Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday 7th October 2020 via Zoom at 7.30pm.  

PRESENT:     Councillor Linda Mendez (Chairman)

Councillor Jackie Brennan (Vice Chairman)

Councillor Margaret Eames-Petersen

Councillor Hazel Laming

OFFICER:  Carrie Lloyd (Town Clerk)

32.            APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Richard Brisbin.

33.            QUESTION TIME

There were none.

34.            MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 16th SEPTEMBER 2020

The minutes of the meeting held on 16th September 2020 were agreed as an accurate record and will be signed by the Chairman at a later date.

35.            DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

There were no declarations. 

36.            CONSULTATION BY EE LTD AND HUTCHISON 3G PROPOSED SHARED MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS RADIO EQUIPMENT AT GOLDINGS HOUSE, GOLDINGS CRESCENT, HATFIELD, HERTFORDSHIRE, AL10 8TZ [NGR E: 522688 N: 208511] – REPLACING SITE 90360 “QUEENSWAY HOUSE”

Members noted the application and raised no comments.  Cllr Eames-Petersen, in her capacity as County Councillor, undertook to look into joined up working between Herts Constabulary and the mobile providers regarding CCTV coverage at Roe Hill.

37.            ARTICLE 4 DIRECTION – EMPLOYMENT SITES

Members welcomed the new Article 4 Direction which would come into effect on 12th October.


 

 

38.            APPLICATIONS

Application Number

 

Address

Proposal

Comments

6/2020/1514/HOUSE

6 Waterside Cottages Mill Green Bush Hall Lane Hatfield AL9 5NY

Erection of single storey front and side extension and internal alterations

 

6/2020/2379/MAJ

The Firs Park Woodside Lane Hatfield AL9 6DG

Use of land as an extension to the existing caravan park for the provision of an additional 25 caravans (mobile homes) together with dog walk/amenity land, car parking and landscaping

OBJECT

The development is in the Green Belt and these are not substantial, long term dwellings offering any mitigating factors as to why they should be built there.

 

6/2020/2358/HOUSE

37 Bramble Road Hatfield AL10 9RZ

Erection of a two storey front and first floor side and rear extensions, hip to gable roof extension, rear box dormer with loft conversion and front porch.

OBJECT

Members are concerned at the size and bulk of this development particularly the large dormer in the roof.  They believe the development would be more acceptable and visually less obtrusive if the dormer was removed from the application.

 

6/2020/0349/FULL

Welwyn Hatfield Foyer Goldings House Goldings Crescent Hatfield AL10 8TZ

Installation of external ducting

 

6/2020/2419/HOUSE

17 Meadow Croft Hatfield AL10 0SG

Erection of single storey rear extension

 

6/2020/2346/FULL

38 Heron Way Hatfield AL10 8QX

Erection of duplex unit to accommodate a one bedroom flat

OBJECT

This development will create a flying freehold.  Flying freeholds are viewed as a title defect, because they rarely have adequate rights of support from the structure beneath or rights of access to make repairs. This is an issue if, for example, scaffolding needs to be erected on the land beneath the flying freehold: the landowner's consent will be required and he may refuse, or want to charge a premium.  Hatfield needs family homes not more small cramped accommodation. 

Members think this is large and prominent and due to its siting, scale, bulk and design results in an out of place addition to the exiting property and out of character with the surrounding area.  The subdivision of the plot to form a new dwelling would result in an over intensive form of development that would appear cramped in its setting. There Is still inadequate parking.

 

6/2020/2204/HOUSE

52 Maryland Hatfield AL10 8DX

Erection of front and rear extension.

 

6/2020/2458/FULL

1 Waterworks Cottages Bishops Rise Hatfield AL10 9HJ

Erection of a 2 bedroom dwellinghouse

OBJECT

Members are concerned at the lack of natural light to the rear ground floor of the new development except through skylights.  They consider the whole proposal over development of the site leading to very little amenity space for both dwellings and leaves the exiting dwelling needing to use a public footpath to access its rear garden if not going through the house.

 

6/2020/2356/FULL

53A Great North Road Welwyn Garden City AL8 7TL

Demolition of existing detached commercial unit and erection of detached 3 storey building for mixed use as an office (Use Class E(g)(i) and 2 x 1 bed self contained flats.

OBJECT

Members are disappointed that the overall bulk has not been reduced to provide ground floor amenity space for the residential properties and well-being of the residents.  They would have liked to see an increase not decrease in parking provision despite the inspector’s comments but the provision of bike racks would be good.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Wednesday 28th October 2020 at 7.30pm

 

CLOSED 9.20pm

Chairman___________________