LETTER TO PARISHIONERS

 

5th November 2019

A SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF NEWS. NATURAL ENGLAND IS NOW NOT SUPPORTING PLANNING APPLICATIONS WITHIN THE RIVER LUGG CATCHMENT DUE TO EXCESSIVE PHOSPHATES ENTERING THE RIVER.

THIS AFFECTS PLANNING APPLICATIONS IN THE NORTH OF BURGHILL PARISH, PARTICULARLY TILLINGTON.

WE HAVE SET UP A SEPARATE PAGE TO EXPLAIN THIS. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

RIVER LUGG CATCHMENT PLANNING CONSTRAINT

 

A Commonsense Neighbourhood Development Plan for Burghill Parish

Note: this is NOT the 'official' Burghill Parish Council website.

The referendum on the Burghill Area NDP was held on 14 February 2019. There are 1,252 registered electors in Burghill Parish. The results are here https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/17084/referendum_results.pdf. In summary:

Of those voting
Of those registered to vote
"Yes" votes 276 84.9% 22%
"No" votes 49 15.1% 4%
Total Votes cast 325 100% 26% (turnout)
Spoilt papers 1   74%
Did not vote 926  
Total Electorate 1,252   100% (of electors)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note that 74% - three-quarters of the electorate - did not vote. So the plan was supported by 22% of the electorate - just 1 in 5. But this is democracy.

The Referendum version of the NDP is here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/16605/burghill_neighbourhood_plan_january_2019.pdf

So what housing numbers were actually included in the plan which people voted for in the referendum? As usual, it is hard to decipher because it is neither explicitly nor clearly stated. So we have to add it up.

On page 18 the Referendum NDP has this table:

That is based on 1 April 2018 figures. So those voting in the referendum would have had to add on a further 9 post-April 2018 committments (planning permissions) from April-December 2018 which are at the end of that Appendiz 8.

Those voting in the referendum would no doubt have done the maths so that they would have known that they were actually voting for:

Simples! 23 completions plus 102 commitments = 125 achieved against the Herefordshire Council target of 18% or 124 ! Why does it always have to be so opaque?

By the way, there was no provision for "windfalls", which seems to puzzle the examiner too, in her NDP Examination Report: "3.24 The note in paragraph 6.1.21 that the Herefordshire Council advice that windfall development could not be relied upon because of their uncertainty in the housing growth calculation has been questioned by respondents. I make no comments on the statement made by the Council."

There are of course many more windfalls which will come forward and which will lead to the 18% target being exceeded by far. The CommonSense NDP has consistently explained this here since June 2017 and has always argued that a provision for windfalls (some windfalls, not ones to base the whole plan on!) should have been included.

You get what you voted for (or didn't vote for). The Referendum result should be finally accepted and adopted by Herefordshire Council on Monday 11 March 2019. http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=50029374&Opt=0

There are no further updates planned for the CommonSense website but it will be left in place here as a memorial to how Neighbourhood Development Plans should not be done. It is now over 4 years since there was the last public meeting (November 2014) at which parishioners could actively participate.

 

 

 

THERE IS NO SCHEDULED PARISH COUNCIL MEETING FOR DECEMBER 2018 (but in view of the Examiner's Report on the NDP, one might get called....).

UPDATE 13.12.2018: Although the front of the Burghill PC website still says "No meeting in December unless necessary" there is in fact an Agenda (it appeared today 13.12.2018) for an Extraordinary Meeting for Wednesday 19th December 2018 at 6.00pm in the Simpson Hall. The Agenda (http://burghillparishcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/19.12.2018-Extraordinary-Agenda.pdf) contains:

    1. To accept apologies for absence
    2. To receive and agree the Independent Examiner’s Report
    3. To receive and agree a revised draft of the NDP from Kirkwells
    4. To agree that the revised NDP will now be submitted to Herefordshire Council so that the referendum process can be initiated

The Examiner's Report was at last posted just yesterday onto the Parish Council website, nearly 2 weeks after it was published by Herefordshire Council.

