A meeting of Beetley Parish Council was held on Thursday 5 December at Beetley Village Hall. There were present six Parish Councillors, District Councillor R Atterwill, District Councillor R Duffield and six members of the public.
Planning. Applications. The Parish Council had raised no objection to the roof conversion with dormer windows to existing garage roof to provide living accommodation at 8 Spinney Close, the amendment at 45 Beechcroft Elmham Road for the installation of velux windows in the side roof of the garage, the proposed single storey front extension and associated alterations at Chrisfield 11 Elmham Road or to the installation of new play equipment at Union House Norfolk Rural Life Museum. The members objected to the amendment to the outline application for a reduction in site area and a reduction in plots from 4 to 3 on land adjacent to Whitemill Green Lane for the same reasons as previously being outside the settlement boundary and an intrusion into the rural countryside. Decisions. Breckland Council had refused the application for a change of use of farm building to single dwelling at Beck Farm East Bilney. Appeal. The applicant had appealed against the decision of Breckland Council to refuse the construction of single storey three-bedroom dwelling at the Cottage Fakenham Road East Bilney. The Parish Council is to send a representation to the Planning Inspector stating all the objections it had raised during the planning process.
Highways. The Parish Council had heard no more from Norfolk County Council regarding the trees on Beech Road near to the footpath to Beetley River Meadows despite a further request for information. The flooding on High House Road near to Fakenham Road had been reported as had the damage to the chevron in East Bilney on B1146.
Beetley River Meadows. There had been an incident of a dog and owner being attacked by another dog not on a lead or under control. Would all dog owners please ensure that their dogs are on a lead and if necessary be muzzled. The signs in place state that dogs should be on leads to protect other users of the area.
Beetley Pre-School. The Parish Council decided not to pursue with an application to remove the covenant on the land as the cost to the Parish Council could be so great that the precept would have to raise to an unacceptable figure. The Parish Council was very disappointed that it could not take forward the request from the Pre-School but as four properties had objected this was deemed to be too large an amount to expend on the removal of the covenant.
Precept. The Parish Council decided that it would raise the precept by £500 as it has increased costs to fund during the year on Beetley Common, Beetley River Meadows grass cutting and grass cutting at other smaller sites in the parish. The precept is the amount payable through the Council Tax which comes to the Parish Council to cover its expenses for the year. This equates to a rise of just under £1 per annum for a Band D property.
Breckland Local Plan. The new Local Plan has been adopted by Breckland Council and a review is to commence immediately on the Local Plan with a possibility that more sites are called for to ensure that there is always a 5-year housing supply. The wording of some parts of the Local Plan is to be reviewed to ensure that there is no confusion.
Patient Participation Group North Elmham Surgery. Councillor Leigh had attended the North Elmham Group and reported on the discussions raising many points that had been reported to the Community Car Drivers. Receptionists are having training regularly and the problem of obtaining results from blood tests etc was raised. It is possible to book in advance a telephone call from a doctor at the weekend but this might not be with a doctor from North Elmham but one from Dereham.
Meetings. The next meetings of Beetley Parish Council will be held on Thursday 6 February 2020 and Thursday 5 March 2020 at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, Beetley. Planning applications are available for viewing from 7.15p.m. Minutes. The full minutes are available for viewing on the Beetley Parish website, beetleypc.norfolkparishes.gov.uk, or by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or [email protected]