Steering Group Minutes – April 2019



Chair:- Cllr R Hawkesford

Clerk:- G Wells



Hackleton Parish Council

Date:- 8th April 2019

Time:- 7.00pm

Venue:- Liz Harrison Room – Hackleton Village Hall


Cllr R Hawkesford (Chair)

Cllr Willmer

M Woolley

C Lloyd

G Youens

Apologies / Absences:-

Cllr Charteress


The Clerk


Item No.



Apologies – No apologies had been received.  


Declarations of Interest – There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of the Meeting 4th March 2019 – Motion Agreed:- It was resolved that the minutes of the meeting 4th March 2019 be approved.

Item No.



Grant Update – Members were advised that the Clerk was chasing Groundwork regarding the grant money underspend.  


Green Spaces – Members ran through the green spaces identified to date and considered what further information was required to ensure they met the qualifying criteria for inclusion in the plan. Green spaces could be identified as a means of separating the villages; must be local to the community; special to the community for a number of reasons e.g. wildlife peculiarities; and local in character to the community. Spaces included the following:-

·         Longland Meadow;

·         Field to rear Spread Eagle Pub;

·         Playing Field;

·         Piddington Churchyard / Cemetery;

·         Horton House Cricket Club;

·         Land at corner of Brafield Road / Newport Pagnell Road;

·         Land on left hand side of Piddington Lane from Hackleton before brook;

·         Grassland and hedge line to the rear of the White Hart Public House;

·         Land around the Punch Tree;

·         Memorial Triangle;

·         Land in front of Chapel;

·         Land in front of Industrial Unit, Main Road, Hackleton;

·         Land in front of Church wall, Piddington, where bench sits.

Members agreed that as Horton Park was already listed it should not be included in this section of the neighbourhood plan. Further, that as Hampton Green and the St George areas were not yet complete it was not possible to identify and list green spaces but that within the plan acknowledgement would be made that green spaces within these areas would be identified using the criteria required and added to the plan in the future – a statement regarding the NRDA area would be sought and considered for inclusion in the plan.


Village Character – Members had been working on identifying the buildings and unique characteristics of each area within the parish. Once all the details were gathered, it was agreed that maps would be created showing the characteristics of the area at a summary level. This would be backed up with selected photographs to illustrate. Whilst it was acknowledged that some residents did not want photos of their properties within the plan, it was agreed that % could be shown to indicate numbers of houses built in which period. Members would continue to carry out their research of each area.

With regard views and protected settings it was agreed that, along with already identified views and settings, the ridge and furrow fields overlooking Horton Church would be considered for inclusion as well as:- the view of the Victorian Farmhouse from the Cemetery; Rookery Farm Building; views from Preston Deanery towards Piddington; Hill Farm; & The Chapel. No views had been identified for Horton other than those across the fields towards Horton Church as any views were not publicly accessible. Horton was considered to be of more architectural significance as it was based on its domestic architecture rather than views or any specific dominant historic building.  

An archaeological report was awaited which may be considered for inclusion in the environmental section of the plan.

C Lloyd was plotting buildings / structures of historical importance on a map and putting together a key as to why they had been identified as such. 


Environmental Issues – The parish was considered unique in that it was surrounded by areas of distinct wildlife. It was considered important to group issues particular to the area under distinct headings and also give a detailed explanation as to how the wildlife affected the parish and why the community should be protected in future regarding any potential development. It was agreed that identified wildlife should be supported and allowed to thrive and any development should promote environmental gain.

The promotion of more sustainable transport such as cycling was considered but agreed this would form part of the traffic element of the plan.

Item No.



Members discuss the next steps and timetable forwarded by the Consultant and agreed to work towards the dates provided but to also ascertain the requirements of the consultation.

Date of next informal working party would be April 26th 2019

Date of next formal meeting – Monday 13th May 2019  



Steering Group Working Party Meeting 26/4/2019

Hackleton Parish Steering Group – Working Party

 Meeting: 26th April 2019

Present: Roy Hawkesford, Carol Lloyd, Maz Woolley, Jo Willmer

The purpose of the meeting was to evaluate our progress towards the time frame proposed by our consultant, Michael Wellock. While a lot of work had been done on housing, design features and gathering of evidence, this was deemed to big a job to complete by the end of April. The villages had been walked and each building style documented and photographed. The findings will be plotted on maps, with references to photographs in an Annexe.

Other areas were at a stage where they could be forwarded to Michael for comment, either now or shortly. A survey of Environmental Aspects had already been sent to Michael. The draft on Non-Heritage Assets was discussed and more work was required to explain why each item was deemed to be of special interest. This will be sent to Michael on completion.

We were unsure how to provide supporting evidence with regard to the environmental aspects; the source documents were quite large and detailed. It was agreed that the main points should be summarised as bullet points on a single sheet, if possible.

We felt the need to obtain maps and to mark on them the non-heritage assets, archaeological sites, wildlife areas and ridge and furrow fields.

Further work is needed on Green/Open Spaces, wedges and separation. While we have a list of identified sites, we are unsure what kind of detail is required to as supporting evidence. RH to contact Michael for advice.

It was recommended that an external hard drive be purchased on which to collect all the data, preferably with a USB3 port.

It was recommended that some kind of account be set up, possibly with Almac Studios, so that we could get the work on maps done as efficiently as possible.