Agenda and minutes

Strategic Planning Board
Wednesday, 14th October, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Sarah Baxter  Tel: 01270 686462 Email:  sarah.baxter@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Link: Audio Recording

Items
No. Item

38.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor M Hunter.

39.

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:

In the interest of openness in respect of application 19/5934N, Councillor S Edgar declared that he was a member of Weston & Basford Parish Council.

 

In the interest of openness in respect of applications 19/2173W and 20/2162C, Councillor S Edgar declared that he was the Chairman of the Public Rights of Way Committee, who had been consulted on the application, however had had not discussed the application or made any comments on it.

 

In the interest of openness in respect of application 19/5934N, Councillor S Hogben declared that he was a non-Executive Director of ANSA who had been consulted on the application, however he had not discussed the application or made any comments on it.

 

It was noted all Members had received correspondence in respect of application 19/5934N.

40.

Minutes of the Previous Two Virtual Meetings pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous two virtual meetings held on 23 September 2020 and 2 October 2020 as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the minutes of the previous two virtual meetings which took place on 23 September 2020 and 2 October 2020 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

In respect of application 20/2326C which was considered at the meeting on 23 September 2020, Councillor P Redstone queried if Alsager Town Council would be consulted on the hours of operation in relation to the lighting issue.  In response the Chairman stated it was not a requirement of the condition but given the willingness of the developer to co-operate on other matters he saw no reason why discussions could not take place with the Town Council.

41.

Public Speaking-Virtual Meetings

A total period of 5 minutes is allocated for each of the planning applications for the following:

 

·         Ward Councillors who are not members of the Strategic Planning Board

·         The relevant Town/Parish Council

 

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

 

·         Members who are not members of the Strategic Planning Board and are not the Ward Member

·         Objectors

·         Supporters

·         Applicants

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the public speaking procedure be noted.

42.

19/5934N-Approval of Reserved Matters following Outline Approval 14/4025N - Outline application for the erection of upto 490 residential dwellings and a primary school - 2000m2 (D1) a pumping station, substation, recreational open space, ecological mitigation area, internal access routes, ground modeling and drainage works, parking provision, footpaths, cycle routes, landscaping and associated works including details of access at the Basford East site Crewe, Phase 1 Basford East Land, David Whitby Way, Weston for Mr Rob Stratton, Lane End Developments pdf icon PDF 526 KB

To consider the above application.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the above application.

 

(Parish Councillor John Cornell, representing Weston and Basford Parish Council and Steve Heverin representing the applicant attended the virtual meeting and spoke in respect of the application).

 

RESOLVED

 

That the application be Delegated back to Head of Planning in consultation with the Chairman/Vice Chairman of the Strategic Planning Board to approve subject to a condition to enable the dropping off zone to be reviewed, including an in/out access, traffic calming and crossing alongside the school proposals should they be required and subject to the following conditions:-

1.    In accordance with outline permission

2.    In accordance with approved plans

3.    Submission/approval of facing and roofing materials Implementation of highway surfacing treatment    

4.    Submission/approval of  detailed specification  of  hard/soft landscape scheme for feature squares and spaces, and courtyards including surfacing  treatment,  lighting and  street furniture for each phase   

5.    Specification of planting along secondary streets on a plot by plot basis within each phase 

6.    Submission  of  details of landscaping for each phase 

7.    Implementation  of landscaping

8.     Details of construction and specification  of  landscaped bunding

9.    Details of boundary  treatment  and  retaining gabion walls

10. Noise mitigation – Implementation

11.Implementation of ecological mitigation detailed in the Ecological Management Plan

 

12.Updated badger survey to be submitted prior to commencement.

 

13. Hedgehog mitigation measures– Implementation

14.Submission of CEMP for the safeguarding of water courses during the construction phase.

 

15.Submission of detailed designs of the ponds.

 

16. Details of  lighting – minimize impact on bats 

 

17.  Details of Community gardens  including  parking provision  

18.  Design detail, specification and implementation of MUGA, NEAP and play area/features  

19.  Arrangements to enable future provision of school drop-off area 

20.  Cycle storage details – Apartments  

 

21.  Details of specification, surfacing and lighting of pedestrian /cycleway

      and PROW 

 

In order to give proper effect to the Strategic Planning Board’s intent and without changing the substance of its decision, authority is delegated to the Head of Planning in consultation with the Chairman (or in their absence the Vice Chairman) to correct any technical slip or omission in the resolution, before issue of the decision notice.

 

(The virtual meeting was adjourned for a short break).

43.

19/2173W-Extension to bent farm quarry for the extraction of sand and progressive restoration, Bent Farm Quarry, Wallhill Lane, Brownlow, Congleton for Maria Cotton, Sibelco pdf icon PDF 685 KB

To consider the above application.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the above application.

