Norham Parish Council Hub

What does the Parish Council Do?


Norham Parish Council is an elected body supporting the people of Norham Parish in a number of ways. Parish councils in England are the entry level of democracy and have limited powers overall but do have an effect on your daily lives. The council is funded by a precept which you will see on your annual council tax bill. This money raised from council tax is to provide services that the county council has devolved on the basis local people can provide them more efficiently and more cost effectively. The following are all under the remit of our parish council:

  • Bus Shelters
  • Clocks – public clocks can be provided and must be maintained
  • Drainage – of ditches and ponds
  • Some Footpaths
  • General Spending – parish councils can spend a limited amount of money on anything they deem of benefit to the community that is not covered by the other specific responsibilities described in this list
  • Gifts – parish councils may accept gifts
  • Some aspects of Highways – lighting, parking places, right to enter into discussions about new roads and road widening, consent of parish council required for diversion or discontinuation of highway, traffic signs and other notices, tree planting and verge maintenance
  • Litter – provision of litter-bins and support for any anti-litter campaigns
  • Planning – parish councils must be notified of any planning applications for the area. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the parish council must be taken into account
  • Public conveniences – provision and maintenance of public toilets
  • Recreation – provision of recreation grounds, public walkways, pleasure grounds, open spaces, village greens, gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps and boating ponds
  • Rights of Way – footpath and bridleway maintenance
  • Seats (public)
  • Signs – danger signs, place names and bus stops signs
  • Tourism – financial contributions to any local tourist organisations allowed
  • Traffic Calming
  • Village Greens
  • War Memorial
If you would like to book the Village Green for an event of any kind, please contact the Clerk , click here. Priority is given to residents and/or charitable events, The Village Green Policy can be viewed on Village Share click here.




Parish Council Meetings


The council meet approximately 6 times a year, usually in the village hall, and members of the public are welcome to attend to raise issues or ask questions.

Dates of proposed meetings this year can be found on Village Share click here.

If they do not wish to attend then they can ask any member of the council to raise issues on their behalf, or contact the Clerk. The council is keen to support local initiatives and groups to ensure the best for the village both in function and appeal as a place to live. The agenda for every meeting is put up in advance on the village notice board and on this website.

Parish Councils are required to publicise draft minutes of every meeting within 21 days of the relevant meeting. They are also required to publicise those minutes once they have been approved at the the subsequent meeting.

Minutes of meeting & Agendas can be viewed on the Village Share section, click here




Policies & Procedures


Standing Orders The law controls how our Parish Council acts and in addition the Parish Council can agree their own procedures. Together these rules make up our ‘Standing Orders’ which govern our actions. These Standing Orders are regularly reviewed and formally agreed by the whole council. To view the current standing order document please click here. Code of Conduct The Order contains a model code of conduct as regards the conduct which is expected of members and co-opted members of parish councils. Under section 51 of the Local Government Act 2000, each authority must adopt a code of conduct applying to its members which must incorporate any mandatory provisions of the model code. To view the current code of conduct document please click here. Complaints Procedure Norham Parish Council is committed to providing a quality service for the benefit of the people who live or work in our parish. If you are dissatisfied with the standard of service you have received, or are unhappy about an action or lack of action by the council, this Complaints Procedure sets out how you may complain and how we shall try to resolve your complaint. To view the current complaints procedure please click here. Privacy Policy Norham Parish Council is committed to protecting your privacy. We have prepared this Privacy Notice to describe our practices regarding the ‘personal data’ we collect from contractors, members of the public, and visitors to the Norham Parish Council web site pages. To view the current privacy policy please click here. Financial Regulations The majority of our Parish Council’s income comes from local taxes in the form of a ‘precept’. The rules for how our Parish Council manages its finances are set down in our Financial Regulations. Our Financial Regulations are reviewed regularly and agreed by the whole council. Our current Financial Regulations are available to view at the bottom of this page. To view our current financial regulations document please click here.




Privacy Policy


Privacy Policy Norham Parish Council is committed to protecting your privacy. We have prepared this Privacy Notice to describe our practices regarding the ‘personal data’ we collect from contractors, members of the public, and visitors to the Norham Parish Council web site pages. To view the current privacy policy please click here.




