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19/0043/FUL-Reviva Waste Composting Site, Elstree Hill South, WD6 3BL

Minutes:

Ms A Goddard of Elstree spoke against the application on behalf of themselves and local residents.

 

Adrian Jackson of Condy & Lofthouse Architects spoke in favour of the application as architects for the applicant.

 

Cllr Clapper spoke against the application as Community Advocate.

 

The Committee raised concerns about the type of materials which might be stored and processed on the site.  Officers made clear that the application was for change of use to Class B8 (Storage and Distribution).  This use class would not allow for the processing of waste materials and did not cover the storage of toxic materials as this was covered by separate legislative requirements.  The Committee agreed that this should be highlighted in the Informatives to ensure that there was no misunderstanding in the limitations of the permissions should the application be granted.

 

It was recognised that the change of use would represent no greater impact on the green belt.  The application was also different from the current usage of the site which had caused a large number of local concerns.  Officers noted that enforcement had been undertaken related to the site with Environmental Health and highways involved, including court action.

 

The application also tightened up some aspects as the site permission from Hertfordshire County Council had originally limited movements to 200 HGV movements per day; the proposed provision was not restricted to limiting only HGV movements but covered all vehicles.  The Committee remained concerned about the impact on local roads and debated whether to apply a condition restricting access to the site at peak times.  Officers advised that restricting access to the site could lead to unintended consequences such as vehicles circling or parking nearby prior to the entry period.  It was proposed that this could be alleviated through a condition restriction limiting vehicles from leaving (rather than entering) the site during peak hours related to school times.

 

The Committee questioned whether there was anything which could be done to address the issues faced by local people by the current usage.  Officers advised that it would not be possible to apply a condition stating that the composting must cease because that is a lawful use for which planning permission had already been granted by the County Council; however it was recognised that to reduce the level of uncertainty and to encourage action to be taken, the period during which the permission must be implemented in order for it not to expire could be reduced to expire after 1 year instead of 3 years, and this was supported by Members.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the Officer’s report and the following changes to the conditions and informatives:

 

CONDITION 1 amended

That Condition 1 be revised to read that “The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of 1 year from the date of this permission.”

 

ADDITIONAL: CONDITION 9

On weekdays (Monday to Friday) no vehicle shall pass from (egress) the site onto the public highway between the hours of 08:00 and 09:00 in the morning, or between the hours of 15:00 and 16:00 in the afternoon. 

 

Reason: To ensure that the development does not exacerbate traffic congestion on the local highway network during busy peak periods, pursuant to Policy SADM40 (Highway and Access Criteria for New Development) of the Hertsmere Local Plan (Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan 2016).

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATIVE 4

The applicant is reminded that the planning permission that is hereby granted is for storage and distribution uses within Use Class B8 only.  For the avoidance of doubt, this use class does not allow the storage, handling, composting or processing of waste.  The applicant is also reminded that the storage or handling of toxic, explosive, hazardous or noxious substances or items is controlled by regulations that are separate from the Planning system, and that such substances or items must not be stored on the site without the necessary licences.

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