At the Meeting of the Council held in Acklington
Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st September 2015
Present: Cllrs J Newton, D Barras, G Budge, E
Critchlow, N Gair, G Orr, A Sharpe, M Townshend and
The Parish Clerk in attendance – Miss E Brown
3 Members of the public were present.
28. Apologies for absence: Councillor
Monkhouse had work commitments. The apologies were
29. Declarations of interest in items on the
30. Presentation of WW1 Banner - Amble Town
Council: Amble Mayor, Craig Weir presented a banner that
had been made by James Calvert Spence College to the
Parish Council and Acklington Community Team to be
displayed in the Village Hall. The banner had been part
of Amble’s WW1 commemoration service and had been
displayed during an event in 2014. Cllr Sharpe accepted
the banner of behalf of ACT passing on thanks to Amble
31. George F White – Potential development
– Agent Craig Ross was in attendance to provide
information and answer any questions that the Council
may have in relation to the re-development of Pearson’s
garage and the adjacent paddock. It was explained to
Craig prior to the meeting that this should not be
considered as a public meeting for consultation purposes
and Members urged that the developers hold a public
meeting in the future as a development of this size was
a ‘large development’ for the size of the community. It
was queried how closely the site had been looked at as
part of the design process. Mr Ross confirmed that the
site was looked at and constraints were mapped out such
as trees, surrounding properties and the access which
has led the scheme. He confirmed that plot No. 14 is
being looked at for revision regarding separation
issues; the site is elevated in comparison with Dairy
Court. There was concern of overlooking at several of
the properties, Mr Ross informed that the existing
public objections were to be looked at and discussed
with the planning department. It has been agreed that
there was no need for affordable housing on site and
that a S106 agreement would be processed off site.
Of the boundary trees it was only intended to remove
one. The services would be proposed to link into the
small sewerage supply network. There was still work to
be done on the service water proposals although there
had been no objections received from Northumbrian Water.
NCC Highways had requested that the site access moved
east by 40m, they agents were in the process of trying
to resolve this. Amendments to plans should be expected
in the future.
32. Standing item – Public questions –
33. The minutes of the meeting held on 7 July
2015 were agreed as a true record.
34. Matters arising therefrom:
a. Replacement posts for road signs – Cllr Newton would
check the sign posts and inform the Clerk of which ones
b. Footpath from the dog bin to the bridge – This was on
a list of works to be done.
c. Goal posts for play area – Cllr Sharpe on behalf of
ACT informed that the Community Team were happy to
contribute towards the cost of the goal posts, Cllr
Barras also informed that his business would also
contribute up to £100 towards the goalposts. The Clerk
would liaise with Tiny Woods Academy for advice of the
correct size of posts for the playing field.
d. Right of Way - Field House Farm down to the old coal
road – It was noted that the thistles were need needing
e. Affordable housing; terms of occupation – The Clerk
read out the letter received from NCC, detailing the
actions the agents claimed to have made. The Clerk would
pursue this further with NCC. Members wished for it to
be noted that they would like the properties to be
marketed as affordable in the future as they did not
believe the agreement had been implemented as intended.
Members also expressed a wish to be involved in any
future S106 agreements in the Village.
f. Ground improvements at Guyzance Memorial – It was
noted the improvements had not yet been done. The Clerk
would contact Mr Parker requesting an update along with
permission to access the Memorial on Remembrance Day. It
was agreed that a wreath be purchased.
g. Trees at roadside near the junction towards the
Guyzance Memorial – It was noted that this work had
still not been done. The Clerk would chase this up with
the tree officer as a matter of urgency.
h. Footpath requiring edging; Broomhill to Acklington –
The Clerk would request for this to be done at the end
of the grass cutting season.
i. Transparency requirements update – The Transparency
code requires Local Councils with turnover of less than
£25,000 to publish the following information;
a. all items of expenditure above £100
b. end of year accounts
c. annual governance statement
d. internal audit report
e. list of councillor or member responsibilities and
f. the details of public land and building assets
g. Minutes, agendas and meeting papers of formal
The Clerk had already been having discussions with Mr
Davison regarding updating the Acklington Parish website
with this information.
