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360.

Membership

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

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Minutes:

Councillor K Merchant substituted for Councillor F Turner.

Councillor RZ Butler substituted for Councillor J Newmark.

[At 6.04 pm Councillor RZ Butler joined the meeting prior to the next item.]

361.

Communications and Apologies for Absence

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

(b) Apologies for absence.

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Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors F Turner and J Newmark.

 

The Chair welcomed the Interim Head of Planning & Economic Development to his first meeting.

362.

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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Minutes:

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

363.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 08 November 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 08 November 2018 be approved and signed as a correct record.

364.

Planning Applications for Determination at the Meeting pdf icon PDF 103 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.

3641.

18/1628/FUL Land at Lincolnsfield, Off Bushey Hall Drive, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 2ES pdf icon PDF 112 KB

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

 

Mr Craig of Heronslea Ltd, Bushey spoke in favour of the application as the applicant.

 

The Committee debated a number of issues:

-       The Section 278 Highway Works condition included in the update sheet had addressed the concerns with regards to the access road to the site raised by the Committee during the Planning Technical Meeting.

-       Local concerns about possible heritage assets being lost had been allayed through the inclusion of a suitable archaeological condition.

-       It was recognised that a number of applications had been made for the site and that the balance of affordable housing and limited development footprint represented a positive opportunity to reuse and tidy up the site.  However the Committee did have reservations that any attempt to increase on the application would potentially represent overdevelopment.

-       Recognising the past military use of the site there was a condition to ensure that the land was not contaminated.

-       Waste management arrangements remained a concern and the Committee were pleased to see that the update sheet included a suitable condition to ensure that this was agreed prior to development.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum and the clarification that a waste management plan will need to be provided prior to development.  The permission having been granted due to the satisfactory inclusion of the affordable housing and reduced ground floor area.

[To facilitate debate the Chair took Item 5C 18/1128/FUL Europcar House, 77 Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, before Item 5B 18/1130/FUL Europcar House, 77 Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire.]

3642.

18/1128/FUL Europcar House, 77 Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 168 KB

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

 

A resident of Hillside Road, Bushey spoke against the application as a local resident.

 

Mr Webber of Montreaux, Staines spoke in favour of the application as the applicant.

 

The Committee discussed concerns about the significant impact that the proposal would make on the local street scene and the loss of the “sky gap” which currently existed with adjacent properties.  It was recognised that the building was large and that limited changes were acceptable, however the application represented a substantial over development of the site.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be REFUSED for the reasons set out in the Officer’s report.

3643.

18/1130/FUL Europcar House, 77 Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 168 KB

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

 

A resident of Hillside Road, Bushey spoke against the application as a local resident.

 

Mr Webber of Montreaux, London spoke in favour of the application as the applicant.

 

The Committee raised a number of points about the site:

-      They recognised that the change of use from office to residential was legal and would have an impact locally and reduce the available office space whilst shifting the usage from day time to evenings and weekends.

-      Concern was raised that the piecemeal approach to development through conversion of the offices first and then further development to extend the property had meant that affordable housing threshold requirements had been avoided.

-      A key objection was to the possibility of over-looking due to the height and location of the terrace.  Officers noted that a condition to ensure a plan was provided and approved for the potential screening had already been included as a result.

 

A proposal to refuse the application was debated by the Committee and rejected.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report, the tabled addendum and a revised condition 3 as set out below:

 

NO DEVELOPMENT SHALL TAKE PLACE BEFORE, a detailed plan indicating the height and materials used to the balcony area (to the third floor terrace area) and balcony railings, measured from finished floor level, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

 

Reason:  In order to protect the residential amenity of neighbouring and future occupiers and to comply with Policy SADM30 of the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan.

[At 7.43 pm the Chair adjourned the meeting.]

[At 7.54 pm the Chair resumed the meeting.]

3644.

18/1468/FUL 201 Watling Street, Radlett, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 156 KB

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Noted that this item was previously deferred from the last meeting for further information which had now been included.

 

Mr Harries of Boyer, Crowthorne House spoke in favour of the application on behalf of the developer.

 

The Committee discussed a number of issues including:

-      Whether the rents and conditions offered were realistic market rates.  Officers confirmed that they had been reviewed by the Council’s valuers in liaison with the Asset Management team and the reports subsequently provided to Members.

-      That there had been no comment received from Aldenham Parish Council and Officers said that this was not a designated frontage area or impact on the proposed Neighbourhood Plan.

 

Overall the Committee recognised that the terms of the Section 106 agreement had been met.

 

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

3645.

18/0608/FUL North Block, Parkside, High Street, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Note, this report also covers Item 5F, application number: 18/0609/FUL South Block, Parkside, High Street, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

 

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Minutes:

Noted that this item was previously deferred from the Planning Committee held in September 2018 for further clarification of the car parking on the site which had now been included.

 

The Committee discussed a number of issues including:

-       The reduction in the amenity space to accommodate the extra car parking spaces but the mitigating factors of proximity to local green spaces and transport links.

-       The car parking restrictions and limitations in place for the existing residents which highlighted that ongoing enforcement would be an issue.

-       The short term impact of the works on current residents.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report, the tabled addendum and under the Car parking Management Plan as approved by the Head of Planning & Economic Development to include: “The scheme shall be implemented as approved and the spaces made available for use before the development hereby approved is brought into first occupation and thereafter.”

3646.

18/0609/FUL South Block, Parkside, High Street, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 120 KB

The details of this application are covered in the report for Item 5E, application number: 18/0608/FUL North Block, Parkside, High Street, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

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Minutes:

Noted that this item was previously deferred from the Planning Committee held in September 2018 for further clarification of the car parking on the site which had now been included.

 

Mr Askby of Parkside spoke against the application as a local resident.

 

The Committee discussed a number of issues including:

-       That unlike the North Block this application differed in the number of additional spaces being created compared to the number of units proposed.

-       That it needed to be made clear that the properties would not be eligible for permits under the adjacent Controlled Parking Zone area.

-       Concerns as to the reduction of amenity space and the new location for the waste bins and suitable access for refuse collection.

-       Residents’ concerns about the potential impact of the building works should the application go ahead.

 

The Committee discussed whether there were sufficient grounds for refusal of the application due to the parking, waste management and other factors.  Officers confirmed that aspects could be addressed through the effective use of conditions but would not be adequate to act as planning reasons for refusal.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission to GRANT be delegated for approval subject to the agreement of the Head of Planning and the Chairman of the Committee to clarify the final Car Parking Management Plan and safe access for waste management and the inclusion of an additional condition covering the timings and disruption of works and that the Section 106 will confirm that the properties shall not be included in a Controlled Parking Zone in the Bourough and subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum.

365.

Planning Appeals: current position pdf icon PDF 111 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.

366.

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.

367.

Date of Next Meeting

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

·         10 January 2019

·         7 February 2019

·         14 March 2019

·         11 April 2019.

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The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday 10 January 2019 at 6pm.