Planning Committee

Meeting held at the Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury

At 6.00pm on Tuesday 23 September 2014

PRESENT – Councillors A Townsend (Chairman), P Adams, Mrs A Chebsey, I Jones, M Kenny, P Nutting, M Price & K Roberts.

IN ATTENDANCE – Helen Ball (Town Clerk), Rebecca Oliver (Committee Clerk), Hilary Humphries (Admin Assistant); one member of the public and one member of the press.

APOLOGIES – Councillors A Bannerman and Ms J Mackenzie.


(i) Declarations of Pecuniary Interest

None received.

(ii) Declarations of Non-Pecuniary Interest

All Councillors / ·  Declared a non-pecuniary interest in application 14/04272/TCA as the applicant is Shrewsbury Town Council.
Shropshire Councillors / ·  Those twin-hatted members declared an interest in any matters relating to the Town Council’s relationship with Shropshire Council.
Councillor M Price / ·  As Shropshire Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning & Housing he reserved the right to take a different view of the same applications considered in light of any additional information presented to him in his Portfolio capacity.
Councillors P Nutting and M Kenny / ·  As members of Shropshire Council Central Planning Committee they reserve the right to take a different view of the same applications considered in light of any additional information presented to the Central Planning Committee.
Councillor M Kenny / ·  Declared a non-pecuniary interest in application 14/03966/TCA as the applicant is known to him.
·  Declared a non-pecuniary interest in application 14/04002/TCA as the applicant is his neighbour.


The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 02 September 2014 were submitted as circulated and read.


That the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 02 September 2014 be approved and signed as a correct record.


There were no matters arising.


Members noted the list of premises licence applications for Shrewsbury.


55.1 Highway Applications

Members noted the planned, temporary closure of Footpath 118 in Bayston Hill which will be closed from 20 – 31 October. Members raised no objections.

55.2 Road Safety Strategy

Concerns surrounding Shropshire Council’s Road Safety Strategy were raised at the last Full Council meeting and requested they be considered by the planning committee. Members’ concerns surrounded the fact that every Parish Council, regardless of it’s size, is being limited to just 5 areas of concern.

Members see the process as unfair, bureaucratic and a stalling mechanism for considering highway matters.

Councillor Claire Wild and Tim Sneddon, Service Manager in Environment Maintenance have agreed to attend the Planning committee meeting on Tuesday 4th November when it is hoped they can explain the reasons for these restrictions.

The Town Clerk clarified the colour coding of the handout and that Shropshire Council has the final decision on all changes as it affects the highways of which they are responsible for.


(i)  That the Town Clerk will circulate the full list of Community Road Safety Issues to all members for amendments having removed those completed requests.

(ii)  That the Town Clerk raises members’ concerns about Shropshire Council’s Road Safety Policy prior to Claire Wild and Tim Sneddon’s visit in November.


There were no applications received.


57.1  Schedule of Planning Applications

The Committee Clerk submitted schedules of valid planning applications for planning consent for development within the Town Council’s area which had been registered 02 – 22 September 2014.


That the following comments be submitted to the Shropshire Council:

