Agenda and minutes

Development Management Committee
Wednesday 14th August, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Wallfields, Hertford. View directions

Contact: Peter Mannings  Tel: (01279) 502174 Email:


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To receive apologies for absence.

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An apology for absence was submitted on behalf of Councillor R Fernando.  It was noted that Councillor I Kemp was substituting for Councillor R Fernando.


Chairman's Announcements

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The Chairman advised that training for the Committee had been arranged for 7 pm on Wednesday 28 August in respect of understanding Officers recommendations.


Minutes - 17 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on Wednesday 17 July 2019.

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Councillor T Beckett proposed and Councillor T Stowe seconded, a motion that the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 July 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.  After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, this motion was declared CARRIED.


RESOLVED – that the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 July 2019, be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


3/19/0408/FUL - Erection of 23 dwellings (9 affordable dwellings) including associated highway works, landscaping, utilities, drainage infrastructure and car parking at Land at Stortford Road (R/O 12-18 Town Farm Crescent), Standon pdf icon PDF 177 KB

Recommended for Approval

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The Head of Planning and Building Control recommended that in respect of application 3/19/0408/FUL, subject to a legal agreement, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions detailed in the report now submitted.


The Service Manager (Development Management), on behalf of the Head of Planning and Building Control, summarised the details of the application and detailed the relevant planning history.  He drew Members’ attention to a number of typographical errors in the report and said that Officers would be drafting additional conditions regarding electric vehicle charging points and broadband provision.


The Service Manager said that condition 13 had been amended as this had required the submission of an energy statement.  He summarised the key details of the energy statement that had now been received and emphasised that this document was one of the best he had seen. 


The Service Manager emphasised that the provisions of the energy statement exceeded the requirements of building regulations as encouraged but not required by policy CC2 in respect of the mitigation of climate change.


Members were advised that the predicted water usage would equate to 107.8 litres per person per day and this was compliant with the District Plan Policy WAT4 target requirement of 110 litres of water per person per day.  Officers would amend condition 13 in order to fix the scheme to the report submitted.


The Service Manager summarised the main issues for Members to consider and he drew Members’ attention to the infrastructure and planning obligations as detailed in paragraph 8.32 and the recommendation.  He said that the conclusions in respect of planning balance were summarised in section 9 of the report submitted.


Mr Kwan addressed the Committee in support of the application.  Councillor T Stowe sought clarification in respect of a discrepancy in the drainage details between the outline application for 15 dwellings and this full permission application.  He referred in particular to drainage infiltration ponds, ditches, trenches and basins.


Councillor J Jones commented on paragraph 8.27 and the suggestion of a condition by Herts Ecology for the protection of Roman snails.  He said he could not see a condition in the report as suggested by Herts Ecology.  He referred to paragraph 8.32 and the infrastructure and planning obligations.  He said that he was concerned that £3233 towards the children’s area at Bishop’s Stortford library was included given that the nearest libraries were in Buntingford and Ware.


Councillor J Jones said that the point made by the Service Manager in respect of an additional condition regarding broadband should be worded to include the requirement for the installation of fibre broadband to the property.  Councillor Jones also believed that section g of condition 5 should include the wording ‘during the construction phase’.


Councillor B Crystall commented on responses from consultees and referred in particular to the views of East Herts Conservation and Urban Design regarding the lack of a pedestrian linkage to the pathway to the north of the proposed development and a lack of inviting pedestrian routes into  ...  view the full minutes text for item 108.


Items for Reporting and Noting pdf icon PDF 84 KB

(A)  Appeals against refusal of Planning Permission/ non?determination.


(B)  Planning Appeals Lodged.


(C)      Planning Appeals: Inquiry and Informal Hearing Dates.


(D)     Planning Statistics.

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RESOLVED – that the following reports be noted:


(A)   Appeals against refusal of planning permission / non-determination;


(B)       Planning Appeals lodged;


(C)       Planning Appeals: Inquiry and Informal Hearing dates; and


(D)      Planning Statistics.