A meeting of Eccleshall Parish Council Planning Committee was held on July 15th, 2020 online via Zoom videoconferencing, following the Parish Council meeting at 8.35pm.

68/20).         Present were:-   

Councillor B. Delanchy (Chairman)      Councillor L. Dale
Councillor R. Taylor                              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 M. Watson

Mrs S.J. Worden (Clerk)
One member of the public

Apologies were received from Councillor Mifflin.

69/20).         Public Participation:-


70/20).         Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held on June 17th, 2020 :

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

71/20).        Planning Decisions of Stafford Borough Council and comments submitted since the last meeting:-

          Delegated responses submitted to SBC since the last meeting:

20/32501/PAR – Prior Approval – Change of use of agricultural building to dwelling house. Dutch Barn At Greatwood Farm Offleybrook Road Offleybrook. No objection was submitted.

Decisions made by SBC:

20/32401/NHPD – Rear extension- total length beyond rear wall of the original dwelling rear wall of the original dwelling house 3.49m, maximum height 2.95m and eaves height 2.40m. 29 Churchfield Road Eccleshall. Consent not required.

20/31808/FUL – Replacement dwelling with extension of residential curtilage and retention of temporary caravan. Greatwood Farmhouse Offleybrook Road Offleybrook.  Approved.

20/32378/TCA –  Eccleshall Conservation Area: Pinus spp. (Pine) – Fell. The Grey House 76 High Street Eccleshall. Approved

20/32321/HOU –  Erection of maximum 1.8m high vertical timber boarded fence. Hillcrest Swynnerton Road Sturbridge.  Refused.

20/31743/HOU – Refurbishment of existing three storey dwelling including small rear extension. In conjunction with 20/31744/LBC. 49 High Street Eccleshall.  Approved

72/20).         Planning Applications for consideration:-

20/32451/FUL – Proposed change of use of existing studio/work unit to two bedroom dwelling house. Holly Barn, Blackwaters Road, Offley Hay. The committee resolved to object to the application as it is a new dwelling in the countryside and as such, contrary to Policy C4 of the Plan for Stafford Borough.

20/32482/HOU – Proposed single storey rear extension. Yew Tree Cottage, Brockton Road, Eccleshall. The committee resolved to object to the outline planning application as the proposed extension exceeded 70% of the original dwelling, in accordance with Policy C5, (C) Extensions or Alterations of The Plan for Stafford Borough.

20/32611/HOU – Proposed rear sitting room, utility extension and canopy with the demolition of the existing conservatory. 17 Romford Meadow, Eccleshall. There were no objections to this application.

20/32569/HOU – Erection of part single storey, part two storey extension to dwelling. Robins Gate, Horsley Lane, Eccleshall. The committee resolved to object to the outline planning application as the proposed extension exceeded 70% of the original dwelling, in accordance with Policy C5, (C) Extensions or Alterations of The Plan for Stafford Borough.

73/20).         Any further applications for consideration:-

There were no further applications to consider.

74/20).         Any Other Planning Matters:-

The Clerk noted that she was in ongoing correspondence with Bovis over a number of issues but has still to receive a response from any of the people contacted.

75/20).         Correspondence:-
  • Response from SBC regarding the joint submission made by Parish and Town Councils via the Stone Parish Liaison Group regarding concerns about lack of consideration of parish responses to planning applications.

The Committee discussed the response at length and expressed their disappointment and frustration at the less than satisfactory response. The Chair noted that whilst we respond in line with material considerations and Local Plan guidance, Planning Officers often consider mitigating circumstances which can result in a decision that is in conflict with that of the Parish Council.

It was resolved to wait for the outcome of a meeting between Cllr. P. Jones and SBC senior leaders to further discuss the issue before any further response is considered.

  • The Clerk advised that correspondence has been received today regarding an interim report published by SBC regarding the sustainability of the options explored in the recent Local Plan issues and options consultation, and the continued omission of Slindon as a proposed settlement area. As it was too late to add to this agenda, it will be added to the August agenda for discussion
76/20).  To approve delegation to the Clerk, in consultation with the Chairman, to respond to any urgent planning applications that require a response before the next meeting.

It was resolved to approve this course of action.

77/20).   Date and venue for next meeting:-

August 12th, 2020, Via Zoom online meeting, 7.30pm

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.10pm.