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Supplement to the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
23 March 2007

SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS AND CITIZENS OF THE TOWN OF CHEADLE IN STAFFORDSHIRE

15th March 2007

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The Humble Petition of the residents and citizens of the town of Cheadle in Staffordshire,

Sheweth

That the withdrawal of Cheadle's second fire appliance exposes the residents of Cheadle to a greater risk and danger due to the lack of the two appliances which the town has enjoyed up until now.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House will urge the Government to re-establish two on-call fire appliances as a matter of urgency for the town of Cheadle in order to protect and re-establish the minimum level of fire prevention support for the residents of Cheadle in Staffordshire.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS AND CITIZENS OF THE VILLAGE OF WHISTON IN STAFFORDSHIRE

15th March 2007

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The Humble Petition of the residents and citizens of the village of Whiston in Staffordshire,

Sheweth

That the plans, if approved, for an extension to Moneystone quarry will have a negative impact on the ecology, quality of infrastructure and quality of life in the area surrounding the quarry.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House will urge the Government to call in the planning application so that a full and proper planning inquiry can take place and thoroughly examine the application in a fair, democratic and accountable manner.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS AND CITIZENS OF THE VILLAGES OF GNOSALL AND HAUGHTON

15th March 2007

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The Humble Petition of the residents and citizens of the villages of Gnosall and Haughton,

Sheweth

That the plans, if approved, for the closure of local post offices would severely damage the provision of local services to the local rural community and further erode the economy and services enjoyed over many years by local people.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House will urge the Government to allow and encourage post offices to retain, maintain and strengthen those crucial services which they have always fulfilled in the past and allow them to continue.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF PORT SOLENT, PORTSMOUTH

15th March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the undersigned residents of Port Solent, Portsmouth,

Declares that the very close proximity and raised nature of the M27, alongside residential housing at Port Solent, causes intolerable levels of noise pollution, beyond what would currently be allowable for planning permission of either motorway or housing.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Department of Transport and the Highways Agency to construct acoustic barriers, alongside the motorway adjacent to this housing, to protect residents from the very detrimental levels of noise pollution.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF RUSHDEN, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

15th March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Rushden, Northamptonshire and surrounding areas,

Declares that due to the construction of large industrial units behind The Hedges, a road in Rushden, the television signal has been lost or severely impaired for many households. Given that the households have to pay a TV License fee it is unacceptable that there is no or a very poor television signal.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons asks that the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport initiates an investigation into this matter with the aim to find a solution that will restore a quality television signal.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM MRS ANN OAKES-ODGER AND OTHERS

21st March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of Mrs Ann Oakes-Odger, the mother of murder victim Westley Odger, and others,

Declares that we are appalled by the number of people killed through the use of guns and knives; we are further appalled that, although the number of people who are killed by knives is three times higher than those who are killed by guns, the legal system treats knife crimes less seriously than gun crimes.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Home Secretary to introduce legislation so that the carrying of knives and the use of knives, and sentencing policies, are treated on the same terms as gun crimes.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF HIGHAM FERRERS, RUSHDEN AND SURROUNDING AREAS

21st March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Higham Ferrers, Rushden and surrounding areas,

Declares that roundabout at Chowns Mill, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, where the major roads of the A45, the A6 and the Higham Ferrers bypass interchange, currently causes much congestion and danger to pedestrians, cyclists and users of motor vehicles. It is envisaged that this situation will become untenable due to the major expansion of housing in Northamptonshire as a consequence of the Milton Keynes and South Midlands Spatial Strategy.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Transport to urgently bring forward proposals:

(1) to implement temporary provisions to alleviate the congestion Chowns Mill

(2) to bring forward plans for a major re-development of the Chowns Mill interchange to provide a permanent resolution to the problem.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF WAVERLEY AND THE SAVE OUR RURAL POST OFFICES CAMPAIGN

21st March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Waverley and the save our rural Post Offices campaign,

Declares that they oppose any cuts to rural Post Offices and the services that they offer in the Waverley area.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to ensure that these vital community services that make up such an essential part of the social fabric of our communities are kept open.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM THE ZACCHAEUS TRUST 2000

21st March 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the Trustees of the Zacchaeus Trust 2000,

Declares that, on the 6th July 2004, Standing Committee E considering the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs did not tell the Committee that they were abolishing the rights of citizens to refuse entry to bailiffs established in around 1300, confirmed in Semayne's case in 1604, and upheld by the courts ever since. The Committee was not informed that it was abolishing centuries of common law. Neither was the measure introduced or debated on the floor of the House of Commons.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons restore the ancient rights of British citizens to refuse the forced entry of bailiffs.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Paymaster General on the Petition [26th February] from Karen Slough and other employees of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, Kettering, against closure of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Office in Kettering.