CommonSense readers may also be interested in the Delegated Decision Document (https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/16477/delegated_decision_document.pdf) which was published by Herefordshire Council on 3rd December (10 days ago) but which has still not been shared with parisioners on the Parish Council website.

This formal Decision Statement states "This Decision Statement confirms that the modifications proposed by the examiner's report have been accepted, the draft Burghill Neighbourhood Plan has been amended taking into account the modifications, and that the NDP may proceed to referendum."

30 November 2018: THE EXAMINER'S REPORT HAS JUST (29 Nov 2018) BEEN PUBLISHED on the Herefordshire Council website. She recommends the removal of the sites allocated in the NDP at Tillington (due to concerns about their deliverability) and the removal of the Solar Farm site from the NDP (because "no evidence has been provided to demonstrate that there would be no unacceptable impacts").

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/16450/examiners_report.pdf

FACT: Therefore, all the NDP will have achieved after 5 years, a cost of around £20,000, and a huge amount of stress and disharmony, is the allocation of 12 houses adjacent to Redstone ("Site 21 Land opposite Burghill Golf Club, Burghill") which when added to the 128 Qualifying Planning Permissions yields a total of 140 extra houses, actually more than the 18% target imposed by Herefordshire Council.

12 July 2018: Herefordshire Council has produced a 'Progression to examination report'

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/14527/progression_to_examination_report_july_2018.pdf

and has sent the Plan to an examiner. HC noted "The proportional growth in the parish is 124, this has been reached and exceeded by the current planning permissions and the site allocations within the plan." [Exceeded in fact by 24 houses which makes 148, and there are still 13 years of the plan period left! ]

12 May 2018: THE 'SUBMISSION' VERSION OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN HAS NOW APPEARED ON THE HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL WEBSITE. It is now nearly 6 months since the 13th November 2017 Burghill Parish Council meeting where they voted to go ahead with 3 'preferred sites' "with a referendum in the next 6 months" and uttered that "without a plan the parish is vulnerable to developers".

*** It has been brought to our attention that some parishioners who are less familiar with the internet and computers may have no idea what is going on with the Neighbourhood Plan, so could those who have found this site please let their neighbours know? ***

STOP PRESS 24 OCTOBER 2018:

Another planning permission has just been granted, for the proposed erection of 4 detached houses adjacent The Bell Inn, Tillington.

That makes a total of 128 Qualifying Planning Permissions now approved by Herefordshire Council.

The minimum target for the NDP is 124 dwellings (over 13 years until 2031!!)

THE TARGET HAS NOW BEEN EXCEEDED.

But the recently resubmitted Neighbourhood Development Plan still includes 3 additional sites based on mini-housing estates with a capacity of 24 houses !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More on our News Page .....

 

 

STOP PRESS 10 JULY 2018:

Another planning permission has just been granted, for the proposed erection of a bungalow at Cyrene, Tillington.

That makes a total of 124 Qualifying Planning Permissions now approved by Herefordshire Council.

The minimum target for the NDP is 124 dwellings (over 13 years until 2031!!)

THE TARGET HAS NOW BEEN MET.

But the recently resubmitted Neighbourhood Development Plan still includes 3 additional sites based on mini-housing estates with a capacity of 24 houses !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More on our News Page .....

 

 

STOP PRESS 19 JUNE 2018:

Another planning permission this time for the proposed erection of a bungalow at The Chase, Burghill!

That makes a total of 123 Qualifying Planning Permissions now approved by Herefordshire Council.

Now only
more house is needed

(over 13 years until 2031!!) to meet the NDP target of 124. So why does the recently resubmitted Neighbourhood Development Plan include 3 sites based on mini-housing estates with a capacity of 24 houses instead of the 1 windfalls which would meet the target???

More on our News Page .....

 

 

STOP PRESS 22 MAY 2018:

Another planning permission this time for the conversion to residential use of the Gospel Hall at Portway!

That makes a total of 122 Qualifying Planning Permissions now approved by Herefordshire Council.

