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Launcells Parish Council

Minutes April 2024

Thursday 4th April 2024

The meeting of Launcells Parish Council was held on the above date at 7:30pm, in Launcells Parish Hall.

Councillors Present:

Chairman Cllr Hargreaves, Vice-Chair Cllr Allin, Cllr Cleave, Cllr Wingard, Cllr Whittle, Cllr Pollard, Cllr Tape.

Also in attendance: Clerk Julie Gray.

0 members of the public were present for the meeting.

Cllr Hargreaves opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.

Record of Apologies.


Cllr Elliott, Cllr Constantinou and Cllr Stokes could not make the meeting and sent their apologies.

Confirm the Minutes of the previous Meeting.


It was resolved to approve the minutes and ratify all decisions made at the meeting held on Monday 4th March 2024. 6 in favour. 1 abstained, due to not being present at the previous meeting. The Chair, Cllr Hargreaves, signed them as a correct record.



  1. There were no declarations.



  1. There were no dispensation requests.

Matters Arising.


  1. None.

Public Participation.


There were no members of the public present.

Report from Cornwall Councillor Chopak.


Cllr Chopak could not make the meeting and sent her apologies.


4.24/8: – all correspondence circulated via email.

  1. Invitation to joint Cornwall Planning Partnership.
  2. Keeping Cornwall Updated.
  3. Chief Executive’s Bulletin.
  4. The Rural Bulletin.
  5. Climate Commission: Call for Commissioners.
  6. Neighbourhood Planning Newsletter.
  7. Town & Parish Council Newsletter.



  1. Decision Notices/Updates:
    1. PA23/04731 | Demolition of shed/store building and new build self-contained annex. | Springleaze Bridgerule Holsworthy Cornwall EX22 7HB.
    2. PA24/00001 | construction of a single storey extension to existing dwelling. | Rhude Cross Barn Launcells Bude Cornwall EX23 9LG.
  2. Planning Applications/Appeals:
    Any late planning applications received will be discussed but not decided under this section.
    1. PA24/01856 | To add a 3rd overhead conductor on existing network for a total span length of 2070 metres on the GC wood pole line from Burmsdon to Moreton Lane. | Redenen House Moreton Lane Launcells Bude Cornwall EX23 9LX.
      Launcells Parish Council have no objection to the application.
    2. PA24/01803 | Reserved matters application for siting of two (mobile home) holiday units and erection of stable block (details of appearance, landscaping, layout, and scale following outline consent PA23/04678 dated 06.12.2023) | Land North West Of Lower Marsh Howard Lane Stratton Bude Cornwall EX23 9TE.
      Launcells Parish Council have no objection to the application.
    3. PA24/01972 | Extension to exiting domestic dwelling within the domestic curtilage of the property. Please refer to drawings; existing elevations, proposed elevations, floorplan, site plan | Rhude Cross Barn Launcells Bude Cornwall EX23 9LG.
      Launcells Parish Council notes that in 2018, the erection of a house at this originally essentially rural site was permitted under a “Part Q” exception, PA18/09029. We also note that under PA21/03493 the erection of a large annex was permitted on the site of metal shipping containers - noting our formal objection at the time.
      We note that the current application now seeks to extend the footprint of the house well over the footprint of the original dilapidated pole barn.
      We consider that this is as blatant a case of “development creeping featurism”, in a completely inappropriate rural situation, as we have seen in the parish in a very long time.
      Accordingly, Launcells Parish Council opposes this totally inappropriate overdevelopment.

To receive oral or written reports and authorise any action.


  1. Chairman / Councillor.
    Cllr Whittle attended the Community Area Partnership meeting. The meeting’s main focus was on health and the usual problems were discussed – reduction in doctors but increased housing; specialists travelling to the local hospital etc.
    Cllr Hargreaves attended the opening ceremony for the Storm Tower on the 26th March, which was well attended.
  2. The Clerk.
    • Regarding Martyn’s Law, it has been suggested that village halls should be completely removed from the scope of the standard tier proposals, as liability could entirely fall on a handful of well-meaning volunteers.
    • New information on the website includes:
      • Photographic ID is needed to vote;
      • CIL funding is now open until 30/4;
      • Advice on blood pressure checks;
      • Norovirus information;
      • Information if anyone is struggling to pay Council Tax;
      • Time 2 Move Easter activities;
      • Eat well – spend less – cookery video series;
      • Free climate change course;
      • Advert for voting staff needed for May;
      • Climate Commissioner advert;
      • Healthy Families Pilot Programme;
      • A new job and careers website for Cornwall.



The Clerk has started to complete National Lottery funding forms for the proposed bus shelter light. A quote has been received yesterday for £2,272.64

Street Trading.


The Licencing Committee can only consider the three vehicles declared on the licence and cannot restrict other vehicles. The video of the near miss was sent to the decision maker but they stated they made the decision on the information that they had. The Parish Council have done their utmost for the safety of the road users and have reluctantly accepted there is nothing further they can do to sway the Licencing decision.



Cllr Allin has moved the hedge back, which has improved visibility. The Parish Council thanked him for his efforts.

Cllr Whittle received contact from a parishioner concerning the proposed speed limits, that a mirror from the hedge has gone missing since the hedge was clipped back and the road surface at Red Post junction is breaking up and has reported this to the Council but he has heard nothing further.

The Clerk will contact Cllr Chopak to see if she can find out when the speed limit will be completed and whether Cornwall Council have received notice concerning Red Post junction road.

Cllr Cleave will remind the parishioner that took the mirror down to return it, as it is useful at the junction.

A request was made to ask Oliver at CC concerning sale of the house at Red Post and its land which was subsumed into the fencing. The clerk will undertake this.

Parish Magazine Contribution.


Cllr Constantinou is doing May and the Parish Council unanimously appointer Cllr Elliott to undertake June’s contribution.

Asset Register.


The Asset Register was circulated and agreed by the Parish Council.

Internal Auditor Appointment.


The Parish Council unanimously agreed to appoint the same Internal Auditor as last year.

Annual Accounts.


The detailed annual accounts were circulated. The Parish Council agreed the accounts and the Clerk shall upload them on to the website.

Finance & Legislation.


  1. Ratification of payments totalling £310.60 as per March schedule. It was unanimously resolved to authorise the payments.
  2. To note Bank reconciliations.
  3. To note Income & Bank Balances as per the schedule and reconciliations.

Urgent Matters raised with the Chairman since the Agenda was published.


The flower plot north of Grimscott is beginning to breakup. Cllr Tape will inspect the pot.

Date of next meeting and note items from Councillors for the Agenda.


Monday 13th May 2024 @ 7pm


Meeting closed at 8.15pm


During the meeting it may arise that publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential or special nature of the business to be transacted and the press and public will be instructed to withdraw.

When this arises, the Chair will recommend to consider passing the following resolution: “to resolve that in view of the confidential or special nature of the business to be discussed, the public are excluded and instructed to withdraw.”

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