Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Thursday, 12th November, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

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

Media

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
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169.

Chair's announcements

a)    Webcasting;

b)    Introductions of Members and Officers;

c)    Other announcements.

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Minutes:

a)    The Chair confirmed that the meeting was being broadcast live to the internet via the usual webcasting facility 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. In the light of this meeting being held ‘virtually’ via the Microsoft Teams platform, all members were asked to adhere to the guidelines previously issued to them for such meetings, to use the ‘Hands up’ function to register their wish to speak and to speak only when invited to do so by the Chair. All attendees were asked to keep their microphones muted when not in use. 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.

d)    Given the social distancing restrictions in place due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, no actual site visits were undertaken relating to this meeting. However, photos/video were shown to all members both before and during the meeting showing all views of the application sites.

e)    The Chair reminded members that the registration period for speakers at the Planning Applications Committee had changed regarding virtual meetings. Registration was open from 10am on the Thursday following publication of the agenda through to 4pm on the Monday of the week of the meeting. No further ‘late’ requests to speak would be accepted.

 

170.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 117 KB

            (a)     To approve as a correct record the Public Minutes of the Planning Applications Committee held on 22 October 2020.

 

            (b)     Reports on matters arising, if any.

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED- That the public minutes of the meeting of the Planning Applications Committee held on 22 October 2020 be APPROVED as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

171.

Urgent items, if any.

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Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

172.

Declarations of Interest

i. Disclosable Pecuniary Interests;

ii. Other Interests;

iii. Lobbying Interests.

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Minutes:

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

 

Agenda Item

Member Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest

 

Agenda Item 6 – SMD/2020/0226 – Land adjacent to Sunny View, Foxt Road, Foxt

Cllrs. Cawley, Coleman, Davies, Emery, Flunder, Gledhill, Holmes, Hoptroff, Hulme, Riley, Roberts, Whitehouse & Wilkinson

“Other” – Speaker was a fellow District Cllr.

 

Cllr. Roberts

“Other” – Acquainted with the Applicant.

Lobbied – No response

 

Cllr. Wilkinson

“Other” – Traded with the Applicant

 

Agenda Item 7 – SMD/2020/0349 – Land adjacent to Big Southlowe Farm, Leek Road, Cellarhead

Cllrs. Cawley, Coleman, Davies, Emery, Flunder, Gledhill, Holmes, Hoptroff, Hulme, Riley, Roberts, Whitehouse & Wilkinson

“Other” – Speaker was an ex-SMDC Employee

 

Cllr. Roberts

Lobbied – No response

 

Agenda Item 8 – SMD/2020/0049 –

The Biddulph Arms, Congleton Road, Biddulph

Cllr. Davies

“Other” – Ward Cllr.

Lobbied – No response

 

 

Agenda Item 9 – SMD/2020/0565 –

152 Park Lane, Knypersley

Cllrs. Cawley, Coleman, Davies, Emery, Flunder, Gledhill, Holmes, Hoptroff, Hulme, Riley, Roberts, Whitehouse & Wilkinson

“Other” – Speaker was an ex-SMDC Employee

 

Cllr. Flunder

“Other” – County Cllr.

Lobbied – No response

 

Agenda Item 10 – SMD/2020/0222 –

1 Hillswood Drive, Endon

Cllr. Flunder

“Other” – County Cllr.

 

Agenda Item 11 – SMD/2020/0463 – Springhill Bungalow, Breach Lane, Upper Tean

Cllrs. Cawley, Coleman, Davies, Emery, Flunder, Gledhill, Holmes, Hoptroff, Hulme, Riley, Roberts, Whitehouse & Wilkinson

“Other” – Applicant is fellow District Cllr.

 

Cllr. Flunder

“Other” – Parish Cllr.

 

Cllr. Hulme

“Other” – Historic family connections with the property

 

 

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SMD/2020/0226 - Land adjacent to Sunny View, Foxt Road, Foxt pdf icon PDF 209 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Report recommended Refusal)

 

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

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

For the application:

                   Mr. Malcolm Sales                   -   Applicant’s Agent

                   Cllr.Linda Malyon                     -   Ward Cllr. (Statement read out)

 

NOTED -   1.  Late Representations Report (LRR) contained a representation from the Applicant.

