Agenda and minutes

Estate Management Appeals Panel
Wednesday 24th March 2021 7.30 pm

Contact: Gurdip Paddan 

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52.

MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 27 January 2021 (previously circulated).

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The minutes of the meeting held on 27 January 2021 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

53.

47 HOWICKS GREEN, WELWYN GARDEN CITY, AL7 4RJ - 6/2020/2307/EM - SINGLE STOREY FRONT EXTENSION TO REPLACE EXISTING PORCH CANOPY AND EXTERNAL CUPBOARD pdf icon PDF 433 KB

The report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) sets out an appeal against the refusal of Estate Management (EM) Consent for the erection of a single storey front extension which would replace an existing porch canopy and external cupboard.

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The report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance), which set out an appeal against the refusal of Estate Management Scheme (EMS) Consent for the erection of a single storey front extension which would replace an existing porch canopy and external cupboard. The application was refused on the 8 October 2020 for the following reason:

 

“The proposed extension would result in a large addition to the front of the property that would disrupt the planned design and layout of the properties within Howicks Green. By extending beyond the dimensions of the current porch and store cupboard, the proposed extension would have a detrimental impact upon the property and wider street scene. The introduction of a circular window is not in keeping with the immediate area and would have a detrimental impact upon the property. As a result, the application would fail to comply with Policy EM1 of the Estate Management Scheme.”

 

The report noted that the appeal property is a mid-terraced house located upon the southern side of Howicks Green. The properties in Howicks Green are of similar design and characterised by open porches with brick built storage cupboards located to either the left or right of the front door.

 

It was noted that the associated planning application was also refused but allowed on appeal on 1 February 2020.

 

The key issue in the determination of this appeal is the impact the proposed extension would have on the character and appearance of the appeal site and the surrounding area.

 

It was noted that there has been a small reduction to the width from the earlier refused application (6/2020/0448/EM), the extension remains substantially larger and would extend beyond the limits of the existing porch and store. In addition, the proposed porch is approximately 40cm higher than the roof of the existing canopy.

 

Although there are examples of circular windows on the front elevations of nearby houses, they are not typical of properties within Howicks Green and would be contrast to other properties where the side door has been removed and replaced with a window of dimensions to match other windows within the property. Front porches in Howicks Green that have Estate Management Consent are smaller and do not extend to the width of this proposal (e.g. follow the width of the existing canopy and store). The proposed extension would alter the relationship within the terrace and would have a detrimental impact upon the values and amenities of the property and street scene of Howicks Green.

 

The appellant had provided a presentation of other homes in the area that have front extensions. The appellant also highlighted the extensions within Howicks Green and stated that they took precedent from front extensions located along Howlands.  The highlighted examples were considered and the Panel felt that the proposed width of the porch was too large.  Two extensions were identified on Howlands and they were noted as being of similar size but these have EMS consent.

 

A discussion ensued on the size of porches  ...  view the full minutes text for item 53.

54.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

The Panel is asked to resolve:

 

That under Section 100(A)(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for items 9 and 10 (if any) on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100A(3) and Paragraphs 5 (privileged and legal advice) and 6 (statutory notice or order) Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

 

In resolving to exclude the public in respect of the exempt information, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.   

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RESOLVED:

 

That under Section 100(A)(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for item 9 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100A(3) and Paragraphs 5 (privileged and legal advice) and 6 (statutory notice or order) Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

 

In resolving to exclude the public in respect of the exempt information, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.   

 

55.

UPDATE ON OUTSTANDING ENFORCEMENT CASES AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENFORCEMENT ACTION UNDER THE TERMS OF THE SCHEME OF MANAGEMENT FOR WELWYN GARDEN CITY FOR BREACHES OF THAT SCHEME

Exempt report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) updating Panel Members with regard to outstanding arbitration cases that had been put before the Panel as well as additional cases for consideration.

Minutes:

The report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) updated Panel Members with regard to outstanding arbitration cases that had been put before the Panel as well as additional cases for consideration.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Members note the contents of the report and the new cases.

 

56.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF A CONFIDENTIAL OR EXEMPT NATURE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIRMAN