At the Meeting of the Council held at Acklington Village
Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1 March 2016
Present: Cllrs J Newton (Chair) D Barras, G Budge, E
Critchlow, N Gair, G Orr, A Sharpe, M Townshend.
The Parish Clerk in attendance – Miss E Brown
66. Apologies for absence: Councillors I
Monkhouse and L Welch had submitted their apologies. The
apologies were accepted.
Apologies were also received from County Councillor
67. Declarations of interest in items on the Agenda:
68. Standing item – Public questions – None.
69. The minutes of the meeting held on 5 January 2016
were agreed as a true record.
70. Matters arising therefrom:
a. Replacement posts for road signs – Cllr Newton
was still to look at the posts and signage.
b. Resurfacing of footpath from the dog bin to the
bridge – NCC were still working on this
intermittently, Members noted it was progressing slowly.
c. Goal posts for play area – Members agreed to
the purchase of Pair of Aluminium Socketed Mini-Soccer
Goals measuring 3.66m x 1.83m (12' x 6'), with 63mm
diameter posts and crossbars. The goals comply with
BS8462 when correctly installed and come complete with
nets and net supports, although it was agreed not to
install the nets. The goal posts are as specified by the
F.A. for under 10 year olds competition use.
The goal posts were priced at £576 including VAT.
d. Affordable housing; terms of occupation
e: Letter regarding S106 agreement – A letter, as
circulated to the Members, had been sent to Planning
Officer Mark Ketley expressing the Councils
dissatisfaction and disappointment that the S106
agreement for the Pearsons garage site had been agreed
without any of the requested discussions with the Parish
Council. An off site affordable housing contribution of
£30,000 had been agreed.
A response had been received from Planning Officer Tony
‘With regard to the assessment
of the proposals and the S106 agreement, together with
the Parish Council’s comments I would offer the
We noted that the Parish Council had no objections in
principle to the site being developed into housing
although expressed the following concerns:
•Layout needed to be reassessed due to an intrusion on
•Access to the site due to the close proximity to
existing junctions on the B6345.
•Density of the properties.
We also noted that the Parish Council sought
clarification on the future of the existing stone
boundary wall alongside the paddock. The Parish Council
also had concerns relating to drainage and whether the
existing system could cope with an increase from a site
of this size. Further, the Parish Council would have
liked to be involved in S106 negotiations.
Officers took account of the Parish Councils concerns
(Paragraphs 7.36 to 7.38 of the Officer report) and
sought amendments where necessary. Regarding S106
negotiations, the council is guided by the policy
requirements and wouldn’t expect the Parish Council to
be integral to the discussions with the developer as
part of the determination of this planning application.
However, as you have noted, NCC has secured £30,000.00
towards affordable housing.
Town & parish councils and local communities can
identify potential S106 requirements through formal
responses to planning applications which would identify
local social and physical infrastructure needs such as
affordable housing, sheltered accommodation, open space
and local environmental improvements. However, you may
be familiar with the three tests for entering into a
S106 agreement – i.e. necessary to make the development
acceptable in planning terms; directly related to the
development; and fairly and reasonably related in scale
and kind to the development. These tests are a legal
The council considered that the only policy requirement
relevant to this particular application, and the only
legal test that was met , was the provision of an
off-site contribution towards affordable housing in the
area, therefore the monies we receive as part of this
particular S106 will not be used other than for
affordable housing. Further contributions would not meet
the legal tests referred to above."
Members not satisfied with the response agreed to send a
further letter, to be drafted by Cllr Newton. A Planner
would also be invited to meeting with the Parish
f. Ground improvements at Guyzance Memorial –
Members small scheme request approved to the value of
£1050 – The paperwork regarding the contribution had
been received. The Clerk was to complete and return to
g. Trees at roadside near the junction towards the
Guyzance Memorial – The Clerk would make
arrangements for the Tree Officer to meet with Cllr
Townsend on site to discuss the danger of the trees.
h. Footpath requiring edging; Broomhill to Acklington
– The edging had still not been done. As the Council had
been requesting this work for in excess of a year now,
the Clerk would chase up copying in Local County
i: New seat for Acklington Road – The Clerk
informed that the new seat had been ordered. Members
agreed that it would be located nearer the 30mph sign on
the entrance to Acklington Road.
