Agenda and minutes

Strategic Planning Board - Wednesday, 22nd November, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mary Brooks. Councillor John Place attended as substitute.


Apologies for absence were noted for Councillor Thelma Jackson.


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.


In the interest of openness the following declarations were made:


Councillor Edgar declared that he worked part time for local MP who has received lots of communication from residents on this application  but has not engaged with the correspondence / residents on these issues in this capacity.


Councillor Gardiner declared that he was personal friends with public speaker Anthony Critchley, and that he regularly communicated with Sigma Capital in other parts of their business.


Councillor Place declared that he was a member of the Labour Group, as had been public speaker Anthony Critchley, until Anthony Critchley resignation as a councillor.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 25 October 2023 as a correct record.




That the minutes of the meeting held on 25 October 2023 be approved as a correct record.


Public Speaking

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


The public speaker procedure was noted. In advance of the meeting the Chair had agreed the registered objectors / supporters / applicants would be allowed a period of up to 8 minutes speaking time due to the sensitive nature of the application.


22 4863N - BOMBARDIER TRANSPORTATION, WEST STREET, CREWE, CW1 3JB: The demolition of the existing industrial buildings and structures (including the boundary wall along West Street) and the construction of 263 dwellings comprising 24 apartments and 239 houses, together with other associated works, including the provision of public open space, the laying out of roads and footways (with two new accesses from West Street), and hard and soft landscaping. Resubmission of application 18/0079N. pdf icon PDF 553 KB

To consider the above planning application.

Additional documents:


Consideration was given to the above planning application.


The following attended the meeting and spoke in relation to the application:


Claire McLellan and Mike Nevitt (objectors), Anthony Critchley (supporter) and Joe Turner (applicant).




That the application be DEFERRED for the following reasons:


1.    To review the Public Open Space (POS) and options for enhancement of use; and


2.    To enable further investigation and assessment of the ‘clean cover system’ material in all gardens and the POS to ensure it is suitable for residential and public use.


In the event of any changes being needed to the wording of the Committee’s decision (such as to delete, vary or add conditions/informatives/planning obligations or reasons for approval/refusal) prior to the decision being issued, the Head of Planning has delegated authority to do so in consultation with the Chairman of the Strategic Planning Board, provided that the changes do not exceed the substantive nature of the Committee’s decision.