Agenda and minutes

Development Management Committee
Wednesday 4th March, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Wallfields, Hertford. View directions

Contact: Peter Mannings  Tel: (01279) 502174 Email:  peter.mannings@eastherts.gov.uk

Note: Apologies, please note that due to a technical problem - there was no webcast for this meeting of the Development Management Committee. 

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376.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence.

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Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Huggins and Kemp.  It was noted that Councillors Bull and Fernando were substituting for Councillors Huggins and Kemp respectively.

377.

Chairman's Announcements

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The Chairman welcomed the public to the meeting and referred to a number of housekeeping issues.  He said that webcasting was not possible for this meeting due to a technical fault.

378.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any Members' declarations of interest.

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Councillors Ruffles and Deering declared non-pecuniary interests in application 3/19/1826/FUL, on the grounds that they were members of Hertford Town Council, and an allotment site owned by Hertford Town Council abutted the application site.

 

379.

Minutes - 5 February 2020 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

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Councillor Jones proposed and Councillor Beckett seconded, a motion that the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 February 2020 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 5 February 2020, be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

380.

3/19/2227/VAR - Variation of Condition 10 (scheme for affordable house) of planning permission ref: 3/14/2200/OP (Residential development for up to 85 houses including site access, public open space and landscaping. Amended proposal). To alter ratio of tenure for affordable and private housing on Land South of Froghall Lane, Walkern, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 133 KB

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The Head of Planning and Building Control recommended that in respect of application 3/19/2227/VAR, planning permission be granted subject to a legal agreement and subject to the conditions detailed in the report now submitted.  The report also sought delegated Authority for the Head and Planning and Building Control to finalise the detail of the Legal Agreement and conditions.

 

The Principal Planning Officer, on behalf of the Head of Planning and Building, summarised the application and detailed the relevant planning history.  She said that this was a 4.17 hectare site to the South West of Walkern and the applicant wished to vary a condition 10 in order to alter the ration of tenure for affordable and private housing.

 

Members were advised that Homes England funding had allowed for an additional 4 affordable housing units over and above the 34 affordable units allowed on appeal as part of the original application for 85 dwellings.  The Principal Planning Officer said that a new planning permission would be issued to cover the revised tenure.

 

Councillor Beckett commented on why the social housing had not been pepper potted around this site.  The Principal Planning Officer said that she believed the applicant had grouped the affordable housing for management purposes.

 

The Service Manager (Development Management), on behalf of the Head of Planning and Building Control, said that the original major scheme had been refused prior to the adoption of the District Plan.  He confirmed that the planning permission had been granted on appeal by the planning inspectorate using different policies to those in the adopted District Plan.

 

The Service Manager (Development Management) reminded Members that this application was only a slight variation in respect of the level of affordable housing provision.  He said that Members should keep in mind the previous approval of planning permission by the planning inspectorate.

 

Councillor Page questioned how the occupancy level of the dwellings would be monitored.  The Principal Planning Officer said that it was for the affordable housing provider and the Council to ensure compliance.

 

The Principal Planning Officer confirmed to Councillor Crystall that the Section 106 legal agreement would not be affected by the grant for the additional affordable housing and the detail of the legal agreement would not change.

 

Councillor R Buckmaster referred to the timing of the construction of the affordable housing and its phasing in relation to the occupancy of the market housing.  The Principal Planning Officer, on behalf of the Head of Planning and Building Control, said that the eastern half of the development was well on the way to completion in terms of the shells of dwellings, which had yet to be fitted out internally.

 

The Service Manager (Development Management) said that, as the applicant benefited from planning permission, the planning inspectorate would see this as a highly material consideration.

 

Members were reminded that the variation of condition would provide for 4 additional housing units over and above the 40% policy requirement for affordable housing.  Councillor Redfern said that she was not in favour  ...  view the full minutes text for item 380.

381.

3/19/1826/FUL - Demolition of garden nursery and the erection of 52 dwellings including access, parking, amenity, public open space and tree protection measures Hert4 Former Bengeo Nursery Sacombe Road Hertforshire SG14 3HG pdf icon PDF 232 KB

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The Head of Planning and Building Control recommended that in respect of application 3/19/1826/FUL, planning permission be granted subject to a legal agreement and subject to the conditions detailed in the report now submitted.

 

The Principal Planning Officer, on behalf of the Head of Planning and Building Control, said that the word “draft” should be inserted before the word conditions in the recommendation.  Members were also being asked to approve delegated authority to the Head of Planning and Building Control to finalise the detail of the Legal Agreement and Conditions.

 

The Principal Planning Officer summarised the application and detailed the location of the site.  She detailed the mix of accommodation of 1 and 2 bed flats and 2 to 5 bed houses and said that the application was policy compliant with 40% affordable housing.  Members were shown a layout plan of site which detailed the location of the affordable housing.

 

Members were advised that that the largest building would overlook the central square and at 12 metres in height was of an appropriate scale so as not to be overly dominant.  The Principal Planning Officer said that there would be electric vehicle charging points.

 

Member were also advised that conditions 4, 5 and 7 included full details of landscaping with details to be submitted and agreed by Planning Officers.   The Principal Planning Officer said that there had been local objections in respect of highways safety and congestion.  She said that there would be a shared cycle storage area and reported that the application met the adopted maximum parking standards.

 

The Principal Planning Officer said loss of garages was covered by conditions 11 and 14 and Hertfordshire Highways believed that any increase in traffic would not be excessive in terms of congestion.  She said that the construction management plan must include consultation with Bengeo School.

 

Members were advised that the site was located in a groundwater protection zone and contamination prevention measures were required to prevent contamination of groundwater.

 

The Principal Planning Officer confirmed that a legal agreement was proposed to secure the affordable housing provision.

 

The Principal Planning Officer concluded that the overall scheme was in accordance with adopted District Plan policies and the master plan document for this site. 

 

Kim Rickards addressed the Committee in support of the application.

 

Councillor Ruffles referred to the master planning process and said that an important point was pedestrian safety in terms of the availability of safe crossing points.  He said that the reference to Wadesmill Lane was incorrect and should have read Watermill Lane.

 

Councillor Beckett made reference to the concerns of the Crime Prevention Design Officer regarding the lack of oversight of the proposed car parking area.  The Principal Planning Officer detailed the location of Wadesmill Lane and Watermill Road.  She said that this was an allocated site in the District Plan for this level of housing.

 

Members were advised that the parking area was hidden and whilst this was not ideal, the area was overlooked by windows to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 381.

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Items for Reporting and Noting pdf icon PDF 30 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

 

(D)      Planning Statistics.