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CHURNET VALLEY CONSERVATION SOCIETY

                       protecting and conserving this natural area of outstanding beauty  

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News Flash:

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.

 However.

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:


http://publicaccess.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=128139


 

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 https://www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/examination_library 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 - Agenda

 

Present: -

1              Apologies: -

 

2              Matters arising from minutes of previous meeting: -

 

3              Treasurer's report: -

3.1          Difficulties making payments to web hosting company due to out of date email addresses: -

 

4              Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty application: Govt. Landscapes Review: - https://consult.defra.gov.uk/land-use/landscapes-review-call-for-evidence.

                4.1          Possibility of National Park extension: -

 

5              Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership feedback: -

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

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

5.3          Blocked footpath adjacent to Riverside, Oakamoor: -

 

6              SMDC Local Plan – Latest on Govt. Inquiry Latest Position: -

 

The full inquiry’s documentation is available via: -

https://www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/examination_library

 

7              Countryside Estates Review: -

 

8              SMDC Planning - Major Planning Applications: -

8.1          Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp: -

8.2          Alton Towers: -

8.3          Bolton Copperworks: -

8.4          Whiston Golf Course re-profiling: -

8.5          SMD/2019/0057 Major Full Planning applied for at Consall Hall Gardens: -

8.6          SMD/2019/0143 Land adj. Ox Pastures, Cheddleton.

8.7          SMD/2019/0318 8 camping pods Sutherland Rd., Cheddleton

 

9              CVCS Internet: -

9.1          Website: -

9.1a) Walks/Litter picking.

9.1b) Organising Events/Talks e.g. Recycling chat from invited speaker.

9.1c) Brain storming session next month for other ideas to promote CVCS.

9.2          Facebook page - Photographs and Comments: –

9.3          SSL (website security) and Cookie Policy: –

9.4          New Issues: -

 

10           Recruiting New Members: -

 

11           Air Pollution Monitoring: -

 

12           A.O.B.: -

 

Date of next open meeting: - 7:30pm Wednesday, __________

Fox & Goose Public House, Foxt, ST10 2HN.

 



 

7:30pm, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 - Fox & Goose, Foxt.

CVCS – Open Committee Meeting - Minutes

 

Present: - J.Steele, D.Walters, J.Barr, J.Williams

1              Apologies: - D.Fowler, L.Valentine, G.Smallwood

 

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

 

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: JS to speak to Mark (pachacuti) to transfer BaseKit account to JSContinuing.

 

4              Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty application: Govt. Landscapes Review: - https://consult.defra.gov.uk/land-use/landscapes-review-call-for-evidence.

                4.1          Possibility of National Park extension: - Govt. report on the consultation likely to be published in September.

 

5              Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership feedback: - No CVLLP meeting to report on last month.

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

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

5.3          Blocked footpath adjacent to Riverside, Oakamoor: -

 

6              SMDC Local Plan – Latest on Govt. Inquiry Latest Position: - There are regular updates on SMDC’s website, the link to which follows. Recently published are:

EL6 007 – Local Green Space. See item 8.6 below.

EL8         – SMDC’s response to Govt. re Housing Implementation Strategy (HIS)

EL9 001 – Further letter re HIS from Govt. Inspector.

Inspector re Govt. Inspector’s report on the full number of Main Modifications is awaited. Public consultation will then follow.

 

The full inquiry’s documentation is available via: -

https://www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/examination_library

 

7              Countryside Estates Review: - Froghall Wharf parking: SCC are to charge for parking. It is therefore likely the public will park on the road in future. JS to ring Sarah Bentley (SCC) for an update. Continuing.

 

8              SMDC Planning - Major Planning Applications: -

8.1          Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp: - SMDC and Laver Leisure, and their associates, are meeting regularly and are discussing ‘Phase1’ of the Holiday Park development.

DW has responded further over the lack of restoration regard a communication from Neil Goodwin (SCC). All: Vigilance required that no work other than ‘restoration’ is done on site.

8.2          Alton Towers: - No new planning applications this month.

8.3          Bolton Copperworks: - No new planning applications this month.

8.4          Whiston Golf Course re-profiling: - No new planning applications this month.

8.5          SMD/2019/0057 Major Full Planning applied for at Consall Hall Gardens: - CVCS (JS) has written to SMDC regard our concerns.

8.6          SMD/2019/0143 Land adj. Ox Pastures, Cheddleton. JS on behalf CVCS are to respond to this application. Information on this item have already been sent to members.

 

9              CVCS Internet: -

9.1          Website: - No new issues this month. Items 9.1a-c were carried over to next month’s meeting.

9.1a) Walks/Litter picking.

9.1b) Organising Events/Talks e.g. Recycling chat from invited speaker.

9.1c) Brain storming session next month for other ideas to promote CVCS.

9.2          Facebook page - Photographs and Comments: – First CVCS Rocks photos published!

9.3          SSL (website security) and Cookie Policy: – More investigation required. Carried over to next month’s meeting.

9.4          New Issues: - None this month.

 

10           Recruiting New Members: - Continuing.

 

11           Air Pollution Monitoring: - JW to write to the Environment Agency requesting monitoring information within the Churnet Valley and for a new monitoring station in Whiston.

 

12           A.O.B.: - None this month.

 

Date of next open meeting: - 7:30pm Wednesday, 5 June 2019 – Fox & Goose Public House, Foxt, ST10 2HN.