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The Forest of Dean District Council - Agenda item - P1033/11/FUL Cleeve Mill Business Park,Cleeve Mill Lane, Newent

Agenda item

P1033/11/FUL Cleeve Mill Business Park,Cleeve Mill Lane, Newent

Erection of office headquarters with landscaped areas, parking and associated infrastructure


Erection of office headquarters with landscaped areas, parking and associated infrastructure


Councillor Di Martin left the meeting for consideration of this item


Please refer to the late material circulated prior to the meeting


Principal Planning Officer, Tony Pope, said that this application had been deferred at the planning committee meeting in September 2011, to seek clarification of several issues from Severn Trent Water regarding the Newent Sewage Treatment Plant. The planning officer referred members to the late material and to the response from Severn Trent Water. 


Public speaking

Speaking on behalf of the applicant, the speaker outlined the principle for the development. She said that, based on the consultations that had been undertaken with Severn Trent Water, there had been no valid reasons for deferring the application at the planning committee in September 2011. Furthermore, following additional consultations since that meeting, Severn Trent Water had reinforced their previous stance of no objection, as detailed in the late material. The speaker said that the application met with council policy and with the district local plan and would make good use of the site, (which had previously stood vacant for some time). She said that the parish council had raised no objections to the application and that it was hoped the proposed development would support the local economy by creating additional employment in the area.


Committee consideration

Ward member, Councillor Roger Yeates, informed the committee that since the last meeting, he and fellow ward members for Newent, Councillors Julia Gooch and Len Lawton, had met with Severn Trent Water, who confirmed that the treatment works was working correctly. On this basis, and welcoming the opportunity to create new employment in the area and to tidy up the site, Councillor Roger Yeates moved the recommendation to grant planning permission. Councillor Gabriella Kirkpatrick seconded this proposal.


The majority of members hoped that the proposal might benefit the area by making the site more presentable and by creating new employment. Councillor Norman Stephens enquired how bad the problem of odour from the treatment plant would have to be before considered an issue. Lisa Russell, representative of Severn Trent Water, advised Councillor Stephens that such issues were considered, but only if Severn Trent Water was made aware of the problem. She said that, unless complaints were received, it would be difficult to take action. She also said that, at the meeting with Councillors Yeates, Gooch and Lawton at the Newent Sewage Treatment Plant, the smell on that particular occasion had not been offensive. The site manger had suggested, however, that unpleasant odours sometimes occurred when cleaning the tanks at the site, or if there was a malfunction. Lisa Russell said that if the problem became a reoccurring one, the matter could be addressed by installing odour monitors.


Earlier in the meeting, Councillor Roger Yeates moved and Councillor Gabriella Kirkpatrick seconded the motion to grant planning permission. A recorded vote was taken and members,


RESOLVED to grant planning permission, as detailed in the schedule of applications and subject to the information, (including amended conditions 14 and 15 and additional condition 18), included in the late material.


For (12)

Councillors James Bevan, Philip Burford, Gethyn Davies, Frankie Evans, Jackie Fraser, Terry Glastonbury, Brian Jones, Gabriella Kirkpatrick, Graham Morgan, Norman Stephens, Arthur Thomas and Roger Yeates


Against (0)


Abstentions (2)

Councillors Val Holman and Lynn Sterry