Parish Council meeting minutes – 19th April 2022

BRAMLEY PARISH COUNCIL

 

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council

Date:

Tuesday 19th April 2022

Time:                                    7.00pm

Place:

Bramley Room, Bramley Village Hall

 

Present:

Cllr Tony Durrant (Chair)

Cllr Bruce Ansell

 

Cllr Steve Day

Cllr Malcolm Bell

 

Cllr Chris Flooks

Cllr Colin Shimell

 

Cllr Keith Oborn

Cllr Chris Tomblin

In attendance:

Maxta Thomas (Clerk)

9 members of the public

 

Cllr Simon Mahaffey (Borough)

Cllr Rhydian Vaughan (County)

Apologies:

Cllr Liz Capel

Cllr Nick Robinson (Borough)

 

 

Action

1

Apologies for Absence

 

 

As listed above.

 

2

Declarations of Interest

 

 

·         Cllr Tomblin noted his position on the Development Control (DC) Committee and took no part in voting on planning applications.

·         Cllr Oborn noted his involvement with Loddon Community Energy, and took no part in the vote on that item.

·         Cllr Day noted his position on the Bramley School board of governors, and took no part in the vote on the Bramley School Association grant application.

 

3

Minutes of the Last Parish Council Meeting

 

3.1

The minutes of the meeting held on 15th March were proposed by Cllr Oborn as being a true and accurate record of the meeting.  This was seconded by Cllr Bell and unanimously agreed.  The Chairman duly signed the minutes.

 

 

3.2

Matters arising

 

 

·         Jubilee craft event – Cllr Day will approach the school at the next Governors Meeting. 

 

4

Open Forum

 

 

Cllr Durrant invited comments and questions from the public. 

·         None.

 

5

County Councillor Report  – see appendix A.

·         Jubilee Beacons – Cllr Vaughan is checking if PCs need to inform Fire Service of any beacon lighting ceremony.

 

6

Borough Councillor Report – See appendix A. 

·         Cllr Tomblin noted the upcoming local elections

·         Cllr Tomblin noted the upcoming solar farm DC Committee meeting.

·         Cllr Tomblin stated that the new BDBC mayor will be Cllr Paul Miller, with Cllr David Leeks as deputy.

·         Cllr Mahaffey noted the recent planning appeal heard last week for the traveller occupied land in Silchester.

 

 

7

Parish Environment

 

7.1

Update on Jubilee event – Cllr Bell and Cllr Day gave an update.

Need to check is what happening with choir recording.  Video will be taken as well – Cllr Day to check if recording can go on PC website.

The hole for the beacon housing still needs to be located. 

 

 

Cllr Day

Cllr Bell

7.2

Loddon Community Energy (LCE) –  LCE is a ot-For-Profit Community Benefit Society (CBS) owned by the local community, who can sell shares and raise money from lenders, but shares cannot be traded.  Individuals and organizations can buy shares, and each shareholder has one vote – irrespective of the number of shares held.  No large shareholder can control the direction of the CBS.  They wish to accelerate progress to a Zero Carbon world by  helping the local community to find opportunities to invest in local renewable energy projects.  More information can be found on the Bramley Parish Council website.

Cllr Durrant asked if members support the project, and are happy to share details via the Parish Council website and social media.  Cllr Tomblin noted the BDBC climate emergency, and noted issues with identifying viable buildings for rooftop solar PV.  After some discussion, Cllr Tomblin proposed that the PC does support the initiative.  Cllr Shimell seconded, unanimously agreed.  Clerk to liaise with LCE moving forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clerk

7.3

Bramley Nature & Sustainability Team – Iain James has set up a small group to look at flora and fauna in Bramley and how to support it.  The group has applied to the Wilder Basingstoke scheme.  Iain noted the Bramley Green wild meadow scheme, which is ongoing, and is being examined to see how the scheme could be extended in the future.  The group is also looking at area at the end of Ordinance Road to see what might be done to promote wildlife in the area, which is currently tucked behind a bund and somewhat neglected.  This would include the whole area right back to and including the overflow pond (see information at appendix B).  It was noted that the watercourse probably needs some investigation.  Sarah Plested is happy to move the scheme forward and make the necessary enquires.  They are looking for support in publicising the group and on some of the initiatives.   Cllr day proposed and Cllr Tomblin seconded that Bramley PC support the group moving forward, this was unanimously agreed. 

