Planning Applications received 27th November 2013
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Planning Applications received 27th November 2013

 

BI/13/03704/DOM - Case Officer: Maria Tomlinson - Mr Barry Wallis The Little House Westlands Lane Birdham

Proposed first floor side extension, rear infill extension, side car port, front roof canopy and internal alterations.

O.S. Grid Ref. 481948/100444

BI/13/03763/DOM - Case Officer: Maria Tomlinson- Mr I Chase 34 Greenacres Birdham

Single storey front extension, alterations to front door and garage.

O.S. Grid Ref. 481613/100497

BI/13/03785/FUL - Case Officer: Sophie Locke - CEA Setrement Trust Elmstead Birdham Road Birdham

Use of former apple store for business (use class B1) and associated works.

O.S. Grid Ref. 483491/100660

Delegated Decisions received 20th November 2013

 

BI/13/02962/TPA Mr Anthony Hope Cross Trees Burlow Close Birdham

Fell 1 no. Horse Chestnut tree (T4) . Crown lift by up to 4.5 m and crown reduction by 2-2.5m on 1 no. Horse Chestnut tree (T5). Both trees subject to BI/69/0009/TPO.

PERMIT

https://pawam.chichester.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=13/02962/TPA

BI/13/03100/FUL Mr J Chatfield Pinks Four Bell Lane Birdham

Replacement extension to existing railway carriage and replacement of existing septic tank (retrospective application).

PERMIT

https://pawam.chichester.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=13/03100/FUL

Planning Applications received

 

BI/13/03437/DOM - Case Officer: Anna Weir Mr Matt Smith 96 Crooked Lane Birdham

Single storey rear extension.

O.S. Grid Ref. 482006/99722

To view the application use the following link;  https://pawam.chichester.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=13/03437/DOM

BI/13/03742/DOM - Case Officer: Maria Tomlinson Mr M Holmes Belland House  Main Road Birdham

Two storey side and rear extensions and rear sun room.

O.S. Grid Ref. 481813/99432

To view the application use the following link;  https://pawam.chichester.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=13/03742/DOM

Delegated Decisions received 20th November

 

BI/13/02832/DOM Mr R Felton Harbour House 22 Greenacres Birdham

Renewal of planning permission BI/10/04721/DOM for extensions and alterations to existing house and garage.

PERMIT

https://pawam.chichester.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=13/02832/DOM

BI/13/03307/TPA Mr Peter Bachelor 25 Walwyn Close Birdham

Reduce eastern sector by 1m (back to previous pruning points) and crown raise western sector by removal of 1 no. major limb (approx 200m in diameter) on 1. no Oak tree (T7) subject to BI/97/00037/TPO.

PERMIT

https://pawam.chichester.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=13/03307/TPA

Planning Applications received on the 20th November 2013

 

BI/13/03692/TPA - Case Officer: Henry Whitby Mr Ronald Gammie Beechway Martins Lane Birdham

Crown reduce by 20% on 1 no. Hornbeam (T1) subject to BI/01/00039/TPO.

O.S. Grid Ref. 482595/100260

To view the application use the following link;  https://pawam.chichester.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=13/03692/TPA

Adopted minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held on the 14th October 2013

 

Birdham Parish Council

 

Minutes of the Planning Committee

 held on Monday 14th October 2013

at 7pm in Birdham Village Hall

 

Present:                     Cllr Grafham (Chairman), Cllr Barker, Cllr Hamilton and Cllr Ayton

 Ex-Officio:                 Cllr Finch (Chairman of Council), Cllr Cobbold (Vice Chairman of Council)

 Apologies:                 Cllr Churchill

 In attendance:           The Clerk, Cllr Montyn (WSCC & CDC), Cllr Marshall (CDC) and 30 members of the public

P6-13   Declarations of Interests:

            Cllr Grafham declared a personal interest in application BI/13/01391/FUL

 P7-13   Planning Correspondence:

            The Clerk read out a letter that he had received from The Hyde Group dated the 7th August 2013 and his reply dated the 15th August 2013

P8-13   Planning Applications – To be decided upon:

 BI/13/02832/DOM Mr R Felton Harbour House 22 Greenacres Birdham

This is an application to renew the extant application BI/10/04721/DOM previously permitted.

The Parish Council raised No Objection to this application.

 BI/13/03100/FUL Pinks Four Bell Lane Birdham

This is a retrospective planning application for a replacement extension to an existing railway carriage and the replacement of an existing septic tank.

