Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee
Thursday, 14th February, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, ST13 6HQ

Contact: Pat Trafford. 01538 395551  Email: pat.trafford@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk

Media

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129.

Chair's announcements

a)    Webcasting;

b)    Introductions of Members and Officers;

c)    Other announcements.

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a)    The Chair confirmed that the meeting was being broadcast live to the internet and was capable of repeated viewing. The images and sound recording could be used for training purposes within the Council. The Chair had the discretion to terminate or suspend filming if it was his opinion that continuing to do so would prejudice the proceedings of the meeting. It was likely that recording cameras would capture the image of persons seated in the public gallery and that image would become part of the broadcast. Any views expressed by any speaker in the meeting were the speaker’s own and did not necessarily reflect the views of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

b)    Members of the Committee and Officers present were introduced by the Chair.

c)    To better accommodate registered speakers, agenda item 8 (SMD/2018/0780 – Hillswood Lodge, 9 The Close, Leek Road, Endon) would be heard as the first application.

 

130.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 124 KB

            (a)     To approve as a correct record the Public Minutes of the Planning Applications Committee held on 24 January 2019.

 

            (b)     Reports on matters arising, if any.

 

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RESOLVED – That the Public Minutes of the meeting of the Planning Applications Committee held on 24 January 2019 be APPROVED as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

131.

Urgent items, if any.

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There were no urgent items.

132.

Declarations of Interest

i. Disclosable Pecuniary Interests;

ii. Other Interests;

iii. Lobbying Interests.

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The following declarations were made at this point, unless otherwise stated:-

 

Agenda Item

Member Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest

Agenda Item 6 – SMD/2018/0537 – Land Rear of Jim Hallam Land Rovers, Macclesfield Road, Rushton Spencer

Cllrs. Davies, Ellis, Gledhill, Jackson, Lucas, Ogden, Pearce, Riley & Scalise

“Other” – Speaker is a fellow District Councillor

Agenda Item 9 – SMD/2018/0575 – Land off Main Road, Hollington

Cllrs. Davies, Ellis, Gledhill, Jackson, Lucas, Ogden, Pearce, Riley & Scalise

“Other” – Speaker is a fellow District Councillor

Cllr. Pearce

“Other” – Chair of Checkley Parish Council -  took no part in discussion of this matter. Speaker was a previous CPC member

Agenda Item 10 – SMD/2018/0733 – Former Stable Building at Spring Cottage, Greatgate Road, Winnothdale

Cllrs. Davies, Ellis, Gledhill, Jackson, Lucas, Ogden, Pearce, Riley & Scalise

“Other” – Speaker is a fellow District Councillor

“Other” – Applicant’s Agent was a previous SMDC employee

Cllr. Pearce

“Other” – Chair of Checkley Parish Council – took no part in discussion of this matter. Also knows the family through farming

Also had previous business dealings with 1 of the speakers

Agenda Item 11 – SMD/2018/0742 – Town Yard Industrial Estate, Station Street, Leek

Cllrs. Davies, Ellis, Gledhill, Jackson, Lucas, Ogden, Pearce, Riley & Scalise

“Other” – site is in SMDC ownership

 

133.

SMD/2018/0780 - Hillswood Lodge, 9 The Close, Leek Road, Endon pdf icon PDF 196 KB

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TWO-STOREY SIDE EXTENSION FORMING ACCOMMODATION (REVISED SCHEME) FOR MR. R. SMITH,

(Report recommended Refusal)

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

Against the application:

              Mr. Nicholas Smith           -             Objector

              Mr. Sam Latham                -             Objector

              Mr. Brian Hitchin               -             Objector

 

For the application:

              Mr. Mike Downes              -             Applicant’s Agent

              Mr. Robert Smith               -             Applicant

 

NOTED     -    1.Late Representations Report (LRR) contained:

·   Amended plans received 11 February showing hedge replacement;

·   Further consultation response from Trees & Woodlands officer;

·   1 further letter of objection regarding the lack of detail about the retaining wall.

