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ALTARNUN PARISH COUNCIL Monthly Meeting Report November 2020

Councillor Carl Green attended his first Altarnun Parish Council (APC) meeting in November having completed the obligatory councillors Code of Conduct training, which now sets him on the road to exercising good judgement and becoming an accomplished member of the council.

The meeting covered an absorbing range of matters and discussed at length was one of the most important issues facing Cornwall, in a long time and manifests itself within theGovernment’s consultation on the future of the planning system. The long term review will need significant changes to the law, and so the consultation also includes measures for interim changes to existing legislation. Among the Issues identified within the consultation is the significant impact that the short term changes would have on Cornwall’s communities and landscape, particularly changes to the standard method for assessing local housing need, to apply from November 2021. This temporarily lifts the small sites threshold below which developers do not need to contribute to affordable housing in urban areas from 10 to 40 or 50 dwellings. Also, the short term proposals do not address key local issues of affordability, the quality and character of local developments. Altarnun Parish councillors voted unanimously to write a strong letter of opposition to Scott Mann MP, to demonstrate the detrimental impact that these proposals could have on the landscape and character of our parish and undoubtedly will have on Cornwall as a whole.

In similar vein, the members are keen to affect changes to the traffic management and parking issues at Penpont View, a matter keenly supported by ward councillor Adrian Parsons. The proliferation of parked vehicles has made the area look unsightly and most importantly, on many occasions, difficult or impossible to navigate where emergency vehicles could be concerned. The agencies involved, who can provide solutions have been accepting of the councils initial approach and it is hoped that positive dialogue will be maintained.

The council continued to upgrade its library of governance documents by adopting Risk Management and Freedom of Information Model Publication policies. The former to protectits employee, assets, liabilities, and community against potential losses; to minimise uncertainty in achieving its functions and objectives and to maximise the opportunities to achieve its goals. The latter commits to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities.

The clerk reported great news that APC had received £1749 from Cornwall Council as a tranche from the Community Infrastructure Levy relating to planning application ref: PA19/02813. The funds will be reserved and spent in accordance with guidelines pertaining to their disbursement on the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure or anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on the parish.

Two planning applications received from Cornwall Council for comment were in respect of a retrospective situation where works commenced on an outbuilding at Rivendell without permission, submitted under ref:PA20/07709 and a single storey front extension at Tregirls Cottage, ref:PA20/08305. Both had the councils support.

Three applications that APC had previously supported were reported as being approved by Cornwall Council. They were at Little Trethinna, a listed building, relating to the installation of decking, the second to reduce a sycamore tree at The Vicarage in Altarnun and lastly for an amendment to prior approval for a new residential dwelling on the old reservoir site at Trewint, granted in 2017. The amendment related to the installation of an on site package treatment plant for foul waste, due to mains sewage being some two hundred meters away and connection deemed unfeasible.

Finally, we are pleased to report that new entry gates have now been installed at the parish cemetery on Rose Hill. Hopefully, these will be much appreciated.

The next APC meeting will be 9th December 2020.