Agenda and minutes

Development Management Committee
Wednesday 7th December, 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Wallfields, Hertford. View directions

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

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261.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors T Beckett, R Fernando and S Newton. It was noted that Councillor Rutland-Barsby was substituting for Councillor Newton.

262.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s Announcements.

263.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any Members' declarations of interest.

Minutes:

Councillor Page declared a personal interest in application 3/21/1756/FUL, on the grounds that he been one of the three Members that had sat on the Licensing Sub-Committee that had made a determination on a premises licence application on this site.

264.

Minutes - 2 November 2022 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on Wednesday 2 November 2022.

Minutes:

Councillor Buckmaster proposed and Councillor Rutland-Barsby seconded, a motion that the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 November 2022 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED. Councillor Redfern abstained from voting as she had not been present at the meeting on 2 November 2022.

 

RESOLVED – that the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 November 2022, be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

265.

3/21/1756/FUL - Demolition of all existing buildings. Erection of a Class E retail food store, with associated car parking, reconfigured site access, servicing, landscaping, swale, and installation of plant equipment at Gates of Stortford, 295-297 Stansted Road, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2BT pdf icon PDF 393 KB

Recommended for Approval

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Planning and Building Control recommended that in respect of application 3/21/1756/FUL, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions detailed in the report and subject to a Section 106 legal agreement.

 

It was also recommended that delegated authority be granted to the Head of Planning and Building Control to finalise the detail of the Section 106 legal agreement and the conditions and, in the event that a legal agreement (to the satisfaction of the LPA) was not completed within 3 months of the committee’s decision, to refuse the scheme due to an unacceptable impact from unsustainable modes of transport and a detrimental impact on local employment.

 

The Development Management Team Leader summarised the details of the application. He explained that the existing use was an employment generated sui generis use and provided details of the access and the proposed landscaping and parking arrangements. Members were advised that the site was located within a designated employment area in the local plan.

 

The Development Management Team Leader said that the application proposed 12 cycle spaces, and this was increased to 19 by the conditions to ensure policy compliance. He said that 2 electric vehicle charging spaces were proposed and this would be increased to 6 by the proposed conditions and then up to 13 spaces to secure greater use of electric vehicle charging.

 

The Development Management Team Leader said that the increase in soft landscaping would contribute towards a 1000% increase in biodiversity and the proposed landscaping would be secured by condition. He summarised the relevant highways considerations and detailed the proposed sustainable transport measures and spoke at length about the relevant material planning considerations.

 

The Development Management Team Leader referred to the late representations and advised that the application included a package of sustainable transport measures and Section 106 controls. He talked about the relevant planning policies, especially regarding employment and retail and commented on the impact of the application on the viability of local and district centres.

 

The Development Management Team Leader explained that the proposal was contrary to a key policy regarding employment land uses and that the report set out what weight should be given to this issue. Officers however considered that there were material considerations to outweigh the policy and recommended that the scheme was acceptable on this basis. He said that the relationship to the boundary of the residential property immediately to the south would be improved due to soft landscaping and there being pedestrian infrastructure immediately adjacent to the access as opposed to parking.

 

Members were advised that an hours of use condition was proposed, and further conditions were proposed to cover floodlighting, deliveries and other matters. The application was recommended for approval subject to conditions and Section 106 agreement.

 

Cheryl Sauvery addressed the Committee in objection to the application. Laura Beech spoke for the application. Councillor Goldspink addressed the Committee as a local ward Member.

 

The Development Management Team Leader responded to the points that had been raised by the speakers.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 265.

266.

3/22/1142/HH - Conversion of garage to artists studio. Removal of roof and construction of roof lantern structure. Construction of side extension at Sequoia, Elton Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 3DW pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Recommended for Approval

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Planning and Building Control recommended that in respect of application 3/22/1142/HH, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions detailed in the report.

 

The Chairman referred to the constitution and explained that the application was before Committee as the partner of the applicant was a Member. The Service Manager (Development Management) drew the attention of the Committee to the addendum where Officers had proposed an informative on the planning permission should Members be supportive of the recommendation for approval.

 

The Service Manager (Development Management) summarised the application and set out the reasons for the additional informative in the addendum. She said that the principle of the application was acceptable as it did not constitute a change of use, the use being still ancillary to the main house and advised that a tree survey had been completed as well as an impact assessment to the satisfaction of the landscape officer.

 

The Service Manager (Development Management) said that the proposed development was compliant with the relevant policies of the East Herts District Plan and the Bengeo Neighbourhood Plan and the wider aims of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). She said that the application was therefore recommended for approval subject to conditions and the additional informative.

 

Councillor Rutland-Barsby proposed and Councillor Crystall seconded, a motion that application 3/22/1142/HH be granted planning permission, subject to the conditions detailed in the report and subject to the additional informative included in the additional representations summary.

 

After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED – that in respect of application 3/22/1142/HH, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions detailed in the report and subject to the additional informative included in the additional representations summary.

267.

Items for Reporting and Noting pdf icon PDF 273 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.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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.

268.

Urgent Business

To consider such other business as, in the opinion of the Chairman of the meeting, is of sufficient urgency to warrant consideration and is not likely to involve the disclosure of exempt information.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.