Macclesfield Town Council
Planning Committee Minutes 19th March 2021
Due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 restrictions and in line with the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 this meeting will be held remotely, broadcast on youtube.com and can be viewed on the Macclesfield Town Council youtube.com channel.
Minutes of the meeting held on 19th March 2021 at 10am
- Cllr Mike Hutchison
- Cllr Janet Jackson MBE
- Cllr David Edwardes
- Cllr Fiona Wilson
1. Apologies for Absence
Cllr Lloyd Roberts
2. Declarations of Interest
Cllr Edwardes declared a non-pecuniary interest in application 19/1068M as he is a King’s school governor.
The meeting was adjourned for written representations from the public and public speakers.
Ruth Thompson spoke on planning application 19/1068M, highlighting the the following:
- Minimising harm to heritage assets,
- The benefit to the public of allowing public access with the potential for green space designation,
- Preservation of the cricket pitch,
- The value of privacy,
- The importance of affordable homes,
- The development not meeting Local Plan policies DC3, DC38, BE19 and SE5,
- The Viability Assessment is out of date.
And queried if there could be an alternative use for the site that secures the future use of hertiage assets, prevents over development, provides public benefits and upholds local standards.
The speaker was thanked and the meeting reconvened.
3. Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting Held on 26th February 2021
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held on 26th February 2021 are updated as below (amendment in italics), and are otherwise an accurate record:
Street Naming – Planning Application 20/0246M
RESOLVED: That the following names are proposed:
- That all roads are named after the Headteachers of the former Macclesfield County High School for Girls, opened in 1880 and located on the site of the Fence Avenue development.
- That the main route through the development is named after Kelly Smith, a Maxonian who lost her battle to bowel cancer in 2020 but during her illness raised awareness of the disease at a national level with her family now continuing to do so.
4. Matters Arising from the Minutes
Cllr Wilson updated the committee that application 19/3097M discussed at the meeting held on 26/02/21, and objected to by the committee, was due to be considered by the Cheshire East Council Strategic Planning Board (SPB) on 12/03/21.
The SPB was cancelled and rescheduled to 24/03/21. Cllr Wilson has registered to speak at the SPB to raise the committee’s objection and concerns on 19/3097M.
5. Observations on Planning Applications
The planning authority has been informed of the date of this meeting and any delays in responses as they relate to all applications with response closing dates before the date of this meeting.
The Planning Committee considers all applications it is notified of and returns comments to the Local Planning Authority (Cheshire East Council) unless it has no objections.
Application No: 19/1068M
Proposal: The demolition of existing buildings and the residential redevelopment of The King’s School Cumberland Street site to provide a mixture of conversion and new build dwellings and ‘Later Living’ apartments, with associated access, car parking, open space, landscaping and infrastructure
Location: Kings School, Cumberland Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1DA
RESOLVED: That the committee objects to this application on the grounds that:
- The Viability Assessment dated October 2020 is out of date. Whilst a Viability Note dated February 2021 has been issued, the committee sought a new Viability Assessment is requested from the developer,
- Loss of natural light to existing properties,
- Direct overlooking from habitable rooms,
- Loss of privacy to existing properties in direct conflict with Local Plan Policy SE1 4 i – Ensuring appropriate level of privacy for new and existing residential properties,
- Not meeting distance standards between habitable rooms as per supporting information under SADPD Policy HOU 11,
- Insufficient quantity of affordable housing, set at less than 5% for the site against the Local Planning Authority target of 30%,
- Insufficient onsite parking provision,
- Lack of contingency plan for the protection of the war memorial pavilion.
It was noted that although the parking spaces have been increased, there are still fifty fewer than the recommended guidelines in the Local Plan Strategy and that the National Planning Policy Framework emphasises the consideration of parking in developments.
Cllr Wilson will represent the committee’s objection and concerns on this application when it is next considered at the Cheshire East Council Strategic Planning Board.
Application No: 21/0785M
Proposal: Demolition of existing Garage and erection of new two storey side extension
Location: 7, Westbrook Drive, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 3AQ
Application No: 21/0961M
Proposal: 2 storey front, side and rear extensions, detached garage, new entrance gates and boundary wall
Location: 76, Manchester Road, Macclesfield, SK10 2JP
The committee raised no objections and noted that Environmental Health had recommended hours of construction.
Application No: 21/1029M
Proposal: Demolition of existing ground floor extension to the rear of the property. new part two storey/ part single storey extension to the rear of the property.
Location: 60, West Bond Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 8EQ
The committee sought that, when making the planning decision, the Planning Officer adequately addresses the neighbour’s concerns on distance to existing properties, impact on amenities such as loss of light and overlooking, and the impact on the right of way to the rear of the properties via the communal passageway.
Application No: 21/1119M
Proposal: Raised terrace and alterations to rear elevation, new front porch.
Location: 9, Sycamore Crescent, Macclesfield, SK11 8LL
Application No: 21/1069M
Proposal: Proposed new rear entrance
Location: The Oval, 71, Kennedy Avenue, Macclesfield, SK10 3DE
The committee noted that Covid vaccinations are administered at the Pharmacy at this address and support this application to expedite the vaccine programme.
