Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday 1st December 2021 at Birchwood Leisure Centre, Longmead, Hatfield AL10 0AN at 7.40pm.  

PRESENT:                 Councillor Richard Griffiths – Chairman (substituting for Cllr Brennan)

                                    Councillor Richard Brisbin (from 19:40)

                                    Councillor Margaret Eames-Petersen (from 19:35)

                                    Councillor Hazel Laming

 

OFFICER:  Carrie Lloyd (Town Clerk)

Jane Anderson (Office Manager)

35.          ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN FOR THE MEETING

Cllr Griffiths was elected Chairman for the meeting.

36.          APOLOGIES

There we no apologies for absence

37.          QUESTION TIME

There were no questions.

38.          MINUTES

The minutes of the meeting held on 10th November 2021 were approved and signed by the Chairman.

39.          DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

There were none.

40.          APPLICATIONS

 

Application Number

Address

Proposal

Comments

6/2021/2967/FULL

28 Maryland Hatfield AL10 8DZ

Erection of a single storey rear extension, alterations to fenestrations, internal alterations to allow for additional fifth bedroom to existing HMO and formation of hardstanding to front to provide on-site parking.

MAJOR OBJECTION

We support Cllr Thorpe’s objection with respect to parking and high occupancy of the property.

 

This area of Hatfield already has an exceptionally high density of HMOs, we would ask that the Article 4 directive is closely looked at in this case, as there will likely be a high number of unregistered HMOs in this area.

 

Whilst we know there is an Article 4 direction in force it desperately needs reviewing and this has been recognised by the LPA.  Until such time that this has been carried out and bearing in mind that the overall concentration of HMOs in Hatfield Town Council's area needs to be reduced.

 

6/2021/3110/FULL

85 Drovers Way Hatfield AL10 0QB

Change of use from single dwelling (C3) to HMO (C4)

MAJOR OBJECTION

Hatfield already has an exceptionally high density of HMOs, we would ask that the Article 4 directive is closely looked at in this case, as there will likely be a high number of unregistered HMOs in this area.

 

Whilst we know there is an Article 4 direction in force it desperately needs reviewing and this has been recognised by the LPA.  Until such time that this has been carried out and bearing in mind that the overall concentration of HMOs in Hatfield Town Council's area needs to be reduced.

 

We consider that the parking standards for HMO’s should reviewed.

 

Evacuation plan is for current configuration – not much use.  It is clear that the smaller room upstairs has been used as a bedroom in the past and is labelled as a study on the proposed plan.  We are concerned that this is will not happen.  This will be a 5 bed HMO.  The rooms are very small and we query whether they meet the legal minimum standards.

This is a confined site with limited vehicle access and parking. If it is a 5 bed then 2.5 parking spaces should be designated at least and we can see none specified.

The Ground Floor plan claims that nearly 8sqm are being added – but there is no extension – so how can this be?

6/2021/3054/HOUSE

19 Brain Close Hatfield AL10 8BT

Erection of a part two storey, part single storey rear extension, and a front porch extension

OBJECTION

The extension almost doubles the footprint of the house and uses up half the garden.  Impact on the neighbour may be significant for westerly light. Certainly, the houses are small and close together on that part of the estate and a part 2 storey extension will have a huge impact.  We cannot picture the building at the bottom of the garden so this may be a problem too. 

 

6/2021/2838/HOUSE

21 Deerswood Avenue Hatfield AL10 8RX

Installation of vehicular crossover and hardstanding to front

NO COMMENT

6/2021/2968/FULL

22 High Dells Hatfield AL10 9HU

Erection of a 2 storey and a single storey rear/side extension including demolition of pitched roof and creation of additional bedroom space

MAJOR OBJECTION

Original house was a 3 bed – proposal becomes a 6 bed.  This is an HMO already but this is over development on a small site.  No on site parking is mentioned and so with 6 rooms there should be 3 spaces allocated. Some rooms are very small.

 

This area of Hatfield already has an exceptionally high density of HMOs, we would ask that the Article 4 directive is closely looked at in this case, as there will likely be a high number of unregistered HMOs in this area.

 

Whilst we know there is an Article 4 direction in force it desperately needs reviewing and this has been recognised by the LPA.  Until such time that this has been carried out and bearing in mind that the overall concentration of HMOs in Hatfield Town Council's area needs to be reduced.

 

6/2021/2600/HOUSE

28 Thistle Drive Hatfield AL10 9FQ

Conversion of roof space to habitable use to include a front and rear dormer, 1 x skylight, and the erection of a single storey front, side and rear extension

MAJOR OBJECTION

The ground floor extension is very large and over powers the existing building. The rear dormer is overwhelming. The front dormer is not so huge but really looks like a 3 storey town house rather than a 2 storey with loft conversion.  Not in keeping, overdevelopment and creates an aesthetically confusing development.

 

6/2021/3085/HOUSE

8 Birchwood Close Hatfield AL10 0PP

Demolition of existing outbuilding. Erection of a single storey front and side extension and a single storey rear extension.

NO COMMENT

 

41.          PROPOSED TRO/SLOs FOR HIGHVIEW SCHEME

Members supported 20MPH limits around the new Highview Development.

(Action: Town Clerk)

 

DATE OF NEXT MEETING - Wednesday 26th January 2022 at 7.30pm

 

CLOSED 8.30pm

Chairman___________________