Retail Frontages Design and Signage Supplementary Planning Document
The Leader of the Council submitted a report seeking agreement the Draft Retail Frontages, Design and Signage Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) should go out to public consultation and also sought agreement that a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Emerging Retail Frontages, Design and Signage Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is not required.
Councillor C Woodward sought and was provided with clarification on how and where the information would be disseminated. He stated that the Council needed to ensure that it was adequately resourced.
Councillor D Andrews welcomed the document and echoed the comment regarding adequate resources.
Councillor B Deering explained that the work had originated from the Hertford Urban Design Group. He thanked the former Head of Planning and Development Control for attending every meeting and his work in moving the initiative forward.
Councillor J Jones welcomed the report and referred to the need for better enforcement by Hertfordshire County Council of “A”-Boards. The report was also welcomed by Councillor P Ballam and N Symonds, the latter referred to the menace caused by “A”-Boards especially to those whose vision was impaired.
Councillor C Woodard urged Members to write to HCC’s enforcement team regarding problems with “A”-Boards. Council approved the proposals now detailed.
The Leader moved and Councillor B Deering seconded a motion, that the recommendation be approved. After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.
RESOLVED – that (A) the draft Retail Frontages, Design and Signage Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) as set out in Essential reference Paper “A” be approved and published for a six week period of consultation; and
(B) In accordance with the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004, it has been determined that a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the emerging Retail Frontages, Design and Signage Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is not required as it is unlikely to have significant environmental effects.
(see also Minute xxx)