Extracts 2012-13

BEETLEY PARISH COUNCIL : EXTRACTS

April 2012 – March 2013

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Extract for April 2012

Prior to the Parish Council meeting the Annual Parish meeting of Beetley Parish was held on 5 April. Reports were received from the Chairman of the Parish Council who reported on the activities of the Parish Council for the previous year, the Community Car Scheme, the Village Hall Management Committee, the County Councillor and the Beetley Football Club.

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5th April 2012 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors and County Councillor M. Kiddle Morris.

Planning. Applications. An application had been received for single storey extension to side/rear, single storey rear extension/ new roof to form utility/WC and a detached 3 bay cart shed/garage at St Marys Cottages Church Road Old Beetley. The Parish Council did not object to the proposed extensions although the members did comment that they were disappointed that this development had already been started without planning permission being granted. The Parish Council was also disappointed that the number of trees removed from this site seemed excessive in a rural area. The members objected to the detached 3 bay cart shed/ garage at the same site as the size and positioning of this building would overlook and overshadow the neighbouring property. No objection was raised to the proposed 10 bed single storey extension at Bilney Hall Care Home. No objection was raised to the erection of an agricultural livestock building and retention of single storey outbuildings and to close part of the access road at Roosting Hill Quarry. No objection was raised to the proposed chalet bungalow on land to the west of 55 Elmham Road although it was felt that this new dwelling was being squashed into the site. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the proposed rear extension with loft room and dormer window at 36 Ashley Road. Permission had also been granted for the extension of time for the completion of restoration work at Beetley Quarry until 30 September 2012. The application for a proposed new dwelling at the site adjacent to 65 Fakenham Road had been refused permission as this site is outside the settlement boundary and there are inadequate visibility splays at the junction of the access on to the highway as this would cause danger and inconvenience to users of the public highway.

Highways. The application to Norfolk County Council for a local highway improvement part funded by the Parish Council for a trod between the footpath on Fakenham Road and the school car park had been approved. The Parish Council will now consult with the Highways Engineer on the final plans for this which should be completed in the current financial year.

Beetley River Meadows Play Area. The new gates have unfortunately been vandalised and new components have had to be ordered to repair these gates. It is very disappointing that after the Prish Council has made every effort to bring these gates up to the standards necessary for play areas a mindless act of vandalism means that more expense has been incurred to ensure that these pass the safety inspection. It is hoped that there will be no further instances of vandalism. A site meeting is to be held on 1 May at 7.00 p.m. to discuss the siting of the picnic area and it is hoped that as many residents as possible from the neighbouring properties will attend.

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Extract for May 2012

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held onThursday 3rd  May 2012 at Beetley and East BilneyVillage Hall. There were present five ParishCouncillors and five members of the public.

Election of Chairman. Councillor Leigh wasunanimously elected Chairman for the current year.

Election of Vice-Chairman. Councillor Rose wasunanimously elected Vice-Chairman for the currentyear.

Planning.
Applications.
 No objection was raised tothe application for the extension to the side of YorkGlen High House Road or to the single storeyextension to side and replace flat roof with hipped endat Beechcroft, 45 Elmham Road. No objection wasraised to the retrospective application for the erectionof a stable on land at Fakenham Road although it wasrequested that all access to the stable should be via Common Drift and not by the private road to the sideof the land.
Decisions. Permission had been granted for the single storey extension to side/rear, single storey rear extension/new roof to form utility/WC at StMarys Cottages Church Lane Old Beetley. Theapplication to erect a 3 bay cart shed/garage on the sit had been withdrawn by the applicant prior to the previous Parish Council meeting. The Parish Counci had not been informed of the withdrawal of this part ofthe application by Breckland Council.
Appeals.  The appeal against the refusal of permission for the removal of the agreement to allow occupancyfor under 55’s at Bilney Mews Fakenham Road East Bilney is to be decided by a hearing at Breckland Council on 22 May. The applicant has appealed against the refusal of Breckland Council to grant permission for a proposed new dwelling on land adjacent to 65 Fakenham Road. The Parish Council is to write to the Planning Inspectorate re-iterating itsobjections to the application.

Abram Court High House Road. The ribbon cutting ceremony had taken place on 11 April performed byAlan Abram. This was followed by a tour of the properties and a buffet lunch at the Village Hall. TheParish Council wishes to thank all those who allowed their houses to be visited and to Flagship Housing fororganising the event and for providing the lunch.

