Bramley Parish Council Minutes - 15th February 2017

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 Minutes of the Meeting of the Council


Wednesday 15th February 2017




Main Hall, Bramley Village Hall


Cllr Bell (Vice Chair)

Cllr Lane


Cllr DiMascio

Cllr Ansell


Cllr Flooks

Cllr Tomblin


Cllr Capel

Cllr Marshall

In Attendance:

Maxta Thomas (Clerk)

4 members of the public


Cllr Rowland (Borough)



Cllr Durrant (Chair)

Cllr Robinson (Borough)


Cllr Keith Chapman (County)

PCSO Johnson




Apologies for Absence



As listed above.  



Declarations of Interest






Minutes of the Last Parish Council Meeting



The minutes of the meeting held on 18th January 2017 were unanimously agreed to be a true and accurate record.  The minutes were signed by the Vice-Chair.




Matters arising



Actions from last meeting:

  • Letter re level crossing – still to be actioned
  • Clift Meadow Strategy – still to be actioned
  • IT meeting – to be organised
  • Memorial plaque – this has been delivered.  Needs to be erected in Bramley Room with an official unveiling.



Open Forum



The Vice-Chair invited questions and comments from those present.

A resident noted his concerns about large amounts of litter along the C32 between Sherfield and Bramley.  The Clerk will investigate this and instigate action with the relevant authority. 

A resident noted that a large white vehicle has been parked in the slip road by church permanently for the last 6 months.  He believes it is any eyesore, and is in the way of traffic on the slip road.  He also believes the vehicle is incorrectly parked on an HCC Highway.  The resident requested the PC to investigate getting the vehicle removed.  Clerk and Cllr Bell to investigate and write accordingly.  POST MEETING NOTE: the vehicle has now been removed.




Clerk/Cllr Bell


Planning & Development



New Applications

17/00195/HSE - Oak Cottage The Street Bramley

Demolition of existing garage and erection of triple garage with store above, log store and single open carport and associated works

It was noted that the two storeys make the area look like a ribbon development.  However, the layout will be better than it currently is.  Officers should ensure that the room above the proposed garage is a store room and not living space.  No objections but comments as above unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.

17/00147/HSE - Fabians Sherfield Road Bramley

Erection of two storey rear extension and side porch

No objections unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.

17/00206/ADV - Bramley Post Office Sherfield Road Bramley

Display of 1 no. externally illuminated Fascia Sign and 3 no. window graphics

The objections from close neighbours were noted.  Councillors felt the proposed signs are not in keeping with a village location.  There will also be an intrusion to neighbours with extra light pollution.  Objections unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process. 

T/00036/17/TPO - 1 St Marys Avenue Bramley

2 lime trees - 20m in height reduce to 16m, reduce crown spread (radius) by approx 2m to give a finished crown radius of 4m and deadwood

It was unanimously agreed to accept the BDBC Tree Officer’s opinion. 

17/00451/HSE - 22 Coopers Lane Bramley

Erection of two storey side extension and single storey rear extension following demolition of existing single storey side extension

It was noted that extension will be close to the railway, and that the finished building will be considerably bigger than it currently is.  No objections unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.

17/00462/HSE - Stratfield House Bullsdown Farm German Road Bramley

Erection of single storey front and side extensions

No objections unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process. 

17/00449/RET – Land to the rear of 29 and 30 Farriers Close Bramley

Change of use of open space land to land within residential land (retrospective)

Precedent has been set with neighbouring properties; however, they obtained planning permission first, whereas this application is retrospective.  It was noted that neighbours applications went through a protracted process.  However, no objections unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.



























Approvals/Refusals – these were noted.  See appendix A. 



Minchens Lane & Razors Farm reserved matters – update

  • Minchens Lane – a letter has been written to both Mike Townsend at BDBC and to Persimmon outlining the PC’s concerns about the reserved matters.  Mike Townsend has responded, stating that the planning officer is awaiting amendments, and that little can be done until these are received.  Mike also confirmed the view that the agreement between Bramley PC and Persimmon cannot be enforced by BDBC. 

Persimmon has now responded requesting possible dates for a meeting, and the Clerk is in correspondence with them and councillors to set this up.  Cllr Bell stated that Sue Tarvit has this evening been in touch with regards to setting up a meeting to discuss the various issues regarding multiple reserved matters. 

