Agenda and minutes

Development Management Committee
Wednesday 21st April, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Online meeting - Livestreamed. View directions

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

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Items
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465.

Apology

To receive apologies for absence.

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

466.

Chairman's Announcements

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The Chairman welcomed any members of the public who were watching the meeting on YouTube. The Members and Officers identified themselves on zoom when invited to do so by the Chairman.

 

The Chairman said that the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 came into force on Saturday 4 April 2020 to enable councils to hold remote committee meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic period. This was to ensure local authorities could conduct business during this current public health emergency. This meeting of the Development Management Committee was being held remotely under these regulations, via the Zoom application and was being recorded and live streamed on YouTube.

467.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any Members' declarations of interest.

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There were no declarations of interest.

468.

Minutes - 31 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

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Councillor Ruffles proposed and Councillor Crystall seconded, a motion that the Minutes of the meeting held on 31 March 2021 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 31 March 2021, be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

469.

3/20/1563/FUL - Erection of 68 dwellings (including affordable housing) and associated parking, landscaping, open space and ancillary works with alterations to the existing access point on Mangrove Road and the creation of a new access on Mangrove Road at Land West Of Mangrove Road, Hertford (HERT5) pdf icon PDF 367 KB

Recommended for Approval

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The Head of Planning and Building Control recommended that in respect of application 3/20/1563/FUL, planning permission be granted subject to a legal agreement and the conditions detailed in the report now submitted. It was also being recommended that delegated authority be granted to the Head of Planning and Building Control to finalise the Section 106 legal agreement and conditions.

 

The Principal Planning Officer, on behalf of the Head of Planning and Building Control, drew Members’ attention to the late representations document and said that there had been four addition submissions received in the last couple of days in relation to the application. Members were advised that an objector had submitted some photos and also some computer graphical images which would be shown to Members.

 

The Principal Planning Officer provided a detailed explanation of the matters that had been covered in the late representations summary. She advised that an additional condition was proposed in relation to the existing fencing on the site and the separation of the development and most of the green finger. She said that the Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) had not been addressed in the assessment of the scheme as the application had been submitted in August 2020, and this was well before the Sustainability SPD had been adopted.

 

The Principal Planning Officer said that condition 15 would include an additional sub paragraph that would address the matter of the drainage attenuation being to the stream. She referred to the excavation that would be required and drew Members’ attention to the landscape and ecological management plan.

 

Finally, Members were advised that the Section 106 monitoring fee had not been included in the Section 106 legal agreement heads of terms and this equated to £2,500. Members were also advised of an amendment to condition 16 relating to a highway authority requirement for traffic calming measures to the south of the site at Oaks Grove, which should include a reference to a speed indicator device to be included as part of the gateway feature.

 

The Principal Planning Officer ran through a set of PowerPoint slides that highlighted the following key issues relating to the application:

 

·               Notification of the application to relevant landowners

·               Location of an existing chain link fence and the green finger, which included a line of mature Beech Trees to the west of the proposed development

·               Avoiding the use of a wildlife area by residents and visitors

·               Landscape plans to include details of native trees and a holly hedge, which would be covered by a condition requiring this hedge to be fairly substantial

·               Retained trees and proposed children’s play space to the south of the site, providing a connection for a wildlife corridor leading from balls pond park

·               Resident’s concerns regarding the location of proposed dwellings on the northern side of the site and concerns about the location of the car parking for the apartment building

·               Retention and protection of existing trees during construction and 1.8 m timber fencing to protect adjoining residential  ...  view the full minutes text for item 469.

470.

Public Speaking Arrangements for the determination of the Gilston Area planning applications pdf icon PDF 157 KB

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The Head of Planning and Building Control submitted a report that set out details of the proposed public speaking arrangements for the meetings of the Development Management Committee, which will be determining the current Gilston Area planning applications.

 

Members were reminded that in May 2019, the Committee had agreed public speaking arrangements for the Strategic Sites in the District Plan. The Head of Planning and Building Control explained that it was proposed to extend the 6 minute speaking arrangements for the strategic sites to the Gilston area applications.

 

Councillor Page asked if East Hertfordshire District Council was working with Harlow Council and Epping Forrest District Council to ensure consistency in terms of the public speaking arrangements.

 

Councillor Kemp agreed with the proposed six minutes in the report. He commented on the very sensible suggestion in the report that the Parish Councils combine representations within the six minutes available. He asked for clarification as to whether this would only apply where an application fell within more than one Council area.

 

The Head of Planning and Building Control said that the applications that were hopefully due to be determined by the Committee in June only fell within East Herts and Harlow. She said that Officers would be finalising arrangements with the other authorities over the coming weeks.

 

Members were advised that if an application only related to a single parish council area, the 6 minutes would only be available to that parish council. Councillor Beckett proposed and Councillor Kemp seconded, a motion that the revised arrangements for public speaking in relation to the Gilston area planning applications, as detailed in this report, be approved.

 

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

 

RESOLVED – that the revised arrangements for public speaking in relation to the Gilston area planning applications, as detailed in this report, be approved.

471.

Items for Reporting and Noting pdf icon PDF 72 KB

(A)  Planning Statistics.

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RESOLVED – that the following reports be noted:

 

(A)   Planning Statistics.

472.

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.

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There was no urgent business.