Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Thursday, 19th September, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek. View directions

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

Media

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Items
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39.

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)    The Chair requested that mobile phones be switched off or to silent.

 

40.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 110 KB

            (a)     To approve as a correct record the Public Minutes of the Planning Applications Committee held on 15 August 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 15 August 2019 be APPROVED as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

41.

Urgent items, if any.

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There were no urgent items.

42.

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 stated otherwise:-

 

Agenda Item

Member Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest

Agenda Item 6 – SMD/2018/0789 –

Blythe Park, Cresswell

Cllrs. Cawley, Coleman, Davies, Emery, Flunder, Gledhill, Holmes, Hoptroff, Hulme, Lea, Riley, Roberts and Whitehouse

“Other” – 2 speakers were fellow District Cllrs.

Cllr. Flunder

“Other” – Spoken at other meetings about this, would abstain.

Cllr. Hulme

“Other” – District Cllr.

Agenda Item 7 – SMD/2019/0397 –

Land adjacent to Prospect House Farm, Sutherland Road, Longsdon

Cllrs. Cawley, Coleman, Davies, Emery, Flunder, Gledhill, Holmes, Hoptroff, Hulme, Lea, Riley, Roberts and Whitehouse

“Other” – Speaker was a previous SMDC Employee

Cllr. Roberts

Lobbied – Copied into emails to officers. No response

Agenda Item 8 – SMD/2019/0142 –

197 High Lane, Brown Edge

Cllrs. Cawley, Coleman, Davies, Emery, Flunder, Gledhill, Holmes, Hoptroff, Hulme, Lea, Riley, Roberts and Whitehouse

“Other” – Speaker was a previous SMDC Employee

Cllr. Flunder

“Other” – County Cllr.

Cllr. Lea

“Other” – Chair of Brown Edge Parish Council, took no part in discussions

Agenda Item 9 – SMD/2018/0679 –

Land at Bridge End, Macclesfield Road, Leek

Cllrs. Cawley, Coleman, Davies, Emery, Flunder, Gledhill, Holmes, Hoptroff, Hulme, Lea, Riley, Roberts and Whitehouse

“Other” – 2 speakers were fellow District Cllrs., 1 was a previous SMDC Employee

Agenda Item 10 – SMD/2019/0404 –

2 Breach Road,

Brown Edge

Cllrs. Cawley, Coleman, Davies, Emery, Flunder, Gledhill, Holmes, Hoptroff, Hulme, Lea, Riley, Roberts and Whitehouse

“Other” – Speaker was a fellow District Cllr.

Cllr. Flunder

“Other” – County Cllr.

Agenda Item 10 – SMD/2019/0404 –

2 Breach Road,

Brown Edge

 

Cllr. Lea

“Other” – Chair of Brown Edge Parish Council, took no part in discussions

Cllr. Whitehouse

“Other” – Knew Developer (declared when item was announced)

Agenda Item 11 – SMD/2019/0451 –

Land at rear of former St Johns School, Mill Lane, Wetley Rocks

Cllrs. Cawley, Coleman, Davies, Emery, Flunder, Gledhill, Holmes, Hoptroff, Hulme, Lea, Riley, Roberts and Whitehouse

“Other” – Speaker was a fellow District Cllr.

 

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SMD/2018/0789 - Blythe Park, Cresswell pdf icon PDF 414 KB

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VARIATION OF CONDITIONS 10, 11, 12, 18 AND 39 IN RELATION TO PLANNING PERMISSION REF. SMD/2014/0576 (OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION WITH ALL MATTERS RESERVED (SAVE ACCESS) FOR CREATION OF UP TO 168 RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS (USE CLASS C3), UP TO 33,480 SQM OF USE CLASS B1, B2 AND B8 FLOORSPACE, ANCILLARY USES TO INCLUDE COMMUNITY CENTRE AND A SHOP (USE CLASS A1), TOGETHER WITH HIGHWAY WORKS, LANDSCAPING, PUBLIC REALM, CAR PARKING AND OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS) FOR SCENTAREA Ltd.

 

(Report recommended Approval)

 

(All Councillors had declared “other” interests.)

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

Against the application:

                   Mrs. Linda Malyon          -    Objector

                   Mr. Glyn Johnson           -    Objector

                   Cllr. Pat McLaughlin      -    Draycott Parish Cllr.

                   Clr. Peter Wilkinson       -    War Cllr.

