Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday 21 March 2019 10.00 am

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

Contact: Andrea Griffiths 

Items
No. Item

10.

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:

Cllr Awford & Cllr Vines declared they were both members of Tewkesbury Borough Council (TBC) and were members of TBC Planning Committee.  

11.

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 Thursday 14th March 2019 at 10am

 

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.

Minutes:

No public questions had been received. 

12.

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 14th March 2019. 

Minutes:

No members questions had been received.

13.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 122 KB

The Committee is asked to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 31st January 2019.

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 31st January 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairperson. 

14.

Land To West Of Wingmoor Farm, Stoke Road, Bishops Cleeve. Application No:18/0032/TWMAJW pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To consider a planning application to undertake bio solids cake liming treatment of sludge’s arising from the treatment of waste at the applicant’s Toddington Waste Treatment Centre, and bio-solids from waste water treatment facilities so it can be used as agricultural fertiliser and soil improver for a 5 year temporary period.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A summary of the application was presented by Denis Canney, Senior 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 Mr W Gilder, owner of Gilder Environmental Services Ltd for planning permission for the use of the land for mixing lime with bio solids sludge cake mainly from the processing of waste water at the Toddington site and other waste water treatment sites.

 

It was noted that the application was originally reported to the January planning committee but was deferred to allow the applicant to attempt to address a procedural error in the original application submission in respect of the relevant land ownership certificates being served. The Waste Planning Authority (WPA) had acted in a pragmatic manner in allowing the applicant to retrospectively address the procedural error subject to the applicant taking their own legal advice.

 

The applicant submitted to the WPA and publicised the appropriate land ownership certificate and press notice, it was explained that no representations had been received.

 

The Committee were advised that an update letter was sent by the agent to Members referring to the officer’s report and seeking support of Members in reversing the officer’s recommendation. The Chairperson confirmed with the Committee that Members had viewed this correspondence. 

 

Members were advised that the application site was located within the Parish of Stoke Orchard.  The Committee viewed a location map, which showed Bishops Cleeve (E & SE), Uckington (South), Swindon (SE) and Elmstone and Hardwicke (West) of the location site. 

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to Slide 3 of the presentation; the application site was outlined in red including access from adopted public highway, rifle range, Park Industrial Estate and Wingmoor Farm West.

 

Slide 4 displayed the land registry details showing the extent of the applicant’s ownership.  Slide 5 showed the route to site going across unregistered land in order to access the development site.

 

Mr Canney summarised the proposed development and the material planning considerations.  It was explained that the proposal related to the liming of waste “sludge’s” arising from the treatment of waste at the applicant’s waste water treatment facility at Toddington, as well as bio solids from local waste water treatment facilities (identified at paragraph 2.9 of the report). The Toddington site treated waste liquids, septic wastes and other leachates in order to produce environmentally compliant processed liquids and bio solids cake/sludge that could be applied to land to provide ecological or agricultural benefit.

 

Members were informed that planning permission was sought to process up to 20,000 Tonnes per annum. It was reported that currently 15,000 Tonnes per annum of material from the Toddington site was disposed of at landfill.

 

The Committee noted that the site was adjoined by former airfield infrastructure buildings which were partly disused or used in connection with the telecom mast.   There were public rights of way in the area notably across the field to the north, views into the site were mainly  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

Planning Enforcement Report pdf icon PDF 62 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report. 

Minutes:

 Andy Birchley, Enforcement Officer presented the report in detail. 

 

During the discussion Councillor Bird thought as far as he was aware the lighting issues relating to enforcement complaints at Cleeve School had been resolved.  The Enforcement Officer confirmed he had had no further complaints since requesting the lights to be switched off after 9pm. 

 

Councillor Tracey raised concerns with the increased waste on and near the Willows Caravan Site in County Council ownership and managed by Alan Bentley,  who was arranging for missing fences to be replaced and waste to be removed. 

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted. 

16.

Delegated Decisions 19th January - 8th March 2019 pdf icon PDF 59 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report. 

Minutes:

The Committee received the report. 

 

Resolved

 

That the delegated decisions made between 19th January 2019 and 8th Match 2019 be noted.