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170.

Membership

To receive details of any change in Membership of this Committee notified since the agenda was printed.

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Minutes:

In the absence of the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Planning Committee the Head of Legal Services opened the meeting and Councillor Worster was elected to chair the meeting.

 

Councillor Davis substituted for Councillor L Silver.

Councillor G Silver substituted for Councillor Graham.

Councillor S Hodgson-Jones substituted for Councillor Quilty.

171.

Communications and Apologies for Absence

(a) Communications (if any) relating to business on the agenda.

(b) Apologies for absence.

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Minutes:

Officers had tabled papers detailing amendments and additional information in connection with the applications on the agenda, copies of which had been made available to members of the committee, the press and the public.

 

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors Graham, Quilty and L Silver.

172.

Declarations of Interest

Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests they or their spouse/partner have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting.  Members must also declare any other pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests they have in any matter to be considered at this meeting. The responsibility for declaring an interest rests solely with the member concerned.

 

Members must clearly state to the meeting the existence and nature of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other pecuniary interest or non‑pecuniary interest and the agenda item(s) to which it/they apply.

 

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests are prescribed by the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 as follows;

 

Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation

Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

 

 

 

Sponsorship

Any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the relevant authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by a member in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses. This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

 

Contracts

Any contract which is made between the relevant person (or a body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest) and the relevant authority— (a) under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and (b) which has not been fully discharged.

 

 

Land

Any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the relevant authority.

 

 

Licences

Any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the relevant authority for a month or longer.

 

Corporate tenancies

Any tenancy where (to the member’s knowledge) - (a) the landlord is the relevant authority; and (b) the tenant is a body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest.

 

 

Securities

Any beneficial interest in securities of a body where - (a) that body (to the member’s knowledge) has a place of business or land in the area of the relevant authority; and (b) either (i) the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or
(ii) if the share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

 

In cases of disclosable pecuniary interest, Members must withdraw from the meeting room while the matter is being considered.

 

Predetermination

 

A Member who has publicly expressed a final view on a planning matter, prior to the meeting at which a decision or formal recommendation is to be made, should withdraw from the meeting for the item concerned.  For more details see the Code of Conduct for Members and Officers dealing with Planning Matters (Section 5.7 of the Constitution).  ...  view the full agenda text for item 172.

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Minutes:

Councillor Newmark declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 5H, 18/1212/FUL the Cannon Public House, Thirsk Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, as his daughter attended the dance school of the applicant, which was located elsewhere in the Borough. Having taken legal advice, Councillor Newmark remained in the meeting and participated in the vote.

 

Councillor Kelly declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 5C, 17/2475/FUL Majestic House, 16-18 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, as the previous owner and occupier.

 

Councillor Morris declared a pecuniary interest in item 5I, 18/0799/FUL Vision House, Station Road, Borehamwood and item 5J, 18/1077/ADV Vision House, Station Road, Borehamwood and left the meeting during those items.

173.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 19 July 2018.

 

In accordance with the Constitution no discussion shall take place upon the minutes, except upon their accuracy.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 19 July 2018 be approved and signed as a correct record.

174.

Planning Applications for Determination at the Meeting pdf icon PDF 107 KB

NOTE

 

All the recommendations set out in the reports on this agenda have been endorsed by a Development Team Manager.

 

If a Committee is minded to reverse an Officer’s recommendation contrary to the provisions of the Hertsmere Local Plan, the application shall be referred to the Planning Referrals Committee for determination.

 

Report of officers on planning applications.

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Minutes:

Consideration was given to the planning applications listed at Item 5 of the agenda and the amendments and additions sheet as tabled by officers.

1741.

18/0781/FUL 12 Watford Road, Radlett, Hertfordshire WD7 8LD pdf icon PDF 114 KB

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Minutes:

Noted the receipt of additional information as set out in the tabled addendum.

 

Richard Henley of Welbeck Road, London spoke in favour of the application as agent for the applicant.

 

Members enquired about the width of the entrance from Watford Road and how it related to the neighbouring property as it was not clear from the drawings.

Officers explained that the Highways Authority had requested that the entrance was widened by 2.0m on the east side and the developer had changed the width to conform to the Highways Authority’s requirements.

 

Member’s noted that the 2.0m requirement was stated in condition 10 of the original Officer’s report but it was not stated in condition 9 of the tabled addendum. They asked that the 2.0m requirement be put in condition 9 so that there was not any ambiguity.

Officers agreed that this would be done.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum and the additional information in condition 9 regarding the widening of the existing access by approximately 2.0m as required by the Highways Authority.

1742.

18/1320/OUT 17 Merry Hill Mount, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 1DJ pdf icon PDF 134 KB

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Minutes:

Noted the receipt of additional information as set out in the tabled addendum.

