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Bleadon Be Involved Blog is for anyone who would like to raise an issue about, affecting or concerning Bleadon Parish Area. Please send your information for a new blog item to us using the normal contact us page and we will add it as soon as possible then anyone can add comments to it. These comments can be made in your name or anonomously but we reserve the right to take down anything we consider inappropriate or likely to offend.

 

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The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

 

Notice of Public Right to view Bleadon Parish Councils financially related information

 

There is a six week opportunity to lawfully view BPC's accounting records for last year between Monday 14 June 2021 and Friday 23 July 2021 as summarised in its unaudited AGAR

"Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested.

 

For the year ended 31 March 2021, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application" to the parish clerk by ringing 0745 335 318 or emailling parishclerk@bleadonparishcouncil.co.uk (AGAR Notice)

Residents and their representatives also have:

  • "The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
  • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority."
  • The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in the AGAR Notice for this purpose between the above dates only.

Other BPC published financial information::

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Farmers Protection Dropped

Posted on 17th June, 2021

 

Tariffs will be scrapped immediately on imported beef and lamb from Australia, triggering accusations that the trade deal struck by Boris Johnson will send UK farmers “to the wall”.

 

"The small print of the first major post-Brexit agreement – revealed by Canberra, as the UK government tried to keep it under wraps – revealed a pledge to protect farmers for 15 years has been dropped.

  • Instead, Australian farmers will effectively be handed tariff-free access from day one, up to a “cap” on sales that is 60 times the current level of imported beef.
  • The detail was revealed as experts warned the overall economic boost from the deal would be “close to zero” – and the government admitted the average household would be just £1.20 a year better off.
  • MPs are demanding the power to scrutinise the deal immediately, but ministers ... plan to deny full access until the autumn, when critics fear it will be too late" (Article and PDF)

Watchdog supposed to scrutinise Australia trade deal still will not exist when deal is signed

  • "Liz Truss accused of ‘subverting’ commitment to parliament by blocking access to agreement until autumn
  • A watchdog designed to ensure the Australia trade deal does not undermine UK food and animal welfare rules will not be set up until months after it is signed" (PDF)

 

Transformation of Agriculture and the use of Insects (FEB20)

 

"Themed collaborative R&D: we will fund collaborative projects, which will need to involve farming or agri-food businesses working with researchers, to carry out R&D focused on strategic, high-priority societal challenges with the potential to transform agricultural productivity over longer time horizons. We have identified a set of themes and will develop these to ensure that they are targeted on innovative solutions to these challenges"

 

"Themes include:

  • adaption to climate change and clean growth (e.g. best practice approaches or next generation fertilisers),
  • integrated farm management (e.g. sustainable agronomy and integrated pest management),
  • sustainable protein and balanced nutrition (e.g. plant based protein and sustainable livestock production),
  • genetics and genomics for enhanced productivity (e.g. advanced breeding technology),
  • renewable materials for the bioeconomy (e.g. biomass crops or agroforestry),
  • and advanced sensor technologies and data driven approaches,
  • For example, we could fund transformative collaborative projects seeking to develop insect based production systems or new farm systems with reduced environmental impacts which use integrated and advanced automation" (page 22)
  • ["By 2018, insects will be permitted in aquaculture for the first time, and novel food legislation will be ready to assess insects for human consumption (PDF) and EU Edible Insects (APR20)]

 

"The third tier in our current proposal would be focused on delivering landscape scale land-use change projects, where such projects drive added value over and above what can be delivered through tiers 1 and 2."

