COMBERTON PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held in the Old Village Hall
on Wednesday 11 April 2001
Mr R Abraham
Mr M Bennett
Mrs R Bratt
Mrs S Hyde
Mr R James (Chairman)
Dr J McCabe
Mrs D Morison
Mr G Saunders
Ms J Wakelin
Mr W Watts
Miss C Westgarth
Dr M Wright
In attendance: Mrs G Stoehr (Clerk)
3.1 Government Rural White Paper(r2)
Following discussion of the briefing paper by Mr Bennett the proposition by Ms Wakelin, seconded by Mr Bennett that the Parish Council aim for ‘Quality Council’ status was carried unanimously.
On a proposition by Mr James, seconded by Mr Bennett it was agreed that the Mr James would be the member responsible for ensuring that the Council was both involved in the forthcoming consultations and also took the appropriate steps towards achieving its ‘Quality Council’ aim.
6. To receive and consider the planning report and applications including
S/0560/01/F Hubert Leach Ltd, Land at Barton Road – 25 houses and garages
Following discussion of the recommendations by the Planning Committee(r4) the proposal by Mr Watts, seconded by Ms Wakelin that the Parish Council approve the application with the following comments and conditions
Public Open Spaces, Landscaping and Play Equipment
The developer has designated an area to the west of the site, backing on to homes in Swaynes Lane and Barton Road as the main public open space and children’s play area. This is an area of grass and trees, some of the trees have preservation orders. The Parish Council is agreeable to assuming ownership of this main area of public open space subject to a satisfactory Section 106 Agreement being signed including, inter alia, a commuted sum towards its future maintenance costs.
The Developer has indicated that he would be willing to provide a cash sum instead of play equipment for this public open space which could be put towards another, as yet undecided community benefit. The Parish Council will give further consideration to the necessity and appropriateness of play equipment on this open space and would welcome an opportunity to meet with the landscape architect to discuss the details of what play equipment, and hard and soft landscaping might be provided on this site by the developer. This matter will form part of the Section 106 Agreement also.
The Parish Council notes that there are wells on the proposed main site for the public open space. Steps should be taken to ensure that the developer attends to these wells and makes the site safe for the purpose for which it is intended.
All other areas of open space and landscaping will not be accepted by the Parish Council who suggest that they should become the responsibility of the adjacent house or housing association as appropriate for all maintenance.
It is essential that the hedging and ash belt which runs along the Herringfield Drift remains to provide an effective screen on entering the village. We are led to believe that there is a tree preservation order on this landscaping, if this is not the case a preservation order should be put in place.
Drainage and sewage problems in this area of the village
There are long term and worsening problems in this part of the village. The development of 25 houses will add considerably to that problem. No development should be allowed to start until the fundamental problem is solved.
Roads and footpaths
The current plan shows a 'shared' area for the road with the main development which is designed for vehicles and pedestrians. A clearly marked, raised pavement is safer.
A footpath between the two areas would overcome the current division into two separate areas. It would also increase the possibility of the residents of the larger houses doing at least some of their journeys on foot. The site is close to the Primary school but without the foot paths residents are likely to take a car to get to school.
Footpath access should be provided from the site to both to Swaynes Lane and to Barton Road.
Design and colour scheme of the houses
The design of the houses is more in keeping with a town/city development than a village in South Cambridgeshire. Similarly the colours of the building materials are not in keeping with the tones of the materials used in traditional buildings in the area. The developer should redesign/specify the buildings to reflect local conditions.
The design of the low cost/affordable houses should be changed (turned) so that the residents have the benefit of a southern facing living room.
Highway changes as part of the development
Although the changes to the road and its junctions have been given full planning permission, concern is expressed on two matters
- the visibility towards the East from cars leaving the Drift is not good because of the hedge. The hedge does not come within the development and so is not the responsibility of the developer. The District Council should reassess the sight lines from the drift.
- the speed of traffic from the East. The stretch of road from Barton to Comberton is 60mph. This development plus a new office development a few hundred metres to the East and a proposed change of use of another building in the same area will result in an increase in traffic. The stretch of Road from the office development to Comberton should have its speed limit reduced from 60mph to 30 or 40 mph.
Calor Gas provision
It is unclear how the houses would be supplied with their gas. If this is to be from a central tank/storage area more information is required.
The Parish Council notes that the Section 106 Agreement will include provision for the Meridian Primary School.
The Parish Council exercises its right to choose the development’s road names.
The main access from Barton Road into the development is to be ‘Thornbury’.
The Public Byway is to be/remain as ‘Herringfield Drift’.
The proposal by Ms Wakelin, seconded by Mrs Hyde that the Vehicle access to the low cost housing should be from Barton Road as Barton Road traffic should be relatively slow at this point. Also residents will be more likely to take cars to the planned parking spaces rather than leave them on Barton Road received the following votes, 6 votes in favour and six votes against. The Chairman cast his deciding vote and the motion was carried.
The meeting thanked Mrs Bratt for arranging the public meeting to discuss the planning application.
All members were encouraged to write individually to the District Council with their views on the application.
6.1 The planning report was received and considered by the meeting(r5).
7. To receive the report and consider the recommendations
7.3 Tree Warden
A letter had been received from Cornhill Insurance regarding the tree survey. Some trees had already been looked at by the Trees working party and the rest are to be discussed at the next meeting. An interim report is to be sent to Cornhill.
7.4 New Village Hall Steering Group
The Group’s report was received and considered by the meeting.
7.5 Village Hall representative(r4)
Mrs Bratt’s report was received by the meeting. Following the recent problem with parking the proposal by Miss Westgarth, seconded by Mr James that a general letter be sent to the Nursery School and the Commercial Centre respectfully requesting considerate parking. The Chairman offered to enquire into the cost of car park markings.
7.7 Village Action Plan(r9)
Mr Bennett’s progress report was received and considered by the meeting.
7.8 Neighbourhood Watch and Countryside Watch
Mrs Hyde reported on recent break-ins and the lack of police notification to Neighbourhood Watch, the police liaison committee meeting and the Chief Inspector’s comment that Comberton had one of the best Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the county.
7.11 Recreation ground
It was noted that youths had been seen loitering near the pavilion. Mr Orme is to be asked to quote for filling the potholes in the recreation ground car park.
8. To consider matters arising out of correspondence received since the last meeting
Minor correspondence for information or for possible inclusion in a future meeting is to be circulated between members before the next meeting.
Concessionary bus passes, as from 1st April 2001 are free of charge. It was agreed that the Clerk would no longer need to attend the village hall on the second Thursday of each month.
9. Matters brought forward with the Chairman’s consent
It was agreed that the following reports were required for the Annual Parish Meeting:
Roger Abraham Recreation ground
Mark Bennett Village Action Plan
Rhona Bratt Planning
Sandra Hyde Neighbourhood Watch and Countryside Watch
Janet McCabe Comberton Help Scheme
Dorothy Morison School Governor and Contact
Graham Saunders Finance
Jane Wakelin Village Hall Steering Committee
Bill Watts Tree Warden
Chris Westgarth Public Arts
Malcolm Wright Village Enhancement
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 10.12pm.
Signed ……………………………Chairman ……………………date.