Welcome to Harlestone Parish Council

Your councillors are: Tudor Ashton Davies, Martin Bilbie, Sam Dobbs (Chair), Sue Flynn, Bob Hammond, Simon Letts, Sarah Stock (planning), .

The latest agenda and minutes are posted on the village noticeboards. If you want archived documents, or the most recent agendas and minutes please email harlestoneclerk@btinternet.com

Current minutes and agendas and all parish council news are published on the parish council website http://www.harlestonepc.org

With the exception of January and August, Harlestone Parish Council meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm. Sometimes it is necessary to change the date of the meeting, please check notice boards in Lower Harlestone, near England Cottage and near Virginia Cottage. The agenda is displayed 6 days before the date of the meeting. Alternatively, if you would like to receive a copy of the agenda or confirm when the next meeting is contact Barry Halliday, Clerk to the Council. Telephone 01604 373582 or Email: harlestoneclerk@btinternet.com

Members of the public are entitled to attend the meeting, and the council sets aside an amount of time at each meeting to listen to the public. This time is usually limited to 15 minutes. NO PERSON CAN SPEAK FOR LONGER THAN THREE MINUTES.

Advice on Planning Issues for Harlestone Residents

Planning applications are dealt with at meetings of the Parish Council. Where time allows we try to deal with the application at an ordinary meeting, but it is often necessary to hold an additional meeting. Meetings are advertised on the notice boards.

Answers to the following frequently asked questions may be helpful:

What can Harlestone Parish Council do?

The Parish Council is consulted by Daventry District Council (DDC) on all planning applications submitted for Harlestone and has 21 days to respond with a recommendation to the DDC Planners.

The recommendation can be for DDC to “Support" or "Object" the application or "No recommendation". Our recommendation is not binding on DDC who have the final say but can influence the way the application is handled. If the Parish Council objects and the DDC planners want to approve then, if our reasons for refusal are sound and the application is deemed significant, the final decision will be made in public by the full DDC Planning Committee.

This committee is made up of elected district councillors who will consider the advice from the planners (including the Harlestone Parish Council statement) and also representations from our district councillor, Harlestone Parish Council, the applicant and any objectors, who have arranged to speak in advance. How do I know about planning applications that affect me?

Neighbours whose property is directly adjoining the site of a planning application will normally be advised by letter from DDC that an application has been received. DDC will also post a notice adjacent to the application site.

Plans can be viewed online by entering Daventry District Council into your search engine and following the links to planning application search. DDC no longer automatically send out hard copies of the plans.

How do I get my views across to Harlestone Parish Council and DDC?

If you have concerns about any planning issues you should contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance on 01604 820635. She will be able to advise you of the status of the application and when the Harlestone Parish Council will consider their response to DDC.

Planning applications are considered in public at the meetings of the Parish Council in the village hall and members of the public are invited to address the council on any items on the agenda at the start of the meeting. This includes any applicants who wish to support their own applications or just want to hear what the Parish Council decides. Objectors, supporters and applicants cannot take part in the discussion but their views will be considered carefully and it is important that we hear directly from you. Any concerns can also be put in writing through the Parish Clerk.

Agenda for planning meetings are posted on the Parish Council notice boards. Concerned parishioners should also write to planners at DDC, or can make comments on line before the deadline posted on the web site or on the public notice.