Planning Committee

MINUTES of the meeting held 20th March 2023

In attendance:

Cllr Emma Angier

Cllr Lena Hogben

Cllr Marilyn Houston

Cllr Kevin Murray

Cllr Gary Palin

Cllr John Rhodes

Cllr Dennis Straine-Francis


PL/22/8/1 To receive apologies for absence

Cllr Ben Wye

PL/22/8/2    To note declarations of Members’ interests


PL/22/8/3 To confirm and sign the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 13th February 2023

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

PL/22/8/4 Public Participation
  A period not exceeding 15 minutes for members of the public to ask questions or submit comments that relate to items on the published agenda.


PL/22/8/5 To consider making a response to the following planning applications:









Application No: 23/0727N
Proposal: Erection of two sets of two semi-detached properties and a rear extension to no.179 (renewal of planning permission 19/0339N)
Location: Land Adjacent To 179, ALTON STREET, CREWE

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

i.                    The proposals do not meet the planning authority’s policy associated with minimum parking provision, being that the development will not provide adequate parking

ii.                   That the lack of parking will have an adverse effect on existing residences due to increased density of on street parking

iii.                 Cheshire East Highways recently objected to a proposal with inadequate parking (23/0231N), citing the negative impact on neighbouring residences due to increased on street parking. The assertion that this is a sustainable location that will not need additional parking is unsustainable as can be seen by visiting the site and all the surrounding streets in this area where parking is a significant issue for amenity and safety.

iv.                 The defined access within the access statement is not confirmed as deliverable due to independently declared private ownership

v.                   The site’s location on the highway risks collision or impact with cars and/or pedestrians and or cyclists due to the need to reverse out of the parking space.


Application No: 23/0287N
Proposal: Erection of a single storey rear extension
Location: 23 , Newfield Drive, Crewe, CW1 4AR

No objection


Application No: 23/0457N
Proposal: Full planning application for minor external alterations to the existing building associated with the change of use from Class E(b) (restaurant) to Sui Generis (restaurant selling food and drink for consumption on and off the premises), extension to opening hours, alterations to the car park (including the creation of a drive thru lane), landscaping, and associated works.
Location: UNIT 4, Phoenix Leisure Park, DUNWOODY WAY, CREWE, CW1 3AJ

The committee had no objection, but seeks to ensure that the comments raised by the Environmental Protection officer and residents comments associated with EV charging points are progressed.


Application No: 23/0105N
Proposal: Change of use from offices to self contained flats

Whilst the committee welcomes the investment in the building, which is in significant disrepair, it is a building in a sensitive heritage setting and design and all considerations of heritage should be ensured.

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

i.                    That the proposed room and residence dimensions do not meet the minimum technical housing standards, yet to be adopted by Cheshire East, but this failing should not impact on the quality of accommodation delivered for the residents of Crewe.

ii.                   That the proposals do not provide waste storage away from the public realm. Contrary to Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy Policy SE1.4.iv

iii.                 The risk of on street waste will lead to loss of amenity for existing residents nearby and risk public health issues due to the encouragement of vermin

iv.                 That the proposals do not provide adequate access for those with mobility issues due to the cramped designs for living accommodation. Contrary to Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy Policy SE1.4.v

v.                   That the development constitutes overdevelopment of the site and creates an HMO by default.

vi.                 The development does not meet local plan policy as it does not provide for secure and adequate cycle storage.

vii.               No residential mix is demonstrated. Contrary to Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy Policy SC4

viii.             The proposals should be considered under a heritage setting and within Local Plan Policies SD1.1.iv SE7

ix.                 There is no external amenity space associated with the proposals, which further impacts the low quality and high density design of the proposal. Contrary to Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy Policies SD1.2.i and SE1.4.ii

x.                   The development is more than 500m from outdoor amenity space. Contrary to Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy (Table 9.1)

xi.                 The proposal does not provide adequate safe egress in the event of an emergency. Such proposals should seek to provide additional fire/emergency escape routes


Application No: 23/0508N
Proposal: Proposed hip to gable and single storey rear extension to form extra living space

No objection.


Application No: 23/0524N
Proposal: Change of use of existing garages to allow storage of building material and equipment including alteration of existing garage door openings to single door opening and lowering of roof.
Location: Land and Buildings adjacent to 7 Newton , Newton Street, Crewe, CW1 2NE

No objection


Application No: 23/0610N
Proposal: Single storey rear extension with addition of a porch to the side aspect

No objection


Application No: 23/0625N
Proposal: Proposed Annexe

RESOLVED: That the committee objects to this proposal on the following issues:

i.                    The proposal is for independent living accommodation away from the primary dwelling. This represents over development of the site

ii.                   The proposal risks loss of amenity for neighbouring properties due to noise and intrusion related to the additional of secondary living accommodation

iii.                 The clear concerns of the multiple neighbour comments should be considered and responded to


Application No: 23/0684N
Proposal: Installation of 1.88m high black paladin fencing to Macon Way frontage of disused gym, which will become an office facility for Network Rail (ref 22/1720N)
Location: Total Fitness, MACON WAY, CREWE, CW1 6DG

No objection


Application No: 23/0707N
Proposal: prior approval for larger householder extension extending 4.4m from the rear elevation, max height of 4m and 2.4m to the eaves. Single storey extension to side of existing 2 story outrigger between it and boundary wall with no 8. Monopitch roof sloping up to rear wall.