 

For the application:

                   Mr. Howard Clulow        -    Applicant

 

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

·         Highways Officer comments – no objection;

·         SMDC Officer comments;

·         Clarification of condition 18 – addition of the words “shall commence”.

 

                        2. Clarification of confusion regarding reference within the report to ‘Plot 1’ and ‘Phase 1’ – resulted from Highways Officer’s comments being quoted in full.

 

                        3. Confirmed that grant money available for Highways works had been paid directly to SCC, along with the Applicant’s contribution and was, as such, safe.

 

 

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 also contained in the report and the amended condition referred to above. Also subject to the completion of an S.106 deed of variation by 30 September 2019 (the determination date in the event of an otherwise suitable and agreed time extension with the Council). The time extension agreement accounts for scheme negotiations primarily in relation to highway matters.

 

2. 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 Head of Development Services had delegated authority to do so in consultation with the Chairman of the Planning Applications Committee, provided that the changes did not exceed the substantive nature of the Committee’s decision.

 

(Proposed by Councillor Davies and seconded by Councillor Lea.)

 

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SMD/2019/0397 - Land adjacent to Prospect House Farm, Sutherland Road, Longsdon pdf icon PDF 196 KB

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ERECTION OF SINGLE DWELLING AND DETACHED GARAGE (RE-SUBMISSION OF SMD/2018/0788) FOR MR. AND MRS. MCDERMOTT.

 

(Report recommended Approval)

 

(All Councillors had declared “other” interests. Councillor Roberts had declared a lobbying interest.)

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

Against the application:

                   Ms. Erica Hegewald       -    Objector

                   Mr. Kevin Day                 -    Objector

Ward Councillor Norma Hawkins had registered to speak against the application, but was unable to attend.

 

For the application:

                   Mr. Gary McDermott       -    Applicant

                   Mr. David Breakwell       -    Applicant’s Agent

 

NOTED -        1. LRR contained:-

·         Erratum correction – Applicants’ names were Mr. & Mrs. McDermott, nor Mr. & Mrs. Carter as shown in the report;

·         Additional neighbour representation;

·         Officer comments confirming that the existing Ecology report was valid for up to 24 months and that a Grampian condition requiring a drainage scheme to be fully implemented prior to occupation was required.

 

                        2. As previously clarified, access to the existing underground drains on the site was a civil matter and not a planning consideration.

 

RESOLVED – 1. That the application be APPROVED for the reasons and based on the policies contained in the report, subject to the conditions also contained in the report and the additional Grampian condition referred to above.

 

2. 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 Head of Development Services had delegated authority to do so in consultation with the Chairman of the Planning Applications Committee, provided that the changes did not exceed the substantive nature of the Committee’s decision.

 

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

 

45.

SMD/2019/0142 - 197 High Lane, Brown Edge pdf icon PDF 225 KB

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OUTLINE APPLICATION WITH DETAILS OF ACCESS (ALL OTHER MATTERS RESERVED) FOR THE ERECTION OF 8 DWELLINGS FOR AMACOR CAPITAL Ltd.

 

(Report recommended Approval)

 

(All Councillors had declared “other” interests.)

 

RECEIVED – Representation from the undermentioned speaker:-

 

For the application:

                   Mr. Rob Duncan             -    Planning Consultant

 

NOTED -        1. LRR contained:-

·         Erratum in paragraph 7.2, adding the words “will be permitted” after the words “larger villages”;

·         Additional neighbour representation;

·         Additional condition required relating to minimum space standards as the car park was in separate ownership and could be fenced off at any time whether or not the development was approved.

 

                        2. Highways had no objection despite the access being close to a pedestrian crossing, which was NOT to be moved.

 

                        3. Site formed an unofficial car park for several local businesses. The loss of the use of the car park was likely to create difficulties for the businesses and patrons. This was NOT a material planning consideration.

 

                        Councillor Lea proposed REFUSAL, which was seconded by Councillor Flunder. However, when the vote was taken, the motion was LOST.

 

RESOLVED – 1. That the application be APPROVED for the reasons and based on the policies contained in the report, subject to the conditions also contained in the report and the additional condition referred to above.

 

2. 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 Head of Development Services had delegated authority to do so in consultation with the Chairman of the Planning Applications Committee, provided that the changes did not exceed the substantive nature of the Committee’s decision.

 

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

 

Councillor Cawley left the meeting at this point.