Highways. The application to Norfolk County Council for a local highway improvement part funded by theParish Council for a trod between the footpath of Fakenham Road and the school car park had been approved. The Parish Council will now consult with the Highways Engineer on the final plans for thiswhich should be completed in the current financialyear.

Beetley River Meadows Picnic Area. The site meeting had been held on 1 May and the councillors with several residents looked at different potential sites for positioning the new tables and benches. After thesite meeting, it was decided to have two picnic areas,one to the rear of the play area, nearer to the river, andone at the bend in the river to the east of the land commonly known as The Beach. The residents who attended were in agreement with these proposals which mean that there are none in close proximity to any dwelling.

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Extract for June 201

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7 th June 2012 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present four Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and thirteen members of the public.

Planning. Applications. No objection was raised to the application for the demolition of kitchen and conservatory, erect new extension with playroom above and part garage conversion at 9 Fakenham Road. The members listened to the objections from the neighbour and agreed to comment that it would be preferable if the window was removed at the end of the play room or replaced with obscured glass to maintain the privacy.

Decisions. Permission had been granted for the erection of an agricultural livestock building, retention of small single storey outbuildings & close part of access road at Roosting Hill Quarry. Permission had also been granted for the proposed 10 bed single storey extension at Bilney Hall Care Home, the proposed chalet bungalow on land to the west of 55 Elmham Road, and the extension to the side at York Glen High House Road.

Minerals and Waste Consultation. The first part of the meeting was opened to the public to allow them to listen to the proposed allocation of sites in the pre submission document. Clare Hedges, the Chairman of the Sub-Committee briefed the meeting on the current consultation and informed the meeting that the response from Breckland Council was awaited. This will be made public prior to the Cabinet meeting on 19 June. A further meeting of the sub-committee will be held after this is received and the response from the Parish Council finalised. The response to the consultation will be posted on the website at the end of June.

Appeals. The hearing against the refusal of permission for the removal of the agreement to allow occupancy for under 55’s at Bilney Mews Fakenham Road East Bilney had been held on 22 May and Councillor Richmond was allowed to speak at this hearing against the appeal and to attend the site meeting which followed. The decision from the Planning Inspector is now awaited.

Highways. The poor sweeping of Fakenham Road following the surface dressing and the uneven re-instatement of Fakenham Road at East Bilney bridge had been reported to Norfolk County Council.

Beetley Common. A request had been received from the Beetley Common Advisory Committee to prune some areas of the Common and to replant other areas.

It was considered advantageous to manage this area effectively to ensure that the trees grow strongly and are not a danger to uses of the Common by falling over the footpaths. The Parish Council is to contact the Woodland Trust to obtain funding for the planting of the new trees.

Beetley Buzz. There will be no issue of the Beetley Buzz at the end of July and the next issue will be distributed at the end of August.

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Extract for July 2012

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5th July 2012 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and four members of the public.

Co-option to the Parish Council. James Mayhew was co-opted onto the Parish Council to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Adam Luck.

Planning. Applications. The members objected to the application for the erection of a 3 bed dwelling with attached garage at Brecklands 48 Elmham Road. It was agreed that this constituted garden grabbing and would be inappropriate for an additional dwelling to be constructed within the curtilage of the existing property along this rural road. The new National Planning Policy Framework states that the inappropriate use of garden land for new dwellings should be avoided. No objection was raised to the minor amendment to the planning permission for Woodlands East Bilney to alter the appearance of the chimney and to insert 2 velux windows. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the erection of a stable on land at Fakenham Road and for the single storey extension to side and replace flat roof with hipped end at Beechcroft 45 Elmham Road.

Minerals and Waste Consultation. The Parish Council’s responses had been forwarded to Norfolk County Council. The Parish Council objected to the soundness of the document and the justification for the sites in Beetley. The next phase is for a public hearing and the Parish Council has requested that it be allowed to speak at this hearing. The Sub-Committee is to remain in being until at least this phase of the consultation is complete. It may well remain as a permanent Sub-Committee to consider any future planning applications for Minerals and Waste within the Parish.

Appeals. The Parish Council was very disappointed that the appeal against the refusal by Breckland Council to discharge a planning obligation at Bilney mews East Bilney had been allowed. This now means that a person of any age is entitled to live in the Mews. The Planning Inspector concluded that the continuing vacancy represents a wasted resource in terms of housing provision as there is no demand for them as constrained in the obligation. As such the conclusion was that the planning obligation no longer continues to serve any useful purpose.

