Minutes of an Extraordinary Meeting of Ewyas Harold Group Parish Council held on Monday 25th July 2016 at The Pavilion, Ewyas Harold Recreation Ground at 6.30pm
Present: Cllr P Jinman (EH) – Chairman, Cllr S Eynon (EH), Cllr S Probert (EH), Cllr M Wrigglesworth (EH), Cllr R Baker (EH), Cllr M Watkins (R) and Cllr L Overstall (D).
In attendance: Carla Boyles (Clerk) and five members of the public.
1. To accept Apologies for Absence
Cllr J Wilson-Thomas, Ward Cllr G Powell.
2. To receive Declarations of Interest & Dispensation Applications
Cllr Jinman declared a pecuniary interest in item 4. Cllr Probert declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 4.
3. Open Forum – To receive views and comments from local residents
4. Planning (applications to be determined by Herefordshire Council)
To consider comments on planning application 161674, Land to the rear of the Laurels Veterinary Practice, Pontrilas Rod, Ewyas Harold – Construction of three dwellings and alterations to the existing access
Cllr Jinman left the meeting. It was agreed for Cllr Overstall to chair this item.
Members of the parish council had attended a site visit since the previous parish council meeting. Copies of a list of material planning considerations were provided to members of the public. Two written representations received had been circulated and members of the public were invited to speak and raised issues relating to: Risk of flooding/drainage issues, changes to access, overlooking, sewerage, noise from traffic, light pollution, lack of pavement at the site location, the impact of extra vehicles.
Resolved that the parish council objects to this planning application for the following reasons: Based on evidence from local residents, significant surface water flows from the hill behind the site and the flood risk assessment does not take this into account. There are concerns that the proposals remove the current vehicular one-way access system to the busy neighbouring veterinary practice which may create a safety hazard with vehicles and trailers entering and leaving the premises. There is no pavement in this area and the considerably increased traffic may result in a pedestrian safety hazard. Representations have been received and there is concern that around eight properties will experience a loss of privacy. There are concerns regarding the dramatic impact of the increased noise and light from vehicles and the proposed houses.
The meeting closed at 7.20pm.