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1) Planning Application for Consall Hall and Gardens.

Reading the large planning application at Consall Hall Gardens, including the comments made by members of the public who have made either a positive or negative choice on the matter, the following points have come to the fore.


1. the apparent removal of general public access to the grounds as the whole site will become, in effect, a deconstructed hotel spread over much of the grounds.

2. the effect on the local road system.

3. the creation of yet more facilities which can only be accessed by use of the motor car with attendant problems of noise and pollution.


4. on the other hand the gardens may fall into further decay without some source of financial input.

Please consider this application and its impact on the valley and make your response to our Planning Authority Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), and please do send a copy to this email address to help inform us on how you feel about it? The closing date is 27th March.

Much more detail can be found within the application itself via the following link:


2) The Local Plan process contniues on its path to eventual adoption by our District Council. It looks as if some 60 or so Major Modifications are being addressed by the Officeers as a result of the Government Inspector's examination. These Mods and the the Inspectors initial responses should be viewed on the SMDC website under the Local Plan link sections EL5.005 and EL6.004.

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Who Are We?

Churnet Valley Conservation Society dates back to the early 1980s and is a recognised stakeholder by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.  We are concerned with the whole of the Churnet Valley and wish to represent the interests of local inhabitants, human and wildlife. Join our growing membership so that our collective voice is even louder. Please help us in "keeping an eye on the valley" to protect it from undesirable development.

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Our Vision 

 The valley must be an excellent rural living environment which also attracts countryside visitors to enjoy the pleasures of the landscape and appreciate the fascination of its industrial heritage. We do not expect the valley to be frozen in time, it must evolve in line with modern living but at the same time preserve the tranquility of this unique area. Many projects and developments will be proposed on both a large and small scale, all of these must support our vision. We hope that future generations will look back at what is decided now and thank us for the care and effort involved in sustaining and evolving this part of North Staffordshire.

7:30pm, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 - Fox & Goose, Foxt.

CVCS – Open Committee Meeting - Minutes


Present: - J.Steele, D.Fowler, D.Walters, G.Smallwood, J.Williams

1              Apologies: - C.Skitt


2              Matters arising from minutes of previous meeting: - No Matters arising. February’s minutes accepted as a true record.


3              Treasurer's report: - £1360.96 - No new spend since last month.

3.1          Difficulties making payments to web hosting company due to out of date email addresses: J.Steele to speak to Mark (pachacuti) to transfer BaseKit account to J.Steele. Treasurer has approached the bank regard debit cards. The Chairman and Treasurer will each hold a card once applied for.

3.2          Banking Issues: Sundry Items needing payment J.Williams to speak to G.Smallwood. Necessary spend has now been agreed. Discharged.


4              Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty application: Govt. Landscapes Review: -

                4.1          Next Steps: - Govt. report awaited. Likely to be published in September. Continuing.

4.1a        Possibility of National Park extension: - Continuing.

4.2          C.Skitt to speak to K.Seaton re previous petition signatures:- No further action required. Discharged.


5              Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership feedback: - No report available due to late notice of the meeting. Some items have however been updated due to members knowledge.

5.1          Proposed River Dove weir removal to improve flow and visitor footpath: - Continuing

5.2          Churnet Valley Way: Staffordshire Moorlands Riders interest lies in this proposal: - Continuing

5.3          Blocked access adjacent to Riverside, Oakamoor: - Access along the Churnet Valley requires further research and is contentious item due to several issues.  Continuing.


6              SMDC Local Plan – Latest on Govt. Inquiry Latest Position: - Programme continuing. Concerns have been raised by individuals regarding how SMDC are transmitting letters to the inspector. Concerns have also been raised regard the amount of land for housing supply being made for villages and rural areas.


The full inquiry’s documentation is available via: -


7              Countryside Estates Review: - Car parking charges to be at raised at Froghall Wharf by SCC ‘to maintain the amenity’!


8              SMDC Planning - Major Planning Applications: -

8.1          Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp: - Members are maintaining a watch of the SMDC planning website regard their future proposals for the site. D.Walters to contact the SCC Restoration Officer regard the completion of the restoration.

8.2          Alton Towers: - No new applications.

8.3          Bolton Copperworks: - No new applications.

8.4          Whiston Golf Course re-profiling: - No new proposals.

8.5          SMD/2019/0057 Major Full Planning applied for at Consall Hall Gardens. Public consultation closes 27th March.  There is concern that the gardens will be closed to the public if this application is passed by SCC. J.Williams to request members to view the application and to send their views to SMDC. And to tell CVCS what they think so that the Society can form a view in order to compile a CVCS response.


9              Recruiting New Members: - Progress is being made and proposals are awaited.


10           CVCS Facebook page: - J. Steele updates as required and maintains website.

10.1        Comments: - Continuing

10.2        New developments: - Continuing

10.3        Photographs: - Continuing


11           A.O.B.: -

                11.1        Local Plan letters to the press request from WAG: - Permission to send to the press has not been forthcoming so far. Should permission to publish be given in the future it will be reported on in the minutes. Discharged.


12           Date of next open meeting: - 7:30pm - 3 April 2019 – Fox & Goose Public House, Foxt.