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
New Play Equipment - Playing Field Closed
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. Details of the play equipment that will be installed can be found on the New Play Equipment page. Installation of the new equipment has now begun and so the Playing Field will be closed until this is complete - which should be by the end of April.
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 was considered by the Parish Council at its meeting on Wednesday March 3rd, when the Parish Council decided to recommend refusal. Paragraph 79 of the NPPF allows a house to be built in the open 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’. The Parish Council felt this proposal meet neither of these criteria.
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)
Valley View Farm Batcombe Design and Acc[...]
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Coronavirus - Stay Local
The easing of the lockdown restrictions mean you no longer have to stay at home and can meet people outside in groups of six or two households. However you should still:
- keep your distance if you do meet others (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.
Events in BATCOMBE
Annual Parish Council Meeting
Date: Wednesday 5th May 2021
The Annual Parish Council meeting at which the Parish Council Chairman will be elected for the following year will be held remotely via Zoom and the Agenda and Minutes can be downloaded from the Minutes and Agendas page a week before the meeting. 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.