 

(Lewis Williams, the applicant attended the virtual meeting and spoke in respect of the application).

 

RESOLVED

 

That for the reasons set out in the report and in the written update to the Board, the application be approved subject to the following conditions:-

 

1.    Timescales for commencement and notification of commencement

2.    Approved Plans

3.    Restrictions on depth of working

4.    Limits on timescales for extraction and restoration

5.    Hours of working

6.    Vehicles arriving and leaving the site restricted to using the existing access only, and maintenance of a notice advising drivers to turn right out of the site

7.    Wheel cleaning and no deposit of material on the highway

8.    Sheeting of vehicles

9.    Restrictions on HGV numbers and timing of movements, and records kept of vehicle movements

10. Restrictions on the import of material and restrictions on the quantity of material imported for processing

11. Provision of new quarry access prior to commencement of phase 1, requirement for its use by all vehicles, plant and machinery accessing the extension area and use of a banksman at all times

12. All mineral to be transferred to processing plant by conveyor tunnel

13. Soil handling as per the method statement and MAFF guidance

14. No soil export without prior approval of the LPA

15. Advanced planting within first planting season

16. Set noise limits for all activities

17. Noise monitoring scheme

18. Implementation of noise mitigation including provision of bund and acoustic fence, orientation of plant and restrictions on timing of works in phase 5 at Wallhill Cottages

19. Maintenance of plant and machinery

20. Implementation of dust management plan including dust monitoring

21. Implementation of archaeological watching brief

22. Network of monitoring boreholes established prior to excavation comments and maintained during the development; and updated water management plan incorporating recommendations from hydrological assessment and Environment Agency.

23. Control on storage of contaminants

24. Method to deal with unexpected contamination

25. Implementation of flood risk and drainage strategy

26. Implementation of surface movement monitoring scheme

27. Tree protection and arboricultural method statement including provision for landscape mitigation, replacement planting, management strategy for retained vegetation and landscape enhancement 

28. Translocation method statement for invertebrates

29. Protection of nesting birds

30. Updated badger survey prior to commencement of each phase

31. Detailed proposals for habitat creation and habitat creation method statement

32. Implementation of great crested newt mitigation strategy and detailed specification of amphibian protection fencing 

33. Details of any proposed lighting to be agreed

34. Site restored in accordance with restoration plans

35.Provision of aftercare and habitat management plan within 12 months of the date of the permission and implementation of aftercare for 5 years

 

44.

20/2162C-Proposed additional areas associated with the approved road scheme (18/5833C), referred to as the 'Middlewich Eastern Bypass' and consisting of ecological and landscape mitigation and a revised farmer's underpass, Land At, Pochin Way, Middlewich for Mr Chris Hindle, Cheshire East Council pdf icon PDF 781 KB

To consider the above application.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the above application.

 

(Neil Grundy, representing the applicant attended the virtual meeting and spoke in respect of the application).

 

RESOLVED

 

That for the reasons set out in the report the application be approved subject to the following conditions:-

 

1.    5 year start date

2.    Development to proceed in accordance with the approved plans/report recommendations.

3.    Landscaping

4.    Landscape implementation & maintenance (5 years)

5.    Submission of proposals for the safeguarding of LWS quality habitats located adjacent to permanent and temporary works. Updated protected species surveys and mitigation method statements for felling of any trees with bat roost potential lost as a result of the scheme and for otter, badgers and Lesser Silver Diving beetle.  Mitigation and compensation proposals to be informed by the proposals included with the ES.

6.    Not withstanding the proposals detailed in section 2.1 of the submitted Appendix K.2: Landscape and Ecology Supporting Information a Habitat Creation method statement is to be submitted for the creation of the species rich grassland and the grassland mitigation areas.

7.    Timing of works to Safeguard Nesting Birds.

8.    Method statement for the reinstatement of habitat for Little Ringed plover following the removal of the Temporary Works Compound. Method statement for the creation of species rich grassland

9.    Time table for the implementation of habitat creation measures.

10.Grampian condition to secure off site barn owl habitat provision and management.

11.Confirmation of the location of the proposed artificial badger sett prior to commencement of the development.

12.Submission and implementation of an ecological monitoring strategy.  If any deficiencies in the agreed ecological mitigation/compensation then revised proposals are to be submitted to the LPA for agreement and then implemented in full.

13.Submission of a 25 year habitat and landscape management plan. To include proposals for the management of woodland planting, species rich grassland ponds, lesser silver diving beetle, non-native invasive plant species, hedgerows and the control of non-native invasive plant species. The management plan should also include a strategy to secure the long term future of the created habitats such as transfer to an appropriate body such as the Land Trust.

14.Prior to the commencement of development a Construction Environment Management Plan is to be submitted and approved – to include dust suppression measures & measures to avoid contamination of the canal.

