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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, 5 June 2019 - Fox & Goose, Foxt.

CVCS – Open Committee Meeting - Minutes


Present: - J.Steele, L.McKechnie-Ryder, S.Cunningham, D.Walters, D.Fowler, J.Williams

1              Apologies: - G.Smallwood, C.Skitt, L.Valentine


2              Matters arising from minutes of previous meeting: - No matters arising from previous minutes.


3              Treasurer's report: - £1360.96 - no spend in the previous month.

3.1          Difficulties making payments to web hosting company due to out of date email addresses: - Continuing

3.2          Necessary form signed for application for bank cards. To be submitted to bank GS


4              Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty application: Govt. Landscapes Review: -The review is  likely to be published this Autumn.

Landscapes Review: Call for Evidence - Defra - Citizen Space.


Landscapes Review: Call for Evidence - Defra - ...

This site contains consultations that are run by Defra.

                4.1          Possibility of National Park extension: - awaiting report’s publication.


5              Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership feedback: -

5.1          Proposed River Dove weir removal to improve flow and visitor footpath: - Environment Agency is removing all weirs on the River Dove from the River Trent up to Ashbourne weir. Crumpwood fish pass is due for completion mid-July.

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

5.3          Blocked footpath adjacent to Riverside, Oakamoor: - Continuing, members investigating.


6              SMDC Local Plan – Latest position regard Govt. Inquiry: - Awaiting HM Inspectors full report. However, some of the Main Modifications are to be presented to SMDC’s Council Assembly in June.


The full inquiry’s documentation is available via: -


7              Countryside Estates Review: - Negotiations are continuing regard the larger SCC sites and separately, the SMDC sites


8              SMDC Planning - Major Planning Applications: -

8.1          Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp: - no new planning applications as of 04/06/19. N.B. There have been no Monitoring Reports regard the restoration of the quarry since 2016.

DW is in contact with SCC about the continuing restoration issue.

JW to send FOI Request to SMDC regard minutes of meetings between SMDC Officers and Laver Leisure.

8.2          Alton Towers: - none of note.

8.3          Bolton Copperworks: - none submitted. N.B. Ownership of some or all of the site may have changed from Hadleigh Estates to another (?) owner.

8.4          Whiston Golf Course re-profiling: - none submitted.

8.5          SMD/2019/0057 Major Full Planning applied for at Consall Hall Gardens: - awaiting decision. The proposals are having to be reassessed by the developer to resolve some ‘issues’. There are now several new letters on the SMDC website in support of the development, roughly equal in number to objectors letters.

8.6          SMD/2019/0143 Land adj. Ox Pastures, Cheddleton:- Letter received from SMDC regard ‘Amended Plans’. There are no such amended plans posted on the SMDC website. However, there is an omitted Design and Access statement that has been belatedly posted. The SMDC letter informs us that we now have 21 days in which to comment on the proposal. AS this is rather confusing SMDC will need to be consulted regard just what they mean. JW

8.7          SMD/2019/0318 8 camping pods Sutherland Rd., Cheddleton. For information only at this stage.


9              CVCS Social Media: -

9.1          Website: - Hit counter needs attention to ensure it is working correctly. JS

9.2          Facebook reach varies between 200 to nearly 1000. Shares and likes are increasing. The page is being well received.


10           Development Ideas: -

10.1       Walks/Litter picking: - DF to look into organising a walk in the valley. Co-incidentally, for those of you who like a good long walk, there is a 10.5 walk in the valley with the Ramblers Association. If you are interest please look at the CVCS Facebook page which will have the link to the Ramblers Association and the walk.

10.2       Organising Events/Talks e.g. Recycling chat from invited speaker: - Carried forward to the Autumn when availability of speakers and members is more likely.

10.3        Brain storming session next month for other ideas to promote CVCS: - Some new ideas have come forward. This is a regular feature, but a specific session will be held in the future.

10.4        SSL (website security) and Cookie Policy: – Ongoing

10.5        New Issues: -

10.5a)   Oakamoor Festival is to be held on the weekend of 13/14 July where all will be welcome. The details of all the events follow on below these minutes. CVCS to enquire about a presence at the festival. JS/DF


11           Recruiting New Members: LV/JS are working on the “CVCS Rocks” and they have already placed 20 painted stones in the Valley and surrounding area. There have been a couple of new members join our ranks recently. Welcome!


12           Air Pollution Monitoring: - FOI request sent to Environment Agency. Awaiting response.  JW


13           A.O.B.: -

                a) contact with the National Trust (Hawksmoor) Ron Whiteman was suggested as a contact. LM to find out contact details.

                b) CVCS is to investigate the ownership of land adjacent to River View, Oakamoor regard use as a footpath and bridleway to link Froghall with Oakamoor.

                c) An event on the Cauldon Canal is to be announced soon for the weekend of 28/29 September. Details to be sent to members when they are available. If anyone hears of these before me please email me to let me know. All


14           CVCS is taking a summer break from holding its regular meetings and accordingly there will be no meetings in July and August. However, we will continue to keep our ear to the ground and if any urgent items come to light, we will hold an Emergency Meeting. Please do let us know if you spot anything of interest via this email address.

Date of next open meeting: - 7:30pm Wednesday, 3rd September 2019 – Fox & Goose Public House, Foxt, ST10 2HN.