 

8

Clerk’s report & Administration

 

8.1

2021-22 Audit

         i.            Internal Auditors report – the Clerk summarised the internal auditor’s report, which has been signed off by the internal auditor.  She noted the following points:

o   Decisions taken at online meetings are not legal until ratified at a physical meeting.  The decisions taken over the summer of 2021 have already been ratified.  The decisions taken from December 2021 to March 2022 have been summarised (appendix C), and councillors need to ratify these tonight.  Cllr Durrant proposed ratifying these decisions, Cllr Tomblin seconded, unanimously agreed.

o   Last year the external auditor raised a point about ‘netting off’ regarding insurance monies.  The internal auditor confirmed that this was done correctly, as per the updated Practitioners Guide.

o   A note was made that the budget report should come directly from the accounting system software.  The Clerk noted that it was exported to Excel for ease of editing, but will look at it in detail in the next budget cycle.

o   Policies and Standing Orders should be updated.  The Clerk is already working on these and they will be ready for approval at the Annual Meeting on 17th May.

       ii.            Approval of the 2021-22 Annual Governance Statement – Cllr Flooks proposed approving the Annual Governance Statement.  Cllr Bell seconded, unanimously approved and signed by the Chairman and Clerk.

     iii.            Approval of the Annual Accounting Statement – Cllr Shimell proposed approving the Annual Accounting Statement.  Cllr Ansell seconded, unanimously approved and signed by the Chairman and Clerk.

Clerk to submit audit documents to the external auditor, PKF Littlejohn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8.2

Parish magazine article – The next deadline will be 15th May for the June issue.  Cllr Tomblin to write the next article. 

 

Cllr Tomblin

9

Reports

 

9.1

Planning Committee report (appendix D) – Cllr Flooks outlined the decisions of the April Planning Committee meeting. 

Tree warden – unanimously agreed to follow up.  Clerk to take forward.

        i.            22/00744/FUL – Bramley Garage Sherfield Road Bramley

Demolition of existing garage and bakery buildings, erection of two buildings comprising a Class E commercial unit and 9 residential flats, change of use of land to residential use associated with Spring Fields, change of use of parts of residential curtilage of Spring Fields to form part of new development, associated car parking, servicing and landscaping.

o   Cllr Flooks noted that the Planning Committee are recommending objecting to this application.  The reasons for this are noted in the April Planning Committee meeting minutes (appendix C).

o   Cllr Durrant noted that the footpath area currently used for parking should not form part of the development as the land does not belong to the applicant.

o   Cllr Shimell – noted that sewage issue is complex, in that the sewage and run off go into the same drain at present, and these plans do separate those two items.

o   Cllr Durrant noted that application does not add to local economy, and that Bramley does not have infrastructure for more housing.  He also feels that overshadowing will be an issue. 

o   Cllr Shimell noted that noise is likely to be an issue for residents of the residential units. 

o   Cllrs observed that the application is not in line with NDP.

o   Cllr Ansell proposed objecting, Cllr Bell seconded, majority in favour of objection, and 2 abstentions.  Clerk to submit objections. 

       ii.            20/03403/FUL – Bramley Solar Farm proposals update – this application will be considered by the BDBC Development Control Committee on 20th April 2022.  It is the only item on the agenda.  Cllrs Durrant and Flooks will be speaking on behalf of Bramley Parish Council, and the Clerk is aware that Silchester Parish Council and the Solar Farm Residents Group will also be speaking.

     iii.            BDBC motion to Protect Rural Villages against Development – Cllr Mahaffey has drafted a proposal to put to BDBC designed to protect rural villages against development.  He is looking for support from Parish Councils for the proposal, and for volunteers to put together a formal policy proposal. 

Cllr Tomblin noted that the LPU rural strategy is due to come up for debate at EPH in June.  He also noted that the villages that directly border the Basingstoke area are likely to get the site included in the Basingstoke planning envelope, rather than a rural parish site.

Cllr Ansell felt that the motion does not help Bramley at all, in that it is aimed more at the smaller villages that do not have any sort of infrastructure to support new housing.  Bramley, Whitchurch, Oakley, Kingsclere, and Overton arguably do have some infrastructure. 

It was felt that the motion as proposed does not necessarily protect Bramley from development, but would the smaller villages. 

