Mr J Crawford Chairman
Mr T Tuck Vice Chairman
Mr A Bourke
Mr D Braithwaite
Mr L Piper
Mr K Davis
Mr P Downton
Mr M Lewis County and District Councillor Camelot Ward
Also present: 3 members of the public
In attendance: Mrs K Bourke Clerk
|1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
None had been received.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
3 APPROVAL OF LAST MONTHS MINUTES
4 CRIME/NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
5 COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR
b) Temporary road closure
c) Minor Improvement Scheme
Mr Tuck said he hoped we will get something sensible coming out of
this rather than the grandiose signs proposed by the consultant.
Mr Tuck said that the signage and improvements made in Podimore
village as a dedesignated trunk road has made a difference.
It was agreed that the current response from SCC is unacceptable. It was agreed to put forward further proposals for these white gates and relevant signage. The Clerk was asked to obtain photographic evidence of the gates in West Camel to send along with the request.
d) Overgrown Hedges
e) Jubilee Stone
f) Cattle Grid at Hazlegrove School
Mr Braithwaite said that the traffic from the Old Coal Yard site
parked on Sparkford Road was causing an obstruction and also there was mud on the road
which needed to be cleared up. The Clerk will contact the builders.
7 PLANNING DECISIONS
8 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Mr Larry Piper left the meeting
Mr Crawford said he had sent the Planning Policy to all Councillors this morning and at the moment we are between the old local plan and the new 5 year land strategy.
Mr Tuck said we have had proposals for the site numerous times.
Major concerns with the development. It would be the largest development Sparkford will
see in a long time. Problems with drainage which is a major concern. Although Ms Pesaro
had cleaned the carrier ditch, the back of Ainstey Drive and back of Manor Close needs
upgrading. There are sewer problems at the back of Ainstey Drive. The Old Coal Yard will
be going into the existing sewer which, again, goes along the same route. This sewer needs
upgrading. Improvements should be a new sewer under the railway line and up to Wyvern
Copse. This would be a major scheme but the existing system is not capable of dealing with
this extra load.
Mr Braithwaite said there were 50 new houses put into this village over the last 8 years. Is there a need for all these houses? We dont have the infrastructure to support it. He said in essence he agreed with the workshop going ahead but not the housing. When Bennett Close was built they had to put in attenuation tanks and at the Old Coal Yard they are pumping the sewage and foul water up to the High Street. He mentioned the possibility of an extra 12 houses and Mr Crawford said we are very aware of other land in the same area that needs to be considered.
Mr Bourke said that GGA Associates acknowledge that surface/roof water drainage from the site cannot be accommodated by soakaways. The ditch to the front of the site is a ditch in name only, it doesnt flow anywhere and once filled with rainwater overflows onto the A359. Their solution is to divert the outflow under the A359 and ultimately into the drainage ditch serving Ainstey Drive, Manor Close and Church Road (north west side). This ditch always overtops in moderate rainfall flooding Church Road any additional volume would only exacerbate the situation unless Highways were to radically improve the culvert under Church Road.
Wessex Water acknowledge an existing sewage problem in Sparkford, particularly surcharging back up household toilets in Church Road. The affordable/open market housing development at the Old Coal Yard will add to this problem when they are occupied in October 2014. Unless Wessex/Summerfield are proposing to enhance the sewerage system to cope with the additional volumes then the residents of Church Road will suffer further.
Following a housing needs survey, Sparkford has encouraged the affordable housing development at Bennett Close and is currently awaiting completion of the mixed development at the Old Coal Yard. No reason for further housing developments are indicated in the application or know to the Parish Council.
Mr Bourke suggested that the SSDC Development Officer be asked if that part of the village could be made available for light industrial use. The Parish Council would dearly love an increase in employment units of all types and this site with its proximity to the A303/A359 would be ideal for warehousing/distribution or light industrial and commercial units. This proposal is very disappointing in that it merely replaces the existing industrial/business unit with a more modern one at a very significant cost to the village in terms of infrastructure/traffic overload and excess housing. Within the locality the upgrade to Haynes Motor Museum and expansion to Cadbury Business Park have provided some additional employment but no vacancies currently exist or are being advertised at either site.
Mr Bourke continued saying it was difficult to reconcile the traffic flow figures presented by the TPA report and the ongoing SID figures for the detection devices installed periodically in the village by Somerset Highways. In general TPA figures are lower than SID. However this may be explained by the ATC device being used by TPA being located on the National Speed Limit sections of the road, thus missing all traffic to and from the village via the Castle Cary Road and Sparkford Road. There is no local authority school bus service to/from schools in the Cadburys. There is no continuous footpath from the site to Queen Camel; the A359 has to be crossed twice, both within the national (60mph) speed limit area.
Mr Downton agreed with all the points made by other Councillors and concluded this application was not appropriate for the village as there were no jobs available and the infrastructure would be unable to cope. There was insufficient public transport for such a development so they would have to travel by car.
Mr Davis asked if we could contact Wessex Water asking what can be
done. Mr Crawford said we could do this. Mr Tuck said in light of previous development in
the village we should ask for a full survey to be undertaken with recommendations that can
be forwarded to the developer should the application succeed.
Mr Crawford would combine all the comments from Councillors and
forward them to the Planning Officer concerned. He will send copies to all Councillors.
14/001978/LBC Reinstatement of ceiling
bedroom 1 and installation of satellite dish on east gable. Little Weston House,
Little Weston Road, Sparkford. Mr C Eykyn
9 MATTERS ARISING
10 PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS
11 CORRESPONDENCE None had been received.
12 ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Mr Piper said that someone had been doing wheelies around the Hazlegrove roundabout on Saturday at approximately 11pm and 11.30pm and also on Friday at 5pm. He had heard that this left the traffic at a standstill. Marks have been left on the roundabout. Mr Crawford said he had heard it in Weston Bampfylde and then heard it going back through Queen Camel and Mudford. The Clerk was asked to contact the Police about this.
13 QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM COUNCILLORS
14 ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
15 DATE OF NEXT MEETING Monday, 7th
ADDENDUM TO THE JUNE 2014 MINUTES agreed at the August 2014 meeting under item 3(a).
Mr Royston Piper spoke in support of the application and made the following points:
1. It is a good mix of houses and bungalow with varying styles to help it blend into the community.
2. We hope to have addressed all of the feedback issues that arose starting with parking. All houses will have two, three or four parking spaces depending on the house size which I believe is important for rural communities.
3. The affordable housing that will hopefully go in will hopefully be onion ringed for the locals first.
4. With regard to the drainage the water authority and the highways authority are both statutory consultants for the planning application and a drainage strategy will be agreed with these parties as part of the development process.
5. There is also a contingent put to one side to address speed in the village on the High street with traffic measures, but what they are is still to be decided. This will be a planning gain for the community.
6. We are currently working in very cramped workshop conditions and as such we do need to update. With this we will be able to recruit more staff which we desperately require to increase the output of work. It will offer better security for the customers vehicles. We are very well known and draw people and their business to the area from far and wide. We are getting more and more called upon for our unique skills.
7. We will be staying in the village and the community and want to do something to be proud of that we can tell our grandchildren we are part of. We will not do anything that we think will have an adverse effect on the village.