Mar 20th, 2019

A meeting of Eccleshall Parish Council Planning Committee was held on Mar 20th, 2019 at Eccleshall Community Centre, following the Parish Council meeting at 9.00pm.

59/19). Present were:- Councillor B. Delanchy (Chairman) Councillor P. Baskerville
Councillor R. Langford Councillor J. Jones
Councillor G. Garner Councillor J. Leather
Councillor P. Mullee Councillor C. Marshall
Councillor P. Alcock Councillor P. Jones
Councillor L. Dale
Councillor P. Edwards
Mrs S.J. Worden (Clerk)
Fifteen members of the public

Apologies were received and accepted from Councillor Amos. Councillor Jacques was absent.

60/19). Public Participation:- There were 2 members of the public present, who wished to speak.
A resident spoke against the outline planning application 19/30165/OUT for a development off Castle Street. The resident advised that a public meeting regarding the application was held at the Kings Arms prior to the planning meeting. Over 40 residents attended. Concerns listed by the resident included:
• the extension of the plan beyond the settlement boundary of the Neighbourhood plan
• Potential for flood risks
• Access issues for pedestrians from the development into town
The resident noted that if the development were to be approved, influence was requested regarding the spend of any s.106 funding in order to support infrastructure such as schools, doctors and dentists.

Another resident spoke to object against the Castle Street outline planning application. The resident’s property borders the proposed site but had not received any notification of the application from the Borough Council. Concerns in addition to those above included:
• Increased flood risk to existing properties as a result of any development
• Vibration issues

61/19). Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held on March 6th, 2019 – The minutes, which had been previously circulated, were agreed and signed.

62/19). Planning Decisions of Stafford Borough/County Council:-

19/29888/FUL – Single storey side extension to form storage room and post-mortem room.
Veterinary Surgery Stone Road Eccleshall. Approved.

18/29706/COU – Change of use of track from agricultural to domestic use. The Studio
Wootton Lane Eccleshall. Approved.

63/19). Planning Applications for consideration:-

19/30165/OUT – The development of up to 43 residential dwellings (use class C3), with means of site access from A519, Castle Street, at the western boundary of the site; earthworks to facilitate surface water drainage; and all other ancillary and enabling works. All other matters (layout, scale, appearance and landscaping) are reserved for subsequent approval.
Cllr. Delanchy outlined the background information relating to the Neighbourhood Plan for Eccleshall. The settlement boundary as defined in the plan allows for controlled development within the boundary in order to support Stafford Borough Council’s requirement for 1200 dwellings across 11 key services villages over the next 20 years, as stated in its Local Plan. Current developments in Eccleshall are generating around 320-340 new houses towards this target.
This is an outline application, seeking to establish if the scale, appearance and landscaping is acceptable. No further detail is required at this point. At this point, valid objections can only be made on certain grounds, which includes reference to National Planning Policy and the issue of the planning application being outside of the settlement boundary. Issues such as flooding, vibrations and safe access for vehicles and pedestrians can be addressed in due course should a revised application be submitted. It was noted that if this application was approved, the Stafford Local Plan becomes indefensible and sets a precedent for approval of further applications outside of defined settlement boundaries.

The committee resolved to object to the outline planning application as it is outside of the settlement boundary for permitted development in Eccleshall as defined in the Neighbourhood Plan for Eccleshall, which forms part of the Local Plan for Stafford Borough.

19/30123/HOU – Demolition of existing garage and outbuilding, Two storey side extension to form new garage, WC area and first floor bedroom with en suite. Formation of canopy at front. Widen drive for 2 vehicle spaces, retaining existing dropped kerb. 9 Beech Road, Eccleshall. There were no objections to this application.

19/30114/HOU – Two storey front, side and rear extension. The Dale, Fairoak Bank, Fairoak. The committee resolved to object to the 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.

18/29783/FUL – Amended application. Blore Pipe Cottage, Langot Lane, Fairoak. In line with its previous comments, the committee resolved to object to the application as it is for a new dwelling in the countryside and as such, contrary to Policy C4 of the Plan for Stafford Borough.

64/19). Any further applications for consideration:-

19/30097/FUL – Erection of Agricultural Workers Dwelling. Land off Blackwaters Road, Offley Hay, Stafford. There were no objections to this application, as long as conditions were put in place to ensure occupancy for agricultural workers in perpetuity.

18/29719/FUL – Erection of permanent dwelling as Manager accommodation and polytunnel fish hatchery. Heron Brook Fisheries, Slindon. There were no objections to this application, as long as conditions were put in place to ensure occupancy for workers at the fishery in perpetuity.

65/19). Any Other Planning Matters:-
• To consider any feedback regarding the revised Planning Application Validation Criteria consultation. The deadline for submission of feedback is 24th April 2019. The committee resolved for the information to be circulated and consideration given to a response at the planning meeting on the 3rd April. Cllr. Delanchy would review the document to provide feedback at the meeting.
66/19). Correspondence:-
No correspondence had been received.

67/19). Date and venue for next meeting:- April 3rd, 2019, Eccleshall Community Centre, 7.30pm.

There being no further business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.45pm.