MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE VILLAGE COUNCIL HELD ON
ON WEDNESDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2020 AT 7.00PM IN THE METHODIST CHURCH CULLINGWORTH
PRESENT: Cllrs. H Martin, M Galvin, B Craig, L Ackroyd, M Thomson and the clerk Angela Holmes
FIFTEEN MINUTE RULE: comments from the general public: None
3833 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Councillors Welthy, Ahir and Bostan had prior engagements.
3834 DECLARATION OF INTERESTS: None
3835 MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING: The minutes of the Council meeting held on 8 January 2020
were approved and signed.
MATTERS ARISING: Chicken Factory: Nothing to report.
Bingley Stone: Nothing to report
Guard rail at Coop – the clerk had emailed both Simon D’Vali and Craig
Williams at Highways but no reply had been received. A further email
would be sent requesting the courtesy of a reply.
Flagpole: Cllr. Ahir had contacted the clerk to report in his absence that
he had been unable to find a contact to date.
3836 CORRESPONDENCE: noted
1) Clerk & Council Direct January 2020
2) Letter of thanks for the gardening vouchers from a recipient.
3837 CLERK’S REPORT
The clerk read the financial report to 5 February 2020
It was resolved to pay:
1) Clerk’s salary for January and payment to HMRC
2) Respond Marketing – Domain name £64.
3) Methodist Church – Room hire £125.00 Sept – Dec 2019
4) BMDC – Christmas features and lighting column mounts – £4,320 – revised
5) TSL – clerk vacancy added to website – £80
3838 PORTFOLIO REPORTS:
Applications to discuss:
Application: 20/00123/FUL Fieldhead Farm, Flappit Springs – conversion of two barns
into five holiday lets.
This proposal is to convert the two traditional barns to five holiday lets. The main barn split
into four holiday lets, with two of these being suitable for disabled access. The southern
barn converted to create a single holiday let. The Village Council is supportive for two of
the proposed units to be designed to allow disabled access.
The appropriate re-use of disused agricultural buildings is encouraged and the Village
Council supports these types of applications provided the remedial and conversion works
are carried out in a proper manner. These barns appear suitable for conversion. However,
the Green Belt should not be adversely affected, nor should this development have a
greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt.
The Village Council noted that at the time of the bat survey no evidence internal or external
was found to indicate bats had inhabited any part of the buildings at any time and the
proposed works were unlikely to cause a net loss of habitat or disturbance to bat species
in the surrounding area. However, it was noted that all contractors must be made aware of
the possibility of the presence of bats and instructed to proceed with all due care
especially when removing roofing materials, demolishing or pointing walls. Due diligence
must be exercised during new build, (especially during the period May – October when
bats are at their most active.) The development should not begin until details of a scheme
for foul & surface water drainage has been submitted and approved.
Application: 19/05007/MAF Midgeham Cliff End Quarry, Rycroft Road – continuation of
recycling construction and demolition waste and the restoration of the quarry.
The Village Council feels this is a complex major planning application that is outside its
remit and wishes to refer this back to Bradford City Council for their expert consideration.
Decision deferred to the Planning Officer
Application : 20/00274/HOU Nook Back Lodge, Greenside Lane – installation of driveway
gates to side of dwelling and construction of detached garage to the south
The Village Council has no objections to this application.
Application: 20/00220/FUL Hunter Hill Farm Hill End Lane Harden – change of use of
agricultural building to two dwelling houses with garages and stables.
The existing Steel Barn has already been approved for a change of use of agricultural buildings
to dwelling houses. The application 19/02333/PAR covered two barns located at Hunters Hill Farm.
This application 20/00220/FUL is for alterations to the approved design of one of the barns.
Originally the approved scheme was designed so the development would not result in the external
dimensions of the building extending beyond the external dimensions of the existing building. This
application unfortunately will need to increase the external dimensions to allow for extra headroom
on the first floor. Plus, the roof line will extend into a canopy, creating a veranda and walkway to the
There are also plans for the dwellings to have new garages built and to build a stable block to the
east of the property. New buildings in the Green Belt are considered in exceptional circumstances
usually being for agriculture and forestry plus outdoor sport or recreation. This application appears
to be inappropriate development in the Green Belt.
The Village Council does agree access needs to be reconfigured to allow the passing of two cars at
the entrance and they are able to turn around in the curtilage of the development.
Conversions of buildings to residential use should be treated with caution and should not have a
detrimental effect on either the character of the building or the surrounding countryside. The Village
Council fully supports these types of conversions, providing conversion works are carried out in the
proper manner and are in line with planning regulations for the Green Belt. The Green Belt must
not be adversely affected and alterations/extensions should not be disproportionate.
Ratification of Applications submitted to Shipley: None
- b) ENVIRONMENTAL: to discuss
1) To discuss Bradford Council’s Executive approval of £6.4 million scheme to improve
play facilities across the district. Consultations will take place with local
communities and park groups to decide how the rest of the money will be spread
out at the scores of play areas across the district. This was noted and the clerk would
advise notification of the details to councillors when received.
2) To discuss Wilsden Volunteer car scheme. This involved a list of people willing to offer
transport to hospital, doctors, etc. a few hours a month. Insurance cover and mileage would be
provided. It was resolved to obtain further information from the organisers and then display in
the notice box and on the website to attract volunteers.
3) To further discuss parking buddies. The First school had expressed an interest in purchasing
and it was resolved that Cllr. Thomson would supply them have an application form to apply
to the community fund for £400 towards four at £168.30 including VAT and £30 for artwork.
- c) SOCIAL: Nothing to report.
3839 REPORTS FROM OTHER BODIES: Schools: Litter Poster competition 2019 – It was resolved to have
the winning poster copied and laminated to display around the village and in school.
3840 REPORTS OF EXTERNAL MEETINGS AND COMMITTEE: Cllr. Bostan attended the GNR
Trail meeting on 16 January and forwarded a report in his absence:
Work continues with Bradford council’s support to negotiate use of land to secure the route from
Harecroft to Denholme. A large section of this will use existing bridleway but a small proportion
requires negotiations with the landowner which are slow but in progress.
An expression of interest was submitted to the National Lottery Climate Action Fund for potential
funding for development of the trail – we were one of 630 applications but were unsuccessful on this
occasion. Discussions continue with Bradford Council to potentially match fund the Sustrans feasibility
study connecting Cullingworth with Keighley. Although Bradford Council do not currently have funds,
they have expressed commitment to continue to lend support to establishing the trail.
Cllr. Galvin attended the planning training session held at Wilsden,
Youth Café: The inaugural meeting was attended by 30/40 people and a second meeting had been
3841 DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 7pm.