  • Razors Farm – the letter to Mike Townsend included concerns about Razors Farm as well, and he has responded by noting that the reserved matters submission is largely consistent with the parameters set out in the outline planning permission.  Therefore, it will not be possible to refuse on this basis.  He also noted the concerns of both Bramley PC and Ward Members about the Thames Water response, which was also raised by Chineham PC, and he is awaiting a further response from them before progressing the application.  Cllr Rowland noted that there is Ward Members meeting next week with Sue Tarvit, and she will update the PC with results after the meeting. 









Update on Beech Farm development – the Parish Council’s objections to both applications have been submitted.  They will be called in for discussion by the BDBC Development Control Committee.   The Clerk noted that the Parish Council have requested a slot for speaking at this meeting.  The next DC meeting is on 8th March 2017 – no agenda has been issued as yet.  It is likely that the planning officer will recommend that the application for 15 houses is refused.  Bramley PC feels that Beech Farm should be restored without the development. 



Parish Environment



Traffic Issues – Chris Price has formally requested that the Parish Council support a Community Speedwatch scheme.  9 volunteers are currently undergoing the necessary police checks.  Cllr Durrant has already highlighted issues on some of the back roads in the Parish, and the Clerk requested that all councillors consider which areas in the Parish are of particular concern regarding speeding ahead of a formal agenda item for the March meeting.

Cllr Rowland noted that Sherfield Park Parish Council is keen to partner with Sherfield-on-Loddon Parish Council and Bramley Parish Council and share equipment and funding. 

Speed signs – Cllr Bell noted that there are signs in some Community Sppedwatch areas similar to those one might see in Neighbourhood Watch areas.  This needs to be investigated if a Community Speedwatch scheme in commences in Bramley. 

Cllr Tomblin has investigated pricing for number plate recognition SLR signs; however, these are a prototype at moment and not ready for general usage.  Agenda requested for March meeting to decide on what style of SLR the PC should consider purchasing.     

Coach speeding – Clerk to check how many children are collected in Sherfield and Bramley and see if a full sized coach is necessary. 










Outstanding s.106 funding – the Clerk is in the process of setting up a meeting with June Balcombe at BDBC.

The Clerk also noted a request from BDBC and Persimmon regarding the s.106 obligations for Minchens Lane.  BDBC have noted that they are now at the point at which they need to invoice Persimmon for the following items:

  • Pavilion car park resurfacing contribution to be paid by 40th occupation by Persimmon
  • Equipped Play Area Contribution to be paid by 50th occupation by Persimmon
  • Following payment, the Equipped Play Area to be transferred from Persimmon to the Parish Council
  • Prior to the 75th occupation, the Owner (the Parish Council) to provide the Southern Informal Kickabout Area
  • Prior to the 150th occupation, the Owner (the Parish Council) to provide the Northern Informal Kickabout Area

The Clerk has queried what is happening about the cycleway/footpath and footbridges, which also form part of the s.106 agreement.  BDBC have confirmed that Persimmon have stated that all the requirements for the Clift Meadow related consents are in hand.  Cllr Ansell to write to Ben Clifton at HCC re cycleway funding. 











Cllr Ansell


Update on defibrillators – the Clerk has written to the Community Responders stating that two sites in Bramley have been found, and is awaiting a reply on the next steps.  She has also written to both the Village Hall Trustees and the Clift Meadow Trust to double check that both would be happy with an installation should it be necessary.  The Village Hall has confirmed acceptance and a reply is awaited from CMT.



Clerk’s report and administration



The Clerk has received a quote for £260 to repair the windows in the bus shelters at Campbell Road.  This is a little more than originally anticipated as the quote include thicker Perspex panels which should be more resistant to breakage.  It was agreed to not replace the glass, but ensure that the shelters are safe.







Reports from Parish Council representatives



Allotments & Burial Ground Update – see appendix B.

  • Burial Ground – the Clerk noted that work on the headstone restoration is now complete, and she is meeting with the contractor next week for a final inspection.
  • Allotments – the ditching work is now complete. 






Neighbourhood Development Plan – Cllr Bell gave a verbal report. 

The open forums held ahead of the referendum on 9th February were very successful.  The referendum result was overwhelmingly positive, with a turnout of 33%, and 95% voting in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan.  The Plan will now go to the full Council meeting on 30th March, where it will be officially made and be given legal weight in the planning process.  After this point there will be a 6 week wait for any further legal challenges. 

Cllr Bell thanked everyone involved in the Neighbourhood Plan, particularly all the volunteers who have worked extremely hard on it in the last three and a half years.



Village Hall Trust – no report.  Need new rep.



Clift Meadow Trust – Cllr Capel gave a verbal report.

