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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL, HELD AT ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH CENTRE, BARWICK WAY, INGLEBY BARWICK, ON WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2006, COMMENCING AT 7.15 P.M.

 

PRESENT:

 

Chairman: Councillor Mrs I. Machin;

 

Councillors:  W. Feldon, R. Patterson and D. Scott;

 

Ward Councillors:

 

Ingleby Barwick East        K. Faulks;

 

Ingleby Barwick West       R. Patterson;

 

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer:  Paula M. Hall;

 

Mr R. Daniels, Clerk to Maltby Parish Council;

 

Mr G. Cook, Chairman of Hilton Parish Council;

 

23 Members of the public were present at the meeting.

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

Apologies for absence were received from Parish Councillors T.W. Bowman, Ms J. Morrison, N. Morrison, Mrs S. Rouse and Ward Councillors D. Harrington, A. Larkin (Ingleby Barwick East), K. Dixon, L. Narroway (Ingleby Barwick West).

 

79. CODE OF CONDUCT – DECLARATION OF INTERESTS.

 

Councillor R. Patterson stated that he is a Member of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s (S.B.C.) Planning Committee.  He informed that he would be involved in the discussions when the Parish Council considered Item 4 on the agenda Planning Application No. 06/2593/OUT and would be giving his view based on the information available to date.  He reserves the right to consider all of the information available at a later date and to take a different decision/have different views when S.B.C. Planning Committee considers the application.

 

 

 

 

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80. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

 

The Chairman, Councillor Mrs I. Machin welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked residents for their attendance.  It was noted that the meeting had been called to discuss Planning Application No. 06/2593/OUT Outline Application for Mixed Use Including Family Pub, Playbarn,  Lodge and Childrens Nursery on Land at Low Lane, Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees.

 

Councillor Mrs Machin informed the public present that the Parish Council has the power to make comments to S.B.C. on planning applications which are then taken into consideration, however the final decision is made by S.B.C.

 

It was confirmed that the site is actually within the Parish of Maltby. 

 

The Parish Council’s policy on public participation was outlined and residents requesting to address the Parish Council were asked to give their name and location in order that Members had some indication of where people live in respect to the application site.

 

The majority of residents who addressed the Parish Council lived adjacent to Low Lane, in nearby proximity of the application site.  The remainder being from within the parish of Ingleby Barwick, particularly the Sober Hall area.

 

A resident began by reminding people that going back to the construction of the Barwick Way roundabout/road realignment scheme, S.B.C. when asked at that time whether there would be any development in the area of Little Maltby Farm stated that there is currently no proposed development in that area apart from the permission already granted for a golf course. 

 

A resident living in the nearby vicinity of the application site stated that he objects to the proposal and would like some guidance as to the best way to direct his objection with regard to relevant policies etc.  It was noted that the land is classified in Stockton’s Local Plan as ‘Green Wedge’ policy EN14 (c).

Therefore S.B.C. should adhere to the Local Plan policies, which is a strong argument.

 

It was noted that S.B.C. Engineering and Transportation Section have not yet submitted any comments.

 

A resident raised the point that there have been two recorded personal injury accidents in the vicinity of the site.

 

 

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Residents, who have first hand knowledge of the traffic situation, were encouraged to give their own personal views on how the proposal would affect the area.

 

The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Machin informed that the Transportation Assessment referred to in the documentation provided with the application has not yet been made available to the Parish Council.

 

It was questioned as to whether the Transportation Assessment had taken account of the expansion of the nearby garage and associated road widening scheme, providing a right hand turn facility.

 

A resident raised concerns in respect of traffic congestion if the application was approved.  Reference was again made to the expansion of the nearby garage.

 

It was reiterated that the site in question is designated ‘Green Wedge’ in Stockton Council’s Local Plan.  There is currently no designated ‘green belt’ in Teesside.

 

Residents attending were encouraged to write individually to S.B.C. and to appoint a spokesperson to speak on their behalf at the actual Planning Committee meeting.