 

                        2. Application called in to committee by Councillors Lea & Jebb.

 

                        3. Re-submitted scheme following committee refusal in August 2018.

 

                        4. Statements made in the Press would not affect the Committee’s decision.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be REFUSED for the reasons and based on the policies contained in the report. 

 

(Proposed by Councillor Jackson and Seconded by Councillor Ellis.)

 

134.

SMD/2018/0537 - Land rear of Jim Hallam Land Rovers, Macclesfield Road, Rushton Spencer pdf icon PDF 246 KB

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OUTLINE PERMISSION WITH DETAILS OF ACCESS (ALL OTHER MATTERS RESERVED) FOR THE ERECTION OF UP TO 9 No. DWELLINGS FOR MR. J. HALLAM.

(Report recommended Refusal)

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

Against the application:

              Mr. Olivier Goodfellow     -             Objector

              Dr. Graham Betton           -             Objector

              Cllr. Norma Hawkins        -             Ward Councillor     

 

NOTED     -    1.LRR contained:

·   Environment Agency withdrew its objection following receipt of the submitted drainage strategy;

·   Canals & River Trust had no objections;

·   Environmental Health Officer recommended refusal due to insufficient drainage information having been supplied.

 

                        2. The NPPF ‘Tilted balance’ applied in this case.

 

                        3. Several septic tanks were located on the site, which would need careful consideration in the event of approval.

 

                        4. Members expressed road safety concerns regarding the awkward turn into and out of Tanhouse Lane, the narrowness of Tanhouse Lane and the single file pavement on the Macclesfield Road.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be REFUSED for the reasons and based on the policies contained in the report. 

                           

(Proposed by Councillor Pearce and Seconded by Councillor Gledhill.)

 

135.

SMD/2018/0706 - Land off Macclesfield Road, Leek pdf icon PDF 254 KB

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APPROVAL OF RESERVED MATTERS FOLLOWING OUTLINE APPROVAL OF SMD/2013/1201 FOR GRACE STREET DEVELOPMENTS LTD.

(Report recommended Refusal)

 

RECEIVED – Representation from the undermentioned speaker:-

 

Against the application:

              Mr. Norman MacLeod      -           Local resident

 

NOTED     -    1.LRR contained:

·   Work had commenced on site and the Council’s Enforcement Team were investigating;

·   The layout of the scheme was in conflict with the previously-granted Outline permission;

·   An additional informative was recommended to highlight the conflict referred to above.

 

 

RESOLVED – That the application be REFUSED for the reasons and based on the policies contained in the report. 

 

(Proposed by Councillor Gledhill and Seconded by Councillor Davies.)

 

136.

SMD/2018/0575 - Land off Main Road, Hollington pdf icon PDF 320 KB

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PROPOSED CAMPSITE INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF 6 BASES FOR PORTABLE SHEPHERD HUTS ALONG WITH THE SITING OF 12 TENTS AND ASSOCIATED ENGINEERING WORKS, ACCESS, PARKING AND CYCLE STORE FOR MR. WILLARD.

(Report recommended Refusal)

 

(All Councillors present had declared “other” interests.)

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

Against the application:

              Mrs. Melanie Swanwick     -        Objector

              Mr. Robert Burton                -        Objector

              Cllr. Peter Wilkinson           -        On Behalf Of Ward Councillor

 

 

NOTED     -    1.Late Representations Report (LRR) contained additional comments from the applicant.

 

                        2. Environmental Health Officer objections regarding noise, disturbance & drainage.

 

                        3. Inadequate information provided regarding biodiversity.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be REFUSED for the reasons and based on the policies contained in the report. 

 

                       

(Proposed by Councillor Pearce and Seconded by Councillor Gledhill.)

 

137.

SMD/2018/0733 - Former Stable Building at Spring Cottage, Greatgate Road, Winnothdale pdf icon PDF 516 KB

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CHANGE OF USE OF FORMER STABLE BUILDING TO FORM 1 No. DWELLING FOR MR. TOM WHISTON.

(Report recommended Refusal)

 

(All Councillors present had declared “other” interests.)

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

For the application:

            Mr. Rob Duncan                    -        Applicant’s Agent

            Cllr. Peter Wilkinson             -        Supporter

A letter which had been submitted by Cllr. Richard Alcock and featured in the LRR was read out by the case officer as requested. 

