Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday 18 March 2021 10.00 am

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1.

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:

Councillor Parsons declared he was a member of Cotswold Conservation.

2.

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 11th March 2021.

 

Minutes:

No public questions had been received. 

 

3.

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 11th March 2021. 

Minutes:

No Member’s questions had been received.

4.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 329 KB

The Committee is asked to approve the minutes of the previous meeting 10th September 2020. 

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the Minutes of the meeting held 10th September 2020 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairperson. 

 

5.

Application NO: 20/0032/CHR3MJ Site: Land between Farm Lane/Kidnappers Lane, Cheltenham, Glos pdf icon PDF 4 MB

The Committee is asked to consider the variation of condition 2 (Scope of the Development) relating to planning consent 19/0058/CHR3MJ dated 21/07/2020 [for construction of a new 6 forms of entry secondary school building, with a new all-weather pitch, sports playing fields, a multi-use games area, onsite parking and other associated works]. Substitution of revised plans to show increased number of photovoltaic cells and a minor amendment to the proposed external compound within the grounds of the school.

 

 

Additional documents:

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). 

 

It was explained that a planning application, number 20/0032/CHR3MJ for the variation of condition 2 (Scope of the Development) had been made relating to planning consent 19/0058/CHR3MJ dated 21/07/2020 [for construction of a new 6 forms of entry secondary school building, with a new all-weather pitch, sports playing fields, a multi-use games area, onsite parking and other associated works]. A substitution of revised plans to show increased number of photovoltaic cells  (PV) and a minor amendment to the proposed external compound within the grounds of the school, on land between Farm Lane/Kidnappers Lane Cheltenham Gloucestershire.

 

Members were asked to recall the planning application for the proposed new school 19/0058/CHR3MJ which was determined by the Planning Committee on the 14th May 2020. The determination was subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement to secure biodiversity offset land.   This was completed and signed on the 17th July 2020. The planning permission certificate was issued on 21st July 2020. At that time, whilst not forming part of the submitted proposals, the Applicant committed to improving the sustainability credentials of the building to a net zero carbon emission with an energy performance certificate rating of ‘A’. It was to address these issues that this further application had been made and was before Committee for determination.

 

The Committee were advised that a written application had been made to seek a judicial review of the planning decision19/0058/CHR3MJ. On 29th October 2020 the High Court refused permission to proceed with the judicial review claim.  On 5th November 2020 the Claimant requested a renewal of their application to be heard by way of oral hearing. The oral hearing was initially listed to be heard on the 15th December 2020. However, this was postponed until 23rd February 2021, when Judge HHJ Cotter granted leave for judicial review on one point of the claimant’s submission only, in respect of valued landscape. The date for the hearing was the 16th March and was set down for a day, recognising the urgency to conclude this matter. The claimant sought to withdraw their claim and on the 15th March the High Court issued a sealed Consent Order, advising  that the hearing scheduled for the 16th March had been vacated and the judicial review  was now concluded. 

 

The Principal Planning Officer ran through the basic proposal, then moved on to describe the site,  surroundings and showed  some more illustrations of the proposal.  Members viewed an artist’s impression of what the approved new school would look like.

 

This application sought to substitute amended plans which responded directly to the County Council’s commitment to address the climate change emergency. The approved scheme included a small array of PV cells upon the roof. This together with a fabric first design philosophy already achieved significant betterment when compared with the 2013 building regulation requirements.  The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

APPLICATION NO:18/0065/CWMAJM (Naunton Quarry). SITE: Breedon (Naunton) Quarry, Buckle Street, Naunton, Gloucestershire. pdf icon PDF 972 KB

The Committee is asked to consider a Southern extension including revision to the consented working arrangements with restoration to a combination of agricultural, nature conservation & geological interest.

Minutes:

A summary of the application was presented by Nick Bainton, Senior Planning Officer aided by a power point presentation (A copy of the presentation is attached to the signed minute book).  The planning application reference 18/0065/CWMAJM for the southern extension including revision to the consented working arrangements with restoration to a combination of agricultural, nature conservation & geological interest, at Breedon’s (Naunton Quarry), Buckle Street, Gloucestershire

 

Slide 2 presented an image of the current operational quarry area, looking from the north towards the proposed extension area.  The proposal sought to create a southern extension to the current extraction area with revisions to the approved working and restored scheme. The proposed extension was expected to yield approximately 5.8 million tonnes of limestone. It was explained that combined with remaining consented reserve of 2.2 million tonnes (assessed at time of the submission of application details in 2018), the development would extend the life of the quarry to approximately 16 years.

 

Members were advised that Naunton Quarry was formally known as Huntsman’s Quarry but was renamed by the current mineral operator, and was located within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) approximately 2 kms to the north east of Naunton and 6 kilometres to the west of Stow on the Wold. The only entrance to the quarry was located directly off Buckle Street (3103), a class 3 highway that runs in a north west to south east direction. The current extraction area at the quarry lay to the west of Buckle Street. The extension area was to the south of the current workings while the red line area of this application included the processing plant area and main access to the east of Buckle Street.

 

It was explained at slide 3, to the south there were a number of buildings associated with Summerhill Farm and Summerhill Cottage, approximately 350 metres from the boundary of the application site, and nearby James Barn Farm, approximately 680 metres (still to the south) from the boundary of the application site.  It was recognised that the quarry had been operating since the early 1900s.  The nearest residential property was Huntsman’s House, located to the east and south east of the application site, across Buckle Street, at a distance of approximately 280 metres to the proposed screening bund in Phase 2.

 

The Committee were advised at slide 4, a bridleway ran alongside the west boundary of both the extension area and the existing quarry. A vegetated soil bund, with an extra section of periphery forestry planting effectively screens views into the existing quarry from the northern section of the public bridleway, leading south from the minor road linking Buckle Street with Guiting Power. This minor road formed the northern boundary of the existing quarry, Buckle Street formed the eastern boundary of the quarry area and the south boundary (the proposed extension area) was open fields, with very few features. The topography sloped downwards north to south across the existing mineral extraction area towards a transverse valley feature at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Other Business

Minutes:

The Chairman wished to extend thanks to Cllr Dr John Cordwell for his knowledge, support and his exceptional service to GCC and wished him well in his retirement.