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264.

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 Worster.

Councillor Choudhury substituted for Councillor Spencer.

265.

Communications and Apologies for Absence

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

(b) Apologies for absence.

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The Chair gave thanks to the Head of Planning & Economic Development for all her hard work over the past couple of years and together with the Committee wished her much happiness and success for the future.

 

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 Worster and Spencer.

 

Note: With the adjournment of the meeting to Monday 15 October 2018 Councillor Quilty gave his apologies.

266.

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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During the debate of Item 5c 18/0479/FUL Regency House and 203-205, Watling Street, Radlett, Councillor Graham declared a non-pecuniary interest in the application.  This was on the basis that he was involved in discussions with Officers and the applicant and would be included in the consultation regarding landscaping. He would not participate in the vote.

267.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 13 September 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 13 September 2018 be approved and signed as a correct record.

268.

Planning Applications for Determination at the Meeting pdf icon PDF 106 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.

2681.

17/2493/OUT Land Off Cowley Hill, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 121 KB

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Noted the receipt of additional information as set out in the tabled addendum.  The Officer further clarified that the amendment to the original report should read that paragraph 1.1 should be replaced, not paragraph 1.2.

 

Ms Crossan of Alexandra Road, Borehamwood spoke against the application, as a neighbour.

 

Mr Brown of Woolf Bond Planning spoke for the application as agent for the applicant.

 

Councillor M Vince spoke against the application as a Community Advocate.  She raised concerns as to whether this was the right site with other local primary schools currently having spaces and issues with the parking and traffic in the locality.  She questioned whether the Common Land placed additional requirements on the site.

She did not feel that the site assessment had been completed properly and that it should not be seen as setting this site against another when there were potential brownfield sites which might be better suited.  There was no need for luxury homes which formed part of the linked application and she felt that this did not meet the criteria for a “gift” as a result.

Finally she felt that agreeing the planning application in advance of the CIL allocation panel would potentially place undue pressure for a grant to be made to make the school viable.

 

Officers clarified that the Common Land areas did not make up part of the application site.

 

A report from Hertfordshire County Council had highlighted that there was a need for additional school spaces and that there was a substantial lead time to create new schools.

 

Members noted that it may have been beneficial to have had a linked presentation as the school planning application was closely tied to the subsequent agenda item.  The Committee requested clarification as to the trigger points between construction of the housing and the primary school and Officers stated that this would form part of the Section 106 and Heads of Terms agreement.

 

The location was considered to be viable as it would provide good links with the adjacent secondary school and was within walking distance of the new developments both current and projected for Borehamwood.  However it was highlighted that further infrastructure investment, for example in to cycle routes and footpaths, would also be required.

 

It was reported that Members had consulted with local head teachers and residents and considered the Highways traffic report as lacking.  It was recognised that when the Committee had gone against Highway Officer reports previously the council had lost on appeal.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum as amended to replace paragraph 1.2.

[At 6.45 pm Councillor M Vince left the meeting during the previous item.]

2682.

17/2494/OUT Land North Off Potters Lane, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 116 KB

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

 

Mr Clayden of Alexandra Road, Borehamwood spoke against the application, as a neighbour.

 

Mr Brown of Woolf Bond Planning spoke for the application as agent for the applicant.

 

Councillor R Butler spoke against the application as a Community Advocate.  He raised concerns from local residents that they had not been listened to and this was the wrong development in the wrong area.  The application on its own did not merit relaxation of the Green Belt under “Very Special Circumstances”.  It was felt that granting could create a difficult precedent when other needed facilities were put forward, for example GP Surgeries.

 

The Committee debated the loss of Green Belt to the development.  It was recognised that the proposal was policy compliant with regards to affordable housing and would support the provision of a primary school on the linked site.  They concluded that the “Very Special Circumstances” criteria had been met.

 

A question was raised about the lack of Electric Vehicle Charging points and Officers responded that the number was in line with the current council policy.  It was suggested that a condition to require passive ducting to be installed would help reduce the costs if it was added at a later date.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum and with an additional condition for passive ducting to facilitate electric charging points to be added.

 

Councillor Newmark voted against and requested that this be recorded.

[At 7.23 pm Councillor R Butler left the meeting prior to the start of the next item.]

[At 7.23 pm the Chair adjourned the meeting.]

[At 7.35 pm the Chair resumed the meeting.]

[At 8.29 pm Councillor M Bright left the meeting during the following item.]

[At 9.03 pm during the next item the Chair adjourned the meeting.]

[At 9.34 pm during the next item the Chair resumed the meeting.]

[At 9.35 pm during the next item the Chair adjourned the meeting due to the time.]

[At 9.35 pm during the next item Councillor S Quilty left the meeting.]

[At 6.00 pm on the 15 October the Chair resumed the meeting during the next item.]

2683.

18/0479/FUL Regency House And 203-205, Watling Street, Radlett, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 162 KB

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

 

Parish Councillor V Charrett of Aldenham Parish Council, Radlett spoke against the application on behalf of themselves and Aldenham Parish Council.

 

Richard Henley of HGH Consulting spoke in favour of the application as agent for the applicant.

