Agenda and minutes

Conservation Advisory Working Party
Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019 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.


Minutes of previous meetings pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To consider the minutes of the previous meeting(s)


Resolved:                 That the minutes of the meeting held on 12 March, 2019 be agreed as a correct record.


Previously Considered Applications pdf icon PDF 49 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 45 KB

To make observations on new applications received.

Additional documents:


Resolved:       That the following observations be made on the applications listed below:-





St Andrews Church, Watlands View, Porthill  19/00093/FUL




The Working Party recognises the importance of this building as one included on the Council’s Register of Locally Important Buildings.  The question over the necessity of the ramp was raised, given the steps at the bottom of the pathway onto the pavement and the very steep existing pathway meaning that only accompanied disabled visitors would likely be able to utilise it. 


The alterations to the porch are considered generally acceptable but questions were raised over the treatment of the rainwater goods and how  water would be dealt with from the various valleys given it is not dealt with particularly well currently from the main roof.  The existing tiles are not original and the Working Party suggested that terne coated stainless steel might be a better approach on the extension roof rather than matching the existing.  A comment was made over the ventilation of the new toilets. 


Betley Court Farm, Main Road, Newcastle  19/00183/FUL


The Working Party has no objections to the principle of the scheme if the details can be kept simple because simplicity is essential to retain the character of the existing building.  The Working also supports the retention of the feeding troughs but would like the building to be properly recorded prior to any development taking place.


Horwood Energy Centre, Keele University  18/00134/ADV


The Working Party has no objections to the size and material of the signs but thinks that the lettering should be changed to a capital first letter and lower case letters to reflect the style and signage on the other buildings on campus.   This uniformity is important within the University given its status as a Registered Historic Park and Garden.






Conservation and Heritage Fund pdf icon PDF 628 KB

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


18/19005/HBG   Betley Court, Main Road, Betley


The Working Party supports the giving of this grant providing the material used on the bow window roof repairs are appropriate.



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.