35. Standing item – Report by County Councillor
Watson – the priorities for the Local Transport Plan
Programme would remain the same with the inclusion of
the resurfacing of Churchill Way and repairs to the
‘dip’ in the road before the coal road turn off. Cllr
Watson would also list these are his priorities.
a) Financial Summary The balance on account at 4th
August 2015 is £7112.24.
b) Payments The following list was put before members
and agreed for payment
John The Divine
Donation to Lychgate
Salaries & Wages + expenses
of conclusion of audit - The accounts are available for
inspection by local electors in accordance with Section
14 of the Audit Commission Act 1998. To arrange an
appointment please contact the Clerk
a. To report on any planning decisions:
15/01787/FUL | Proposed two storey extension with
rear garage and store room | Burnbrae Acklington Road
North Broomhill Northumberland NE65 9XD – Application
15/01795/LBC | Listed Building Consent:
Installation of wood burning stove with associated flue
pipe to external roof. | 11 Bank House Farm Acklington
Morpeth Northumberland NE65 9AP – Application permitted.
15/01666/CLPROP | Certificate of lawful
development for a proposed extension | Fairways 2 Quarry
Avenue Acklington Morpeth Northumberland NE65 9BZ –
b.Planning matters pending:
14/03220/FUL – Cooksburn Mill, Acklington NE65
9AE – Change of use of land at Cooksburn Mill to
accommodate construction of 4 new holiday chalets - No
objections to the development, but Parish Council
concerned that the current infrastructure of highways is
inadequate and would request Highways to carry out an
assessment of the cumulative effects of developments in
the area on the roads
c.To consider any planning matters:
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 - Members considered
this planning application at their meeting held 1st
September 2015. Members had no objections in principle
to the site being developed into housing although
expressed the following concerns:
We believe the layout needs to be reassessed due to an
intrusion on neighbouring properties, particularly in
relation to proposed plots 6 & 7 - it was felt that due
to the elevated level of land that bungalows would be
more suited to houses which would be overlooking
existing single storey properties.
Members had concerns regarding access to the site due to
the close proximity to existing junctions on the B6345.
Members believed the density of the properties to be in
excess of the site i.e. urban density within a rural
Members would like clarification on the future of the
existing stone boundary wall alongside the paddock.
Members had concerns relating to drainage and whether
the existing system could cope with an increase from a
site of this size.
It is understood that an offsite S106 obligation is to
be discussed with the applicant. Acklington Parish
Council would like to be involved in all elements of
this discussion to ensure the wider community benefits
from the proposed development.
38. Requested Agenda Items
38.1: Neighbourhood Planning - joint meeting – A meeting
would be held on 21st September at 18.00, venue to be
arranged. Members wishing to attend should inform the
38.2: Erosion of road surface at Dobson’s corner in
front of the coal tub – It was noted that the road
starts to flood in inclement weather in front of the
garage towards the coal tub planter. The Clerk would
report this to NCC.
39. Correspondence Received
39.1: Planning Training - Planning Protocols – Cllr Gair
expressed an interest in attending the Alnwick event;
the Clerk would make the booking arrangements.
39.2: LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN PROGRAMME 2016-17 – The
priorities were discussed during the County Councillors
report. The Clerk would submit the priorities to NCC.
39.3: Invitation to Town & Parish Council conference –
Cllr Sharpe would attend the event on 24th September at
39.4: Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy-
Publication and consultation on the Pre-Submission Draft
- he Pre-Submission Core Strategy is scheduled to be
considered by a special meeting of the Council’s Cabinet
on the 29 September 2015. Subject to Cabinet approval
the consultation on the Core Strategy Pre-Submission
Draft will begin on 14 October 2015 and take place over
a six week period until 25 November 2015. This
consultation is the final opportunity to comment on the
content of the Core Strategy before it is submitted to a
Planning Inspector for independent examination.
39.5: NALC E: news August 2015 – Noted for information
39.6: NALC AGM 17 Oct 2015 – Noted for information.
39.7: Newton on the Moor & Swarland PC – Boundary Review
discussion – Members agreed that they saw no need to
meet at this stage and would welcome the opportunity to
view any feedback from consultations that the Parish
Council propose to carry out.
40. Items for next agenda –
Review of Risk Assessment/Review of Policies
To consider a new bench for Acklington Road
41. Date and time of next meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY 3 NOVEMBER at 7.30 pm in
Acklington Village Hall
The meeting closed at 21.15