 

  • "It will coordinate projects that are critical in helping us to meet ambitious environmental commitments such as our net zero target. Projects could include woodland and forest creation, peatland restoration and the creation of coastal habitats such as wetlands and salt marsh; these carbon rich habitats would also deliver additional environmental outcomes, such as biodiversity and flood mitigation" (page 10)

 

Agricultural Productivity Working Group Report Feb20

Including case studies of:

  • Data Linker (Page 37)
  • Livestock Identification Programme (Page 38)
  • Knowledge Exchange in the Northern Ireland pig sector (Page 39)
  • Insect biomass (Page 41)
    • "Countries and companies at international and European levels are progressing swiftly to develop this important sector ... The Task and Finish Group identified the following actions as important to the rapid development of the industry in the UK ... Central government ... to support a national insect biomass conversion industry and global business potential (protein production, waste valorisation, novel products)."
    • " UK position post EU Exit offers a potential opportunity to progress enabling legislation at a faster rate than at the EU level"
  • Robotics and autonomous systems (Page 43)
  • Professional training (Page 45)
  • Electricity requirements for agricultural vehicles (Page 47)
  • Ireland: succession farm partnership tax concessions (Page 48)

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Parking Standards Consultation

Posted on 17th May, 2021

 

 

 ConsultationOpensClosesInformation

Revised North Somerset

Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document Consulation

17 May 2128 Jun 21"... update the existing Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)"

 

North Somerset Council are inviting you to take part in the consultation: (you need to have a login!!)

"The Council is proposing to update the existing Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The current standards date back to November 2013 and are in need of a comprehensive update, particularly in light of the Council’s 2019 declaration of a Climate Emergency and ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030.

 

The Parking Standards SPD supports Core Strategy Policy CS11: Parking and sets out the Council’s requirement for all types of parking provision (vehicle, cycle, motorcycle, etc) at new developments. It seeks to ensure that an appropriate level of parking is provided at new developments, and offers clarity for developers, officers and other stakeholders by providing clear and comprehensive guidance.

 

As part of this review, a variety of updates are proposed including:

  • The introduction of ‘Principle 19: Electric Vehicle Parking’ which sets out minimum requirements for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure at new development.
  • The introduction of ‘Principle 20: Car Club Schemes at New Development’ to ensure the provision of Car Club vehicles at suitable locations.
  • The introduction of a ‘Parking Needs Assessment’ to assist officers in determining a suitable level of parking in areas well served by active and public modes of transport and where car ownership and use is lower.
  • Increases to the minimum number of cycle parking spaces to be required at new developments. Updates to Appendix A (Car and Cycle parking Standards), including introducing standards for sports halls, gyms/health clubs, cinemas and Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO).
  • A small increase in parking bay dimensions from 2.4m x 4.8m to 2.5m to 5m.

A more detailed report on the proposed updates to the SPD was presented to the Council’s Executive Committee on 28th April 2021. You can read the Executive report here." (17MAY21)

 

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Baker St

Travel Improvements

12 May 2103 Jun 21"... proposed changes to Baker Street and Milton Road are intended to give more space to people using the streets"

 

"Active Travel Improvements at Baker Street and Milton Road, Weston-super-Mare

(Questionnaire - PDFpg1, pg2, pg3, pg4, pg5, pg6)

North Somerset Council are encouraging the public to have their say as part of a consultation on proposed changes to Baker Street and Milton Road in Weston-super-Mare. We are particularly interested to hear from people who live in the local area.

 

The proposed changes to Baker Street and Milton Road are intended to give more space to people using the streets, especially outside the primary school and will link the existing Summerlands cycle route to Weston town centre and seafront. There are opportunities to provide more seating, plants and trees and narrower junctions at side roads will make crossing safer for all.

 

The new proposals include [map of proposed street changes]:

  • A wider pavement in front of the school to allow more space for school children and parents Better crossings facilities
  • More seating, greenery and trees
  • A 20mph speed limits will help make streets safer for all
  • New mandatory cycle lanes in Milton Road, with a westward cycle track in Baker Street One-way restriction on Baker Street, Glebe Road and Wooler Road, removing some through traffic and allowing more parking

This scheme is part of the Department for Transport funded Active Travel Fund improvements aimed to help people travel more sustainably and help to assist with economic recovery following Covid-19. Further information can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/activetravel" (13MAY21)

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NSC Supplementary

Planning Document (SPD)

26 Apr 21

21 July 21"Any person with sufficient interest in the decision to adopt the SPD may apply to the High Court for permission to apply for judicial review of that decision."

