Agenda and decisions

Planning Control Committee - Thursday, 23rd June, 2022 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, District Council Offices

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Items
No. Item

1.

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 Councillors Sean Nolan, Daniel Allen and Terry Tyler.

 

Having given due notice Councillor Amy Allen substituted for Councillor Daniel Allen and Councillor Nigel Mason substituted for Councillor Sean Nolan.

2.

MINUTES - 20 April 2022 pdf icon PDF 466 KB

To take as read and approve as a true record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on the 20th April 2022.

Decision:

RESOLVED:That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 20 April 2022 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.

3.

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.

4.

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 advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded.

 

(2)  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.

 

(3)  The Chair gave advice to the registered speakers on the speaking procedure and time limits.

 

(4)  The Chair advised that a break would be taken around 9pm, if required.

 

(5)  The Chair advised that there had been a change to the order of the agenda and Item 7 and 8 would be taken ahead of Item 6, which would be taken following the conclusion of Item 8.

5.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

To receive petitions, comments and questions from the public.

Decision:

The Chair confirmed that the registered speakers were in attendance.

6.

22/01342/TD Land at The Rear Of 33 And 35 Coombelands, Melbourn Road, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 7DW pdf icon PDF 236 KB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Installation of 15m monopole tower to support antenna, associated radio-equipment housing and ancillary development hitherto.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: That application 22/01342/TD be GRANTED planning permission subject to the reasons set out in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager.

 

7.

22/00170/FP The Lord Lister Hotel, 1 Park Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 9AH pdf icon PDF 400 KB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Change of Use from Hotel (C1) to Sui Generis (accommodation with support) and associated external alterations (as amended by plans and additional information received on 6 May 2022)

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: That application 22/00170/FP be DEFERRED to receive a response from Highways regarding the installation of a gate and to request further details from the Police regarding anti-social behaviour in the area.

 

 

8.

22/00171/LBC The Lord Lister Hotel, 1 Park Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 9AH pdf icon PDF 229 KB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Change of Use from Hotel (C1) to Sui Generis (accommodation with support) and associated external and internal alterations (as amended by plans and additional information received on 6 May 2022).

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: That application 22/00171/LBC be DEFERRED to receive a response from Highways regarding the installation of a gate and to request further details from the Police regarding anti-social behaviour in the area.

 

9.

19/01106/FP Burford Grange, Bedford Road, Ickleford, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 3XG pdf icon PDF 750 KB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Erection of 48 dwellings with associated access, parking, private and public amenity space and associated works, following demolition of existing buildings (as amended 10th June 2021, additional drainage information on 20 April 2022 and revised off site highway works 16 May 2022)

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: That application 19/01106/FP be GRANTED planning permission subject to the reasons and conditions outlined in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager and the following additional conditions:

 

“Condition 25

 

Prior to any demolition and construction works full details of a Demolition and Construction Management Plan shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved scheme.

 

Reason: In order to ensure that adequate measures are adopted to control nuisance during works associated with the development from the spread of pollution, notably dust and fine particulate matter.

 

Condition 26

 

Prior to the occupation of the development a Landscape and Ecology Management Plan shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved Plan.

 

Reason: In the interests of nature conservation     

 

Condition 27

 

Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 as amended no development as set out in Class E of Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Order, (or any subsequent Statutory Instrument which revokes, amends and/or replaces those provisions) shall be carried out without first obtaining a specific planning permission from the Local Planning Authority.

 

Reason: Given the nature of this development, the Local Planning Authority considers that development which would normally be "permitted development" should be retained within planning control in the interests of the character and amenities of the area.”

 

 

10.

21/02768/FP Oughton Head Pumping Station, Hitchin Road, Pirton, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 1 MB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

 

Upgrade of existing pumping station to provide nitrate removal plant and equipment including change of use of land for operational purposes and all associated works.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: That application 21/02768/FP be GRANTED planning permission subject to the reasons and conditions outlined in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager, including an amendment to Condition 13 and the addition of Condition 14 as follows:

 

“Condition 13

 

Prior to commencement, a single method statement for the clearance of vegetation should be submitted to the LPA for consideration. This should incorporate the key considerations outlined in the mitigation measures for the safeguarding of hedgehogs, nesting birds and reptiles in sections 6.3. 6.4 and 6.5 of the Ecological Impact Assessment by SLR Consulting Limited (Ref: 402.06511.00007 Version No:2),  including those relating to the time of year.

 

Reason: In the interests of nature conservation     

 

Condition 14

 

Prior to the commencement of the development a Landscape and Ecology Management Plan shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall be carried out and thereafter maintained in accordance with the approved Plan.

 

Reason: In the interests of nature conservation.”

 

11.

22/00346/FP Land Between Cherry Holt And 2, Caldecote Road, Newnham, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 709 KB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Erection of a detached one 3-bed dwelling and erection of detached workshop/shed following demolition of existing workshop/shed on adjacent owned land

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: That application 22/00346/FP be REFUSED planning permission for the reasons outlined in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager.

 

 

12.

21/03533/FP Land West Of Tuthill House, Kelshall Tops, Therfield, Hertfordshire pdf icon PDF 315 KB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Erection of three detached dwellings (1 x 4-bed, 1 x 5-bed and 1 x 6-bed) with associated infrastructure and landscaping.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That application 21/03533/FP be GRANTED planning permission subject to the completion of the S106 agreement and deed of variation, the applicant agreeing to any necessary extensions to the statutory determination period to achieve this and to request additional comments from the Lead Local Flood Authority and to add any condition(s) they request before the grant of planning permission.

 

(2)  Independently to the grant of planning permission for the Council to investigate whether a group Tree Preservation Order (TPO) should be served on the trees outside the application site immediately to the south to secure their long term protection following an assessment of the state and condition of the trees.

 

13.

Planning Appeals pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Development and Conservation Manager advised that, due to the time, he would not provide Members with a verbal update on this item.