Application Number / Address / Proposal / Applicant / Decision
1 / 14/ / 03793 / FUL / Tesco Express, 24 Pride Hill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire,
SY1 1EX / Installation of an ATM to shop front / Tesco Stores Ltd (Tesco House, Delamare Road, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, EN8 9SL) / No Objection
2 / 14/ / 03807 / TPO / Treetops, Church Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire,
SY3 9HQ / Fell 1no. Pine tree covered by the Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council (Meole Brace) Tree Preservation Order 2002 / Mr Braybrook / No Objection
3 / 14/ / 03966 / TCA / Land Adjacent, Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Shrewsbury / Reduce height of 1no Sycamore Tree to approx 5ft within Meole Brace Conservation Area / Mr P Alltree (11 Elmfield Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 5PB) / No Objection
4 / 14/ / 03978 / TCA / 61 Bishop Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire,
SY2 5HD / Notification of proposed tree works to include the felling of one Leylandii tree within Shrewsbury Conservation Area / Mr A. Roberts / No Objection
5 / 14/ / 03714 / FUL / Greenhill, Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire,
SY3 8NS / Change of use of existing coach house to residential annex / Mr Standard / Representation
The Town Council raised no objections to the development as proposed but wishes to see conditions imposed to ensure that the annex always remains connected to the main residential building.
6 / 14/ / 03848 / FUL / 10 Bagley Drive, Shrewsbury, SY1 3BX / Erection of a two storey side extension following demolition of single storey garage / Mrs L Moxon / No Objection
7 / 14/ / 04002 / TCA / 45 Underdale Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 5DT / Removal of Limb of 1No Willow Tree on garden side (T1) and re pollard 1No Corkscrew Willow to former pruning points (T2) / Mr Paddy Dodgson / No Objection
8 / 14/ / 04026 / TCA / 1 Butler Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire,
SY3 7AJ / To fell 1no Lawson Cypress; Fell 1no Eucalyptus and to formative prune and crown thin by 10% 1no Lime Tree within Shrewsbury Conservation Area / (.) / No Objection
9 / 14/ / 03820 / ADV / Carphone Warehouse, Unit 8A, Meole Brace Retail Park, Shrewsbury,
SY3 9NB / To erect and display 2No Fascia signs on front and right hand side elevations / Carphone Warehouse (Mr John Armitage, 1 Portal Way, Acton, W3 6RS) / No Objection
10 / 14/ / 04057 / TCA / Ground Floor Flat, 2 Quarry Place, Shrewsbury, Shropshire,
SY1 1JN / To fell one Pear and 1 Labernum tree, crown reduction by 25-30% of two Yew trees and reduction in height by 1.8-2.4m of one Yew tree within Shrewsbury Conservation Area / (.) / No Objection
11 / 14/ / 04058 / TCA / 74 Coton Hill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2DP / End weight reduction of limb overhanging drive, crown thin, crown reduce by 1 metre, minor crown lift and remove epicormic growth of one Cherry tree and crown reduce by up to 450mm one Labernum tree within Shrewsbury Conservation Area / (.) / No Objection
12 / 14/ / 04060 / TCA / 1 Montague Place, Shrewsbury, Shropshire,
SY3 7NF / Crown lift branches overhanging garden to 6 metres of one Sycamore tree and crown reduce by 20% of one Beech tree within Belle Vue Conservation Area / Mr Ian McLagan / No Objection
13 / 14/ / 03501 / FUL / 25 Longner Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire,
SY3 8RB / Erection of a single storey rear extension, provision of a new front door and rebuilding of existing boundary wall / Mr I Richards-Anderson (C/O Glencoe Yard, Walford Heath, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 3AZ) / No Objection
14 / 14/ / 03864 / FUL / 110 London Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6PP / Erection of single storey rear extension following demolition of existing conservatory / Mrs J Henshaw (110 London Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6PP) / No Objection
15 / 14/ / 03865 / FUL / 112 London Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6PP / Erection of single storey rear extension following demolition of existing conservatory / Mrs J Henshaw (110 London Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6PP / No Objection
16 / 14/ / 04102 / TCA / 49 Underdale Road, Shrewsbury,
SY2 5DT / Crown reduce 1no Sycamore by 3 metres; Remove 1no Ash Tree; and crown reduce 1no Ash Tree by 3 metres within Shrewsbury Conservation Area / Mr S Castell / Representation
The Town Council has no objections to the proposed tree works, but would wish to be assured that in light of recent Government Guidance on the treatment of Ash Trees any removal and disposal will be dealt with in accordance with such guidelines.
17 / 14/ / 03844 / REM / Proposed Residential Development South Of, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury / Reserved Matters application pursuant to planning application 13/03534/OUT for the erection of 425No dwellings to include appearance, landscaping, layout and scale / Barratt (West Midlands) & Bovis Homes (Northern Region) (C/o Agent) / No Objection
18 / 14/ / 03923 / FUL / 100 Monkmoor Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire,
SY2 5BN / Erection of a single storey side and rear extension / Mr Jason Dews / No Objection
19 / 14/ / 03926 / FUL / Pooks Chartered Surveyors , 26 Claremont Hill, Shrewsbury, SY1 1RE / Change of use from offices to a single residential dwelling and erection of a rear wall / Mr Tim Pook / No Objection
20 / 14/ / 03927 / LBC / Pooks Chartered Surveyors , 26 Claremont Hill, Shrewsbury, SY1 1RE / Change of use from offices to a single residential dwelling and erection of a rear wall affecting a Grade II Listed Building / Mr Tim Pook / No Objection
21 / 14/ / 03938 / FUL / 131 Underdale Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 5EG / Erection of canopy to front elevation / Mr Daron Richards / No Objection
22 / 14/ / 04030 / VAR / Abbey Wharf, Mill Road, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6AY / Variation of Condition attached to planning application 11/04191/FUL - Redesign of internal layout of building / Mr Mathew Morris (Abbey Wharf, Mill Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6AY) / No Objection
23 / 14/ / 04049 / FUL / 19 Underdale Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 5DW / Conversion of existing single storey out-building to single storey annexe / Mr Christopher Hayman (19 Underdale Road, Cherry Orchard, Shrewsbury, SY2 5DW) / Objection
The Town Council objects to this application on several grounds.
* This area of town lies within a Conservation Area with a very distinctive vernacular, design and layout. As the site was once a tip, methane vents are situated around Castlewalk Recreation Ground and is an area at risk of flooding. These points combined made members question the suitability of a domestic dwelling in this location.
* Members consider this application to constitute Backland Development which has the potential of setting an unwanted precedent for similar development in the area. As with many Garden Grabbing applications the amenity space of both the existing property and the new property are compromised.
* If the Planning Authority is mindful to approve this application, members ask that conditions be imposed to ensure the annex remains ancillary to the existing residential dwelling, therefore avoiding accessibility issues, bin storage etc. that being an independent dwelling would cause.
24 / 14/ / 04271 / TCA / Oak Lodge, 33 Hawthorn Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 7NB / Felling of one Plum tree one Conifer tree; crown reduce all over one Mulberry tree; prune back lower branches of one Honey Locust; prune/reduce back one Birch tree two Apple trees crown lift by 2m. one Sycamore tree; within Belle Vue Conservation Area / Mr P King / No Objection
25 / 14/ / 04272 / TCA / St Chads Church, St Chads Terrace, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1JX / Felling of one Sorbus tree and one Cherry tree within Shrewsbury Conservation Area / Shrewsbury Town Council (FAO Mike Pugh, The Guildihall , Frankwell, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HR) / No Comment as Shrewsbury Town Council is the applicant.