 

Councillor Goldstein spoke against the application as a Community Advocate.  He raised concerns that the report appeared to be incomplete with two major objections, from Aldenham Parish Council and the Radlett Green Belt Society, only being tabled with the update sheet.  He added that the skyline in Radlett had been relatively unchanged in 100 years and the site sat just outside of the conservation area and there had been insufficient consultation with local stakeholders and the use of the proposed community space may be tempered low due to the rates charged.

 

Officers advised that the proposed Neighbourhood Plan and Character Appraisal for the parish of Aldenham had little weight as it was still being consulted on.

 

The Committee were of the opinion that the proposed building did not sit well in the street scene and adjacent to the conservation area.  It was the largest development in Radlett high street for several years and would have a significant impact.  Given the choice Members would have preferred to see a more traditional style, however the proposal had been designed to be energy efficient and sustainable.

 

Members were minded to consider options for refusal based on the bulk mass, height of the building and the impact on the street scene.  Officers raised concern as to whether these were sufficient planning reasons.  After a short break it was agreed that due to the lateness of the hour the meeting would adjourn and continue on the following Monday to allow legal advice to be sought.  The meeting agreed to adjourn at 9.34pm to reconvene at 6pm Monday 15 October 2018.

 

 

At the resumption of the meeting at 6pm on 15 October 2018 the Head of Planning gave the following verbal update on the clauses for the s106 agreement:

 

1.    Increase the Section 106 contribution to £20,000 ‘ring fenced’ for replacement planting and landscape enhancements to Radlett Gardens.

2.    The above contribution is payable on the basis that TLC Radlett Ltd and Aldenham Parish Council (APC) form a working group to agree the landscaping works for the replacement planting and for the landscape enhancement of the Radlett gardens.

3.    The agreed landscaping works will be implemented prior to occupation of the proposed building on the basis that APC act reasonably in the working group negotiations and agreement of the landscaping proposals. Occupation of the building not to be unreasonably withheld.

4.    The proposed landscaping within Radlett Gardens will be designed to integrate the proposed building, without affecting its outlook, natural light by enhancing the interface between both elements.

 

The Head of Planning stated that Condition 22 of the Officer’s report needed rewording to say that prior to the agreement of the landscaping scheme, there would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2683.

2684.

17/2364/FUL The Meadows, Castleford Close, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 4AL pdf icon PDF 121 KB

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

 

Tara Teubner of Chester Road, Borehamwood spoke for the application as the applicant.

 

The Committee felt that the application delivered needed elderly and dementia care and created jobs for the area.  CIL money from the development would go to the community.

 

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

2685.

17/2417/FUL University College London Sports Ground And Watford Football Club Training Ground, Bell Lane, London Colney, Hertfordshire, AL2 1BZ pdf icon PDF 140 KB

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

 

The Committee asked why the applicant had requested temporary rather than permanent planning permission.

Officers explained that the applicant would prefer a permanent facility but as this was a Green Belt structure, the criteria was strict and the structure would need to be carefully designed. The temporary facility would be used over the winter months whilst a design was created for a permanent solution.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED for a temporary period of five years subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report.

2686.

18/1006/FUL Land Adjacent To The Wellington PH, Theobald Street, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 147 KB

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

 

Mr Bassett of Freeths, Cumberland Court spoke for the application as agent for the applicant.

 

The Committee asked Officers if they were satisfied that neighbouring properties were not overlooked.

Officers explained that the property was set back and the windows were obscurely glazed.

 

The Committee was concerned there were 9 flats and 6 car parking spaces and asked for a management plan as a condition. There were also concerns that the site was currently used as an overflow parking area for Sainsbury’s and the lack of amenity space would result in further congestion.

Officers agreed that a car parking management plan was important along with a waste collection management plan as this would be managed via a private company.

 

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

 

Waste management condition

 

08. PRIOR TO OCCUPATION a Waste Management Plan and appropriate method statement shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The waste management plan shall be implemented prior to occupation of the development hereby approved and in line with provisions and timescales set out within the documentation.

 

Reason: To provide sufficient waste storage and collection for occupiers to ensure that the impact of the proposal on the free and safe flow of traffic on the highway is kept to a minimum. To comply with Policy SADM19 and SADM40 of the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan 2016 and Policies SP1, CS22 and CS25 of the Hertsmere Core Strategy 2013.

 

Car parking management condition

 

09. PRIOR TO OCCUPATION a Car Parking Management Plan and appropriate method statement shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The car parking management plan shall be implemented prior to occupation of the development hereby approved and in line with provisions set out within the management plan.

 

Reason: To provide car parking for occupiers of the proposed development. To comply with Policy SADM40 of the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan 2016 and Policies SP1, SP2, CS22, CS25 and CS26 of the Hertsmere Core Strategy 2013.

2687.

18/1719/ADV Vision House, Station Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1DE pdf icon PDF 153 KB

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Officers presented the report.

 

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

2688.

18/1601/LBC War Memorial, High Street, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 135 KB

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Officers presented the report.

 

The Committee commented that the war memorial was an integral part of Potters Bar and that the names on the war memorial needed enhancing.

 

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

269.

Planning Appeals: current position pdf icon PDF 127 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 6 of the agenda.

270.

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.

271.

Date of Next Meeting

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

 

·         8 November 2018

·         13 December 2018 (rescheduled from 6 December 2018)

·         10 January 2019

·         7 February 2019

·         14 March 2019

·         11 April 2019.

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The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday 8 November 2018 at 6pm.