This will be updated as and when news outside the normal minues is available. Please see AGM minutes for key items from the past year.
Casual vacancy for one parish councillor for Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council
Derbyshire Dales District Council has confirmed that a request for an election has not been received in connection to the above vacancy, therefore, the Parish Council will co-opt a person to fill the vacancy as soon as practicable in accordance with the Local Elections (Parishes & Communities) Rules 1986.
Qualifications to be a Councillor
A person is qualified to be elected and to be a councillor if they are a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen and on the relevant day, they are 18 or over.
In addition, the person must meet at least one of the following criteria:-
(1) On the relevant day and thereafter they continue to be on the electoral register for the parish, or
(2) During the whole of the twelve months before that day they have owned or tenanted land or premises in the parish, or
(3) During the whole of the twelve months before that day their principal or only place of work has been in the parish, or
(4) During the whole of the twelve months before that day they have resided in the parish or within three miles of it.
Except for qualification (1), these qualifications then continue for the full term of office, until the next ordinary elections. Certain people are disqualified from standing, and these include paid officers (including the Clerks) of the council, bankrupts and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment.
If you meet the above criteria and are interested in being considered as a parish councillor for Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council then please forward your details to the clerk, Mrs S Hampson to the following email address
email@example.com or alternatively, approach one of the members of the parish council.
The closing date for submissions of interest is: 12th October 2017 .
The interview time and date for candidates to fill the vacancy will be 7.30 pm on Wednesday, 1st November 2017.
Parish council meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month with the exception of August and January. It is expected that all councillors attend each of these meetings
The parish council looks forward to hearing from you.
Mrs S Hampson
22nd September 2017
Cheese Factory Development
We regret that on 13th October Planning Inspector Clive Sproule overturned the decision of the Peak Park Planning Committee and granted Cathelco permission to build 26 houses on the site.
This despite on the final day, Cathelco offering to omit the large house from the development. The Inspector however, in contrast to every other party represented, found this house essential in order to prevent ‘an uncharacteristically abrupt linear edge to the village.’
He appeared to have made his mind up from the beginning and was challenged on this by one of the 50 residents who attended daily. His Decision notice appeared personal and subjective, driven by a determination to see the factory removed and replaced by houses regardless of layout or housing type.
Andrew Wood, planning officer for Friends of the Peak District, who attended the Hearing, summed it up to the press - "The site is out on a limb from the village, includes a conspicuously large house, twenty-one other private homes and a measly four affordable homes. The community in Hartington have spent years trying to work with the site owner to secure a good scheme with more affordable homes and some workshops, so that the re-use of the site could really contribute to the life of the village. This is the wrong scheme, and it's deeply disappointing that it has been approved on appeal."
Following the Decision, the Parish Council, the CPRE (Campaign for Protection of Rural England) and the CNP (Campaign for Protection of National Parks), felt the Inspector’s Decision might be worthy of legal challenge in that the scheme failed to provide sufficient enhancement as required by a major development in a National Park.
However a review by the courts can only succeed on a legal flaw in the Decision and unfortunately a review by a Barrister provided by the CNP, could not find the necessary legal loophole. The Barrister noted that despite a very substantive case against the Application by ourselves and the Planning Committee, the Inspector had wide discretion which is inevitably supported by the Courts. He also noted that the report by the Peak Park Planning Officer recommending the scheme to the Planning Committee, was particularly unhelpful.
So the Decision must therefore stand. Having initially been faced with over 60 houses, then 39 and the infilling of the green field to the north of Stonewell Lane, we now have an estate of 26. Unfortunately too many large and expensive houses, just 4 affordable homes for rent and no workspace. It is deeply disappointing but if and when the estate is completed and if they become full time homes, we will of course welcome any new residents to our village.
David Annat, Chairman of Hartington Parish Council commented. “This is an extremely worrying precedent for National Parks and almost impossible to see how this can be in the public interest. It was opposed by the Parish Council and Community, 98% of the wider public, who wrote almost 200 letters opposing the scheme, and rejected by a planning committee made up of planning experts and elected and parish council representatives. So the democratic and public voice gave a resounding no to a scheme completely at odds with this historic village or local needs. Yet a single individual can dictate we were all wrong. Something is wrong with the system and with the pressure on the need to build this is a worrying precedent.”