Agenda and minutes

Countryside and Rights of Way Panel
Friday, 13th October, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: County Buildings, Stafford

Contact: Jonathan Lindop  Email: jonathan.lindop@staffordshire.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

7.

Declaration of Interest in accordance with Standing Order 16.2

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

8.

Minutes of meeting held on 11 August 2017 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 11 August 2017 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

9.

Proposed Diversion of Public Bridleway No. 0.479 (Part) Weeford Parish pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities regarding the proposed diversion of Public Bridleway No. 0.479 (Part) Weeford Parish under Section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The proposed Order was being promoted by the applicant and owner of the land crossed by the path owing to the definitive route being unavailable owing to mineral extraction at Weeford Quarry.

 

The section of Bridleway commenced at the point indicated ‘A’ on the plan attached to the report and ran in general south westerly direction to the A38 London Road.   The effect of the Order was to divert this section to a route running around the south-eastern boundary of the quarry, over land which had already been worked and restored. The new route was already available and would provide a link between the A58 London Road and the wider path network to the east including links to the village of Hints.

 

Members noted that the proposals had been subject to informal consultation and advertisement on-site and no objections had been received. In addition, the County Planning Authority were satisfied that it was necessary to divert the Bridleway to enable the extraction of minerals to be undertaken in accordance with the Planning Permission granted in November 2009.

 

The cost of making and advertising the Order was to be met in full by the applicant.

 

RESOLVED – (a) That the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities be authorised to make an Order under Section 257 of the Town and Country Planning  Act 1990 to divert part of Public Bridleway No. 0479 Weeford Parish, as set out in the report.

 

(b) That provisions be included in the Order such that it is also made under Section 53A of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to amend the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way in consequence of the coming into operation of the diversion of Public Bridleway No. 479 Weeford Parish.            

 

  

10.

Proposed Diversion of Public Footpath No. 0.475 (Part) Weeford Parish pdf icon PDF 206 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities regarding the proposed diversion of part of Public Footpath No. 0.475 Weeford Parish under Section 53A of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The proposed Order was being promoted by the applicant and owner of the land crossed by the path owing to the definitive route being unavailable owing to mineral extraction at Weeford Quarry.

 

The Section of Footpath commenced at the point indicated ‘A’ on the plan attached to the report and ran in general southerly direction to the A38 London Road. The effect of the Order was to divert this part of the Footpath to a route running in a generally westerly direction through the northern area of the site to maintain existing links with the network and resolve a long standing obstruction issue.

 

Members noted that the proposals had been subject to informal consultation and advertisement on-site and no objections had been received. In addition, the County Planning Authority were satisfied that it was necessary to divert the Bridleway to enable the extraction of minerals to be undertaken in accordance with the Planning Permission granted in November 2009.

 

The cost of the making of the advertising and making of the Order was to be met in full by the applicant.

 

RESOLVED – (a) That the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities be authorised to make an Order under Section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to divert part of Public Footpath No. 0.475 Weeford Parish.

 

(b) That provisions be included in the Order such that it is also made under Section 53A of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to amend the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way in consequence of the coming into operation of the diversion of Public Footpath No. 0475 Weeford Parish.          

 

 

 

 

11.

Proposed Diversion of Public Footpath No 9 (Part) Coppenhall Parish pdf icon PDF 206 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities   

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities regard the proposed diversion of Public Footpath No. 9 (Part) Coppenhall Parish under section 119 of the Highway Act 1980. The proposed Order was being promoted by the applicant and owner of the land in order to improve the privacy and security of 1 Beech Lane, Coppenhall.

 

The footpath ran in generally north-easterly direction between Oliver Bank and Chase View Lane crossing both The Lane and Beech Lane at its mid-way point. At its southern end the footpath crossed arable fields before passing through the gardens of the above-mentioned property. From there the route proceeded diagonally across Beech Lane and then on through a small paddock field before entering a narrow pathway that led to Chase View Lane and its north-easterly point.

 

The effect of the proposed Order was to divert the route to a line commencing at the point indicated ‘A’ on the plan attached to the report, then proceeding along Beech Lane to point C where is reconnected with other routes on the Public Rights of Way network.

 

Members noted that the proposals had been subject to informal consultation and advertisement on site and no objections had been received. However, whilst the Ramblers Association, Peak and Northern Footpaths Society and Open Spaces Society had welcomed the proposals they had requested that gates should be used instead of stiles where possible.

 

The cost of making and advertising the Order was to be met in full by the applicant.

 

RESOLVED – (a) That the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities be authorised to make an Order under Section 119 of the Highway Act 1980 to divert part of Public Footpath No. 9 Coppenhall Parish.

 

(b) That provisions be included in the Order such that it is also made under Section 53A of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to amend the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights fo Way in consequence of the coming into operation of the diversion of part of Public Footpath No. 9 Coppenhall Parish.

    

12.

HS2 Rail Link

Verbal update by the Director for Economy Infrastructure and Skills

Minutes:

The Director of Strategy Governance and Change informed the Panel that a joint response had been made to HS2 Ltd by the County Council, Lichfield District Council, Stafford Borough Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council on the Phase 2a Environmental Statement. The Statement had been published on 17 July 2017 and comments were required by 30 September 2017.

 

A copy of the joint response was available to all Members on request.

 

In the discussion which ensued the Chairman thanked the Rights of Way Team for their significant contribution in preparing the draft response. They requested to be kept updated on the responses received by HS2 from other stakeholders in future reports to the Panel on the project.  

 

RESOLVED – (a) That the submission of the joint response by the County, Lichfield District, Stafford Borough and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Councils to HS2 Ltd. on the HS2 Phase 2a Environmental Statement be noted.

 

(b) That a copy of joint response be circulated to all Members of the Panel.

 

(c) That the Panel be kept updated on developments with regard to HS2 and Staffordshire Rights of Way Network, as necessary.

 

13.

Date of Next Meeting - Tuesday 5 December 2017 at 10.00 am