Agenda and minutes

Strategic Planning Board
Friday, 15th November, 2013 1.00 pm

Venue: Committee Suite 1 & 2, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

Contact: Sarah Baxter  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

108.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors P Edwards and P Hoyland.

 

Councillor B Murphy requested (for the purposes of the minutes) it be noted that he queried the legality of holding the Board meeting at short notice. It was confirmed that the Local Government Act 1972 Act, establishes the normal requirement for agenda papers to be published at least 5 working days before a meeting takes place, except where the meeting in question is convened at shorter notice; accordingly the calling of this meeting was lawful.

 

109.

Declarations of Interest/Pre Determination

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests and for Members to declare if they have a pre-determination in respect of any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

None.

110.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To approve the minutes as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the public minutes of the meeting of 6 November 2013 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

111.

Public Speaking

A total period of 5 minutes is allocated for each of the planning applications for the Ward Councillors who are not members of the Strategic Planning Board.

 

A period of 3 minutes is allocated for each of the planning applications for the following individual/groups:

 

  • Members who are not members of the Strategic Planning Board and are not the Ward Member
  • The relevant Town/Parish Council
  • Local Representative Groups/Civic Society
  • Objectors
  • Supporters
  • Applicants

 

Minutes:

The Chairman noted that Councillor G Baxendale had registered to speak in advance of the meeting.  Further to this request, the Chairman allowed members of the public to speak.

 

RESOLVED

 

Members of the public be permitted to speak for a maximum period of ten minutes.

 

Two members of the public spoke.  Mr White and Mr Bates.

112.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The reports relating to the remaining items on the agenda have been withheld from public circulation and deposit pursuant to Section 100(B)(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that the matters may be determined with the press and public excluded.

 

The Board may decide that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items pursuant to Section 100(A)4 of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 5 (information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.

Minutes:

Pursuant to Section 100B (2) of the Local Government Act 1972, the report relating to the remaining item on the agenda had been withheld from public circulation and deposit on the grounds that the matters may be determined with the public and press excluded.

 

It was moved and seconded, pursuant to Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 that the public and press be excluded from the remaining item of the Board’s business on the grounds that the item involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 5  (information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, as amended, and that the public interest would not be served in publishing the information, and it was:-

 

RESOLVED

 

That the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting for the reasons given.

113.

Exempt Item Minute-6 November 2013

To approve the minutes as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the exempt item minute be approved as a correct record of the proceedings of the 6 November 2013 and signed by the Chairman.

114.

Planning Appeals Update

To receive an update with regard to ongoing Planning Appeals.

Minutes:

(Visiting Councillors, G Baxendale, S Corcoran, S Hogben, M Jones and A Moran spoke in respect of the item).

 

Consideration was given to an oral update (by Officers) that provided further information with regard to the Councils position in respect of the current Planning Appeals that may impinge upon the assessment of the Council’s future (five year) supply of housing land for the Borough.

 

In response to a request from Members, Officers also undertook a further review of the Planning balance in respect of the four Planning appeals.  Members reflected on the report of 6 November 2013 and the resolution made at that time.  In the light of updated discussions the following decisions were taken:-

 

RESOLVED

 

(1) In respect of The Moorings, Congleton application 12/3028C appeal, it was agreed that the appeal be challenged for the following reasons:-

 

The proposal would be located within the Open Countryside, contrary to (i) Policies PS8 and H6 of the Congleton Borough Adopted Local Plan First Review 2005, which seek to ensure that only appropriate development in a rural area is allowed and (ii) the core principles of the NPPF which seek to protect the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside. Moreover, the proposal would also result in a loss of Grade 3a Agricultural Land, contrary to Policy PS8 and H6 of the Congleton Borough Adopted Local Plan First Review 2005, which seek to protect such land from inappropriate use and ensure an adequate supply of agricultural land.

 

And it was further Resolved that:-

 

(iii) In addition it was agreed that the position on housing land supply and the relevant buffer (and any impact on past moratoria) would be kept under close review and if further material evidence could be put forward at a later date on the receipt of additional information then the authority to challenge the appeal on these grounds should be delegated to the Director of Economic Growth & Prosperity in consultation with the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Strategic Planning Board.

 

(2) In respect of the Kestral Drive, Goldfinch Drive, Congleton application 12/3025C appeal, it was agreed that the appeal be challenged in accordance with the first reason as resolved on 22 May 2013 as follows:-

 

The proposal would be located within the Open Countryside, contrary to (i) Policies PS8 and H6 of the Congleton Borough Adopted Local Plan First Review 2005, which seek to ensure that only appropriate development in a rural area is allowed and (ii) the core principles of the NPPF which seek to protect the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside. Moreover, the proposal would also result in a loss of Grade 3a Agricultural Land, contrary to Policy PS8 and H6 of the Congleton Borough Adopted Local Plan First Review 2005, which seek to protect such land from inappropriate use and ensure an adequate supply of agricultural land.

 

And it was further Resolved that:-

 

(iii) In addition it was agreed that the position on housing land  ...  view the full minutes text for item 114.