 

It was noted that if the application is rejected by S.B.C. the applicant can appeal to the Secretary of State.

 

It was reiterated to residents the importance of writing individual letters to S.B.C. expressing their own personal concerns.

 

A resident expressed his concerns that the application was even being considered by S.B.C. as the land is designated ‘Green Wedge’ Policy EN14 (c), no sequential test has been carried out or a wildlife habitat survey.  It was questioned as to whether there is a need for any of the facilities being provided.

Reference was made to the recent application for Mr Twisters on land at Thornaby Road.

 

It was noted that the local Ward Councillors are meeting with the Planning Officer dealing with the application tomorrow.

 

 

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Residents were invited to attend the Ward Surgery being held by their local Ward Councillors on Wednesday 4th October 2006 at All Saints Secondary School.

 

Residents requested any guidance which the Parish Council could offer in respect of raising relevant concerns.

 

Councillor Mrs Machin informed that the Parish Council’s Planning Advisory Group has looked at the application in detail and read out her individual comments on the proposal which were as follows:

 

This application does not comply with the regulations for development on GREEN WEDGE land.  There is provision for 180 car parking spaces which is an indication of the increase in traffic on a road which is already severely congested at peak times.  Access to the vets and the filling station on the opposite side of Low Lane already causes hold ups on the approach to the roundabout.  Any development on this site is inappropriate.

 

Councillor W. Feldon, also a member of the Planning Advisory Group agreed with the comments made by Councillor Mrs Machin and added that this proposal will only add yet more traffic going through the already congested Ingleby Barwick.  This will also lead to even more cars etc within close proximity to the new Ingleby Mill Primary School.

 

Mr R. Daniels, representing Maltby Parish Council introduced himself and noted that the applicant states that Ingleby Barwick has limited facilities for the size of the settlement, therefore the proposal offers services and facilities which may be required within easy walking distance.  It was questioned that if the facilities are not needed how the consensus would be achieved to back this argument up.

 

Councillor Mrs Machin read out a list of the facilities already provided in Ingleby Barwick, which include at least 8 outlets for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

 

It was agreed that there was no requirement for the facilities being proposed in this application.

 

It was confirmed that all the public present at the meeting were against the proposed development.

 

A resident who uses Low Lane every day expressed concerns on the grounds of traffic.  There have been a number of accidents on Low Lane which already has 3-4 black spots, one being the junction to Hilton opposite the Fox Covert.  It is also quite obvious the increasing number of cars using Ingleby Barwick as a cut through, this application will only make matters worse.

 

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It was noted that the junction to Hilton is to be discussed at the Eastern Area Transport Partnership meeting on Monday 9th October 2006.

 

Councillor Patterson informed that Ingleby Barwick Ward Councillors are requesting S.B.C. undertakes a full review of the Master Plan for Ingleby Barwick.  This would give a focus to work to rather than ad hoc development. There is limited land left for providing facilities, it is essential therefore that the right facilities are provided in the right places.  All stakeholders should have an input with widespread consultation.

 

A resident expressed their support of all the arguments made this evening.  It was also noted that they had chosen to live in a rural area and this proposal would impact on their quality of life.

 

It was noted that Ingleby Barwick is the largest private housing estate in Europe, with the projected number of houses on completion still increasing, which also impacts on the surrounding rural properties. 

 

Concerns were again expressed in respect of traffic congestion etc. if the application goes ahead.

 

Mr G. Cook, representing Hilton Parish Council introduced himself and noted that the increased amount of traffic the application would generate is also of great concern to Hilton, especially in view of the problems already experienced at the junction to Hilton from Low Lane.  Hilton is also experiencing an increased amount of through traffic to Stokesley.

 

Mr Cook reiterated that Parish Council’s only have the power to comment on planning applications, the final decision being made by S.B.C.  He encouraged residents to write to S.B.C. individually.

