Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday 7th February, 2024 1.30 pm

Venue: Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library, Stockton - on - Tees, TS18 1TU

Contact: Sarah Whaley  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

P/49/23

Evacuation Procedure pdf icon PDF 9 KB

Minutes:

The Evacuation Procedure was noted.

P/50/23

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

P/51/23

Minutes of the meeting which was held on 6 December 2023 pdf icon PDF 188 KB

For approval and signature.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the Planning Committee minutes form the meeting which was held on 6 December 2023.

 

RESLOVED that the minutes be approved and signed as a correct by the Chair.

P/52/23

Planning Protocol pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Minutes:

The Planning Protocol was noted.

P/53/23

23/0046/OUT Playing Field South Of Charlton Close, Greenwood Road, Billingham Outline application for proposed development of up to 325,000 square feet (30,193 sq metres) of B2/B8 employment floorspace (maximum two storeys in height), with all matters reserved other than access. pdf icon PDF 421 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to planning application 23/0046/OUT Playing Field South of Charlton Close, Greenwood Road, Billingham.

 

Outline planning permission was sought for up to 30,193 sq metres of B2/B8 employment floorspace with all matters reserved other than access on land to the South/Southeast of Charltons Close in Billingham. Access to the site was to be taken from Greenwood Road and the development was to be a maximum two storeys in height.

 

Planning permission was approved for exactly the same development on the 28th February 2020. That permission had now expired.

 

The consultees that had been notified and the comments that had been received were detailed within the main report.

 

Neighbours were notified and the comments received were detailed within the main report.

 

The planning policies and material planning considerations that were relevant to the consideration of the application were contained within the main report.

 

The Planning Officers report concluded that it was considered that the application would bring forward sustainable development on an unused area of land within the established urban area and whilst not in complete accordance with the specific policies in the local plan, the development would accord with the NPPF and the local plan in terms of sustainable development and the reuse of land. For this reason and the specific constraints of the site the principle of development was considered acceptable.

 

It was recommended that the application be Approved with Conditions for the reasons as specified within the main report.

 

Members were given the opportunity to ask questions / make comments. These could be summarised as follows: -

 

. Questions were asked as to exactly what would be going on the site and what employment opportunities would be on offer.

 

. Concerns were highlighted relating to the impact on local wildlife and the nature reserve located behind Carltons Pond.

 

. In terms of the proposed Construction Management Plan, it was asked that if the application was to be approved could a condition be included limiting the weight of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV’s) to 7.5 tonnes on Greenwood Road.

 

. There were current ongoing issues with HGV’s on Marsh House Avenue which needed addressing.

 

. Officers were asked to explain the benefits of the application, as it was not currently in line with Stockton’s Local Development Plan and to clarify which policies it departed from, in particular policy T12.

 

. Questions were also raised as to why the title of the application referred to a Playing Field.

 

. Concerns were raised relating to the reserved matters stage, in terms of what would happen, if outline planning was granted today, and future proposals at the reserved matters stage were not considered acceptable by the Planning Committee.

 

Officers were given the opportunity to respond to comments/issues raised. Their responses could be summarised as follows: -

 

. The Application was an outline planning application and until the reserved matters details of the site was known the suggested 7.5 tonne weight limit on Greenwood Road may not be required.

 

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P/54/23

23/1003/FUL Stable Block South West Of North Meadows, Calf Fallow Lane, Norton Conversion of 1no barn to 1no dwellinghouse to include the erection of a porch to the front, erection of 1.8m high wall with 2.4m piers and demolition of existing storage building. pdf icon PDF 465 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to planning application 23/1003/FUL Stable Block South West of North Meadows, Calf Fallow Lane, Norton.

 

The application site related to an existing stable building located within an agricultural field along Calf Fallow Lane, Norton. The stable building was laid on an area of hardstanding, and to the west there were two smaller buildings which were lawful. There were also unauthorised works that had been carried out at the site which would be investigated accordingly.

 

Planning Permission was granted in January last year for a larger stable building within the adjacent field. The permission was approved on the basis that the stable block which was subject of the application to be demolished.

 

The application had been considered in full and was recommended for refusal as the scheme was contrary to planning policy as it would lead to an isolated home within the countryside which was unsustainably located. The conversion was not considered to meet any of the requirements of planning policy SD3 which supported countryside dwellings and as a result the development would lead to an erosion of the countryside and set an undesirable precedent.

 

The application was due to be presented to Committee in January as the Applicant was a Council Employee and the Scheme of Delegation stated that applications which meet the following criteria be referred to Planning Committee

 

Those cases which involve development on land owned, or in which an interest is held, by a Council Member (or their spouse/partner) or by any member of the Council staff (or their spouse/partner). An Objection representation had been received to the planning application.

 

However, an appeal had been submitted for non-determination and the application was brought to the planning committee for Members to make a decision on how they would have voted and whether members would have been minded refusing the application as per the Officer recommendation.

 

The consultees that had been notified and the comments that had been received were detailed within the main report.

 

Neighbours were notified and the comments received were detailed within the main report.

 

The planning policies and material planning considerations that were relevant to the consideration of the application were contained within the main report.

 

The Officers report concluded that the application be recommended for refusal for the reasons as specified within the main report.

 

Members were given the opportunity to ask questions / make comments. These could be summarised as follows: -

 

.  Brief discussion took place around which building on the site was to be converted as planning permission had already been granted in Jan 2023 for a larger stable building within the adjacent field. Officers confirmed this was a separate building to that which was approved in January 2023 and was due to be demolished following the grant of approval for the larger stable block in the adjacent field.

 

. Officers explained the application was outside the limits to development and would require exceptional circumstances for Officers to recommend it for approval, of which there were none.

 

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