Cllr Durrant proposed that BPC would like to be involved but need to ask how they could be involved – this question should be address to Cllr Mahaffey.  What does he want Bramley to do, and how does motion fit in for Bramley and with what officers have stated.  Unanimously agreed. 

     iv.            Any other new applications – none.

 

Cllrs Flooks and Bell attended a meeting hosted by Whitchurch Town Council today, focused on a united approach to lowering the Housing Numbers in the Borough and within the local parishes/towns.  Whitchurch Town Council object to using the standard method for calculating housing numbers as it is based on the 2011 census figures.  A different model proposes using figures from the 2021 census as they become available.  Whitchurch Town Council are also proposing that parish and town councils in the Borough approach BDBC as a bloc to lobby using the alternative method.  They have got support from a couple of local MPs, Kit Malthouse and Maria Miller. 

 

 

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9.2

Allotments & Burial Ground – the Clerk has again chased Persimmon about the allotments lease and is awaiting a reply. 

 

9.3

Village Hall Trust – see appendix A. 

 

9.4

Clift Meadow Trust – see appendix A.

         i.            Clift Meadow plumbing – an issue has been identified with the waste water plumbing at Clift Meadow, which means that the toilets there cannot deal with heavy usage for large events.  For the present, portaloos are being used for larger events.  Cllr Durrant and the Clerk plan to meet with CMT in due course to discuss.

 

 

 

 

Cllr Durrant/ Clerk

9.5

Police & Neighbourhood Watch – no report.

 

9.6

Highways & Footpaths – see appendix A.

 

9.7

Road Safety Project – Highways plan to carry out some minor works on the junction scheme in due course – these will consist of some minor remedial works and additional signage/lines. 

The Clerk has received the audit report about the junction.  The audit has identified that some drivers are committing a road traffic offence by overtaking queuing traffic to turn right into Bramley Lane, particularly at peak times.  This has been referred to the Hampshire Constabulary for potential enforcement, although HCC have not yet received a reply.    

 

9.8

Chairman’s Report – Cllr Durrant noted that ‘Village Green’ land at Longbridge Road is up for sale by auction.  It is possible that there might be a strong case for overturning the Village Green status; however, this would take some time and be expensive.   

 

10

Consultation documents requiring consideration

 

 

None.

 

11

Grant Applications

 

11.1

Bramley School Association – a grant request for £1500 has been received, to support the BSA School Summer Fete.

Cllr Bell proposed giving the grant, Cllr Ansell seconded, unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.  

 

 

 

Clerk

11.2

Bramley 0-5 Group – a grant request for £483 has been received, to support the Bramley 0-5 group.  They are looking to cover a shortfall in the hall fees and the running costs for the year. 

Cllr Oborn proposed giving the grant, Cllr Shimell seconded, unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.

 

 

 

Clerk

12.

Finance

 

12.1

Payments and reconciliation approval – see appendix D

The Clerk noted the payments for April, including the salary payments which came in late today.  Cllr Day proposed approving the April payments, seconded by Cllr Shimell and unanimously approved.  Clerk to action. 

 

 

 

Clerk

8.3

Acknowledgement of Receipts – see appendix C

The receipts for April were noted.  The Clerk noted that the first precept payment is due at the end of April, along with the grass cutting grant from BDBC, and the Litter Warden grant.

 

 

13

Date of Next meeting

 

 

The next Parish Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 17th May at 7.00pm, in the Bramley Room at Bramley Village Hall.  This will incorporate the Annual Meeting of the Council.  The Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled for 24th May.

 

14

Resolution to exclude press and public from items that may require discussion of possible legal and financial proceedings 

 

 

Cllr Tomblin proposed the above resolution, Cllr Durrant seconded, unanimously agreed.  The public and press left the meeting at this point.

 

15

Confidential Items

 

 

 

Litter Warden’s salary – the Clerk noted that the national minimum wage has now risen to £9.50 per hour, and that the Litter Warden grant from BDBC will rise to reflect this.  Cllr Tomblin proposed increasing the Litter Warden’s salary accordingly, Cllr Day seconded, unanimously agreed.  Clerk to take forward.

 

 

 

Clerk

 

The meeting closed at 8.56pm

 

 

 

 

Appendix A – April Briefing notes

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

No written report received.

 

ALLOTMENTS/BURIAL GROUND

No written report received.

 

VILLAGE HALL TRUST

  • Finances – rough break even on bookings, reserves stable
  • Bookings – last of the “lost” regulars has returned
  • Solar project – installation in the summer
  • Stocks Farm – another approach from Waites re access. Response was that BVHT will wait for the Planning decision

 

CLIFT MEADOW TRUST

No written report received.

