Avebury Parish Council
Minutes of a meeting of Avebury Parish Council’s Planning Committee held on 21 January 2017 outside The Stables off the car park, High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF to consider the planning application below, and afterwards in parts of the High Street to consider a possible site for a defibrillator.
Starting time: 10.35am
One member of the public joined the meeting at 11.30.
Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mr Jon Campbell, Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chair), Mr Terence O’Connor, Mrs Lynzey Paradise and Mr Stephen Stacey.
Apologies: Dr Mike Bedford (Vice-Chairman), Mr David Brotheridge and Ms Zandria Service.
In attendance: Ms Catherine Hosie (National Trust Estates Manager)
Questions from the public: None
Declarations of interest: None
Full planning permission for change of use from empty site to A1 (shop/retail outlet) at The Stables, High Street, Avebury, SN8 1RF. Application ref: 16/11287/FUL.
The Chairman thanked Ms Catherine Hosie for attending. He read out written representations from Mr John Wilding, Mrs Judy Farthing, Sarah Simmonds, WHS Partnership Manager and Wiltshire Councillor and Jemima Milton calling the application in for decision by Wiltshire Council’s Planning Committee. He also reported verbal comments from Mr Gordon Rimes and reported, later in the meeting due to his forgetfulness, the views of the Chair of the Community Shop.
It was generally agreed that The Stables should be brought into productive use and that the Parish Council wished to play a proactive role with the National Trust to produce a revised scheme, see below. The current application was not however acceptable and the Parish Council decided to object to it.
It was also suggested that the National Trust withdraw the application to allow for consultation and the development of an alternative scheme.
It was proposed by Stephen Stacey, seconded by Jon Campbell and unanimously agreed that the Parish Council object to the application on the grounds that:
- Parking congestion and dangers. Access to The Stables is directly off the High Street car park. The car park is designated for use by villagers and the disabled. It is often oversubscribed by users of the post office, local shops, the Circle Nursery, events at the Social Centre, services and events at St James’ Church, visitors to residents in the High Street who do not have any or sufficient parking, National Trust staff and volunteers – and others. It is also used by unauthorised users. An A1 shop use will increase parking pressures in the immediate future and these pressures will grow significantly in the longer term if the use of the shop is intensified. There is major concern that added demands for parking will increasingly lead to the displacement of vehicles into the High Street, especially in busy periods. This will in turn have a very detrimental impact on residents, traders and others in the village.Dangers of additional traffic particularly apply to many visitors, including international visitors, who tend to wander in the High Street and are often unaware of traffic.The entrance to The Stables fronts directly into the car park. Increased numbers of people shopping and parking their cars will correspondingly increase risks arising from conflicting movements of pedestrian shoppers and car users.
- Intensification of use. The current application refers to a ‘voluntary book sales / exchange store and visitor welcome centre where visitors can buy, donate and exchange books’. There is however no Plan B. If the proposed use as a welcome centre and book exchange fails or is withdrawn, the building could be solely used as a shop operating at a more intensive scale. This would significantly reduce the amenity of the area. An intensification would go against the provisions of the World Heritage Site Management Plan that seeks to encourage visitors into the wider landscape, away from the Henge. The creation of a shop at The Stables is also counter to the Trust’s stated aim of channelling visitors to its ‘farmyard’ by the Manor
- Class A1 shop use is not needed. The National Trust already has four retail outlets in Avebury – at its gift shop, Circles Café, Coach House Café and the Manor Tearoom. Purchases of some items, tickets and/or membership of the Trust can also be made at other venues, such as the Keiller Museum and the Great Barn. The need for a seventh sales outlet in a small village has not been established.
- Lack of toilets. A visitor welcome and information centre should have toilets or access to toilets nearby during its opening hours but no provision is made in the application.
- Advertising and signage. The application makes no mention of advertising or signage. The Stables should have no, or minimal, signage being in the Henge.
- Lack of evidence of impact of Coach House café. The Café outlet at the Coach House at the top of the High Street has hardly been used since permission was given in 2010 and there has therefore been very little opportunity to judge the impact of its use on the High Street, especially during the summer.
- Lack of consultation. The National Trust reported at a Parish Council meeting in November that it would be seeking planning permission on the Stables. It had appeared at that time that the main emphasis was on opening an initial welcome / meet and greet point to orientate visitors and selling tickets for Henge tours. The Trust did not however state that the application would be for planning class A1 use (shop/retail outlet). This only become apparent when Wiltshire Council consulted the Parish Council on the application.
- Existing visitor welcome facility. The Trust already uses a mobile visitor welcome and information trailer in the main car park on many days of the year.