The Parish Council raised concerns against this application due to reports of untreated waste being discharged into the local ditch system. It is requested that should the application be approved that a site visit is carried out by Building Control or Environmental Health Officers to ensure that the waste digester is operating correctly. The Parish Council would also like to see an enforceable condition placed on the property to prevent the building being used as living accommodation or being sold as such.

With the concerns raised above being satisfied by the PA, Birdham Parish Council would raise No Objection to this application.

 BI/13/01391/FUL The Hyde Group Field north west of the Saltings, Crooked Lane Birdham

Members of the public were permitted to ask questions should they wish to do so and a summary of those questions and points are as below; 

Old Common Close and Tawny Nursery sites had been agreed therefore the dynamic had changed and the need for an H9 site was no longer a requirement. Equally Hyde had other sites within 2 miles and it would seem that the whole concept is driven by funding.

Strange to want to build in Crooked Lane why not build opposite Pipers Mead?

It was pointed out that the Parish Council had objected previously and could see no reason to change.

Feedback is available that clearly requires care homes not residential.

Traffic build up is a cause for concern. Even the school has raised concerns and commented on the CDC web site. Main concern is the access road is right opposite the school.

Children crossing the road will make things far more dangerous.

Cumulative impact on the Peninsula has become really uncomfortable and has made the locality a less desirable one in which to live.

There should be no more building until such time as the strategic services had been addressed, preventing the flooding and sewage problems that have been experienced in the very recent past.

Look on the web site and measure the response, no one wants it.

The area is on the SHLAA and has an indication of 41 properties.

What happens to vehicles accessing the site when a vehicle is met by another trying to exit the site on a single track lane?

Councillor comments were then added to the debate as under; 

Cllr Finch wished to support an H9 site and was annoyed with Hyde for offering only one site. Liked the design, but felt that problems with the access track had not been sufficiently addressed. She said that she would have preferred to have seen this as part of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Cllr Ayton suggested that other sites should have been looked at. The access was the major concern. Flooding had not been properly addressed. There are no longer any places left in the school and the nursery school is increasing in size. He felt the letter from the Head was very powerful.

Cllr Barker said that she agreed with most things that had been said and that nothing had fundamentally changed since June.

Cllr Hamilton was unsure of how many affordable housing sites would be available once the agreed applications were built and asked if we actually need the additional H9 site. She went on to say that at least one authority in Sussex had lost the right to decide planning applications which are now being decided by Government.

Cllr Cobbold said that she was very disappointed that the situation appeared to be against those who could not buy properties and were having problems find accommodation in their own village. The single track aspect did not concern her as she lived in a small community that was fed by a single track road and had experienced no problems. She went on to say that in her opinion the largest impact was on the AONB which should be protected. The design was very good and would have been welcomed anywhere else in the village. To achieve the same number of affordable homes would mean that a larger number of market value homes would have to be built with the increase in problems associated with the development. Any loss to the wider community was negligible whereas building anywhere on the manhood to achieve the same aim would require considerably more buildings and the associated problems they would bring. It was also worth reminding people that the development would be for local people in perpetuity. We should be looking after those people who are perhaps less able to do so themselves.

Cllr Grafham said that he had taken on board all that had been said and the time and trouble that had been engendered by this application. He was very concerned about the access road and the very real dangers that it presented and whilst he accepted that WSCC considered the track as acceptable he felt that just one accident to a child was one too many. He was also very concerned about the impact on strategic services. 

This is an application to develop 15 affordable housing units on an H9 Exception site.

The site is outside of the existing SPA and well within the boundary of the Chichester Harbour Conservation Area AONB. The harbour is of national and international importance for nature conservation. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a wetland of international importance, a Special Protection Area for wild birds and a candidate Special Area of Conservation. The Harbour is of particular significance for wintering wildfowl and waders some of which are internationally important.

Whilst the Parish Council applaud the redesign it was felt that the access track, both its use during the construction phase and subsequent occupation of the properties, created an unacceptable risk to both children and parents using the school which is almost directly opposite the track access and in addition increases the risk to other road users and pedestrians. It is accepted the risk element during non-school hours and holidays is reduced.

The GM Traffic Consultants in their report dated January 2013 stated at paragraph 1.1.7 of their report they had only carried out a desktop study followed by a site visit on 15th January 2013. Whilst they do not state at what time they carried out the site visit it could be reasonably concluded that it was not during the school drop off times or the end of the school day.