 

POLICING & NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

No written report received.

 

HIGHWAYS/FOOTPATHS

No written report received. 

 

ROAD SAFETY PROJECT

No written report received.

 

BOROUGH COUNCILLOR REPORT

No written report received.

 

COUNTY COUNCILLOR REPORT – Report submitted by Cllr Rhydian Vaughan

  1. Homes for Ukraine

The County Council is working with local district and borough councils, as well as key local partners such as the NHS and Hampshire Constabulary, to prepare for the provision of immediate support and assistance to Ukrainians arriving in Hampshire under the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme. An initial £100,000 has been set aside to provide immediate support and assistance.

The position is developing rapidly and remains fluid. Several key areas of activity are currently being prioritised:

  • a process for home visits is being put in place; individual sponsors will be contacted by the County Council regarding these, as soon as they have been formally notified by Government of an impending arrival
  • a process is also being set up to allow sponsors to receive a ‘thank you’ payment of £350 per month direct to their bank accounts.
  • DBS checks are required of all sponsors under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, as well as enhanced DBS checks for hosts who will have Ukrainian children staying with them. These will commence as part of the home visit process and will be undertaken by HCC.
  • guest families will be assisted with school admissions so that formal education can continue as soon as possible; queries about school places can be directed to https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/admissions/contacts places
  • the County Council’s adult social care team is liaising with NHS representatives regarding how support will be provided. GP support and the provision of crisis mental health assistance is a key consideration.

A dedicated ‘Support For Ukraine’ webpage (www.hants.gov.uk/ukraine) has been set up and is being regularly updated with the latest information, together with signposting to updates from central Government.

 

  1. Covid-19 update

Changes have occurred to the national Covid testing regime, as part of the Government’s ‘Living with COVID’ plan, which has been made possible largely thanks to the successful vaccination programme; this has placed the UK in a strong position to now treat Coronavirus like other respiratory diseases.

Recent changes include the closure of testing sites for people with symptoms and the end of the provision of free tests for the general public in England. Anyone wishing to get tested will be able to purchase an LFD test from pharmacies.

Limited free symptomatic testing will continue for a small number of at-risk groups and will also remain available to social care staff. Guidance on testing arrangements for visitors to care homes is provided on the gov.uk webpages.

The current data shows a picture of increased COVID-19 activity and continued high case rates across all ages in Hampshire, with the highest rates currently among 35-39 year olds, and rising infections in the those aged 60+. Despite hospitalisations decreasing since the peak of the Omicron wave, there is a slight upward trend in those admitted to hospital with COVID-19, which HCC’s Public Health team are monitoring closely, alongside outbreaks within the community. 

More information can be found on the ‘Keep Hampshire Safe’ web page at www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/coronavirus/covid-changes-faqs

 

  1. New community pantries

Five new Community Pantries are opening in Hampshire with support from the connect4communities programme, led by Hampshire County Council. Each pantry will help families who are facing hardship to access food at reduced prices. There is now at least one community pantry in each of the 11 districts in the HCC local authority area, with a total of 20 across Hampshire. For more information visit www.connect4communities.org

 

  1. Roads

The countywide clear-up following the severe storms in February continued into March. Storm Eunice alone generated over 5,000 reports with the highways team attending to

almost 2000 fallen, damaged or dangerous trees, many of which needed emergency or urgent works. Specialist teams continued to inspect and prioritise tree related issues throughout March.

In addition, across the county 11,395 square metres of carriageway were resurfaced in February, 16,521 gullies and other drainage was cleared and 4,905 potholes were repaired.

The Task and Finish group set up to investigate 20mph speed limits in residential areas has had its first meeting and will now begin reviewing the evidence. The outcome is expected later in the year.

It is worth noting that there is a different process to reporting rights of way issues to HCC, as opposed to Highways issues. Residents should use this link, which enables the team to raise a job order and update the complainant.

Problems on rights of way | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

 

  1. Queen’s Green Canopy

The first tree has been planted in the The Queen’s Copse, created as part of the The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. The oak tree, in the River Hamble Country park, will be one of 350 sapling trees on this site, including English Oaks and smaller Scots pines along with Cherry, Silver Birch, Field Maple, and Hornbeam. These will be complemented by a shrub layer of native hedge plants to increase the biodiversity of flora and fauna.

