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Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Monday, 4th March, 2019 4.00 pm

With effect from 1 April 2016 Agenda and Minutes will be available in both Welsh and English. Reports are working documents and produced in English only in accordance with Welsh Language Standard 41 of this Council’s Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall

Contact: Ken Bickerton  Committee Officer

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Items
No. Item

57.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Gwenfair Jones and Andy Williams.

58.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 February 2019.

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The Minutes of the meeting held on 4 February 2019 were submitted.

 

RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 February 2019 be signed as a correct record.

59.

Declarations of personal interests, if any

Members are reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare the existence and nature of any personal interest in respect of any of the business to be transacted at this meeting.

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Members were reminded of their responsibility, under paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare any interests in relation to any business to be transacted at this meeting.  The following declarations were made:

                                                                                        

Agenda Item 4 - Development Control Applications

 

Councillor Michael Morris – Personal and Prejudicial – Application Code No. P/2018/0922 the applicant being known to him and being a customer of his business. The Councillor withdrew from the meeting for this item taking no part in the discussion and voting thereon.

 

Councillor Bryan Apsley  – Personal and Prejudicial – Application Code No. P/2017/0314 – being the Secretary of Llay British Legion Social Club.  The Councillor, in his role as one of the Local Members, made representations pursuant to Part 3, Section 14(2) of the Wrexham County Borough Council Code of Conduct for Members, indicating his objection to the proposed development, then withdrew from the meeting, taking no part in the discussion and voting thereon.

 

Agenda Item 5 - Tree Preservation Order (TPO) 282/2018 Wrexham Law Courts & Police Headquarters, Bodhyfryd, Wrexham.

 

Councillor Bryan Apsley – Personal and Prejudicial – having previously indicated his objection to confirming the TPO in an e-mail to all Members and thereby pre-determining the application.  The Councillor withdrew from the meeting for this item taking no part in the discussion and voting thereon.

 

Councillor Adrienne Jeorrett – Personal and Prejudicial – her employer has spoken out publically about the TPO.   The Councillor withdrew from the meeting for this item taking no part in the discussion and voting thereon.

60.

Development Control Applications pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Environment and Planning.

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The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report (HEP/13/19) for Members’ consideration of planning applications and attention was drawn to his Addendum report where relevant.

 

Application Code No. P/2018/0551 – Planning Application for the development of an Orientated Strand Board Production Facility at Kronospan Ltd., Holyhead Road, Chirk, Wrexham.

 

A resident spoke against the application.

The applicant’s representative spoke in support of the application.

 

The Local Member indicated his objection to the proposed development as the Transport Assessment submitted with the application indicated a 24% increase in HGV movements (approximately 200 HGV lorries) at the site over a 24 hour period.  He commented upon the existing congested nature of the local highway network and that the condition of the road surface is deteriorating, especially at the entrance to the site.  In his opinion, the existing access to the site from the B5070 Holywell Road will be inadequate to cope with the increased vehicle movements to and from the site and that the applicant should investigate the provision of an alternative vehicular access to the site.  In addition, there will also be a potential increase in noise, dust and emissions by adding a new production line.  

 

During  the discussion that ensued, several Members concurred with the views expressed by the Local Member and suggested that further consideration of the application be deferred to allow the applicant time to investigate an alternate site access.  This was agreed by the Committee.

 

RESOLVED – That consideration of the application be DEFERRED to allow the applicant time to consider an alternative means of access to the site so that the application could be considered by the Committee on the basis of the fullest information possible.

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Application Code No. P/2018/0577 – Erection of four agricultural buildings for rearing livestock (poultry), ancillary building and plant, associated infrastructure, landscaping and access arrangements at Cinders Farm, Cinders, Ruabon, Wrexham.

 

The local residents’ representative spoke against the application.

The applicant’s representative spoke in support of the application.

 

The Local Member together with the adjoining Local Member commented that the proposed development would increase HGV traffic movement along the local highway network.  The access to the development site was proposed off Cinders Lane, a narrow lane with visibility splays at its junction on to the A539 not meeting the guidance contained in Planning Policy Wales Technical Advice Note 18.  In their opinion, the implementation of the proposed highway improvement measures would not be sufficient to allow for the safe passage of HGV vehicles along Cinders Lane and this would have an adverse impact on highway safety at this location.  Therefore, they asked that planning permission be refused.

 

During consideration of the application it was suggested that, if the Committee was minded to grant permission, in the interests of highway safety and to protect the amenities of occupiers of nearby properties, two further conditions be included to provide for the hours of delivery and collection of birds and a construction and operational traffic plan.  This was agreed by the Committee.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 60.

61.

Tree Preservation Order 282/2018 Wrexham Law Courts & Police Headquarters, Bodhyfrd, Wrexham pdf icon PDF 10 MB

To consider the report of the Head of Environment and Planning Services.

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(Members declaration of interest in relation to this application is set out in Minute 59 above).

 

The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report (HEP/21/19) which enabled consideration to be given to written representations made in respect of Tree Preservation Order (TPO) Wrexham County Borough Council No.282/2018 – Wrexham Law Courts and Police Headquarters, Bodhyfryd,  Wrexham.

 

The Local Member commented that confirmation of the TPO may have an adverse impact on the proposed construction of a new custody suite and access road which is a necessary requirement to serve the existing Law Courts on site.   The Planning Control Manager reminded Members that should there ever be a case in the future when any of the trees in question are agreed for removal, confirmation of the TPO will allow the Council to enforce replacement planting by the developer.

 

A Member suggested that there was an additional mature sycamore tree on site which, in his opinion, would also be worthy of protection.  In response, the Arboricultural Officer explained the reasoning behind his selection of the trees proposed for protection, however, he agreed that the mature sycamore tree could be worthy of protection. 

 

During consideration of the order, several Members suggested that the TPO be modified to include the mature sycamore on site and confirmed.  This was agreed by the Committee.

 

RESOLVED – That Tree Preservation Order Wrexham County Borough Council 282/2018: Wrexham Law Courts and Police Headquarters, Bodhyfryd, Wrexham be confirmed with the modification to include the mature sycamore tree. 

62.

Planning Appeal Decisions pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To consider the joint report of the Head of Corporate and Customer Services and the Head of Environment and Planning.

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The Head of Environment and Planning and the Head of Corporate and Customer Services submitted a joint report (HEP/22/19) which advised the Committee of the outcome of appeals against decisions of the Council (June 2016 - January 2019).

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

63.

Retirement

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The Chair referred to the imminent retirement of Ken Bickerton, who had clerked this Committee for many years and Members wished him all the best for the future.