A meeting of Eccleshall Parish Council Planning Committee was held on August 12th, 2020 online via Zoom videoconferencing, following the Traffic Management committee meeting at 7.30pm.

78/20).    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

Mrs S.J. Worden (Clerk)

No members of the public

Apologies were received from Cllr. Taylor. Cllr. Watson was absent.

79/20).    Public Participation:-


80/20).    Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held on July 15th, 2020:-

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

81/20).    Planning Decisions of Stafford Borough Council:-

20/32126/FUL – Seasonal tipi wedding venue including erection of

tipi’s. Land To The North East Butterley Heyes Farm Horsley Road.  Withdrawn.

20/32127/OUT – Residential development for up to 2 dwellings. Eagle Inn Car Park, Newport Road Eccleshall.  Approved.

20/32582/TCA –  Eccleshall Conservation Area: Crataegus spp. (Hawthorn) – reduce in height by up to 3 metres; 3 x Acer spp. (Sycamore) – Crown lift to 6 metres; Fraxinus spp. (Ash) – Crown lift to 6 metres. 18A High Street Eccleshall. Approved.

20/32452/HOU – Resubmission of planning application 19/30521/HOU – proposed single storey extension and double garage in addition to previous application 18/29408/HOU two storey rear extension, single storey side extension and side orangery, with amendments including to the repositioning of orangery, to the windows of first floor North West elevation, the height of the roof of rear extension, and repositioning of chimney on the North West elevation. Laburnham Cottage Doley Road Eccleshall. Approved.

82/20).   Delegated comments submitted since the last meeting:-

20/32358/PAR – Amended Application. Barn At Greatwood Farm Offleybrook Road Offleybrook. No further comments submitted in addition to the original response (no objection).

83/20).    Planning Applications for consideration:

20/32642/HOU – Two storey & single storey extensions to north west elevation (rear), re-modelling of south east elevation (front), alterations to roof, external and internal alterations and associated landscaping. Pershall Lodge, Copmere Lane, Eccleshall.

There were no objections to this application.

20/32645/HOU – Variation of condition 2 on 14/21539/HOU. Pershall Lodge, Copmere Lane, Eccleshall.

There were no objections to this application.

20/32691/HOU – Proposed ground floor rear family room extension. 41 Overton Close, Eccleshall.

There were no objections to this application.

20/32698/HOU – Single storey side and rear extension. 48 Southwell Estate, Eccleshall.

There were no objections to this application.

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.

There were no objections to this application.

84/20).         Any further applications for consideration:-

There were no further applications to consider.

85/20).    Any Other Planning Matters:-

Cllr. P. Jones had a meeting with SBC planning officers and management to discuss the Parish Council concerns regarding a lack of consideration planning feedback from EPC in planning decision making. SBC stressed they wish EPC to continue to submit its comments and they are considered in the process but officers do consider mitigating conditions as part of the process. It was agreed that any decision raising strong concerns could be taken back by Cllr. P. Jones and the reasons for the decision will be discussed.

86/20).    New & Proposed Developments:-

There were no new developments to discuss.

87/20).    Correspondence:
  • Resident concerns about the omission of Slindon in the interim report ‘Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the New Stafford Borough Local Plan 2020-2040’ prepared for SBC by AECOM.  SBC has confirmed that the sustainability report was prepared using the initial Issues and Options consultation document and has not yet reviewed the consultation responses which includes the feedback to include Slindon as a settlement area.
  • Resident concerns regarding the maintenance of Taylor Wimpey development and adherence to conditions of the planning approval. There were numerous minor issues which together showed a lack of maintenance by the grounds maintenance company. It was resolved to write to Taylor Wimpey as follows:
    1. To reinforce the issues raised by the resident and to ask for action to maintain the areas in question
    2. To ask about the partially completed pedestrian area along Shaws Lane, to the front of the public open space – why is it there, why has it not been completed and it is shown on the approved drawings?
  • The expected completion date for the roads within the settlement, which was originally estimated at October 2019.
89/20).    Accounts for payment:

Authorisation was sought for payment of the following accounts:-

Eccleshall Amateur Dramatics Group – Grant award £500.00
A.G. Jones – movement of speed devices £100.00
Japhlin – Computer maintenance (monthly direct debit) 46.14
Staffing Costs 1880.63
Office Expenses 34.49
Parton Agri-Plant Ltd – hedge cutting 312.00
TGM – Grounds Maintenance 396.30
W.R. Arblaster – Elford Heath works 5,703.86


All were in favour and the cheques were signed.

The Clerk agreed to circulate the relevant minuted approvals for the itemised works at Elford Heath, for information.

Cllr. P. Jones shared the sad news regarding Mrs. Eunice Thorndyke, who passed away on Saturday 8th August, following the death of her husband earlier in the year. The Council wished to express their condolences and a card will be sent to relatives.

Croxton residents wished to express their thanks for the recent works to side out the pavement adjacent to the play area and the cutting of the verge by Croxton well.

90/20).    Date and venue for next meeting:

September 2nd, 2020, Via Zoom online meeting, 7.30pm, subject to receipt of applications for consideration.

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 8.10pm.