MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF ABENBURY COMMUNITY COUNCIL HELD ON 27th October 2014 AT ABENBURY COMMUNITY CENTRE
PRESENT: Councillor R Squire (in the Chair), P R Done, I Squire, R G Lowden and TAG Williams.
ALSO PRESENT: Clerk – W S Nott, Michael Morris (Wrexham CBC).
51 PROPOSED PRISON
The Chair welcomed Lawrence Isted who is the Head of Planning at Wrexham Council who had agreed to come to speak to the Council about the outstanding Reserved Matters, of the Planning Application for the Proposed Prison. Mr Isted reminded the Council that the principle of the approval of the Planning Permission for the Prison had already been decided at the Outline Stage. What was now coming to the Planning Committee were the detailed matters that the Committee required to see before final approval was given. A report had, as members were aware, been presented to the October meeting of the Planning Committee but the Committee had deferred consideration as they felt that there was insufficient information for them to come to a conclusion. In the interim, the MoJ and the contractors Land Lease had been working to satisfy those concerns. He explained that one of the issues, that he was aware was a major concern to the Community Council, namely Landscaping, had been available for the Committee but had not been shared with the Community Council and he apologised for that error.
He then took the Members through each of the responses from the MoJ on those outstanding matters. He said that, subject to any issues raised during the meeting the Planners were minded to recommend approval. So for example he was satisfied with the detail for drainage of the site as Welsh Water and Natural Resources had both now confirmed that they had no objections to the proposed drainage solution. Members asked questions and commented as Mr Isted went through the issues and were noted by him. In particular he would take up with the Applicants two issues relating to the reuse of grey water and the use of native seed as part of the environmental scheme.
In summing up the Chair thanked Mr Isted for his time and confirmed that, whilst the Community Council could not support the principle of the application, reality required the Council to ensure that concerns expressed to the Community councillors needed to be addressed and he was satisfied that that was the position as a result of what we had been told this evening.
That, whilst not deviating from the Councils stance of opposing the Prison, the detail now alleviated the concerns previously expressed in the Council’s formal response to the Planning Application, subject to the two issues being raised with the Applicant.