 

NOTED     -    1.LRR contained:

·   Checkley Parish Council – no objections;

·   Case Officer comments regarding 2 appeal decisions submitted by the agent;

·   Further reason for refusal – harmful to the rural character & setting of the location as a result of the urbanising influences of residential use of the site – contrary to Policies SS6c, R1, DC1, DC3 & NPPF.

 

                        2. A retrospective application for Planning Permission was refused in 1999 – this was the building in question, which was now immune from prosecution, having existed for 20 years.

 

                        3. A previous building – named Spring Cottage - had existed on the site but had disappeared by 1970.

 

                        4. Insufficient interior space for 2 bedrooms as applied for, probably sufficient for 1 bedroom but only as a single storey dwelling.

 

                        5. Agent requested deferral as the he was given no notice of the interior space reason for refusal.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be DEFERRED for further consideration of all reasons for refusal, in particular the space standards issue.. 

 

(Proposed by Councillor Davies and Seconded by Councillor Ellis.)

 

138.

SMD/2018/0742 - Town Yard Industrial Estate, Station Street, Leek pdf icon PDF 151 KB

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PROPOSED DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BOUNDARY WALL INCLUDING FENCE, REPLACING EXISTING ENTRANCE GATE WITH NEW MESH TYPE GATE, CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BOUNDARY WALL AND FIXING NEW SINGLE WIRED MESH FENCE ON TOP OF BOUNDARY WALL AND REPLACING EXISTING FENCE WITH NEW SINGLE WIRED MESH FENCE FOR STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS DISTRICT COUNCIL.

(Report recommended Approval)

 

(All Councillors present had declared “other” interests.)

 

 

RESOLVED – 1. That the application be APPROVED for the reasons and based on the policies contained in the report, subject to the conditions and informative contained in the report.  

 

                            2.  That, in the event of any changes being needed to the wording of the Committee’s decision (such as to delete, vary or add conditions/informatives/planning obligations or reasons for approval/refusal) prior to the decision being issued, the Executive Director (Place) be delegated authority to do so in consultation with the Chairman of the Planning Applications Committee, provided that the changes do not exceed the substantive nature of the Committee’s decision.

 

(Proposed by Councillor Gledhill and Seconded by Councillor Scalise.)

 

139.

Appeals report pdf icon PDF 88 KB

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Ben Haywood presented the report showing:-

 

·         Appeals submitted – none

·         Appeal decisions received – 3 detailed as follows:-

 

Reference

Address

Decision Date

Recommendation

Decision

Appeal Decision

SMD/2018/0168

Land at Rivendell Lane, Leek

Committee – 25/04/2018

Refuse

Refused

Dismissed

28/01/2019

SMD/2018/0381

Coltslow Farm, Stockton Brook

Delegated – 13/08/2018

Refuse

Refused

Dismissed 20/12/2018

SMD/2017/0816

The Raddle Inn, Hollington

Committee – 26/01/2018

Refuse

Refused

Part Allowed / Part Dismissed 01/02/2019

 

The Chair noted that the Rivendell Lane decision would be good case law to refer to in future decision making.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be NOTED.

140.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The Chair to move:-

 

 “That pursuant to Section 100A (2) and (4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or nature of the proceedings whereby it is likely that exempt information as defined in Section 100A (3) of the Act would be disclosed to the public in breach of the obligation of confidence or exempt information as defined in Section 100I (1) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act would be disclosed to the public by virtue of the paragraphs indicated.”

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“That pursuant to Section 100A (2) and (4) of the Local Government Act, 1972,the public be excluded from the meeting in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or nature of the proceedings whereby it is likely that exempt information as defined in Section 100A (3) of the Act would be disclosed to the public in breach of the obligation of confidence or exempt information as defined in Section 100I (1) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act would be disclosed to the public by virtue of the paragraphs indicated.”

 

141.

To approve as a correct record the Exempt Minutes of the last meeting

Minutes:

Members considered the Exempt Minutes of the meeting of the Planning Applications Committee held on 24 January 2019.