DNP Working Group minutes 11th February 2020

4.30 pm Desford Library


In Attendance: Colin Crane, Judy Sharpe, Martyn Randle (chair), Pat Crane


Apologies: Bernard Grimshaw, David Crocker, Gary Kirk, Jim Houghton, Scott Wakefield


  1. Welcome: Martyn welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked for apologies to be listed.

Judy reported that she had received an email from Terry Robinson stating that he would no longer be attending DNPWG meetings as the Peckleton Lane Planning Appeal was now complete. She said that she had replied to the email thanking Terry for his interest and contributions.


  1. Minutes of last meeting / matters arising:

The minutes were approved as a true record and signed by Martyn.


  1. Declaration of Interest:

There were no declarations of interest.


  1. Chairman’s Report:

Martyn reviewed the current position of the DNP, stating that it was currently being consulted upon by HBBC. He noted that Bernard had circulated an email stating that he had received a formal receipt for the Regulation 15 plan, as had the PC clerk .He also mentioned that he had circulated two documents that he had received from Fran about climate proofing neighbourhood plans and everyday heritage.


  1. Treasurer’s Report:

Martyn said that Bernard had stated in his email that there was no change in the financial situation from his previous report. Pat noted that Bernard had asked the PC clerk whether he needed to produce an end of year financial report.


  1. Communication Officer’s Report:

Bernard had sent an email, which had been covered by Martyn in the Chairman’s report. It was agreed that the DNPWG were happy for Bernard to be one of the two named official communication recipients along with the PC clerk.


  1. Update on consultation:

Martyn reminded the DNPWG that the HBBC Regulation 15 consultation period was from the 22nd January to the 4th March 2020.

Colin asked whether anyone present knew if many people had asked to see the paper copy of the DNP in the library. No one knew of any members of the public beyond those he had already listed. He also mentioned that one of the appendices had disappeared from the box. Pat noted that the posters advertising the consultation were up in the library, on the PC noticeboards and on the PC and DNP websites. Colin noted that he had heard from Fran stating that HBBC will consult with NPIERS and that they will provide the names of potential examiners. Gary had previously agreed to offer Desford PC advice on the choice of examiner. He commented that Newbold Verdon had also submitted their NP on the same day as Desford.  Colin surmised that as Gary was a consultant to both Desford and Newbold Verdon NPWGs, it may be that both plans would have the same examiner. It was noted that any responses received about this consultation would be sent by HBBC directly to the examiner.


  1. Actions needed to finalise DNP:

Colin noted that after the examiner has agreed the plan it would then need to pass a referendum. This would probably take place in summer 2020. It was thought that a positive vote of more than 50% of the turnout would be needed in order to pass. It was agreed that the referendum would be widely advertised within the parish in order to encourage parishioners to vote. Martyn said that The Graphic had previously printed and delivered flyers / leaflets about the NP on behalf of the DPC/ DNPWG to every household and it was agreed that this would be done again.  Colin stated that the DPC will pay for this, with any areas not covered by The Graphic’s distribution network being done by volunteers. Martyn said that the date of the referendum will depend upon the examiner. Colin said that he would ask Scott to draft a flyer encouraging parishioners to vote in the referendum. Action –Colin



  1. Update on CERDA planning refusal appeal

Colin said that it had been announced that the planning permission had been granted at the December DPC meeting by Joyce Crooks.  It was noted that CERDA have 3 years to commence building. Pat commented that the PC planning committee have not yet received the Reserved Matters (detailed application).


  1. NP Open Spaces Questionnaire

Pat noted that she, Judy and June Morris (Environment sub group) had met to discuss this questionnaire and fill it in on behalf of the DNPWG. It had been approved by the PC and submitted. An email had been received acknowledging receipt and saying thank you.


  1. Web page/ Twitter/ Spotted Desford:

It was noted that there was a link on the DNP website, to the DPC website about the consultation.


  1. AOB:

Judy stated that she and Pat had received an email about the possible reopening of the Ivanhoe Railway Line (Leicester to Burton upon Trent) to passenger traffic. Grants have been made available for a feasibility study to take place. It was agreed to advertise this on the DPC and DNP websites. Currently however there is no plan for a station at Desford. Discussion took place and it was agreed that Desford would greatly benefit from a station and possible car parking. Further information can be found at

  1. Date of next meeting:

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday 24th March at 4.30 pm in the Library.

This is provisional depending upon the progress of the consultation and information about the appointment of the examiner.


Meeting closed 5.05pm.


I confirm this is a true record of the meeting:


Signed……………………………………………………………..   Name……………………………………………………………




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