Beetley River Meadows. The Parish Council is extremely disappointed that Breckland Council have not been emptying the new bins that have been recently installed. The Parish Council have followed the guidelines for the installation of new bins but Breckland Council have been prevaricating over the emptying of them stating that a new policy has been adopted. The Parish Council has complained to the District Councillor and a meeting is to be held on site with an officer from Breckland Council to attempt to resolve the matter. Breckland Council does not have a statutory duty to empty bins on private land albeit it does at present. It may be necessary in the future to find alternative methods of emptying the bins.

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 August – No Meeting

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Extract for September 2012

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6th September 2012 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and two members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The members raised no objection to the application for the single storey front and rear extensions and demolition of existing garage and erection of detached cart shed with log store at 34 Fakenham Road. Decisions. Permission had been granted for the minor amendment to the planning permission for Woodlands East Bilney to alter the appearance of the chimney and to insert 2 velux windows and for the demolition of kitchen and conservatory, erect new extension with playroom above and part garage conversion at 9 Fakenham Road. Permission had also been granted for the erection of a 3 bed dwelling with attached garage at Brecklands, 48 Elmham Road. The Parish Council had objected to this application as it was felt that this was garden grabbing but Breckland Council had disagreed with this feeling that this dwelling did not detract from the rural road scene. A request had been received from a parishioner requesting that if a decision is to be made by the officers at Breckland Council that was contrary to the opinion of the Parish Council then the application should automatically be referred to the Planning Committee. The Parish Council decided against this request as it was felt that a request for an application to be referred to the Planning Committee should only be used when there is a serious concern that the application will be detrimental to the parish.

Beetley River Meadows. The Parish Council is pleased that all the bins are now being emptied at the River Meadows. Concern was expressed at the meeting about the standard of cutting and that certain areas have not been cut in the past month. The Parish Council is to contact the contractor to ensure that the cutting is completed as has been agreed. It is hoped that the safety surfacing and benches will be professionally cleaned before the winter so that the benches can be painted by members of the Parish Council.

Highways. The parish is scheduled for a visit from the SAM mobile speed machine which monitors the speed of vehicles. This will be used in Beetley and East Bilney and will give information about the speed of traffic through the parish. At the last priority setting meeting of the Safer Neighbourhood Team it was agreed that the speeding motorbikes through the parish would be one of the priorities targeted by the police. It is to be hoped that this will reduce the excessive speed of some motorcyclists.

External Meetings. As most of you will have seen from the local press and the Breckland Voice, Breckland Council is consulting with all residents on the changes that have to be made to counter a shortfall in the funding from central government. Representatives will be attending the public meeting in Dereham to understand the implications for the parish. It may be that the Parish Council will have to increase the portion of the Council Tax that is collected for it to cover nay additional costs that might be charged by Breckland Council for example grass cutting and the funding of the Community car scheme.

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Extract for October 2012

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 4th October 2012 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors and one member of the public.

Planning. Applications. The members objected to the applications for the installation of a single micro scale wind turbine at lodge Barn Chequers Lane Gressenhall and Woodlands East Bilney. Whilst the members are not against the principles of renewable energy they felt that the siting of these two turbines was a visual intrusion into the rural landscape and that there could be noise intrusion close to residential properties and a Care Home.

Beetley River Meadows. The safety surfacing and benches are to be cleaned in early October and then painted by the Parish Council and volunteers. The last cut at the area was better and it is hoped that this standard will be maintained. It was agreed to proceed with the repair to the fencing in the basket ball/5-a-side football area.

Highways. The SAM machine had been in the parish in September and will be visiting again in November. Several sessions were done in East Bilney and the results are being analysed so that there is the information available if needed in the future.

Speeding Motorbikes. At the priority setting meeting of the Safer Neighbourhood Team the problem of motorbikes speeding through the village was taken on as a priority by the team. It is hoped that more traffic police will be seen. The Parish Council is concerned that there may be a serious accident within the parish if the speed of the motorbikes is not reduced.

Audit: The External Audit had been completed with no adverse comments for the Parish Council. The Annual Return is available for viewing by any parishioner by contacting the Clerk. It is also on the Beetley Parish Council website.

Play Area at The Village Hall. A meeting is to be held with the Management Committee of the Village Hall and Playing Field to discuss what equipment is needed and to agree the next phase of funding. The Parish Council thanked all those who took the time to reply to the questionnaire and the comments made.