- Book exchange. One of the stated activities in the application is for a book exchange. This is however already offered in the Community Shop in the high Street, but is not much patronised. Revised scheme Members agreed that the Parish Council would be pleased to develop an alternative scheme with the National Trust for a welcome / meet and greet point to orientate visitors, and a voluntary book exchange for local people and visitors, providing that:
- parking for The Stables scheme is discouraged in the High Street and the High Street car park,
- toilets are provided during opening hours at The Stables or locally at the Coach House
- no, or minimal, signage is used
- National Trust staff at The Stables patrol the car park to ensure that unauthorised parking does not take place
- a planning condition is imposed that any activities remain low key and limited only to those relating directly to a welcome / meet and greet point to orientate visitors and a voluntary book exchange for local people and visitors
- any consent only be given under a planning use class that is aligned more closely with the uses intended, such as use class D1 for non-residential institutional use.
Members also agreed that any consent should only be given under a planning use class that is aligned more closely with the uses intended. One example might be use class D1 for non-residential institutional use.
Possible location for a defibrillator: Members viewed various locations between the Red Lion and the Henge Shop for a defibrillator with a view to taking decisions at a forthcoming meeting.
The meeting closed at 11.45.
Avebury Parish Council
Minutes of a meeting held by Avebury Parish Council’s Planning Committee held on 17 December 2016 on site at Lower Acre, Bray Street, Avebury SN8 1RA and afterwards outside Beckhampton House, Beckhampton SN8 1QR
Starting time: 10.35am
Five members of the public were present at Bray Street, and Mr Mark Petitt, of Fowler Architecture and Planning.
Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chair), Mr Terence O’Connor, Mrs Lynzey Paradise, Mr Stephen Stacey and Ms Zandria Service.
Apologies: Dr Mike Bedford (Vice-Chairman), Mr David Brotheridge and Mr Jon Campbell.
Questions from the public: none
Declarations of interest: Andrew Williamson said that he had no financial or beneficial interest to declare, but that he had written on an individual basis to Wiltshire Council both to object to the Lower Acre application and to make some positive proposals.
Full planning for demolition of existing bungalow and erection of replacement dwelling, with associated parking, turning, landscaping & private amenity space (Resubmission of 14/02099/FUL) at Lower Acre, Bray Street, Avebury SN8 1RA. Application Ref: 16/11050/FUL
Members viewed the site from Bray Street, from a raised green area to the west of 3 Bray Street and from the rear of Lower Acre. Members considered the documentation supplied by the applicant, received answers to questions from Mr Petitt and heard from members of the public present. Written representations from two local households and the Avebury Society had either been heard by councillors at the Parish Council meeting on 6 December or were read on-site in Bray Street by those that were not present on 6 December. Mr Williamson read a copy of his letter to the Planning Department.
It was proposed by Zandria Service, seconded by Stephen Stacey and unanimously agreed that the Parish Council object to the application on the grounds that:
- The size, bulk, height and depth of the proposed dwelling was significantly greater than the design that had been approved in 2014 (14/02099/FUL). The floor area, excluding the basement, was 48% larger than the 2014 scheme. The proposed scheme would have a damaging impact on the street scene in Bray Street, the Conservation Area and the surrounding countryside
- The style and aesthetics of the chosen design were not in keeping with other buildings nearby and would detract from the street scene in Bray Street, the Conservation Area and the surrounding countryside. There is a need for a building of greater architectural merit.
- Building on either, or both, of the plots on either side of Lower Acre would intensify development in Bray Street and would fundamentally alter the character of the Conservation Area. If the current application is approved, it should only be on the basis that planning consent will never be given for housing on either neighbouring plot.
- The proposal does not provide for the accommodation of contractors’ vehicles and plant on site. Bray Street is narrow and considerable damage has been done recently to verges and banks. There is also a need to ensure that vehicles, including emergency vehicles, can get by. All contractors’ vehicles and plant should therefore be parked off road.
The meeting adjourned to Beckhampton Stables and reconvened at 11.45am.
Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chair), Mr Terence O’Connor and Ms Zandria Service.
Apologies: Dr Mike Bedford (Vice-Chairman), Mr David Brotheridge and Mr Jon Campbell, Mrs Lynzey Paradise and Mr Stephen Stacey.
One member of the public was present for part of the meeting.
Full planning for erection of seven single storey timber stables on an existing base off Nash Lane being the north stables of Beckhampton House Stables, Beckhampton, SN81QR. Application Ref: 16/11513/FUL.