Parish Council Finances


Financial records Norham Parish Council is funded by precept from Northumberland Council. Norham Parish Council has financial responsibilities, the main ones being – our Clerk’s salary, streetlighting, insurance, grass cutting, maintenance and repairs of village assets and supporting village groups/societies/associations. We are governed by Financial Regulations and other policies to ensure that the public funds we administer are held safely and spent wisely, in accordance with the law. Details of the councils finances can be found in the Parish Council folder in the 'Village Share' section. A full set of our Standing Orders and Financial Regulations can be found on our Policies and Procedures page. Quarterly Accounts Parish Councils are required to review income and expenditure figures every quarter - Norham Parish Council reviews them at every meeting, Details of these are recorded in the minutes of every meeting. Draft and Approved Minutes of every meeting can be found on the Village Share section click here. Annual Accounts 'The council’s financial year end is 31st March. At that stage the Clerk, who is also the Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) prepares the council’s Annual Accounts, Bank Reconciliation and Governance Statements for internal audit. The internal audit is carried out by a qualified accountant appointed by the parish council. The internal auditor issues a report and thereafter all accounting and audit information is considered and approved at the council’s Annual Meeting in May, The Annual Governance and Accounting Statement is considered and approved at that meeting, and thereafter advertised on the village noticeboard and on the website. All accounting information can be viewed on Village Share click here Asset Register Assets owned by Norham Parish Council are formally recorded, and reviewed annually. The Asset Register can be viewed on Village Share, please click here.




Planning


PLANNING PERMISSION Norham Parish Council is consulted by the relevant Planning Authority (Northumberland County Council) on all planning applications. Any views expressed by the Parish Council will be taken into account by the Planning Authority before a decision is made, providing the points made are relevant to the determination of a planning application. The final decision is made by the Planning Authority, not the Parish Council. Norham Parish Council will only comment on what are known as “material considerations” – issues, for example, such as boundary disputes between neighbours or loss of views will not be considered. Do parish councils grant planning permission?

  • Town and parish councils are not Planning Authorities. Town and parish councils are only statutory consultees in the planning process.
  • This means that they only have the right to be informed of planning applications within the parish.
  • They cannot approve or reject planning applications.
  • They can only comment on planning applications in the same way that individuals can comment.
  • Consequently the length of time taken to determine a planning application is governed by the local planning authority not the parish council.
  • A parish council can request that it be given extra time to comment on an application.
  • The decision whether this is granted rests solely with the planning authority and its own deadlines for decision making.
How do parish councils comment on planning applications?
  • Parish councils can only agree to comment on planning applications in properly called council or committee meetings which the public can attend.
  • The comments agreed in the council meeting are submitted in writing by the parish clerk to the relevant planning authority.
  • The process is exactly the same as that of an individual wishing to comment on a planning application.
  • Parish councils are statutory consultees and have no powers to approve or reject planning applications, they can only comment or not on applications.
Valid reasons for comment on a Planning Application Comments that are clear, concise and accurate stand more chance of being accepted than those that are not. When planning applications are considered, the following matters can all be relevant. These are sometimes referred to as ‘material planning considerations’:
  • Central government policy and guidance - Acts, Circulars, Planning Policy Guidance Notes (PPGs) etc.
  • The Development Plan - and any review of the Development Plan which is underway.
  • Adopted supplementary guidance - for example, village design statements, conservation area appraisals, car parking standards.
  • Replies from statutory and non-statutory agencies (e.g. Environment Agency, Highways Authority).
  • Representations from others - neighbours, amenity groups and other interested parties so long as they relate to land use matters.
  • Effects on an area - this includes the character of an area, availability of infrastructure, density, over-development, layout, position, design and external appearance of buildings and landscaping
  • The need to safeguard valuable resources such as good farmland or mineral reserves.
  • Highway safety issues - such as traffic generation, road capacity, means of access, visibility, car parking and effects on pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Public services - such as drainage and water supply
  • Public proposals for using the same land
  • Effects on individual buildings - such as overlooking, loss of light, overshadowing, visual intrusion, noise, disturbance and smell.
  • Effects on a specially designated area or building - such as green belt, conservation areas, listed buildings, ancient monuments and areas of special scientific interest.
  • Effects on existing tree cover and hedgerows.
  • Nature conservation interests - such as protection of badgers, great crested newts etc.
  • Public rights of way
  • Flooding or pollution.
  • Planning history of the site - including existing permissions and appeal decisions.
  • A desire to retain or promote certain uses - such as playing fields, village shops and pubs.
  • Need for the development - such as a petrol station
  • Prevention of crime and disorder
  • Presence of a hazardous substance directly associated with a development
  • Human Rights Act
  • Precedent - but only where it can be shown there would be a real danger that a proposal would inevitably lead to other inappropriate development (for example, isolated housing in the countryside)




Contact the Clerk


The Clerk

Norham Parish Council

Norham House

Norham TD15 2LF

Telephone: 01289382754 or 07745130987




Parish Council Latest Documents/Records


To view/download the latest Parish Council documents/records please click here