External Meetings. The meetings arranged by Breckland Council were attended by representatives of the Parish Council. Unfortunately there was little solid information at this stage which the Parish Council can utilise when setting the precept for the next financial year. This information is expected to be available by the end of October. However one item that the Parish Council will have to pay for in the future is the cost of elections. The next election is in 2015 and the Parish Council will need to raise the precept to cover this cost over the next three years.

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Extract for November 

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 1st November 2012 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors and three members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The members objected to the applications for the erection of a carport as an extension of existing dwelling at Sunray Green Lane. The members felt that the erection of this car port would be intrusive into the street scene as it would be to the front of the existing dwelling and therefore overshadow the neighbouring property. If the application is to be approved by the Planning Authority the Parish Council has requested that a condition of its permission should be that the garage will remain as an open fronted car port. The Parish Council was disappointed that the application had not been agreed by the Chairman of the Planning Committee to be placed on its agenda. The District Councillor will be contacted to express the Parish Council’s concerns that a request to refer a planning application to the Planning Committee may in some cases be made prior to the Parish Council discussing the matter due to the time span allowed. No objection was made to the application for the retention of mobile building ramp, steps and handrails at Gressenhall NCS Depot Gressenhall Road.

Decisions. Permission had been granted to erect single storey front & rear extension& demolish garage & erect cart shed with carport & log store at 34 Fakenham Road.

Appeals. The appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a dwelling on land adjacent to 65 Fakenham Road had been dismissed. The Planning Inspector in his reasons stated that the erection of the dwelling would unacceptably harm highway safety and that the plot is outside the settlement boundary and would be contrary to the policies of Breckland Council for sustainability.

Beetley River Meadows. The safety surfacing and benches had been cleaned and painted. An additional coat of paint is to be applied in Spring when the weather is not as damp. The central area has not been able to be cut for hay this year as it was last and the cutting contractor is to be requested to top the area this year. It is hoped that it can be cut for hay next year.

Highways. The Local Highway Improvement Scheme which was jointly funded by Beetley Parish Council and Norfolk County Council has been installed on Fakenham Road between the footpath to High House Road and the school car park. The trod (footway) is not as expensive to install as a tarmac one and will be easy to maintain.

Speeding Motorbikes. At the priority setting meeting of the Safer Neighbourhood Team the problem of motorbikes speeding through the village was taken on as a priority by the team. It is hoped that more traffic police will be seen. The Parish Council is concerned that there may be a serious accident within the parish if the speed of the motorbikes is not reduced.

Play Area at The Village Hall. A meeting was held with the Management Committee of the Village Hall and Playing Field to discuss what equipment is needed and to agree the next phase of funding. No decision could be agreed at this meeting and the Village Hall Management committee is to discuss the matter at its next meeting and advise the Parish Council of its decision.

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Extract for December

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 6th December 2012 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and one member of the public.

Planning. Applications. The members raised no objection to the single storey rear extension and convert the existing loft store to guest room at 9 Spinney Close, nor to the proposed extension and external insulation of existing hall walls at Beetley Village Hall or to the minor material amendment to the northwest elevation of Plot 5 Highfields Meadow East Bilney. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused permission for the installation of a single micro scale wind turbine at woodlands East Bilney and to the erection of a carport as an extension of existing dwelling at Sunray Green Lane.

Beetley River Meadows. The fencing at the rear of the football goals has been replaced. The central area is too wet to be cut this year and this will be considered again in the new year when the weather is better. It is hoped that new tress will be planted around the area as several have been lost. The replacement trees will be arranged through the Woodland Trust. Beetley Common. The Woodland Trust will also provide trees to be planted now that the bracken and scrub has been cleared.

Precept. The Parish Council considered the precept at length at this meeting and it was finally decided to set this at £14,500. There has been no increase in the Parish Council portion of the Council Tax since 2010 and the members felt that as the parish will have to expend more funds on services that had previously been provided free this was the correct time to raise the precept. The Parish Council will continue to utilise its reserves for major projects that it wishes to undertake.

Play Area at The Village Hall. No response had been received from the Village Hall Management committee regarding the replacement play equipment and a decision on this was deferred to the next meeting. Community Car Scheme. The scheme has been very busy recently and a request is to be made for new drivers. The Parish Council is determined to maintain the service even if Breckland Council decide to withdraw its funding because of the deficit in its budget caused by the reduction in funding from central government.

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Extract for February

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7th February 2013 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present seven Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Duffield and four members of the public. 

