Planning Committee

MINUTES of the meeting on 16th January 2023

In attendance:

Cllr John Rhodes

Cllr Tom Dunlop

Cllr Kevin Murray

Cllr Hazel Faddes

Cllr Dennis Straine-Francis

PL/22/5/1 To receive apologies for absence
  Cllrs Angier, Hogben, Houston, Palin
PL/22/5/2    To note declarations of Members’ interests

Cllr Rhodes declared a non-pecuniary interest in application 23/0011N as a governor of the applicant school.

Cllr Faddes declared a submitted objection to 22/4698N

Cllr Murray declared a submitted objection to 23/0042N

PL/22/5/3 To confirm and sign the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 21st November 2022

RESOLVED: That the minutes are approved as a true record of the meeting

PL/22/5/4 Public Participation
  A period not exceeding 15 minutes for members of the public to ask questions or submit comments.


PL/22/5/5 To consider making a response to the following planning applications:

Application No: 22/4698N
Proposal: Demolition of all buildings and structures and the erection of 47 no. retirement living apartments (Use Class C3) all of which would be affordable homes, along with parking spaces, landscaping and associated works.
Location: Sydney Cottage Farm, HERBERT STREET, CREWE, CW1 5LZ

RESOLVED: That whilst the committee does not object to the principle of development, the committee objects to the proposals on the following grounds:

i.                    That EV Charging point facilities are included to meet planning and also Cheshire East policies to support sustainability

ii.                   That waste storage operational details are provided in an accessible and clear format

iii.                 That the development demonstrates net biodiversity gain to fulfil planning and Cheshire East Council policy

iv.                 That the development demonstrates sustainable energy production (eg Solar/PV) to fulfil planning and Cheshire East Council policy

v.                   That the form of heating seeks to achieve sustainability (eg ground source heat pump or similar alternative method)

vi.                 That the development will create localised parking issues and the development should contribute towards mitigation and minimise the impact of related on street parking

vii.               The site does not provide the minimum parking provision within local plan policy

viii.             The location is not accessible in terms of public realm drop kerb crossings and access to public transport

Application No: 22/4924N
Proposal: Proposed 5G telecoms installation: H3G 20m street pole and additional equipment cabinets.
Location: Proposed 5G telecoms installation: H3G 2, COPPENHALL street works, COPPENHALL, CREWE, CW1 3DH
National Grid Ref: 370160.4924 356394.4447

RESOLVED: That the committee objects to the proposals based on the proximity of the site to sensitive buildings:

170m to Beechwood Primary School

245m to Adelaide School

235m to little cherubs pre school

45m to Pickmere Residential Home

45m to Cyprus Court Care Home

Application No: 22/4964N
Proposal: Proposed erection of a part single, part two storey building to provide a Class D2 Youth Zone facility with minibus parking and drive in drop off layby from Oak Street with accessible car parking space. A 5 a-side illuminated (MUGA) pitch is located on the roof at first floor level with an acoustic screen from properties on High Street. Covered secure cycle parking to the North along with external recreation area with secure fencing. Service Yard to the North accessed off High Street providing access to bin storage and minibus space. Associated boundary treatments and hard and soft landscaping.
Location: Car Park, OAK STREET, CREWE

RESOLVED: The committee supports and welcomes the application but seeks enhancements to the proposals to meet planning policy and sustainability:

i.                    The provision of sustainable energy generation (eg Solar/PV)

ii.                   The provision of additional features that supports net biodiversity gain (eg bat boxes, invertebrate nesting, bird nesting)

iii.                 The provision of bike parking

Application No: 22/4987D
Proposal: Discharge of condition 6 on application 20/0539N: The construction and operation of a 4MW (2 x 2MW) micropower plant and associated equipment.
Location: Cowley Power, Cowley Way, Cheshire East, Crewe, CW1 6AE

No objection

Application No: 23/0011N
Proposal: Provision of mobile catering pod to be placed adjacent to the food technology building.
Location: Ruskin Community High School, RUSKIN ROAD, CREWE, CW2 7JT

No objection

Application No: 23/0024N
Proposal: Proposed Change of Use/Conversion into 2 No Flats and Associated Works
Location: 30 , Casson Street, Crewe, Cheshire East, CW1 3EG
  RESOLVED: That the committee objects to the proposals in the clearest and strongest terms on the following grounds:

i.                    The proposals represent overdevelopment of the site, creating high density accommodation.

