Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: The Telford Suite, Whitehouse Hotel, Watling Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 2NJ

Contact: Jayne Clarke / Joe Galkowski  01952 383205 / 388356

Items
No. Item

PC31

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

In respect of planning application TWC/2019/0133, Councillor E Callear advised that she was a ward member for Ketley and Overdale but had not been involved in any discussions on this application.

PC32

Minutes pdf icon PDF 240 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting. 

Minutes:

RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting held on 25 September 2019 be agreed and signed by the Chair.

PC33

Deferred/Withdrawn Applications

Minutes:

None.

PC34

Site Visits

Minutes:

None.

PC35

Planning Applications for Determination pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Please note that the order in which applications are heard may be changed at the meeting.  If Members have queries about any of the applications, they are requested to raise them with the relevant Planning Officer prior to the Committee meeting.

Minutes:

Members had received a schedule of planning applications to be determined by the Committee and fully considered each report and the supplementary information tabled at the meeting regarding planning application TWC/20190487.

PC36

TWC/2016/0553 - Land East of Loadcroft, Lincoln Hill, Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire pdf icon PDF 152 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This was an application for the erection of 1 no. detached dwelling on land East of Loadcroft, Lincoln Hill, Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire.

 

This application had been called in by The Gorge Parish Council.

 

The Planning Officer gave Members a brief overview to Members with regard to stabilization and the discussions that had taken place with the geotechnical specialists.  With regards to the issue of Reynolds Tunnel, it had been demonstrated that if the tunnel were to collapse it would on have an impact of 100mm or 10cm and that it would not affect the dwelling.  Bi-annual checks of the tunnel had been recommended and there had been no objections to these, although they were not considered necessary.  No technical objections had been received.

 

During the debate, some Members felt that they needed to follow the expert advice and were happy to support the application which was of a good design.  Other Members raised concerns regarding the collapse of the tunnel and its effects and the general movement of the Gorge by 60cm per year and its effects on the development.

 

The Planning Officer confirmed that if the tunnel were to collapse it would only affect the land by 100mm or 10cm.  With regards to the movement of the ground within the Gorge, an additional condition regarding the floor levels and ground levels could be requested.  The retaining wall would need to be sympathetic to the surrounding area and landscaped.

 

On being put to the vote it was, unanimously:

 

RESOLVED – that in respect of Planning Application TWC/2016/0553 delegated authority be granted to the Development Management Service Delivery Manager to grant planning permission subject to the conditions and informatives contained in the report (with authority to finalise conditions and reasons for approval to be delegated to Development Management Service Delivery Manager) together with additional conditions requiring the submission of details of Finished Floor Levels and Garden Levels and an Informative recommending the bi-annual inspection of Reynolds Tunnel.

PC37

TWC/2016/0554 - Site of Loadcroft, Lincoln Hill, Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire pdf icon PDF 151 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This application was for the erection of replacement dwelling following demolition of existing dwelling ‘Loadcroft’ utilizing existing access of Lincoln Hill on the site of Loadcroft, Lincoln Hill, Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire.

 

This application had been called in by The Gorge Parish Council.

 

The Planning Officer gave Members a brief overview with regard to this application which was sited on land at Loadcroft which had been discussed in the previous application.

 

Upon being put to the vote it was, unanimously:

 

RESOLVED – that in respect of Planning Application TWC/2016/0554 delegated authority be granted to the Development Management Service Delivery Manager to grant planning permission subject to the conditions and informatives contained in the report (with authority to finalise conditions and reasons for approval to be delegated to Development Management Service Delivery Manager) together with additional conditions requiring the submission of details of Finished Floor Levels and Garden Levels and an Informative recommending the bi-annual inspection of Reynolds Tunnel.

PC38

TWC/2019/0133 - Recycling House, Rock Road, Ketley, Telford, Shropshire TF1 5HW pdf icon PDF 290 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This Application was for the variation of Condition 10 (hours of operation), Condition 16 (clarification of type of waste quantity) and Condition 17 (vehicle movements) of planning permission TWC/2017/0882 at Recycling House, Rock Road, Ketley, Telford, Shropshire TF1 5HW.

 

This application was deferred at Planning Committee on 25 September 2019 to allow officers to negotiate with the Applicant in respect of concerns relating to hours of operation and highway safety.

 

Councillor S Millward-Thomas spoke against the application on behalf of Ketley Parish Council who, although pleased that the increased operating hours would no longer take place they continued to raise concerns regarding road safety, suitability of the site increase of tonnage, damage to the road surface, environmental impact, noise, dust and loss of amenity for residents, the “S” bend and highway/pedestrian safety and the condition restricting lorry movements for a 40 minute slot at the start and end of school day, which they did not consider a suitable amount of time.

 

Councillor M Boylan, Ward Councillor, spoke on behalf of local residents and raised concerns regarding the incinerator bottom ash storage and waste management and the health impacts to the environment and local residents, the tonnage of vehicles, unsuitable highway infrastructure, condition of roads and access, noise impact as this site had stood empty for some time and the amenity of residents.

