Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Tuesday, 9th January, 2018 5.30 pm

Venue: Room 10

Contact: Mrs KM Howard 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for Absence were received from Councillors J Johnson and Roberts.


Minutes of the meeting held on 5 December 2017 pdf icon PDF 110 KB


*           Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 5 December 2017, be approved and signed.


Declarations of Interest from Members


No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.

During presentation of the following item Councillor Fulham Declared a Personal Non Pecuniary interest in the item and left the meeting.


Hazardous Substances Consent pdf icon PDF 889 KB

PRE/2017/0322/PRE – Pocket Nook Gas Distribution Station, Navigation Road


The Service Manager, Development presented a report on Hazardous Substances Consent for Pocket Nook Gas Distribution Station, Navigation Road during which an aerial location plan was screened for Members information.

The Gas Holder was considered a hazardous installation and was therefore a material consideration in the determination of planning applications affected by this. The Hazardous Substance Consent, currently in place for this installation, required that the Council consult with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) if a proposed development was within a defined consultation zone.

If an application for a significant housing development fell inside the middle consultation zone, the HSE advice would be for the Council to refuse planning permission. This was a significant constraint on allowing development in the vicinity of the
Pocket Nook Gas Distribution Station.


Members were informed that the consultation zone for the Pocket Nook Gas Holder affected a large area around the site, including one potential housing development situated at Holly Bank Street, St Helens. Members were informed a planning application for this site, P/2017/0674 for 66 dwellings was currently awaiting a decision. The Middle Consultation Zone for the Pocket Nook Gas Holder which affected this planning application was illustrated at Appendix 1.


Members were informed following discussions with the current landholder and operator, National Grid that the gas holder had not been in use since 2009 and has been decommissioned with a planned removal in 2021, as part of National Grid’s strategic plan, with no intention to store gas at this site in the foreseeable future.

The Service Manager, Development informed Members that since publication of the agenda National Grid had confirmed that they no longer required the Hazardous Substance Consent and would not therefore lodge an objection if the decision of the Committee was to revoke the Consent.


On this basis Members gave consideration to the revocation of the Hazardous Substances Consent for Pocket Nook Gas Distribution Station.


*           Resolved that approval be given for Officers to make an Order under Section 14(2) of the Planning (Hazardous Substance) Act 1990, revoking the extant HSC at the former Gas Distribution Centre at Navigation Road and to seek confirmation of the Order made from the Secretary of State.


Councillor Fulham here returned to the meeting.



Affordable Housing: Utilising the S106 Contributions pdf icon PDF 63 KB


The Senior Assistant Director Development and Growth presented the report on Affordable Housing: Utilising the S106 Contributions.

As part of the planning process, consideration must be given to the need to require affordable housing as an element of any residential planning application. The Core Strategy Policy CH2 set a borough wide target of 30% of the total number of new dwellings being affordable.

The level of affordable housing provision on a site of ten dwellings or more was set against the financial viability of that development, with a presumption there would be provision on sites with 15 or more dwellings and on those with less than 15 dwellings a commuted sum in lieu of this provision.

Members were informed that over recent years it had not always been possible to secure on site provision for affordable housing on larger sites as Registered Social Landlords had reduced their appetite for delivering new housing, in part as a result of stringent new financial controls imposed on them by Central Government. As such the Council had to accept commuted sums, secured via Section106 agreements in lieu of this, to be spent on delivering new affordable housing units.


Due to these commuted sum payments, the Council had accumulated an ‘affordable housing pot’ to be spent on this provision. The report proposed that Council use this funding to deliver affordable housing on sites that were in Council ownership, which due to development constraints were not financially viable to deliver. The funding would be utilised to pay for decontamination works, infrastructure and utility connections to make the development sites viable and deliverable.

The benefits of this innovative approach were outlined in paragraph 2.4 of the report alongside a proposed process at paragraphs 3.1 to 3.2.

Following publication of the agenda, the Senior Assistant Director Development and Growth had been advised that the Council owned site of Marshall Cross Road as proposed in the report had been identified for alternative use and that if Members were minded to grant the proposal Officers would look to locate an alternative site for the trial.

*           Resolved that:


(1)          the approach outlined in the report for delivering affordable housing on Council owned site with Section 106 affordable housing contributions be approved; and

(2)          following identification of a trial site, an update report be brought to this Committee for consideration. 


Current Planning Appeals pdf icon PDF 121 KB


A report was submitted which informed Members of the current position with regard to the planning appeals that were pending or had recently been concluded.


*           Resolved that the report be noted.


Planning Applications Determined Under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 112 KB


A report was submitted which informed Members of planning applications determined under delegated powers.


*           Resolved that the report be noted.


Current Enforcement Cases pdf icon PDF 99 KB


A report was submitted which informed Members on the current positon with regard to enforcement cases.


*           Resolved that the report be noted.