Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Thursday, 11th March, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Pat Trafford. 01538 395551  Email:


Webcast: View the webcast

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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.



Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 89 KB

            (a)     To approve as a correct record the Public Minutes of the Planning Applications Committee held on 11 February 2021.


            (b)     Reports on matters arising, if any.


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RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the meeting of the Planning Applications Committee held on 11 February 2021 be APPROVED as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


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


Urgent items, if any.

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There were no urgent items.


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:-


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Member Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest

Agenda Items 6 – SMD/2021/0018 –

Land adjacent to Prospect House Farm, Sutherland Road, Longsdon

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

“Other” – Speaker was an ex-SMDC employee

Cllr. Roberts

Lobbied – No response issued



SMD/2021/0018 - Land adjacent Prospect House Farm, Sutherland Road, Longsdon pdf icon PDF 203 KB

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(Report recommended Approval)


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


RECEIVED – Representations from the undermentioned speakers:-


For the application:

          Mrs. Teresa Critchlow        -         Applicant’s Agent

          Mr. Gary McDermott          -         Applicant


NOTED -  1.This was a retrospective application as the floor level of the building had been raised by 0.5 metres, though the overall height of the building had been reduced slightly.


                2. At a previous appeal, the removal of Permitted Development Rights had been referred to in the Planning Inspector’s report but apparently omitted from the Decision Notice.


                3. Late Representations Report contained 2 letters from local residents and the case officer’s response to the points raised.


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


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 Davies.)



Exclusion of the Press and Public

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RESOLVED - 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.



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


Members considered the exempt minutes of the previous meeting.