Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Annual Parish Meeting held on 16th January 2008 in the Quaker Meeting
House, Yealand Conyers.
Cllrs, Rothwell, Panton, Calnan,
Mercer and Jackson, Clerk D. Hancock plus three members of the Parish, Mr Calnan,
Mr Heaton and Mr Winder.
Mr Calnan and Mr Heaton
expressed concern that no measures have been undertaken by the Police to stop
speeding through the village. As action had been promised at the last meeting,
the Clerk will write formally to request that measures are taken urgently.
Apologies were received from
Minutes of the meeting held
on 21st November 2007
These were approved and signed
by the chairman Cllr Rothwell.
[a] Bus Timetable
The electronic sign has still
not been amended. A paper timetable has been posted on the Parish Notice Board.
As the Clerk has not received any reply to her letters ,she will write again.
[b] Dead cherry tree
Cllr Panton reported that all residents in the area of
the tree were agreeable to it being felled. No other objections had been
received . Cllr Panton would ask John Holmes if he could undertake this work.
[c] Leighton Hall Home Farm
The Government Office for the
North West had responded to the letter from the Parish council by stating that
they could not comment on the way which the Council either handles or reaches a
decision on a particular planning application. The department has no
jurisdiction in reviewing a planning application once a decision has been made.
Mr Hall, Development Control
Manager had responded to the letter sent on 20th November 2007 by
email on 16th January 2008.
He stated that the Councilís
view was that the latest scheme is quite different in character and raises
different issues to the original submission. This did not make a case for
automatic referral to the Secretary of State. The City Council felt that the
appearance and impact, the travel patterns [with and without a public transport
option] and the general nature of a commercial/business development will be very
different to a holiday timeshare scheme.
Mr Hall also stated that careful
reading of the decision letter in relation to the time share development made no
reference to that scheme being a departure from the Development Plan. It was
called in because the Secretary of State wished to ensure that the development
was acceptable in the context of national policies and because of itís impact on
the environment and the Listed Building. The Council felt that the new
application was more in keeping with the principles of both national and local
The Parish Councillors discussed
whether they had grounds for complaint on the way this decision had been taken.
Mr Calnan and Mr Heaton, who had been asked to assist the Parish Council, felt
that three points need to be addressed:
1 Some of the affected residents
in Yealand Conyers had not been given notice of the proposed development.
2 In assessing the needs of
Leighton Hall as a historic building, no consideration had been given to the
English Heritage guidelines.
3 The impact of increased
traffic should have necessitated a referral to the Secretary of State. There has
been no consultation with the Parish Council in regard to the S106 requirements,
although this was promised.
The Parish Council felt that it
was most important that money should be put into the local transport system
rather than a mini bus service.
After further discussion it was
agreed that the Chairman would ask for an urgent meeting with Andrew Dobson. The
chairman would also write to say that the Parish Council feel that the response
from the Planning Department is not satisfactory and that we are considering
making a formal complaint.
Installation of two solar
energy panels to roof, Rogersons
Change of use and conversion
of Coach House to holiday cottage, Yealand Manor
Change of use of barn to
holiday cottage with vehicle access from A6, Barn Field no 2187, Mr Winder
Refused on two counts:
[a] The barn is clearly visible when viewed from the
south and west. Development of the site in the manner proposed would lead to the
urbanisation of the landscape to the detriment of the character of the
[b] Whilst subject to
improvement, the access will still provide a substandard sight line to the south
on emergence from the site onto a high speed road. The remote nature of the site
could lead to erratic manoeuvres on the highway particularly in the hours of
darkness. Development of this site is considered detrimental to highway safety.
No police officer attended this
AONB /Landscape Trust 20th
Anniversary Joint project
Mr Winder wishes to sell the pond to the Parish Council
for £1. He has instructed his solicitors, Banister Bates accordingly. The
parish Council agreed to cover legal fees on both sides.
Following advice from the AONB
it was agreed to change the word pond to Turlough a flooded piece of land. We
will need to do a risk assessment for insurance purposes but the proposed
improvements will make this area safer. The Clerk has asked Silverdale parish
council for guidance. They have ponds in their Parish.
The Clerk agreed to be the
Responsible Officer whilst the work was being done and would ask guidance from
the AONB. Cllr Rothwell would liaise with the School.
The Parish Council would like
the information board to have illustrations of what could be seen in and around
the Turlough. Recognition will be given to the bodies that donated money.
A cheque for £30 was approved
for Relyant Gardening.
The Parish Council set the
precept for 2008-2009 at £1500.
Reports from meetings
There were no reports. Cllr
Rothwell expressed an interest in attending a Chairmanís course in Lancaster.
Cllrs Calnan, Panton and the clerk wished to attend a planning meeting on the 14th
February 2008. It was agreed that any costs would be covered.
Nomination of a Parish
Representative for the Standards Committee
None of the Councillors wished to be nominated for this