Castle Bytham Parish Council Minutes : Meeting 18/02/15

As reported in the The Glenside News – April 2015


Cllr Dennis (Chairman), Cllr Hamblin (Vice-Chairman), Cllrs Allsopp, Bakker, Beese, Hinton, Martindale, Miller, Sale



In Attendance

County Councillor Mr B Adams, District Councillor Mr M Wilkins

Approved Record of the Meeting held on 14 January 2015

The record of the meeting held on 14 January 2015 was approved as minutes and signed by the Chairman. Proposed by Cllr Martindale, seconded by Cllr Miller, all in favour.


S14/3097 – Dr D Burston – The Old Quarry, Station Road, Castle Bytham.
Outline application (with details of vehicular access(es) off Station Road) in respect of …
– up to 77 residential dwellings,
– 60 bed Care Home (Use Class C2),
– 9 Extra-Care Units (Use Class C2),
– Health Centre (Use Class D1),
– retail Shop (Use Class A1),
– the provision of landscaping and open space,
– new internal highways,
– car and cycle parking,
– sustainable draining measures – including storage pond for surface water attenuation,
– provision of utilities infrastructure
– associated ancillary works including demolition of buildings.

The Councillors each gave their views without being interrupted and a general discussion followed before a vote was taken. A majority of Councillors voted against the application for the following reasons …
– SKDC has deemed the site unsuitable 2014 Site Allocations Document
– the proposal would generate a substantial increase in population  which would exceed what is appropriate for the village
– there are no proper services to support that increase and people purchasing the houses would in all likelihood be commuters who would prove of no value to the village
– there would be an increase in traffic causing noise and smell; the approach roads are unsuitable
– the primary school is near capacity and would not be able to cope with a large influx of children
– the existing surgery is financially committed to the existing surgery building and the new medical centre would be in competition, threatening the viability of the surgery
– the public transport is inadequate, as is pointed out in the SKDC Report
– the sewerage system is inadequate at present and some issues have not yet been resolved by Anglia Water
– radon gas is a known problem which would need to be adequately assessed
– the development would be out of character in this Conservation Village

Added : 31/08/15 : MG
Last Updated : 31/08/15 : MG