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The Annual Parish Assembly due to be held on Monday 6th April has now been POSTPONED until further notice.
Updates on future Parish Council meetings will be published here.
Please read the monthly reports from the Parish Council under ‘Minutes and Agendas’ at the top of the page.
Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor
Many of you will have received a leaflet from the developers Gladman over the weekend.
Just to let you know that this is part of an ‘exercise’ called Community Engagement, which Gladmans must carry out before making the new application for the site at Blean Common.
It is all very deja vue, as we in Blean were in a similar position in 2016, when an appeal was waiting to be heard and a new application was lodged.
For the moment what you can do is to respond to the leaflet with your comments. You do not have to answer the questions, if you don’t want to, just write your comments in the box and submit the form.
When the application is lodged with CCC and we see all the documents, we can then decide our response and course of action.
Meanwhile, the re-determination of the appeal for the original application of 2015 will be going ahead in November 2020.
KENT COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSAL TO REDUCE THE SPEED LIMIT ON TILE KILN HILL TO 20MPH DURING SCHOOL TIMES.
Please click on the link below to view the proposal. It is important to respond by either supporting or objecting to the proposal by 12 noon on 24th August 2020.
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Hello from Blean Parish Council
With the outbreak of the COVID 19 virus, we are facing very difficult times ahead, but we want to know that you do not have to face it alone. There is support for you if you are self-isolating at home. We are working all together, the Parish Council, Blean Church and Blean Village Hall Management Committee.
● Blean Shop will deliver groceries – 01227 459933 or email email@example.com for more details
● If you would like to volunteer to be part of a group supporting others – maybe a friendly phone call to someone at home alone or delivering their shopping, helping to deliver leaflets with useful information etc then please contact one of these numbers:
Jane – 07889 261296
Barbara 07719 268123 (leave a message)
Tamsin 07791 400367 (evenings & weekends)
● If you have access to the internet you will find useful up to date information on the Parish Council website at www.bleanpc.kentparishes.gov.uk Blean Church at www.bleanchurch.net and also on Blean Forest Conservative Facebook page.
The most important thing is to stay safe and well. We are here to help each other. So please do get in touch if we can help in any way or if you would just like a friendly chat and we can start a ‘buddy call’ for you.
Thinking of you all during these unusual times – BARBARA
ROAD CLOSURE – HACKINGTON ROAD 3rd AUGUST FOR UP TO 5 DAYS
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The saga of the application for 87 houses on land adjacent to Blean Common has taken another twist! Last week Blean Parish Council along with Canterbury City Council received a letter from the Planning Inspectorate to inform us that the appeal was to be re-determined at a new inquiry.
This took us all by surprise and a few telephone calls and conversations later we found out why this was happening and what it meant to us all in Blean. Below we have written a timeline to help understand the journey of this application:
- Early 2016 an application by Gladman for 87 houses which was refused by Canterbury City Council.
- Late Summer 2016 Gladman lodged an appeal against the above decision.
- Late 2016 a second application by Gladman for 75 houses was also refused by Canterbury City Council. Gladman decided to continue with the appeal on the first application.
- In February 2018 a Planning Inquiry was held and subsequently found in favour of Gladmans. Canterbury City Council decided to appeal to the High Court against the decision of the Planning Inspector.
- In April 2019 the appeal made by Canterbury City Council was heard at the High Court and Justice Dove’s decision was given in June in which he found in favour of Canterbury City Council and awarded costs to the Council.
- Gladman Developments, following the High Court decision decided to make a further appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court have made a decision that there are no grounds for appeal.
- This now means that rather like a circle, we now come back to re-hearing the original appeal against the original application for 87 houses. Hence a re-determination of the appeal which will take place later this year, at present no date has been set.
What does that mean for Blean, it’s residents and the Parish Council?
Following discussions with our colleagues in the Planning Department of the City Council, Blean Parish Council are accepting the Planning Inspectorate’s invitation to resubmit our original arguments with regard to drainage and traffic. We will also be submitting (as a Rule 6 party) a further statement emphasising the changes that have taken place over the last 3 to 4 years within our area. The arguments of the case are based on interpretations of policies etc. which are the realm of the City Council to uphold and defend at the Inquiry. A request has been made by Gladman for an extension to the time-frame (which we have agreed to) allowing us until early May to prepare our statement.
Blean Parish Council, on behalf of residents, have submitted a new Statement of Case for the re-determination of the case. Please click on the link below:
The Statement of Case is a legal document that the Parish Council was required to submit in order to maintain interest in the re-determination of the Appeal.
If any resident has any drainage or flooding issues that can be included in the case please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Anne Flack
Chair of Blean Parish Council
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Please click on the links below to view the financial documents:
Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for the year ending 31 March 2020
Internal Auditor’s Report year ending 31 March 2020
Bank Reconcilliation year ending 31 March 2020
Explanation of Variances year ending 31 March 2020
Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return year ending 31 March 2020
Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for the year ending 31 March 2019