 

                   2.  Officer confirmed that the application was not presented as an agricultural worker’s dwelling, with no justification received regarding its viability as such a dwelling. A new application would be needed for consideration in that way.

                    

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

 

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

 

174.

SMD/2020/0349 - Land adjacent to Big Southlowe Farm, Leek Road, Cellarhead pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Report recommended Refusal)

 

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

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

Against the application:

                   Cllr. Caroline Lovatt                 -   Cheddleton Parish Councillor

 

For the application:

                   Mrs. Teresa Critchlow             -   Applicant’s Agent

 

NOTED -   1.  LRR contained representations from the Council’s Affordable Housing Officer (unable to support the application) and the Highways Authority (no objection).

 

                   2.  Applicant’s Agent referred to a previous application within the Cheddleton area with regard to Affordable Housing which the Committee dealt with in January 2017.

 

 

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 Emery.)

 

175.

SMD/2020/0049 - The Biddulph Arms, Congleton Road, Biddulph pdf icon PDF 190 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Report recommended Approval)

 

Councillor Davies had declared “other” and lobbying interests.

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

Against the application:

                   Mr. Craig Hulme                   -       Objector

 

For the application:

                   Mrs. Joan Walley                 -       Ex-resident

 

 

NOTED -   1. LRR contained:-

·         Reduction from 10 units to 9, resulting in no Affordable Housing requirement and no S.106 agreement. Additional condition restricted former Unit 4 to be for storage use by the Landlord;

·         Amended recommendation from Officers “The S.106 Agreement is no longer required but an additional condition is recommended stating that the maximum number of residential units on the site shall be 9 and the area shown as storage for the Landlord shall not be used as residential accommodation at any time;

·         Staffordshire Wildlife Trust removed their holding objection;

·         Comments from SMDC Waste Collection Service, Conservation Officer, Environmental Health officer, Trees & Landscapes Officer, Biddulph Town Council & Highways Authority.

 

                        2. Members requested additional conditions for:-

·         Pedestrian access to be clearly marked and to be suitable for pram use i.e. no steps;

·         Car Park to be clearly marked for the pedestrian route through, with all spaces numbered for clarity;

·         No external flashing or trims to be fitted with the new windows;

·         Pedestrian access to be available for the public at all times.

 

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

 

FURTHER RESOLVED - 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.)

 

176.

SMD/2020/0565 - 152 Park Lane, Knypersley pdf icon PDF 225 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Report recommended Approval)

 

All Councillors present had declared “other” interests. Councillor Flunder had declared a Lobbying interest.

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

Against the application:

                   Mr. Robert Andrews           -        Objector

 

For the application:

                   Mr. Rob Duncan                 -        Applicant’s Agent

 

NOTED -   1. LRR contained 3 additional objections and Officer comments regarding the expiry of the site notice being on the day of the Committee meeting.

 

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

 

FURTHER RESOLVED - 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 Hoptroff.)

 

177.

SMD/2020/0222 - 1 Hillswood Drive, Endon pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Report recommended Refusal)

 

Councillor Flunder had declared an “other” interest.

 

RECEIVED – Representation from the undermentioned speaker:-

 

For the application:

                   Mrs. Kym Wilson                 -        Applicant’s Agent

 

NOTED -   1.  Correction to the ‘Relevant Planning History’ reference. The report stated SMD/2019/0222 but was corrected to SMD/2019/0726.

 

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

 

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

 

178.

SMD/2020/0463 - Springhill Bungalow, Breach Lane, Upper Tean pdf icon PDF 190 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Report recommended Approval)

 

All Councillors present had declared “other” interests.

 

NOTED -   1. Officer clarified that the proposal constituted ‘Disproportionate additional extension, but that a slightly smaller extension could be added under Permitted Development Rights. However, this would be a poorer design and the proposal was therefore preferable.

 

                   2. Members requested additional condition for the North West and North East elevations to be rendered. The South West elevation to be brickwork to reflect the existing dwelling.

 

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

 

FURTHER RESOLVED - 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 Emery.)