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Planning application for Hoplands Farm site – Application No. CA/16/00404/OUT – Outline planning application for a neighbourhood extension for the creation of up to 250 houses including affordable housing, neighbourhood centre (comprising Class A1 foodstore (400sq.m), Class C2 medical centre (380sq.m), Class C2 dentist (150sq.m), Class A1 pharmacy (150sq.m), Class D1 nursery (120sq.m) and Class A1 convenience retail (360sq.m)), commercial estate (comprising Class B1 business floorspace (up to 5572sq.m), Class D1 apprenticeship centre (616sq.m) and Class D1/D2 community building (up to 672sq.m)), parish parkland and associated access, parking, amenity space and landscaping . Westbere Parish Council objected to this outline application (Read their representations here and here. ) However, Canterbury City Council (the planning authority) determined to GRANT the application at their Planning Committee meeting on 25 April 2017. Westbere Parish Council is keeping a watching brief on this going forward.
CA//16/00673/OUT – Land to the south of Island Road (A28), former Chislet Colliery – Outline planning application (all matters reserved except access) for a mixed-use development of up to 370 dwellings, local centre, open space, community ecological park, hard and soft landscaping and associated infrastructure with access from a new roundabout on Island Road. Read the parish council’s response here and further representation letter in September 2016 here . We can advise you that Canterbury City Council, as the planning authority has just granted this application too at their planning meeting held on 7 December 2017. The officer recommendation was to Refuse. The application was granted (7 Members voted for, 2 against, 2 abstained and 1 did not vote.) Members had to be clear as to why they were going against the officer recommendation – and cited that:
– this is a brownfield site and should therefore be developed over greenfield ones
– this site will deliver housing numbers to meet the required 5 year housing land supply numbers
– this application delivers 30% affordable housing (much-needed)
– the applicant has now said that they will meet all their S106 planning obligations, including a £3.6m contribution to the Sturry Relief Road, and schools, libraries, social care, etc and that they will also mitigate for air quality (in the same way as the Hoplands Farm approval agreement). There was mention of some concern about the density of this proposal – at 43 homes per hectare (17 per acre) where the Hoplands Farm site and approval is very much less – and where the standards elsewhere are around 12 per acre. There was also concern about a minimum requirement for two parking spaces per property. And a concern about limited public open space. Details of the density, parking, design and layout and storey heights, etc are all dealt with at the full application stage, rather than through prescriptive conditions of an approval of this outline application. A motion to defer the application was proposed but not voted on, with a delegation instead to officers to negotiate the S106 and other concerns going forward.
Members did comment however that the emerging full application needs to : have due regard for the heritage assets near by ; needs to join up with both Hersden existing and proposed new development – and the adjacent emerging Hoplands Farm new development; and that Ecology and planting should be in the first phase of the development.
Welcome to Westbere Parish Council’s website, which has been designed to give you details of events and activities within the village, together with the current agenda and minutes of recent Parish Council meetings.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our site and find it informative and useful.
Westbere Annual Electors’ meeting – 13 March 2018 – Our Guests were from Canterbury City Council to discuss the CCC Governance Review and in particular the options for the boundaries of Hersden, Westbere and Chislet. Read the Minutes here including reports from the Chairman, city and county cllrs and your local organisations
Next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 17 July. Latest Agenda
Where is Westbere? The parish of Westbere is located approximately 3½ miles north-east of Canterbury, and runs adjacent to the A28 from the boundary with Sturry, as far as Lakesview Business Park just beyond Hersden. The village of Westbere is situated in the heart of a conservation area and can be reached from the A28 via Westbere Lane, Church Lane or Bushy Hill Road. All roads into Westbere are narrow and winding, making them unsuitable for large vehicles.
The village contains approximately 150 houses (those residents whose houses are on the south side of the A28 in Hersden are our parishioners), a small village green, a village hall, a pub/restaurant, a beautiful church and two closed churchyards. Details of the heritage trail which runs through the parish are available on the Westbere Village Preservation Society’s heritage trail notice-board outside the church. We also have two expanding business parks on the boundary of our parish.
