Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday 30 January 2020 10.00 am

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

Items
No. Item

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 Brown declared he was a member of Gloucester City Planning Committee.

 

Councillor Wheeler & Councillor Fisher declared they were members of Cheltenham Borough Council Planning Committee.

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 Thursday 23rd January 2020.

 

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 23rd January 2020.

Minutes:

No Member’s questions had been received. 

4.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 172 KB

The Committee is asked to approved the minutes of the previous meeting, held on the 21st November 2019. 

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the Minutes of the meeting held 21st November 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairperson. 

5.

Members Site Visit pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To receive the notes of the Members Site Visit held on the 23rd January 2020. (TO FOLLOW)

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the site visit notes be noted. 

6.

Application No: 19/0070/GLMAJW (District Reference 19/01060/DCC) Site: Allstone Sand And Gravel Centre pdf icon PDF 945 KB

The Committee is asked to consider that variation of conditions 1 (Commencement /Duration) and 2 (Operating Conditions) of planning consent 15/0077/GLMAJW dated 05/10/2016 to allow continued use of land for the crushing and screening of inert waste materials to produce secondary aggregates (for a temporary period of three years).

Minutes:

A summary of the application was presented by Linda Townsend, Senior Planning Officer aided by a power point presentation (A copy of the presentation is attached to the signed minute book). 

 

The planning application had been made under Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, which sought to renew a temporary planning permission until 5th October 2022. The Applicant also sought approval for a change to the approved site layout due to the installation of a concrete pad on which the wash plant was sited.

 

Ms Townsend explained that proposal was for the continued use of the 1.89 ha site for the crushing and screening of inert waste materials, to produce secondary aggregates and reduce the amount of waste material sent to landfill. The applicant sought another temporary permission following the grant of outline planning permission, in December 2018, by Gloucester City Council, for residential development of the Allstone site (16/00948/OUT all matters except access reserved).

 

It was noted that Members of the Planning Committee visited the application site on Thursday 23rd January 2020 and the notes of the Site Visit Meeting were available at the rear of the Council Chamber. 

 

Ms Townsend informed Members she needed to amend Condition 16 in Section 8.0 of the report so that the hours of operation ended at 17.30 and not 18.00 as stated.  It was noted that since the Committee report was published, a further objection had been received from a member of the public (initially sent to Gloucester City Council) increasing the number of objections received reported in paragraph 5.2 as being 31.  The objection related to concerns about traffic congestion on Horton Road and the problems caused by HGV traffic which had also been made by other objectors.  These traffic issues were referred to in paras 7.44 -7.49 of the report.  The Gloucester City Environmental Health Officer had also confirmed there were no further complaints about the site.

 

The Committee were informed that, in addition to these objections, the local County Councillor had added his objection, which had been reproduced in full in paragraph 6.4 of the report.  Members noted there were no objections from Gloucester City Council, Environmental Health, Environment Agency, the Lead Local Flood Authority or the Highway Authority to this application.

 

Ms Townsend advised the Committee the 1.89 ha site was located 1km south-east of Gloucester city centre.  This elongated site lay immediately to the north of the Cheltenham to Gloucester railway line and occupied land which was formerly used for railway sidings.  It lay to the northwest of an area of land known as the Railway Triangle.   Eastern Avenue was over 500 metres to the east and Metz Way was 75 metres to the south.  The application site was accessed from Horton Road which was approximately 30m from the western end of the site.

 

An aerial photograph (Slide 3) showed Myers Road, leading off Horton Road.  Members noted the redevelopment of land to the south of the railway with its Morrisons Supermarket, accessed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Application No: 19/0036CHREG3 Site: St John's Primary School, Albion Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 2SN pdf icon PDF 406 KB

The Committee is asked to consider the change of use to D1 (Schools) - extension of school grounds.

 

 

Minutes:

A summary of the application was presented by Denis Canney, Senior Planning Officer aided by a power point presentation (A copy of the presentation is attached to the signed minute book). 

 

Planning application 19/0036/CHREG3 related to an application for a change of use from an open area of land to that for educational purposes. In particular the use would be for what was known as a Forest School use. The land would be enclosed by black 1.75m tall metal railings, with hedgerow behind, which surrounded most of the land. It was explained that the site would be landscaped in accordance with the details to be agreed via planning condition should the application be granted.

 

Members were advised that a Forest School was an outdoor, nature-based learning opportunity that focussed on the holistic development of the child. It was a regular, long term process rather than a one off activity and could take place in any natural outdoor environment which may be on school premises or in the local area.  Forest schools tied in with the National Curriculum contributing to geography, science and design and technology.

 

The off-site layout plan as identified in Slide 8 showed the black metal railings with native hedge inside, willow panel hide, fire pit and log seating area, hazel to coppice, mature shrub area and retention of the mature existing tree.  The application site was located within the Sydenham Character Area within Cheltenham Central Conservation Area. It was noted that Grade II listed buildings were located along Berkeley Street including opposite and adjoining the site.

 

Mr Canney referred to the consultation responses received from Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC), the Highway Authority and the County Ecologist.

 

It was explained that Cheltenham Borough Council had raised an objection to the application regarding the impact it had on the area regarding loss of the open area which made a positive contribution to the area.  Members were advised that initially there were concerns regarding the impact of the proposed close boarded timber fencing which was considered to be of a poor design. Mr Canney informed the Committee that CBC still raised concerns regarding the loss of open space should the application be granted.

 

The Committee noted that the Highways Authority initially raised an objection regarding highway safety of vulnerable road users in accessing the site from the school; fire risk and accessibility by fire tender; and highway infrastructure (kerb heights). However, following discussion and the inclusion of a highways condition with detailed matters to be agreed along with an informative to the applicant the Highway Authority withdrew their objection.

 

Mr Canney advised Members that the County Ecologist raised no objections to the proposal identifying that there would be a small localised enhancement of biodiversity subject to conditions regarding planting and aftercare and an informative to the applicant.

 

It was noted that the application was publicised by site notices and a press notice in the Gloucestershire Echo and no representations had been received from members of the public.

 

Mr Canney  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Second Review Gloucestershire Statement of Community Involvement pdf icon PDF 58 KB

The Committee is asked to note the intention of the Director of Economy, Environment and Infrastructure to direct officers to prepare a Cabinet report for March 2020 that will seek a recommendation to County Council to adopt the further revised (2nd Review) SCI for Gloucestershire incorporating the amendments made following the public consultation between October and December 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Robin Drake, Principal Planning Officer presented the report in detail. 

 

Resolved

 

That the Committee noted the intention of the Director to prepare a Cabinet report for March 2020 that would seek a recommendation to County Council adopt the further revised (2nd Review) Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for Gloucestershire incorporating the amendments made following the public consultation between October and December 2019. 

9.

Delegated Decisions pdf icon PDF 42 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report. 

Minutes:

Sarah Pearse, Principal Planning Officer presented the report. 

 

Resolved

 

That the delegated decisions made between 7th November 2019 and 15th January 2020 be noted.