There was a verbal update regarding an amendment to condition 1:

 

1.    The application by reason of its uncharacteristic form of rear off-street parking within Merry Hill Mount, along with the proposed impractical vehicle access, unusable amenity provision, lack of disabled parking provision and insufficient waste storage would fail to improve the character, quality of the area, inclusivity and would not represent good design.  The proposed development would therefore be contrary to the NPPF 2018, Policies SP1, CS22 and CS25 of the Core Strategy 2013, SADM3 and SADM40 of the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan 2016 and Planning and Design Guide Part D 2016.

 

Peter Cross of Merry Hill Mount, Bushey, spoke against the application on behalf of local residents.

 

Members asked if the developers had consulted the local planning authority prior to the application.

Officers confirmed that there had not been a pre-application.

 

Members felt that the development would be overcrowded and inappropriate to the area. They also discussed the shortfall of parking spaces and disability spaces and felt that the access was unsatisfactory.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be REFUSED.

 

Reasons for refusal:

 

1. The application by reason of its uncharacteristic form of rear off-street parking within Merry Hill Mount, along with the proposed impractical vehicle access, unusable amenity provision, lack of disabled parking provision and insufficient waste storage would fail to improve the character, quality of the area, inclusivity and would not represent good design.  The proposed development would therefore be contrary to the NPPF 2018, Policies SP1, CS22 and CS25 of the Core Strategy 2013, SADM3 and SADM40 of the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan 2016 and Planning and Design Guide Part D 2016.

 

2. The proposed building by reason of excessive width and scale along with the uncharacteristic use of front dormer windows would result in a large, bulky, out-of-keeping and incongruous development which would impact the visual amenity of the site and street scene. This application fails to comply with the NPPF 2018, Policies SP1 and CS2 of the Core Strategy 2013, SADM3 and SADM40 of the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan 2016 and Planning and Design Guide Part D 2016.

 

3. The proposed development by reason of its rear parking layout would result in undue noise and disturbance being created to the existing occupiers of numbers 15 and 19 Merry Hill Mount to the detriment of the enjoyment of their existing private rear amenity space. The application fails to comply with the NPP2018, Policy SADM30 of the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan 2016, Part D of the Planning and Design Guide 2016.

1743.

17/2475/FUL Majestic House, 16-18 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 162 KB

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Minutes:

There was no additional information for this item in the tabled addendum.

 

Members agreed that this development was a great improvement on what was currently on the site. They felt that it was a good use of combined AI retail and residential use. They asked where the residents of the 14 residential units would be able to park their cars.

 

Officers explained that the development was very close to public transport and that potential buyers would probably not own cars. The Highways Authority had acknowledged that there was not any residential parking in the area and the residents would not be issued parking permits. The nearest car park was approximately 30 metres away and there was a nearby multi-storey car park.

 

Members agreed that the Borough could not sustain more cars on the road and a way forward would be to ensure that new residential developments were close to rail and public transport. It was also felt that cycle paths within the Borough should be improved.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

1744.

18/1044/FUL 79 The Causeway, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 5HL pdf icon PDF 140 KB

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Minutes:

Noted the receipt of additional information as set out in the tabled addendum.

 

Mr Beverley Nicholls of The Causeway, Potters Bar spoke against the application on behalf of local residents.

 

Mr Joe Henry spoke in favour of the application as agent for the applicant.

 

Members had raised objections to the original application which had been granted planning permission as they felt that the scale of the building was not in keeping with the area. They felt that the development would compromise the privacy of neighbouring properties.

 

Officers explained that the privacy of the neighbouring properties was protected by condition 3 whereby the dormer windows on the second floor east side elevation would be in fully obscured glass.

 

Members were concerned about a protected oak tree that was close to the development after a local resident had commissioned an independent survey of the tree. They asked whether the survey could be taken into consideration.

 

Officers explained that condition 9 required an Arboriculture Impact Assessment prior to commencement of the development. This was to be approved by the local planning authority. Information from the survey could be submitted to the planning authority for the arboriculturists to look at.

 

Members had concerns about the impact on traffic on an already congested road. They were also concerned about overdevelopment but acknowledged that as there were only minor changes to an application that had previously been passed, they could not refuse it on these grounds.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

1745.

17/1799/HSE The Old Buttery, 7 Grace Avenue, Shenley, Hertfordshire WD7 9DN pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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Minutes:

Noted the receipt of additional information as set out in the tabled addendum.

 

Mrs Maureen Ashman of Grace Avenue, Shenley, spoke against the application on behalf of Shenley Mansion Management Ltd.

 

Mr Jeremy Pike of Inner Temple, London, spoke in favour of the application on behalf of the applicant.

