Fangfoss with Bolton Parish Council
Minutes of a meeting held on 13 February 2008
St Martin’s School, Fangfoss at 7.00 pm
PRESENT: R. Aitchison; B. Holmes; P. Knowles; J. Oxford; L.Rickatson; N. Rickatson D. Wildblood; J. Allen (clerk)
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: None
08-21 MINUTES: The Minutes of the meeting held on 9 January were agreed and signed.
08-22 MATTERS ARISING:
(07-05:1) PFA had decided against purchase of lawnmower
(07-06) Code of conduct meeting presentation had been circulated electronically
and a hard copy was available at the meeting.
(07-05:8) Bank mandate: the remaining councillor intended to visit the bank the
?? (2007) The replacement millennium bench had arrived, been paid for and would
be delivered to PK. PK and DW to discuss and carry out secure
installation. PK DW
(08-19) The clerk had checked plans for the house adjacent to Harry Postill and
found requirement of retention of 0.5m hedge had not been adhered to,
making for a dangerous entrance/exit. Planning office had been
(07-03) A reply had been received from ERYC in response to the PC protest
about election expenses accruing to the parish. In brief, ERYC had no
intention of reviewing policy.
08-23 Audit Commission Appointment of external auditor: no action necessary
08-24 Email from Chris Gibbins (Bolton resident) asking BC to consider action to reduce JA
speeding through Bolton. PC instructed clerk to write to the police accordingly.
08-25 St Martin’s Church had requested annual grant towards graveyard maintenance. This had
been paid after consultation with BH
08-26 Wilberfoss & Thornton Level Drainage Board (Drainage rates for display) JA
08-27 Consultation paper on orders and regulations relating to conduct of LA members in RA
England. This had been circulated electronically where possible. RA offered to submit
comments on behalf of PC as time was so short (deadline 15 February).
08-28 Humberside Fire and Rescue Consultation Document: invitation to submit comments. JA
Clerk was requested to request hard copy for circulation
08-29 Humberside Police Authority: Advice that reports on the Communities and Partnership
Committee were available on line.
08-30 CORRESPONDENCE FOR NOTING/DISPLAY JA
ERNLLCA Newsletter – January
HUMBRELLA - Humberside Learning Consortium Training News
East Riding of Yorkshire NHS ‘Health News’
Bank statement Dec-Jan
Bus Shelter brochure
08.31 Full planning permission requested for replacing windows, restructuring basement
and rebuilding garage with guest suite on 1st floor at Fangfoss Hall: plans and amended
plans received. (DC/08/00162/PLB/WESTWW). Clerk was instructed to return no
objections to the windows and basement plans, but to object to rebuilding the garage
due to residential aspect of this plan.
08.32 Results of planning applications: JA
Church House plans – had been refused in their present form
Bolton Hall plans – had been passed
08.33 Financial statement for 9 Jan – 10 Feb 08:
Was received and approved by PC
08.34 Any other business
1. Councillors gave the go-ahead to publicise the new village website.
2. DW will install gates on St Martin’s playing field
08.35 Sustainability ( Stephen Cook & Chris Hodgson (ERYC) and members of the
public in attendance)
Stephen Cook outlined the background to the changes in policy that had resulted in
Fangfoss/Bolton’s status changing from a ‘selected’ to an ‘unsustainable’ settlement.
Since approximately June 2005 there had been a total reversal of rural housing policy at
national level – from actively encouraging the development of whole estates in rural
villages to virtually eliminating any residential development whatsoever. The change had
resulted from concerns about climate change and ERYC had had little choice but to follow
the national lead, with little room for manoeuvre. There had also been major
administrative changes to the whole planning process, whereby the previous system of
Structure Plans and Local Plans had been superseded by the ‘Local Development
ERYC had produced policy proposals under the previous planning system, setting out
where residential development would/would not be permitted. These were contained
within its ‘Smaller Settlements’ document. That document had gone out to consultation in
November 2006 but before it could be adopted for Development Control (DC) purposes,
the planning system had changed. Additionally, the Government had deemed the
Structure Plan (which underpinned the ‘Smaller Settlements’ document) as not fit for
Mr Cook explained that this meant that DC policy for villages like Fangfoss was currently
in limbo and would require further consideration by Members. In the meantime, despite
the ‘Smaller Settlements’ document not having been formally adopted, it was still a
working document and was being used as a guide for planning applications. That meant
that speculative or ‘market’ residential development proposals for Fangfoss (which was
still regarded as ‘unsustainable’ under this policy) were likely to be refused but proposals
for affordable housing would receive more favourable consideration. Other exceptions
might include conversions of buildings that added character to the village, proposals
which had significant community support and development where specific conditions on
occupation could be applied.
The sustainability matrix had only ever been an interim tool until the ‘Smaller Settlements’
document could be adopted and the Council had always been aware of its limitations e.g.
it did not acknowledge that the full Sutton Industrial Estate was a major local source of
employment. By comparison, the ‘Smaller Settlements’ document did take account of the
fact that, by allowing development in a particular location, it might be possible to sustain
community facilities and to that extent it was a more sophisticated planning device. Mr
Cook pointed out that it nevertheless took a considerable amount of development to
sustain a shop or school – not just one or two houses but a fair sized estate.
Mr Cook was at pains to point out that the matrix was no longer in use to determine
planning applications. However he could not categorically say that it was never
consulted. Planning staff would have regard to ‘Smaller Settlements’ and would probably
run their own checks on current services and other items that made up the matrix. Of
those present, several people pointed out that the matrix was inaccurate in relation to
Fangfoss on quite a number of counts and if it were used in any manner, it should be
accurate and up to date. There was also considerable concern that a designation of
‘unsustainable’ could have undesirable long-term consequences for the villages and for a
community that has been growing in strength year on year.
Mr Cook said that preliminary consultations on replacement plans/strategies required for
the new planning system will begin in a few months time, when we will have an
opportunity to make our views heard. This will be followed by a consultation on preferred
options. We are therefore looking at a number of years before a definitive policy is in
place. Anyone wishing to be consulted should contact Peter Ashcroft in the ERYC
08.36 Date of next meeting: 12 March 2008