In addition the school has recently added the Nursery School to the campus which has significantly increased the numbers dropping off and picking up at the end of the school day as well as adding a third dimension of very small children who attend the nursery either during the morning or the afternoon sessions only but, not all day.

Whilst Birdham Parish Council continues to recognise the need for affordable housing in Birdham it feels that it must OBJECT to this application for the reason given.

It was resolved to authorise the Clerk to inform DC Planning of the decisions made.

  P9-13. Decisions – To be noted.

 

i) BI/13/00389/DOM Mr S Grant Coppice Barn Church Lane Birdham

            Replacement of redundant outbuilding with new studio and games room. PERMIT

 

ii) BI/13/01683/TCA Mr Bob Hudson West Bell House Bell Lane Birdham

Notification of intention to fell 1 no. Willow tree. NOT TO PREPARE A TREE PRESERVATION ORDER

P10-13 Date of next meeting - TBA

 

 

There being no further business to discuss the meeting closed at 8.15pm

 

 

                        Signed ___________________________   Dated ____________________

                                                  Chairman

Adopted minute of the Council Meeting held on the 21st October 2013

 

Birdham Parish Council

 

Minutes of the

Meeting of the Parish Council

 held on Monday 21st October 2013

at 7pm in Birdham Village Hall

 

Present:                     Cllr Finch (Chairman), Cllr Barker, Cllr Hamilton, Cllr Grafham & Cllr Ayton

 Apologies:                   Cllr Cobbold (Vice Chairman), Cllr Churchill.

 Absent:                       

 In attendance:              The Clerk, Cllr Marshall (CDC) and 14 members of the public.

 54-13 Public Question time in accordance with Standing Orders 1d -1l:

              A resident commented on the lights at the roundabout at Donnington and how they were impeding the flow of traffic.

55-13 Declaration of Interests:

The Chairman declared a personal interest in agenda item 8a

56-13 Approve and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on the 16th September 2013:

              It was resolved to adopt the minutes of the 16th September 2013 as a true and accurate record.

 

57-13 Matters arising from the minutes of the 19th November 2012:

Minute 89-12 - Land Bequest.The Clerk reported that he was still awaiting the acceptance of the previously reported arrangements by the third parties involved. 

58-13 Clerks’ Report:

i)    WSCC

a)     The Clerk reported that he had received a ‘consultation’ document from WSCC Highways on the Draft Highways and Transport Works Programmes. It contained two items that were of specific interest to Birdham namely the drainage improvement works at Bookers Lane in Earnley and the likely start date of the 20mph speed reduction scheme in Birdham.

b)    The Clerk went on to say that he also received an email with the commencement dates of the works to install the ‘Park & Stride’ Scheme. Work at the school would start on the 28th October with the final part of the project being carried out to the Village Hall car park week commencing the 18th November.

c)     The final information received from County involved the notification by the Prevention Assessments Team Working Age Adults Service.

ii) CDC 

a)     The Clerk reported he had been notified of the District Councils intention to install the new waste bin at the bus stop opposite the garage during the week commencing 28th October.

iii)Other related matters – There were none.

iv)  Reports from Members of WSCC/CDC – Cllr Montyn (WSCC), via email, gave his apologies and addressed the problems that had been experienced by many at the temporary traffic lights at Donnington. He reported that the lights were temporary and the works for which they were in place was due to be completed by the 6th December.

Cllr Marshall reported that the fully amended Draft Local Plan was due to be presented to CDC Members on the following Thursday. Good progress had been made to proceed to the next stage of consultation and final presentation in early 2014. 

59-13 To receive and approve a financial report:

i)    The Clerk presented the financial report for the month (shown at annex a) which showed the following balances;

 

Balances held at Bank

£46558.10

Designated Funds

£27079.24

Available Funds

£19478.86

 

 

Creditors

£  1770.99

 

 

 

The Clerk offered to answer any questions that Councillors may have.

 

It was resolved to adopt the Financial Report.

 

ii)   The report from the External Auditor – PKF Littlejohn LLP – showed a clean bill of health but with two minor observations.

 

It was resolved to accept the report of the External Auditor.

 

60-13  Neighbourhood Planning – Council Chairman to report.