  • Finance is looking encouraging.
  • Table top sale – despite being well advertised, was very short on footfall.
  • Farmers market this month was cancelled due to lack of stalls.  Next one on 14th April should be better, and this will be followed by the Easter Egg hunt.
  • Maintenance – in hand.
  • Deep clean in the next month or so.
  • Bush and hedge cutting at end of February.
  • New bench – this will be done as soon as possible.
  • Presentation made to Millennium Garden volunteers.




         i.            Clift Meadow car park barriers – the car park barriers at Clift Meadow were driven into recently, causing some damage.  CMT have had this repaired, and there is a charge of £600 + VAT for this.  CMT have asked whether the Parish Council are willing to pay for this emergency work.  The Clerk noted that their insurance policy has a high excess on it, to the point where it is likely that it is not worth claiming this on the insurance.  It was unanimously agreed that the Parish Council pay for the emergency work.  Clerk to process.









Education & Schools – Cllr Capel gave a verbal update.  She has written to the Head to confirm numbers at the school.  Cllr Capel to forward the reply to all Councillors.


Cllr Capel



Policing & Neighbourhood Watch – see appendix B. 

Cllr Bell noted concerns from residents about a pair of dangerous dogs in the parish.  The issue has been raised with the police and the BDBC dog warden. 



Highways & Road Closures – see appendix B.

The following road closures were noted:

  •  Cufaude Lane, Bramley – From its junction with The Street, Bramley to its junction with Hanmore Road, Chineham.  The closure will come into effect on 19 February 2017 for 5 days (from 19 February 2017 until 23 February 2017 or until work are completed, whichever is the sooner).  This is to enable urgent vegetation work in the interest of highway safety.  Information will be placed on the PC website.
  • Full closure of Bramley Lane or the duration of the Bramley Road Race on Sunday 19th February between each end of Moat Close, with diversion via Moat Close, full closure of all of Bramley Lane (Olivers Lane to Sherfield Road) or the start of the race (approx. 10.15- 10.45) with diversion route, and rolling road block of Sherfield Road from Bramley Lane to Folly Lane for the start of the race (approx. 10.15 – 10.45).  The closure is to allow safe passage of runners.  Information is on the PC website and on noticeboards.

A road traffic order is to be placed on various roads in Bramley, restricting parking at any time.  The roads affected are the Coopers Lane spur road, and Ringshall Gardens.  Cllr Flooks noted that Ringshall Gardens restriction does not go far enough, as cars can still park very close to the bend.  Cllr Bell noted Cllr Durrant’s comments on issues with the other end of Ringshall Gardens near Pound Close; however.  Cllr Flooks stated that there is not the traffic issue as there is elsewhere in the road.  Clerk to write to BDBC with concerns. 

Footpaths have been cleaned recently, but side footpaths have not been done.  Clerk to contact HCC. 

Potholes – one near traffic island at The Smithy has been reported.  Clerk to report others on the C32 near the substation.    

















Road Safety project – see appendix B. 



Borough Councillor Report - Cllr Rowland gave a verbal report:

  • Noted likely new application from Bewley homes for Strawberry Fields site for 55 houses. 
  • Noted collapse of Solent devolution deal.
  • Budget meeting next Thursday.



County Councillor Report – no report. 



Chairmans Report – Cllr Bell noted the letter from Bewley Homes and their request for a meeting re a new planning application at Strawberry Fields.  The meeting is set with councillors and Bewley for 22nd February.  Bewley Homes purchased the land from the Stratfield Saye estate in early February.  Information to go on Parish Council website. 




Consultation Documents requiring consideration






Grant Applications



Bramley Youth Club – the Youth Club has submitted a grant request for the funding of two Youth Workers for 2017/18.  The cost for both workers to supply one session per week for 52 weeks will be £9,451, which includes the workers’ salaries, pension contribution, and a management fee from Basingstoke Voluntary Organisation.  Other options were outlined for the provision of further sessions; however, Chris Holland, Chair of Bramley Youth Club, noted that this funding is not being sought at the moment.  The Youth Club plans to consolidate the sessions for the current age group in the next year. 

It was unanimously agreed that funding should be provided for the two Youth Workers for one session per week for the year.  Clerk to process.  The Clerk noted that funding cannot be guaranteed for future years.  Mr Holland stated that other funding sources are being investigated.











Payments and Reconciliation Approval – see appendix C.

The clerk outlined the payments and reconciliation for February.  She noted the following:

  • Payment is due for the final redecoration work at the Clift Meadow Pavilion
  • An invoice has been received for the installation of a sound system at Cross House.  This expenditure is part of the grant made to Cross House last year.
  • Payment is due for the various marketing materials used for the NDP referendum.
  • All other payments are as expected.