 

North Somerset Council adopted its supplementary planning document (SPD) on 21 April 2021.

"The SPD [Creating Sustainable Buildings and Places SPD], adoption statement and consultation statement can be seen on the Council's website at https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/planning-building-control/planning-policy/supplementary-plans-guidance/adopted-supplementary-plans , and copies can also be viewed during normal opening hours at the following Council office:

 

Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1TG

 

Any person with sufficient interest in the decision to adopt the SPD may apply to the High Court for permission to apply for judicial review of that decision. Any such application must be made promptly and in any event not later than 3 months after 21 July 2021.

 

Planning Policy Team

 

North Somerset Council"

"Superseded policies

Following publication of some of the above supplementary planning documents, many of the replacement local plan policies have been superseded by the Core Strategy and/or the Sites and Policies Plan part 1: development management policies. 

 

Please refer to the below local plan policy schedule to find out which policies have been superseded, and where applicable, the relevant replacement.

 

Schedule of current policy position June 2018"

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Winterstoke Hundred Academy Expansion

Posted on 4th May, 2021

 

 

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Winterstoke Hundred Academy Expansion

31 Mar 2105 May 21"North Somerset Council would like your feedback on plans for a 900 school-place expansion of Winterstoke Hundred Academy to be located in Parklands Village."

 

"North Somerset Council would like your feedback on plans for a 900 school-place expansion of Winterstoke Hundred Academy to be located in Parklands Village.

The Winterstoke Hundred Academy is managed by Cabot Learning Federation and based on Beaufighter Road. This proposed school expansion would see additional facilities for pupils aged 11 to 19, built nearby on the newly opened North South Link Road access to Locking Parklands, adjacent to the A371.

 

The expanded school facilities, which are funded through Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund, will help to increase intake so that growing families from across the area can access local schooling.

 

The plans include modern and spacious classrooms that we hope will provide young people with opportunities to get the very best start in life. The designs are also expected to include sports facilities and playing fields and will be built to high environmental standards. You can read more about this on the right-hand side of this page.

 

Work is now underway on the design of the school expansion, leading up to planning submission in May 2021. Fill in our short questionnaire to tell us what you think about the plans for the school and your priorities for the project’s delivery." 

Other information:

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Developments in Bleadon May 2021

Posted on 4th May, 2021

Development Applications

Affecting Bleadon

Settlement Boundary2018 SHLAAParish Boundary

The table below lists a few applications and developments currently influencing Bleadon Parish. There are also some policies and consultations influencing development in Bleadon.

 

 

Inside Settlement Boundary (Map)

Land at Bleadon Hill

Golf Club

Dismantle underground approx

800m overhead cables, etc.

NO OBJECTION

(24MAR21)

Wallflower House

3 Dwellings

WITHDRAWN

(18MAR21)

Rectory Garden

2 New Houses

WITHDRAWN

(02MAR21)

Bleadon Quarry

42 Dwelling - 189 Occupancy 

GRANTED

(01MAR21)

 

Outside Settlement Boundary, Inside Parish (Map)

Purn Way

14 Dwellings

Purn Holiday Park 10 Lodges  

Coronation Road

5 New Dwellings

2 New Dwellings

(Previiously 3 dwellings)

REFUSED

(29APR21)

Wayacre Drove

(off Accommodation Rd)

50 Caravan Pitches

WITHDRAWN

(01FEB21)

Purn Way

14 Dwellings Appeal

DISMISSED

(14JAN21)

Adjacent to Mendip Racing 

4 Holiday Lodges

GRANTED

(10DEC20)

Accommodation Road 

Wake Park Offices, Cafe, Storage

GRANTED

(27NOV20)

 

Outside Parish Boundary (Map)

