Minutes of Meeting Held at St Michael’s Church, Shirley
7th September 2015
|15/2||Apologies for Absence|
|Fifteen minutes were allowed for public participation.
|15/4||Declarations of Members’ Interests|
|15/5||Approve the minutes of the previous meeting|
|The minutes of the meeting held 8th June 2015 were approved.|
|15/6||Election of Vice-chair|
|Hugh Tyler was elected as vice chair.|
|15/7||Allocation of Councillor’s Responsibilities|
The following allocation of responsibilities was agreed:
|15/8||Planning application 15/00514/OUT residential development of up to 8 dwellings (outline). Back Lane.|
|There were wide-ranging discussions involving all attendees and an informal poll of all present showed the meeting to be overwhelmingly against the application.
The members voted unanimously to object to the application.Cllr. Baker suggested the council respond to the planning department with the following text:
Shirley Parish Council unanimously opposes this development . Shirley is classed by the DDDC as “countryside” . DDDC’s policy on development in the countryside is clear and unequivocal i.e “…development will be strictly limited to that which has an essential need to be located in the countryside…” In this case, there is no such essential need. The granting of this application will set a dangerous precedent not only for Shirley but all the small settlements throughout the Derbyshire Dales. The essential character and balance of the settlement hierarchy within this rural area risks being considerably compromised and undermined.
From the point of view of sustainability and infrastructure, Shirley is a very small settlement where nearly all services and facilities must be accessed in higher order settlements. The sewage and electricity supply systems are already put under strain by current levels of usage.
The Parish Council believes that there is strong public opposition to this proposal. This was confirmed at the Parish Council Meeting held on 7th September. A high turnout of local residents voted overwhelmingly that this proposal should be opposed and rejected.
On a point of important detail, the Planning , Design and Access Statement produced by the applicants makes, inter alia, the following misleading and incorrect statement:-
“The application site is surrounded by residential development on three sides.”
This is not correct. There is residential development on two sides, the other two sides being open countryside. This cannot be considered “infill”.The members agreed.
|15/9||Snow Warden Scheme|
|The council has responsibility for gritting from Mill Farm to the A52 via Derby Lane. Current stocks at Mill Farm and Shirley Hall Farm were considered sufficient for this winter. Derek Puplett was confirmed as snow warden.|
|15/10||Agree time-scales for the adoption of standing orders and financial regulations|
|The members agreed to have standing orders ready for adoption at the November meeting. The financial regulations will be ready for adoption at the January meeting.|
|15/11||Clerk's role and terms of employment|
|The clerk has to be an employee of the council who are responsible for the clerk's PAYE and NI contributions. The clerk considered the model job description available from DALC would be OK. The clerk will send a copy to the members for their perusal. Being a one-size-fits-all-councils, the model contract of employment is not so straightforward. The clerk will produce a contract more in keeping with the needs of the council.|
|The clerk reported that:
|The next meeting will be held in St Michael’s Church, Shirley at 7.30pm, 9th November 2015.|