It was unanimously agreed to approve the payments for February – Clerk to process.








Acknowledgement of Receipts – see Appendix C.

Receipts were noted.   



Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on 15th March 2017.






The meeting finished at 9.16pm







Signed:                 ………………………………………………………………….      Date:………………………………………


Appendix A – Planning Summary


Planning Applications for Consideration


17/00195/HSE - Oak Cottage The Street Bramley

Demolition of existing garage and erection of triple garage with store above, log store and single open carport and associated works



17/00147/HSE - Fabians Sherfield Road Bramley

Erection of two storey rear extension and side porch



17/00206/ADV - Bramley Post Office Sherfield Road Bramley

Display of 1 no. externally illuminated Fascia Sign and 3 no. window graphics



T/00036/17/TPO - 1 St Marys Avenue Bramley

2 lime trees - 20m in height reduce to 16m, reduce crown spread (radius) by approx 2m to give a finished crown radius of 4m and deadwood



17/00451/HSE - 22 Coopers Lane Bramley

Erection of two storey side extension and single storey rear extension following demolition of existing single storey side extension



17/00462/HSE - Stratfield House Bullsdown Farm German Road Bramley

Erection of single storey front and side extensions





16/04393/HSE & 16/04394/LBC - Barefoot House Olivers Lane Bramley

Conversion of garage to living accommodation with construction of dormer to west elevation, re-siting of secondary entrance and replacement windows and french doors



No objections


T/00507/16/TPO - Land To The Front Of 12 Taylor Drive Bramley

T1 chestnut - fell




16/04106/FUL - Land At Boars Bridge Bramley Road Little London

Erection of dwelling and garage and associated parking and amenity area. Change of use of equestrian land to residential





Pending Applications*


15/03423/FUL - Land Adjacent The Street Bramley

Erection of two no. 4 bedroom dwellings with detached garages and associated landscaping and access works


Gone to appeal – non-determination


16/00697/FUL - Land At Beech Farm Lane End Bramley

Erection of 15 no. dwellings, together with the widening of the existing access onto Lane End and provision of an area of public open space with associated landscaping



16/03052/FUL & 16/03053/LBC - Beech Farm Lane End Bramley

Works of restoration to external elevations, roof and new entrance porch, and internal alterations to Beech Farm Cottages for use as two dwellings. Creation of a parking area to the west of the building. Demolition of dilapidated wooden shed/store to the south of the building



16/02870/FUL - Land At Larchwood Crockford Lane Chineham

Erection of building for flexible B1c, B2 and B8 use with associated access, landscaping and parking



16/03524/RES - Land At Minchens Lane Bramley

Reserved matters application for Phase 2 for the access, layout, scale, appearance and landscaping of 66 dwellings with associated estate roads and open space (pursuant to Outline planning permission 14/01075/OUT for 200 dwellings)




16/03827/HSE - Oakdale Silchester Road Bramley

Erection of a detached double garage and workshop/home office



16/04519/FUL - Upper Cufaude Farmhouse Cufaude Lane Bramley

Erection of 2 no. dwellings

No objections, subject to Heritage view


16/04520/FUL & 16/04521/LBC - Razors Farm Cufaude Lane Chineham

Erection of 4 no. dwellings, refurbishment and conversion of 2 no. barns to 3 no. dwellings, conversion of granary to outbuilding, erection of a single storey rear extension and alterations to existing farmhouse, demolition of listed and unlisted barns, and associated works and access



16/04505/RES - Land At Minchens Lane Minchens Lane Bramley

Reserved matters application (Phase 3) for the erection of 6 dwellings with associated landscaping and open space, including equipped play space (pursuant to Outline planning permission 14/01075/OUT for 200 dwellings)



17/00003/HSE - 4 Beaurepaire Close Bramley

Erection of single storey side and rear extension

No objections


17/00026/HSE - Maple House The Street Bramley

Erection of a single storey rear and first floor side extension over garage. Conversion of existing garage to gym/playroom

No objections, comments


16/03462/RES - Aurum Site Crockford Lane Chineham - AMENDED

Reserved matters application pursuant to outline planning permission 14/03343/OUT, for the erection of 130 dwellings, including appearance, landscaping, layout and scale

The outline application was not subject to the considerations of an EIA


Original objections still stand


16/03842/RES - Razors Farm Cufaude Lane Chineham - AMENDED

Reserved matters application for the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of 157 new dwellings with associated infrastructure, landscaping forming Phase 2 of outline planning permission BDB/77341

Objections Original objections still stand


*Objections/no objections listed are the decision of Bramley Parish Council only, and do not reflect any submissions placed by members of the public or other bodies with Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.