 

Appendix B – Land at Ordinance Road proposals

Bramley Environment Improvements – land north of British Legion building

Site Analysis

 A small strip of land adjacent to the footpath and The Street in Bramley village. Currently the site has a bund boundary to prevent unauthorized traveller camps. The other long boundary is formed by a stream/watercourse and small overflow pond in the far corner.

 

NB: the watercourse is overgrown and needs assessing and clearing to provide a functional rainwater overflow for surface water.

 

The grass is not maintained due to the bund providing limited access. The stream is lined with a mix of mature Salix caprea (Pussy Willow) and Cornus sanguinea (Dogwood) along with an understory of nettles, brambles and other ground cover.

 

BNST Proposed Improvement (in conjunction with HIWWT) – The rationale for any environmental improvements within the village are based on increasing biodiversity by identifying and accessing the existing habitat and how it may be enhanced for wildlife and the community, with as light a touch as possible.

 

  • Clear watercourse and prune Cornus where necessary.
  • Clear turf and understory enough to provide a clear area to landscape.
  • Install timber edged, bark footpath leading to a community bench overlooking the pond for rest and reflection.
  • Plant 3-5 additional mature multi-stem native trees/shrubs such as Hazel, Hawthorn and Dogwoods to enhance the existing flora and create a small woodland area.
  • The understory will be encouraged to self-develop with the addition of some starter species to create a woodland floor.
  • Consider whether the bund is no longer required due to planting or leave in place and cut through to provide an entrance. Removing the bund would open the site up to view from the road.
  • Minimal ongoing maintenance will be required by BNST – once a year clear to keep down growth of nettles and brambles.

 

 

Appendix C – Decision Ratification list

Date

Decision

21/12/202

Expenditure on the purchase and installation of two benches, to be placed on the footpath route between Campbell Road and the village shop.

21/12/2021

T/00556/21/TPO – 53 Coopers Lane Bramley

T1 – Mature Oak: prune.  T2 – Mature Oak: prune.

Objection – majority agreed

21/12/2021

21/03384/HSE – 17 St James Close Bramley

Erection of single storey front extension and conversion of garage to living accommodation

No objection

21/12/2021

21/03379/ROC – Land Adjoining The Well House Cufaude Lane Bramley

Variation of condition 1 of 21/02426/RES to amend plan numbers to allow for alterations to external materials and window casements.

No objection

21/12/2021

21/03449/TWRN – Laurel Lea Cottage Bramley Green

Fell 4 trees.  Prune 5 trees.

Objection

21/12/2021

T/00595/21/TPO – 5 North Row Bramley

T1754 Mature English Oak: prune. T1756 English Oak: prune.

No objection

21/12/2021

T/00607/21/TCA – Cedarwood Silchester Road Bramley

Reduction work to trees as per annotated photos.

Objection

21/12/2021

21/03604 – Orchard House 5 Tudor Close Bramley

Erection of single storey rear extension following demolition of existing conservatory and extension to existing patio

No objection

21/12/2021

20/03403/FUL – Site At Minchens Lane Bramley Hampshire

Solar Farm

Members to pass comments on to planning committee ready for January meeting.

21/12/2021

December payments approved

 

 

18/01/2022

Approval for keeping original timings for Jubilee event

18/01/2022

Approval for engagement of bugler for Jubilee event

18/01/2022

Approval for confirmation of hog roast for Jubilee event

18/01/2022

Approval to remain with existing contractor for grounds maintenance

18/01/2022

January payments approved

 

 

15/02/2022

Bramley Youth Club – 2022-23 contract approved, with payment to be split into two stages six months apart

15/02/2022

Approval of 2022/23 risk assessment and asset register

15/02/2022

February payments approved

 

 

15/03/2022

St James Way waymarkers at Bramley Burial Ground approved

15/03/2022

22/00631/LDPU – Cap D’or, Ringshall Gardens Bramley

Certificate of Lawfulness to establish whether children’s home falls withing C3 use class and is not development

No objection, queries

15/03/2022

Clift Meadow Trustees – Grant of £3500 for Summer Fete approved

15/03/2022

Bramley HUB website – Grant of 257 for website fees approved

15/03/2022

March payments approved

15/03/2022

Resolution to exclude the press and public approved

15/03/2022

Clerk’s salary to rise in accordance with NALC pay scales approved.  Back pay from 2019 onwards approved, payable in March 2022.