71. Standing item – Report by County Councillor
Watson – None.
a) Financial Summary The balance on account at
27th January 2016 is Treasurers Account; £313.75,
Business Account; £5198.08.
b) Payments The following list was put before
members and agreed for payment
Wages / Expenses + seat
a. To report on any planning decisions:
15/02504/FUL | Demolition of existing garage buildings
and the erection of 17 residential units | Acklington
Garage 9 Acklington Village Acklington Morpeth
Northumberland NE65 9BY - APPLICATION PERMITTED.
15/04080/FUL | Proposed Garden Shed (as amended
18.12.15) | The Old Joiners Shop Guyzance Village
Guyzance Northumberland NE65 9AQ –APPLICATION PERMITTED.
16/00349/MISC | Installation of High Speed Broadband
Cabinet's for the High Street Broadband Project on
behalf of BT Openreach. | 3 St Omer Road Acklington
Morpeth Northumberland NE65 9DA – No consultation –
b.Planning matters pending: None.
c.To consider any planning matters:
16/00372/FUL | Proposed single storey timber framed home
office building. | The Old Joiners Shop Guyzance Village
Guyzance Northumberland NE65 9AQ - Members agreed to
object, both to the principle of the development and to
some of the detail.
The hamlet of Guyzance is made up of a number of grade 2
listed cottages and is designated a conservation area.
Members felt that the introduction of commercial land
uses into the hamlet represented a new and undesirable
development that would potentially detract from the
The proposed new building does not lie within the
historic curtilage of the Old Joiners Shop, but rather
in the area of land to the North of this which was
originally an orchard and is now fallow land. The
extension of the hamlet into this previously
agricultural area is thought to be both unnecessary and
undesirable. A change of use of this previously
agricultural land to be either residential or commercial
use is opposed by Members (and would be contrary to
Policy 6 of the NCC Pre-submission Core Strategy).
Members thought that the building design and materials
proposed do not represent an appropriate development in
the Conservation Area.
If the Council is, despite the above objections, minded
to approve the application members felt that there
should be a condition imposed to prevent anyone other
that the residents of the Old Joiners Shop from working
in the proposed home office.
A condition of this sort would prevent daily traffic
movements of employees and would generally help to limit
the disruption the proposed development would cause to
residents of the hamlet.
16/00464/LBC | Listed building consent for a proposed
new detached garage to rear of site including demolition
of existing outbuildings and existing garage. Proposed
new single storey extension to rear of existing house
including internal alterations. | 26 Acklington Village
Acklington Northumberland NE65 9BW – No objections.
16/00463/FUL | Proposed new detached garage to rear of
site including demolition of existing outbuildings and
existing garage. Proposed new single storey extension to
rear of existing house including internal alterations |
26 Acklington Village Acklington Northumberland NE65 9BW
– No objections
16/00328/FUL | Change of Use of the Farm Shop (A1) and
Cafe (A3) to two residential dwellings (C3), and
associated works on land to the north to provide access
road and layout alterations to existing development. |
Cavil Head Cavil Head Road Acklington Northumberland
NE65 9DF – Members had no objections.
74. Requested Agenda Items
Consideration of play areas repairs following site
meeting with Cllr Barras and contractor – Members agreed
to the following works being carried out:
1 Cableway - the cutting off of all exposed bolt threads
on timber framework and fit protective caps - £30
2 Carousel - the reinstallation of the carousel
roundabout to the correct safe level with new concrete
base and fixing points - £546.00
3. Apply padding to either end of tunnel
The Contractor would also be requested to install the
goalposts and the posts for the dog signs.
75. Correspondence Received Correspondence Received
75.1: Alnwick District WW1 Centenary Commemoration Group
– Members agreed to forward this commemorative DVD to
Acklington First School.