Members considered the above application. The position of the long barrow was noted together with the fact that the proposed stables were due to be built on the base of earlier stables that had subsequently been demolished.
It was proposed by Maggie Lewis, seconded by Terence O’Connor and unanimously agreed that Avebury Parish Council support the application.
The meeting closed at: 12:00.
Avebury Parish Council
Minutes of a meeting held by Avebury Parish Council’s Planning Committee held on 13 February 2016 on site at Rutlands Farm, Swindon Road, Avebury SN8 1RH
Starting time: 9.45am
One member of the public, Laura Cooper, was present.
Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mr Mike Daniel, Mrs Maggie Lewis, Mrs Lynzey Paradise and Ms Zandria Service.
Apologies: Dr Mike Bedford (Vice-Chairman), Mr David Brotheridge and Mrs Antoinette Kremer.
Declarations of interest: Andrew Williamson declared that he was Chairman of the Avebury World Heritage Site Steering Committee.
Application for full planning permission for two 10.75m diameter grain silos at Rutlands Farm, Avebury SN8 1RH. Application ref: 16/00669/FUL.
The Chairman invited Laura Cooper to ask any questions and to give members some background if she wished.
Laura Cooper showed members the grain drying and storage processes. Much the same amount of grain would be dried and thus noise from the drier would not be significantly increased. The proposed silos would however enable the farm to store more grain for longer periods, and would help to reduce some vehicle movements.
Members considered the sites for the proposed silos and examined documents and plans.
Decision: It was proposed by Mrs Paradise, seconded by Ms Service and agreed unanimously that the Parish Council support the application subject to the following condition:
- Screening in the form of planting on top of new banks around both silos be provided.
The meeting closed at: 10:40.
Avebury Parish Council
Minutes of a meeting held by Avebury Parish Council’s Planning Committee held on 16 April 2015 on site at Galteemore Farm, Beckhampton SN8 1QJ.
Start Time: 18:30
There were five members of the public present including a representative of architects Mitchell Taylor Workshop.
Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chairman), Mr David Brotheridge, Mr Mike Daniel, Mr Keith Howell and Ms Zandria Service.
In attendance: Miss Liz Moore (Clerk).
Apologies: Dr Mike Bedford (Vice-Chairman), Mrs Antoinette Kremer and Mr Paul Ryder-Morris.
Declarations of interest: none
Application for full planning permission for erection of an extension to the rear of the property at Galteemore Farm, Beckhampton SN8 1QJ. Application Ref: 15/02648/FUL.
Listed building consent for internal alternations and extensions to the rear of the property at Galteemore Farm, Beckhampton SN8 1QJ. Application Ref: 15/02649/LBC.
Plans were examined by members and questions answered by the architect. Members noted the extension was to the south east of the existing farm house, and that the existing single storey building would be converted. The remodelling included a new porch as an addition to the east side of the main house.
Members noted the existing conservatory would be replaced by a larger, single storey timber and glass extension that wrapped itself around the rear of the house. The Chairman asked if the area was within the Beckhampton archaeological area of interest and Mrs Lewis said she believed it was; it was therefore likely that a watching brief would be necessary. The Chairman said that dazzle from plate glass windows could be an issue in the World Heritage Site but he thought it would not be the case here in a private garden setting.
Decision: It was proposed by Keith Howell, seconded by Mike Daniel and agreed unanimously that the Parish Council support the above applications.
Application for full planning permission for conversion of existing barn to provide rural workers dwelling at Galteemore Farm, Beckhampton SN8 1QJ. Application Ref: 15/02537/FUL.
Members visited the site, plans were examined and questions answered by the architect. Members noted the planned conversion of the metal cattle shed would be in brick, timber and slate and that the pitch of the roof would remain the same. The conversion would utilise the existing barn footprint but the eaves and roof of the western element of the barn would be raised by about one metre. The Chairman said that this increase of one metre would increase the impact of the building quite significantly. He also suggested the architects address the issue of possible dazzle from sunshine off plate glass windows at certain seasons and times of day. Mr Howell asked if the building would have an agricultural tie; the architect stated the building would remain associated with the main house and would stand within the same curtilage. The Chairman asked members if they had received any comments from residents. Mr Howell said that other than the agricultural tie question, a local household had expressed concern about the view from their house. Members noted however that views were not a material planning consideration.
Decision: It was proposed by Keith Howell, seconded by Maggie Lewis and agreed unanimously that the Parish Council support the application subject to the following condition:
- An evaluation is carried out on the impacts of reflectance of the south and east facing plate glass windows.
The meeting closed at: 19:22.