The Council Chairman reported that the Vice Chairman had stood down from the NP Steering Group for personal reasons. This now meant that the Steering Group needed to elect a suitable Chairman and Vice Chairman as quickly as possible. Equally, more pro-active members were required to drive forward the development of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Currently the Steering Group are in the process of producing draft policies.

An Open Day is scheduled to be held on the 23rd November.

A number of other Neighbourhood Plans have been passed.

 

61-13 Planning matters including applications and CDC delegated decisions:

 

i)   To decide on the request by residents to reduce the speed limit on the A286 Birdham Straight. – Cllr Ayton introduced this item. He had been approached by a number of residents who felt unsafe whilst using what little in the way of footpaths that exist and the noise of speeding traffic. Residents were experiencing difficulty in turning right either onto or from the A286.

It was generally accepted that speed was excessive at times but the main task was to get the traffic to observe the existing limit of 40mph. The Clerk suggested that a volunteer group could be trained by the Police to operate radar speed devices however, no volunteers have yet to come forward. The Clerk also said that he had approached WSCC to speed up the process of a TRO to reduce the speed limit but had been informed that even with the support of the local member – Cllr Montyn – it would be unlikely to come to fruition within 5 years.

No decision was made to take this forward.

ii)To decide on Birdham Parish Councils response to the proposed bridging of the Canal over the A286 Birdham Road.

Cllr Hamilton introduced this item. This item had come to the attention of the District Council whilst updating the old saved Local Plan of 1999 to the emerging Local Plan. It had been called in by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of CDC and subsequently to the full District Council Meeting which was in favour of supporting its inclusion in the emerging Local Plan even though local members of the Manhood spoke against it.

During the following debate members of Birdham Parish Council felt that the impact on the one road in and out of the western side of the Manhood would be totally unacceptable. More importantly it emerged that very little if any consultation had taken place with the residents of the houseboats moored on the canal to the west of the A286. There was little evidence to suggest that consideration had been given to the protection of the wildlife either during or post any construction phase of such a bridge. On a more positive stance it was suggested that improvements could be made to the footpath from the canal basin to the Marina.

It was resolved that Birdham Parish Council currently does not support the bridging of the A286 to provide through navigation of the Chichester Ship Canal.

 

iii)   Planning Applications to be Decided

 

a)     BI/13/02962/TPA Cross Trees, Burlow Close, Birdham

Fell 1 no. Horse Chestnut tree (T4) . Crown lift by up to 4.5 m and crown reduction by 2/2.5m on 1 no. Horse Chestnut tree (T5). Both trees subject to BI/69/0009/TPO.

As the Parish Council has no expertise in this field it is content to rely on and abide by the recommendation of the DC Tree Officer.

b)    13/03105/P3JPA Opal Building Chichester Marina

This is an application to convert an office building on their marina site to residential use using the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) order 2013. In general the Parish Council accept that the building is already in existence the conversion to residential use flies in the face of NPPF 115 and 116 as the site is outside of the existing SPA and well within the boundary of the Chichester Harbour Conservation Area AONB. The harbour is of national and international importance for nature conservation. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a wetland of international importance, a Special Protection Area for wild birds and a candidate Special Area of Conservation. The Harbour is of particular significance for wintering wildfowl and waders some of which are internationally important.

Development in an AONB is covered very clearly in the NPPF sect 11 para 115. NPPF Sect 11 para 116 quite clearly says that permission should be refused except in exceptional circumstances and where it can be demonstrated that development would be in the public interest. In the opinion of the Parish Council there is no evidence to suggest that the site has been advertised to determine the viability of the building as an existing Class B1 site.

The application currently makes no mention of affordable housing or a contribution towards affordable housing and shows no detail of the car parking area or the proposed decking area. Currently the area surrounding the building is used as amenity area by boat owners and visitors to the marina is this to be lost?

Equally it is not disclosed whether these flats will be for sale or lease as full residential units or as holiday lets with the usual caveats in terms of months of use? Are they to be for the use of berth holders or are they open market properties?

The Parish Council is also concerned that should this change of use be permitted then a precedent will have been set allowing the adjacent building to be converted in the same vein.

Birdham Parish Council Objects to this application for change of use until it can be demonstrated that all of the questions above have been properly answered.