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SMD/2018/0679 - Land at Bridge End, Macclesfield Road, Leek pdf icon PDF 335 KB

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ERECTION OF 5 DETACHED, SINGLE STOREY 5 BEDROOMED DWELLING HOUSES FOR URBAN NU Ltd.

 

(Report recommended Refusal)

 

(All Councillors had declared “other” interests.)

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

Against the application:

                   Miss Lorraine Ingram     -    Objector

                   Mr. Ross Ankers             -    Objector

                   Cllr. Lytton Page             -    Ward Cllr.

                   Cllr. Lyn Swindlehurst   -    Ward Cllr.

 

For the application:

                   Mr. Rob Duncan             -    Planning Consultant

                   Mr. Michael Banjo          -    Applicant

 

NOTED -        1. LRR contained neighbour representation requesting that 2 videos supplied showing flooding should be shown to members. Officers confirmed that they had forwarded the videos to the Lead Local Flood Authority.

 

                        2. Chair confirmed that matters relating to the access road were a civil (private) matter and, as such, not a material planning consideration.

 

 

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 Hoptroff.)

 

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SMD/2019/0404 - 2 Breach Road, Brown Edge pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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OUTLINE PERMISSION WITH SOME MATTERS RESERVED (EXCEPT ACCESS, LAYOUT AND SCALE) FOR A SINGLE BEDROOM BUNGALOW WITH 1-2 PARKING SPACES AND SCREEN FENCE ALONG EXISTING STONE BOUNDARY WALL ALONG LEEK ROAD FOR MR. A CHATTERTON.

 

(Report recommended Refusal)

 

(All Councillors had declared “other” interests.)

 

RECEIVED – Representation from the undermentioned speaker:-

 

For the application:

                   Mr. Peter Wilkinson        -    Supporter

 

NOTED -        1. Application did not meet national space standard requirement.

 

 

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

 

(Proposed by Councillor Lea and seconded by Councillor Emery.)

 

48.

SMD/2019/0451 - Land at rear of former St. Johns School, Mill Lane, Wetley Rocks pdf icon PDF 220 KB

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PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF REPLACEMENT ACCESS ROAD FOR JCM GROUP HOLDINGS.

 

(Report recommended Approval)

 

(All Councillors had declared “other” interests.)

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

For the application:

                   Mr. David Breakwell       -    Planning Consultant

                   Cllr. Mike Worthington   -    Ward Cllr.

 

NOTED -        1. LRR contained:-

·         Comments from Trees Officer – no objections;

·         Highways Officer comments – no objections;

·         Additional condition required provision of structural calculations and construction details for the retaining wall supporting the highway.

 

                        2. The key issue was seen as the implications for openness. The road would be screened by hedging and would be partially on the existing road.

 

                        3. Additional conditions to ensure a) re-alignment of the existing Gatepost and b) safeguarding of the Well which was on the site.

 

 

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 also contained in the report and the 2 additional conditions referred to above.

 

2. 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 Head of Development Services had delegated authority to do so in consultation with the Chairman of the Planning Applications Committee, provided that the changes did not exceed the substantive nature of the Committee’s decision.

 

(Proposed by Councillor Flunder and seconded by Councillor Holmes.)

 

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Appeals Report pdf icon PDF 108 KB

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Ben Haywood reported on a broadly positive set of appeal decisions received (see below), noting that no appeals had been lodged since the last report.

 

Ref.

Location

Decision level

Recom.

Decision

Appeal Decision

SMD/2018/0121

325 Armshead Road, Werrington

Delegated 11/1/2019

Approve with conditions

Approved with conditions

Allowed 2/7/2019

DET/2019/0002

Town Head Farm, Foxt

Delegated 1/3/2019

Refuse

Refused

Dismissed 12/7/2019

SMD/2018/0622

Freshwater House, Rudyard

Delegated 14/12/2018

Refuse

Refused

Allowed 12/7/2019

SMD/2018/0749

Fair View, Caverswall

Delegated 22/1/2019

Refuse

Refused

Dismissed 8/7/2019

SMD/2018/0746

Troughstones Farm, Biddulph

Delegated 15/3/2019

Refuse

Refused

Dismissed 19/7/2019

 

It was noted that 2 of the appeal decisions (SMD/2018/0121 & SMD/2018/0749) were in respect of conditions removing Permitted Development Rights, with opposing results.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be NOTED.