Agenda and minutes

Conservation Advisory Working Party
Wednesday, 24th 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 66 KB

To consider the minutes of the previous meeting(s)


Resolved:                         That the Minutes of the meeting held on 2nd April 2019 be

agreed as a correct record, subject to the following correction:


that with respect to item 4 Betley Court Farm, Main Road, Newcastle 19/00183/FUL the last sentence to read as follows:


 “The Working Party also supports the retention of the feeding troughs but would like the building to be properly recorded prior to any development taking place.”



Previously Considered Applications pdf icon PDF 52 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 48 KB

To make observations on new applications received.

Additional documents:


Resolved:       That the following observations be made on the applications

                                     listed below:-





The White House, Madeley  19/00155/LBC




The Working Party expressed concern about the proposed use of powdered aluminium doors and would wish to see the opportunity taken to realign the doors of the studio and conservatory so a cohesive design is achieved. There appeared to be some lack of clarity with respect to the proposals as to what works already had listed building consent and what works require listed building consent. Officers were asked to check the position and encourage, if necessary, the seeking of consent for the retention of any unauthorised works. The Working Party did not oppose the application.


Former Toni & Guy, Castle Walk, Newcastle   19/00218/ADV


The Working Party had no objections


St James Church, Audley  19/00231/DEEM3


The Working Party approve the replacement of like for like and noted that the proposal drawings particularly with respect that section of the wall where there was stonework, either in part or in full, (Section B-B) were not specific as to what was proposed. With respect to the section of the wall that is understood to be no more than 20 years old it was suggested that consideration should be given to replacing it in stone, or if not stone a higher quality brick. The mortar to be employed should not be cementitious. Provision should be made, upon technical advice for both expansion joints and drainage. Technical advice should also be taken with respect to the impact of the works on trees and the Working Party recognised that it might upon investigation have to be accepted that there would be tree loss. A condition requiring an Archaeological Watching brief is likely to be justified given the close proximity of graves to the works. The development would require a close watching brief and  the applicant should also consider the inclusion of iron railings on the top of the wall if there is a significant safety issue


Newcastle Under Lyme School, adjacent to Victoria Road  19/00042/FUL (amended plans)


The Working Party consider that the proposal sits better in the landscape (than the previous scheme). The basis for the changes was acknowledged There is however a concern that the design is not a cohesive one in that two distinctive approaches have been taken to the various elevations – with the western and southern elevations being treated markedly differently from the eastern elevation. More details about the external materials, for example the treatment if any of the external timberwork, the choice of brick, and the handling of rainwater are required and conditions will need to address these matters. Noting the access ladder onto the roof of the building as indicated on the elevational details steps should be taken to bring within the scope of planning control any further additions to it.  On balance the Working Party has significant reservations about the proposal but it does not oppose it.





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.



The item is considered urgent as it needs to be taken to the Planning Committee on 21st May, 2019.  The agenda for that meeting must be published before the next meeting of CAWP.

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The Working Party considered it to be finely balanced whether there was a case for proceeding with a consultation on the proposed Conservation Area, considering that there was insufficient information for such a decision to be made. The Working Party suggested that the Parish Council should be invited to submit additional information including maps and photographs on any buildings which they considered to be of special interest within the suggested Conservation Area, and that officers make enquiries about whether similar areas to Ashley Heath had been designated as Conservation Areas. They asked that the Working Party then have a further opportunity to comment upon the matter before it proceeded to the Planning Committee.