57.2  14/00246/OUT | Outline application for 296 mixed residential dwellings (landscaping reserved) and employment/commercial use (all matters reserved) to include; offices; showroom; A3/A4 (restaurant/pub); C1 (hotel); public open space, structural landscaping, associated infrastructure; vehicular accesses and all associated infrastructure | Development Of Land At Churncote/Bicton/Bicton Heath, Off Welshpool Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Prior to the meeting, the Town Clerk prepared and distributed the following collective response to the above application:

Shrewsbury Town Council has been consulted on the principle of development of this area through not only the Core Strategy, but also the Shrewsbury West Master Plan and the Site Allocations of Management of Development consultations and on the latter we carried out our own meetings to garner public opinion. The Town Council supports the principle of a mixed-use urban extension for Shrewsbury in this location.

Were this to have been a routine outline application (redline round the development site and a means of access), the Town Council would have likely raised no objections. This application is somewhat unique in that all matters are included; the only reserve being landscaping. We have therefore considered this in the same way we would a full application.

Members are conscious of the fact that this development straddles the parish boundaries of Shrewsbury and Bicton with the lion’s share of development including all recreation and open space falls within Bicton Parish Council. We have considered the whole site in the context of an urban extension of Shrewsbury and should in no way be seen as the Town Council enforcing a level of development on our neighbouring parish council.


Members wish to be assured that this development site and its associated traffic shall not have an adverse impact on both the local road network and internal ring-road and the A5 outer ring-road. Members are mindful of the cumulative impact of developments particularly since there are a number of large scale developments within walking distance of this site. There are certain roads, namely Racecourse Lane which have the propensity to become unacceptable rat-runs for the neighbouring communities and it is hoped that CIL will be used to mitigate against such an effect.