 

It was resolved to instruct the Clerk to forward the decisions of Birdham Parish Council to DC Planning

 

i)    Delegated Decisions to be noted

 

There were no delegated decisions

 

62-13 Correspondence – Not previously circulated:

The Clerk reported that he had received notifications of, and invitations to, the AGM of the Action in Rural Sussex (AiRS) and the Sussex Association of Local Councils (SALC). Both AGM are to be held on 7th November at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.

 

63-13 Reports:

i)      Play Area and Playing Field. – The repair work to the play area gate and fence had been carried out and additional ‘hardening’ of the fence to the Farne Lane/Crooked Lane corner fencing had been finished.

ii)     Village Green and Pond – The Clerk reported that although he had ordered the work to be carried out on the pond the contractor had not yet started.

iii)    Condition of Village Ditch/Drain Network. – The previously reported application for funding from Op Watershed had been successful but not yet received. Cllr Ayton raised concerns about the ditch running alongside the playing field.

iv)   Police and Neighbourhood Watch – PCSO Bainbridge had given her apologies and submitted a written report. The Clerk read out the report (shown at annex b).

v)    Communication Working Groups – There was nothing to report.

vi)   Other - Mr Barrington reported that he had attended the CDC Planning Committee meeting at which the concerns of residents to the Old Common Close development had been discussed. (His report is shown at annex c). In closing he said that the advertising signs currently displayed had permission until the 28th October, he hoped they would be removed by or on that date but, doubted it.

A resident thanked both the Chairman and Mr Barrington for their work and support and suggested that all residents of Birdham should be very vigilant when it came to future developments.

It was also suggested, and agreed, that a letter from the Parish Council should be sent to the District Council highlighting the concerns of the Parish Council in the perceived lack of enforcement support during the development of Old Common Close.

 

64-13 To determine the location within the Village of donated trees and, to seek help in their planting:

Cllr Barker said that the school had donated a number of trees to the Parish Council to be planted within Birdham. As the school were seeking to have these trees removed from the school grounds as soon as possible she asked for volunteers to help her. A number of Councillors offered their help as did Mr Pocock and Mr Barrett.

 

65-13 Reports of meetings attended by Councillors;

          The Chairman said that she had attended the All Parishes Meeting and had listened to the PCC Katy Bourne say how ESCC had dealt with travellers and how success full they had been in reducing the number of incursions and the damage. She was now working with the leaders of the various District, Borough Councils and WSCC to try and achieve the same result.

 

66-13 Items for inclusion on the next agenda:

          Speeding

 

66-13 Date of Next Meeting:

             

21st October 2013 at 7pm in Birdham Village Hall

 

There being no further business to discuss the meeting was declared closed at 20:36pm

 

 

 

 

 

                        Signed ___________________________   Dated ____________________

 

                                                  Chairman


 

Annex a

Birdham Parish Council

Financial Statement as at 21st October 2013

£

Bank Accounts as at 31st March 2013

21611.00

Receipts to date

48589.53

Expenditure to date

23642.43

Balance

46558.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Represented by;

Current Account (Barclays Community A/c)

5686.43

Deposit Account (Barclays Premium Business A/c)

34197.79

National Savings

6673.88

Total

46558.10

Less

Reserve @ 50% of Precept

18463.20

Loan Reserve for half year

8591.04

Outstanding Cheque/s -

102115

25.00

Total

27079.24

Available Funds

19478.86

Signed

Clerk to the Council

21st October 2013

Payments to be considered

B Geary (Litter Picking)

70.00

Clerks Expenses

19.09

M H Kennedy & Son

429.12

A Dover (Village Green/Bus Stops)

100.00

KJB Contractors (Playpark damage & Fencing)

516.00

SALC ( Good Cllrs Guide)

21.12

PKF Littlejohn (External Auditors)

240.00

Access by Design (Web site Hosting)

144.00

Southern Electric

202.66

CPRE (Subscription)

29.00

Total

1770.99

 

 

 

Annex b

 

Please note that the West Wittering Neighbourhood Management Panel Meeting (NMP) which included Birdham has now ceased.

This is because two members have joined East Wittering NMP and two from Birdham have decided to wind down for personal reasons.  They have both attended for many years and I am most grateful for their valued input over that time.  Despite requests to the public, no further residents/businesses have come forward to attend and so after discussion, the existing members have agreed to all join the East Wittering and Bracklesham NMP.  This will henceforth become known as THE WITTERINGS NMP. 

 

I still have a Meet Me In Person session at Birdham Stores on the 4th Thursday of each month between 11:00 - 11:30 am.