 

 

Appendix D – Planning Committee Minutes

 

Date:

12th April 2022

Time:    7.00pm

Place:

Bramley Room, Bramley Village Hall

 

Present:

Cllr Chris Flooks (Chair)

Cllr Malcolm Bell

 

Cllr Liz Capel

 

In attendance:

Maxta Thomas (Clerk)

0 members of the public

Apologies:

Cllr Keith Oborn

Cllr Chris Tomblin

 

 

Action

1

Apologies for Absence

 

 

As listed above. 

 

2

Declarations of Interest

 

 

Cllr Capel declared an interest 22/00744/FUL – Bramley Garage, and took no part in any decision on this application.

 

3

Minutes of the Last Planning Committee Meeting

 

3.1

The minutes of the meeting held on 8th March 2022 were unanimously agreed to be a true record of the meeting and were signed by the Chairman.

 

 

3.2

Matters arising

 

 

None.

 

4

Planning & Development

 

4.1

New Applications

 

a.

22/00703/FUL – Bramley Village Hall The Street Bramley

Proposed new externally illuminated sign for Bramley Village Hall on existing verge in front of existing hedge (see also 22/00750/ADV)

·         Cllrs asked the following questions – why is the sign illuminated?   How will it be powered? Why is at the end of the path? Are illuminations going to be timed or low light?

·         Proposed positioning is such that it may well be vandalised.

·         Cllrs felt that a V-shaped sign would be more suitable on the Village Hall side of the hedge.

·         Members expressed concern on whether the proposals are correct for the job intended. 

·         No objection, but comments as above.  A V-shaped sign will allow pedestrians and vehicles to be able to see the sign.  Timing of illumination will be important too as this is a dark part of the village.  Clerk to process. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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b.

22/00727/LDPO – 11 Doric Avenue Chineham Basingstoke

Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposed erection of a single storey rear extension

·         No objection unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.

 

 

 

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c.

22/00708/HSE – The Farthings Cufaude Lane Bramley

Erection of a detached double garage following demolition of existing

·         No objection unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.

 

 

Clerk

d.

22/00744/FUL – Bramley Garage Sherfield Road Bramley

Demolition of existing garage and bakery buildings, erection of two buildings comprising a Class E commercial unit and 9 residential flats, change of use of land to residential use associated with Spring Fields, change of use of parts of residential curtilage of Spring Fields to form part of new development, associated car parking, servicing and landscaping.

·         Inaccuracies regarding Bramley Lane junction changes were noted.  They state that Sherfield Road has been widened to allow cars to turn right into Bramley Lane and bypassing the queue.  The opposite is the case.

·         The application also states that cars regularly block the entrance to the site.  It was noted that there is a keep clear road marking to prevent this, which most people adhere to.

·         The 5 year land availability is mentioned as a reason for the development.

·         Drainage – if proposals are given go ahead then drainage will go under the Cinder Track.

·         Members noted that development in Bramley is unsustainable at present due to drainage, Drs surgery, school, etc.

·         Future of commercial space is uncertain.

·         Residential unit may be up to three storeys, which is completely out of keeping with the village location. 

·         May be some overlooking into Pheabans field from upper windows at the side, although these are to be frosted.

·         Sewerage will be a problem as with any other new development in Bramley.  Bramley is not in position to take more development until sewage system has been upgraded. 

·         EPH Committee has stated that Bramley does not need any further housing. 

·         Design & Access statement page 6 – outlines the outlooks from existing neighbouring properties.  This plan is inaccurate from at least one of the properties. 

·         Recommendation to full council is to object as outlined above.  The item is already on the agenda for the full council meeting on 19th April. 

 

e.

T/00123/22/TPO – 34 Wallis Drive Bramley

T1 Sycamore: prune

·         There is no sketch plan.  Only two photos.  It is difficult to see which tree is being discussed.

·         The outstanding enforcement action was noted.  It is unclear if the tree in question is on land belonging to BDBC or the property owner. 

·         Members are unable to comment due to lack of a sketch plan, and the outstanding enforcement action.  Clerk to respond accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clerk

f.

22/00861/HSE – 7 Tudor Close Bramley

Erection of single storey side and rear extensions

·         No objection, but proposed extension must have a flat roof to prevent intrusion on neighbours.  Unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.

 

 

 

 

Clerk

g.

