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Minutes of a Meeting of the Parish Council
held at the Village Hall, Holne on Tuesday 1 April 2014 at 7.30pm


Cllr B Owen (Chairman)
Cllr S Hayles
Cllr T Powell
Cllr G Simpson
Cllr D Troake
In attendance
Suzanna Hughes (Clerk), Ross Gray (Tree Warden) and John Nutley (DNPA representative).  There were no members of the public present.
Open Forum

John Nutley
Mr Nutley gave a verbal report (copy attached).
District Cllr Smerdon
District Cllr Smerdon was unable to attend the meeting but sent a written report (copy attached).

Ross Gray
Raised the issue of maintenance of the Village Green including the leat which needs re-cobbling.  The Chairman suggested that this be included on May’s agenda for further discussion.

The meeting was opened by the Chairman, Cllr Owen, at 7.48pm.



Apologies for Absence

  • County Cllr Rowe
  • District Cllr Smerdon


Declarations of Interest
Members were reminded of their responsibility to continually update their Notice of Registerable Interests and invited to state whether they have any interests in any matter to be discussed during this meeting.

No interests were declared.


Requests for Dispensations
No requests were received.


Ratification of Minutes
Members present received the minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on 4 March 2014 and agreed unanimously that they be signed by the Chairman as a true and correct record of the meeting.


5.1   Members unanimously agreed to approve the following invoice for payment:

  • Cheque no 704 – Scoriton Village Hall - £63.00 (Hire of hall for First Aid training – TAP fund)
  • Cheque no 705 – DNPA - £200 (Contribution towards work carried out on leat)
  • Cheque no 706 – HMRC - £131.40 (PAYE)


6.1       New Planning Applications
            6.1.1  0172/14 – Installation of oil and septic tanks and alterations to stable at Long                           
                     Barn, Michelcombe
                     It was noted that this application had been received after the agenda had been 
                     published but required the Parish Council’s comments prior to the next meeting.  
                     Members agreed to visit the site and communicate their views by email to the

           6.1.2  0176/14 – Erection of agricultural building to cover existing feeding/handling 
                     yard at Mill Leat Farm, Holne

                     It was noted that this application had been received after the agenda had been 
                     published but required the Parish Council’s comments prior to the next meeting.  
                     Members agreed to visit the site and communicate their views by email to the

6.2       Decisions
             There were no decisions to report.


Affordable Housing Development
The Chairman reported that the road has been closed for 3 weeks whilst services were being installed.  This is considerably longer than intended.  However, the tarmac has now been laid and the road should therefore be opened tomorrow.  The hedgebank has now been completed and looks very good.  The properties will be advertised on Home Choice from 2 April for six days.  It was agreed that the clerk should ask Hastoe whether the nine eligible parties had been informed.  The Local Lettings Policy has now been signed.



Silage Plastic
A parishioner had commented at the Annual Parish Meeting that their horse had been frightened by silage wrap which had been left in the hedgerow.  It was agreed that the clerk would inform local farmers of the issue and request that the plastic is disposed of appropriately.


Leats and Flooding
It was acknowledged that David Gardener is continuing to work with parishioners to improve the flow of the leats.


Cllr Hayles advised that the next meeting of Playpark is on 2 April and therefore there was currently nothing further to report.


First World War 100th Anniversary
Cllr Troake advised that he had nothing further to report at the moment.


Potholes, highway maintenance reports and other highways issues
It was reported that DCC had made no further progress with regard to establishing responsibility for the leat under the drive to Holne Cott.


Clerk’s or Councillors’ reports on matters authorised by the Council


Chairman’s urgent business for action by the clerk if covered by delegated powers or for inclusion on the agenda of the next meeting


Members received and noted a letter from South Hams Metal Detecting Club seeking land on which to detect.   Contact details would be placed in the Parish Link.


Date of Next Meeting
It was confirmed that the date of the next Parish Council meeting will be Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 7.30pm.  


The meeting closed at 8.30pm.



Cllr Mrs B Owen





At its meeting on 6 March, the Executive approved for consultation a revised Local Planning Validation Checklist. The deadline for town and parish councils to respond to this consultation exercise is Friday 9th May.

The council has passed a motion which wishes to support local members of parliament and others in their campaign to ensure a more resilient rail link to the Southwest including the long-term maintenance of the route through South Devon.

A recommendation is being presented to the next Council meeting which seeks approval for an initial 12 month trial period, for the Development Management Public Participation scheme to be amended to enable the opportunity for town and parish councillors to speak on planning applications within their town or parish, provided that they abide by the same rules as those which apply for objectors and supporters, namely a time limit of three minutes.

A visit was made by 3 members and 3 officers to Lincolnshire, the reason for this visit was to learn from the experiences of another council who have undertaken innovative measures to look at increasing income and decreasing costs.They visited West Lindsey Council who describe themselves as "the entrepreneurial council". SHDC has set up its own Income Generation Group to look at  ways of generating income, for example increasing the amount of PV cells on council owned buildings.

The housing shortage in the south-west is pushing house prices and private rents out of reach of local workers according to a new report from the National Housing Federation.
The average salary in the South hams is now £17,368 but the average house price is £293,178. This gives a ratio of house prices to income of 17x, the second-highest anywhere in the country exceeded only by the Cotswolds.

South Hams District Council is carrying out a land availability assessment, the purpose of which is to identify sufficient land to meet the development needs of our communities in the future. In Autumn last year we issued a call for sites and invited all landowners and developers to suggest the sites that they wish to make available for development. To assist with the assessment of these sites, we have set up a panel of specialists in the development industry to work with planning officers. Together, they will assess all of the sites put forward to consider whether they may be suitable for development in the future.

South Hams is administering four flood relief schemes on behalf of the government. Brief details here,  Further information on the SHDC website .
1 a repair and renew scheme which could pay up to £5000 per flooded property over and above insurance, in specific circumstances.
2 a business rate relief scheme whereby 100% business rate relief can be granted for up to 3 months.
3 a council tax relief scheme. We can grant council tax discounts on properties which have been flooded.
4 a business support scheme to provide hardship funding for small and medium enterprise businesses.
There are also specific measures being put in place for coastal communities affected by recent storms such as Salcombe, Beesands and Torcross.


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