Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday 8 July 2021 10.00 am

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chairperson

Minutes:

On calling for nominations for the Chairmanship of the Committee, Cllr Mackenzie-Charrington was proposed and duly seconded.  There being no other nominations, the Committee

 

Resolved

 

That Cllr Mackenzie-Charrington be elected as Chairman for the ensuing civic year.

2.

Appointment of Vice Chairperson

Minutes:

On calling for nominations for the Vice-Chairmanship of the Committee, Cllr Hale was proposed and duly seconded.  Councillor Fisher was also proposed and duly seconded.  On being put to the vote, Councillor Hale was duly appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee

 

Resolved

 

That Cllr Hale be elected as Vice-Chairman for the ensuing civic year.

3.

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.

4.

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 1st July 2021.

 

 

Minutes:

No public questions were received.

5.

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 1st July 2021.

Minutes:

No Members questions were received. 

6.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 196 KB

The Committee is asked to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. 

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 18th March 2021 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

7.

Limekiln Farm Middle Lypiatt Stroud GL6 7LR Application Reference: 20/0056/STMAJW (District Reference S.20/2711/CM) pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The Committee is asked to consider the proposed use of a field as pet cemetery.  The use of site as waste transfer station for the temporary storage of clinical waste; retention of 2no. Cremators for clinical waste burning (abp cat 1 material domestic pets) and extended office building, together with associated works. 

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)

 

It was explained that this was a planning application, reference number:  18/0065/CWMAJM had been made for the proposed use of field as pet cemetery.  The use of the site was for a waste transfer station for the temporary storage of clinical waste; retention of 2no. Cremators for clinical waste burning (ABP Cat 1 material – domestic pets) and extended office building, together with associated works, at Lime Kiln Farm, Middle Lypiatt, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

 

The various elements of the application were described as the following:

-           Pet cemetery: In planning terms, the land use was classified as a landfill. In real terms, this would involve the burial of fully combusted ashes in the ground. There would be associated minor memorials if requested by owners. The use of the land for waste disposal dictates that the proposal was a county matter.

-           Waste Transfer Station (WTS): there was currently temporary storage of clinical waste: animals prior to cremation and bandages, coverings, etc. The proposal allowed for that to continue on site. It was noted this had been occurring in excess of 20 years.

-           Cremators: The existing Stroud District Council permission limited the use to specified cremators. The use of the replacement cremator represented a technical breach of condition of that permission.

-           Buildings: No further built forms were proposed. It was noted that no visible changes were proposed to the site. The buildings and ancillary equipment had been on site for a period exceeding 4 years.

 

 

The Committee were referred to the plan of the application site.  The sites proximity to the surroundings towns and villages were explained in detail.  The site was situated on a prominence in the landscape between a number of valleys, but due to the existing mature vegetation and the topography, there were no far reaching views of the site. 

 

In terms of the block plan, it was explained that the application site was central to the plan, which contained the reception building, storage building, incinerator building and field where the proposed cemetery would be located. Members were advised that the public highway ran north to south past the site, it was essentially a rural lane. The access was shown as were the two public footpaths, which do not use the access road because they terminate either end of it. The committee noted the two closest dwellings were Little Limekilns and The Limekilns.

 

Members noted at slide 5 the view was looking to the north from the end of the access, to the left was the office building, central was the main parking area and to the right was the storage building.  The Committee were provided with numerous photographs of the site and the surrounding area during the course of the presentation, as it was not appropriate under Covid regulations to conduct a site visit.   

 

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8.

Enforcement Report pdf icon PDF 93 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report.

Minutes:

During the discussion, members questioned the status of the Clearwell Quarry application.  Officers agreed to clarify the position with the enforcement report and report back to the Committee in due course. 

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted. 

9.

Delegated Decisions Report pdf icon PDF 53 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report.

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the report be noted