Extraordinary Meeting 12th February 2020

An Extraordinary Meeting of Bishopsbourne Parish Council was held at The Conrad Hall on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 6.00pm.

Present: Cllr R Prestige – Chairman, Cllr L Jordan, Cllr H Andrews, Cllr K Martin & Mrs V McWilliams – Clerk.

All members of the public are entitled to attend the meeting and are cordially invited by the Council to do so. Time will be set aside prior to the published agenda to enable informal discussion to take place.

The Chairman welcomed everyone. There were four members of the public present

  1. Apologies for Absence

Cllr Tapley sent her apologies as she would be unable to discuss the only issue on the agenda.

  1. Comments from Public

A member of the public, also the owner of the property discussed his new application with the Council and produced letters of support from near neighbours. He felt that he had covered most of the issues expressed by CCC following their previous refusal to grant the application.

The Chairman thanked him for his input. The application was later discussed under Item 4.

  1. Members’ Interests  

Cllr Tapley declared a personal interest in CA/19/10371. There were no other notifications given by members of any discretionary or personal interest in items on the Agenda.

  1. Planning

CA/19/10371 Proposed sliding gate and support arches to rear of existing “five-barred” entry gate from Woodgate. Mill House,

The Parish Council considered the above application (CA 19/103712) for the proposed sliding gate and support arches to rear of existing “five barred-gate”. They were sympathetic to the owner’s concern for safety and security to his property particularly, with regard to the welfare of his family while he was away working. The Parish Council appreciate the fact that the owner has addressed some of the issues that the City Council had expressed when refusing the previous application and appeal. The owner was asked if he had considered other alternatives rather than the present plan, such as electrifying the five-barred gate, or sunken bollards which would stop vehicles driving in. He is very keen to reuse the original sliding gate which were very expensive, to start again would be very costly. Councillors felt that the gates could be towards his detriment, as people looking in from the outside might be keen to explore what was happening behind the gates. Councillors were not all happy about the proposal. They felt that the gate is still large and obtrusive in an AONB and for this reason they feel that they could not fully support the application. They would of course respect any decision made by Canterbury City Council. The clerk will let CCC know their comments.

  1. Any Other Business

There was no other business.

  1. Date of Next Meeting

General Meeting on March 3rd, 2020 in The Conrad Hall at 7.30pm

The meeting closed at 6.55pm