 

October is Tyre Safe month and I have joined NPT colleagues in checked tyre safety in various car parks.   Anyone can check their tyres by placing a 20p coin in the central part of the tyre.  The ridge of the coin should fall inside the grooves.  Tyres should be checked regularly and especially with winter approaching.  Good tyres are essential for good road safety for yourself and others and ensure best performance from your vehicle.  If you are stopped by Police with tyres below acceptable levels, you could receive a £60 fine and 3 points on your licence.

 


 

Annex c

 

The issues on various breaches of conditions by Bellway Homes on the Longmeadow site were brought in front of the Planning Committee last Wednesday. Essentially these majored on the failure of the Bellway to implement the approved drainage scheme and also to carry out excavation in tree root zones by means of hand digging as specified in the Conditions.

 

Though these and other items were discussed for well over an hour, the result was that the recommendation that no further action was required was carried by 8:2.

 

With regard to the drainage, the reasons given were that the CDC Drainage Officer considered the scheme installed was acceptable and an improvement to that approved. Our request for an open and independent assessment was therefore refused and so we must assume that CDC will now take on full responsibility for any malfunction in the future. 

 

With regard to the tree root damage - the Council determined it was not considered expedient to take any enforcement action, as they couldn’t prove that any damage had been done. The fact that mechanical digging was used, which amounted to a clear breach of Condition 40, whether any damage was done or not, was ignored.

 

As those who attended know, the procedure at these meetings is hardly a level playing field. Though we had submitted written comments in response to the initial Officers’ 9-page report - immediately before the meeting we were faced with a long update sheet, with further comments and information, to which it was impossible to reply. Furthermore the four objecting speakers had a total of 12 minutes to state their case. Thereafter, Officers’ can say anything in response to Committee members’ questions without any public intervention.

 

Although we have to accept the decision, arising out of the comments made by the Officers’, both in the update sheet and at the meeting, were some points which we feel should be addressed by the Parish Council on our behalf.

 

1. One of the Planning Committee, Mrs Tull, suggested that the issues were brought before the committee because local residents simply objected to the Longmeadow site. As the matters discussed were confined purely to the technical issues arising out of the construction process and not the design itself, these remarks were unfair and out of order.

 

2. The Officers’ original report said that the drainage outfalls had been passed as satisfactory, though, having notified them that these had lain uncompleted since 4 September, the update sheet produced at the meeting stated that the works would be completed last week (i.e. a grille would be fitted). This has not been done and neither has the banking been reinforced - therefore the statement was misleading. In any case, Condition 9 says the work should have been completed before the development was brought in to use.

 

3. It might also be interesting to note that last Thursday work had to be carried out due to a blockage in the foul water system, which brings into question whether the system is fit for purpose and presents ongoing problems for the inhabitants.

 

4. The ditch abutting the main road should have been cleared on completion. We are not sure whose responsibility this is now, as the Conveyance Plan did not make this clear. We are told this is the affordable housing association. (Note: I will check this with Guinness Hermitage on Monday )

 

5. We were not satisfied at the Enforcement Officer’s response to the car parking issue (Condition 15), which effectively said that the breach was not pursued because the financial consequences for the developer were considered to be of a greater amount than the disturbance caused to residents. This suggests that CDC regard developer as more important than the residents. Furthermore, they have argued that Bellway submitted a scheme – albeit after the problem arose – which was approved because it complied with the Condition on paper, but, as was seen, in practice, it was hopelessly inadequate and not observed.

 

6. The permission for the advertising signs expires on 29 October. Having already breached the permission with additional hoardings for 5 months, we hope the Council will ensure that Bellway remove them by that date and not use the excuse that this is a low priority matter.

 

Mr Frost (ADDM) stated at the meeting that lessons have to be learned from the Longmeadow issues and we hope they will.

 

7. However, we have the prospect of more developments and taking Rowans as a case in point, amongst others including ground water monitoring and tree protection, there are three references to excavation by ‘hand-digging’. One of the Committee members at the meeting pointedly remarked that hand digging was not practical in this day and age and therefore any plan involving this was liable to abuse. 

 

8. It is also noted in the Crooked Lane application that a letter from Technical Arboriculture refers to use of air spade and hand-digging in constructing the access track to the site.

 

So how is the Council going to deal with these situations? As with Longmeadow it is obviously the case that residents have to be vigilant. But I think it is important that the Parish Council express our concerns to CDC in the light of these events to try to avoid the despoiling of our amenities and environment to meet a very questionable demand for more housing.

