Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday 15th September 2021 at Birchwood Leisure Centre, Longmead, Hatfield AL10 0AN at 7.30pm.  

PRESENT:     Councillor Jackie Brennan (Chairman)

Councillor James Bond (substitute for Councillor Brisbin)

Councillor Hazel Laming

Councillor Angus Mackay (substitute for Councillor Craig - arrived at 8.20pm due to work)

Councillor Linda Mendez

Councillor Margaret Eames-Petersen (arrived at 7.40pm)

OFFICER:  Carrie Lloyd (Town Clerk)

12.            APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence had been received from Cllrs Brisbin & Craig due to work.

13.            QUESTION TIME

On behalf of some local residents, the Chairman raised the issue of Asda not opening its doors into the Town Centre and the Library not providing the disabled parking space and access included in their planning permission.  Both matters were considered to be planning conditions.  It was agreed to add this to the agenda for the next meeting.

14.            MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 13th JULY 2021

Councillor Eames-Petersen entered the meeting.

The minutes were agreed as an accurate record.

15.           DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

There were none.

16.            APPLICATIONS

Application Number

Address

Proposal

Comments

6/2021/2477/HOUSE

11 The Holdings Hatfield AL9 5HH

Erection of a single storey front extension

 

6/2021/2042/FULL

49 Briars Wood Hatfield AL10 8DH

Conversion of 3-bedroom house into a 6-bedroom HMO with 3 parking spaces and 1 bike store to hold 6 cycles and bin stores.

MAJOR OBJECTION

Members support Cllr Thorp’s comments.

 

The proposal has not changed since the refusal except that parking spaces have been purchased.  This application therefore does not address the HMO Article 4 Direction, inadequate toilet and bathroom facilities (particularly for the bedrooms on the first floor and poor amenity sited close to bedrooms.  Members consider this an over intensive form of development.

With the exception of parking, we do not consider that our comments nor the Planning Officer’s previous reasons for refusal have been addressed.

 

6/2021/2450/FULL

33 Town Centre Hatfield AL10 0JX

Change of use from a former bank (Class E) to an adult gaming centre (AGC) (Sui Generis) including advertisement consent for 2 no. Internally illuminated fascia sign and 1 no. internally illuminated projecting sign

MAJOR OBJECTION

 

The application is incorrect, there are flats directly opposite this application site.  Members are keen to ensure that they have been consulted.

 

Members do not consider the loss of a potential retail unit from the shopping core of Hatfield Town Centre acceptable.

24 hour operation so close to residential units (present and with planning permission) is also not acceptable and will harm the amenity of residential properties by reason of noise and disturbance– people can make more noise than machines.

Members are concerned at the public health issues involved especially as a betting shop is already established a couple of doors up.

 

 

6/2021/2451/ADV

33 Town Centre Hatfield AL10 0JX

Installation of 2 no. Internally illuminated fascia sign and 1 no. internally illuminated projecting sign

MAJOR OBJECTION

 

The application is incorrect, there are flats directly opposite this application site.  Members are keen to ensure that they have been consulted.

 

The proposal will be sited directly opposite residential windows causing light disturbance especially as the hours of operation are proposed to be 24 hours.

Councillor Mackay entered the meeting.

 

Members discussed applications falling due for comment before the next meeting and confirmed that the Town Clerk should use their delegated authority following circulation of the applications to Members and discussion with the Chairman.

 

DATE OF NEXT MEETING - Wednesday 13th October 2021 at 7.30pm

 

CLOSED 8.32pm

Chairman___________________