Planning Application for Charity Community Centre at Wood View, Embsay Opposed

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Embsay with Eastby Parish Council has raised a formal objection to a recent  Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority planning application for the erection of a charity community centre for transport and administration, Wood View, Embsay.  The objection is based on the comments and views of the Parish Council’s independent planning consultant who is commissioned to provide guidance on major planning matters.

There were concerns that the proposal will have a materially harmful impact on the character and amenity value of the area which has been designated an “Important Open Space,” inappropriate design and materials, unacceptable access to the development by a significant number of additional vehicles on a relatively narrow residential cul-de-sac and increased noise and disturbance for the residents of Wood View.

Consideration of the application and the formal objection was heard by a  large number of local residents who had attended the March  meeting of the Parish Council  to raise their own concerns and objections to the proposed development. These were incorporated into the formal Parish Council submission to Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

“Members fully recognise the invaluable work being undertaken by Skipton and Craven District Action for Disability on behalf of our local community and fully appreciates its wish to have a new purpose build facility,” states Cllr Gill Quinn, Chairman of the Council.  “But, the Parish Council has a legal  obligation to evaluate all planning applications on essentially relevant and material planning considerations and the nature of an application is not a material consideration.”

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Parish Council in Action March 2015

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Matters relating to the formation of a new Parish Council following the May 2015 local election continue to occupy the attention of members of Embsay with Eastby Parish Council.   At the March meeting of the Parish Council, members were informed that there may now be a sufficient number of candidates to avoid an inquorate Parish Council, although the precise number is unknown.   Continuing members of the Parish Council and/or potential candidate councillors are being encouraged to take an active and involved role in various important transitional activities leading up to the May election.

Members considered a report from the Chairman of the Council on action taken since the last meeting to recruit and appoint a new Parish Clerk to fill a future vacancy created by the retirement of the current Clerk at the end of April.  Four candidates were interviewed on 10 March by a special appointment panel and an appointment made, subject to references.  The interviews were held in early March to ensure there is a transitional overlap involving the outgoing and incoming clerks.

A number of other important matters were addressed at the meeting. Members considered a Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority planning application for the erection of a charity community centre for transport and administration at Wood View, Embsay.   A number of concerns were raised by a large number of local residents who attended the meeting.  Members registered a formal objection to the application and expressed concerns about the loss of an important open space within a Conservation Area, inappropriate design and materials used, unacceptable road traffic access and increased noise and disturbances to local residents.  It was agreed that the concerns of local residents should be incorporated into the final submission to Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority together with the professional views of the Parish Council’s planning consultant.

Fundraising activities to help finance the installation of a generic memorial plaque at the Embsay War Memorial are continuing.   Several village maintenance and road safety matters were considered including  East Lane traffic survey data (recently compiled by North Yorkshire County Council), heavy traffic on Brackenley Lane,  approval of a competitive  quotation for this year’s grass cutting contract and  increasing dog litter along West Lane.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 9 April 2015, 7:30 PM, Embsay Village Hall.   Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting and register any complaints or concerns etc. during the Public Participation portion of the meeting.

Parish Council to Consider Planning Application for a Charity Community Centre at Wood View, Embsay

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Embsay with Eastby Parish Council will be considering a major planning application for the erection of a charity community centre for transport and administration, Wood View, Embsay, at the next meeting of the Parish Council to be held on 12 March 2015, 7:30 PM, Supper Room, Embsay Village Hall.

The application will be considered in the early portion of the agenda and  local residents are invited to attend the meeting and express their views and concerns  about the proposal.  The application can be viewed on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning portal website (application reference C/26/86D).

Local residents are strongly encouraged to put forward their own independent comments and views concerning this applications  to Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority,  the   local planning authority for this application.  Guidance for responding to planning applications can be obtained through a local  residents’ action group, Keep Embsay Green, by visiting their website at http://www.keepembsayrural.co.uk.  Advice is also available by visiting the Campaign to Protect Rural England website and downloading their excellent publication, How to Respond to Planning Applications.  Hardcopies of this publication will be available at the Parish Council meeting.

Nomination Procedures for Locally Elected Councillors Announced

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Residents of Embsay and Eastby who are interested in becoming a locally elected councillor in the May 2015 local elections,  are being reminded  they can obtain Nominations Packs from Craven District Council’s  Electoral Services as from 2 March 2015,  by phone on  01756 706224 or by e-mail at:  elections.cravendc.gov.uk.  Nominations Packs are also available from the Parish Clerk at 01282 850 851 (or e-mail at embsay.clerk@tiscali.co.uk).  The deadline for the delivery of nominations papers is 4 PM on Thursday, 9 April 2015.

The CDC Electoral Services is also encouraging prospective candidates to attend a briefing on Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 3 PM, Belle Vue Suite, 1 Belle Vue Square, Skipton to obtain important information about the election process.

According to Cllr Gill Quinn, Chairman of the Council, “political party affiliation is not required as the Parish Council is non political and councillors sit as independent members of the council.  Most local residents are qualified to stand for their local council and must follow a formal but simple procedure.

I would also like to urge any local resident who has put forward their nomination to get in touch with me or the Parish Clerk so that dialogue can take place and their involvement in the transitional process between the old and the new Parish Council is facilitated.  This is to help them gain a further understanding and appreciation of the current issues, activities and problems which need addressing, and  undertake any relevant and appropriate action which may be required by the new Council, ” states Cllr Quinn. 

“It is the view of the present Parish Council, with five experienced but outgoing members, that were future problems or difficulties to arise, they would likely be due to a lack of communication and dialogue between potential councillor candidates and or newly elected members and the outgoing Parish Council, prior to the May elections.”

For further information, contact Councillor Gill Quinn on 01756 700746 or by e-mail at andygill.quinn@virgin.net or Robert Kandt on 01282 850851 or e-mail at embsay.clerk@tiscali.co.uk.

Parish Council In Action February 2015

Copyright © 2015 Photograph by Matt Gowney

Matters relating to the formation of a new Parish Council following the May 2015 local election are occupying the attention of members of Embsay with Eastby Parish Council.   At the February meeting of the Parish Council, the need to encourage local residents to become locally elected councillors was strongly emphasised.  This action is required in order to prevent a situation whereby Craven District Council could have the authority to appoint its own members to manage the future Parish Council on an emergency,  interim basis.  Continuing members of the Parish Council were also encouraged to take an active and involved role in various important transitional activities over the next several months.

Members considered a report on continuing recent action to recruit and appoint a new Parish Clerk to fill a future vacancy created by the retirement of the current Clerk at the end of April.   Special action has been taken to publicise the vacancy and to encourage letters of application from interested candidates. Interviews are to be held in late February/early March to ensure there is a transitional overlap involving the outgoing and incoming clerks.

A number of other important matters were addressed at the meeting. Members were informed that setts had now been installed at the recently landscaped Skipton Road welcoming entrance to Embsay.  Fundraising activities to help finance the installation of a generic memorial plaque at the Embsay War Memorial were continuing and early action was confirmed for the co-ordination of the forthcoming Annual Parish Meeting,  to be held on  19 May 2015.