Quarley Parish Council Minutes - 20th January 2015
Minutes of the Quarley Parish Council Meeting held on Tuesday 20th January
Quarley Village Hall at 7.30 pm.
||Cllr Mrs J Ferguson - Chairman
Cllr Mr W Marshall - Vice Chairman
Cllr Miss C Rowe
Cllr Mr M Venables
Mr R Whiting
Councillor Mr Ben Few Brown
Richard Waterman - Parish Clerk
Dean - INRG Solar
Members of the Public - 7
||Mrs J Venables - NHW
WELCOME. The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.
DECLARATION OF INTEREST.
Cllr Mrs J Ferguson declared an interest in the
Cllr Mrs C Rowe declared an interest in Home Farm
14/03017/FULLN - installation of 5MW ground mounted photovoltaic solar arrays
with transformer stations; internal access track; biodiversity enhancement;
landscaping; stock fencing; security measures; access gate; and ancillary
infrastructure - Land at Lains Farm, Quarley.
Mr David Dean from INRG
Solar addressed the meeting to confirm details of the planning application.
application lasts for 25 years (plus 6 months to build and 6 months to
de-commission the site).
will no longer be from Bush Lane and will now come off the Old A303, under
the bridge and into the entrance opposite Project Workshops.
construction there will be 5 heavy goods vehicle movements a day for at least
movements will be restricted to working hours - 9am - 5pm.
planting will be done to blend the site into the countryside.
applicant will have the responsibility for any road repairs needed during
countries power stations can not cope with the demand and potential power cuts
are predicted for the future as the grid is stretched to capacity. The
Government are encouraging solar farms to assist with powering the country.
The Parish Council and
members of the Public raised the following issues :-
will be able to see the proposed Solar Farm from certain footpaths.
have been raised about traffic movements.
were asked about the positioning of the solar panels and it was stated that
they would not be so visible if they were placed along the side of the A303.
problem with flooding under the A303 bridge was raised.
that this project may have a detrimental affect on the Shooting School and
assurances were requested that Howard has been consulted.
Mr Dean assured the
meeting that Howard Kirby has been briefed and has no objections, the solar farm
will not have a detrimental effect on the Shooting School.
land is not owned by the
person who they are doing business with.
Mr Dean stated that the solar panels could not be placed along the side of the
A303 as the
Mr Dean stated that although the site is actually in Amport parish INRG Solar is
offering a Community Grant of £10,000 to Amport and Quarley. This grant will be
paid direct to the Parish Councils and will not go through TVBC under a 106
Agreement. This will be confirmed in writing to both Parish Councils.
Mr Dean will send a copy of the transport survey to the Parish Council.
Mr Dean stated that if any parishioners wished to raise issues he was more than
willing to speak to them.
The Chairman thanked Mr
Dean for coming.
The Parish Council
discussed the Planning Application at length. It was agreed that they
will OBJECT on the following reasons :-
OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The Chairman signed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record.
Matters arising from those minutes :-
- Additional potholes have now appeared and have been reported on the HCC web
site. It was hoped that the site meeting with Highways would happen soon. It was
noted that the deep pothole by Quarley Manor has been repaired, but it was felt
that this looks like a temporary repair and will soon be a pot hole again.
LIGHTS - The Clerk reported that Julian Higgins from HCC Street Lighting has
apologized for the fiasco with the missing street light, a replacement will be
DESIGN STATEMENT - Mr R Whiting spoke about the Village Design Statement and the
response fro Mr Davis Bibby at TVBC. There seems to be little support from the
Planners at TVBC for building additional houses in Quarley. It was agreed that
the VDS will be
put on hold until the inspector has looked at the Borough Local Plan and made
comment on their settlement policy.
The Parish Council will receive a refund for the electricity and maintenance
costs for the time the street light has been out of service.
The Parish Council discussed the recent Planning Application and Appeal
submitted by Mr Simon Nelson for his site at Penton Corner.
- An increase in hours to start from 6am - 6pm to include Saturdays and between
6am - 1pm on Bank Holidays.
The Parish Council OBJECTED to this planning application.
Alleged Breach : Erection of oversized replacement waste handling building,
siting of double storey office building, stockpiling of materials in excess of
permitted height and extension of site into the countryside without planning
permission - Land at Homestead Farm, Weyhill Road, Penton Corner.
No cheques were issued at this meeting.
MR BEN FEW-BROWN
Cllr Mr Ben Few-Brown reported that residents of Georgia Lane are taking legal
action against TVBC and HCC over the planning application for Fox Farm
Parish Council had just discussed the planning application for the Solar Farm at
Lains Farm and have NO OBJECTIONS.
OF THE PUBLIC
The Nelson lorry movements through the village were discussed at length. It was
reported by one resident that while working in their garden, 30 Nelson lorries
drove past in two hours.
Chairman read out a letter received from Mrs Elisabeth Mason on the issue of
lorry movements through the village.
J Venables has reported on the state of Skew Lane – particularly the section
between the junction with the main Quarley/Grateley lane down to our gate –
the Nelson lorries (in particular) have been driving onto the verge in order to
avoid overhanging branches with the result that the potholes along the field
side of the lane are getting very much worse. The lorries do, broadly speaking,
slow down but there are so many of them that the verge and tarmac are being
Parish Council discussed the issue of the Nelson Lorries at length.
OF THE MEETING
The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.
OF THE 2015 MEETINGS