7 to be discussed next.

7/ Planning Decisions Received:
(ref: BSU/CB/11/01/2016) RBC list of Community Assets Formal Decision – Cuckoo Bush Public House – GRANTED
15/14 – (ref: 15/02717/FUL) 21 Gladstone Ave.– Sub division of property to create self contained unit on 1st floor – GRANTED
8/ Planning Applications Received:
16/1: (ref: 16/00046/CMA) Severn Trent Water Ltd, Moor Lane – Installation of 1 No. (GRP) kiosk at
Gotham Sewage Treatment Works.
The structure is to be sited at the back of the sewage works so will not be seen from Moor Lane. It is a single glass reinforced plastic kiosk 4.7 m in length x 4 ms wide x 2.7m high in a holly green colour. It has chemical dosing equipment inside to control phosperous levels.

PROPOSAL: NO OBJECTION.
PROPOSED: J.M.F.Royce SECONDED: M.Wilkins. Vote: All in favour.

6. British Legion Site:
J.P. Anderson outlined the funding propositions to date. A proposal will be made at the Finance Meeting on the 26th January, 2016 to decide GPC’s funding for the acquisition of the RBL site.
The Steering Group had requested a loan from the Parish Council for a period of 25 years. J.M.F.Royce thought this timescale too long and could be reduced to ten years.
GPC can make a grant out of money already in the bank, plus an amount borrowed from the Public Works Board.
Councillors are not personally liable for a debt undertaken by a Parish Council if the Council in question acts in good faith. No one disagrees that the project is for the good of the village.
The cost to the Precept is nil.
A share offer has been offered and will be explained in full at the Public Meeting.
A planning application has been submitted to RBC for change of use of the building. The outcome is expected shortly. The enterprise will consist of two tenants. i.e. one shop containing a post office and one café.
A Community Benefit Society has been set up. A financial business plan will be made public at the meeting on the 28th January, 2016.

9/ Matters to Report:
H.Taylor called for the reinstatement of street lighting along Leake Road. He had experienced a hazardous walk home on New Years Eve and thought it dangerously dark. A. Clayworth had spoken to Steve Calvert of NCC Highways who confirmed the need for signatures from parishioners who wish to reinstate nightime street lighting needs to be submitted to NCC who will consider the matter. B.J.Walker pointed out that she was in favour of saving energy and that key areas of the village were lit all night. The expense of turning lights on and off was more than keeping them on all night. M. Wilkins suggested LED lights saved the cost of power.

10/ Date & Time of Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Planning Committee will be held in the Weldon Room of the Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 16th February, 2016 at 7.30 p.m. Meeting closed at 8.30 p.m.