Agenda and minutes

Development Management Committee
Wednesday 8th September, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Wallfields, Hertford. View directions

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To receive apologies for absence.

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An apology for absence was submitted on behalf of Councillor Crystall.


Chairman's Announcements

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The Chairman extended a thank you to those Members that had completed the short survey that had been sent out by Zoe Taylor-Dixon and the IT Team. He asked those Members who had yet to do so to dedicate some time to completing it.


Councillor Page asked about the outcomes for Members of completing the survey. The Chairman said that this question had been noted and it would be fed back to Officers.


The Chairman said that a resident had articulated a view to the effect that this Committee was politically whipped. He reiterated that the Development Management Committee was not whipped and he had never once been whipped in the 7 years that he served on the Committee.


The Chairman said that if any Member overheard any resident alleging that the Committee was whipped, they should inform them that the Members of the Committee were not politically whipped.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any Members' declarations of interest.

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Councillor Page announced that, in relation to application 3/21/1283/FUL, he was a member of Bishop’s Stortford Town Council, which had responded to the application.


Minutes - 14 July 2021 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on Wednesday 14 July 2021.

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Councillor Fernando proposed and Councillor Buckmaster seconded, a motion that the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 July 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 14 July 2021, be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


3/21/1283/FUL - Four 5.75 metre column mounted lighting posts to be erected on the fifth floor level of Car Park at EHDC Car Park, Northgate End, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2ET pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Recommended for Approval

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The Service Manager (Quality Places) recommended that in respect of application 3/21/1283/FUL, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions detailed at the end of the report and with delegated authority being granted to the Head of Planning and Building Control to finalise the detail of the conditions.


The Service Manager (Quality Places), on behalf of the Head of Planning and Building Control, said that the application was for lighting columns on the top floor of the car park under construction at Northgate End. She said that the 5 metre columns would sit on top on 0.75 metre plinths and would be operated by timer clock and would also be controlled by photocells and motion sensors.


Members were reminded that the Council did not have to apply for planning permission as lighting could be installed anywhere on the top deck of a Council car park. An application had however been submitted to avoid confusion with condition 11 of the original planning consent, which had restricted all external lighting.


The Service Manager said that this condition had not removed the permitted development rights that would have allowed lampposts to be installed. She said that there would be a 15 metre gap between each column and the highest possible columns had been chosen to limit light spill to surrounding uses. Members were advised that there would be limited views of the columns as they would be located on the central spine of the car park.


The Service Manager said that the application was recommended for approval and there would be very limited light spill. She emphasised that the lighting columns could not be seen from outside the structure due to the stair or lift overruns to the north and south of the car park.


Councillor Goldspink addressed the Committee as the local ward Member.


Councillor Kemp commended the submission of the application on the grounds of transparency and also to allow for conditions to be applied in order to protect the surroundings and the amenity of residents. He expressed a concern about the top deck of the car park being unlit during normal shopping hours in winter.


Councillor Kemp said that LED lighting columns were very directional and did not therefore cast much shadow. He commented that he believed that there would be relatively little light pollution and the proposed lighting columns would not be visible from ground level. He asked about what provisions would be made for very clear operational signage on all levels of the car park and whether the top deck would be closed after 11 pm.


Councillor Kemp commented on whether parapet wall lighting could be provided as supplementary lighting in addition to the central lighting columns. He concluded that the application and the conditions would ensure adequate and appropriate safeguards for users and residents.


Councillor Newton said that she was heartened by the proposed location of the lights on the central spine of the car park in terms of the limited light spillage. She  ...  view the full minutes text for item 144.


Items for Reporting and Noting pdf icon PDF 37 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.


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.