No objection


Application No: 23/0539N
Proposal: Full planning permission for Units 1-3 comprising a mix of Class B2 / E(g)(iii) light industrial / manufacturing and B8 warehousing & distribution uses and ancillary areas, together with access, car parking provision, landscaping (including buffers, habitat parks, nature trails), sustainable drainage features (ponds, swales and raingardens), ecological enhancements (wet meadows, woodland planting, wildflower grassland), and other associated works and infrastructure proposed within the northern part of the site, within the curtilage of Units 1 – 3.

Outline planning permission for the southern part of the site comprising a mix of Class E(g)(i) offices, B2 / E(g)(iii) light industrial /

manufacturing and B8 warehousing & distribution uses, with all matters reserved including (access, appearance, landscaping, layout and

scale) together with works and infrastructure associated with the southern part of the site.

Location: Land in the Western Part of Basford East, Crewe

The committee had no objection to the proposals, but seeks that the development ensures it meets planning policy associated with:

i.                    The provision of covered and secure cycle storage

ii.                   The provision of electric vehicle charging points

iii.                 The provision of sustainable energy production eg PV panels

iv.                 Ensuring net biodiversity gain.


Application No: 23/0518N
Proposal: Replacement Boundary Fence and Water Tank for sprinkler system with associated connections

The committee seeks that the wall feature that is noted for removal is recognised as an original remnant aspect of the railway infrastructure of the town and as such it should be recorded in detail and the bricks reclaimed for reuse elsewhere on the site.

Application No: 23/0802N
Proposal: External alterations to the south-east and north-east elevations of existing unit, including re-cladding, screening cycle park, replacement shutter door and installation of rooftop PV panels
Location: The Railway Exchange, Weston Road, Crewe, CW1 6AA

No objection


Application No: 23/0773N
Proposal: Existing Plant replaced with new
Location: 17-18, VICTORIA CENTRE, CREWE, CW1 2PT

No objection


Application No: 23/0408N
Proposal: Proposed new canopy structure to provide a larger covered unloading area
Location: Bentley Motors Limited, PYMS LANE, CREWE, CW1 3PL

No objection


Application No: 23/0861N
Proposal: Listed Building consent for Repair of damaged high level decorative corbelled masonry and removal of destructive vegetation growing from the wall face to the flank walls along platforms 8,10, and 11 at Crewe Station.
Location: Crewe Railway Station, Arriva Trains Wales Limited, Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire East, CW2 6HR

No objection


Application No: 23/0899N
Proposal: InstaVolt are proposing to install two rapid electric vehicle charging stations within the car park of McDonalds, Crewe. Two existing parking spaces will become EV charging bays, along with associated equipment.
Location: 100, DUNWOODY WAY, CREWE, CW1 3ZN

No objection


Application No: 23/0313N
Proposal: Due to an increase in pupil numbers, we are proposing to extend the school hall and storage areas to meet the increasing demands of the school.
Location: Beechwood Primary School And Nursery, MEREDITH STREET, CREWE, CHESHIRE, CW1 2PH
   No objection


PL/22/8/6 To consider making responses to any urgent planning application consultations that  have arisen since this agenda was published

Application No: 23/0971N
Proposal: Variation of conditions 2- approved plans & 4- specification of source heat pump on approval 22/1957N
Location: South Cheshire College, DANE BANK AVENUE, CREWE, CHESHIRE, CW2 8AB

No objection


Application No: 23/0964N
Proposal: Variation of condition 2 and 3 on application 22/0640N: Upgrades to facade of P35 Mulliner Building including application of new rainscreen cladding and section of living wall
Location: Bentley Motors Limited, PYMS LANE, CREWE, CW1 3PL

No objection


Application No: 23/0930N
Proposal: Proposal to change use of existing store in to a vaccination Centre for Covid jabs
Location: 136, WEST STREET, CREWE, CW1 3HG

No objection


Application No: 22/3636N
Proposal: Proposed 1 bedroom flat ground and first floor, removal of existing garage/storeroom
Location: 383, WEST STREET, CREWE, CW1 3HY

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

i.                    That the proposal represents over development of the site, being that the site is already completely built out, with no outdoor space left

ii.                   That the proposal, contrary to local plan policy, does not provide any amenity space for the residential development

iii.                 That the proposal, contrary to local plan policy, does not provide for adequate parking provision, which will adversely affect current on street parking issues

iv.                 That the proposal, contrary to local plan policy, does not provide for sustainable or secure waste storage, which will adversely affect the amenity of neighbouring properties due to on street waste

v.                   That the proposal, contrary to local plan policy, does not provide secure cycle storage

vi.                 The application is inaccurate. The property would access and egress on to Bowen Cooke Avenue, not West Street.

PL/22/8/7 To note responses submitted under delegation since the previous meeting


PL/22/8/8 To note and/or consider correspondence, consultations,  planning policy circulated by the planning authority (Cheshire East Council) and member items
  8.1 CAN26847 Proposed telecommunications apparatus in Crewe

The committee expressed that the proposed location was not supported due to concerns relating to distraction and  obstruction at a busy road junction and roundabout

8.2 Cheshire East Mini Holland Briefing

The briefing was received and members will have the opportunity to provide comments and questions by email

8.3 Cheshire East Road naming consultation

It was agreed to submit the request that Tottys Hall Farm is considered as a reference for the roads.

PL/22/8/9 To note the proposed date of the next meeting Monday 17th April 2023 at 6pm.

Meeting closed at 7.46pm

Chair Cllr John Rhodes

Clerk P Turner

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