Planning and Transport
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Sway Parish Council Planning and Transport Committee
|Members||Roles and Responsibilities|
|Cllr Stephen Tarling||Chair of Planning & Transport Committee|
|Cllr Melanie Seacombe||Tree Representative|
|Cllr Peter Dance||Rights of Way Co-ordinator|
|Cllr Alex Pepper|
|Cllr Hugh Marchant||Vice chair and Community SpeedWatch representative|
|Cllr Ted Fleat|
|Cllr John Warden||Transport & CANGO|
Meetings are held at the Jubilee Field Pavilion Hall, Station Road, Sway, SO41 6BE
Meetings start at 7.30pm, with Plans available to view from 7.15pm. Everybody welcome.
Select here for a comprehensive list of recent planning applications within Sway Parish. Although not the definitive source, this web page maintained by Cllr Tarling provides an excellent overview.
However Sway Parish Council is consulted, and invited to comment on any planning applications within Sway Parish. In addition, Sway has its own Village Design Statement published in 2013 which the New Forest National Park Planning department must take into account when considering planning applications. As well as often providing narrative recommendations, the Planning and Transport committee will decide on one of the following options to pass back to the NFNPA planning officer:
- We recommend PERMISSION, for the reasons listed below, but would accept the decision reached by the National Park Authority's Officers under their delegated powers.
- We recommend REFUSAL, for the reasons listed below, but would accept the decision reached by the National Park Authority's Officers under their delegated powers.
- We recommend PERMISSION for the reasons listed below.
- We recommend REFUSAL for the reasons listed below.
- We are happy to accept the decision reached by the National Park Authority's Officers under their delegated powers
If the P&TC recommendation is contrary to the NFNPA planning officer's, then the planning application is passed on to the NFNPA Planning Development Control Committee for its decision.
Sway Parish Council's Planning and Transport Committee meetings are fairly informal and we endeavour to enable members of the public to speak to applications on the Agenda. Here is a useful introduction for Sway residents PaTC Introduction [50kb].
Any planning matters that do not arrive in time for the agenda of a given Planning and Transport Committee will be considered at a subsequent meeting of either the Planning and Transport Committee, or the full Parish Council.
Details of the forthcoming meetings of both the Planning and Transport Committee and the full Parish Council are linked here.
Select here for Cllr Tarling's comprehensive list of recent planning applications within Sway Parish. And if you are considering submitting a planning application yourself then you may find this page also on Cllr Tarling's website of some help.
Sway Parish Council is not the Transport and Roads authority for Sway. For contact details of the various organisations responsible, please refer to the Other Useful Contacts page of this website.
Sway Parish Council's Planning and Transport Committee will approach the relevant authority in matters that are of significant concern to the Parish. Recently these have included Road Safety issues, and the Cango bus booking service.
Hedges and Ditches
Responsibility for Hedges and Ditches generally resides with the owner of the adjacent property. In some cases where an overgrown hedge or blocked ditch is causing serious inconvenience or danger, then Sway Parish Council may write to the owner, and in extreme cases may report the problem to Hampshire County Council to take action.
Sway Parish Council is not responsible for the footpaths in Sway - that is the responsibility of the highways authority, which in our case is Hampshire County Council , and the landowner. For Rights of Way footpaths see the HCC Rights of Way site starting at http://www3.hants.gov.uk/row.htm
However as well as the general public being invited to comment on any Rights of Way issues Sway Parish Council also try to keep a weather eye on the footpaths in our Parish. That task is currently undertaken by various councillors co-ordinated by Cllr. Peter Dance.
Footpaths should not be confused with footways at the side of a road - like a pavement for example. Sway has 15 formal Rights of Way: 9 footpaths, 3 bridleways and 3 byways open to all traffic. Six of these continue into Hordle Parish, and one continues into the parish of Lymington & Pennington (where those will also appear with a different number in the lists of those other parishes). One bridleway leads directly into the open forest in Brockenhurst parish, and two bridleways are essentially forest routes over railway footbridges. The definitive statement for Sway is in pdf format under Sway on the pages numbered 87 to 89 of http://www.hants.gov.uk/rh/row/s.pdf or for an overall picture, click on the map above.
The New Forest Cango bus services C32 and C33 are subsidised by Hampshire County Council. Standing for Call ANd GO, these buses run on a flexible route within what are called Roam Zones. They have fixed start and end points along with a few other stops termed Timed Stops. Anybody can travel on the Cango buses between Timed Stops but you need to register as a Cango User so as to be able to book your ride if you want to be picked up or dropped off at any other location. Registration and Booking line 01983 716956 is open 7am to 9am Mon-Fri. For full details click here or refer to Cango Users Leaflet [261kb] which has been published by the Cango Users Forum. The Hampshire County Council Cango Webpage also contains information but is not as easy to decipher. The Cango Users Forum chairman John Warden regularly presents his report to the Planning and Transport Committee in his role as Transport Representative.
The Cango booking service is funded through a partnership comprising New Milton Town Council, Sway Parish Council and Hordle Parish Council along with generous donations from the members budgets of Hampshire County Councillors Ken Thornber, Alan Rice and Jacqui England.
Since April 2014 the police support volunteers of Sway Community Speed Watch have been performing speed surveys at locations around Sway Parish that have been authorised by the police. The Speed Indicator Device (SID) is shared between Sway Parish Council, Boldre Parish Council, Lymington and Pennington Town Council and New Milton Town Council who each covered one quarter of the cost. Latest results for Sway are reported back to the Sway Parish Council Planning and Transport Committee by the Sway Community Speed Watch representative, Cllr Hugh Marchant. Select here for more information.
Useful contacts if you want to get things done