Minutes – 26 March 2019

MINUTES OF RICHARDS CASTLE (SHROPSHIRE) PARISH COUNCIL EXTRAORDINARY MEETING HELD AT THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 PM ON TUESDAY 26 MARCH 2019

PRESENT: Cllr. H Salwey (Chairman) and Cllr. D Ayres (Vice Chairman); Cllr. A Cowell; Cllr. C Giles; and Cllr. A Hall.

IN ATTENDANCE: Shropshire Cllr. V Parry; and R Hewitt, Clerk. Two (2) members of the public were present.

18/104 Apologies – Cllrs. R Smith and A Wright.

18/105 Declarations of Members Interest and Written Requests for Dispensation – None.

18/106 To invite views and discussion from members of the parish – The applicant for 19/00724/FUL Featherknowle spoke about the application.

18/107 Planning
19/00988/VAR Anaerobic Digestion Plant, Park Lane, Woofferton – Variation of condition number 8 attached to Planning Permission 13/04014/MAW dated 14th December 2013 to increase the maximum tonnage of materials imported to the site in any calendar year from 12,000 tonnes to 14,000 tonnes.

The parish council objected to the proposed variation of Condition #8 to increase the maximum tonnage of materials from 12,000 to 14,000 tonnes on the grounds of detrimental impact on Park Lane and adverse impact on the general amenity for the residents.

The proposed increase to 14,000 tonnes represents a rise of 17% in the maximum tonnage of materials brought to the bio digester site and based on prior experience will have a significant adverse impact on traffic using Park Lane. Park Lane is a narrow road that is effectively single track for the large vehicles that use it to access the site. The impact of increased traffic in 2015 when 16,000 tonnes of input was delivered to the site, caused great concern to local people. Indeed, based on these reports the parish council asked Shropshire Council to spend the £10,000 contributed by the applicants to try and improve Park Lane by implementing passing points. Contrary to 3.10 in the Planning Statement, the increase in movements has caused an issue, and much of the financial contribution made by the applicants was used by Shropshire Council to try and ameliorate the problem caused. The passing points, however, require more work to be implemented properly.

Given that the current limit of 12,000 tonnes has been breached “in three of the past four years’ (#3.14 Planning Statement) the parish council asks that the planning application is refused to allow time for the site to operate in line with the planning permission granted in 2013. In recent years the parish council has been made aware of significant complaints about traffic and smell by the local community, which includes a residential home, and because of the impact on the general amenity reported by residents believe strongly that traffic delivering the inputs for the facility should not be increased. The parish council is happy to review this in the future.

19/00724/FUL Featherknowle, Ashford Bowdler, SY8 4DL – Siting of 2no. Caravans for holiday let accommodation including access and associated works. The application was supported.

19/00561/FUL Overton Coach House, Overton Grange, Overton Road, Ludlow, SY8 4AD – Application under Section 73A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for the removal of existing coach doors and installation of replacement doors and windows. The meeting agreed to support the application provided the replacement doors and windows are in keeping with the heritage of the coach house as highlighted by SC Conservation.

19/00492/FUL Virginia Cottage, Overton Road, Ludlow, SY8 4AD – Erection of first floor extension. Not considered, planning permission granted by Shropshire Council.

18/108 Payments
The following payments were agreed: The Clerk, wages January-March 2019 (£333.16) and HMRC, PAYE Q4, 2018-19 (£83.20).

The meeting closed at 8.15 pm.