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22/01448/FP Land At Turnpike Lane And Adjacent To 4 Manor Close, Turnpike Lane, Ickleford, Hertfordshire

Meeting: 13/10/2022 - Planning Control Committee (Item 18)

18 22/01448/FP Land At Turnpike Lane And Adjacent To 4 Manor Close, Turnpike Lane, Ickleford, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 284 KB


Erection of five dwelling houses in association with a new access spur from the Lodge Court, on-site parking, landscaping (inclusive of new trees), formation of a pedestrian footpath and designated communal open space. Revised application following approvals of 20/00891/FP and 21/03464/S73 (Amended plans received 05.09.2022).

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RESOLVED: That the application 22/01448/FP be GRANTED planning permission subject to the reasons set out in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager



Audio recording – 1:06:25


Anne McDonald presented the report and gave a verbal presentation, which included:


·         This is a full application for five detached houses

·         Members will remember a five house scheme was approved as an appeal and then amended to allow brief accommodation under a section 70 approval. This appraisal follows the layout of these permissions

·         The houses open space and visitor parking are all in the same locations

·         The houses in plots 1-4 have the same ridge height as approved under the section 70 approval and the house in plot 5 is lower

·         The side flank of the plot 5 is the same distance away from the neighbour as the scheme.

·         These houses have got larger footprints and are of a contemporary design

·         In numbers terms, the proposal represents an increase in the size of the footprints in comparison to the section 70 permission of 61% across all 5 plots. As most houses have increased in footprints. However there is no material change

·         They have good sized gardens and excess the minimum standards and have ample parking in excess of the parking SPD are all proposed

·         The increase in the footprint does not represent any harm or reason to refuse the scheme

·         The design of the houses is more contemporary than the approved schemes with large sections of glazing. There is no objection to this

·         The houses are set in from the road and the existing trees with screen these giving the development an attractive setting

·         It is recommended for conditional permission


There were no questions from Members.


The Chair invited Kate Sargent to speak against the application.


Kate Sargent thanked the Chair for the opportunity to address the Committee and gave presentation, including:


·         I am representing residents of Manor Close and Lodge Court.

·         There are many planning concerns associated with this development that have been repeatedly raised by a large number of local residents

·         There are concerns related to the additional traffic and pedestrian risk that it would generate

·         There are concerns of the ecological devastation of an area that is home to a wide variety of species.

·         There are concerns of its proximity to a conservation in the heritage area

·         There are concerns of the detrimental impact it will have on the parking in Lodge Court

·         This development remains outside of the Emerging Local Plan which has yet to be approved

·         There are concerns of the additional pressure on the villages sewerage system

·         There are concerns of the loss of privacy and light that the residents of Manor Close will be forced to accept

·         We will be raising the repeated failure of the District Council to appropriately recognise or address these concerns

·         An earlier iteration of this was approved on appeal by the planning inspector when it consisted of two 2 bed properties, two 3 bed properties and one 4 bed property. It was approved for the reason that it was believed to meet a local need for housing that constituted the special circumstances for building  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18