Now only 2 more houses are needed

(over 13 years until 2031!!) to meet the NDP target of 124. So why does the recently resubmitted Neighbourhood Development Plan include 3 sites based on mini-housing estates with a capacity of 24 houses instead of the 2 windfalls which would meet the target???

More on our News Page .....

 

 

STOP PRESS 12 MAY 2018:

THE (RE-)'SUBMISSION' VERSION OF THE BURGHILL NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN HAS NOW APPEARED ON THE HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL WEBSITE. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC (WHOSE PLAN IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE) CAN SEE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME!

COMMENTS TO HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL BY 21 JUNE.

More on our News Page .....

 

STOP PRESS 5 MAY 2018:

The planning application for a mini-housing estate of 10 new houses at Tillington Whitmore Cross area (see below and on the News page) on a site which people familiar with the area know very well is constrained has now been WITHDRAWN because of ....... constraints!

More on our News Page .....

 

 

21 APRIL 2018, UPDATED 12 JULY 2018:

Yet another NEWLY APPEARED PLANNING APPLICATION FOR 4 MORE NEW HOUSES, this time behind "The Rise", next to the the one for 10 houses (see below), and opposite the 4 houses proposed next to the Bell Inn at Tillington.

Comments to Herefordshire Council by Thursday 10 May 2018:

UPDATE 12 JULY: this application has been withdrawn on the advice of the Planning Officer, due to lack of demonstrable safe access and other issues.

More on our News Page .....

 

 

21 APRIL 2018:

Another NEWLY APPEARED PLANNING APPLICATION FOR 4 NEW HOUSES NEXT TO THE BELL INN at Tillington. It also includes "access to the adjoining site off its eastern boundary".

Comments to Herefordshire Council by Tuesday 1 May 2018:

More on our News Page .....

 

 

21 MARCH 2018:

Another planning permission for a new house at Tillington! This is for a new house on an infill plot (garden) at Bird-in-Hand Cottage, Tillington Whitmore Cross.

That makes a total of 121 Qualifying Planning Permissions now approved by Herefordshire Council.

Now only 3 more houses are needed

(over 13 years until 2031!!) to meet the NDP target of 124.

More on our News Page .....

 

12 FEBRUARY 2018, UPDATED 18 & 21 MARCH 2018:

Only 4 more houses needed (over 13 years until 2031!!) to meet the NDP target. Yet after a deafening silence concerning the Neighbourhood Plan for some weeks, all of a sudden there is a new planning application which if allowed would change the face of Tillington forever.

It is for a mini-housing estate of 10 new houses at Tillington Whitmore Cross area on a site which locals know very well is constrained. It is within what Burghill Parish Council has defined as a 'Settlement Boundary' without actually bothering to consult with local people!! The odd infill in a hamlet like this is one thing, but a mini-housing estate which would more than double the number of houses in that area is quite another.

It is worth reminding readers that Burghill (the main village) has only had about 14% new housing approved since 2011, but so far, the hamlet of Tillington Whitmore Cross area has already had 11 qualifying planning permissions since 2011 which increase its housing numbers by 60%!

The Herefordshire Council Core Strategy plan is supposed to be based on fair and proportionate growth, with housing being appropriate. The fair and proportionate target is supposed to be 18%, which for Tillington Whitmoor Cross area would be 3-4 houses if proportionate really did mean proportionate.

To rub salt into the wounds, the 18% housing target for the whole parish for 2011-2031 is 124 houses, about 120 have already been given planning permission, and just 4-5 more are needed over the next 14 years!

Is Tillington being given a punishment beating just because it is small and a minority, and is it being treated as a dumping ground for housing which others do not want? It feels like that.

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200142/planning_services/planning_application_search/details?id=180094&search=P180094/O

LATEST 21 April 2018:

The Planning Officer has written to the agent suggesting that this application is either withdrawn and the constraints addressed (particularly highway safety and drainage where "a condition would not be considered appropriate"); or she will refuse permission.

More on our News Page .....