 

The importance of the surrounding villages keeping their rural identity was highlighted.

 

Concerns were again raised in respect of the garage expansion and the provision of the large Spar store.

 

It was reiterated that Teesside has no designated Green Belt.  The Council for the Protection of Rural England failed in its campaign to have this changed.

 

 

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It was questioned as to why Stockton Borough Council is not adhering to its own policies and allowing development in green wedge.  The recent planning application approved at Bettys Close Farm was highlighted.

 

The legal procedure for dealing with planning applications which are a departure from the Local Plan was briefly outlined.

 

A general discussion took place on the importance of protecting Green Wedge.

 

It was speculated that there is a high pressure gas main running through the site, which needs investigating.

 

It was noted that the shear scale of the proposed development on the size of the site is an issue in itself.  This proposal would be much more suited in a town rather than a rural area.

 

Residents were once again encouraged to form a constituted action group.

 

The Chairman thanked residents for their attendance at the meeting and input into the discussion.

 

81. PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 06/2593/OUT

PROPOSAL: OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR MIXED USE INCLUDING FAMILY PUB, PLAYBARN, LODGE AND CHILDRENS NURSERY.

LOCATION: LAND AT LOW LANE, INGLEBY BARWICK, STOCKTON-ON-TEES.

The Parish Council considered all the information and plans provided in respect of planning application no. 06/2593/OUT.

 

RESOLVED that the Parish Council object to the proposed development on the following grounds:  

 

A development of this nature on this site would be contrary to the adopted Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan, as the site is designated as ‘Green Wedge’ Local Plan Policy EN14.

 

Local Plan Environment Implementation Objective 4: to control the expansion of built up areas.

 

1.                  Control of development outside the limits to development, and within green wedges.

 

 

 

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Local Plan Glossary: Green Wedge

Tracts of open land extending from the open countryside into the urban area, maintaining ‘separation between specific settlements’ and communities and contributing to amenity and wildlife protection.

 

Development on this site would extend the urban sprawl into the open countryside and is therefore totally inappropriate, as it does not comply with the regulations for ‘Green Wedge’. 

 

It is essential that the separation is maintained between specific settlements in order that surrounding villages are able to maintain their rural identity.

 

The shear scale of the proposed development on the size of the site is another issue in itself.  This proposal would be much more suited to a town rather than a rural area.

 

This application if approved would increase the traffic problems on Low Lane, which is already heavily congested and has a number of ‘black spots’.  There is provision for 180 car parking spaces which would indicate that the developers expect a significant flow of traffic in and out of the site.

 

There are a number of accesses within close proximity of the site, including the entrance to a busy veterinary surgery and the new filling station with Spar supermarket which already causes hold ups on the approach to the Low Lane/Barwick Way roundabout. 

 

This proposal would increase the amount of traffic going through an already congested Ingleby Barwick and will generate even more cars within the proximity of the new Ingleby Mill Primary School.  Also, there are hundreds of children being transported to Primary/Secondary Schools in the surrounding area, e.g. there are nine buses going to Conyers alone, which already use Barwick Way/Low Lane.

 

Ingleby Barwick has no requirement for the facilities being proposed in this application.  It is noted that there are already two public houses in the nearby vicinity as well as a number of further establishments within Ingleby Barwick, Maltby and Hilton. 

 

Does the ‘Transportation Assessment’ take account of the new filling station development which includes a Spar supermarket?  If not, the information provided is out of date and should not be considered within the context of this application.

 

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It is speculated that there is a high pressure gas main which runs through the site proposed for development which, if so, needs to be investigated.   

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   

 

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MINUTES

 

OF

 

SPECIAL

MEETING

 

OF

 

 

INGLEBY BARWICK PARISH COUNCIL

 

HELD ON

 

WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2006

 

AT

 

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH CENTRE,

BARWICK WAY,

INGLEBY BARWICK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREPARED BY

PAULA M. HALL

CLERK TO THE PARISH COUNCIL