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Objections to memorial hall extension rejected
The Chronicle, Thursday, 8th September, 2011. www.chronicleseries.co.uk 7
protect their privacy.
However, Mr Lomas said: “The extension’s position, size and scale are such that it would not result in loss of light or a visual intrusion significantly harming amenities at that property.
“The extension also includes a fire door and related access ramp which when in use would allow people to overlook the rear garden of the aforementioned property.
“The applicant has stated that this door will be used as a fire exit only and day-to-day access to the treatment rooms would be via the main hall entrance.
The council dismissed as unjustified residents’ complaints of litter in the memorial hall’s grounds, poor road surfacing and that drug dealers used the car park. (“Chronicle” photo. 3624/11).
By Rachel Naylor Planning permission to extend Lawton Memorial Hall in Church Lawton has been approved by Cheshire East Council, after residents’ objections were branded “unreasonable” and “irrelevant”.
The single story extension to the hall, on Liverpool Road West, will rovide two treatment rooms for Alsager District Palliative Day Care.
Permission was granted y way of a delegated decision.
In his report Martin Lomas, the council’s case officer, said: “The proposal is considered appropriate development in the green elt, complementing the existing use of the site.
“It would not be unduly prominent and is sympathetic to the character and appearance of the host building and Lawton Hall Park and garden of historic interest.
“As conditioned, it would not result in significant harm to residential amenity at nearby properties, or result in a detrimental impact on trees within the site. It is acceptable in all other respects.”
He dismissed residents’ complaints of litter in the grounds, poor road surfacing and drug dealers using the car park as “unjustified”.
One neighbour had commented that litter control was poor and that the management of the hall should ensure they have a plan to collect this.
Mr Lomas responded: “This matter is not relevant to the development and reflects an alleged existing problem. It would be wholly unreasonable to impose any conditions relating to this matter.”
Another resident complained that the access road and car park was inappropriate for elderly people and that a condition should be imposed that they should be resurfaced.
unjustified rationale to require such works where the improvements would be to meet a need which allegedly already exists.”
Another objector claimed that the car park was being used by either drug dealers or users and that CCTV should be installed together with security gates.
Mr Lomas said: “This matter has no relevance to the proposed development and the planning matters it raises.”
Other concerns regarding privacy and noise issues were also rejected.
The occupier of 11, The Gardens, Lawton Hall Drive said that the windows should be obscure glazed and its use restricted to emergency only to
“Notwithstanding this the application shows a screen fence would be provided 1.8 metres high to the side and rear elevation measuring approximately 2.7 metres in length. This screen would prevent any overlooking when the door is in use.”
One resident commented that the use of a generator in a residential area was objectionable particularly if needed at unsociable hours and that noise suppression and restrictions on usage must be imposed.
But Mr Lomas explained: “The generator is required as back-up in case of a power cut to ensure the continued running of the venue where this occurs when a function is taking place. It is considered these two events would be unlikely to occur regularly.”
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The following cases have been heard at South Cheshire Magistrates Court in Crewe.
Joshua Alexander Barrett, (18), of 56, Lawton Road, Alsager,
leaded guilty to threatening to damage the house and private ambulance of Jason Twentyman, at Church Lawton.
He was given an 18-month conditional discharge, a two-year restraining order and made to pay £85 costs.
Tuan Minh Hoang, (58), of 15 Bignor Street, Manchester, was given a six-month driving ban for driving a Saab without insurance on the M6 southbound, at Cranage on 18th February.
He was also handed a £150 fine and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
David John Mountford, (30), of 1, Peakdale Avenue, Goldenhill, Stoke-On-Trent, pleaded guilty to stealing a Blackberry mobile hone worth £136.97 from Tesco in Congleton on 11th May.
He was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to ay £85 costs. Noel John Maskery, (41), of 39 Fairfield Avenue, Sandbach,
leaded guilty to stealing electrical items, computer software and a suitcase containing clothing and Christmas decorations last Tuesday. He also admitted to possessing cannabis last Wednesday.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to ay £85 costs.
Mr Lomas addressed this issue by saying: “The imposition of such a condition or requirement would be unreasonable given the size and nature of the proposed development and additionally it would be
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