T/00129/22/TPO – Chestnut Lodge Officers Row Bramley

London plane: remove crown in order to initiate pollard

·         Defer to tree officer unanimously agreed.  However, concern that the proposed work is extensive should be highlighted.  Clerk to process. 

 

 

 

 

Clerk

h.

22/00913/HSE – 58 Coopers Lane Bramley

Erection of single storey rear extension and front porch

·         No plans of proposed work, just current location plan and current block plan. 

·         Members unable to comment until full plans submitted.  The proposal looks acceptable from what has been submitted, but drawings and elevations are required.  Clerk to respond accordingly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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i.

21/03758/OUT – Land At Stocks Farm The Street – AMENDED

Outline planning permission (with all matters reserved except for access) for the demolition of one dwelling and erection of up to 140 dwellings and a community building of up to 250sqm under Use Class E, together with sports and leisure facilities.

·         New documentation does not mitigate Bramley PCs original objections.  Bramley does not have the infrastructure to cope with existing homes, let alone 140 new dwellings. 

·         Skate park comments about older riders self-policing the area does not take into account existing ASB issues in Bramley. 

·         Site is listed in applicants own documentation that it is good quality agricultural land.  55% grade 2, 29% grade 3a, and 16% grade 3b.

·         Sewerage will be a problem as with any other new development in Bramley.  Bramley is not in position to take more development until sewage system has been upgraded.  This point should be reiterated

·         Comments unanimously agreed – Clerk to respond accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clerk

j.

T/00142/22/TPO – 39 Wallis Drive Bramley

T1 Sycamore: prune

·         No objection unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.

 

 

Clerk

k.

Any other New Applications

None.

 

 

4.2

Approvals/Refusals/Pending (see appendix A)

These were noted. 

 

 

 

5.

Planning Appeals

 

 

21/00349/FUL – Land At OS Ref 464762 159811 Minchens Lane Bramley

Installation of a battery storage facility with associated works

·         No further update at present.

 

6.

20/03403/FUL – Proposed solar farm for Minchens lane – Update

 

 

This application is to be considered by the BDBC Development Control Committee on 20th April.  The site panel viewing is scheduled for the morning of 14th April – Clerk to check starting point and let members know.  Cllrs Flooks and Durrant will be speaking on behalf of Bramley Parish Council.

 

 

Clerk

7.

Volunteer Tree Warden

 

 

The Clerk has circulated details of the voluntary Tree Warden role (see appendix B), and noted that a possible volunteer has come forward.  The Parish Tree Warden would keep up to date with trees in the area with TPOs on them, and would be able to assist with any tree planning application. 

It was unanimously agreed to put it to full council with a recommendation to take the idea forward. 

 

8.

Water Issues

 

 

No update at present.  Cllr Bell has queried Thames Water response to the Bramley Garage application.  Cllr Bell to chase for a response. 

 

Cllr Bell

9.

Minchens Lane s.106 issues

 

 

No update at present – the Clerk will chase ahead of next week’s full PC meeting. 

 

Clerk

10.

Local Plan Update

 

 

No update at present. 

 

11.

Neighbourhood Plan Update

 

 

No update at present.  Cllr Bell noted that environmental issues will need to be looked at in more depth. 

 

12.

Date of Next Meeting

 

 

Tuesday 10th May, to be held at the Bramley Room at Bramley Village Hall.

 

Meeting closed at 8.19pm

 

 

Approvals/Refusals*

1.        

T/00616/21/TPO – 4 North Row Bramley

1 Oak: prune.

Granted

Defer to tree officer

2.        

T/00032/22/TPO – 7 Ringshall Gardens Bramley

Oak T1: prune

Granted

Defer to tree officer

3.        

22/00233/FUL – Rotherwick Barn Bullsdown Farm German Road Bramley

Change of use from mixed use sui generis use to a C3 dwelling by removing the B1 use class attached to one room of my property

Granted

 

No objection

4.        

T/00093/22/TCA – Grays House The Street Bramley

T1 Sycamore – Remove stem leaning towards and over outbuildings.

Raise no objection

Defer to tree officer

5.        

T/00112/22/TCA –   Honey Farm  Vyne Road Bramley

T1 (apple tree): Prune/reshape apple tree in rear garden

T2 (apple tree): Fell dead apple tree to just above ground level

T3 (weeping birch): Remove upright limb from weeping birch

T4 (ash): Dismantle/fell ash tree to just above ground level due to proximity to garage

T5 (oak): Fell/dismantle oak to just above ground level due to proximity to garage

Raise no objection

 

 

Defer to tree officer

 

Pending Applications*

1.        

