Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Annexe, Watford

Contact: Barry Rennick  Email: democraticservices@watford.gov.uk

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Conduct of the meeting

The committee will take items in the following order:

 

1.     All items where people wish to speak and have registered with Democratic Services.

2.     Any remaining items the committee agrees can be determined without further debate.

3.     Those applications which the committee wishes to discuss in detail.

 

 

At the recommendation of Councillor Nembhard, a minute’s silence was observed for the victims of the crossbow attack in Bushey on the 9th of July.

 

5.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

There was a change in membership for this meeting: Councillor Dudata replaced Councillor Johnson.

 

6.

Disclosure of interests

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest.

 

7.

Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on 5 June 2024 to be submitted and signed.

Minutes:

The minutes from the meeting on 4 June 2024 were approved and signed.

 

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Minutes:

The Development Management Lead delivered her report to the committee.

 

The Chair thanked the Development Management Lead, he then asked her to clarify the temporary market relocation arrangements.   The Development Management Lead explained the processes that were to be taken in relation to the interim market.

 

Questions were asked by the committee seeking clarification as to how much of the 2022 Design Review Panel report was represented in the current proposal and why there would not be more affordable housing.

 

The Development Management Lead stated that the Design Review Panel’s comments informed an early version of scheme, some of which could not be accommodated but many aspects had been incorporated in to the site, such as the frontages.

 

The Development Management Lead then clarified that the affordable housing viability assessment took in to account the existing value of the site and cost of the building, this was estimated to be in the region of a £14 million deficit with affordable housing.  There was also the additional challenge to this development because Watford Borough Council was asking for the market to be located on site. She also indicated that what was being gained with the affordable housing would be high quality housing focused on family homes.

 

The Chair invited Simon Wallis to speak in favour of the application.

 

Mr. Wallis introduced himself and thanked the officers involved in the application. He highlighted that it was a collaborative effort.  He emphasized that it made a significant contribution to the strategic aims of the town centre and opened it up more. He stated that it was a high-quality mixed-use scheme with market, living and play areas as well as a new square and varied commercial units. Furthermore, it would offer new pedestrian routes improving accessibility to the town centre.  This would help to create a thriving town centre and help regenerate this part of Watford for locals and visitors.  He continued to say that the design took into account the current concept and character of the town.  He finished by listing what he described as various significant public benefits, in particular highlighting economic and environmental benefits.

 

The Chair thanked Mr. Wallis and invited the committee to comment and ask questions.

 

While the committee was broadly welcoming to the development a number of members raised concerns regarding the level of affordable housing and a question was raised asking if the viability would be reassessed.  The Development Management Lead informed the committee that within the head of terms of the 106 there would be a review of the viability when 75% of the flats were sold.  There were also questions asking if new regulations in relation to stairs had been taken into account, it was confirmed they had been. 

 

The newly regenerated market was broadly welcomed.

 

The Development Management Lead was able to confirm that the market was very secure with a triple power from the council around the market.  Firstly, the Section 106 which detains this.  Secondly Watford Borough Council owned part of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

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The Planning Officer (EP) delivered her report.

 

The Chair thanked the Planning Officer and asked her to clarify the parking situation.

 

The Planning Officer clarified that the parking is being reduced from sixteen to fourteen and to include two disabled bays.

 

The Chair summarised that it was an excellent use of their site and as the committee had no comments or questions, he moved for the committee to vote on the recommendation.

 

 

Resolved –

 

That Planning Permission to granted subject to the following conditions

 

1. Time limit The development to which this permission relates shall be begun within a period of three years commencing on the date of this permission.

 

2. Approved drawings and documents

The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved drawings and documents:

100 Rev A, 101 Rev A, 102, 103, SWP23 203C, 212 Rev A, SWP23 206, SWP23 211D, 110 Rev D, 213 Rev D, SPW23 202E, SPW23 201E, SPW23 204D, 205 Rev A, SPW23 210F, SWP23 200H.

 

3. Materials

No development shall commence above ground floor slab level of any dwelling until details and samples of the materials to be used for all the external finishes of the development hereby approved, including all external walls, all roofs, doors, windows, fascias, rainwater and foul drainage goods, have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details and samples.

 

4. Obscure glass The proposed first floor windows of the church hall shall be permanently fitted with obscure glass and the part of the window less than 1.7m above internal floor level shall be permanently fixed closed, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

 

5. Bin and Cycle Stores No part of the development shall be occupied until the details of the design and materials of the bin and cycle stores have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The cycle storage facilities shall be secure and weatherproof. The bin and cycle stores shall be installed in accordance with the approved details and retained as such.

 

6. Hard Landscaping No part of the development shall be occupied until full details of a hard landscaping scheme, including details of the materials of all fences, hardstanding and the site boundary treatments have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Either the hard surface is made of porous materials, or provision is made to direct run-off water from the hard surface to a permeable or porous area or surface within the curtilage of the development. The approved hard landscaping shall be installed in accordance with the approved details and retained as such.

 

7. Soft Landscaping No part of the development shall be occupied until full details of a soft landscaping scheme have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. In accordance with the Ecological Appraisal by Cherryfield Ecology dated 29/11/2023 and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.