Minutes of the LVRA monthly meeting Monday 10th June 2019

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Minutes of the Association Meeting: 20.00 hrs. on Monday, 10 June 2019 at the Top Club

Present: Darryl Nugent (Treasurer), David Rhodes (Social Media and Liaison Officer), Cllr Alyson Barnes, Peter Holt, David Cairns, Ann Corkin, David Corkin, John Dawson, Cllr David Foxcroft, Barbara Gerken, Lewis Pearson, Eric Walton, M. Rae, Hillary Myers, Suzanne Ogden, Ann White, Michael Howard, Colin Broadbent.

Apologies: Cllr. Dorothy Farrington, Richard Ball

1.             Opening Remarks

1.1          Darryl, Chaired the meeting and  welcomed all those attending the meeting.

1.2          Two apologies had been received.

2.            Minutes of previous meeting, 11 February 2019

2.1          Lewis proposed and Alyson Barnes seconded acceptance of the Minutes.

2.2          The Minutes were approved..

3.            Matters Arising

3.1          There were no matters arising from the minutes

5            St John’s, update

5.1          There were no further developments at St Joihn’s

4.            Reports
4.1          Chairman

4.1.1       In Karen’s absence there was no Chairman’s report.

4.2           Secretary

4.2.1       In the absence of a Secretary, there was no Secretary’s report.

4.3           Treasurer/Chairman LVAA

4.3.1       Darryl reported funds as static at £3,990.41p.

4.3.2       There was the cost of the current Limey Leader to be taken out and the income from the advertising to be added.

4.4           Footpaths Officer

4.4.1       In Bob’s absence there was no report from the Footpaths Officer.

4.5          Social Media & Liaison Officer

4.5.1       David reported that there was nothing to report on Social Media.

5.            100 Club

5.1          In Bob’s absence no discussion on the 100 Club took place. Given the low uptake of numbers it is unlikely that the launch would not take place at the July meeting.

6.           Emerging Plan

6.1          Darryl reviewed the position on RBC regarding the development plan for the next 15 years.

              Inspectors have been appointed as has an independent Programme Officer who will act as a support to the inspectors.

6.2          Darryl directed attention to the RBC website which held all documentation for the Plan. In particular there is a “library” of documents which have been added since the original submission. 

              Given the difficulty of negotiating the site, details can be found at :-

https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/info/210148/local_plan/10629/emerging_local_plan/2

6.3          Further details can be found on the LVRA facebook.

              Alyson read out the contents of an email from Ann Storah (Appendix 1) further outlining the current position.

6.4          Several members expressed concern about the approval of the Commercial Street site, particularly how the LVRA had been unable to make a submission at the DPC Meeting. Alyson pointed out that government regulations controlled Councils who had released Greenfield land for development were in a weak position to refuse application for development on Countryside as is the case locally. Thus, the application, which was submitted for inclusion in the Plan at the last minute could not be refused. Subsequent approval for 80 houses was almost inevitable. 

6.5          Several members expressed that the floodgates for further, widespread development would be opened as a result. Alyson pointed out that once the plan is adopted, in whatever form, the Council would be in a stronger position to control planning applications. Darryl pointed out the possibility/probability of developers cherry picking the more profitable sites for development and asking for further land availability if/ when housing targets were not met.

6.6          Concern was expressed about the Colebrand site which was “developed” without any reference to or permission from the planners. Alyson and others said that this was an unauthorised action taken by the owner who had not been forced to comply by court order. The site and any activity is being monitored by RBC’s Enforcement Officer and the Environment Agency.

6.7          There followed a wide-ranging discussion of the Plan.

6.8          Alyson pointed out that the biggest impact on the Borough of the addition of over 3000 house would be on infrastructure. 

6.8.1       Transport

              The increased volume of traffic would exacerbate the traffic problem in Rawtenstall, on the M66 and at Simister. Alyson said that each proposal was taken in isolation by LCC Highways with little regard to the overall situation. One argument was that Manchester-bound traffic from our Ward could reach the M66 via the A682 to Burnley and thence the M54 and A56. In practice, this is unlikely. Alyson felt that a hard rail link to Manchester would be an answer but the Heritage Railway was the only source. Since Beeching in 1968, areas like Rossendale have been cut off from the main rail network and are unlikely to e included in any expansion, the South Easy having priority.

6.8.2       Schools

              Pressure on schools would increase. There is a plan to increase the size of Crawshawbooth Primary via contributions from developers. However, this does not take into account of the “school runs” adding to the problems outlined in 6.8.1.

6.8.3       Doctors

              Concern about GP provision was again raised. Darryl provided figures which suggested that the while Borough increase in housing would add in excess of 9000 people. Current GP provision was almost at capacity and if development increased at an even pace, present GP practices would be “full” in 2-3 years. The NHS has no plans for additional funding to alleviate this.

7.           Any Other Business

7.1          Road Markings 

              Alyson had been in touch with LCC Highways who assured her that the pedestrian crossing which is in a poor start in Crawshwbooth is in line for remarking. Additionally line marking on the A682 is due for renewing. No precise date was given by LCC.

7.2          Commercial Street Chevrons

              David Corkin asked that Bob be thanked for his efforts in having the chevrons marked on the speed bumps on Commercial Street

7.3          David Rhodes reported a meeting at the Community Centre on Thursday at 6.30pm attended by a police inspector giving details of local crime rates and police activities

7.4          Lewis reported a blocked grate near the site of Providence Chapel with the consequent danger of flooding. David Foxcroft said he would take this in hand.

7.5          Lewis also reported a quantity of stone on the pavement at the bottom of Turton Hollows Road which created difficulties for pedestrians and pram owners. Alyson said she would investigate.

8.           Next Meetings and Close

8.1          20.00 hrs. on Monday, 8 July 2019 at the Top Club.

8.2          Thereafter the now usual pattern of utilising the 2ndMonday of each month will continue, so that subsequent meetings in 2019 are expected to be held as follows: 12 August; 9 September; 14 October; 11 November (including AGM); 9 December.

Appendix 1

Email from Anne Storah to Alyson Barnes re Plan

Subject: Rossendale Local Plan 2019-2034 

Dear all,

As you will recall the Local Plan was formally submitted for examination to the Secretary of State on Monday 25thMarch.

Two Inspectors have now been appointed from the Planning Inspectorate to examine the Local Plan – Ms Katie Child and Mr Luke Fleming.

A Programme Officer has also been appointed by the Council – Mr Tony Blackburn.  He is an independent officer of the examination and works on behalf of the inspectors to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process and is the point of contact for any queries in relation to the examination or correspondence with the inspector.

We have received some initial questions from the Inspectors and all correspondence between us and the Inspectors is published on the Examination page of the Council’s website – www.rossendale.gov.uk/localplan. The Forward Planning team is currently responding to the Preliminary Questions and we expect the Main Issues and Questions (MIQs) from the Inspectors to all parties engaged in the Local Plan examination over the summer.  The Hearings are anticipated to be held in late September in the Council Chamber.

The documents that form the Examination Library (for example the Submission documents, Evidence Base, post-submission correspondence etc) are also published on this website, with new documents added as necessary.  Paper copies are held at the One Stop Shop.

I hope this helps, please contact me if you have any further queries.

Kind regards,

Anne

Anne Storah 
Principal Planner (Forward Planning) 

Rossendale Borough Council


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