Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall
Contact: Ken Bickerton Committee Officer
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Marc Jones, Paul Rogers and Andy Williams.
To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2018.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2018 were submitted.
Correction to Minutes: Councillor Tina Mannering had been marked as absent and Councillor Graham Rogers had been marked as present.
RESOLVED – That, subject to the above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2018 be signed as a correct record.
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.
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 Adrienne Jeorrett – Personal not prejudicial – Application Code No. P/2018/0772 being a resident of Beechley Road but lived at the other end of the street. The Councillor stayed in the meeting for this item and took part in the discussion and voting thereon.
Councillor Gwenfair Jones – Personal not prejudicial – Application Code No. P/2018/0738 being a Member of Gwersyllt Community Council. The Councillor stayed in the meeting for this item and took part in the discussion and voting thereon.
Councillor Tina Mannering – Personal – Application Code No. P/2018/0426 having pre-determined the application. The Councillor, in her 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 her support for the proposed development, then withdrew from the meeting, taking no part in the discussion and voting thereon.
Councillor Tina Mannering – Personal and prejudicial – Application Code No. P/2018/0738 as she rented land off the owner of the site. The Councillor had already left the meeting prior to consideration of this application.
Councillor Mike Dixon – Personal and prejudicial – Application Code No. P/2018/0836 the applicant being known to him. The Councillor withdrew from the meeting for this item, taking no part in the discussion and voting thereon.
To consider the report of the Head of Environment and Planning.
The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report (HEP/11/18) for Members’ consideration of planning applications and attention was drawn to his Addendum report where relevant.
Application Code No. P/2018/0426 – Conversion and change of use to single dwelling (previously granted under Code No. P/2012/0735) at Disused Mill, Bradley Mill, Bradley, Wrexham.
(Member declaration of interest in relation to this application is set out in Minute 35 above).
Mr Matt Gilbert (Agent) spoke in support of the application.
During consideration of the application reference was made to the planning history and that the plans submitted with this application were identical to the ones previously approved (December 2012) in terms of design, access and parking. In addition, there have been no changes to local planning policy in respect of the conversion of rural buildings since permission was previously granted. Since that date the Welsh Government have issued further guidance on the interpretation of Technical Advice Note 15: Development and Flood Risk which has resulted in the NRW consultation response being that planning permission should be refused. This has resulted in the Committee Report recommendation to refuse planning permission.
It was suggested that consideration of the application be deferred to allow the Head of Environment and Planning time to seek further technical advice from NRW in respect of any additional technical assessments required and/or flood mitigation requirements that are required from the applicant. This was agreed by the Committee.
RESOLVED – That consideration of the application be DEFERRED to allow the Head of Environment and Planning time to seek further technical advice from NRW in respect of any additional technical assessments required and/or flood mitigation requirements in the event of planning permission being granted so that the application could be considered by the Committee on the basis of the fullest information possible.
Application Code No. P/2018/0738 – Siting of shipping container for storage of football equipment to be used by Llay United Youth Football Club while using pitches together with the possible future fencing off of the container with green V mesh fence to provide additional security etc. at Cricket Ground, Park Wall Road, Bradley, Wrexham.
(Members’ declarations of interest in relation to this application are set out in Minute 35 above).
Ms Louise Roberts (Representing Bowling Club) spoke against the application.
One of the Local Members (Councillor Tina Mannering) indicted her support for the application as the container is required for the storage of equipment and will support the long term sustainability of a local youth football team. In her opinion the location of the container will not have a detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the area and suggested that permission be granted.
The other Local Member (Cllr David Griffiths) indicated his objection to the application as the siting of the container could have a detrimental impact upon the security of the Bowling Club and result in the re-occurrence of anti-social behaviour which has been experienced in the past. In his opinion, there were more suitable locations ... view the full minutes text for item 36.