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192.

Membership

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

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Minutes:

Councillor Merchant substituted for Councillor Lyon.

Councillor Davis substituted for Councillor L Silver.

193.

Communications and Apologies for Absence

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

(b) Apologies for absence.

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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 Lyon and L Silver.

194.

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).

 

 

 

 

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No members had an interest to declare in relation to the agenda items for this meeting.

195.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 16 August 2018.

 

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

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 16 August 2018 be approved and signed as a correct record.

196.

Planning Applications for Determination at the Meeting pdf icon PDF 102 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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Consideration was given to the planning applications listed at Item 5 of the agenda and the amendments and additions sheet as tabled by officers.

[Councillor M Sachdev entered the meeting at 18:08 during the presentation of the application below.]

1961.

18/0444/FUL The Royal Oak, 42 Sparrows Herne, Bushey, WD23 1FU pdf icon PDF 191 KB

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

 

Lee Mathers of Sparrows Herne spoke against the application, as a neighbour.

 

Mark Williams of DLA Town Planning spoke in favour of the application as agent for the applicant.

 

Officers noted that a second reason for refusal had been added based on the further comments which had been received from Hertfordshire Highways.

 

The Committee recognised that pubs played an essential and historical part of the community adding ambience to local areas which was under threat due to a variety of reasons.

 

Members queried whether the footpath mentioned by the objector was impacted by the development and were reassured that it was outside the boundary of the development.

 

The Committee noted that it was unusual for Hertfordshire Highways to respond with an objection.  Coupled with the concerns related to the bulk of the proposal, these were sufficient grounds to refuse the application in line with the Officer’s report.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be REFUSED as set out in the report and as amended in the update sheet and as set out below during the meeting:

 

1.      The proposed development by reason of its height, mass, form and siting and especially the envelopment of the proposed extension around the existing building would result in a considerable level of harm to the non-designated heritage asset, both in terms of direct and indirect impacts and would be harmful and incongruous to the building's development/form and the wider streetscape. The development would therefore be contrary to the NPPF 2018, SP1 and CS14 of the Core Strategy 2013, SADM29 and SADM30 of the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan 2016 and Planning and Design Guide Part D draft 2016.

 

2.      The proposed development by reason of its reduced access width which would extend 20m into site would likely result in reversing onto the adjacent classified highway which is also a bus route; whilst vehicles waiting to enter the site would likely result in the obstruction to the free-flow of traffic, causing congestion on the classified road. As such, the proposals are considered to be of detriment of highway safety and to the free-flow of traffic. The development would therefore be contrary to NPPF 2018, SP1, CS22 and CS25 of the Core Strategy 2013 and SADM40 of the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan 2016.

[Councillor A Swerling left the meeting at 18:29 prior to the start of the next item.]

[A joint presentation was given by officers for Item 5b and 5c and the Speakers heard before the joint deliberations.]

1962.

18/0608/FUL North Block, Parkside, High Street, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 154 KB

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

 

Mr Southgate of The Studio, Stone Mill, Kingsland, spoke in favour of the application, in combination with Item 5c, 18/0609/FUL South Block, as agent for the applicant.

 

Members recognised that a number of the issues raised during the previous application on the site had now been addressed through the revised plans.  It was highlighted that previously the threshold for affordable housing provision would have been met, but this was no longer the case.

 

The Committee raised a number of concerns both with the current level of car parking provision and with the potential impact of additional dwellings being added to the site.  It was noted that both existing and potential residents at the site were not eligible for Controlled Parking Zone permits.  From the photographs it suggested that the reallocation of spaces and creation of spaces on double yellow lines within the site could exacerbate the situation.  Officers noted that the Committee could only address the current application, rather than the site as a whole and any existing deficiencies.  It was also advised that no issues had been raised by Hertfordshire Highways and as such it would not be possible to prevent the application on highway related grounds at this time as an unacceptable impact upon highway safety nor a “severe” impact on the road network could be demonstrated.  An additional condition requiring the provision of a Carpark Management Plan to be agreed prior to the first occupation has been included in the tabled addendum.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be DEFERRED to allow investigation of the car parking at the site, other issues having been resolved through the use of the conditions contained in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

1963.

