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November 2015

Clayhidon Parish Council Meeting

held in the Parish Hall at 1.30pm on 9th November 2015



1.               Present 

Mr R Kallaway (Chair), Mrs A Weekes, Mrs S Hay, Mr M Bendle, Mr R Drew and Mr G Langford, Mrs D Evans (Parish Clerk) and 6 members of the public.

Apologies Mr A Hill


2.               Declarations of Interest

None declared.


3.               Public Participation

The following comments were made:-

Reference Planning application 15/01622/FULL  Ten Oaks Farm, Clayhidon.  Erection of an agricultural worker's dwelling and an agricultural livestock building

3.1      The planning notice was only displayed for approximately 4 hours on one day and then removed.

3.2      There is no information given reference the stock movements on the holding.

3.3      This appears to be a random development in the middle of the countryside.

3.4      Is water harvested from a roof going to satisfy the demands of the holding?                                                                                                      

3.5      A parishioner mentioned the footpath review.  He raised concerns over the suggested addition of a public bridleway along Routy Lane.  Mrs S Hay, footpath representative, explained that at this stage it was a proposal and there had to be evidence to support it. 


4.              Planning

4.1      15/01648/FULL - Smeatharpe, Clayhidon.  Erection of cabinet to house observation               borehole measuring groundwater levels and surrounding fence.

PROPOSAL:  The council is in support of the application and makes no further comment.

PROPOSED:  Mr G Langford 


DECISION: passed (all in favour)


4.2      15/01622/FULL  Ten Oaks Farm, Clayhidon.  Erection of an agricultural worker's dwelling and an agricultural livestock building

PROPOSAL:  The council does not support the application and makes the following observations. 

  • The parish council has considered the re-submission and remains of the view that there is no viable and sustainable agricultural evidence presented to support the expired temporary permission, let alone the permanent dwelling application. 
  • This would set an unwelcome precedent reference achieving a new dwelling.  At just 12 acres, any agricultural tie would be meaningless. The location in open countryside remains a key consideration.  Potentially a series of applications would destroy the essential character of this area of the Blackdown Hills.
  • The information contained in the Agricultural Appraisal shows a standard man day calculation of 1.67 based on 200 calves per annum.  This is incorrect.  The total number of calves at any one time is currently 50.  If the new agricultural building is approved the numbers are proposed to double.  This does not equate to 1 full time worker needed to be present at all times of the day and night for the proper functioning of the enterprise.
  • It has been reported that the Planning Notice was erected for four hours on one day and then removed.
  • The council has concerns over the water supply on site.  The water is being harvested from the roof.  Is this sustainable?

·        If the planning officer is minded to approve this application then the parish council ask the District Councillor, Frank Rosamond, to call it in for committee decision. 

PROPOSED:  Mr G Langford 

SECONDED:  Mrs  A Weekes

DECISION: passed (all in favour)


4.3      15/01654/FULL  Barne Farm, Clayhidon.   Change of use of land to allow the siting of 3    lodges (Revised Scheme)

PROPOSAL:  The council supports the idea in principle but has some concerns.  Namely, the factual content of some of the information given needs clarifying –

  • The Design & Access Statement refers to one bedroom lodges whereas the plans show three bedrooms.  It also suggests the traffic movement will not increase – how can this be?  
  • The foul drainage assessment form suggests the treatment plant will be sufficiently far away from any neighbour’s water supply – the neighbour has confirmed this is not the case.  Is the total daily flow of 180 litres correct? -  this figure is the suggested per person per day figure.   
  • The roads to and from the site are already in a poor condition and the council is concerned about access during the construction and afterwards.  

·        Finally, there are noise concerns.  With more people on site it is inevitable that the noise levels, particularly around the pool and tennis court, will increase.


SECONDED:  Mr M Bendle

DECISION: passed (all in favour)







































5.                Date of next meeting    Full Council meeting at 7.30pm on 14th December 2015



Meeting closed at 2.26pm