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390.

Membership

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

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Minutes:

Councillor D Lambert substituted for Councillor J Graham.

391.

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 J Graham and S Quilty.

392.

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:

Councillor J Newmark declared that he might be considered predetermined in relation to Item 5D, 18/1273/FUL Borehamwood Football Club, Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, Borehamwood, WD6 5AL, for historic reasons due to participation during a debate at the Executive and subsequent conversations.  As a result he would withdraw from the meeting for that item.

393.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 103 KB

To approve and sign the ATTACHED minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 16 December 2019.

 

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 16 December 2019 be approved and signed as a correct record.

394.

Planning Applications for Determination at the Meeting pdf icon PDF 292 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.

3941.

19/1737/REM Units 3 & 4, Former J Sainsbury Distribution Depot, York Crescent, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1SN pdf icon PDF 142 KB

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Mr C Slack of Turley spoke in favour of the application as agent.

 

The Committee queried the height of the buildings and how this would impact on local residents.  Officers showed how the proposals were at the maximum allowed in the outline planning permission but clarified that the units that were the subject of this application (units 3 & 4) would not stand adjacent to residential premises.

 

Members recognised that this would replace the employment space that had been lost with the departure of the previous tenants.  Concerns were raised about the possible knock on impact and interplay of the different sites which might be developed nearby and the resulting change in traffic movements.  It was acknowledged that consideration could not be given to planning applications that had not been received.

 

The Committee was positive with regards to the work which had been done to plan the site and the level of community engagement undertaken.

 

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

3942.

19/1275/FUL Elstree Film And TV Studios, Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1JG pdf icon PDF 163 KB

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Minutes:

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

 

The Committee welcomed the proposal as it would provide potential employment opportunities and the appropriate reuse of an existing site.  The Committee welcomed the use of solar power and heat source pumps with the aim to be net zero for carbon emissions.  A query was raised with regards to electric charging points and Officers agreed that an informative could be added.

 

Officers provided clarification on the memorandum of understanding as this was used where the Council was an applicant and therefore unable to enter into a Section 106 planning obligations agreement with itself.  This would ensure that the funds were appropriately ring fenced in their use for carbon offsetting activities.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the tabled addendum and an additional informative to encourage the provision of electric vehicle charging points.

3943.

19/1704/FUL Little Delrow, Summerhouse Lane, Aldenham, WD25 8DL pdf icon PDF 113 KB

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Minutes:

The Committee commended the work that the applicant undertook and recognised that the proposals would help to modernise the site.  Members were interested to hear that there were two other properties in Summerhill Lane and hoped that this was part of a wider master plan for the area.

 

A query was raised as to the level of parking to be provided on the site.  Officer clarified that the total included one carport space and one garage space.

 

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

[At 6.53 pm Councillor J Newmark left the meeting prior to the next Item.]

[At 7.12 pm Councillor R Butler joined the meeting during the next Item.]

3944.

18/1273/FUL Borehamwood Football Club, Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 5AL pdf icon PDF 164 KB

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Minutes:

Mr P Beech of HTP Architecture LLP spoke in favour of the application as architects for the applicant.

 

In response to comments from the speaker the Committee were reminded that they could only consider the application as submitted and on planning grounds.  Officers had sought to negotiate with the applicant as it was a retrospective planning application but this had been unsuccessful.

 

The Committee were supportive of the football club and the benefits that it brought to the local community, however the size and proximity of the water tank was considered to be overbearing and out of keeping with the local area.  Concerns were raised on the impact that it was having on neighbouring properties.  This was not consistent with the Council’s planning regulations and the Committee were supportive of the Officer recommendation to refuse.  The Committee were keen that negotiations towards an appropriate solution be continued.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be REFUSED on the grounds set out in the Officer’s report.

[At 7.20 pm Councillor J Newmark re-joined the meeting at the end of the previous Item.]

395.

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.

396.

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 Chair.  The item and reason for urgency must be announced at the start of the meeting.

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Minutes:

The Chair reported that this would be the last Planning Committee meeting for the Head of Planning & Economic Development.  She gave her thanks for his service to the Committee and the Council and this was seconded by Cllr Newmark and supported by the rest of the Committee.

397.

Date of Next Meeting

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

·         20 February 2020 (rescheduled from 13 February 2020 due to a local by-election)

·         19 March 2020

·         23 April 2020

·         21 May 2020

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Minutes:

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday 20 February 2020 at 6pm (revised from 13 February 2020 due to a local by-election).