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					Agenda No 4(3) Regulatory Committee - 24th February 2000 The Extraction of Building Stone from within the Estate for Restoration and Development of Stoneythorpe Hall, Southam and for use within the Estate Report of the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Strategy
Recommendation
That the Committee authorise the grant of planning permission subject to conditions in Appendix B.

APPLICATION NO:

S4392/99CM018

RECEIVED BY COUNTY: 16/08/1999 ADVERTISED DATE: APPLICANT(S): 20/08/1999 Dr Dallas Burston, The Manor House, Victor's Barns, Brixworth, Northampton, NN6 9DQ. Dr David P Jefferson, Jefferson Consulting Limited , The Old Armoury, Crown Business Park, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray, Leics.

AGENT(S):

THE PROPOSAL: The Extraction of Building Stone from within the Estate for Restoration of Stoneythorpe Hall and use within the Estate. SITE & LOCATION: 0.1 HA. of land at The Stoneythorpe Estate, Southam, Warwickshire. [Grid ref: 405.616]. See plan in Appendix A

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Application Details
This application is for the extraction of up to 8,200 tonnes of building stone from two small areas of land within the estate. This would be used exclusively for the restoration of Stoneythorpe Hall and other development within the Estate. The maximum depth of the excavation would be 5.6 metres and work would be carried out during the period of restoration and building on the Estate. No material would need to be taken out on the public highway and the area would be restored to parkland. It would be necessary to provide an internal haul road to remove the stone and bring in restoration materials which would involve crossing the River Itchen. This work would be carried out in conjunction with the reworking of old stone waste stockpiles within an old quarry area and the extraction of clay materials from adjoining land to fill and restore the workings to parkland. The clay extraction would form a small conservation and amenity lake adjoining the River Itchen. These elements of the scheme are development permitted by The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 and not covered by this application but have been submitted as supporting information.

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Consultations (Sent out on 27/08/1999)
Stratford on Avon District Council has no objection subject to conditions. Southam Parish Council supports the proposal subject to conditions. Long Itchington Parish Council has no objection. County Councillor R A Stevens has no objection subject to conditions. County Museum has no objection subject to conditions. English Heritage has no objection to the stone being used for conservation purposes. English Nature advise that there are no Sites of Special Scientific Interest or Local Nature Reserves in the area. Environment Agency has no objection subject to conditions.

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Representations
District Councillor J E Taylor has no objection subject to conditions. The Occupier Hill Cottage, Woodbine Hill, Warwick Road, Southam objects on the grounds of noise and dust.

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Observations
The application site is located to the south east of Stoneythorpe Hall and the River Itchen, and to the north of the A425 Leamington Road on the edge of an old quarry within the grounds of the Hall. Stoneythorpe Hall a post medieval manor house and a Grade II listed building, is to be restored and extended. The original parts of the house are built of the local limestone, traditionally known as “White Lias”. The stone is no longer commercially available, and there are no materials that will match it. One old quarry does exist within the property, this has, however, been filled with heaps of waste stone, which are now grassed over, and no working faces remain open. To obtain the required quantity of building stone for the development, it is proposed to use the stone from the piles within the old quarry together with stone, if necessary, from two small extraction areas nearby on an intermittent and temporary basis. Only these new extraction areas are the subject of this application. There has only been one objection to this application from the occupier of a property on the south side of the A425 approximately 190m away. She feels that the noise from the extraction of the stone would be far more intrusive than that from normal agricultural practices. However, extraction would take place by means of a small excavator, no blasting is necessary. The extraction area itself is in the floor of a valley within the parkland and extraction would be intermittent over a temporary period. It is therefore, unlikely that properties outside of the site would be unduly disturbed by this process. The noise from the other restoration works taking place on site at the same time and the noise from vehicles travelling along the A425 would also exceed that created by the excavation work. Nevertheless, the imposition of working hours would ensure that risk of any disturbance would be kept to a minimum during any quieter periods. Given the separation distance involved and the low rate of extraction it is unlikely that dust would be a problem, again conditions could be imposed to control the operation to an acceptable standard. There have been no ecological or archaeological objections to the extraction part of the scheme and the restoration of the site together with the old quarry to its original parkland state has been supported. Any ecological and landscape advice that has been submitted by consultees regarding the formation of the lake and the river crossing (which is permitted development) has been passed on to the applicant. The site would not be highly visible from the public highway because of a thick tree screen or any property other than the Hall which is unoccupied and the subject of the restoration project. Footpath SM21 runs very close to the extraction area and therefore the area would be open to view by walkers. However, as the aim of the scheme would be to restore the area and the Hall the overall benefit to walkers outweighs the temporary disruption. Conditions can also be included to ensure that the footpath remains free from obstruction. 3 of 4

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The adopted Minerals Local Plan for Warwickshire does not identify any „preferred areas‟ for the working of limestone. Therefore, any application submitted should demonstrate that in reality it does not impinge on the policies or the site selection criteria identified in the plan. This is well demonstrated in this case and there are special circumstances pertaining to its use in the restoration of the Hall.

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Conclusion
This small scale temporary proposal would enable the restoration of Stoneythorpe Hall to be carried out in an acceptable and sympathetic manner using the local stone, without having to transport material on the public highway and with minimum disturbance to the surrounding area.

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Environmental Implications
Since all the proposed development work is located within the Estate and would enable the proper restoration of the Hall, which is a listed building, there would be minimal environmental impact during the building stone extraction and restoration, and no vehicle movements on the public highway.

JOHN DEEGAN Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Strategy Shire Hall Warwick 10th February 2000

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