Rural Lanes Active Travel Enhancement Scheme

NSC Rural Roads Closures

Temporarily WITHDRAWN

(07APR21)

Devil's Bridge

60 Dwellings

GRANTED

(22JUL19)

Bleadon Hill

36 Dwellings

REFUSED

(08JAN21)

 

Overhead and Underground

Bristol Airport Expansion

Appeal

Statement of Common Ground/Case

Rule 6 awarded

Compulsory Purchase

Bleadon Fracking Licence

Roman Road

SUSPENDED

(02NOV19)

 

Government, Regional, District and Parish consultations and policies will directly influence residential and commercial development in Bleadon. You may want to respond to the consultations to ensure that your view is considered in the future of our communities.

 

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Dismantling 800m of Overhead Cables

Posted on 4th May, 2021

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Notification to dismantle/underground approximately 800 metres of overhead cables/poles/stays and transformers and to consolidate 2no. overhead Transformers with 1no. Ground Mounted Transformer. Land At Bleadon Hill Golf Club Roman Road

 

Here is the link to the application 21/P/0408/ELE on North Somerset Council Planning website.

 

This application was validated on 10 Feb 2021. The comments deadline was unspecified

 

NSC received no comments from Bleadon Parish Council despite being on its March Agenda? Also no comments were noted by councillors in the draft March Mins 341.6 that have been published for approval at the BPC meeting tomorrow 05 May 2021 (NB There was no BPC meeting in April).

 

On 24 March 2021 North Somerset Council stated NO OBJECTION  - see the Decision Notice and Delegated Report.

 

The Delegated Report notes the following Planning Designations:

  • "Outside of the Settlement Boundary for Bleadon [although inside the Parish Boundary]
  • Within the AONB
  • Number of Archaeological Sites in and around proposed location
  • Within Horseshoe Bat Zone C 
  • Protected Trees close to proposed works"

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Residents Annual Parish Meeting 2021

Posted on 18th April, 2021

 

 

UPDATE 05MAY21: The draft minutes and any actions decided at this resident meeting are noted on the BPC agenda but have not been released to the public, only to councillors? (Min 342,13,11)

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BOB has been told that this year's Annual Parish Meeting (APM), arranged for residents to raise issues and vote on them, was so under the radar this year, that only two non-councillors, out of over 1,000 residents, attended last Monday's meeting!

 

This is unsurprising, as over the years rather than encourage, engage and respond to any public questions, Bleadon Parish Council (BPC) has highjacked these specific resident meetings and effectively turned them into council trumpet blowing events, with little to no public interaction expected, or presumably wanted. Councillors' own annual meeting, usually held in May, is confusingly called the 'Annual Meeting of the Parish Council' (APMC), where residents are only allocated up to 15 minutes to speak before the meeting starts, as is the case with usual BPC meetings.

 

Did anyone see a councillors' call for residents to submit agenda items, like in 2018? BPC's own councillor meetings were advertised on a non-council social media group for the last two months, so why not the meeting BPC specifically arranged for residents? BOB has been told that some residents managed to find this year's agenda in time, only to discover that the Zoom link didn't work, and so they were prevented from attending their own residents' meeting.

 

As far as BOB is aware, the only BPC requirement for annual resident meetings, is for the Chairman to arrange a meeting 'space' between 01 March and 01 June and to chair the meeting; no councillors or clerk required. It now seems that residents are no longer required to attend either! Conversely, Norfolk District Council states:

The National Association of Local Councils, "NALC advises that parish councils 'should endeavour to secure the largest possible turn out at a parish meeting so that the local electorate, ... can debate and democratically decide any business which legitimately features on the agenda and further decide if a poll on any question arising is required.'‟

Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council, states: 

"NALC is of the view that a parish affair could be any local issue, activity, subject matter which specifically affects a particular parish and which a parish meeting may wish to discuss, debate and potentially influence." 

