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22/00982/FP Greenveldt Kennels , Luton Road, Kimpton, Hertfordshire, SG4 8HB

Meeting: 17/11/2022 - Planning Control Committee (Item 27)

27 22/00982/FP Greenveldt Kennels , Luton Road, Kimpton, Hertfordshire, SG4 8HB pdf icon PDF 443 KB


Erection of 3 x 4-bed detached single storey dwellings following the demolition of the existing kennel buildings including alterations to the existing access and addition of 6 parking spaces.

Additional documents:


RESOLVED: That the application 22/00982/FP be GRANTED planning permission subject to the reasons set out in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager with an amendment to Condition 8 reading:


“Condition 8:


Prior to the commencement of the approved development, the following landscape details shall be submitted:


a)  which, if any, of the existing vegetation is to be removed and which is to be retained – including details of tree cutting


b)  what new trees, shrubs, hedges and grassed areas are to be planted, together with the species proposed and the size and density of planting


c)  the location and type of any new walls, fences or other means of enclosure and any hardscaping proposed – hard surfaces shall be of porous materials, or provision shall be made to direct run-off water from the hard surfaces to a permeable or porous area or surface within the curtilages of the dwellings


d)  details of any earthworks proposed


e)  new tree planting to the west and east boundaries of the site, between the trees on the west boundary, and on the east garden boundaries of the approved dwellings.  These trees shall be of native species, with details to be provided as part of b) of this Condition.


Reason: To ensure the submitted details are sufficiently comprehensive to enable proper consideration to be given to the appearance of the completed development.”



Audio recording – 2:00:29


Andrew Hunter presented the report and gave a verbal presentation, which included:


·         An extension of time has been agreed to the 22nd November

·         Paragraph 4.3.26 reports should have the number 34.39% amended to 38.95% to reflect the figure in the energy strategy statement on its last page

·         Following the adoption of the new Local Plan, the references to the 1996 previous Local Plan in the officer report have been removed and these changes are set out in an addendum to the officer committee report for this item and on the website.

·         The site is a previous dog kennels business behind the dwelling which is at the front

·         The business has now closed and the land has been cleared of most building structures and vegetation.

·         The oak tree car repair garage to the east is the only neighbour and the rest of the site is enclosed by agricultural fields.

·         There is a line of mature trees on the west boundary

·         The nearest dwelling is approx. 300m away to the west

·         The locality is a rural agricultural character and is in the green belt

·         The proposal is for the redevelopment and change of use of the site to residential, involving the clearance of building structures and vegetation and the erection of three detached 4-bedroom bungalows each with pitched roofs, parking for the dwellings and visitors. There will be soft landscaping and the existing access will be widened.

·         The existing site plan was before it had been cleared of the building structures


There were no questions from Members.


The Chair Neil Burns to speak against the application.


Neil Burns thanked the Chair for the opportunity to address the Committee and gave presentation which included:


·         In the last three years there have been three planning applications granted by the Council. First in 2000 was the conversion of a single stable block to provide a 4-bedroom house. The second in 2021 was the erection of two 3-bedroom and one 4-bedroom dwellings which this application seeks to replace. Thirdly, last week the Council granted permission for the extension of the existing dwelling at the front of the site by 100m sq. to be subdivided into two 4-bedroom dwellings.

·         In 4.3.4 of the officers report which is inappropriate development, the application doesn’t meet either of the two tests of nppf149g. firstly the proposal is not contributing to identified affordable housing needs. Secondly the proposal has an impact on the openness of the green belt.

·         The proposed dwellings are now 4.7m in height, which is over twice the height of the existing buildings and significantly higher than that contained in the 2021 approved scheme. This increases the intrusion into the green belt

·         The current application seeks to relocate the dwellings 20m further the south away from the existing house and public road. This is a far greater visual intrusion into the green belt

·         The existing mature trees to the south east are removed in this scheme, reducing screening and increasing visual intrusion

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