75.2: Alnwick Playhouse and Art Centre – Donation
request – Due to the limited funds of the Council
Members agreed not to provide a donation.
75.3: Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP – Neighbourhood Plan for
Acklington – The Clerk would respond stating that the
Parish Council had no plans to create a plan at present.
75.4: The Children’s Foundation – Donation request - Due
to the limited funds of the Council Members agreed not
to provide a donation.
75.5: Acklington C of E First School – Donation request
to support school trips and extra curricular activities
– Pursuant to Local Government Act 1972; section 137,
Members agreed to support the school with a donation of
75.6: NCC - Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy –
Update - Consultation on a Pre-Submission Draft of the
Core Strategy took place between 14th October and 25th
November 2015, and around 1,850 comments were received
from almost 400 respondents. The planning team has been
examining the responses, as well as continuing to work
on background data and the evidence base for the
A report is published on 16th February which will be
considered by the NCC’s Cabinet on 21st March, and
before that by the Economic Growth and Corporate
Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 23rd
The report highlights the key issues that have arisen
from consultation on the Pre-Submission Draft Core
Strategy. It also describes some areas of concern which
need to be addressed before the Core Strategy can be
submitted to Government.
In order to fully respond to public feedback, and to
ensure that the plan is robust, it is considered that
changes should be made to the strategy before it is
submitted to Government. This will result in a further
period of consultation on what will be classed as ‘major
The proposed new timetable for the core strategy will
see major modifications published and consulted on in
June and July. The final strategy will be agreed in
November and submitted to Government in December. This
would see examination by Government in spring 2017 and
adoption in summer 2017.
This revised timetable will allow representations to be
fully considered, changes made in response, and further
work to be undertaken on areas of concern – all
resulting in a more robust plan, in preparation for
scrutiny by a Government inspector.
75.7: Collection for David Francis – Members were
requested to consider personal contributions for the
collection as there were no powers that allowed the
Council as a body to contribute.
75.8: North East Combined Authority - Transport
Manifesto – Consultation – The NECA has begun a
consultation on a 20-year ‘Transport Manifesto’ that
covers both urban and rural areas of Durham, Gateshead,
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, North Tyneside,
South Tyneside and Sunderland.
The consultation will look at every aspect of transport.
It will help to empower this part of the North East and
reinforce its position of being a national and
international economic force.
Thoughts and suggestion were welcomed via the completion
of a questionnaire on-line via www.northeastca.gov.uk/news/have-say-future-transport-north-east
or ring (0191) 277 1156 for a paper copy to be posted
out to you. The closing date for responses is Friday 8th
75.9: NCC - Community Regeneration Team – This newly
established team will bring together the Council’s
community-based functions relating to the strategic
partnership with parish and town councils; local growth
and regeneration; and social enterprise development into
one unified team.
Inevitably this will mean changes to both the NCC’s
current working practices and
personnel. However, NCC remains committed to maintaining
strengthening its relationship with the network of
parish and town councils as
detailed in the Local Charter.
On this basis, the focus of the next meeting of the
Parish and Town Council
Liaison Group will be discussing the options for
achieving this with a view to arriving at the optimum
arrangements within the available resources.
75.10: NCC - JOINT NCC & TOWN/PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS: 9
– 12 MAY 2016 – The North Area meeting would take place
on 9th May although venue details had not yet been
75.11: Flood Report Information – Details were provided
of NCC’s responsibility for administering the Property
Level Resilience Grant which is a £5,000 grant available
to flooded properties to install resilience or
resistance measures for residential property. There are
a number of schemes available with documents explaining
the process for claiming these grants.
75.12: Northumberland LED Street Lighting Project – LED
lighting was due to be implemented in Acklington between
March and July 2017.
76. Items for next agenda – Cllr Sharpe informed
that ACT would be holding a litter pick on 16th April
77. Date and time of next meeting
Annual parish meeting TUESDAY 3 May 2016 at 7.25pm in
Acklington Village Hall
Parish Council AGM TUESDAY 3 May 2016 at 7.30pm in
Acklington Village Hall
The meeting closed at 21.00