The council's own quarterly newsletter (p4), published last month, implied that this year's annual meeting may be abandoned, despite BPC purchasing "lT equipment for each Councillor so that they might fully participate in ... Zoom Meetings (p7).', telling residents:

"... it would seem [that government restrictions will] continue for a few months yet which in itself puts the holding of the annual parish meeting into some doubt. lt would normally be held by Bleadon in the month of April - it was abandoned last April - however legally a council has until the 31- May to hold such a meeting. Watch this space!" (BVN117) Where was the council's update publicity confirming that the meeting would happen on Zoom? 

Consequently, BOB was not aware that this meeting was going ahead, and so was unable to attend, but just look at the agenda, found on the BPC website after the meeting was held. Residents were 'allocated' an agenda item that came after councillors had raised and discussed their own annual reports'. How can this be called a democratic, resident focussed meeting? Why couldn't BPC publish these reports before the meeting, then encourage residents to talk about what they considered important at Monday's meeting?

 

If councillors are advised that they 'should endeavour to secure the largest possible turn out' at a resident's parish meeting, and 'legally a council has until the 31- May to hold such a meeting', why did councillors push through a meeting at the beginning of April, with little publicising and without a call for residents' agenda items, presumably knowing that this would lead to little to no resident attendance? How is this an open, transparent and democratic process?

 

Perhaps, BPC didn't want to hear the concerns that residents raise in their own meetings, unattended by councillors? Perhaps BPC didn't want to openly and transparently:

  • discuss the barriers BPC has put in place restricting residents attending meetings this year (non-publication of agendas, some agenda quietly posted on the BPC website but not on noticeboards and vice versa, zoom links not working, etc.);
  • or to discuss BPC's removal of all public Finance, Planning and Open Spaces committee meetings in favour of closed, undocumented working groups;
  • or discuss the lack of timely access to reports, contracts, etc. especially those relating to BPC's financial expenditure, contract and accounts;
  • or discuss the funded but undocumented BPC projects that are considered 'independent', e.g. Neighbourhood Development Plan, Bleadon in Bloom, etc.?
  • All 9 councillors live in the village which is only a small fraction of the parish, 3 councillors live next door to each other, 4 are only contactable via email. How about discussing a more representative cross section of Bleadon residents on the council, or at least allocating certain areas of Bleadon to each councillor, thereby ensuring more inclusive 'parish' rather than 'village' representation, as indicated by Weston Town Council

Perhaps BPC believes that councillors' current closed approach towards decision making and expenditure is 'for the greater good'? Thank goodness it's not Hot Fuzz Style

 

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Purn Way 14 Dwellings

Posted on 14th April, 2021

 

UPDATE 15MAY21: BPC submit:

"Despite having approved the previous applicaon the Council recognised the current objections of the residents and therefore recommended refusal on the grounds that it was (a) outside the settlement boundary (b) insufficient and inadequate vehicular access thus increasing a potental risk to pedestrians (c) infringing the West Mendip Way and (d) that the area was suscepiible to flooding and abounds a SSSI" (14MAY21)

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A new outline application at Land Off Purn Way Bleadon, BS24 0QF (Validated 26 March 21)

"Outline application for the erection of 14no. dwellings, with access and layout for approval and appearance, scale and landscaping reserved for subsequent approval." (See Affordable Housing Statement and Ecological Impact Assessment)

This is an application for 10 Single Storey Bungalows and 4 Two Storey Dwelling Houses - site plan.

 

Comments deadline is 04 May 2021. Here is the link to the application 21/P/0527/OUT on North Somerset Council Planning website. [Agreed Expiry Date 31AUG21]

 

If you prefer to post your comments then the postal address is:

North Somerset Council

Development Management

Post Point 15

Town Hall

Weston-super-Mare

BS23 1UJ

If you do make comments on this BOB blog (below), please also make sure that they are made to, and appear on, the North Somerset website link as above. As otherwise they will be ignored by NSC.

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