Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday 22 November 2018 10.00 am

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

Contact: Andrea Griffiths 

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chairperson

To elect a Chairperson for the ensuing civic year.

Minutes:

On calling for nominations for the Chairperson for the ensuing civic year, Cllr Awford was proposed and duly seconded.  There being no other nominations, the Committee

 

Resolved

 

That Cllr Awford was elected as the Chairperson for the ensuing civic year.

2.

Election of Vice Chairperson

To elect a Vice Chairperson for the ensuing civic year.

Minutes:

On calling for nominations for the Vice Chairperson for the ensuing civic year, Cllr Cordwell was proposed and duly seconded.  There being no other nominations, the Committee

 

Resolved

 

That Cllr Cordwell was elected as the Vice Chairperson for the ensuing civic year.

3.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Cllr Bernard Fisher, Cllr Alan Preest and Cllr Keith Rippington.  It was noted that Cllr Rippington abstained from the Committee meeting, as he wished to speak as the local County Councillor in relation to the application. 

4.

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. 

5.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 195 KB

The Committee is asked to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 25th January 2018.

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That minutes of the meeting held on 25th January 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman. 

6.

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 Friday 16th November 2018.

 

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.

7.

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 Friday 16th November 2018.

Minutes:

No Members questions had been received. 

8.

Members Site Visit pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To receive the notes of the Members Site Visit held on Thursday 15th November 2018.

Minutes:

It was noted the site visit notes indicated the incorrect Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, subject to the amendment the notes were agreed.  It was noted at the time of the meeting, Cllr Awford was the Chairperson and Cllr Preest was the Vice Chairperson. 

 

Resolved

 

That the notes of the Members’ Site Visit on the 15th November 2018 be received as a correct record, subject to the amendment.

9.

Application No: 18/0043/STMAJW SITE: FOURWAYS FARM, WATERLANE TO OAKRIDGE CROSSROADS, WATERLANE, STROUD, GL6 7PH pdf icon PDF 1 MB

APPLICANT: Dr T Watson and Ms S Williams, Fourways Waterlane, Oakridge, Stroud

 

SITE: Fourways Farm, Waterlane to Oakridge Crossroads, waterlane, stroud GL6 7PH

 

PROPOSAL: Resubmission of withdrawn application

17/0082/STMAJW for the change of use of agricultural building to

Use Class B2 and installation of proposed incinerator for the

disposal of equine carcasses

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairperson invited officers to introduce themselves and their respective roles.  A summary of the application was presented by Linda Townsend, 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 Dr T Watson and Ms S Williams, the owners of Water Lane Equine Veterinary Practice for planning permission to use part of a barn on their working farm for the disposal of the bodies of horses, ponies and donkeys by incineration in connection with the veterinary practice. 

 

The Committee were informed that Planning application 18/0043/STMAJW was a resubmission of application (17/0082/STMAJW), which came before Committee at the Meeting held on 25th January 2018.  Members were reminded that it was resolved at the January meeting to defer the application. 

 

It was noted that Members visited the site on the 15th November 2018 and notes of the meeting had been published.     

 

Members were advised that the application site lay approximately 9.67km north-west of Cirencester and 5.24km east of Stroud’s urban fringe. The site was within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

The application site was located within Stroud District and the parish of Bisley with Lypiatt. The application site formed part of Fourways Farm which lay to the south of the small settlement known as Water Lane. 

 

An aerial photograph showed the spatial separation between the proposed incinerator, the “play area” and residential properties in Water Lane.  The closest properties were Highfield House, and Fourways Farmhouse, which were located 140 metres to the north. At 189 metres to the north-west of the proposed incinerator is Spinneywell Farmhouse.  It was explained that key point 5, only the photograph was a triangular area of grass that was used as an informal “play area”.

 

The detailed plans were displayed on the wall of the Council Chamber depicting the properties in Water Lane.  There were also photographs showing the properties located on Limekiln Lane, east of the crossroads. 

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to slide 5 of the presentation; the land outlined in blue formed part of Fourways Farm and was in the ownership of the applicants, which included Fourways Farmhouse lying to the north of the applicant’s landholding.  The application site outlined in red was part of an agricultural barn located in the farmyard of Fourways Farm.  Vehicular access had been created, crossing the applicant’s field and linked the farmyard to Water Lane running along the western edge of the applicant’s farm.  Ms Townsend stated that a Bridleway MBL76 intersected the vehicular access track that linked the veterinary practice to the highway and ran along the western boundary of the farmyard where the barn was located. 

 

The plan showed the application site as part of the group of farm buildings within Fourways Farmyard.  The bridleway was running along the left hand side of the farmyard.  Access and parking were located close to this boundary and a disabled parking space would be created close to the office  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

DELEGATED DECISIONS BETWEEN 11TH JANUARY 2018 AND 13TH NOVEMBER 2018 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report

Minutes:

Ms Pearse asked if the Committee would prefer to have the delegated decisions report circulated for information as per the Planning Committee calendar of meetings.  In the event of there not being a Planning Committee meeting, members could view the report to maintain its relevance. 

 

Resolved

 

That the delegated decisions made between 11th January and 13th November 2018 be noted. 

 

The Committee welcomed the officer’s proposal and agreed to view the Delegated Decision report as per the calendar of meetings. 

 

11.

ENFORCEMENT SCHEDULE pdf icon PDF 76 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report.

Minutes:

The Committee received the report.  Kevin Phillips presented the report on behalf of Andy Birchley, Enforcement Officer.  Mr Phillips explained that Mr Birchley planned to revise the enforcement schedule in due course. 

 

Resolved

 

That the enforcement schedule be noted.

12.

MONITORING OF MINERAL AND LANDFILL SITES UPDATE pdf icon PDF 48 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report. 

Minutes:

Nick Bainton, Senior Planning Officer presented the report in detail.  The Committee noted that the Enforcement Officer post also complimented this role and officers were working closely to enforce any breaches. 

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted.