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Rock Parish Council


Monday 24 April 2023 7.10pm

Far Forest Sports Pavilion


Councillors Ms Sandra Woodhouse (Chairman), Chris Price, Ms Christine Sankey, Andrew Croot, Mrs Pat Pain, David Nott, Ms Sally Watkins, Ms Emily Seldon, Nick Stones, Douglas Godwin.

In attendance:

Mr S Clee; Clerk, and district councillors Anna and Roger Coleman, Ms Judy Clarke, County Councillor Dan Morehead, Mr Andrew Nott, Mr Nathaniel Nott, Ms Grace Pritchard and Mr and Mrs Clive Skidmore.


Councillors Richard Williams, Ms Isobel Hedges Ward and Ms Sue Morris.

2277 Confirmation of the minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting held on 27 March 2023, as previously circulated, were approved and signed by the Chairman.

2278 Declaration of Interest for a) The Meeting and b) Any changes to be notified to the Registers of Interests and Gifts and Hospitality.

This was no declarations made.

2279 Public participation:

There was none.

2280 Planning applications:

23/0208/FUL Erection of single storey building to be used as an annexe for family member (Resubmission of 22/0158/FUL) at Lyndhurst Lodge, Callow Hill, Rock.

It was RESOLVED to recommend approval provided it is conditioned for annexe to the existing house and not sold or let separately with PD Rights being removed.

23/0219/FUL Change of use of section of land to garden and erection of garden building at Quarry Cottage, Porchbrook Road, Rock Cross.

It was RESOLVED to recommend approval provided it is conditioned for garden use with Quarry Cottage only and not sold or separated from Quarry Cottage. It is also recommended PD Rights be removed.

23/0223/S73 Removal of agricultural occupancy condition at Old House Farm, Heightington Road, Heightington.

It was RESOLVED to recommend REFUSAL for this application.

23/0195/HOU Part demolition of existing lean-to rear store/utility and construction of single-storey, parapet roof, rear extension to provide utility, shower room and garden room at Blue Ball Farm, Cleobury Road, Far Forest.

It was RESOLVED to recommend approval provided it can be conditioned no floodlights are installed which would harm wildlife in the adjoining Wyre Forest.

23/0270/FUL Siting of ten shepherds huts for guests along with a parking/turning area, recycling/waste, a timber bike store and a small treatment room for guest use at Disused Mine, Tenbury Road, Clows Top.

It was RESOLVED to recommend refusal to this application for the following reasons:

  1. The proposed development would result in an additional holiday lodge site in an area where the WFDC adopted Development Plan policies show that this type of development should be resisted. The development would add a further impact to this area of the District’s landscape that has been identified as being collectively adversely impacted by holiday development. To approve the development would be in direct conflict with Policies DM19, DM20, DM21 and DM30 of the recently approved Local Plan and Government advice in the National Planning Policy Framework.
  2. The proposed development by virtue of its scale, massing and location would be out of character with the development pattern of clustered wayside dwellings, providing a concentrated development that extends beyond the defined development form. Uncharacteristic development would be pushed into an open, agricultural landscape that is sensitive to change, which is also a non-designated heritage asset, creating harm to the character and visual amenity of this important landscape. Such harm would be contrary to Policy CP12 of the Adopted Core Strategy, Policy SAL.UP6 of the Adopted Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan, Policies 11B and 11C of the Wyre Forest District Local Plan.
  3. The proposed development will result in a significant detrimental impact on the amenity of occupiers of adjoining neighbouring residential property, through increased movement of vehicles and general disturbance from the large scale gatherings which the extensive facilities provided will clearly facilitate. It is therefore considered that the proposal fails to comply with the requirements of Policy SAL.UP7 of the Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan.
  4. Rock Parish Council believe the proposal is therefore contrary to the requirements of policy SAL.UP6 of the Site Allocations and Policies local Plan.

23/0243/FUL Demolition of existing glasshouses and buildings and erection of 3,863 square metres (41,580 square foot) of light industrial floor space (Use Class E(g)(iii)), car parking and associated works at Alton Nurseries, Long Bank, Near Bewdley.

It was RESOLVED to recommend approval.

23/0275/S73 Removal of condition 3 of 22/0873/HOU at Wayside, Brands Lodge Coppice, Lynalls Lane, Far Forest.

It was RESOLVED to recommend approval.

2281 Correspondence:

All correspondence had been circulated to members via email prior to the meeting. Councillor David Nott will be writing tonight’s report for the Rock and District News.

2282 District and county councillor reports:

There were none to due the pre-election period.

2283 Councillors retiring

The Chairman drew members attention to the retirement of Councillors Ms Christine Sankey, after 11 years service to the parish, Mr Christopher Price, after 19 years and Mrs Pat Pain after 23 years. The Chairman thanked them all for their loyal service over many years and stated they will all be a very hard act to follow.

2284 Finances:

  1. Council approved invoices amounting to £1,240.00 for payment tonight.
  2. The Council noted the current Income and Expenditure Spreadsheets to date for the commencement of the new Financial Year.
  3. Council noted the External Audit Review that had finally arrived from Messrs. PKF Littlejohn for year 2021-2022. Council authorised the accounts be published on our website and the invoice from PKF Littlejohn be approved for payment.
  4. It was noted that Mr Peter M Phillips, our Internal Auditing Accountant, has recently retired and handed over his clients to Messrs. AEC Accounting of Cleobury Mortimer who would complete the accounts for 2022-2023.

2285 Date of the next meeting:

There being no other business the meeting ended at 7.35pm. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 23 May 2023 this meeting being the Annual General Meeting.

Signed Chairman: 23 May 2023

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