ii.                   There is concern that the proposals are in effect a work around the intents and actions of the Article 4 Directive to reduce the proliferation of HMOs in Crewe

iii.                 The development will further exacerbate localised on street parking issues and associated congestion and risks to pedestrians and cyclists.

iv.                 The proposals do not demonstrate safe egress from the first floor in the event of an emergency

v.                   Lack of amenity space

vi.                 Risk of on street waste due to poor access to waste storage for 1st floor accommodation which will have a negative impact on the amenity of neighbouring residents

PL/22/5/6 To consider making responses to any urgent planning application consultations that  have arisen since this agenda was published

Application No: 22/4784N
Proposal: Change of use of 1no residential dwelling into 2no self contained dwellings including a small rear extension to the ground floor rear elevation.
Location: 2, LORD STREET, CREWE, CW2 7DG

RESOLVED: That the committee objects to the proposals on the following grounds:

i.                    Loss of heritage roof feature windows – The removal of the existing dormer features will be detrimental to the heritage character of the building and the overall street scene as the existing dormer features are in keeping with the surrounding properties. The dormers should be retained.

ii.                   Loss of gable end window 2nd floor having a detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the street scene

iii.                 The proposals demonstrate over development of the site and would deliver low quality/ high density accommodation

iv.                 It is not clear that adequate headroom on 2nd floor living accommodation can be demonstrated

v.                   Lack of appropriate bike storage

vi.                 Lack of adequate bin storage which will lead to on street waste adversely impacting the amenity of neighbouring residents

vii.               Fire steps for 1st & 2nd floor should be provided to ensure safe egress in the event of an emergency

viii.             Risk of the basement being used as living and/or sleeping accommodation

ix.                 The development will further exacerbate localised on street parking issues and associated congestion and risks to pedestrians and cyclists.

x.                   Lack of amenity space

xi.                 The proposals do not demonstrate appropriate storage for waste for Flat 2, with a gate opening in to the public realm causing potential issues for others.

xii.               There is concern that the proposals demonstrate a work around of the intents and actions of the Article 4 Directive to reduce the proliferation of HMOs in Crewe

Application No: 23/0057N
Proposal: The proposal is the addition of aluminium framed shutters for the shop front windows and doors
Location: 88-90, GRESTY ROAD, CREWE, CW2 6EE

Whilst the committee does not object to the proposals, it is sought that the final design and finish of the shutters adds value to the street scene in terms of colour and design, potentially to reflect the attractive heritage nature of the building.

Application No: 23/0041N
Proposal: The demolition of car wash and the creation of charging zone, erection of EV chargers, erection of canopy, three jet wash bays, sub-station enclosure and associated forecourt works.
Location: Shell Service Station, BRADFIELD ROAD, CREWE, CW1 3RA

Whilst the committee does not object in principle, there should be clear conditions to limit any noise nuisance cased by use of the new facilities during anti-social hours that would be to the detriment of the amenity of adjoining and existing residential neighbouring properties

Application No: 23/0148N
Proposal: Certificate off lawful proposed development for rear and side extensions within permitted development rights.

No objection

Application No: 23/0136N
Proposal: single storey flat roof extension to rear providing accessible bedroom and bathroom and including new external ramped access to side elevation

No objection


PL/22/5/7 To note responses submitted under delegation since the previous meeting


PL/22/5/8 To note and/or consider correspondence, consultations, planning policy circulated by the planning authority (Cheshire East Council) and member items
  8.1 Crewe Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan – Cheshire East Council

Members thanked the Cheshire East Officer and noted the engagement and consultation related to the Mini Holland proposals for south west Crewe

8.2 resident’s email received relating to application 22/4061N


PL/22/5/9 Member Items

9.1 Cllr Murray – 20’s Plenty in Cheshire East

RESOLVED: That the committee recommends to council that Crewe Town Council supports the principle of 20’s Plenty for Crewe.

PL/22/5/10 To note the proposed date of the next meeting Monday 13th February at 6pm.

Meeting closed at 7.48pm

Chair      Cllr John Rhodes

Clerk      P Turner


Meeting documents

Planning Committee meeting pack 16/01/23

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