MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - Tuesday
6th June 2017
At the Extraordinary Meeting of the Council held in Acklington Village
Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6th June 2017
Present: Cllrs J Newton (Chair) D Barras, E
Critchlow, N Gair, S Ingleby, A Sharpe and S Thorpe.
The Parish Clerk in attendance – Miss E Brown
Members of the public.
16. Apologies for absence – Cllr Barras – Work
Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda -Cllr Ingleby declared an interest in 17/01821/FUL as she had
submitted the application.
Dispensations were granted for Cllrs Newton, Thorpe,
Gair, Sharpe as living in the village it could be said
that they had an interest in the application 17/01670/FUL
18. Standing item – Public Questions
Residents raised the following points in relation to the
proposed housing development:
• Queried whether the sewerage system was going to be
done as the system already backs up and 24 additional
homes will impose a further burden on the system.
Documentation on sewage showed that any drainage would
go directly into the main drainage system.
• Raised concerns about the proposed road way being
opposite driveways and in close proximity to traffic
calming, agreeing that the existing road way to the 4
affordable homes should be used rather than creating new
access to the site.
• Raised concerns about the impact of construction
traffic on the road and the speed of heavy vehicles,
stipulations should be included. Concerns had already
been reported to NCC regarding issues with speeding in
• Raised concerns of the impact on wildlife; the
ecological appraisal of the site appeared to be in
majority based on desktop surveys.
• Questioned the need for the additional housing on the
village when there were so many properties vacant and
already approved in the planning system.
• Requested any new properties be built in materials
that were sympathetic to the character of the village.
• Requested archaeological surveys be carried out
• Raised concerns that the development was outside the
boundary of the village.
a. To report on any planning decisions: None
b. Planning matters pending:
17/01108/FUL Change of use and conversion of barn to one
dwelling and provision of solar array – Land North of
Brainshaugh Cottage, Acklington – No objections.
c To consider any planning matters:
17/01670/FUL | Development of 24no. dwellings including
6no. three bedroom affordable homes, new access and
landscaping | Land West Of Village Hall Acklington
Village. The Parish Council agreed on the following
The Parish Council does not object in principle to
development of the site, but it believes the scale of
the development to be excessively large and would
represent a significant extension on the existing
footprint of the village into a greenfield site.
Furthermore, there is no evidence of a market demand for
these houses. There is currently 21 properties for sale
in the parish and planning consent in place for 17
dwellings on the former Pearson’s garage site in the
village itself. The garage site has been for sale for
around two years with no obvious interest from a
developer. The Parish Council believes this proposal for
further housing (17/01670/FUL) should be reduced in
scale with a smaller number of dwellings, thereby making
it more proportionate to the surroundings. The Parish
Council also believes further evidence is required to
demonstrate the need for new housing.
We also feel a more detailed ecological study is
required as the existing desktop research is inadequate.
If the proposed scheme was to be approved, the parish
council asks for the following conditions to be strictly
applied and enforced:
1. The proposed road system clearly allows for further
development at a future date. It must therefore be
assumed this proposal is part of a larger, long-term
development plan. A strict condition should be applied
to ensure no further development is be permitted without
consideration and consultation on how this would
redefine the boundary of the village which is in danger
of being extended by ‘development creep’.
2. To reduce the impact on highways and allow the
current traffic calming measures to be retained, access
should be provided from the existing recent development
adjacent to the village hall i.e. using the access to
the existing properties.
3. On-site working times should be specified to minimise
impact on surrounding residents, e.g. traffic, machinery
noise etc. We ask that working hours should be
restricted to 8am – 6pm on weekdays and 9am - 1pm on
Saturdays. No Sunday working should be permitted.
4. All HGV vehicles should access the site from the west
end of the village to minimise the impact on the rest of
the village. Wheel washing facilities should be provided
for any construction vehicles and all efforts made to
prevent debris or rubbish being blown into neighbouring
5. A full archaeological survey should be carried out
prior to development.
6. The construction materials should be sympathetic to
those of existing dwellings and reflect the character of
7. The management of the affordable housing should be
transferred to an appropriate third party such as Homes
for Northumberland. To the best of our knowledge the
existing ‘affordable’ houses on the site remain under
the control of the site owner. We also ask that the
properties are made available to those with a connection
to the Parish in the first instance, those from
immediate surrounding parishes in the second instance
and then advertised further afield. The Parish Council
should be kept informed of all stages of advertising.
8. The Parish Council would welcome involvement in any
S106 discussions to the development could help improve
9. Parish residents lost access and amenity to the
fields in question when the permissive path was removed
through the initial development of the site five years
ago. We would ask that S106 conditions should include a
new right of way to Rake Lane to the north of the site
(as the land belongs to the applicant).
10. The Parish Council believes the adequacy of the
existing sewage system needs to be closely investigated
prior to approval. Feedback from local residents
indicates the existing system is already struggling to
cope and would not be able to deal with additional
17/01745/FUL | Addition of single-storey Glass Canopy to
rear elevation of property | Elderflower Cavil Head Farm
Cavil Head Road Acklington NE65 9DF – Members had no
17/01821/FUL | Full planning permission - change of use
of land from agricultural to residential, for garden
use. | Sunrise Cottage 1 Guyzance Village Guyzance
Morpeth Northumberland NE65 9AQ – Members had no
Any other planning applications received prior to the
meeting date – None.
20. Date of Next meeting: TUESDAY 4 JULY 2017 at
7.30 pm in Acklington Village Hall