 

Members were introduced to Tim Murphy, Historical Environment Manager, Place Services, Essex County Council who was the Heritage Advisor for the local planning authority.

 

The presenting Officer informed Members that the hard surfacing that formed part of the application, did not require planning permission and had been included for transparency.

 

Some Members had visited the site and all Members agreed that the alterations were in keeping with the heritage of the building. They felt that the shed was hardly visible and the padlock on the gate was small, inoffensive and tucked in the side of the gate. The gates were pretty and chosen in sympathy to the setting.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

1746.

18/1160/LBC The Old Buttery, 7 Grace Avenue, Shenley, Hertfordshire WD7 9DN

The details of this application are covered in the report for item 5E, application number: 17/1799/HSE The Old Buttery, 7 Grace Avenue, Shenley, Hertfordshire WD7 9DN.

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Minutes:

Noted the receipt of additional information as set out in the tabled addendum.

 

Mr Jeremy Pike of Inner Temple, London, spoke in favour of the application on behalf of the applicant.

 

RESOLVED that Listed Building Consent be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

1747.

18/0835/FUL Former Residential Accommodation, The Cannon Public House, Thirsk Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 173 KB

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Minutes:

There was no additional information in the tabled addendum. There was a verbal update regarding an amendment to condition 5:

 

With respect to condition 5, part of the condition needed to be removed as it was unlawful.  As such the condition was revised to read as follows:

The temporary accommodation shall be used for the purposes of assisting urgent local housing need for the occupation of no more than 6 persons (including babies and children).

 

Members asked if this was a development for homeless people.

Officers explained that it was transitional housing for people who were homeless and waiting for permanent housing.

Members felt that there was a need for temporary housing.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

[Councillor Morris left the meeting at 19.50]

1748.

18/1212/FUL The Cannon Public House, Thirsk road, Borehamwood Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 160 KB

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Minutes:

Noted the receipt of additional information as set out in the tabled addendum.

 

Ms Shoshana Burns of Gateshead Road, Borehamwood, spoke in favour of the application as the applicant.

 

Members felt that this development would be good use of an empty asset and that it was a creative and innovative application.  It would serve the community well. They welcomed the security and safeguarding measures.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

1749.

18/0799/FUL Vision House, Station Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 165 KB

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Minutes:

There was no additional information in the tabled addendum.

 

Mr Stephen Wax of Pinnacles Close, Stanmore, spoke in favour of the application as agent for the applicant.

 

Members enquired about parking for this building and the size of the parking space.

Officers confirmed that parking was reduced from two spaces to one parking space and that it was for a smaller car. The site was extremely close to rail and bus public transport and was compliant. The building did not require car parking provision.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

17410.

18/1077/ADV Vision House, Station Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 173 KB

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Minutes:

Noted the receipt of additional information as set out in the tabled addendum.

 

Members discussed the visibility of the signage. It was of sufficient height and size to be very visual to the people who came out of the station and would make an impression when they first entered the town. Members asked if it was possible for the local planning authority to ensure that the advertisements displayed were acceptable.

 

Officers explained that the local planning authority would not have any say in what was advertised on the sign and could not ensure that local characteristics were protected.  The adverts required advertisement consent not planning consent.

 

RESOLVED that Listed Building Consent be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

17411.

18/1012/FUL 219 Watling Street, Radlett, Hertfordshire WD7 7AL pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Noted the receipt of additional information as set out in the tabled addendum.

There was one verbal update:

 

The site was owned by the Council. Asset Management were aware of the matter of the canopy extension and had been corresponding with the tenant, which led to the planning application.

Their Architect had written to Asset Management of the intended retrospective planning application and further details were requested. This was in May 2018 and nothing was received.

Landlord consent had not therefore been given, although would not be unreasonably withheld should planning permission be granted.

 

Members explained that this restaurant used to be the Public Convenience building and the restaurant still allowed the public to use the toilet. The extension had been built because the restaurant owners were concerned that children using the restaurant could run in to the road. Members welcomed the extension because it safeguarded the children.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

175.

Planning Appeals: current position pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To receive the attached lists for information.

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Minutes:

Noted the current planning appeals and appeal decisions as set out at Item 6 of the agenda.

176.

Any Other Business that the Chair considers Urgent

In accordance with Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, amended by the Access to Information Act of 1985, no urgent business may be raised unless it has been approved by the Chairman.  The item and reason for urgency must be announced at the start of the meeting.

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Minutes:

There was none.

177.

Date of Next Meeting

Future meetings are scheduled to take place at 6pm at the Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, as follows:

·         13 September 2018

·         11 October 2018

·         8 November 2018

·         13 December 2018 (was the 6)

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Minutes:

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday 13 September 2018 at 6pm.