 

 

 

Agenda for the Council Meeting to be held on the 18th November 2013

 Birdham Parish Council

28 Langdale Avenue, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8JQ

Tel : 01243 790402

Email : clerk@birdhamparishcouncil.org.uk Website : www.birdham.org.uk

 

Clerk to the Council : David J Siggs

 

MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

 

Members are hereby summoned to attend a Meeting of Birdham Parish Council to be held on at 7pm on Monday 18th November 2013 in the Main Hall at Birdham Village Hall, Birdham.

David J Siggs - Clerk to the Council

AGENDA

1. Public Question Time: (In accordance with Standing Orders 1d – 1l)

2. Declaration of interests:

3. Approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 21st October 2013

4. Matters Arising

                i) Land bequest to the Council

5. Clerks Report including:

                i) WSCC Reports, highways matters and correspondence

                ii) CDC Reports including correspondence

                iii) To receive reports from Division Members of WSCC and Ward Members of CDC as appropriate.

                iv) Other related matters

6. Finance and corporate:

                i) To receive and approve a financial report.

                ii) To receive and approve the Clerks recent 1% pay award allocated under the NJC scheme

7. To receive an update on the position of the Neighbourhood Plan

8. Planning matters including applications and CDC delegated decisions.

                i) To receive and approve the Planning Committee Minutes of the 14th October 2013

                ii) Planning Applications to be decided.

BI/13/03111/DOM - Case Officer: Caitlin Boddy - Mr And Mrs Rumbol Houseboat Tranquility Chichester Marina Birdham

Extension to houseboat consisting of additional floor for the purpose of garden room and gallery.

 BI/13/03307/TPA - Case Officer: Henry Whitby - Mr Peter Bachelor 25 Walwyn Close Birdham

Reduce eastern sector by 1m (back to previous pruning points) and crown raise western sector by removal of 1 no. major limb (approx 200m in diameter) on 1. no Oak tree (T7) subject to BI/97/00037/TPO.

BI/13/03314/TPA - Case Officer: Henry Whitby - Mr Fouler 32 Walwyn Close Birdham

Reduce by 2m (all round) and crown raise to give ground clearance of 10m on 2 no. Oak trees (T1 and T2). Reduce by 3m (all round) and crown raise to give ground clearance of 10m on 1 no. Oak tree (T3). All 3 no. trees subject to BI/97/00037/TPO.

 BI/13/01357/DOM - Case Officer: Maria Tomlinson - Mr J Ireland Dragonsfield Westlands Estate Birdham Chichester

Proposed double garage.

 BI/13/03231/DOM - Case Officer: Caitlin Boddy - Dr And Mrs T.G And E Edwards Ffolletts Sidlesham Lane Birdham

Rear extension to form garden room plus carport.

 BI/13/03393/DOM - Case Officer: Natalie McKellar - Mr Henry Slack And Miss Pippa Nixon Hundredsteddle Hundredsteddle Lane

Demolish existing garage/workshop, construct double garage, kitchen and dining area, internal alterations and new windows.

 BI/13/03394/LBC - Case Officer: Natalie McKellar - Mr Henry Slack And Miss Pippa Nixon Hundredsteddle Hundredsteddle Lane

Demolish existing garage/workshop, construct double garage, kitchen and dining area, internal alterations and new windows.

iv) Delegated Decisions to be noted.

BI/13/02795/FUL Mrs J Hembling Electricity Sub Station North Of Greyroof Alandale Road Birdham West Sussex  

Change of use and conversion of existing outbuilding known as 'Shepherds' (previous sub-station) into store/gym/home office ancillary to the main dwelling (The Old Poorhouse). PERMIT

9. Correspondence - Not previously circulated to be noted.

10. Reports

                i) Play area and playing field

                ii) Village Green and pond

                iii) Condition of Village Drain/Ditch Network

                iv) Police & Neighbourhood Watch

                v) Communication Working Group

                vi) Other

11. To receive a report from Cllr Ayton on speeding in and around the Village.

12. Reports of meetings attended by Councillors

13. Items for inclusion on next agenda.

14. Date of Next Meeting 16th December 2013

 

THE PUBLIC HAVE A RIGHT TO ATTEND ALL MEETINGS

 OF THE COUNCIL AND ARE WELCOME