A meeting of Eccleshall Parish Council Planning Committee was held on October 7th, 2020 online via Zoom videoconferencing.

112/20).         Present were:-

  Councillor B. Delanchy (Chairman)      Councillor L. Dale

Councillor S. Mifflin.                            Councillor R. Langford

Councillor G. Dale                               Councillor P. Jones

Councillor J. Jones                              Councillor P. Stenning

Councillor E. Amos                              Councillor J. Leather

Councillor S. Perren                             Councillor C. Wilkins

Councillor R. Taylor                             Councillor S. Kean

Mrs S.J. Worden (Clerk)

No members of the public

There were no apologies to note.

113/20).       Public Participation:-


114/20).       Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held on September 23rd, 2020:-

The minutes, which had been previously circulated, were agreed and will be signed at the next available opportunity.

115/20).       Planning Decisions of Stafford Borough Council:-

20/32558/HOU –  Minor material amendment to planning approval 18/29765/HOU, proposed extensions and alterations and proposed new access from Fair Oak Bank. Valmar Fair Oak Lane Fairoak. Approved.

20/32821/HOU – Rear extension and minor internal works. In conjunction with 20/32822/LBC. 9 Church Street Eccleshall. Refused.

20/32822/LBC – Rear extension and minor internal works. 9 Church Street Eccleshall. Refused.

116/20).       Planning Applications for consideration:-

20/33034/FUL – Proposed Agricultural Building. Land South West of Halfway House, Slindon Road, Slindon. There were no objections to this application.

20/32967/FUL – Variation of condition 2 on 05/34628/LBC and 05/04627/FUL. Walton Farm, Stafford Road, Walton Eccleshall. There were no objections to this application.

20/33048/HOU – Proposed single detached garage and new vehicular access. Bank Farm, Back Lane, Croxton. There were no objections to this application.

20/33051/FUL – Proposed conversion of two barns with glazed link to form one dwelling including new septic tank and ground source heating systems, with new access and parking off B5026. Bank Farm, Back Lane, Croxton. It was resolved to object to this application in line with National Planning Policy Framework relating to restrictions on extensions to barn conversions.

20/33125/HOU – Alterations and extensions to a two bedroom dwelling to form a four bedroom family house. Outlane, Walton, Hurst Lane, Eccleshall. There were no objections to this application.

20/32903/FUL – The erection of a milking parlour and dairy with bulk milk tank within, and associated works. Old House Farm, Kempsage Lane, Garmelow. There were no objections to this application.

20/32915/FUL – Erection of a silage clamp. Old House Farm, Kempsage Lane, Garmelow. There were no objections to this application.

20/32642/HOU – Amended Application. Pershall Lodge Copmere Lane. There were no objections to this application.

S.20/06/4127 W – Application not to comply with (to vary) conditions 2 (approved documents and plans) and 16 (fuel types) of Stafford Borough Council planning permission 05/05475/FUL dated 3 February 2006 to increase the height of the emissions stack and to include the use of compost over size as an additional fuel source within the Biomass Facility at Raleigh Hall Industrial Estate – Eccleshall Biomass Facility, Swynnerton Road, Sturbridge, Stafford.

It was resolved to request an extension to the response deadline and request further information before making a decision. The questions are:

Does the planning application include the addition of extra filtration and scrub to the chimney extension?

What is the exact type of material to be burned?

How far are emissions expected to travel and how will this be mitigated. Will there be changes to the scope of monitoring regarding the distance from the plant?

Will there be any harmful particulates?

Cllr. P. Jones agreed to find out what filtration is currently in place.

117/20).       Any further applications for consideration:-

There were no further applications to consider.

118/20).       To provide any feedback from the SBC Forum regarding the proposed government revisions to the Planning System.

There were a number of concerns raised at the forum regarding the government Planning for the Future White Paper that is currently under consultation. These included concerns that the paper favoured development but not agriculture;  the proposed system would be too rushed and remove democratic rights to raise objections; greater pressure to approve the application. SBC urged all Parish Councils to respond to the proposals and voice its objections.

It was resolved to review the SBC summary of the planned proposals and draft a paper for submission prior to the deadline date of the 29th October. The paper will be reviewed and approved at the meeting on the 21st October.

119/20).       Any Other Planning Matters:-

There were no other planning matters to discuss.

120/20).       Correspondence:-

  • Taylor Wimpey has advised that the area to the front of the site currently being used as a site compound will be a part of the POS area, as detailed on the original plans. The car park and fencing will be removed, topsoil will be laid and the area will either be turfed or seeded. This will not happen until the final surfacing works are complete.
  • Taylor Wimpey has removed the broken branch at the top of footpath 13.
  • The Clerk raised the topic of remembrance commemorative activities, as it would be too late for discussion at the Council meeting on the 21st The Parish Council has been asked to lead on arrangements for a virtual commemoration, in conjunction with the church, as it may not be possible to hold any kind of physical ceremony. Possible actions will include a doorstep 2 minutes silence, poppy displays in windows, bell ringing etc. The Council resolved in favour of leading on the arrangements.

121/20).       Accounts for payment:

There were no payments to approve.

122/20).       Date and venue for next meeting:

October 21st, 2020, Via Zoom online meeting, 7.30pm, following the Parish Council meeting.

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 8.25pm.