Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 4th August, 2011 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford. View directions

Contact: Christine Price  Email: christine.price@staffordshire.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

15.

Declarations of Interest in Accordance with Standing Order No. 16

Minutes:

Name of Member

Nature of Interest

Minute No. /Application No.

Mrs. E. Bayliss

Mr. D. Billson

Mr. P. Davies

Mr. R. Easton.

Mr. I. Lawson

Mr. J. Wells

Personal

 

Member of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Fire and Rescue Authority

Minute No. 20

 

Application No. T. 11/08

 

16.

Minutes of the meeting held on 7 July 2011 pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 7 July 2011 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

17.

Strategic Planning Applications for Planning Permission etc

Enclosed are reports by the Director for Place and Deputy Chief Executive on the following items:-

 

  • (i) Applications/submissions relating to County matters

 

  • (ii) Development to be carried out by the County Council

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That, subject to the following conditions, amendments or alterations, the recommendations contained in the reports (Schedules 1 to 3 to the signed minutes) be adopted as decisions of the County Planning Authority.

18.

Mineral County Matter - Newcastle-under-Lyme: N.05/20/214 M pdf icon PDF 247 KB

Ibstock Brick (1996) Ltd for an application to deepen the quarry from a permitted working depth of 105m AOD to a maximum depth of 36m AOD at Knutton Quarry, Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered details of the proposed application, aided by photographic slides. The Case Officer updated Members on a further letter received from Mr. W. Hughes in support of the application.  In accordance with the County Council’s Scheme for Public Speaking at Meetings, Mrs. E. Braithwaite, a local resident, made representations supporting the application. 

 

The Local Member (Mr. D. Nixon) had concerns about the original restoration plans for a deep lake on the site, but following consultation with local residents and the applicants subsequent revised restoration plans he now supported the application.  He said that the Quarry was an important employer in the Knutton area.

 

Members discussed the planning application in detail and sought clarification on: details of the pumped drainage scheme for water from the site; and the transfer of the site ownership when it was fully restored.  They were pleased to note that many local residents supported the revised application. 

 

Following further discussion and on a show of hands it was:

 

RESOLVED - (a) that, subject to the applicant and all other persons with an interest in the land entering into a supplemental / new Section 106 Legal Agreement (as appropriate) to secure the terms listed in the report, and subject to planning conditions listed in the report PERMIT the proposed development to deepen the quarry from a permitted working depth of 105m AOD to a maximum depth of 36m AOD at Knutton Quarry, Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

 

(b) In the event that the Section 106 Legal Agreement was not signed and planning permission was not issued within 12 months of the date of the resolution to permit, it be reported back to the Planning Committee to allow Members to re-consider the application.

 

[Note by Clerk:  Mr. J. Cooper is a Member of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council Planning Committee and had declared an interest at their meeting for this application and left the room for the discussion and the consideration of the application]

19.

Waste County Matter - Lichfield: L.10/14/894 W pdf icon PDF 117 KB

TWB Group for development of an open windrow green waste composting facility together with associated access route and screening bunds at Hammerwich House Farm, Hall Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered details of the proposed application, aided by photographic slides.  The Local Member (Mrs E. Bayliss), also a member on the Planning Committee, expressed her concern regarding the siting of the development in the Green Belt and so close to the village of Hammerwich.  She also felt that the noise from a shredder, even one day a month, would have a detrimental effect on village life and she could not support the application.

 

Members discussed the application and expressed their concerns regarding the development of an open windrow green waste recycling facility.  They noted that the new Waste Core Strategy, which was still at the development stage, recommended moving away from open sites to enclosed units.  Members were concerned about the effects of the proposed development on:- the openness of the Green Belt; the effects on local residents of the noise, odours and bio-aerosols arising from proposed operations on the site; and clarification on what legal requirement of distance between local housing and schools with this type of development.

 

Following further discussion and on a show of hands it was

 

RESOLVED – that planning permission be refused for the development of an open windrow green waste composting facility together with associated access route and screening bunds at Hammerwich House Farm, Hall Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood for the following reasons: –

 

(i) The proposed development gave rise to material planning objections which were not outweighed by the material planning benefits specifically in terms of the following unacceptable adverse impacts:

-       increased impact on the visual qualities of the Green Belt;

-       increased effects on local residents from noise, odours, and bio-aerosols arising from the proposed operations on the site. 

-       it had not been demonstrated that the proposed development was required to meet the existing and future waste management needs of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and that the current location was the most sustainable and environmentally acceptable.

 

(ii) The proposed development does not maintain the openness of the Green Belt and therefore constitutes inappropriate development in the Green Belt. No very special circumstances had been demonstrated to overcome the harm to the Green Belt as a result of this inappropriateness.  The proposed development was therefore considered contrary to the following development plan policies: Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Structure Plan/Waste Local Plan/ and Draft Waste Core Strategy and the Lichfield District Council Local Plan.

 

20.

County Development - Tamworth Borough: T.11/08 pdf icon PDF 58 KB

The Cabinet, Staffordshire County Council, for the engineering works to form under ground hydrant water storage tank, Landau Forte Academy 11-16 Centre, Woodland Road Tamworth

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered details of the proposed application, aided by photographic slides, for the engineering works to form an under ground hydrant water storage tank, at Landau Forte Academy 11-16 Centre, Woodland Road, Tamworth. 

 

Members noted that the storage tank was required to ensure satisfactory provision of water supplies to assist fire-fighters in and around the building in the event of a fire at the Academy.  A Member commented on the need to treat the water stored in the tank and the Case Officer would look into the requirement.  Following discussion and on a show of hands it was:

 

RESOLVED - for the purposes of Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 PERMIT the engineering works to form an under ground hydrant water storage tank, Landau Forte Academy 11-16 Centre, Woodland Road, Tamworth, subject to the conditions detailed in the report.

21.

Decisions taken under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 30 KB

Report of the Director for Place and Deputy Chief Executive

Minutes:

The Committee considered the “county matters” and consultation with Staffordshire County Council dealt with by the Director for Place and Deputy Chief Executive under delegate powers. 

 

RESOLVED – That the report be received (Schedule 4 to the signed minutes).