Minutes of the Parish Council 11 July 2019

Stoke Trister with Bayford Parish Council

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 11 July 2019 

in Bayford Village Hall at 7.30pm

Public Forum:

There was no public forum.

Present: Cllrs: N Linsley (Chairman) M Grant, J Macfarlane, M Summerfield, J McKenna, R Webb-Bowen and J Garrett.C/C Anna Groskop.

Clerk in attendance: Mrs P Gillman

Public: None

17. Apologies – None

18. Declarations of Interest – None

19. Vice Chairman

The Clerk spoke about her disappointment of the non-election of a Vice Chairman at the Parish Council meeting in May. She had spoken with a Councillor who agreed to take the position. Councillor Mac Grant was duly elected at Vice Chairman.

Proposed: Cllr Garrett Seconded: Cllr Linsley

20. Minutes of the Parish Council Meetings of 9 May, 29 May and 6 June 2019 and Planning Meetings of 21 June and 4 August 2019.

A resolution is sought to approve and sign the minutes as a true record.

Proposed: Cllr Summerfield Seconded: Cllr Grant

21. Financial Matters

a. Statement of Account and bank reconciliation

b. Bank Balances to 30 June 2019. 

A resolution is sought to accept the financial statement as at 30 June 2019. Stoke Trister & Bayford PC Current A/c £11037.73; Stoke Trister & Bayford PC Reserve A/c £8170.06; Leigh Common Savings A/c £5102.52.

c. A resolution is sought to sign the following cheques

Cheque No: 000475 SALC 105.00

Cheque No: 000476 Wessex Water   12.04

Cheque No: 000477 Council Expenses                   9.06 

Cheque No: 000478 Council Expenses                 19.08

Cheque No: 000479 Clerks salary, expenses & council

expenses. 598.45

Proposed: Cllr Macfarlane             Seconded: Cllr Garret


Cllrs Linsley and Macfarlane declared an interest in signing their own cheques for expenses as they were the only two signatories at that time.

22. Planning Matters

a. New Planning Matters

Planning Application No: 19/01322/S73

Applicant: Hopkins Estates

Location:  Land OS 3969 Part Devenish Lane, Bayford, Wincanton.

Proposal:  Application to vary condition 2 (approved  plans) of planning approval 18/03272/FUL (amendment of roof material) – There were no objections to the change of roofing material. However, we would like to see the Planning Officers consultation with Wessex Water concerning the high pressure pipes underground.

Planning Application No: 19/01284/REM 

Applicant: Mr. Shaun Paul 

Location: Land adjacent to Highbrook, Devenish Lane. 

Proposal: Application of reserved matters following approval of 18/02145/OUT for the erection of a two storey detached dwelling to include access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale.- At a site meeting today, the following observations were made by Stoke Trister with Bayford Parish Council: The Councillors were unable to access the site as no one was available to ask permission. 

1. Devenish Lane is a rural settlement and this application does not conform with the requirements of the SS2 housing need within the SSDC Local Plan 2006-2028. 

2. Devenish Lane is a dangerous single-track lane encountering a lot of traffic at present. Further development will cause more traffic and more distress to residents. 

3. There will be a massive amount of drainage work to be done. 

4. We reiterate our previous observations for this application made on 28 September 2018. 

5. Stoke Trister with Bayford Parish Council therefore unanimously refuse this application. 

Some Councillors mentioned that the owners were running a business from this site with no planning permission. This has been previously addressed to the Planning Department, however, we are unaware what, if anything, has been done about it.

Planning Application No:  19/01778/FUL

Applicant: Mrs J Calderwood

Location:  Land rear of 2 Cambria Villas Devenish Lane Bayford Wincanton. BA9 9NG

Proposal:  The erection of a new single storey dwelling and the formation of a new vehicular access off Bayford Hill – re-submission


The site planning meeting was attended by all 7 Councillors, 4 of whom were new to the Council.

This application was unanimously refused by all Councillors on the basis of:

  1. The plot in question is far too small for any development.
  2. The recreation space is not sufficient for 2 properties.
  3. We reiterate our previous concerns over the dangerous access onto Bayford Hill. We believe that Highways has not visited this site before making their observations. We ask that Highways at SSDC visit this site before any decision is made by the planning officer.
  4. It would be taking away a decent family house and garden.
  5. As this is one of a pair of semi detached properties any development as applied for would make it disproportionate on one side of a garden.
  6. It is basically garden grab and overdevelopment.

The Chairman stated that the applicant had contacted her by telephone asking if the meeting could be moved to another day as she was unable to be there. The Chairman’s response was that we couldn’t and she should try to get a representative to be there.

b. Outcome of planning matters already considered:

Planning Application No: 18/03938/FUL

Applicant: Mrs J Calderwood

Location:  Land rear of 2 Cambria Villas Devenish Lane Bayford Wincanton. BA9 9NG

Proposal:  The erection of a new single storey dwelling and the formation of a new vehicular access off Bayford Hill. – Permission refused.

Planning Application No: 19/00373/FUL

Applicant: Mr & Mrs Garrett

Location:  Highcroft, Bayford Lane, Stoke Trister, Wincanton. BA9 9PG

Proposal:  Erection of a new dwelling. – No further information.

Planning Application No: 19/00258/OUT

Applicant: Mr M and Miss F Haskett and Thornton

Location:  Land at Church Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincanton BA9 9PG

Proposal:  Outline application with all matters reserved for the redevelopment of Church Farm buildings and bungalow and erection of 2 dwellings. – No further information.

Applicant: Mr Chris Bellars

Location: Land at Sycamore Farm, Stoke Trister, Wincanton.

Proposal: The conversion of existing domestic storage building into a single dwelling and the erection of a car port. – We recommend refusal of this application since the applicant has not demonstrated that the proposal would meet the requirement of SS2 in the local plan. However, we understand that the barn conversion proposed would be for family use only and we would be sympathetic to this if a new application was made for conversion ancillary to the existing dwelling on the property. – No further information.

Clerk to contact Simon Fox planning, on a permitted application on agricultural land.

23. Highways

Residents are concerned over the speeding traffic along the Riding Gate to Leigh Common road, as there is no speed limit. Cllr Summerfield requested a meeting with Gary Warren of Highways to request a speed limit lowering. Clerk to send Cllr Summerfield and Cllr McKenna contact details for Gary Warren. 

Cllr Summerfield was unanimously voted to be the Highways Officer.

24. Footpaths

Cllr Grant is checking on the identity of a stile that needs repair.

25. Riding Gate and East View

Ongoing problems being dealt with by Sam Fox of the Planning Dept, no further information at present.

26. Defibrillator

It was agreed that Cllr McKenna would do a costing for a defibrillator. Clerk to contact Andy Smith for his previous survey for a defibrillator. Cllr Grant would speak with Mr Trueman of Cucklington for more information.

27. Notice Board

It was agreed to contact Phil Light for a price for Notice Boards.

28. Guide to the Community Infrastructure

As the Council decided we did not go into a Neighbourhood Plan it deemed inappropriate for Stoke Trister with Bayford Parish Council at this time.

29. Date of Next Meetings 

19 September 2019

Meeting closed at 8.50pm