Councillors McCulloch, Dalzell, Gray, Houghton, Lowe, Morris, Nicholson, and Robertson.
B Allen (Planning and Facilities Officer)
All members were present.
PL22/042 DECLARATIONS OF MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
Cllr Robertson declared a personal interest in application 22/2715M on the grounds of living on the same street as the proposal and had spoken with interested parties.
PL22/043 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
A representative for a group of neighbouring properties and a representative of the South Knutsford Residents Group spoke in relation to 22/2715M stating the application should be refused on the grounds of highway safety issues, harm to the openness of the Green Belt, removal of vegetation, residential amenity and the statutory nuisance, non-comparable businesses, and safety concerns over the height of the fences. The resident representative went on the say to approve the application would undermine the enforcement action currently in place.
PL22/044 CONFIRMATION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
It was RESOLVED to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 18th July 2022.
PL22/045 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
22/2715M – Land off Beggarmans Lane: Change of use of an agricultural field to a dog exercise area and creation of associated enclosures, access and car parking.
It was RESOLVED to submit the following comment:
The council STRONGLY OBJECTS to the application on the grounds that:
- The application does impact the openness of the Green Belt through parking infrastructure and the exercise equipment and fails to provide the special circumstances required for development within the Green Belt.
- The development will affect the character and appearance of the area and the residential amenity will be detrimentally affected by the likely level of statutory nuisance and the application fails to address the disturbance to the wildlife in and around the site.
- There is still a highways safety risk and the details for the vegetation removal regarding the visibility splays are inaccurate with little mitigation proposed.
- There is a flood risk within the site which will increase the likelihood of further highway safety issues along Beggarmans Lane, through excessive on-street parking and the transfer of mud onto the carriageway.
- The proposal does little to address the environmental health hazard of dog waste.
- None of the businesses included in the comparison are in such a close proximity to a condensed residential area, therefore making the comparative business element moot.
PL22/046 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
It was noted that the next meeting would be held on Monday 12th September 2022 at 6pm.