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NOTES ON A MEETING WITH THE CHURCH COMMISSIONERS' AGENTS FROM CLUTTONS 


Following Mr Chris Chaffey’s move to another Church Commisssioners farm  the future of Court Farm and its buildings located in the centre of the village and the associated land are being considered by the owners, the Church Commissioners. 

Cluttons, as  managing agents, called a meeting on 12 October in the Village Hall with the following village representatives, the Vicar Rev Ewan Macpherson, the Headteacher Miss Clare Rice, the Parish Council Chairman Mr Barry Haslam and Vice Chairman Miss Rosalinde Wyke and Mr Barry Lane the Parish Clerk. Mr Christopher Jowett, the Rural Asset Manager, & Mr Steve Melligan, the Planning Adviser attended on behalf of Cluttons.


NOTES ON THE MEETING

The Parish Council Chairman opened the meeting by saying that various rumours were circulating in the village concerning Court Farm and land associated with it, all belonging to Church Commissioners. He stated that the village had concerns about future development and its effect upon the appearance of the village, future facilities and character of the village.

Cluttons representatives replied that at the moment they had not formulated any plans and they had called this preliminary meeting to listen to these concerns and gain an understanding of the various issues and proposals for improvements in the village. 

Items discussed were as follows

 1) The constraints affecting the school and its possible relocation to provide better accommodation and facilities for pupils and staff. The land adjoining the playing fields had been suggested as being most suitable. 

2) The possible opportunity to relocate the village hall and have a new better facility shared with the school. 

4) Problems associated with traffic through the village  

3) The suggestion from some that an alternative new road access to the Industrial estate should be built

4) The proposed diversion of the Court Farm footpath and wider issue of desire to improve the village’s public footpath network. Associated with this is the development of the multi user path which would form part of an off  road route from Cheddar to Wells. 

5) Opportunities presented by the ceasing of agricultural activities at Court Farm and the retention of the use of the lawn for village events such as Church fete, school sports etc. It was also pointed out that the part of the lawn nearest the church is used for car parking when a large funeral or wedding is taking place. 

6) On behalf of the PCC a request was made for some land for future extension of the burial ground to ensure the churchyard remains open in the future. 

7) The perceived need for affordable housing within the village, and for open market smaller houses for downsizing. 

 

In addition the following issues were mentioned 

a)      The current size of the village

b) The responses to the recent parish plan questionnaire

c) Church Commissioners hope to develop the site in the future for additional housing

d)       The impact of more housing on the village

e)       The advantage of having more parishioners on the provision of clergy

f)         The current village development boundary limits

g)       The Conservation Area

h)       The changes to local planning framework & procedures

i)         Possible time scale for Cluttons deliberations and their proposals

j)         The need to progress the footpath issues separately to the long term development issues

k)       The possibility to consider the whole site, or consider the farmhouse and associated buildings separately to any proposal for new housing

l)         Clutton’s  proposals to sell their land to the south of the railway line

m)     Other land holdings of the Church commissioners in the Parish

n)       Previous application to develop the land to the east of Bell Close

o)       The need to widen the consultation to the whole community

p)       The need to consider and develop an understanding of any proposal and the difference it would bring to the community and its facilities

The meeting agreed that a note of the meeting should be issued to inform the community of the meeting and issues discussed. Secondly that the meeting was very much the first stage in exploring the issues and the need to widen the debate to the whole community was considered essential by all parties.


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Notes on the Meeting with the Chursh Commissioners Agents from Clutton

 

Following Mr Chris Chaffey’s move to another Church Commisssioners farm  the future of Court Farm and its buildings located in the centre of the village and the associated land are being considered by the owners, the Church Commissioners.

 

 Cluttons, as  managing agents, called a meeting on 12 October in the Village Hall with the following village representatives, the Vicar Rev Ewan Macpherson, the Headteacher Miss Clare Rice, the Parish Council Chairman Mr Barry Haslam and Vice Chairman Miss Rosalinde Wyke and Mr Barry Lane the Parish Clerk. Mr Christopher Jowett, the Rural Asset Manager, & Mr Steve Melligan, the Planning Adviser attended on behalf of Cluttons.

 

The Parish Council Chairman opened the meeting by saying that various rumours were circulating in the village concerning Court Farm and land associated with it, all belonging to Church Commissioners. He stated that the village had concerns about future development and its effect upon the appearance of the village, future facilities and character of the village.

 

Cluttons representatives replied that at the moment they had not formulated any plans and they had called this preliminary meeting to listen to these concerns and gain an understanding of the various issues and proposals for improvements in the village.

 

Items discussed were as follows

 

1) The constraints affecting the school and its possible relocation to provide better accommodation and facilities for pupils and staff. The land adjoining the playing fields had been suggested as being most suitable.

 

2) The possible opportunity to relocate the village hall and have a new better facility shared with the school.

 

4) Problems associated with traffic through the village

 

3) The suggestion from some that an alternative new road access to the Industrial estate should be built

 

4) The proposed diversion of the Court Farm footpath and wider issue of desire to improve the village’s public footpath network. Associated with this is the development of the multi user path which would form part of an off  road route from Cheddar to Wells.

 

5) Opportunities presented by the ceasing of agricultural activities at Court Farm and the retention of the use of the lawn for village events such as Church fete, school sports etc. It was also pointed out that the part of the lawn nearest the church is used for car parking when a large funeral or wedding is taking place.

 

6) On behalf of the PCC a request was made for some land for future extension of the burial ground to ensure the churchyard remains open in the future.

 

7) The perceived need for affordable housing within the village, and for open market smaller houses for downsizing.

 

8) The visual sensitivity of the site was acknowleged and the need for an agreed design brief prior to any plans for redevelopment.

 

In addition the following issue were mentioned-

 

a)       The current size of the village

b)       The responses to the recent parish plan questionnaire

c)       Church Commission hope to develop the site in the future for additional housing

d)       The impact of more housing on the village

e)       The advantage of having more parishioners on the provision of clergy

f)         The current village development boundary limits

g)       The Conservation Area

h)       The changes to local planning framework & procedures

i)         Possible time scale for Cluttons deliberations and their proposals

j)         The need to progress the footpath issues separately to the long term development issues

k)       The possibility to consider the whole site, or consider the farmhouse and associated buildings separately to any proposal for new housing

l)         Clutton’s  proposals to sell their land to the south of the railway line

m)     Other land holdings of the Church commissioners in the Parish

n)       Previous application to develop the land to the east of Bell Close

o)       The need to widen the consultation to the whole community

p)       The need to consider and develop an understanding of any proposal and the difference it would bring to the community and its facilities

 

The meeting agreed that a note of the meeting should be issued to inform the community of the meeting and issues discussed. Secondly that the meeting was very much the first stage in exploring the issues and the need to widen the debate to the whole community was considered essential by all parties.