Application No: 21/1154M
Proposal: Installation of front door to form separate entrance to first floor and front window & door within new shopfront
Location: Mac Flames, 53-55, Sunderland Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6HN
The committee raised concerns on the inadequate size of the rooms that are being converted above the business under permitted development rights to residential living and may in time be redefined as an HMO, and whether the development complies with the Local Plan Strategy policy SE1 Design and policy SC3 Health and Well-Being.
Application No: 21/0797M
Proposal: Proposed single storey rear extension
Location: 4, Heatherridge Close, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 2GU
Application No: 21/1083M
Proposal: Proposed first floor side and front extension to form a larger master bedroom with ensuite and dressing area
Location: 5, Appleby Close, Macclesfield, SK11 8XB
Application No: 21/1149M
Proposal: Remodelling of the rear of the house
Location: 158, Oxford Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 8JY
Application No: 21/0821M
Proposal: Listed building consent for minor internal alterations, to form a wide approx. 3000mm opening between the front living room and the rear kitchen at ground floor level.
Location: 189, Crompton Road, Macclesfield, SK11 8EH
The committee raised no objections and noted the Conservation Officer had approved this application.
Application No: 21/0526M
Proposal: Listed building consent to clean the external brickwork using the approved Doff steam clean system & repoint all external facing brickwork.
Location: 36, Bridge Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6PY
The committee raised no objections and noted the Conservation Officer had approved this application.
Application No: 21/1214M
Proposal: Prior approval for a change of use from retail warehouse to bar/café/restaurant/terrace.
Location: DW Sports Fitness, The Silkworks, Pickford Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6JD
The committee raised no objections to the change of use but was concerned at the lack of detail on the plans and that more information is required.
It was also noted that the elevation plan showed the Sports Direct frontage and not DW Sports Fitness frontage.
Application No: 21/1186M
Proposal: Single Storey Side extension and new dormer to existing loft room.
Location: 174, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3BS
Application No: 21/1199M
Proposal: Single storey side and rear extension
Location: 83, Thirlmere, Macclesfield, SK11 7YJ
Application No: 21/0994M
Proposal: Proposed re-establishment of bus-stop in relation to application 20/4239M
Location: Macclesfield District General Hospital, Victoria Road, Macclesfield, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 3BL
The committee supported this application.
Application No: 21/1175M
Proposal: New rear extension with external deck
Location: 145 , Chester Road, Macclesfield, SK11 8PT
Application No: 21/1323M
Proposal: Demolition of existing conservatory and replace with proposed single storey rear extension to form snug
Location: 32, Langdale Close, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7YS
Application No: 21/1071M
Proposal: Proposed loft conversion with rear facing dormer
Location: 17, Flint Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1NJ
The committee raised no objections, noting that the Conservation Officer had approved this application and that Environmental Health had recommended hours of construction.
Application No: 21/1090M
Proposal: Two storey rear and side extensions and associated landscaping.
Location: 157, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3DF
6. Appeal – 20/4141M, Land at Mill Lane
The committee’s observation on this application from the meeting held on 16/10/20 remains unchanged.
7. Conservation Area Review
The report was noted and that Cllr Hutchison, Cllr Jackson MBE and Cllr Wilson are supporting the Macclesfield Town Centre Conservation Area Review appraisal through attending consultation workshops and participating in site surveys to identify buildings of importance and changes since the review in 2005.
The workshop groups will be invited to consult on the draft revised Town Centre Conservation Area Review before it undergoes the formal public consultation managed by Cheshire East Council.
8. Town Character Assessment
It was noted that Cllr Hutchison, Cllr Jackson MBE and Cllr Wilson are members of the Town Character Assessment Working Group.
The group is preparing an invitation to quote for a planning consultant to undertake a character assessment of Macclesfield and seeking advice on the specification of work from a Senior Planning Officer at Cheshire East Council.
9. Fence Avenue
The report was noted.
Tree planting – Cllr Hutchison, Cllr Jackson MBE and Cllr Wilson met virtually with the Planning Director of David Wilson Homes (NW) to further discussions on planting trees as part of the Future Forest project in the Fence Avenue development open space.
Opening of Canal Bridge 36 – Cllr Hutchison, Cllr Jackson MBE and Cllr Wilson met virtually with the stakeholders to further discussions on the opening of the bridge. An accurate cost for the structural survey of the bridge condition is being sought. As the bridge is listed, any renovations or safety works will first need approval from the Canal and Rivers Trust and Cheshire East Council conservation officers. An issue over land ownership that may impact access is being looked into.
10. Planning Policy Consultation Working Group
RESOLVED: That the Planning Policy Consultation Working Group Terms of Reference are approved.
12. Member Items
13. Date/Time and Place of Next Meeting
The date of the next meeting of the Planning Committee is 10am on 9th April 2021.
The format/venue to be confirmed subject to C-19 restrictions and related regulations.
Meeting closed at 10:58am
Chair: Cllr Mike Hutchison
Clerk: Harriet Worrell