PARISH PLAN – Westbere’s Parish Plan, A Vision for Westbere was launched at the Electors’ Meeting on 5th April 2011. A copy of the Plan was issued to every household in the Parish in 2011 and further copies are available (for purchase). Westbere Parish Council is proud of such a comprehensive report, the recommendations in which would provide a strong foundation for the work of the Parish Council in the future. For more details of the Parish Plan document and to view its sections click on the site pages heading from the menu on the left hand side of this home page.
See the parish plan maps here Parish Plan Maps
Where are we now – Progress against action points Immediate and Short-term actions identified in the Action Plan (last update February 2014)
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – Minutes of Meetings are available on this website via the Minutes link.
MODEL PUBLICATION SCHEME – Under section 20 of the Freedom of Information Act, it is the duty of every public authority to adopt and maintain a publication scheme, the purpose of which is to facilitate the release of information and provide greater openness and transparency across the public sector. Westbere Parish Council has adopted the Model Publication Scheme issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office, without variation.
Parish Council meetings – Westbere Parish Council meetings are held in Westbere Village hall from 7.30pm. All members of the public are welcome to attend. There is an adjournment early on in the meeting for members of the public to speak to the Councillors.
Parish council meeting dates for 2018: 19 June, 17 July, no meeting in August, 18 September, 16 October, 20 November and no meeting in December 2018.
Comments, Complaints and Compliments Policy – Tell us what you think!
Standing orders are the written rules of a local council. They are used to confirm a council’s internal organisational, administrative and procurement procedures and procedural matters for meetings. Westbere Parish Council’s Standing Orders and Financial Regulations
Parish Councillors and their responsibilities – For The Register of Parish Councillor’s Declared Interests follow this link: https://www2.canterbury.gov.uk/your-community/working-with-voluntary-and-community-organisations/parishes/register-of-parish-councillors-interests/
Parish Councillor responsibilities:
Cllr Jeanette Dawson – Chairman, representative on Westbere Village Preservation Society, and Westbere Village Hall
Cllr Stephen Laws – Vice Chairman, Planning, Legal, Fire Hydrants
Cllr Sylvia Harlow – Parish Plan, Planning and Canterbury District Local Plan, and Kent and Medway Biological records reporting
Cllr Maria Morcom – sabbatical
Cllr Kathy Wilson – Chairman of Westbere Village Hall committee, and Neighbourhood Watch
Cllr Karen Williams – monitoring of salt bins in the village, and lead on village events
Cllr Tom Hopkins – Street lights and Transport
Canterbury City Councillors – Westbere is represented by two city councillors – Cllr Georgina Glover and Cllr Heather Taylor – contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Kent County Councillor – Cllr Alan Marsh was re-elected to serve as a county councillor for a further four year term from May 2017 – and his electorate area includes Westbere. Contact Cllr Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial information: List of receipts and payments will be uploaded quarterly and/or annually to satisfy transparency regulations.
2018-2019 – details of financial transactions will be uploaded quarterly
Accounts and Annual Return For Year ended 31 March 2018: Annual Return Form all sections ; Bank Reconciliation for period 2017-2018; Statement of Variances ; List of all financial transactions 2017-2018; and the Notice of the Period of Electors Rights to Inspect the Accounts – any queries please contact the Clerk. (NB the Notice of Conclusion of Audit as in earlier years will follow)
2016-2017 – Westbere Parish Council list of all financial transactions 2016-2017 / End of year accounts for 2016-2017 according to the format in the Annual Return Annual Governance Statement Section 1 and Section 2 and / Internal Audit Report according to the format in the Annual Return (original signed by the Internal Auditor) here / Bank Reconciliation to year ended 31 March 2017 and Explanation of variances for year ended 31 March 2017 . The documents have now been approved by the External Auditor . Notice of conclusion of Audit to year ended 31 March 2017
2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Westbere Parish Council list of all financial transactions for 2014-2015 and a list for 2015-2016 / End of year accounts for 2015-2016 according to the format in the Annual Return (section 2) click here / Annual Governance Statement according to the format in the Annual Return form Section 1 (original signed by the Clerk and Chairman) click here / Internal Audit Report according to the format in the Annual Return (original signed by the Internal Auditor) click here / Bank reconciliation for the year ended 31 March 2016 and Explanation of variances for year ended 31 March 2016 and Notice of Conclusion of Audit – Accounts for 2015-2016 approved.