Agenda and draft minutes

Conservation Advisory Working Party
Monday, 15th July, 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Astley Room - Castle. View directions

Contact: Geoff Durham 

No. Item




There were no apologies.


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 68 KB

To consider the minutes of the previous meeting(s)


The officer advised of the decisions of the Planning Committee with respect to the Article 4 Direction for the Maer Conservation Area and the Betley Court Historic Buildings Grant application


Resolved:            That the minutes of the meeting held on 4th June be agreed as a correct record subject to the following correction – that with respect to item 4 New Applications Received – Maer Cottage, Maer  19/00306/FUL   the second sentence to read as follows “The Working Party  consider the development not to be in keeping with the house, and to be detrimental to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area”.



Previously Considered Applications pdf icon PDF 44 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 44 KB

To make observations on new applications received.

Additional documents:


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




Field House, Sandy Lane, Newcastle  19/00356/OUT




The Working Party welcomed the proposal to bring back into use as a single dwellinghouse Field House as a building on the Register of locally important buildings, however they wished to have more information on the two storey extension that it is proposed to demolish before commenting on this aspect of the proposal (noting that such demolition is indicated on the indicative site layout). The Working Party considers that the proposal to build four new dwellings within the curtilage of Field House to have a detrimental impact on the setting of Field House and on the character and appearance of the area, and that planning permission should not be granted for such a development. At most 2 dwellings located towards the rear of site and of a scale that would indicate a subservient role to Field House would be acceptable. The Working Party considered that any  future proposals should be submitted in detail rather than in outline.



Councillor Julie Cooper in the Chair



Roof of Copthall House, King Street, Newcastle 19/00385/TDET


The Working Party noting the simplicity and prominent location of Copthall House and the views obtainable of it, is concerned about the level of telecommunication development that is now proposed considering it to have a significant and detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area. The Working Party noting the number and height of the structures (up to 8 m above the existing roof level), that they are close to or even overhang the face of the building), and the absence of any screening even to the lower parts of the development, recommends that permission for the siting, design and external appearance of these telecommunication developments should be refused.








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 no applications.




The Working Party whilst  welcoming an evidence based and informed approach to the establishment of a  programme of future Conservation Area Appraisals an Management Plans considers that an exception to the adopted approach should be made with respect to the Newcastle Town Centre Conservation Area. The Working Party suggests that an early date should be set for a review of the 2008 Newcastle Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan having regard to the pace of change and development pressures within that Conservation Area. The Working Party also suggests that a review of the programme be undertaken within the next 4 -5 years; that consideration be given to using the expertise of those members of the community who have been involved in past appraisals to assist those becoming involved for the first time; and that it would be helpful if officers brought to the Working Party an annual report on progress with the programme when common issues could be discussed.



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.