 

Welcome

This website, promoting a commonsense Burghill Area Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for the people rather than developers, has been set up by a group of very concerned parishioners who believe that the Burghill Area Neighbourhood Plan has lost its way. If and when the Parish Council changes its intransigent position and modifies the NDP in the commonsense way that we suggest, we will identify ourselves. However, for the time being we will remain anonymous.

So far, speaking up and proposing alternatives, or expressing concerns about the inclusion of sites which are quite obviously constrained, has been met with vilification by members of the Parish Council and the Steering Group, on some occasions with downright insulting and domineering behaviour, in breach of their own Code of Conduct, and therefore there is no reason to put ourselves into a position where we could be pilloried further!

The rest of this page contains an article (now with updated numbers) which we asked to be published in the June 2017 Burghill & Tillington Parish Magazine, in response to a 'consultation' on a reassessment of sites which ends in June 2017. The editors of the Parish Magazine refused to publish it without the Parish Council having 'right of reply'. This would have delayed publication for a month, and rendered its publication in the Parish Magazine pointless!! So we published it ourselves, at our expense, by mailing parishioners directly:

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There are Too Many Extra Houses being proposed by Burghill Parish Council in the Burghill Area Neighbourhood Plan for the period 2011 - 2031

2013: 120+ more houses demanded for Burghill Parish (18% increase) by Herefordshire Council

2014: Parish Council Questionnaire about public opinion:

  • 56% of Burghill Parish said an 18% housing increase was too much
  • 64% of Burghill Parish said that 10% or less might be acceptable
  • ONLY 2% of Burghill Parish said that more than 18% would be acceptable

2016: Burghill Parish's Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) REJECTED by Herefordshire Council due to UNDELIVERABILITY OF SITES and LACK OF CONSULTATION WITH THE PUBLIC

Meanwhile 2011 - 2017 the 18% TARGET INCREASE HAS ALREADY BEEN ACHIEVED:

 

FIGURES THAT WE PUBLISHED IN JUNE 2017 (but we were ignored!)
23
  Planning Permissions as at April 2016 according to Herefordshire Council
24
  Houses at Pyefinch given Planning Permission
50
  Houses at Roman Road/Tillington Road given Planning Permission
10
  More barn conversions and individual plots/houses have gained planning permission since April 2016, mainly at Tillington
=
107
Total of new homes approved (including 25 affordable homes)
+
19
+'Windfalls' ** (see note below) allowance already identified in the Draft Neighbourhood Plan
=
126 18% MINIMUM TARGET INCREASE ALREADY ACHIEVED
    (124 = 18% MINIMUM TARGET SET BY HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL)
     
note: "Windfalls" are sites which might not have been previously known, sites for single dwellings, changes in existing planning permissions or conversions to existing buildings.

 

THE LATEST FIGURES, JULY 2017, BASED ON HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL'S 2017 FIGURES GIVE THE SAME RESULT!

[UPDATED 24 October 2018 to include the latest 128th Planning Permission)

23
  Planning Permissions as at 1st April 2016 according to Herefordshire Council's Neighbourhood Planning Officer
24
  Houses at Pyefinch given Planning Permission after April 2016
6
  Barn conversions and individual plots/houses gaining planning permission after April 2016, mainly at Tillington
=
53
Planning Permissions as at 1st April 2017 according to Herefordshire Council's Neighbourhood Planning Officer
50
Houses at Roman Road/Tillington Road given Planning Permission end April 2017
3
More Barn conversions and individual plots/houses gaining planning permission after April 2017, mainly at Tillington
 
1
one which we think that HC omitted, from March 2017
=
107
*Total of new homes approved (including 25 affordable homes)
+
19
+'Windfalls' ** (see note below) allowance already identified in the Draft Neighbourhood Plan
=
126 18% MINIMUM TARGET INCREASE ALREADY OVER-ACHIEVED
    (for comparison 124 = 18% MINIMUM TARGET SET BY HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL)
 