    The Government notes that the planned review of the HMRC office in Kettering is due to take place later this year. At that stage proposals on the future of the office will be put forward and these will be the subject of consultation with all interested parties. However, HMRC have confirmed that they will maintain a presence in Kettering in order to serve the local community.

15th March 2007


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [13th March 2006, in the last Session of Parliament] from residents of Thundersley, Castle Point, Essex, and others against any loss of green belt land to development in Castle Point.

    There have been various planning applications within Castle Point that have been on green belt land.

    Parliament has entrusted local authorities with responsibility for development control in their areas. It is for them to decide, with particular regard to the provisions of statutory Development Plans and any other material considerations, any relevant views expressed by neighbouring occupiers, local residents and other third parties (although they are not bound to accept those views) and any other relevant material considerations which fairly and reasonably relate to the application concerned, to decide whether or not a proposal should be given planning permission. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government intervenes in this responsibility only in the most exceptional circumstances and then only when issues of national or regional importance are involved. To do so more often would undermine the responsibility given to local planning authorities.

    In considering planning applications, Castle Point Borough Council is required to take into account the relevant policies in the development plan together with the national policy including those contained in Planning Policy Guidance 2 on Green Belt and any other relevant material considerations.

    Concerns regarding particular planning applications should be made to the Council, so they can be taken into account in their determination of the planning applications.

20th March 2007


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [17th July 2006, in the last Session of Parliament] from the Ashmere Avenue, Oakway and Scotts Lane Action Group in support of the Protection of Private Gardens (Housing Development) Bill.

    The Government published on 29th November 2006 Planning Policy Statement 3 (PPS3) Housing, which set out a new national planning policy framework for delivering its housing objectives, replacing previous planning policy guidance set out in Planning Policy Guidance note 3 (PPG3). The definition of 'previously-developed' (the technical term for brownfield) land included in PPS3 is consistent with the definition set out in previous PPG3, which drew on classifications of 'previously-developed' land introduced in Land Use Change Statistics in 1985. These classifications include residential land—which covers all of the land associated with a house or flat, including any garden—as well as industrial and commercial, and vacant and derelict land. So the principle that gardens are regarded as brownfield land is not new.

    The Government believes that what is important is not simply one of definition but how sites are managed for development. PPS3 gives local planning authorities greater flexibility around the location and kind of housing they wish to see in their areas and strengthens the tools that local planning authorities already had under previous policy in PPG3 to turn down inappropriate development on garden land. They can set separate targets for different kinds of brownfield land if they need to do that. For example, they could choose as a matter of policy to concentrate development on available vacant or derelict rather than on garden land. PPS3 also gives them greater flexibility to address concerns around development on garden land in areas where it is a problem. The new policy also places a much stronger emphasis on the quality of residential design and layout, making clear that design which is inappropriate in its context, or which fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of an area and the way it functions, should not be accepted.

    PPS3 states in clear terms that there is no presumption that land is suitable for housing simply because it is brownfield, stressing the need for sites to be suitable for housing development, that are in suitable locations, and which will contribute to the creation of sustainable, mixed communities.

20th March 2007


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Petition [8th January] from residents of Ushaw Moor and surrounding villages for protection against development of the Oversteads House Sheltered Flats Complex.

    The Council of the City of Durham have the primary responsibility for housing and planning in their area, including Ushaw Moor and other villages surrounding Durham City.

    The City Council have recently published a draft development plan document (DPD) setting out their preferred options for housing development sites in the City and outlying villages up to the year 2021.

    The draft DPD is still at a formative stage. The period for public consultation on the draft DPD ended on 30th November 2006, and the City Council are now considering all of the comments received. There will be two more opportunities to influence the shape of the final document. The next step will be for the City Council to prepare a formal DPD for submission to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. This is due to reach the Government Office by August 2007. The Secretary of State will then appoint an independent Inspector to consider the DPD's overall soundness at a public examination and to issue a report, which will be binding on the City Council.

    Should a specific planning application come forward to re-develop the Oversteads House site, the City Council would need to consider it in detail and take into account any public representations made at that time, as they must do in relation to every application for planning permission.

    The Secretary of State would not intervene in the City Council's proper exercise of their statutory planning responsibilities unless she considers that the issues raised in a particular instance are of more than local importance. In the light of her statutory role in relation to the development plan document and any planning application, it would be inappropriate to comment on the issues raised in the petition.

20th March 2007



 
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