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Thursday, 30 October 2008

Castlemorton Parish Council Draft Agenda

Members of the Council are required to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council to be held 7.30pm Thursday 6th November 2008 at Castlemorton Village Hall

Before the start of the meeting any members of the public present will be invited to speak and their views will be noted and discussed by the Council during the meeting under the appropriate agenda topic. (Duration: 15 minutes)

1. Apologies for absence
2. Declarations of interest
3. Previous minutes of 4th September - to approve minutes as being a true record of the meeting
4. Matters arising - progress items for discussion not covered by agenda
5. Finance Report – to consider and approve payments:
Cheque no. 614 – S. Normington Wages & Expenses Sept - £111.11
6. Section 137 Grants – to consider payment of Section 137 Grants in current financial year
7. District Councillor/County Councillor Reports
8. Parish Hall Trust – to receive an update from the Chairman
9. Newsletter – to discuss and agree content for the next edition of Parish Council newsletter
10. BT Telephone Boxes – to discuss options open regarding removal/adoption/purchase of BT telephone boxes
11. Environmental Matters – to discuss date for future Environmental meetings
12. Planning – an update of current planning activity (list attached)
13. Correspondence – for consideration/information (list attached)
14. Items for future meetings
15. To confirm date of the next meeting – Thursday 8th January 2009

Monday, 27 October 2008

PLANNING:- CAN I -CAN'T I - new guidlines from MHDC

 On the 1st October 2oo8 MHDC adopted some amendments to the type of development that can be permitted. This means that there are more developments that you can do to your house and garden without applying for planning permission. 
Clearly this will reduce the bureaucracy and make life easier.
Of course it is not that simple, there are lots of considerations and guidelines that have to taken into account.
To help MHDC  are producing a revised 'Domestic Development Enquiry Form' which will be made available on the website and the Customer Service Centres.
They will also be briefing the Customer Service Advisors and adding a briefing note on the Councils Website.
They have also produced an interactive householders guide on the Planning Portal. It takes an age to download but it is excellent and links to both the planning regulations and the building regulations.

You can access it here.

Of course if you are in a listed building or in a sensitive area then you still need to pay particular attention and carefully consider the impact of your proposal on others and the area. As many buildings in Castlemorton are in an area of outstanding natural beauty it will still need planning permission. Nevertheless the planners will advise you and these new regulations should make life both easier and cheaper.