Agenda and minutes

Development Management Committee
Wednesday 1st December, 2021 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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260.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence.

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Page and Ruffles. It was noted that Councillor Bull was substituting for Councillor Ruffles. It was also noted that Councillor Devonshire had agreed to substitute for Councillor Page, but was unable to do so as he was unwell.

261.

Chairman's Announcements

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There were no Chairman’s Announcements.

262.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any Members' declarations of interest.

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There were no declarations on interest.

263.

Minutes - 6 October 2021 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on Wednesday 6 October 2021.

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Councillor Buckmaster proposed and Councillor Redfern seconded, a motion that the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 October 2021 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.

 

RESOLVED – that the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 October 2021, be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

264.

3/21/2577/HH - Two storey and first floor side extension. Detached garage and games room. Relocation of door from side to front elevation. Removal of chimney and fireplace at Brook Cottage, Chipping, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, SG9 0PG pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Recommended for Approval.

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The Head of Planning and Building Control recommended that in respect of application 3/21/2577/HH, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions detailed at the end of the report.

 

The Planning Officer, on behalf of the Head of Planning and Building Control, gave a description of the site in Chipping and advised that this was accessible via a lane off the A10. She said that to the north and south of the site there were a number of residential properties and to the west was the Countryman Pub and there were open fields to the east.

 

Members were advised that the site was located in the rural area beyond the green belt and fell inside the Buntingford Community Neighbourhood Plan Area and also fell inside an area of archaeological significance.

 

The Planning Officer said that the River Rib ran adjacent to the site and parts of the site were located within flood zones two and three. She detailed the planning history of the site and reminded Members of the provisions of policy GBR2. Members were shown the proposed and existing elevations drawings and the Planning Officer pointed out the proposed developments covered by the application.

 

The Planning Officer said that the proposed gable ends that were adjacent to an existing gable end would be well screened by existing boundary treatment to the rear of the site and there would therefore be limited harm on the character and appearance of the dwelling and rural area.

 

Members were advised that the external materials were render and slate roof tiles to match the existing dwelling. The Planning Officer advised that the proposed one and a half storey garage would have a pitched roof and would be adjacent to the proposed extension. She said that the garage would incorporate a ground floor parking space with a games room above and there would be a dormer window on the front and back which would be clad in black weather boarding in contrast to the render on the main dwelling.

 

Members were advised that the proposed building was not considered to be of an inappropriate size or scale in relation to its proposed use and Officers considered that it would sit comfortably within the site.

 

The Planning Officer said that the proposals included the removal of an existing chimney stack that was presently located centrally on the existing roof. It was considered that this would have limited harm on the appearance of the dwelling and overall Officers were satisfied that the proposals were of an appropriate size, scale and design to comply with policy GBR2 as well as the relevant design policies of the District Plan.

 

The Planning Officer said that in terms of neighbour amenity impact, Members should note that the surrounding properties were a significant distance from Brook Cottage and there would be no impact in terms of loss of light, outlook, privacy or any overbearing impact.

 

Members were advised that in terms of parking the proposed development would increase  ...  view the full minutes text for item 264.

265.

A) 3/21/1916/FUL and B) 3/21/1917/LBC - Single storey rear extension and glazed infill extension and alterations to fenestration at Courtyard Arts Centre, Port Vale, Hertford, SG14 3AA pdf icon PDF 159 KB

A       3/21/1916/FUL – Recommended for Approval.

 

B       3/21/1917/LBC – Recommended for Approval.

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The Head of Planning and Building Control recommended that in respect of application 3/21/1916/FUL and 3/21/1917/LBC, planning permission and listed building consent be granted subject to the conditions detailed at the end of the report.

 

The Planning Officer, on behalf of the Head of Planning and Building Control, drew the attention of the Committee to the additional representations summary that had been circulated. She said that three additional matters were covered in the summary and the first of these was the existing parking lease arrangements.

 

Members were advised that under the terms of the previously approved planning application, it was agreed that four car parking permits would be made available to enable staff to park in the adjacent Port Vale Car Park.

 

The Planning Officer said that the Council’s Parking Team had since confirmed that no permits would be made available. She said that the parking lease arrangements were not a material planning consideration and the number of car parking spaces available was a separate issue to the contractual arrangement regarding parking permits.

 

Members were advised that the second matter related to the inclusion of a bird and bat box condition to address the comments raised by the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan Group in respect of enhancing local biodiversity.

 

The Planning Officer advised that the third matter was the inclusion of a condition to secure details of how the design and construction of the development would minimise overheating in the summer and reduce the need for heating in the winter and also to reduce energy and water demand.

 

The Planning Officer detailed the proposed development and said that the property was a part two storey and part single storey building established historically as the curtilage listed stable building for the adjacent grade two listed Vale House located to the east of the site.

 

Members were advised that the site was located in the Hertford Conservation Area and this was an area of archaeological significance and the site was located in flood zone two. The building was identified as a community facility within the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan.

 

The Planning Officer said that as the building was curtilage listed, full planning permission and listed building consent applications were required for this development. She detailed the planning history of the site and said that the applications were being considered by Members as this was a Council owned building to which an objection had been made which was material to the proposed development.

 

Members were advised that the key issues for Members to consider relate to the principle of the development, community benefit, design and impact on heritage assets, impact on mature trees and parking provision, flood risk, impact of residential amenity, ecology and sustainability.

 

The Planning Officer said that both applications were being recommended for approval subject to conditions. She said that the principle of the development was considered to be acceptable and the scheme would improve and enhance the existing community use of the building. Members were advised  ...  view the full minutes text for item 265.

266.

Items for Reporting and Noting pdf icon PDF 44 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.

267.

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.