 

Mr P Nichols, member of the public, spoke against the application with regards to environmental safety with regard to hazardous substances in the waste product and the lack of protection for residents, the size of the lorries and the impact of the increased tonnage, highway safety regarding the “S” bend and the suitability of the site near to local Schools and the amount of vehicles coming in and out of the site on a weekly basis.

 

Mr P Bond, Applicant’s Agent, spoke in favour of the application and explained that the increased tonnage of the waste was due to the wet state on the product upon arrival.  This was non-hazardous and approval had already been given for incinerator bottom ash waste at the site.  There were currently no HGV restrictions on this road but signs would be placed on the “S” bend.  This application would bring the site back into use and create 15 full-time jobs.

 

The Planning Officer reminded Members that this application before them was to consider the impact on amenity and highway safety and that consent had already been granted for incinerator bottom ash was, this was not for consideration at this meeting.  The applicant had addressed the concerns regarding the 6am start and this condition would no longer be varied.  Access would be improved and there would be a S106 agreement towards the VAS and highway improvements.  A further condition would be required preventing HGVs to leave the site a school peak times.

 

During the debate some Members considered that, as the incinerator bottom ash permission had already been granted, this application could go to appeal for non-determination which might result in conditions being  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC38

PC39

TWC/2019/0487 - Land west of Lawford Close, Off Majestic Way, Aqueduct, Telford, Shropshire pdf icon PDF 292 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This application was an outline application for the erection of up to 39 dwellings and access from Majestic Way with all other matters reserved.

 

This application was before Committee as the Council were the applicant and the application was subject to a Section 106 Agreement.

 

An update report was tabled at the meeting which gave details of 22 further objections which had been received since the report was published.

 

Councillor B Wennington spoke against the application on behalf of Dawley Hamlets Parish Council who raised concerns regarding the loss of a large green space within the Parish and the effect on the wildlife and the local LNR, highway safety, speed of traffic, increased traffic, bus route, parking especially around school times which was already difficult and the lack of footpath.  Further concerns were raised with the medical centre in Aqueduct marked for closure and the increase in journeys with people travelling to the medical centre by car.

 

Mrs K Barnes, a member of the public, spoke on behalf of local residents who raised concerns with regard to road safety, congestion, speed of traffic, visability, insufficient parking for the 2 nearby schools, effect on the local amenity, stretched services due to the closure of the nearby Health Centre, impact on nature and the loss of green space.

 

The Planning Officer confirmed to members that this site had been identified on the Telford and Wrekin Local Plan for up to 40 dwellings and that the principle of development had already been established.  The concerns which had been raised within the update report had been considered and a balancing exercise taken place.

 

During the debate some Members raised concerns regarding increased traffic, potential risk of flooding from the reservoir, loss of trees, inadequate drainage, impact on wildlife, the replacement wall which would need to be 10ft high, unsuitability of the site, insufficient parking and it was asked if a speed reduction scheme could be introduced and asked if there could be a deferral or refusal for this to be looked at.  Other Members felt that the principle of development had already been established so it was difficult to refuse and that the S106 contributions and the 25% affordable housing were welcomed, but asked if the application could be deferred for a site visit.

 

The Planning Officer confirmed to Members that there were areas of the site that were restricted for the building of houses due to the flooding risk.  The application was only outline at this stage and the layout was indicative and only gave a rough guide as to layout as this would be dealt with at the reserved matters stage.  The Planning Officer confirmed that the reserved matters application would be brought back before Committee.

 

The Highways Officer informed Members that the council’s traffic management team are looking at a wider scheme of traffic calming along Majestic Way. This development was seen as a means of kick starting a scheme by the implementation of speed control tables in the vicinity  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC39

PC40

TWC/2019/0560 - Site of The Mill House, Walcot, Telford, Shropshire pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This application was for the conversion of an existing stable block to a dwelling on the site of The Mill House, Walcot, Telford, Shropshire. 

 

This application had been called in by Councillor J Seymour.

 

Councillor J Seymour, Ward Councillor, spoke on behalf of the neighbour who raised concerns regarding the access across the path, intrusion on his amenity, increased usage of limited access, adverse impact of the gate, damage to septic tank and she asked if this application could be deferred for a site visit.

 

S Moore, Applicant spoke in favour of the application and explained the decrease in traffic movements compared to that of a working stables.  An automated gate with intercom would be installed to create a physical barrier and limit traffic movement with no diverse impact on highway safety or ecology.  The pedestrian curtilage would be used move bins to the highway to be collected.  Surface water drainage and sewage treatment plant would be put in place and these would protect the heritage asset.

 

During the debate some Members asked for clarification on the access and egress and raised concern regarding the septic tank and plans to replace this on land not owned by the Applicant. 

 

The Planning Officer confirmed to Members that sewage treatment would be on the applicant’s land and this would offer an enhanced package.  There was a right of access along the track as it was being used as a stable block and Highways Officers did not consider that there would be a detrimental impact.

 

Upon being put to the vote it was, by a majority:-

 

RESOLVED – that in respect of Planning Application TWC/2019/0560 that delegated authority be granted to the Development Management Service Delivery Manager to grant full planning permission subject to the conditions and informatives contained within the report (with authority to finalise conditions and reasons for approval to be delegated to Development Management Service Delivery Manager).