Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Gloucester
Declarations of interest
To receive declarations by members of (a) personal interests (including their nature) and (b) prejudicial interests under the Code of Conduct.
Councillor Awford declared he represented GCC on the Wessex & Severn and Wye Regional Flood Coastal Defence Committees.
Councillor Vines declared he had professional dealings with Allstones and would remove himself from the meeting for the Allstones application (20/003/GLMAJW).
Councillor Hirst declared that he had been involved with the Parish Council in relation to the Babdown application (19/0018/CWMAJW) and would therefore remove himself from the meeting for that application.
Councillor Parsons declared in relation to the Loaders Barn application (19/0089/CMAJM), that he was a member of the Cotswold Conservation Board (CCB) and would remove himself from the meeting for that application.
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 3rd September 2020.
No public questions were received.
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 3rd September 2020.
No Member’s questions were received.
To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on the 9th July 2020.
Councillor Cordwell had submitted some minor amendments to the Minutes, and subject to those being made it was agreed that the Minutes would be approved.
That the Minutes of the meeting held 9th July 2020 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman, subject to the suggested amendments.
The Committee is asked to consider the proposal in relation to the variation of Conditions.
The Head of Democratic Services facilitated the meeting and advised the Committee and registered speakers of the procedure which would be undertaken during the course of the virtual meeting. For the benefit of the public watching via the live YouTube link the following Officers were introduced: Linda Townsend: Senior Planning Officer for the current application, Nick Bainton: Senior Planning Officer, Denis Canney: Senior Planning Officer, Sarah Pearse: Principal Planning Officer, Kevin Phillips: Planning Development Team Manager, Simon Excell: Lead Commissioner, Carrie Denness: Principal Lawyer and Martin Evans: Solicitor.
The facilitator introduced the following Technical Advisors: Nick Rowson: Atkins, Gary Kennison: County Ecologist, Stephen Hawley and Matthew Prince: Highways Development Management, Adam Lawrence, Atkins.
A summary of the application was presented by Linda Townsend, Senior Planning Officer aided by a PowerPoint presentation.
It was explained that a planning application has been made under Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 seeking to vary 6 planning conditions on the current planning permission 07/0081/GLMAJW which controls how the site should operate as a waste transfer station. The proposal arose out of the changes the applicant had already made to the operational aspects of the business in order to improve efficiency of waste recovery and reduce manual handling.
The application site had approval to accept up to 75,000 tonnes of waste a year of household, commercial and industrial wastes such as soil, wood, plastic, ferrous and non ferrous metal waste which was sorted by type, bulked up on site and then transported for reprocessing elsewhere or landfilling of residual waste. No change was proposed to the amount or to the type of wastes accepted on the site.
The Case Officer reported that following the public consultation on the proposals, six objections had been received from local residents to which the local County Councillor had raised his own concerns. The issues raised in these objections related primarily to the loss of amenity, particularly from noise and dust from waste operations as well as impact on the highway. There were no objections from the statutory consultees. The Case Officer referred to a late representation received from one of the objectors, it was noted that this had been circulated along with the Officers response to Members prior to the Committee meeting. The officer asked if the item could be taken as read, given a mixed response the Chairman decided to call for a brief adjournment after the officer presentation had concluded to allow members sufficient time to read them in detail.
Members were advised at slide 2, that the following corrections needed to be made to the report. These were noted as:
- Paragraph 1.2: “initially” on 5th line had been misspelt and the words “are directed” had been omitted after “different waste streams” on the 7th line.
- Paragraph 1.4: the word “is” should be replaced by “are” after “Materials” on the fourth line.
- Paragraph 2.3: in Existing Condition 2 “with” in third line should be “within” and this also applied to ... view the full minutes text for item 27.
The Committee is asked to consider the proposal regarding the variation of condition 8.
Nick Bainton, Senior Planning Officer advised the Committee that he had received a late representation and request in relation to Condition 26 (page 182 of the report) of the application. The request asked if the application were to be approved, could the proposed Condition be amended to: “A routeing and vehicle speed strategy shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Waste Planning Authority within 3 months from the date of this permission in order to address local concerns in relation to the vehicle manoeuvres through Nailsworth, Beverston and Tetbury. The approved strategy shall be implemented and adhered to throughout the duration of the development”.
The late representation explained that the proposed changes would help to ensure that the effects of an approval on Nailsworth residents living on the A46 (in particular) were minimised, while ensuring the hard-won speed reduction measures that were due to implemented in Nailsworth in the near future are acknowledged and respected.