15.Great crested newts – entry into Natural England’s District Licensing Scheme.

16.Submission of a reptile mitigation method statement.

17.Contaminated land remediation strategy to be submitted.

18.No infiltration of surface water drainage into the ground/ measures to avoid contamination of the canal

19.Verification report for contaminated land.

20.Works to be carried out in accordance with the FRA

21.Detailed strategy/design of surface water runoff to be agreed

22.Method statement to be submitted to protect UU assets was required.

23.Archaeology

24.Works to be carried out alongside approved works under application 20/2064C except ecological mitigation works which need to be carried out in advance.

45.

20/0860C-The proposed development is for a single industrial unit, Use class B1, B2, B8, totalling 123,000 sq. ft. which will incorporate Warehouse space, and offices on the first and second floors. The development would also incorporate:. Car parking provision. A complimentary scheme of soft landscaping;. Pedestrian access paths;. Cycle stores;. Bin store;. Self-contained service yard, Plot 63 (Phase 2), Pochin Way, Middlewich for c.o Agent pdf icon PDF 499 KB

To consider the above applicaion.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the above application.

 

RESOLVED

 

That for the reasons set out in the report the application be approved subject to

the completion of a Section 106 Agreement to secure a contribution of £337,260.00 to the Middlewich Eastern Bypass in priority and/or transport schemes to Town Bridge, the A54 corridor and Croxton Lane and subject to the following conditions:

 

1.    Time limit (3 years)

2.    Development in accordance with the approved plans

3.     Implementation and retention of the recommended mitigation set out in the Noise Impact Assessment

4.    Submission and implementation of an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure plan

5.    Submission and approval of details ultra low emission boilers

6.     Submission of Phase I Preliminary Risk Assessment and if required, a Phase II ground investigation and risk assessment, if Phase II indicates remediation is necessary, submission of a remediation strategy

7.     Submission and approval of a verification report in accordance with the remediation strategy

8.    Testing of soil and soil forming materials to be brought on to the site

9.     Ceasing of works if during the course of development, contamination not previously identified is found

10.  Development to be carried out in accordance with the submitted Flood Risk Assessment

11.  Submission of detailed drainage strategy

12.  Submission and approval of details of ground levels and finished floor levels

13.  Submission and implementation of a detailed landscape plan

14.  Submission and implementation of proposals to safeguard the Sandersons brook corridor during the construction phase

15.  Protection of nesting birds

16.  Submission and approval of external lighting details

17.  Submission of an updated Badger Survey prior to commencement of development

18.  Submission and approval of a 25 year habitat management plan

19.  Submission and approval  of an ecological enhancement strategy

20.  Submission and implementation of a programme of archaeological works

21.  Provision of a minimum of 10% of the predicted energy requirements of the development from decentralised and renewable or low carbon sources

22.  Submission of details that demonstrate that heating and cooling equipment is capable of connection to a district heating network in the future

23.  Restriction of uses under the new Class E of the Use Classes Order to E(g)(i) (Offices), E(g)(ii) (Research and Development) and E(g)(iii) (industrial processes)

 

In order to give proper effect to the Board’s intentions and without changing the substance of the decision, authority is delegated to the Head of Planning, in consultation with the Chairman (or in their absence the Vice Chairman) of the Strategic Planning Board, to correct any technical slip or omission in the wording of the resolution, between approval of the minutes and issue of the decision notice.

 

Should this application be the subject of an appeal, authority be delegated to the Head of Planning in consultation with the Chairman (or in their absence the Vice Chairman) of the Strategic Planning Board to enter into a planning agreement in accordance with the S106 Town and Country Planning Act to secure the Heads of Terms for a S106 Agreement.

 

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46.

White Paper: Planning for the Future pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To consider the above report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the above report.

 

Whilst Members felt there were some positives to be taken from the paper for example the strengthening of enforcement, the acknowledgement that marginalised communities were not well communicated with and the improved approach to gypsy and traveller communities there were concerns that the document sought to reduce the democratic accountability, there was no reference to affordable housing, that Local Plans were being be simplified and Government was seeking to take control over new settlements for example the Handforth village. 

 

It was also felt that the proposals would lead to a reduction in community involvement and that there would be a detrimental impact on the levelling up agenda in respect of the algorithm proposed to calculate the housing numbers would lead to significant building in South East which would then impact on the housing needed to re-engage the North of England.  Furthermore it was noted that there seemed to be insufficient protection for heritage assets and that the involvement of the community in significant planning applications should not be removed as was being proposed.  Planning mistakes could  not be easily rectified and as a Council there should be a push to ensure the public had a role to play in the development taking place around their homes.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the draft consultation response that would be finalised in consultation with the Head of Planning and the Portfolio Holder for Planning, prior to submission by the 29 October 2020 be noted.