Agenda and decisions

Planning Control Committee - Tuesday, 20th September, 2022 7.30 pm, NEW

Venue: Council Chamber, District Council Offices, Gernon Road, Letchworth, SG6 3JF

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

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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 Alistair Willoughby, Simon Bloxham, Sean Nolan and Ian Moody.

2.

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.

3.

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 clarified matters concerning times to speak for Members and Registered Speakers.

4.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

To receive petitions, comments and questions from the public.

Decision:

The Chair confirmed that the 5 Member Advocates and 7 registered public speakers were in attendance.

5.

18/01502/OP - LAND BETWEEN ROYSTON ROAD AND, CAMBRIDGE ROAD, BARKWAY, HERTFORDSHIRE pdf icon PDF 639 KB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Outline application with all matters reserved other than strategic point of access onto Royston Road and Cambridge Road for the erection of up to 140 dwellings and a new shop.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Councillor Tony Hunter declared he was predetermined on this item due to comments he had previously made in the consultation process. He advised that he would move to the public gallery where he would speak as Member Advocate against the item, before leaving the Chamber for the remainder of this item.

 

Councillor Gerald Morris called for a recorded vote on this item.

 

The result of the vote was as follows: 

 

YES:

6

ABSTAIN:

1

NO:

1

TOTAL:

8

 

The individual votes were as follows:

 

Cllr Terry Tyler

YES

Cllr Val Bryant

YES

Cllr Amy Allen

YES

Cllr David Levett

YES

Cllr Morgan Derbyshire

YES

Cllr Nigel Mason

YES

Cllr Daniel Allen

NO

Cllr Tom Tyson

ABSTAIN

Cllr Michael Muir

Cllr Tony Hunter

 

Therefore, it was:

 

RESOLVED: That application 18/01502/OP be DEFERRED until a response had been received from Herts Ecology. 

6.

22/00170/FP - THE LORD LISTER HOTEL, 1 PARK STREET, HITCHIN, HERTFORDSHIRE, SG4 9AH pdf icon PDF 253 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 GRANTED planning permission subject to the reasons set out in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager.

7.

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

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

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: That application 22/00171/LBC be GRANTED planning permission subject to the reasons set out in the report of the Development and Conservation Manager and the following additional condition:

 

“Condition 5

 

Document entitled ‘Gate installations works’ dated 1 December 2021 by Firelec Securelec states that the single leaf swing gate will have manual operation (including a manual key lock into the catchment post) whilst at 4.3 and 6.8 of the submitted Design, Access and Planning Statement January 2022 it states that the gate will be controlled ‘electronically’. For the avoidance of doubt, full details of method of operating this gate together with a 1:20 scale elevation indicating the design of the gate and method of installation including whether the gate is to be mechanically fixed directly to the building or to posts that are themselves fixed to the building or to free-standing posts, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the installation and commissioning of the gate. If fixed directly to the listed building, further larger scale plans confirming the mechanical fixing detail shall also be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the installation and commissioning of the gate. Once approved the gate shall be implemented in accordance with the approved details and thereafter retained and maintained for the lifespan of the current use of the building to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority.

 

Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and to ensure that special regard is paid to protecting the special architectural and historic interest and integrity of this grade II listed building under Section 16(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.”

 

8.

CURRENT ENFORCEMENT NOTICES pdf icon PDF 344 KB

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Decision:

The report entitled ‘Current Enforcement Notices’ was presented by the Conservation and Development Manager and noted by the Committee.

9.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider passing the following resolution:

 

That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting on the grounds that the following report will involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 5 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

 

Decision:

RESOLVED: That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 5 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

10.

CURRENT ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS

REPORT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION MANAGER

Decision:

Details of decisions taken on this item are restricted due to the disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 5 and 7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of Section 200A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.