Planning. Applications. The members raised no objection to the omission of open fronted cart shed from pp 3PL/2011/0374/F and erection of attached lean to bin, log, trailer and car store at Dawn Meadow, Fakenham Road, East Bilney, or to the proposed single storey rear extension, relocation of existing conservatory and internal alterations to form an en-suite shower room at 21 Fakenham Road, or to the single storey extension to link house to garden room at Clovelly, Fakenham Road, East Bilney or to the erection of two storey side extension and alterations to dwelling at 10 Oakland Drive.

Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the single storey rear extension and convert the existing loft store to guest room at 9 Spinney Close, the proposed extension and external insulation of existing hall walls at Beetley Village Hall and for the minor material amendment to the northwest elevation of Plot 5 Highfield Meadow East Bilney.

Beetley River Meadows. A request had been received to have the dog bins moved away from the sitting areas. The Parish Council agreed to this request and will ascertain if there are suitable alternative sites for these so that they are still able to be emptied by Breckland Council. A request had also been received to pass a bye law to make all dog owners keep their dogs on a lead on the area. The members felt that this would not be able to be enforced and any complaint about dogs that are harassing others should be passed to Breckland Council for the dog warden.

Play Area at The Village Hall. The Village Hall Committee has replied that at the moment it does not wish to proceed with the refurbishment of the play area. The Parish Council realises that the committee is at present committed to the refurbishment of the village hall and is actively applying for grants. At the meeting in October the Parish Council offered to apply for grants to enable a high standard of equipment to be obtained. The fund that is held at Breckland Council from the building of the Affordable Homes on High House Road has to be applied for and the Parish Council is concerned that this may not be available to the parish in the future. The Parish Council has written to the Village Hall Committee again offering to apply for the grants. A reply is expected before the meeting in March and the Parish Council will make a decision then depending on the reply from the Village Hall Committee.

Highways. The sycamore tree at East Bilney has been felled and the two new lime trees planted as agreed.

Community Car Scheme. Following the request in the last issue of the Beetley Buzz for additional drivers, several parishioners have volunteered which will prove to be of great benefit to the scheme.

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Extract for March

A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 7th March 2013 at Beetley and East Bilney Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor R Duffield and four members of the public.

Planning. Applications. The members raised no objection to the first floor extension to rear, first floor extension over garage & flat roof extension to rear and extension to existing porch at 42 Beech Road.

Decisions. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the omission of open fronted cart shed from pp 3PL/2011/0374/F and erection of attached lean to bin, log, trailer and car store at Dawn Meadow, Fakenham Road, East Bilney, and to the proposed single storey rear extension, relocation of existing conservatory and internal alterations to form an en-suite shower room at 21 Fakenham Road,

Beetley River Meadows. The Parish Council has decided to purchase new bins for the picnic areas as the current open topped bins are not proving satisfactory. It is hoped that the current bins can be utilised as planters.

Dog Bin. Permission had been received from Norfolk County Council to site a dog bin on the junction of Fakenham Road and the footpath that runs through to High House Road.

Dog Fouling. Any concerns about dog fouling or dogs not under control should be reported to the Dog Warden whose telephone number is 01362 858500 or email mike@animalwardenservices.co.u

Highways. Norfolk County Council has thanked the Parish Council for its support in the planting of new trees at East Bilney where the diseased sycamore tree had to be felled. The Clerk had met the Highways Engineer to discuss a possible trod in partnership with Norfolk County Council along Fakenham Road to the bus stop. Norfolk County Council have allocated £1 million to these partnership schemes and the Parish Council would this year only have to pay 25%. It was agreed to request a trod along Fakenham Road from Common Drift to the bus stop and then onto High House Road on the opposite side of the road. This will enable parishioners to be able to walk to the bus stop or shelter without the need to walk on the road especially at busy times of vehicular movements. The County Councillor raised the possibility of obtaining a flashing sign through the Local Highway Improvement partnership for the parish. This sign would show the actual speed at which the vehicle is travelling to make motorists aware of their speed. It is only allowed to be sited in one place for a maximum of four weeks and it is not allowed to be reused for another eight weeks. However if several parishes amalgamated then the sign could be passed between these parishes so that the sign is available for Beetley on a regular basis. The Clerk is to liaise with other parishes to see if this can be taken forward.

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Bryan Leigh, Clerk to the Parish Council

Dawn Meadow, Fakenham Road
East Bilney, Dereham, NR20 4HT
Telephone : 01362 861112
or e-mail : bryan.leigh@btinternet.com

 

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