Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday 25 January 2018 10.00 am

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

Contact: Andrea Griffiths 

Items
No. Item

17.

Declarations of interest

To receive declarations by members of (a) personal interests (including their nature) and (b) prejudicial interests under the Code of Conduct. Members who have an interest to declare are asked to complete the Declarations of Interests form at the back of the chamber.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made. 

18.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 204 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 27th July 2017.

Minutes:

It was agreed that the following amendment be made to the final paragraph on Page 12 of the minutes:

 

“Councillor Cordwell stated that an independent parking report had been conducted, it was a question of whether members believed it or not. If there were any parking issues locally, then double yellow lines could be installed to prevent such issues arising. Ms Denness highlighted that the technical advisors considered that there was sufficient parking available locally, if members were seeking to defer the application then it would need to be made clear on what grounds taking into account the technical advice provided”.

 

Resolved

 

That subject to the agreed amendment, the minutes of the meeting held on 27th July 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman. 

19.

Public Questions

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

 

The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 10am on Thursday 18th January 2018.

 

To answer any oral question(s) put by members of the public with the consent of the Chairperson, where notice of such has been given to the Chief Executive (or their representative) by 9.30am on   Thursday 25th January 2018.

 

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.

Minutes:

No public questions had been received.

20.

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 18th January 2018.

Minutes:

No Members questions had been received. 

21.

Members Site Visit pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To receive the notes of the Members Site Visit held on 18th January 2018.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That the notes of the Members’ Site Visit on the 18th January 2018 be received as a correct record.

22.

APPLICATION NO: 13/0042/STMAJW SITE: LAND ADJACENT TO FOLLY FARM, KINGSWOOD, WOTTON UNDER EDGE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE GL12 7QX pdf icon PDF 735 KB

The Committee is asked to consider the proposal for the importation of soils and sub soils to create noise attenuation bunds associated with clay pigeon shooting and associated landscape works. 

Minutes:

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

 

This was a planning application by Bristol Clay Shooting, Manor Lane, Charfield, Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire for the importation of soils and sub soils to create noise attenuation bunds associated with clay pigeon shooting and associated landscape works on land adjacent to Folly Farm, Kingswood, Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire. GL12 7QX.  The Committee were reminded that some Members had previously visited the site in July 2015.

 

Mrs Pearse explained that this application was submitted in June 2013 and was previously brought before the Planning Committee on 30th July 2015, with a recommendation for approval.  Members approved the proposal subject to planning conditions and a planning permission was issued on the 7th August 2015.

 

After planning permission was issued an application for Judicial Review was made to the High Court to quash the permission, on the grounds that the Waste Planning Authority (WPA) had failed to take into account the changes in the use of the land for shooting when determining the application. After taking Counsel’s opinion the WPA did not resist the claim and the decision was subsequently quashed by the High Court on 22nd December 2015. Further detail about this was contained within the Committee report.

 

The Committee were informed that the site comprised of two fields currently lay to grass and was located approximately 1.6km south east of Kingswood and 2.25 km south of Wotton under Edge in Stroud District Council area. The site was bordered by Kingswood Road to the north.  Folly Farm lay approximately 100 metres to the west of the application site. Haroldsfield Farm and Lower Witheymore Farm lie approximately 770 metres and 340 metres respectively to the south west of the site, and there were several properties along Day House Lane, within 650 metres of the site boundary.

 

Mrs Pearse explained that the site was surrounded by open mixed farmland, and mature hedgerows with hedgerow trees along the field boundaries. A public right of way CKD/44/1 ran along the western field boundary in a north south direction. The footpath entered the field over a stile to the west of the site access from Kingswood Road and then crossed the field to a gap in the hedge to cross the next field. The Applicant had stated that the line of the footpath would not be affected by this proposal and none of the bunds would be built over the footpath.

 

It was noted that there was a pond located on the southern site boundary. Hams Gully Brook was a small water course that ran along the eastern and southern site boundary. The eastern part of the site fell within a minor groundwater protection area. The site was also within an area identified as nitrate vulnerable.

The site was not within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty although the boundary lay approximately 425 metres  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

23.

APPLICATION NO: 17/0082/STMAJW SITE: FOURWAYS FARM, WATER LANE, OAKRIDGE, STROUD, GLOS GL6 7PH pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The Committee is asked to consider the proposal to change the use of agricultural building to Use Class B2 and installation of proposed incinerator for the disposal of equine carcasses.

Minutes:

Marcus Sparrow, Senior Planning Officer informed the committee that after the publication of the agenda report he noted an inaccuracy in paragraph 3, section 2 of the Noise Impact Assessment as originally submitted, which stated that the prevailing wind direction blows from the north-north-east to the south-south-west.

 

It was explained that this inaccuracy was also replicated in paragraph 9.20 of the report.  This inaccuracy in prevailing wind direction was brought to the attention of the planning agent and a revised Noise Impact Assessment was received on the 22nd January. Consequently re-consultation took place with the Environmental Protection Manager at Stroud District Council; the Principal Acoustic Advisor to the Waste Planning Authority; the Waste Planning Authority’s technical advisor on Air Quality and the County Council’s Principal Ecologist, none of whom raised any concerns in respect of the revised Noise Impact Assessment.

 

Ms Denness informed the Committee that the planning agent acting on behalf of the Friends of Waterlane had also raised this matter within their letter dated 22nd January and requested that the application be deferred to enable public consultation to take place and further technical advice could be sought before the application was duly considered by the committee. 

 

It was noted that copies of correspondence in respect of the revised Noise Impact Assessment include the consultation comments from consultees, were placed at the rear of the Council Chamber for Members to consider.

 

After some discussion, members agreed that it was in the best interest to defer the application at this stage. 

 

Based on this new information, the Chairman asked the Committee for agreement to defer this application until the 22nd March 2018 meeting for further consultation. 

 

Councillor Tracey proposed and Councillor Bird seconded the proposal to defer the application until the next committee meeting based upon the legal advice given.   On being put to the vote (11 in favour) it was unanimously agreed to defer the application at this stage.    

 

The Planning Committee therefore:

 

Resolved

 

To defer the application until the 22nd March 2018 Planning Committee meeting. 

24.

DELEGATED DECISIONS BETWEEN 14TH JULY 2017 & 10TH JANUARY 2018. pdf icon PDF 91 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report. 

Minutes:

The Committee received the report.

 

Resolved

 

That the delegated decisions made between 14th July 2017 - 10th January 2018 be noted. 

25.

ENFORCEMENT SCHEDULE pdf icon PDF 91 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report. 

Minutes:

The Committee received the report.  Kevin Phillips informed the Committee that Steve Harris had retired in December 2017 and they were in the process of recruiting a new enforcement officer. 

 

Resolved

 

That the enforcement schedule be noted.