Agenda and draft minutes

Planning and Regulatory Committee - Wednesday, 25 May 2022 10.30 am

Venue: Surrey County Council, Woodhatch Place, 11 Cockshot Hill, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8EF

Contact: Joss Butler  Email: joss.butler@surreycc.gov.uk

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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTIONS

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    To receive any apologies for absence and notices of substitutions under Standing Order 41.

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    Officers informed the committee that the applicant for Item 7 of the agenda, Land at Silvermere Haven Pet Cemetery and Crematorium, had withdrawn their application and therefore it would not be considered at the meeting.

     

    No apologies had been received.

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MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING pdf icon PDF 205 KB

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    To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 27 April 2022.

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    The Minutes were APPROVED as an accurate record of the previous meeting.

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PETITIONS

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    To receive any petitions from members of the public in accordance with Standing Order 84 (please see note 7 below).

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    There were none.

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PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

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    To answer any questions received from local government electors within Surrey in accordance with Standing Order 85 (please see note 8 below).

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    There were none.

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MEMBERS' QUESTION TIME

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    To answer any questions received from Members of the Council in accordance with Standing Order 68.

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    There were none.

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DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

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    All Members present are required to declare, at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter

    (i)            Any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or

    (ii)           Other interests arising under the Code of Conduct in respect of any item(s) of business being considered at this meeting

    NOTES:

    ·         Members are reminded that they must not participate in any item where they have a disclosable pecuniary interest

    ·         As well as an interest of the Member, this includes any interest, of which the Member is aware, that relates to the Member’s spouse or civil partner (or any person with whom the Member is living as a spouse or civil partner)

    ·         Members with a significant personal interest may participate in the discussion and vote on that matter unless that interest could be reasonably regarded as prejudicial.

     

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Minerals/Waste EL/2019/2722 - Land at Silvermere Haven Pet Cemetery and Crematorium, Byfleet Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1DZ pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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Minerals/Waste TA2020/434 RE20/00463/CON - North Park Farm Quarry, North Park Lane, Bletchingley, Surrey RH9 8ND; land north east of Pendell Farm, Pendell Road, Bletchingley, RH1 4QH, Mercers East Quarry, Bletchingley Road, Merstham, Redhill; and land north west of Brewerstreet Farm, Brewer Street, Bletchingley, Redhill, RH1 4QP. pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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    Extraction of silica sand from land north west of Brewerstreet Farm; the continued extraction from land known as Pendell Farm Quarry and North Park Farm Quarry; retention of a silica sand processing plant and ancillary structures at North Park Farm Quarry including stockpiling and storage areas, water and tailings pipelines, water treatment and holding lagoons and the haul road; retention of the conveyor and access tracks; continued temporary diversions of public footpaths 160, 161, 162 and 163 (parts) and public bridleways 142 and 148 (parts) and the continued stopping up of footpath 121 and 143 (parts); diversion of an unnamed brook along the boundary of land known as Pendell Farm Quarry and land north east of Brewerstreet Farm; with associated landscaping and woodland planting; and restoration and aftercare to agriculture and nature conservation.

     

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    1.         Plans

    2.         Aerials / photographs 

    3.         Plan ending 003 which shows all the former permissions in different colours

    4.         North Park Farm rights of way plan

    5.         Phasing plans COMP 30 – 34 which shows how the land is proposed to be worked

    6.         Restoration plan

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    Officers:

    Caroline Smith (Planning Group Manager)

    Nancy El-Shatoury (Principal Highways and Planning Solicitor)

    Stephen Jenkins (Planning Development Manager)

    Andre Ferreira (Regulatory Business Manager)

    Samantha Murphy (Planning Development Team Leader)

    Christopher Reynolds (Senior Historic Buildings Officer)

    Simon Elson (Principal Environment Enhancement Officer)

     

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    None.

     

    Key points raised during the discussion:

     

    1.    Officer introduced the report and provided Members with a brief summary. It was noted that the application was for the extraction of silica sand from land north west of Brewerstreet Farm; the continued extraction from land known as Pendell Farm Quarry and North Park Farm Quarry; retention of a silica sand processing plant and ancillary structures at North Park Farm Quarry including stockpiling and storage areas, water and tailings pipelines, water treatment and holding lagoons and the haul road; retention of the conveyor and access tracks; continued temporary diversions of public footpaths 160, 161, 162 and 163 (parts) and public bridleways 142 and 148 (parts) and the continued stopping up of footpath 121 and 143 (parts); diversion of an unnamed brook along the boundary of land known as Pendell Farm Quarry and land north east of Brewerstreet Farm; with associated landscaping and woodland planting; and restoration and aftercare to agriculture and nature conservation. Members noted a late response from the Environmental Agency.

    2.    Members noted that an update sheet was published on 24 May 2022.

    3.    A Member raised concern with the proximity of the works to the listed buildings. Officers explained that Historic England had initially assessed the works to have a high level of less than substantial harm to the buildings. The council and Historic England recognised that the works were an important mineral resource and so mitigations were put in place prior to consideration by the committee. These included:

    a.    Planting to mitigate issues caused by views from the conversation area.

    b.    Additional screening along Becks Cottage.

    c.     Additional documentation requested to show long term impacts.

    4.    The Historic Buildings Officer confirmed that he was content that tree planting would mitigate the visual issue and believed that nothing more could be done to enhance the screening.

    5.    Members sought officers opinion on the flooding risks to the historic buildings. The Historic Buildings Officer confirmed that he was not concerned by the risk of flooding due to the distance between the buildings and the soil bunds.

    6.    The Committee asked whether a condition could be included to address the risk of flooding from Water Lane on to the field and potentially damaging the buildings. Officers explained that there was a surface water drainage condition for both the operation and restoration. Members noted that the condition was an initial condition which needed to come in before any soil stripping took place on the extension area. Officers suggested that the condition be amended to include a regular review of the drainage scheme which was agreed by Members. Officers also highlighted that any issues could be picked up through the Landscape Ecological Plan.

    7.    Members noted that the Environmental Agency had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46/22

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DATE OF NEXT MEETING

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    The next meeting of the Planning & Regulatory Committee will be on 29 June 2022.

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    The date of the next meeting was noted.