Agenda and minutes

Development Management Committee
Thursday 3rd January 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6AE

Contact: Marie Lowe 

Items
No. Item

83.

SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Members made in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19-22.

Minutes:

The following substitution of Committee Members had been made in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19-22:

 

Councillor L.Chesterman for Councillor M.Larkins.

84.

APOLOGY

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor M.Larkins.

85.

MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 December 2018 (previously circulated).

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 6 December 2018 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

86.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members’ disclosable pecuniary interests, non-disclosable pecuniary interests and non-pecuniary interests in respect of items on the Agenda.

Minutes:

Councillors S.Boulton and L.Chesterman declared a non-pecuniary interest in items on the agenda as appropriate by virtue of being Members of Hertfordshire County Council.

87.

77 BROOKMANS AVENUE, BROOKMANS PARK, HATFIELD, AL9 7QG - 6/2018/1996/FULL - ERECTION OF 8 APARTMENTS WITH LOWER GROUND FLOOR CAR PARK FOLLOWING DEMOLITION OF EXISTING DWELLING; ERECTION OF FRONT BOUNDARY WALL, GATES AND RAILINGS AND SIDE BOUNDARY WALLS AND RAILINGS pdf icon PDF 396 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance).

Minutes:

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) setting out the erection of eight apartments with lower ground floor car park following demolition of existing dwelling; erection of front boundary wall, gates and railings and side boundary walls and railings.

 

Members noted that the application site comprised a substantial two storey detached dwelling set within a large plot to the eastern side of Brookmans Avenue.  Brookmans Avenue was a wide and pleasant street of large detached dwellings on both sides of the road.  All properties had long frontages and were also set back from the carriageway by a generous verge.

 

A sloped access within the frontage of the site would lead vehicles to the underground car park accommodating a total of 15 spaces, together with domestic storage areas.  Three additional on-site car parking spaces would be provided in the front driveway area.

 

The application had been presented to the Development Management Committee because North Mymms Parish Council had responded with a major objection to the proposal, set as follows:

 

‘It is a massive development with the bulk, scale and size of the property being excessive in comparison with its neighbours. There are no front roof dormers in the street here and they are therefore out of keeping. Whilst underground parking is commendable it will be tricky to implement as the Avenue is fairly level at this point. It is a wide plot but the property height including the roof lanterns will exacerbate its apparent size. If the proposal was just a house it would still be over-development. The provision of car parking verges on inadequate as noted by another respondent and the suggestion that the road is used for over-spill is inappropriate. Balconies at the rear will overlook neighbouring properties and affect privacy.’

 

Mr P.Hughes, (agent) speaking in support of the application, referred to the support he had received, in principle, from Officers and the proposed development would reflect the character of the existing properties in the road.

 

Mr G. Nicholas (objector) speaking against the application on behalf of other residents in Brookmans Avenue referred to the intensification and overdevelopment of the site. The proposed development was uncharacteristic of the area and would set a precedent. When finished the building would be unduly dominant, would overlook neighbouring properties and there was an increased potential for on-street parking.

 

Parish Councillor Jacqui Boulton, speaking against the application, reiterated the major objections put forward by the North Mymms Parish Council.

 

Following discussion, it was proposed by Councillor H.Bromley, seconded by Councillor A.Chesterman and

 

RESOLVED:

(8 voting for, 4 against and 1 abstention)

 

That planning permission be granted subject to the conditions set out in      the report.

 

The development/works shall not be started and completed other than in accordance with the approved plans and details:

 

Plan

Number

Revision

Number

Details

 

Received Date

 

MB-SURV-BA-TS-001

01

Topographical Survey

 

 

30 July 2018

SH13

SH14

 

SH2

Rev B

 

 

 

Proposed Front Garden

Proposed Block Plan (Hard landscaping)

Proposed Ground Floor – Apartments 1, 2,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 87.

88.

APPEAL DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance).

Minutes:

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) detailing recent appeal decisions for the period 26 November to 13 December 2018.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That appeal decisions during the period 26 November to 13 December 2018 be noted.

89.

PLANNING UPDATE - FUTURE PLANNING APPLICATIONS pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) provided Members with a summary of planning applications that might be presented to the Committee over the next one or two months.  Members noted that if the call-in or application was withdrawn, the item would not be presented to Committee.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That future planning applications which might be considered by the Committee be noted.