Councillors present: Mr C Lakeland (Chairman)(CL), Ms J Gibson (JG), Ms V Fox (VF), Mr M Shayler (MS), Ms Lydia Inglis (LI), Ms Charlotte Cameron (CC), Ms Miriam Jacobs (MJ), Mr M Penington (MP). Also present: Mrs Elaine de Ridder (clerk), Mr D Hollick (lengthman), District councillor Waite and 8 members of the public
|Actions arising from the meeting||Target date|
|1. MJ to put a note in the Bulletin about Neighbourhood Watch.||By September meeting|
|2. Clerk to ask Alan Cooper for his response to the Thames Water letter||By the next meeting|
|3. JG to draft a letter to Ed Vaizey||By the next meeting|
|4. Clerk to respond to the DMMO.||As soon as possible|
|5. Clerk to write to Ed Vaizey to express support for the Vale and ask that urgent action be taken||By the next meeting|
|6. CL to review tree register||By September meeting|
|7. Clerk to review document register||By September meeting|
|Actions brought forward|
|1. RF to meet with independent financial adviser re clerk’s pension||As soon as possible|
Various residents attended the meeting to speak about the Borlase application, making points about the possible loss of listed buildings, the AONB and the conservation area. Representations were also made about the hedges and vegetation impacting on the water levels of the Cleve and a request was made for a bus shelter.
P15/V1216/LB and P15/V1215/FUL Land Opposite Borlase, South Street: Conversion, Extension & Renovation of Existing Barn and Loggia to form a New Dwelling
Blewbury Parish Council objects. We continue to believe that this site, although small, makes a significant contribution to the conservation area and that its development would be contrary to policy HE1 in the current Local Plan. Developing this plot will impact both the setting of Borlase, a listed building, and the appearance of the conservation area.
The current design involves the alteration and probably (for structural reasons) the dismantling of two buildings within the curtilage of a listed building (Borlase). We also feel that the proposed boundary wall would be intrusive and restrict visibility for both pedestrians and motorists at the junction of Church Road and South Street. The Council is aware that there is a great deal of local opposition to this development.
We recognise that efforts have been made to meet some of the previous objections, but the fundamental problems remain.
P15/V0193/FUL Westbrook Farm, Westbrook Street (Amended plans): Demolition of existing farm buildings and construction of 4no. dwellings.
Blewbury Parish Council has no objection, but would like to reiterate our concern over the amount of traffic that is already using Westbrook Street.
P15/V0925/HH Royston, Bessels Way: Addition of First Floor to Bungalow and Ground Floor Extension to Kitchen
Blewbury Parish Council objects, as it over-dominates the bungalows on either side and would not be in keeping with the general appearance of the area.
P15/V1053/HH 2 Pound Cottage, London Road: Two storey rear extension and loft conversion to provide additional bedroom.
Blewbury Parish Council has no objection, but within the conservation area, the council would as always prefer the use of traditional materials. A minority of the council felt that the two storey extension constituted over-dominance
|E de Ridder (salary and expenses)||£979.80|
|D Hollick (salary and expenses)||£478.22|
|BT Payment Services Ltd (direct debit)||£22.80|
|White Horse Horticulture||£200.00|
|Biffa Waste Services Ltd||£56.83|
|Vale of White Horse DC||£37.00|
|Lister Wilder Ltd||£87.71|
|GA Electrical & Mechanical||£333.28|
|Didcot Plant Ltd||£213.30|
|Blewbury Village Hall (for Post Office rent)||£300.00|
|TruGreen South Oxfordshire||£ 265.00|
All payments were approved.
There was a recent podcast on Radio 4 about “the housing blight” which included the Vale and councillors were encouraged to listen to.
The next meeting will be held on 8th July in the Vale Room.
Meeting closed 21h42
Annex A – Lengthman’s report
Lengthman’s Report May 2015
All footpaths are in good condition – considerable growth of grass and cow parsley. All cut.
Green Thumb have treated the grass with ‘weed & feed” which should show results in the coming month.
TFF, Car Park & TFF Play Area
All play equipment in good order.
A work party was organised for Sat 23rd when two concrete bases were put in for the new picnic benches, the platform from the swing was taken out and repositioned further into the field. ( ref: annual play area inspection report)
The car park continues to be a litter problem. ( mostly McDonalds )
Village Hall KAP Area
All in good order
New gates have been installed at both ends of the Tractor shed hopefully to prevent ram raiding.
Grass cutting and strimming now in full swing
Allotments – Mark Shayler
Cemetery – Chris Lakeland
Finance – chairman, Michael Penington, Mark Blythe, Charlotte Cameron, clerk
Footpaths – Jane Gibson, Vanessa Fox, Mark Blythe.
BVCIC – Michael Penington
Transport and Road Safety – Miriam Jacobs
Trees – Chris Lakeland
Cycle paths – Mark Shayler
Village hall – Chris Lakeland
Village hall redevelopment – Chris Lakeland, Jane Gibson
Neighbourhood plan – Lydia Inglis, Miriam Jacobs, Charlotte Cameron
Cob walls – Jane Gibson
Bulletin reporter – Jane Gibson
Planning co-ordinator – Vanessa Fox
Village upkeep and play areas – Mark Shayler
Sustainable Blewbury – Lydia Inglis
NAG – Janet Shelley (District Councillor)
Planning report for Parish Council – June 2015
All Blewbury planning applications, decisions and Parish Council responses, including items under consideration, can be found in the ‘Parish’ section of the Blewbury website
(http://blewbury.co.uk/parish/planning/), which is updated once a week. Links are also provided to the main Vale Planning site, where full details can be obtained.
Responses from the Parish Council:
P15/V0939/FUL – Land to rear of Westbury, Ashbrook Street. BPC objects. The previous planning application for the land to the rear of Westbury was for two dwellings and was rejected initially and on appeal. Although the new application is considered by the Parish Council to be an improvement, with just a single dwelling, the size of it and the two storey garage are considered to be out of proportion and over dominant to the surrounding properties and we wish to object on these grounds. A reversion to the initial approved application of a single storey property would be the preferred solution.
P15/V1053/HH – 2 Pound Cottages, London Road. Two storey rear extension and loft conversion. BPC has no objection, but within the conservation area, the council would as always prefer the use of traditional materials. There is some concern that the two storey extension constituted over-dominance.
P15/0925/HH – Royston, Bessels Way – Addition of first floor, and ground floor extension. BPC objects, as it over-dominates the bungalows on either side and would not be in keeping with the general appearance of the area.
P15/V0193/FUL – Westbrook Farm – Development of 4 houses. (Amendment)
BPC has no objection, but would like to reiterate our concern over the amount of traffic that is already using Westbrook Street.
Decisions from the District Council:
P15/V0800/HH – Dornie Lodge – Single storey oak-framed garden room extension. GRANTED
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