Minutes of the Meeting held virtually on Thursday 19th November 2020 at 7.15pm.
Present: Cllr Barbara Cooper (Chairperson)
Cllr Will Bevan
Cllr Peter White
Sharon Brown – Clerk
Also present: Cllr Tumi Hawkins, Cllr Mark Howell, Mr Stephen Kelly, Mrs Bobbie Coe and Mrs Chris Morton who were welcomed.
Stephen Kelly, Deputy Director, GCSPS, was thanked for attending this meeting and his comprehensive summary of planning issues of concern in Longstowe.
Stephen Kelly noted the recent correspondence between LPC and GCSPS, including the historic anomaly of planning conditions at 48 Old North Road and the apparent lack of fairness with respect to other local planning consents / lack of consent. He acknowledged that a mistake had been made in the past concerning the original bungalow, but with respect to other local planning decisions he explained how these had been correct under the prevailing rules and information provided to the Planning Department at those times.
A staff member has now visited 48 Old North Road and a resubmission of the current planning application, as a retrospective application for permission, has been requested. Local concerns with respect to access and visibility have been taken up and CCC Highways will be asked to comment on any new application. Concerns about drainage would necessarily have to be addressed by the planning application.
There was also discussion on the planning requirements concerning ‘granny annexes’. Stephen Kelly noted that government wishes to help families provide care for relatives, and that though the planning approach was now more sophisticated than in the past, could be challenging.
The translation of planning services to GCSPS and the effects of Covid-19 in their effects on the advance of planning matters over the last twelve months was noted. Stephen Kelly acknowledged that ‘Planning had had a journey’ and further, that it would be even more complex in the future with all the transport and planning developments proposed in South Cambs.
57 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr Geoff Hemmins.
58 THE MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The Minutes of 15th October 2020 were agreed and approved for signing.
59 REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS AND PCSO
Cllr Tumi Hawkins, SCDC: highlighted, a) Covid 19 issues; cases are not decreasing in S.Cambs. Persons that have to self-isolate may now be eligible for a £500 government support grant. SCDC local business support continues, together with a tailored Newsletter. The ‘Handy – Person’ also continues for the frail and disabled.
Thanks were expressed to Cllr Hawkins, for facilitating the presence of Stephen Kelly, Deputy Director, GCSPS, at this meeting today.
Cllr Mark Howell, CCC: highlighted, a) Correspondence regarding the trees in Rushbrook Close, b) the relationship between the ‘Call for Sites proposed building responses’, the proposed Autonomous Busway – Cambridge to Cambourne and the East – West Rail routes passing through South Cambs from Cambridge to the west. E-W Rail would like a station south of Cambourne between Bourn and Toft. Cambourne Town Council would prefer a station to the North of the town. Noted, there is currently no County Structure Plan to aid decision making.
60 MATTERS ARISING/TO REPORT FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES
a) Pathway to Bourn: A joint virtual meeting with representatives of Bourn Parish Council, kindly organized by Cllr Howell, has aired the cycle path aspirations of both Parishes, these being Longstowe to Bourn and Bourn to Toft. Grant monies for a feasibility study, in the order of 10-15K, will be researched. Cllr Bevan has also contacted Cllr Hawkins, Planning Committee Chair, for information about s106 planning agreements. User friendliness for all was discussed.
b) Rights of Way map: The Permissive Paths note has now been agreed. A QR Code to accompany the map was also considered a good plan.
c) Postbox by village sign – condition: Chase up lack of programmed maintenance.
61 MEMBERS’ DECLARATION OF INTEREST FOR ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
a) Parish Precept 2021/22 consultation, SCDC. Agreed to apply for the same level of precept.
b) Covid Community Grant, SCDC, remittance £100. Noted.
63 TO CONSIDER/REPORT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
a) Discharge of condition 8 (Foul and surface water drainage) of planning permission of S/0663/19/FL on decision dated 5th July 2019, Site address: 134 Old North Road Longstowe CB23 2UT. Noted.
64 TO CONSIDER OTHER MATTERS
a) Village Hall update: Routine maintenance and dealing with autumn leaf fall continues. The next Village Hall Committee meeting is planned for December, at which the battery disposal point will be discussed. Loss of income to the village hall was discussed with a further possible grant and insurance situation noted.
b) Covid-19 village update: Requests for help remain low at one only this month. The need for a card with contact details to each household was discussed but not considered necessary.
c) Pathway along A1198. The path at the south end has now been cleared, by two volunteers, of vegetation and decayed leaves. There are several sections of crumbling tarmac and others with rooted vegetation. Agreed a request be made to CCC Highways for repair.
65 CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED
A list of correspondence received is printed in the Agenda which is placed on the noticeboards and on the web page prior to the Parish Council meeting; details are available from the Clerk.
66 SKYLARK – TO CONSIDER ANY EDITORIAL ISSUES
The next issue will be December. A number of articles have already been received. County Broadband have asked to place an advert which was agreed. The Editor asked if the publication dates could all be brought forward permanently by a month as this would fit better with events information needing to be published. This was agreed.
67 DATE OF NEXT MEETING THURSDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2020
Signed by: …………………………………………Chairperson Date: ………………..
GCSPS: Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service. (SCDC & Cambridge City Council)