18/0609/FUL South Block, Parkside, High Street, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 159 KB

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

 

The speakers set out below were heard prior to the joint debate with Item 5c, 18/0609/FUL South Block.

 

Mr Ashby of Parkside, High Street, Potters Bar spoke against the application, as a leasholder at the property.

 

Mr Southgate of The Studio, Stone Mill, Kingsland, spoke in favour of the application, in combination with Item 5b, 18/0608/FUL North Block, as agent for the applicant.

 

The Committee, having debated their areas of concern on the site as a whole during their deliberations on Item 5c, 18/0609/FUL South Block, agreed that the same resolution should be made for this application.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be DEFERRED to allow investigation of the car parking at the site, other issues having been resolved through the use of the conditions contained in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

1964.

18/1358/FUL Big Brother House,Elstree Film And Tv Studios,Shenley Road,Borehamwood,Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 137 KB

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

 

Cllr M Sachdev spoke against the application as Community Advocate.  Although the benefits of the studios were recognised there were some concerns with regards to the current operations.  Residents had raised concerns about the levels of noise both on eviction nights and in to the following morning.  It was felt that the sound report did not reflect this and that subsequently mid-week evictions had also been introduced.  The use of loud recorded music played on repeat in particular had caused issues for local residents.

 

Other Members of the Committee stated that similar concerns had been raised with them.  The amplified music was reported to be a nuisance in the neighbouring Studio Way estate.

 

The use of the spotlight also had the potential to cause intrusion when aimed low and Members queried whether there should be a specific condition covering its use.

 

It was noted that the current conditions did provide an important framework for controls.  Any new conditions would need to be prepared with support from Environmental Health to ensure that they were specific and enforceable.

 

The Committee recognised the prestige and benefits of the studios to the local community and agreed that they fully supported the conditions on the Planning Application and that these should be enforced.

 

Officers recommended that this could be highlighted through an additional Informative.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the additional Informative:

3.    Members wish to convey to the applicants' to adhere to all conditions and to seek to limit any potential noise and light pollution issues where possible.

[Councillor M Sachdev left the meeting at 19:35 prior to the start of the next item.]

1965.

18/0784/VOC 25 London Road, Shenley,Hertfordshire,WD7 9EP pdf icon PDF 102 KB

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Mr Buckingham Smart of Beaumont Gate, Radlett spoke in favour of the application as agent for the applicant.

 

The Committee noted that this represented only minor changes.

 

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

197.

Arsenal Training Ground: Hertsmere Sports and Community Partnership Programme, 3rd annual report pdf icon PDF 293 KB

The Community Sports Programme was created in the context of a Section 106 agreement under a planning approval for the extension to the indoor pitch for a player performance centre and the relocation of the pitch maintenance equipment store. It is a requirement that the steering group produces and presents an annual report to the Planning Committee on the programme.

 

The Committee is invited to note the contents of the annual report and consider and make any necessary comments.

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Report No. PLA/18/02 from the Community Sports Officer was received.  The Officer presented the annual report from the Steering Group of the Arsenal Training Ground Hertsmere Sports and Community Partnership Programme.  This included summarising how the training ground was used and providing a short video of the language event which had been run.

 

The Chair and Members congratulated her on the success of the programme, which was much appreciated in the community, and thanked her for all her work.

 

In response to questions from Members, it was reported that although there had been a gap between different Section 106 obligations the football team had continued to provide support in the local community and it was hoped that this would continue.

 

RESOLVED that the annual report be noted.

198.

Planning Appeals: current position pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To receive the attached lists for information.

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Noted the current planning appeals and appeal decisions as set out at Item 7 of the agenda.

199.

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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There was none.

200.

Date of Next Meeting

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

·         11 October 2018

·         8 November 2018

·         13 December 2018 (was the 6)

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The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday 11 October 2018 at 6pm.