The Case Officer advised the Committee that the wording for this condition had been provided by the Highways Authority; therefore it was not within his gift to amend the wording. Also the speed of vehicles on the public highway network was an issue for the police.
It was noted that the Case Officer had requested the applicant to consider the inclusion of ‘Nailsworth’ within the routeing strategy required by Condition 26.
A summary of the application was presented by Nick Bainton, Senior Planning Officer aided by a power point presentation. The Case Officer proceeded to the main presentation and explained the proposal before the Committee was a planning application by Valley Trading Limited for the variation of condition 8 (throughput) relating to planning consent 09/0036/CWMAJW dated 15/01/2010 to increase the annual throughput from 45,000 tonnes to 75,000 tonnes at Babdown Industrial Estate, Babdown Airfield, Beverston, nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
The Committee referred to the site location plan at slide 2, the Case Officer orientated members in terms of the site and the closest residential properties.
The photograph on slide 3 showed the site location within the existing Babdown Industrial Estate on the former wartime airfield, located to the south west of Beverston. The 3.5 Ha site was rectangular in shape and formed part of the larger 13.2. Ha industrial estate. The land surrounding the estate comprised of agricultural fields.
It was explained the view was of the site from the north. There were no adjacent residential properties to the site, with the closest being Babdown Cottages, 750 metres from the site. Views of the site from the landscape were screened by the existing industrial estate and the established bund and planting which bordered the south, west and east boundaries of the site. It was noted that the site was located within a protected landscape; the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Slide 4 showed the view from the same location as the previous slide, but looking north to the A4135. Beverston Bridleway 14 ran left to right at this point. Slide 5 ... view the full minutes text for item 28.
The Committee is asked to consider the proposal.
A summary of the presentation was presented by the Case Officer, Denis Canney, (Senior Planning Officer ), aided by a Power Point presentation.
The Case Officer proceeded to the main presentation and explained the proposal before the Committee was to seek permission to extract approximately 1.4 million Tonnes of clay from an agricultural field near to the existing Wellacre Quarry.
The Committee viewed the submitted site location plan. The plan showed the site outlined in red with the extraction area dashed blue. Wellacre Quarry was located to the North West, Paxford was to the North East, Aston Magna to the South East and Draycott was to the South West. Adjoining the site to the East was the Cotswold Main Railway Line.
The existing brickworks were located in the Parish of Blockley. The site was located off the B4479 Station Road. The Case Officer explained the site itself was currently in agricultural use and measured approximately 12.7 hectares (Ha) of which approximately 8 Ha would be for mineral extraction. The existing site (21 Ha), where the brickworks was located, included Wellacre Quarry (9 Ha) to the North and ancillary industrial / commercial land-uses. The surrounding area was rural, comprising of predominantly arable fields.
Members were advised the nearest residential properties/agricultural dwellings from the application site were at Stapenhill Farm and Longmeadow located 300m to the North East and North respectively. Kettle’s Barn was located 390m to the south and Wellacre Farm was located 420m to the West.
The application site lay within the Cotswold AONB. Wellacre Quarry was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS). Grade II listed buildings were located at Stapenhill Farm and Wellacre Farm; and also within the village of Blockley. The nearest Scheduled Monument (Upper Ditchford medieval settlement) was located 1km to the West of the site.
The Case Officer reported that Blockley Brook flowed West to East through the site which then joined Knee Brook and eventually the Thames. An area of Flood Zone 2 and 3 was located either side of the Blockley Brook. A Public Right of Way (PROW) (Blockley Footpath 16) crossed East to West through the site and bridleway (Blockley Bridleway 23) passed along the site’s Southern boundary.
Slide 3 showed the Direction of Works showing 5 phases. The plan also showed the water treatment area, temporary soil storage area, Blockley Brook and bridge crossing, haul road running parallel to the railway line and Station Road crossing point.
The Case Officer explained that rate of mineral extraction from Loaders Barn and Wellacre Quarry would be up to 50,000 T per annum (pa) stated as being the capacity of the brickworks. Quarrying operations were proposed to take place in 5 phases over 24 years.
Slide 4 explained that Years 1-3 would involve site preparations including topsoil and overburden storage within the application site. Slide 5 showed that Years 3-10 would see the export of overburden material and clay to Wellacre Quarry and the brickworks. ... view the full minutes text for item 29.