NOW ADD THE PLANNING PERMISSIONS GRANTED SINCE JULY 2017:
+
1
change of use of 2 Cherry Orchard, Tillington from agricultural workers accommodation to dwellinghouse (Decision 26 September 2017)
+
1
single storey dwelling on Land Adjacent The Old Chapel, Tillington. (Decision 4 October 2017)
+
10
new houses at Bredstone House, north of Manor Fields & Redstone and south of Golf Club (Decision 4 December 2017)
+
1
single new dwelling at Tillington at former Live & Let Live between Brick House Farm and Round Oak View (Decision 6 December 2017)
+
1
single new dwelling at Tillington in the garden of Bird-in-Hand Cottage (Decision 20 March 2018)
+
1
conversion of the Gospel Hall, Portway to residential (NEW - Decision 15 May 2018)
+
1
new bungalow at The Chase, Burghill (NEW - Decision 19 June 2018)
+
1
new bungalow at Cyrene, Tillington (NEW - Decision 9 July 2018)
+
4
4 new houses adjacent The Bell, Tillington (NEW - Decision 23 October 2018)
 
NOW ADD A NET 2 MORE 'WINDFALLS':
+
2
net extra 'Windfalls' ** (see note below) taking out one probably no longer available, and adding 3 which were omitted from the NDP
     
=
149 18% MINIMUM TARGET INCREASE AGAIN OVER-ACHIEVED WITHOUT INCLUDING THE 32 <24 NEW HOUSES ON MINI-HOUSING ESTATES WHICH THE PARISH COUNCIL IS INCLUDING IN ADDITION, IN THE RE-SUBMITTED NDP. (NB YOU HAVE TO TAKE OUT THE WINDFALL PROVISION OF 19 + 2 = 21 TO GET BACK TO THE 128 QUALIFYING PERMISSIONS. DON't FORGET THAT THE 24 HOUSES ON MINI-HOUSING ESTATES IN THE LATEST RENDITION OF THE NDP WILL BE ADDITIONAL TO ALL THESE NUMBERS!)
note: "Windfalls" are sites which might not have been previously known, sites for single dwellings, changes in existing planning permissions or conversions to existing buildings.

 

WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE MINI-HOUSING ESTATES IN THE DRAFT PLAN.

SO LET'S CHANGE IT:

  • Let us remove the superfluous 32 <24 houses on mini-housing estates which the Parish Council has put in the Draft Plan.
  • Let us have a Plan which is simply based on the Planning Permissions already granted, plus the windfall allowance, which Herefordshire Council itself has said is allowable (this could be increased to include other single plots which were submitted to the NDP but ignored and not included - there were some at Tillington Common put forward by local people).
  • Let us demand that Tillington is removed once-and-for-all from the list of main settlements in the Herefordshire Council Core Strategy (it was not assessed, it was included in error, it only has about 20 houses in it's 'main built-up area', it has already had many planning permissions granted in it since 2011, it is not connected to the sewerage network, and the inclusion in the NDP of another 14 houses in Tillington and 10 at Redstone on mini-housing estates, is totally inappropriate).

BUT WE DO STILL NEED A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN.

If we don't have an NDP, Herefordshire Council will take over and might impose even more housing on us in its own Rural Development Plan for Parishes.

DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN, LET PARISHIONERS KEEP CONTROL.

CHANGE THE DRAFT NDP, IT ONLY NEEDS SOME SIMPLE CHANGES TO REFLECT WHAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED!!

If you do not write, email, telephone or participate in a meeting, the Parish Council will presume that you give your implicit approval to the mini-housing estates in the Draft NDP which WE DO NOT NEED.

You need to tell the Parish Council what you think, NOW. If you support this proposal of a NDP which only contains sites with existing planning approval and a provision for 'windfalls', then please tell them! Write to Mrs Paulette Scholes, Clerk to the Parish Council, Willow House, Burghill, Hereford HR4 7RE or email the Parish Council at the following email address (click on it, or enter the email address in your email program):

Published in the wider interest by a concerned group of parishioners