Planning Committee Meeting

MINUTES of the meeting held 24 07 2023

In attendance

Cllr Lena Hogben

Cllr Steve Hogben

Cllr Marilyn Houston

Cllr Toni Mortimer

Cllr Kev Murray

Cllr John Rhodes

Cllr Dennis Straine-Francis

[Also present: Cllr Joy Bratherton, declaring an interest as an elected member of Cheshire East Council and Chair of the Southern Planning Committee]  

PL/23/3/1 To receive apologies for absence
  Cllr Jamie Messent
PL/23/3/2    To note declarations of Members’ interests
  Cllr Houston declared a non-pecuniary interest in 23/2367N & 23/2368N as an elected member of Cheshire east Council, which is listed as the applicant.
PL/23/3/3 To confirm and sign the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 26th June 2023
  RESOLVED: That the minutes are approved as a true record of the meeting
PL/23/3/4 Public Participation
  A period not exceeding 15 minutes for members of the public to ask questions or submit comments that relate to the items within the agenda.

The committee was addressed by a resident present who spoke regarding agenda item 8.2, detailing the decline in bus usage and the particularly low usage in Cheshire East when compared nationally. It was explained that the usage in Crewe, although higher than other parts of Cheshire east remained comparatively low on a national context. It was suggested that the town council might be able to progress better communication and engagement with regard to the available bus services for Crewe.


PL/23/3/5 To consider making a response to the following planning applications:
Application No: 23/2392N
Proposal: Construction of driveway gate, solar panel-roofed walkway, and open-fronted carport.
Location: Willow House, 54, SYDNEY ROAD, CREWE, CW1 4HG

No Objection

Application No: 23/2110N
Proposal: Subdivision of the existing vicarage into two separate dwellings with associated works
Location: St Barnabas Vicarage, WEST STREET, CREWE, CW1 3HX


Application No: 23/2087N
Proposal: Consent to display an advertisement, B and Q branded signage

No objection

Application No: 23/1653N
 Proposal: External alterations to existing building, including erection of new draft lobby, new windows and doors, recladding external walls and over cladding of roof, together with installation of new external plant and bio fuel enclosures and bin store
 Location: Total Fitness, MACON WAY, CREWE, CW1 6DG

No objections

Application No: 23/2349N
Proposal: Demolition of an existing temporary industrial warehouse and construction of an Integrated Logistics Centre including a covered logistics route, internal amenity and office annex
Location: Bentley Motors Limited, PYMS LANE, CREWE, CW1 3PL

No objections

Application No: 23/2381C
Proposal: Advertisement Consent for 4 signs on proposed office development
Location: Street Record, ARDEN SQUARE, CREWE

No objection

Application No: 23/2367N
Proposal: Proposals for repair of Crewe Municipal Buildings main façade

Windows, doors and wrought iron railing and gates including replacement of two existing flag poles and associated temporary works


No objection

Application No: 23/2368N
Proposal: Listed building consent for proposals for repair of Crewe Municipal Buildings main facade windows, doors and wrought iron railing and gates including replacement of two existing flag poles and associated temporary works

No objections

Application No: 23/2449N
Proposal: Outline planning permission for a new bungalow dwelling.
Location: Orchard Meadows, GROBY ROAD, CREWE, CW1 4ND

No objection

Application No: 23/2525N
Proposal: Proposed conversion of existing dwelling to form 3 No. self contained apartments together with new access


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

i.                    The proposals represent over development of the site, which is demonstrated as the plans do not meet the technical housing standards, as adopted by Cheshire East Council, and therefore seek to provide cramped and low quality accommodation

ii.                   The plans do not provide for detailed waste storage, which is contrary to local planning policy

iii.                 The plans do not provide for details of secure cycle storage, which is contrary to local planning policy

iv.                 The plans do not provide adequate, if any, amenity space for the number of flats proposed, which is contrary to local planning policy and the distance from available amenity space

v.                   The plans do not provide adequate parking provision, which is against local planning policy. This will lead to local on street parking pressures and therefore impact on the amenity of existing residents as well as challenges on Hungerford Road, a busy gateway access to the town.

vi.                 Concerns relating to fire safety regarding the upper floors and safe means of egress in an emergency

Application No: 23/2534N
Proposal: Proposed alterations and ground floor extension

No objections

Application No: 23/2559N
Proposal: Prior approval for the installation of a roof mounted Solar PV System
Location: The Axis Academy, LODGEFIELDS DRIVE, CREWE, CW2 8TU
  No objection
PL/23/3/6 To consider making responses to any urgent planning application consultations that  have arisen since this agenda was published

Application No: 23/2699N
Proposal: Resubmission of refused application ref 22/4906N for two storey side and rear facing extension. Formation of rear facing dormer and vehicle crossing.

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

i.                    The proposals represent overdevelopment of the site

ii.                   Loss of amenity for neighbouring residents due to loss of light, over bearing nature of the designs and loss of privacy due to over-looking nature of the proposals

iii.                 The impact on highways safety as access and egress on to Hungerford Road would create highways risks

iv.                 The proposals are not sufficiently different from the previously declined application as to address the issues that resulted in planning refusal

PL/23/3/7 To note responses submitted under delegation since the previous meeting
PL/23/3/8 To note and/or consider correspondence, consultations, planning policy circulated by the planning authority (Cheshire East Council) and member items
  8.1 Cheshire East Bus Support Criteria Consultation


8.2 Changes to bus route communication

RESOLVED: That Crewe Town Council will look at means to provide detailed accessible information relating to local bus services, costs and access.

8.3 Proposed Changes to ticket offices – potential closure of Crewe Station Ticket Office


i.                    That the committee responds to object to the proposals in the strongest terms

ii.                   That the Chair of the committee will write directly to the Secretary of State for Transport to express deep concern and opposition to the potential loss of services.

PL/23/3/9 To note correspondence associated with planning enforcement


PL/23/3/10 The date of the next meeting: Monday 18th September 2023 at 6pm.


Meeting closed at 7.14pm

Chair – Cllr John Rhodes

Clerk – P Turner


Meeting documents

Planning Committee Meeting Pack 240723

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