Agenda and minutes

Conservation Advisory Working Party
Tuesday, 18th December, 2018 6.30 pm

Venue: Astley Room - Castle. View directions

Contact: Geoff Durham 

No. Item


Declarations of Interest

To receive Declarations of Interest from Members on items included in this agenda



There were no declarations of interest stated.



To consider the Minutes of the previous meeting.


Resolved:     That the minutes of the meeting held on 27 November, 2018 be

agreed as a correct record.


Previously Considered Applications pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To receive the decisions of applications which have been previously considered by this Working Party


Resolved:               That the decisions on applications previously considered by this Working Party be received.


New Applications Received pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To make observations on new applications received.

Additional documents:


Resolved:                 That the following observations be made on the

                                    applications listed below:-





Land adjacent to Old Hall Farm, Main Road, Betley 18/00929/FUL, 18/00927/FUL & 18/00884/FUL




The Working Party does not object to the principle of the agricultural workers dwelling in this location but would want to ensure that the windows were timber not upvc and the glazed extension was also in an appropriate material.  The group wanted consideration to be given to the removal of permitted development rights especially in relation to roof works and boundary features.  Some concern was raised over the slightly elevated ground on the site proposed for the dwelling which would make the dwelling more visible from the setting of the farmstead and the model farm.  There were no objections to the proposed agricultural buildings.  The Working Party wants to ensure that the increase in development and intensification in this location does not harm the rural setting, in relation to landscaping, maintaining the rustic and simple setting and hedgerows etc.  This may be compromised by highway works particularly and not enough detail is provided in this regard.  More detail on the landscaping around the house is required.


Betley Court, Main Road, Betley 18/00943/FUL


The Working Party welcomes the revisions to this scheme particularly the relocation and scale of the visitor facility closer to the parking area. It recommends that a wood shingle roof would be better than slate in this location.  The Party welcomes the additional parking area by removal of the laurel hedge but this feature is tall and dense and provides a valuable screening of the cars and garages from the more formal setting around the house and lawns.  This element of intimacy and surprise provided by the hedge is important and another hedge might be appropriate to provide some boundary screening to the car park.


Kidsgrove Working Mans club, Hardingswood Road  18/00916/FUL


The Working Party is happy with the principle of a supermarket in this location although would prefer if it were slightly smaller and positioned further from the canal boundary.  A more robust and characterful design and use of materials is preferable in this location rather than a standard fits all design and there are examples of this in other towns and locations.  The landscaping needs improving and should be taller along the canalside edge to screen the car park and concern was raised in relation to the prominence of the car parking at what is a higher level on the canalside.  The large sign on the top of the SW elevations and the adverts on the side of the building are not appropriate and should be removed from the proposal as they are harmful in this location to the amenity of the character of the Conservation Area.  There could be a sign near the canal (and of a more appropriate size) to advertise the store to canal users.


The Old School, Eccleshall Road, Mucklestone  18/00904/FUL


No objection in principle to the addition of an external staircase, but the plans are sketchy  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Conservation and Heritage Fund

To consider any applications for financial assistance from the Conservation and Heritage Fund which may have been brought to this meeting by the officer


There were none.


Urgent Business

To consider any business which is urgent within the meaning of Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972.


There was no Urgent Business.