T/00583/20/TPO – Middle Farm The Street Bramley

T1, T2, T3 – Western Red Cedars: prune.

Defer to tree officer

2.        

20/03204/VLA – Land At Minchens Lane Bramley

Variation of Section 106 agreement attached to 14/01075/OUT to enable the transfer of the Equipped play area, northern kick about and southern kick about areas to the existing management company instead of the Parish Council

No comment as PC has interest in application

3.        

21/01219/HSE – Clover Cottage Silchester Road Bramley

Conversion of loft to habitable space, including extension of existing hipped roof and addition of roof lights to the front and rear elevations

Objection

4.        

21/02588/TDC – Land Adjoining Clift Surgery Minchens Lane Bramley

Technical Details Consent for the erection of 6 no. residential units with associated access, parking, and landscaping, pursuant to Permission in Principle Approval Reference 19/01470/PIP for 4-6 no. residential units

Objection

5.        

21/03224/FUL – Cedarwood Silchester Road Bramley

Erection of 2 bed dwelling following demolition of stables/home office and associated landscaping and access

Objection

6.        

20/03403/FUL – Site At Minchens Lane Bramley – AMENDED

Installation of renewable led energy generating station, comprising ground-mounted photovoltaic solar arrays, battery-based electricity storage containers together with substation, inverter/ transformer stations, site accesses, internal access tracks, security measures, access gates, other ancillary infrastructure, landscaping biodiversity enhancements including a Forest School, associated car parking and Nature Area

Objection

7.        

21/03758/OUT – Land At Stocks Farm The Street

Outline planning permission (with all matters reserved except for access) for the demolition of one dwelling and erection of up to 140 dwellings and a community building of up to 250sqm under Use Class E, together with sports and leisure facilities.

Objection

8.        

22/00444/PIP – Land North Of Cufaude Cottage Cufaude Lane Bramley

Application for Permission in Principle for the erection of 4 no. dwellings

Objection

9.        

22/00149/HSE – Bramley Corner House Bramley Corner Bramley (see also 22/00150/LBC)

Demolition of existing brick outbuilding, conversion of existing stable into residential annexe, including two storey rear extension, amendments to fenestration and new conservation rooflights. New annexe outbuilding with store at ground floor and accommodation at first floor. Conversion of existing garage into home gym.

No objection, comments

10.    

22/00403/RET – 39 Minerva Road Bramley

Erection of Gazebo and raising the height of the garden fence panel to 2.3 metres high (Retrospective)

No objection

11.    

22/00488/LDPO – 19 Flora View Chineham Basingstoke

Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposed erection of a two storey rear/side extension

No objection

12.    

22/00498/FUL – Stocks Farm House The Street Bramley

Build new oak framed garages and greenhouse

No objection

13.    

22/00407/OUT – Land At Boarsbridge House Bramley Road Little London

Erection of 4 no. dwellings to include access and layout

Objection

14.    

T/00111/22/TPO – Bullsdown House Officers Row Bramley

T1 & T2 on our map (conifers): Prune.

T3 on our map (conifer): Fell.

Defer to tree officer

15.    

22/00631/LDPU – Cap D’or Ringshall Gardens Bramley

Certificate of lawfulness to establish whether children’s home falls within C3 Use Class and is not development

No objection, queries

*Objections/no objections listed are the decision of Bramley Parish Council only, and do not reflect any submissions placed by members of the public or other bodies with Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.

 

 

 

Tree Warden role

 

Tree Wardens are volunteers, appointed by Parish Councils or other community organisations, who gather information about their local trees, get involved in local tree matters and encourage local practical projects related to the trees and woods.  The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative to enable people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods.  The scheme was founded and is co-ordinated by The Tree Council.

The role of the Tree Warden is to keep a watching eye over important trees in the Parish, and commenting on planning applications to the PC.  They will keep a particular eye on any trees with Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and will advise the PC on seeking such orders where appropriate.

The Tree Warden will be one of thirty or so in Basingstoke and Deane Borough, which has a local Tree Warden Scheme Co-ordinator who will help organise training, from tree identification to trees and the law.

More information can be found on the BDBC website https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/treewardens

 

 

Appendix E – Finance

The April 2022 finance statement can be viewed here.