Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday 23 March 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Andrea Griffiths 

No. Item


Declarations of interest

Members who have an interest to declare are asked to complete the Declarations of Interests form at the back of the chamber.


No declarations of interest were made.


Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 194 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on the 26th January 2017. 


The Chairman requested a minutes silence at the start of the meeting to commemorate the events which took place in London on the 22nd March 2017. 




That the Minutes of the meeting held on 26th January 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman. 


Public Questions

To answer any written public questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the Committee.


The closing time/date for the receipt of questions is 10am on Thursday 16th March 2017. 


To answer any oral question(s) put by members of the public with the consent of the Chairperson.


Depending on the nature of the questions asked it may not be possible to provide a comprehensive answer at the meeting, in which case a written answer will be supplied as soon as reasonably possible after the meeting.


No questions had been received from the public.


Members' Questions

To answer any written members’ questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the Committee.


The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 10.00am on Thursday 16th March 2017.


No questions had been received from Members. 


Members Site Visit pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To receive the notes of the Members Site Visit held on 16th March 2017.



The Chairman made reference to low Member attendance at site visits and requested Members to send their apologies in advance, if they were unable to attend. 




That the notes of the Members’ Site Visit on the 16th March 2017 be received as a correct record. 




Planning Application: 14/0105/STMAJW Building 107 (South), Aston Down Business Park, Minchinhampton, GL6 8HR pdf icon PDF 9 MB

APPLICANT:        Leda Properties Limited


Retrospective change of use of the southern part of Building 107 and yard from a light industrial (B1) use to a skip hire and waste recycling operation (sui generis). (Resubmission)



A summary of the application was presented by Linda Townsend, Senior Planning Officer, aided by a power point presentation.  (A copy of the presentation is attached to the signed Minute book). 


A planning application by Leda Properties Ltd, which owned the Aston Down Business Park, near Stroud had been submitted for planning permission for the change of use of part of one of the buildings on their Business Park site.


The proposal was to regularise a change of use of a building with a light industrial (B1) use along with an area of land to the east of the building to a skip hire with waste recycling operation.  It was explained that the waste management operation had been operating since September 2011.


Ms Townsend advised Members that the application was originally scheduled for determination at the Planning Committee meeting of the 1st October 2015 but was deferred in order to check some legal points raised by a local action group.  Members visited the site on the 1st October 2015 and again on the 16th March 2017, due to the length of time which had elapsed since the last site visit.  Notes of the site meeting had been agreed under item 6 on the agenda.  


The Committee was reminded that Aston Down Business Park occupied the buildings and hangars of a former Ministry of Defence (MoD) airfield, located within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site was located to the south of A419 Cirencester Road, approximately 7 km south east of Stroud and lay 3 km east of the village of Minchinhampton and 2 km south of the village of Chalford.  The application site was located towards the south-western side of the business park site and a map detailing the boundary of the Applicant’s surrounding business park was displayed.


The presentation depicted an aerial photograph which showed the large aircraft hangars of the former MoD airbase and the runways to the south and east. Members were informed that the runways were still used by a gliding club. The surrounding land was in predominantly agricultural use.  Ms Townsend explained that Building 107, which was the subject of this application, could be seen at the southern edge of the built development. 


The Committee noted that the Applicant owned the whole of the Aston Down site, of which the application site was part of.  Dave Skinner, who was the current tenant of Building 107 (south), was a waste operator. It was noted that internal partitioning separated the northern part of the building, which had been let to a separate tenant.  Members were informed that access to the application site was via security controlled gate on the northern site boundary and an internal site road. 


The application site area measured 0.33 hectares.  The southern part of the subdivided building measured 23 metres by 28.5 metres, giving 656 square metres of internal floor space for the waste processing and approximately 2,600 square metres of external space. 


The Committee noted that a tall conifer tree  ...  view the full minutes text for item 148.


Monitoring of Mineral and Landfill Sites - end of financial year 2016/17 progress. pdf icon PDF 44 KB


Nick Bainton, Senior Planning Officer informed the Committee that the compliance figure remained at 93%, however he intended to improve on this figure, as non-compliance occurred from time to time.  Members commended Officers on their efforts. 




That the report be noted. 



Delegated Decisions betweeen 11th January 2017 - 10th March 2017 pdf icon PDF 48 KB


The Committee received the report.




That the delegated decisions made between 11th January 2017 and 10th March 2017 be noted. 


Enforcement Schedule pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee received the report.




That the enforcement schedule be noted. 


Any other Business


As this was the last meeting of the Planning Committee before the election, Simon Excell, Lead Commissioner for Strategic Infrastructure, extended thanks to the Chairman, Group Spokesperson and Members of the Committee for their time, effort and commitment to the Planning Committee.


The Chairman expressed his appreciation to Officers for their continued support to Members of the Planning Committee.