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


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The Chair welcomed Members to the Planning Referrals Committee and reminded them of the role of the Committee.


This was set out in the Constitution and included:

To determine planning applications where a planning committee were minded to reverse an officer’s recommendations fundamentally contrary to the provisions of the Local Development Plan.”


This was the case with the application before the Planning Referrals Committee and, although the Planning Committee had made a recommendation it was for this Committee to make their own determination.


Councillor N Susman substituted for Councillor D Lambert.


Communications and apologies

(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 had been received from Councillor D Lambert as he had declared an interest in advance of the meeting.


Declarations of interests (if any)

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.





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.




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.




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




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.




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.




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.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To approve and sign the ATTACHED minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 17 January 2008 and the Special Meetings held between 17 May 2010 and 15 May 2019.

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 17 January 2008 and the Special Meetings held between 17 May 2010 and 15 May 2019 be approved and signed as a correct record.

[At 7.40 pm Councillor J Newmark joined the meeting prior to the next item.]


18/2410/FUL Caldecote Farm, Caldecote Lane, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 4EF pdf icon PDF 144 KB

This item consists of a main report with the following background information.



1)    Original report from the 11 April 2019 Planning Committee.

2)    Update sheet (extract) for the 11 April 2019 Planning Committee.

3)    Minutes (extract) for the 11 April 2019 Planning Committee.

4)    Conditions

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


Mrs Jacobus of Caldecote Lane spoke against the application on behalf of herself and other local residents.


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


Cllr P Morris spoke in favour of the application as Community Advocate.


Officers responded to points made during the speeches that the history of the applicant, ownership of the land and potential covenanting or gifting to the Council, were not material planning considerations.


The Committee discussed whether the threshold for “Very Special Circumstances” to allow development on the Green Belt had been met.  Members of the Committee were split with some of the opinion that, had this been a primarily out door facility it may have met the criteria and been deemed acceptable.  This not being the case, it was difficult to justify the creation of a large building on a field next to the previous equestrian centre when the Council had accepted the case that had been put forward in 2016-2017 with application 16/0160/FUL, which had argued that the then-existing Caldecote Equestrian Centre was unviable.


The Committee considered the current and future role of the Green Belt for the community.  It was recognised that there were increasing pressures from the government to provide housing and that this might impact on the Green Belt due to the limited land availability.  The increased population would need access to leisure activities and, although a substantial proportion of the proposal was for indoor usage and outdoor facilities would be a synthetic surface, rather than grass, the overall purpose was not suitable for an urban setting.  Members felt that this represented an opportunity to improve access and therefore was appropriate usage of the Green Belt.

Minor consideration was also given to the fact that it would potentially dissuade misuse of the lane for anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.


The Committee looked in detail at the potential impact on the setting of the listed buildings including the views from the public footpath.  This included consideration of the mocked up images of the impact of the building which had been submitted in the applicant’s Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment document, and their experiences during site visits.  Officers highlighted that the applicants own “Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment” had stated that the application would cause “High Adverse” harm to users of the public footpath.  This was in addition to the harm which would be caused to the setting of the listed building at Caldecote Towers (Immanuel College).  A number of the Members were of the opinion that the visual impact would not be as significant due to the topography and screening by planting and that this needed to be balanced by the improvements to accessibility of the Green Belt through leisure activities.


Questions were raised about the relationship between the proposed equestrian centre, the previous one which was now being developed on, which had been adjacent to the site, and other equestrian centres  ...  view the full minutes text for item 78.


Any other business which the Chairman considers urgent

In accordance with S100B(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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