Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Thursday, 14th January, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

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

Media

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
No. Item

186.

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 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.

 

187.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 90 KB

            (a)     To approve as a correct record the Public Minutes of the Planning Applications Committee held on 3 December 2020.

 

            (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 3 December 2020 be APPROVED as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

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

188.

Urgent items, if any.

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There were no urgent items.

189.

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/2020/0301 – Former Meadows Special School Site, Tunstall Road, Knypersley

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

Lobbied – No response given

Cllr. Flunder

“Other” – County Councillor for neighbouring area

Agenda Item 7 – SMD/2020/0299 –

Sub 4 Health, Leek Road, Cellarhead

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

“Other” – Speaker was an ex-SMDC employee

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

Lobbied – No response given

 

190.

SMD/2020/0301 - Former Meadows Special School Site, Tunstall Road, Knypersley pdf icon PDF 659 KB

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DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW FOOD STORE (USE CLASS A1), ASSOCIATED PARKING, ACCESSING, SERVICING AND LANDSCAPING FOR ALDI STORES LIMITED.

(Report recommended approval)

 

All Councillors had declared lobbying interests. Councillor Flunder declared an “other” interest. Councillor Lea left the meeting part way through the item and took no part in the vote.

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-

 

For the application:

                   Cllr. John Jones                  -        Biddulph Town Cllr.

                   Mr. George Brown              -        Applicant

                   Mr. Stanley Leach               -        Supporter

 

 

NOTED -   1. LRR contained:-

·         Site access arrangements plan 20119 GA 03 Rev C to be added to the plans list in Condition 2;

·         Amendment condition 18, strengthened to ensure hatched area cleared and fence set back on new splay line;

·         Additional condition for road markings to deter cars from using the private access to exit the site;

·         Additional condition to secure a Landscape and Ecology Landscape Plan;

·         6 further letters of support;

·         Applicant’s response to Police Architectural Liaison Officer.

 

                        2. Aldi had increased their offer for the biodiversity offsetting commuted sum to £22 000 which Officers, advised by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust now considered to be acceptable. An opportunity exists for the enhancement to be made on land adjacent to the  Biddulph Valley way (Amenity site 7 on SMDC Table of suggested management and biodiversity opportunities).    The contribution would need to be secured in a legal agreement.

 

                        3. An amended Landscape plan was required to ensure that it aligns with the Site Access Arrangements plan. The applicant had agreed to revise in line with Officer advice.

 

                        4. Final response/conditions were awaited from the Local Lead Flood Authority.

 

                        5. Members expressed a wish for Aldi to work with all parties to try to facilitate the provision of a through bus service to the site.

 

                        3. The Chair and members thanked the Applicant for their work on the site thus far.

 

RESOLVED   That the application be APPROVED for the reasons and based on the policies stated in the report, subject to the conditions and informatives contained in the report and as amended above and the additional conditions referred to above and the receipt of an amended Landscape Plan.

 

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 Flunder.)

 

Councillor Lea joined the meeting during the consideration of this item and therefore took no part in the vote.

 

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SMD/2020/0299 - Sub 4 Health, Leek Road, Cellarhead pdf icon PDF 290 KB

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PROPOSED ERECTION OF SINGLE STOREY COMMERCIAL BUILDING (B1 LIGHT INDUSTRIAL) FOR THE PRODUCTION OF NUTRACEUTICALS PRODUCTS FOR MR. CLIFTON BRADELEY.

(Report recommended approval)

 

All Councillors had declared “other” and lobbying interests. Councillor Lea re-joined the meeting part way through this item and therefore took no part in the vote.

 

RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speaker:-

 

For the application:

                   Mr. Rob Duncan                 -        Applicant’s Agent

 

 

NOTED -   1. Additional conditions requested by members:-

 

·         Operating hours to be restricted to Monday to Friday – 9am to 5.30pm;

·         Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Points in the car park.

                       

 

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 Emery and seconded by Councillor Hoptroff.)

 

 

192.

TPO/2020/0052 - Application to fell protected trees at Birchwood House / St Mary's Mount, Ramshorn Road, Oakamoor pdf icon PDF 76 KB

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(Report recommended Approval)

 

CONSIDERED – An application for forestry operations within Compartments 1 and 2 as shown on the map appended to the report, in so far as they lie within the extent of Woodland W1 protected under Tree Preservation Order (TPO) No. SM. 105

 

NOTED -   1.  The application was brought before the committee due to its nature (forestry operations). This would normally be dealt with by the Forestry Commission as a Felling Licence. However the Forestry Commission had deemed that this application was better dealt with as a TPO.

 

                   2.  Consultation had been carried out with the Parish Council and the 7 nearest residents, given the substantial nature to the proposal.

 

RESOLVED  – That consent be APPROVED for the proposed forestry operations within Compartments 1 and 2 within Woodland W1, protected by TPO No. SM. 105, subject to the conditions contained within the report.

 

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