Welcome to the Batcombe Parish Council Website
The Parish Council's website is continually being developed and will gradually provide more information about the parish of Batcombe, local organisations, news and events - as well as those documents the Parish Council is required to publish.
BATCOMBE is a parish in the east of Somerset between Frome and Shepton Mallet, which consists of the villages of Batcombe and Westcombe together with a number of outlying hamlets and farmsteads. At the centre of the parish lies St Mary's Church with its magnificent 16th century tower, the Three Horseshoes pub, and a community centre consisting of the award-winning Jubilee Hall and the Old School Rooms. (To learn more about the Jubilee Hall and Old School Rooms click on the link to the Village Hall Trust website.)
News about BATCOMBE
Para 79 House at Valley View Farm
An application for the erection of a house under paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework at Valley View Farm will be considered by the Parish Council at its meeting on Wednesday March 3rd, when this will be the main item of business. The Parish Council has obtained an extension of the consultation deadline to Monday 8th March and anyone wishing to comment on the application to the District should do so by this date.
Details of the proposed house can be found in the Design and Access Statement that can be downloaded by clicking on the icon below. Further details of the application can be found on the District Council's planning website by entering the application number 2021/0222/FUL into the search engine at Simple Search (mendip.gov.uk)
Paragraph 79 of the NPPF allows a house to be built in the countryside if it is ‘of exceptional quality, in that it is truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture’. It must also ‘significantly enhance its immediate setting, and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area’.
Valley View Farm Batcombe Design and Acc[...]
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Coronavirus - Stay at Home
The national lockdown means you should:
- stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse such as work, education, caring for the vulnerable, essential shopping, medical needs or exercise
- not mix with anyone outside your household or support bubble indoors
- only meet one other person for exercise outdoors
- work from home unless you cannot do this
- not travel apart from essential local journeys
- keep your distance if you do have to go out (at least 2m apart)
- where appropriate wear a face covering
- wash your hands regularly
- stay up to date at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you need help, or know someone who does, please call the Somerset Coronavirus helpline 0300 790 6275. It’s available 8.00am to 6.00pm, including weekends.
A local support group for residents of Batcombe has been set up to help those who are self-isolating with shopping, collecting prescriptions, etc. If you have not received a leaflet with the telephone numbers of the organisers and need help, please contact the Clerk who will put you in touch.
To keep up to date with the latest information visit the NHS website. Further advice can be found on the gov.uk website and the latest information from the County Council - with more useful links - can be found on the Somerset County Council website.
Playing Field to Remain Open
Under the new national lockdown, outdoor playgrounds do not have to close and so the Playing Field will remain open. However, you should not mix with anyone outside your household or support bubble and keep at least 2m from any other users. Anyone using the play equipment or the gate into the Playing Field should take particular care to clean their hands after use and avoid touching their face. Children should be supervised carefully to maintain good hygiene and should not use the play equipment if they have any signs or symptoms of coronavirus.
The Parish Council does not have the staff available to clean the equipment or the gate between users and so users and parents are advised to clean the equipment themselves before use and to bring hand sanitiser to clean their and their children's hands after use. Users are reminded of the need for social distancing and parents should note that they allow their children to use the Playing Field at their own risk.
New Play Equipment - Update
Thanks to the grant of £58,976 from the Viridor Credits Environmental Company (from the Landfill Communities Fund), the Parish Council has been able to place an order with Sutcliffe Play South West for new play equipment which should be installed in the Playing Field in March or April. The Sutcliffe Play quotation was accepted after a public consultation in the village and details of the play equipment that will be installed can be found on the New Play Equipment page.
Events in BATCOMBE
March Parish Council Meeting
Date: Wednesday 3rd March 2021
The March Parish Council meeting will be held remotely via Zoom and the Agenda and Minutes can be downloaded from the Minutes and Agendas page. The main items of business at this meeting will be two planning applications - one for a Para 79 house at Valley View Farm (see Local News for further details). Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting and anyone wishing to do so should contact the Clerk for further details.
June Parish Council Meeting
Wednesday June 4th
Place: The Old School, Batcombe
Description: The monthly Parish Council meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The Agenda and Minutes of previous meetings can be downloaded from the Minutes and Agendas page a week before the meeting.
Find out more about parish events.