Agenda and decisions

Planning Control Committee - Monday, 12th April, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: This will be a Virtual Meeting

Contact: Committee Services (01462) 474655  Email: committee.services@north-herts.gov.uk

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

WELCOME AND REMOTE/PARTLY REMOTE MEETINGS PROTOCOL SUMMARY pdf icon PDF 122 KB

Members are requested to ensure that they are familiar with the attached summary of the Remote/Partly Remote Meetings Protocol. The full Remote/Partly Remote Meetings Protocol has been published and is available here: https://www.north-herts.gov.uk/home/council-and-democracy/council-and-committee-meetings.

Decision:

The Chair welcomed everyone to this virtual Planning Control Committee meeting that was being conducted with Members and Officers at various locations, communicating via audio/video and online.

 

There was also the opportunity for the public and press to listen to and view proceedings.

 

The Chair invited the Committee, Member and Scrutiny Officer to explain how proceedings would work and to confirm that Members and Officers were in attendance.

 

The Committee, Member and Scrutiny Officer undertook a roll call to ensure that all Members, Officers and registered speakers could hear and be heard and gave advice regarding the following:

 

The meeting was being streamed live onto YouTube and recorded via Zoom.

 

Extracts from the Remote/Partly Remote Meetings Protocol were included with the agenda and the full version was available on the Council’s website which included information regarding:

 

·                Live Streaming;

·                Noise Interference;

·                Rules of Debate;

·                Part 2 Items.

 

Members were requested to ensure that they were familiar with the Protocol.

 

The Chair of the Planning Control Committee, Councillor Ruth Brown, started the meeting proper.

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Members are required to notify any substitutions by midday on the day of the meeting.

 

Late substitutions will not be accepted and Members attending as a substitute without having given the due notice will not be able to take part in the meeting.

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Ian Moody.

 

Having given due notice, Councillor George Davies advised that he would be substituting for Councillor Moody.

3.

MINUTES - 18 MARCH 2021 pdf icon PDF 339 KB

To take as read and approve as a true record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 18 March 2021.

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)       That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 18 March 2021 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair; and

 

(2)       That, with the authorisation of the Chair, her electronic signature and initials be attached to the Minutes approved in (1) above.

4.

NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS

Members should notify the Chair of other business which they wish to be discussed at the end of either Part I or Part II business set out in the agenda. They must state the circumstances which they consider justify the business being considered as a matter of urgency.

 

The Chair will decide whether any item(s) raised will be considered.

Decision:

There was no other business notified.

5.

CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Members are reminded that any declarations of interest in respect of any business set out in the agenda, should be declared as either a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest or Declarable Interest and are required to notify the Chair of the nature of any interest declared at the commencement of the relevant item on the agenda.  Members declaring a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest must withdraw from the meeting for the duration of the item. Members declaring a Declarable Interest, wishing to exercise a ‘Councillor Speaking Right’, must declare this at the same time as the interest, move to the public area before speaking to the item and then must leave the room before the debate and vote.

Decision:

(1)       The Chair welcomed those present at the meeting, especially those who had attended to give a presentation;

 

(2)       The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded;

 

(3)       The Chair drew attention to the item on the agenda front pages regarding Declarations of Interest and reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, any Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question;

 

(4)       To clarify matters for the registered speakers the Chair advised that members of the public had 5 minutes for each group of speakers i.e. 5 minutes for objectors and 5 minutes for supporters. This 5 minute time limit also applied to Member Advocates.

 

(5)       The Chair advised that the time provided for speeches had been extended for Item 8 to 10 minutes for each group of speakers i.e. 10 minutes for objectors and 10 minutes for supporters. This 10 minute time limit also applied to Member Advocates.

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

To receive petitions, comments and questions from the public.

Decision:

The Chair confirmed that the registered speakers were in attendance.

 

7.

20/00744/OP LAND OPPOSITE HEATH FARM, BRIARY LANE, ROYSTON, HERTFORDSHIRE pdf icon PDF 1 MB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Outline planning application for up to 99 residential dwellings (including up to 40% affordable housing), introduction of structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space and children's play area, surface water flood mitigation, vehicular access point via the demolition of an existing property on Echo Hill (all matters to be reserved save access).

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: That application 20/00744/OP be REFUSED planning permission for the following reasons:

 

(1)       By reason of its prominent position and the topography of the site and location outside the settlement boundary of Royston, the proposed development would be likely to result in significant localised adverse impacts on both the character of the area and visual receptors, particularly when viewed from certain locations on Royston Heath. While these impacts could be mitigated to a limited extent, the combination of residential built form on high ground and the associated urbanising infrastructure, and development breaking the skyline, would act to occasion a marked and adverse change in the character of the immediate and intermediate locality and wider valued landscape. This adverse impact would represent conflict with the aims of the NPPF and Polices CGB1, SP5, SP12c and NE1 of the emerging local plan and Policies 6 and 21 of the Saved local plan.

 

(2)       At the time of determination the planning application, the subject of this decision notice, has not been accompanied by a valid legal undertaking (in the form of a completed S106 Obligation) securing the provision of the requisite infrastructure and financial contributions towards off site infrastructure or on site affordable housing. The secure delivery of these obligations is required to mitigate the impact of the development on the identified services in accordance with the adopted Planning Obligations SPD, Saved Policy 51 of the North Hertfordshire District Local Plan No. 2 - with Alterations or proposed Local Plan Policy HS2 of the Submission Local Plan (2011-2031). Without this mechanism to secure these provisions the development scheme cannot be considered as a sustainable form of development contrary to the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

 

Proactive Statement:

 

Planning permission has been refused for this proposal for the clear reasons set out in this decision notice. The Council acted proactively through positive engagement with the applicant in an attempt to narrow down the reasons for refusal but fundamental objections could not be overcome. The Council has therefore acted proactively in line with the requirements of the Framework (paragraph 38) and in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.

8.

19/00520/OP LAND BETWEEN CROFT LANE NORTON ROAD AND CASHIO LANE, LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY, HERTFORDSHIRE pdf icon PDF 443 KB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Outline planning application for residential development of up to 42 dwellings, all matters reserved but access (as amended by plans and information received 09-06-2020, 23-07-2020 and 10-12-2020).

Additional documents:

Decision:

Councillor Morgan Derbyshire declared that he was acting as Member Advocate on the item and would therefore not take part in the debate and vote.

 

RESOLVED: That application 19/00520/OP be DEFERRED for the following reason:

 

To allow the Committee sufficient time to consider updated information.

9.

20/01098/FP THE BOOT, 73 HIGH STREET, BALDOCK, HERTFORDSHIRE, SG7 6BP pdf icon PDF 441 KB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Two storey side extension, first floor rear and side extensions and change of use of building from Public House and three bedroom flat to C3 Residential to create 4no two bedroom flats and 2no one bedroom flats (as amended by plans received November 2020).

Additional documents:

Decision:

Councillor Sean Prendergast declared an interest in that his mother-in-law owned a neighbouring property and advised that he would not take part in the debate or vote on this item.

 

RESOLVED: That application 20/01098/FP be GRANTED planning permission subject to the conditions and reasons contained in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager.

10.

PLANNING APPEALS

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Decision:

There were no Planning Appeals.

Audio Recording of Meeting MP3 74 MB