Venue: Council Chamber, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP
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To receive any apologies from Members.
Apologies were received from Miss Jones, and Mr Woodley.
To confirm the minutes of the Planning and Licensing Committee held on 11 February 2020.
The minutes of the meeting of the Planning and Licensing Committee held on 11 February 2020 were confirmed as a correct record and were signed by the Chairman.
DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS
In accordance with the Regulations, Members are invited to declare any disclosable interests under the Code of Conduct and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this Agenda and/or indicate if Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.
PETITIONS, DEPUTATIONS AND QUESTIONS
To receive any petitions, deputations and questions from members of the
Public in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 93.
Any petitions, deputations and questions that have been submitted with prior formal notice will take precedence over questions submitted at short notice. Any questions that are not considered within the time limit shall receive a written response after the meeting and be the subject of a report to the next meeting.
Requests to speak on planning applications will also be subject to the RCC Public Speaking Rules.
The total time allowed for this item shall be 30 minutes.
In accordance with the Planning and Licensing Committee Public Speaking Scheme, the following requests to speak were received:
In relation to planning application item 2, 2019/1410/FUL, Mr Bob Harrison would speak as a member of the public against the application, Mr Cliff Bacon would speak as a parish representative, Mr Liam Toland would speak as the agent on behalf of the applicant.
To receive Report No. 55/2020 from the Deputy Director for Places.
Report No. 55/2020 was received from the Deputy Director for Places.
The Chair notified the Committee that Item 1 had been deferred and would be taken at a future Planning and Licensing Committee.
Item 2 (2019/0433/FUL) Stamford Stone Company Limited, Big Pit Quarry, Bidwell Lane, Clipsham.
Southern extension to Clipsham Quarry (primarily to release blockstone reserves); restoration of the southern extension through the importation of restoration material; continuation of aggregate extraction including flooring and walling stone along with Lincolnshire Limestone within the existing quarry; and erection of stone working facility to be operated ancillary to the continued blockstone extraction and processing operations.
(Ward: Greetham; Parish: Clipsham)
Mr Hodgett, Principal Planning Officer for the Council, addressed the Committee and gave an executive summary of the application, recommending approval.
Mr Harrison, speaking as a member of the public against the application, addressed the Committee.
Mr Bacon, speaking as a representative of the Parish, addressed the Committee.
Mr Toland, speaking as the agent on behalf of the applicant, addressed the Committee.
During discussion the following points were noted:
There had been no specific evidence of restoration having been carried out although some areas to the east of the site had been restored.
Previous permission, required passing bays, and western access to the A1 rather than Clipsham. infrastructure had been improved.
Conditions from 2006 continued to be met. It was considered a relatively small, working area, with limited scope to restore.
Members of the Committee raised concerns about the application which included:
A loss of biodiversity
Potential increase in the number of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) accessing the site.
A liaison group could be established to discuss the impact of the quarry activity.
In response to questions asked the Service Manager for Development explained that with regards to the environmental concerns, assessments had been undertaken and neither Natural England nor Leicestershire County Council had raised any objections to the application and as such it could not be used as justification for refusal. Similarly, with regards to increased HGVs and the routing for vehicles accessing the site, both internal highways and the Highways Agency had raised no objections and thus limited justification for refusal.
That application 2019/0433/ be APPROVED subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement to control access use and traffic routeing in accordance with the following:
i. All vehicles routed to the West of Clipsham village shall enter and exit the site via the access onto Bidwell Lane,
ii. All vehicles routed to the East of Clipsham village shall enter and exit the site via the access onto Holywell Road, and
iii. Commercial vehicles used solely for the private purpose of carrying a driver with or without passengers (including vehicles taking persons directly employed at the existing quarry or quarry extension and ancillary activities to or from their place of work) shall enter and exit the site via Bidwell Lane, Planning permission be granted for planning application 2019/0433/FUL, subject to the conditions set ... view the full minutes text for item 536.
To receive Report No. 56/2020 from the Deputy Director for Places.
Report No. 56/2020 was received from the Deputy Director for Places.
That the Committee NOTED the report.
ANY OTHER URGENT BUSINESS
To consider any other urgent business approved in writing by the Chief Executive and Chairman of the Committee.
No items of urgent business had been previously notified to the person presiding.