Appendix B – Reports



Plots currently under lease agreement

  • X6 full plots
  • X9 half plots

Total plots available for lease -  

  • 3 ½ plots are available for lease
  • Offers to be sent out this week
  • Current waiting list is 7 (longest on list dates back too early 2015)

Actions –

  • Site survey required on ownership of trees –.



No written report received. 


No written report received. 


No written report received. 


No written report received. 


No written report received. 


Beat Report January 2017

Bramley and Sherfield (BL02)

Burglaries - Burglaries are a Local Beat Priority across the whole of Basingstoke.  0 reported burglaries reported over this month. We have arrested one male for a local burglary and he is currently awaiting a court appearance.

Please mark your valuables in some way with your post code or take a picture of them and any distinguishing marks just in case they are recovered by Police, then we will be able to return them to you.  

Anti-Social Behaviour - There have been 3 reports of ASB this month. That is a decrease of 2 reported incidents over the last month. Great start to the new year, let’s hope this low stat continues throughout the year!

If you suffer from ASB and you are a tenant of social housing then you will need to report these incidents to your housing officer before you contact Police. If the offender is also in social housing accommodation then your housing association will have more powers to tackle it than we do. If your housing officer believes Police intervention will help then they will contact us.

I would like to encourage all residents to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour to us on 101, or if you are a resident of social housing and your issues are with a neighbour also living in social housing accommodation, please report any incidents to your local housing officer, if the problem then persists then your Housing Officer will contact me. Please do report ASB because if it doesn’t get reported then I will not know that it’s happening and therefore I will not be able to focus my patrol time efficiently. 

Suspicious Incidents - There have also been 7 suspicious vehicle/ person reports. There is nothing concerning me with any of these reports.

Just because something gets reported as suspicious it doesn’t mean anything bad is actually happening or likely to happen, it’s just something that seems odd for the area, we would rather receive the call and it turn out to be nothing to worry about than not receive a call and it turn out to be something serious.

If you see anything you consider being suspicious please call us on 101 to report it. If there are any units free at the time of the call, they will attend. I am impressed of the detail people giving to us. The majority of the suspicious vehicles that have been called in to us have been with a full registration! It helps us out a lot when we have this line of enquiry as we can normally locate the owner and ask them what they were doing. 

Other - There was a spate of criminal damages which occurred around the vicinity of Longbridge Road. A few cars were scratched by unknown person(s.) These happened over the course of a couple of evenings and we are currently investigating the matter.

Monthly Crime Stats

ASB – 3                                                 Assault – 7                                           Burglary Dwelling – 0

Burglary non-Dwelling – 0             Concern for Welfare – 0                Criminal Damage – 11                    

Driving Complaint – 0                     Drink Driving – 10                             Drug offences – 0

Harassment – 0                                 Public Order offences – 0              Road Traffic Collision – 1

Suspicious Incidents – 7                 Tampering with vehicle – 1           Theft from Vehicle – 0                   

Theft of Vehicle – 0  

Emergency - As always, please can I ask all residents to report any suspicious persons, vehicles or incidents using the 101 telephone number; please only ring 999 if it is a genuine emergency. An easy guide on which number to use is this:

Is the incident in progress and is there a risk of injury or damage to property? – 999

Has the incident already happened and there is no longer any risk? – 101

Anything else we need to know about? – 101 


Issues –

  • None reported

Actions –

  • Currently exploring options on Bramley to Sherfield path


Progress –

  • Flash report from HCC to be circulated when received – (no further updates)
  • Negotiation ongoing between NR and HCC, awaiting invoices for legals from NR

Actions –

  • Completion of topographical survey on footpath;
  • Submission of C3/C4 notices in relation to utilities;
  • Geotechnical Site Investigation to begin;
  • Detailed design and preparation of drawings to start;
  • Confirmation of land boundaries;
  • Street lighting design to be commissioned following confirmation of land ownership;
  • Negotiations to be instigated regarding land.
  • Resident engagement
  • Share


Network Rail – level crossing exploratory meetings

  • No further consultation or progress since Nov 2016

Transport survey work

  • Communication Plan options –
    • Carry out an air quality management survey around level crossing
      • Ongoing research into solutions – Briefing due to Parish Council during Feb 2017


No written report received.


No written report received.

Appendix C – Finance

Bookings Diary

Clift Meadow

Village Hall

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