Decision details

19/01448/FP Former Wyevale Codicote Garden Centre, High Street, Codicote, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 8XA

Decision Maker: Planning Control Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


RESOLVED: That application 19/01448/FP be GRANTED planning permission subject to the completion of a satisfactory legal agreement and the extension of the statutory period if required, as well as the reasons set out in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager, with the following amendments to Conditions 7 and 18, and an additional Condition 41, to read:


“Condition 7


“No works or development (including any pre-construction, demolition or enabling works) shall commence until a Construction Management Plan/construction phasing and environmental management programme has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority, including elements of the CLOCS standards as set out in the Highway Authority's Construction Management template. Thereafter the construction of the development shall only be carried out in accordance with the approved Plan/Programme unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority: The Construction Management Plan/construction phasing and environmental management programme shall include details of:


·         Construction vehicle numbers, type, routing.

·         Access arrangements to the site.

·         Traffic management requirements.

·         Construction and storage compounds (including areas designated for car parking, loading /unloading and turning areas).

·         Siting and details of wheel washing facilities (for construction vehicles leaving the site).

·         Cleaning of site entrances, site tracks and the adjacent public highway.

·         Timing of construction activities/hours of construction operations (including delivery times and removal of waste) and to avoid school pick up/drop off times.

·         Provision of sufficient on-site parking prior to commencement of construction activities.

·         Site set up and general arrangements for storing plant including cranes, materials, machinery and equipment, temporary offices and other facilities, construction vehicle parking and loading/unloading and vehicle turning areas.

·         Where works cannot be contained wholly within the site a plan should be submitted showing the site layout on the highway including extent of hoarding, pedestrian routes, and remaining road width for vehicle movements.

·         Phasing Plans.

·         Measures to minimise dust, noise, machinery and traffic noise impacts during construction.

·         The location of construction traffic routes to and from the site, details of their signing, monitoring and enforcement measures.

·         Screening and hoarding details, to protect neighbouring residents.

·         End of day tidying procedures to ensure protection of the site outside the hours of construction. The construction activities shall be designed and undertaken in accordance with the code of best practice set out in British Standard 5228 1997 and with the agreed details unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

·         Storage and removal of building waste for disposal or recycling.

·         Post construction restoration/reinstatement of the working areas and temporary access to the public highway.

·         Ecological method statements to incorporate: MM1 – General Construction Safeguards, MM2 – Hedgerow and Tree Protection, MM7– Badger Construction Safeguard, MM9-Precautionary Habitat Clearance Measures and MM10 -Timing of Works from the Ecological Appraisal April 2019 by Aspect Ecology

Reason: In order to protect highway safety and the amenity of other users of the public highway and rights of way in accordance with Policies 5, 12, 17 and 22 of Hertfordshire's Local Transport Plan (adopted 2018) and to ensure the correct phasing of development in the interests of minimising disruption nearby residents during construction, minimising any environmental impacts and in the interests of biodiversity.”


“Condition 18


No dwelling hereby permitted shall be occupied until a scheme of external lighting has been submitted to and been approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.  The scheme shall be designed to ensure public safety and to minimise the potential effects upon the ecology of the site and its surroundings.  The scheme shall include details of external lighting of the pedestrian accesses on the eastern boundary. The strategy shall be designed to minimise the potential adverse effects of external lighting on the amenity and biodiversity of the site and its immediate surroundings. The external lighting scheme should incorporate the considerations outlined within MM6 – Sensitive Lighting within the Ecological Appraisal April 2019 by Aspect Ecology an ecological lighting statement giving detail of definitive measures as to how this has been achieved.  The scheme shall be implemented as approved and in accordance with an agreed programme/strategy, and the arrangements shall be maintained and retained thereafter.


Reason: In the interests of biodiversity and local amenity.”


“Condition 41


Prior to the commencement of development an updated Transport Assessment shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.  The Transport Assessment shall consider the cumulative impacts of sites CD1, CD2, CD3 and CD5 on the village centre and minor roads leading to/from Codicote and secure necessary mitigation or improvement measures.  No dwelling forming part of the development hereby approved shall be occupied until the approved mitigation and/or improvement measures have been implemented to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority.


Reason:  In the interests of highway safety and traffic management.”



Report author: Naomi Reynard

Publication date: 20/12/2022

Date of decision: 15/12/2022

Decided at meeting: 15/12/2022 - Planning Control Committee

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