YARPOLE GROUP PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the extraordinary meeting held on Tuesday 17th October at 7.30pm in Yarpole Parish Hall.
Present: Cllr Audrey Bott, Cllr Duncan Grant, Cllr Linda Middleton, Cllr Harold Holder, Cllr Barbara Nurse,, Cllr Jane Bayliss, Cllr Michael Denny, Cllr Harold Holder, Parish Clerk Ms E Lewis.
1. Apologies for absence: Apologies were received from Diane Russell, David Niblett and County Councillor Sebastian Bowen.
2. Declarations of interest: No declarations were made.
3. Public Participation: No parishioners were present.
4.1 173484 – Land at rear of Yarpole Village Hall, 2 dwellings: This site is included as an allocation for two dwellings in the Neighbourhood Development Plan, which is now at independent examination stage. When an application for the same site was last considered in February 2017, the Parish Council raised concerns over road safety accessing the dwellings; the transportation response to the current application suggests visibility splays be required to ensure safe access for vehicles to the site. The Parish Council agreed that with this condition they supported the application.
5.2 173552 – Manor Ground Farm, Orleton proposed manure storage barn: This application is on the boundary of the Parish. The Parish Council agreed they had no comment to make on the application.
5.3 173607, 173608, 173609, Brookhouse Farm, removal of planning conditions on holiday cottages to enable permanent residential occupation: It was noted that the pre-application advice from the planning office indicates the belief that the change of use would lead to a fall in traffic use on Brookhouse lane. The advice from the Traffic Manager indicates that “these applications are leading to a major intensification of Brook House lane” and that the planning condition imposed on the application at Lower House farm to build a passing bay “is critical when this intensification is assessed.” The Parish Council shares concerns that, when taken with the planning approvals for dwellings at Brook House Farm and Lower House Farm, the applications are leading to a major change in the settlement on Brook House Lane and believes it is unclear whether the change of use of the cottages at Brookhouse Farm will lead to an increase or decrease in traffic on the lane. The NDP states “Any scheme to convert these (holiday lets) and other barns to dwellings would need to ensure appropriate levels of residential amenity given the surrounding uses, including that resulting from other agricultural buildings, in particular the Dutch barn.” The Parish Council would like Herefordshire Council to consider this, and the impact of all these developments on Brook House Lane when making a determination on the application.
6. Items for next agenda: No items were raised.
7. Date of Next meeting: Tuesday 7th November 2017, 7.45pm Village Hall