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Minutes of Swainswick PC meeting held 9th November 2020

These Minutes were approved at the Council meeting held on 8th February 2021


Minutes of a Virtual Meeting of Swainswick Parish Council

held on Monday 9th November at 7.30pm

Present:  Cllrs Mr J Miles (Chairman): Mr I Roberts Mr T Stuckes: Mr R Shackell: M Hollings: Mr G Davies: and Mr R Clist (Clerk). Five members of the public observed the meeting for varying periods.           

1.   Apologies

2.   Minutes of previous meeting held on 7th September 2020.
The meeting approved these minutes and they were signed as a true record by the Chairman.

3.   Matters Arising from above Minutes
There were no matters arising

4.   Planning


Ref20/03908/FUL Pitlands Farm, Gloucester Road, Swainswick. Erection of a single storey extension and alterations to roof, including conversion of loft to habitable space. Swainswick PC – No objections. B&NES – Decision pending.

Ref: 20/03559/FUL Treetops Gloucester Road Swainswick

Erection of first floor extension of the same volume of existing extensions to be demolished, and improvements to existing vehicle access and parking.

Swainswick PC – No objections. There has been subsequent communication between B&NES and the applicant. It is understood some amendments to the detail regarding boundaries are to be submitted. G Davies advised the Council that the Treetops application was on hold, awaiting the bat survey. A member of the public, said the Council had told him it was de-registered for multiple reasons.

Ref: 20/03391/FUL Little Pear Tree Cottage, Tadwick Lane, Tadwick. Redevelopment of previously developed garage site for an office, gym and annexe to be used in connection with Pear Tree Cottage. Swainswick PC objection submitted 7/10/2020. B&NES – Decision pending.

Ref: 20/03255/FULLarkhall Sports Club, Charlcombe Lane, Charlcombe, Bath.Erection of a 20m high monopole supporting 3no. antennas and 2no. 0.3mm dishes above the top of the pole, the installation of 1no. equipment cabinet on new base and the installation of ancillary equipment.

Swainswick PC Objection submitted 29/09/2020. B&NES Decision pending.

Ref: 20/03810/FUL Agricultural Building opposite Jazira, Gloucester Road. Initially reported to enforcement and retrospective planning application submitted. No formal objections have been made but J Miles said that it was unclear whether the change of use request, agricultural to equestrian, covered the parcel of land where the structure is situated or the entire agricultural holding.

Previous Aplications

Ref: 19/05534/FUL  Larkhall Athletic Ground. Erection of 20 metre-high telecommunications mast accommodating 6 antenna apertures, 4 transmission dishes and8 ground-based equipment cabinets. Swainswick PC – Objections submitted. B&NES – Decision pending with Planning Committee.

Ref: 20/03009/FUL Ashcombe House Tadwick Lane Swainswick Bath. Conversion of long barn into two holiday cottages. B&NES – Decision pending.

Ref: 20/03077/FUL    (resulting from Ref: 19/00568/UNAUTH )  Listed Building Consent (Alts/exts) Manor Farm Buildings Manor Lane Swainswick Bath. Repairs and alterations to curtilage listed former farm buildings (part retrospective). Change of use of one building from B8 storage to B1 business use (retrospective). Swainswick PC objection submitted 29/9/2020. B&NES – Decision pending.

I Roberts stated that were inaccuracies in some of the witness statements and in categories attributed to certain buildings. Robust responses regarding ecology and highways issues were being made. He notified the meeting that the application would be going to the B&NES development committee.

Other Planning Matters

Ref: 18/03829/FUL  Four Winds Farm  Gloucester Road Swainswick -‘retention’ of Agricultural Building. Further concerns regarding possible non-agricultural usage. B&NES Enforcement have visited the site and will continue observations on the barn usage.

5.   Swainswick School – Pedestrian Safety.

I Roberts explained that residents and Swainswick School had growing concerns about pedestrian safety in the vicinity of the school. The painted road signs were in need of renewal and it had been suggested that a convex mirror be located near the corner to improve visibility in that area. The possible location needed clarification and the funding arranged. The school were likely to forge ahead with this task whilst financial support from the council was considered,

6    University Building – Aircraft Warning Light

I Roberts has written to the Civil Aviation Authority seeking additional information and guidance regarding regulations and requirements for structures.

7.   Highways, pavements and verges.

      Local Lane Speeds

Following detailed discussions and recent correspondence the council has submitted a        brief outline of its views on the issue of signage and the ‘quiet lane’ philosophy. This was sent to Sarah Warren, the B&NES councillor fronting the evaluation. The topic warranted further debate and M Hollings suggested further thought should be given by this council with any ideas tabled at the next meeting in February.

8.   Swainswick PC – Future project ideas/proposals. On hold at present.

      Information Board

      Trough surround – improvement

9.   Finance

      A Financial Status update was circulated by the clerk.

10. School Governors

      R Shackell had nothing to report.

11. Clerk Vacancy advertising proposals and details.

The clerk had drafted an advertisement for inclusion in the Local Look magazine, December Edition. The approved fee would be £55.00.

The clerk raised concerns regarding attracting applicants as the salary was low in relation to statistics provided by ALCA. It was considered necessary to request an increase in the precept when the submission time comes later in the year.

12. Correspondence – all relevant previously circulated by email.

13. Any Other Business

14. Dates of next meetings:

      8th February   2021

      12th April        2021

14th June         2021

            The meeting closed at 8.45pm

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