Minutes of the meeting of Sherington Parish Council held on Tuesday 5th April 2016 at Sherington Village Hall, commencing at 7.30pm
PRESENT: A Thatcher (Vice Chair), E Caldwell & R.Johnstone
ALSO ATTENDING: Ward Cllr Hoskings, Tracey Young (Clerk) and ten members of the public.
|W Bush (Chairman), Cllr A.Hughes & Cllr R Constantine
|2. RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
|3. APPROVE MINUTES FROM LAST MEETING – 2nd February 2016
|4. ANY MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES
|Broughton Walk-in Centre – Cllr Johnstone confirmed he was against supporting it and that resources would be best directed towards the walk in centre at MK Hospital. Cllr Thatcher suggested putting together a proposal and emailing the other absent Cllrs for opinions
|5. RECEIVE WARD COUNCILLORS REPORT
|Cllr Hoskings advised that the application for 36 houses was agreed by the inspector and that the Mineral Local Plan was also with an inspector. Cllr Hoskings also reminded the public of the Elections on May 5th. Council Tax has had an increase of 2% over and above the normal amount (1.95%) and this must be used only for Adult Social Care. Councillor Hosking was unaware how this was to be specifically ring-fenced
|6. RECEIVE CLERKS REPORT
|1 – Still ongoing with landscapers and currently negotiating the quote with the cheapest supplier. Aim is to have a landscaper start this month
2 – Groundworks grant has been submitted
|7. RECEIVE REPORT FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN STEERING GROUP
|Cllr Thatcher read out the following report from Cllr Bush.
Status report on Sherington Neighbourhood Plan 31st March 2016
This note summarises the views of the Chairman of the Sherington Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG) as expressed at the most recent meeting on the 29th March 2016.
The NPSG has reached a challenging point in the development of the Neighbourhood Plan (NP). The success of the High Street Appeal has a number of impacts on the direction that we take.
The first and most obvious, is that there will now be at least 36 houses built in Sherington over the life of the Plan, rather than the 24 houses envisaged by Policy H1. This means that this policy will need to be changed. Further, the Government will soon be introducing a register of Brownfield sites, where housing will be encouraged. The land at Water Lane is likely to be developed during the life of the NP, whether it is allocated or not, and the Parish Council would find it difficult with the current national planning policies to prevent this from happening. This means that the NP will need to contemplate at least 48 new dwellings in order to be robust.
The second impact, is the conclusion reached by the Appeal Inspector that Sherington is a sustainable location for housing development. This in conjunction with MKC acceptance that it does not have a 5-year housing land supply, allowing its policies to be treated as “not up to date”. This makes it highly likely that further planning applications will come forward in Sherington, against which we will need a robust defence.
We believe that the completion of a NP remains in the interest of the Village. The Appeal Inspector made clear in her decision that the policies of an “adopted” NP would be given full weight in determining an appeal, even if the policies of MKC continued to be treated as “out of date”.
The challenge which the NPSG now faces is to complete the NP in a way which reflects the post appeal reality but with the active support of the Sherington villagers. The NP must be accepted as compliant by MKC and an independent Examiner and then passed by a Village referendum.
At the recent NPSG we agreed two main actions to address this challenge.
1. The existing NP material will be reviewed by our recently appointed Planning Consultant and he will work with the Task Force undertaking the finalisation of the NP. The focus will be on making the plan compliant.
2. A consultation and engagement campaign will be launched to explain to Villagers the current planning situation, key elements of the NP and their necessity. The aim will be to convince a majority of Villages of the need for a plan and acceptance of its key elements.
|8. RECEIVE WORKING PARTY REPORTS AND CONSIDER MATTERS ARISING
|Both the shop and the Pavilion now have sub-committees who will report back regularly to the monthly PC meetings.
Shop: Cllr Johnstone confirmed that he would like to extend permanent planning and advised that permission would only be for retail. Cllr Johnstone is looking for volunteers (not on the Parish Council), to help with the shop and an advert to go onto the PC website.
Pavilion: Cllr Caldwell advised the building works are done other than the storage heaters which it has now been discovered that the Pavilion does have an Economy 7 meter but the heaters were not linked. A storage heater along with timers is all that now requires replacing and this will be done next week. Bookers to be advised but there should not be any disruption. Regarding the lease, this needs to be amended with the landlord.
|Bank Account balance 2nd April 2016 – £ 17,610.10
|9.1. Approve Cheques for payment – Approved
Jane Coles – Village Hall Hire £35.80
Jane Coles – Village Hall Hire £13.00
Pitch Care – Paint for Pavilion Pitch £68.28
Anglian Water – Utility Bill for Pavilion £70.37
SGS – Football Pitch Cut and Paint at Pavilion £160.80
Tracey Young – Clerks Salary £432.65
Tracey Young – Pavilion Bookings £50.00
Tracey Young – Expenses £85.52
Lee Brooker – Caretaker Salary £187.50
Reform Fire Ltd – Extinguishers & alarms tested £30.00
|10. PLANNING APPLICATIONS – CONSIDER RESPONSE TO MKC
|10.1 Reference 16/00354/FUL 3 High St. No adverse comments
10.2 Reference 16/00384/FUL 26 Gun Lane – require drawings
|11. EXTERNAL MEETINGS
|12. CONSIDER CORRESPONDENCE AND NEW CONSULTATIONS
|13. RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENTS
|John mentioned flooding caused by silt in the ditches along the High Street and Gun Lane. Environmental services TBA.
Mr D Williams asked Keith about parking for the Beer Festival and Keith advised that he would be arranging for a satellite bus to go between villages to pick visitors up and that he would encourage people not to bring their cars.
Anna from the Village Hall Preschool requested PC help as a third party to contribute to improvements to the pre-school outdoor area. It was agreed this subject would be added to next month’s agenda.
|14. COUNCILLORS ITEMS
|Cllr Thatcher mentioned the budget for MK Play and were the other Cllrs happy to spend budget from May and get the MK Play back every month which they agreed. Cllr Caldwell mentioned improving the signage and it was agreed the money from the dormant Cricket Club fund would be used. Cllr Caldwell to obtain quotes.
|15. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
|The next Parish Meeting will be at the village hall on Tuesday 3rd May 2016, 7.30pm.
There being no further business the meeting ended at 2100hrs