1. Present: Cllr Jeremy Carlisle (Chairman), Cllr Ian Turner, Cllr Marc OBrien, Cllr Graham Clark, Cllr Tony Slater, Cllr Geoff Kavanagh

  1. Apologies: Mrs Laura Childs (Clerk)

  1. Councillor’s declaration of Interest

Cllr Turner declared an interest in the software that he has developed to assist the input of data for Speedwatch. This software may shortly be sold to other police authorities.

There were no other declarations of interest.

  1. Planning

White Posts, High Street, Barley, Royston SG8 8HY

Case Ref No: 12/02426/1HH

The revised plans were considered and it was resolved unanimously to comment as follows:-

Barley Parish Council objects to the proposed development, as amended by plan nos 1206/02A and 1206/01A, and in arriving at this decision it wishes the District Council to take into account the following comments:-

It is this council's view that while the previously proposed dormer windows to the front have been replaced with rooflights and other minor amendments have been made, including a small reduction in the height of the proposed building of around 0.5m to 5m, the size, scale and bulk of the proposed development remains excessive and contrary to the provisions of the Barley Selected Village Policy Area, Barley Village Character Area V2 High Street and the Barley Conservation Area.

The amended proposal still amounts to an increase, in floor area terms, in excess of 475% (i.e. nearly 5 times) the existing single storey garage. We also note that while the dormer windows to the front (eastern elevation) have been changed to roof lights, additional windows/roof lights have been introduced to the west and northern elevations the rationale for which, given that the 1st floor area is intended for storage use only, is not apparent and we repeat our concerns that the proposed building will have a use beyond that of a garage and ancillary storage. In design terms we also repeat that the proposal, being so tall and bulky and in such close proximity, will in our view clash with the existing house, which is one of the oldest in the village and which is largely rendered externally.

We repeat the substance of our previous objections to this proposed development in that it is our view that this proposal remains wholly inappropriate in this location, is contrary to the provisions of the Selected Village Policy Area and would cause harm to and be totally detrimental to the character and significance of the Barley Conservation Area and Village Character Area V2 which require that any development will be expected to positively maintain or enhance the character or visual quality of the area. Clearly this proposed development does not meet any of these important requirements.

The principle of a replacement single storey garage, even a double garage, is not really the issue in this case so far as the parish council is concerned, it is rather the sheer size and scale of what is proposed that the council objects to. We understand that the adjoining owner of The Gables also objects to the amended plans.In all other respects we repeat the comments made in our email of 6th December 2012 in relation to the original proposal.

There being no further business the meeting ended at 8.15pm