Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday 12 May 2022 10.00 am

Items
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8.

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.

9.

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 5th May 2022.

 

 

Minutes:

No public questions were received.

10.

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 5th May 2022.

Minutes:

No member questions were received.

11.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 216 KB

The Committee is asked to approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on the 27th January 2022.

 

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on the 27th January 2022 be approved as a correct record.

12.

Members Site Visit pdf icon PDF 122 KB

To receive the notes of the Members Site Visit held on Thursday 5th May 2022.  TO FOLLOW

Minutes:

The Committee received and noted the member site visit notes.

13.

Application Reference: 20/0056/STMAJW (District Reference S.20/2711/CM) Site: Limekiln Farm Middle Lypiatt Stroud GL6 7LR 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).

 

This was a planning application, reference number: 18/0065/CWMAJM relating to a proposed use of a field as a 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 Committee were advised that pages 1 & 2 of the report outlined the details of the judicial review application in respect of the previous determination of this matter in 2021.  In addition, the Committee had received an update report circulated via email prior to the Committee meeting.  The case officer also referred to the additional representations made in respect of the application following a further round of public consultation in January 2022 at paragraph 7.102 onwards in the report.  At this juncture the Chairman called for a brief adjournment (10:07am) to allow members the opportunity to read the update report. 

 

The Case officer advised members that it was important that the Committee considered the balance between the harm to the AONB and the benefits of permitting this development. 

 

The Committee reconvened at 10:12am. 

 

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

-           Pet cemetery: In planning terms, the land use was classified as 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 the district council 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 surrounding 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.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.

14.

APPLICATION NO: 22/0011/CHR3MJ SITE: Warden Hill Primary School, Durham Close, Cheltenham, Glos GL51 3DF pdf icon PDF 836 KB

The Committee is asked to consider the variation of condition 3(Scope of Development) relating to planning consent 21/0024/CHR3MJ dated 08/09/2021 for the Removal of time restrictions in full, to allow the new school to continue operating unrestricted hours that have been in place since the school opened in 1962.

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

A summary of the application was presented by Sarah Pearse, Principal Planning Officer aided by a power point presentation.  The planning application number: 22/0011/CHR3MJ was made under Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act (TCPA) by the Governing Body of Warden Hill Primary School and GCC’s Asset Management and Property Services for the variation of condition 3 (Scope of Development) relating to planning consent 21/0024/CHR3MJ dated 08/09/2021 for the removal of time restrictions in full, to allow the new school to continue operating unrestricted hours that have been in place since the school opened in 1962 at Warden Hill Primary School Durham Close Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL51 3DF.

 

It was explained that Warden Hill Primary School was an existing 2-Form of Entry (2FE) school located in the Warden Hill ward of Cheltenham at the southern end of the town. The original school was constructed in the late 1960s.  The aerial photograph at slide 2 showed that the former infants and junior school now operated as one.

 

The school was located within a residential area (the Cathedrals Estate) constructed at the same time as the school and was accessed from Lincoln Avenue via Durham Close, a residential cul-de-sac of bungalows with a pedestrian only alley to Lichfield Drive to the east.

 

To the north west there were flats, a veterinary practice and small shopping centre to the rear of Durham Close fronting onto Salisbury Avenue and St. Christophers Church and Church Hall lay on the corner of Salisbury Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.

 

Members were informed that the existing school buildings were a mixture of single and two storey flat-roof buildings, temporary classrooms, other ancillary structures and a large playing field to the south of the site. The school was rated as an ‘outstanding’ school by Ofsted, however, surveys of the buildings showed that the school was in need of extensive refurbishment.  Consequently, planning permission for new school buildings was granted permission in September 2021 (planning reference 21/0024/CHR3MJ). The existing school buildings remain in place and operational while the new school building is being constructed and would be demolished upon completion of the new school building. There would be no increase in the numbers of pupils attending the school and all other aspects of the school would remain the same.

 

The approved new school building would be located in the centre of the site indicated by the dotted purple line (as displayed on Slide 3), set further back from the road (Durham Close). A new car park would be constructed at the front of the site, utilising the existing vehicular access from Durham Close.

It was noted the construction of the new school building had commenced and it was hoped that it would be possible to occupy the new building from January 2023.

 

Slide 4 of the presentation displayed a view of ongoing construction works from the playing field. Slide 5 showed a photograph and it noted that much of the front of the school has been given over to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

Delegated Decisions pdf icon PDF 47 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report.

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the report be noted. 

16.

Enforcement Report pdf icon PDF 88 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report.

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the report be noted.