MINUTES of the meeting on 16th January 2023
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
|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:|
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
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
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
|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|
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
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.
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
|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
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