Archive for November, 2012

Minutes 7/11/12

November 13, 2012

Chairman: Cllr D Hedgley

Jacqueline Watts, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer
Holly Cottage, Culmington, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2DF (01584) 861 473

Extra Ordinary Parish Council Meeting
On Wednesday 7th November, 2012, 7.30pm at Diddlebury Village Hall


Prior to the start of the meeting, members of the public were invited to discuss any matters of interest with their councillors.

The Chairman explained to the meeting that the reason for having to hold an extra ordinary meeting of the Parish Council was that the planning application had been received only two days before the October meeting, and there had been insufficient time to make the public aware of the planning application before meeting. The Parish Councils response was required by Shropshire Council before the November 2012 meeting, therefore, an extra ordinary meeting had been necessary.

The Meeting commenced at 7.30pm

Present: Cllr Hedgley (Chairman), Cllr Fowler, Cllr O’Boyle, Cllr Worthington, Cllr
Thomas, Cllr Linton, Cllr Povall.

In Attendance: 9 members of the public and the Clerk

1.0 Apologies for Absence: Apologies were accepted from Cllr Motley
(Shropshire Council) and Cllr Bellamy.

2.0 Declarations of Interest relating to this meeting
Members are requested to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests they may have in matters to be considered at this meeting in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 s32 and The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012: – No declarations were made.

3.0 Public involvement session: (Agenda Items only) – Those members of the public
in attendance were asked if they wished to comment on the Agenda item –

A member of the public expressed to the meeting that they were interested in how manure will be dealt with. Mr Richard Morgan advised the meeting that manure would be removed after a 60 week cycle. Depending on what time of year the cleaning took place, for example, over August/September, the muck will be spread on arable ground. If over a winter month, the shed would be cleaned out and the muck sold. The member of public asked if the muck had to be left for a year before being used. Mr R Morgan replied that it did not need to be left for a year before going on fields.

An enquiry was made about lighting – Would lights be left on all night? Mr R Morgan informed the meeting that one low-energy light on the front of the building would remain on during the night. Other lights would be inside the building on a 12 hour shift time switch within the building itself.
No further comments were made.

4.0 Planning Applications

4.1 12/03836/FUL – Honeydene, Diddlebury, Craven Arms. Proposal: Erection of a poultry building for approximately 16,000 birds and associated feed bins.

The Chairman reported to the meeting that he had advised Mr Wrigley prior to the meeting of the planning application. Mr Wrigley had advised the Chairman that he had no objection to the planning application.

The Chairman outlined the application to members. The building must be kept very dry for ammonia reasons. At the end of a cycle, muck will be either spread on arable fields or sold, loaded and taken away. Mr Wrigley has spoken with Mr R Morgan, that muck is not spread on fields when events are taking place at Delbury Hall. A yearly average of 2.7 lorries a week will visit the farm. The busiest time for lorries would be during a switch over period, with 1 or 2 lorries bringing the birds, and one or 2 lorries when the birds leave the farm. When birds are in house there will be two lorries per week to collect the eggs. The Chairman advised the meeting that the application site is not in a flood plain, nor has it any drainage issues.

Cllr Linton asked the applicant, more out of interest, as power was critical, what would happen in an event where there was a loss of power, where potentially there could be a loss of birds. Mr R Morgan said that there was an external generator on site. Cllr Linton asked why there were no solar panels included within the application. Mr R Morgan said he had been advised by his architect that it had not been necessary to include them on the application, as they would not need a planning application for solar panels on an agricultural building. Mr Linton suggested that he seek further advice as the Parish Council had received applications for solar panels on similar agricultural buildings.

Cllr Fowler enquired if eggs were for breeding as there were cockerels also. Mr Morgan confirmed this.

Cllr O’Boyle referred to a bridle path issue that had been raised. Mr R Morgan advised the meeting that woodland screening on the map would be moved toward the shed for bridle path access. Permissive path is not affected. Cllr O’Boyle enquired if outside lighting would be pointing downwards so as not to affect the other side of the valley. Mr R Morgan confirmed that it would. Cllr O’Boyle asked what impact would the building have visually from footpaths. Mr R Morgan explained in detail to the meeting the landscape around the building and that from the footpath you would see the building, but screening and mature trees will be planted to provide further screening.

The Chairman asked the public if they wished to ask anything more before a decision was made. A member of the public, Mr Darren Tustin, asked the Chairman why he had contacted Mr Patrick Wrigley regarding the planning application. The Chairman replied that it was because his was the nearest property to the application site and would be most affected. Mr Tustin advised the meeting that Mr Wrigley’s property was not the nearest neighbour, but that he was. The Chairman apologised and said he had spoke to Mr Wrigley because of the nature of the business he runs. Mr Tustin informed the meeting that he had a holiday business with a property to let. Mr Tustin was asked if he had concerns he wished to put to the meeting regarding the application. Mr Tustin said that he was at the meeting to gather information. No other comments were made.

Proposed: Cllr Linton
Seconded: Cllr Fowler
RESOLVED (Unanimous) that the planning application be supported.

5.0 Any Other Business (for dissemination of information only)

5.1 The Chairman advised the meeting that he had spoken to Shropshire Council regarding an extension to the Local Development Form due back in January 2013. He had been advised that an extension could be given until the projected April 2013 completion date for the Parish Plan, but that any funding that goes with the Place Plan will be put in on what was submitted in 2012.

6.0 Date of Next Meetings – Wednesday 28th November 2012, at 7.30pm in Diddlebury Village Hall

There being no further business the meeting closed at 7.50pm