Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Town Hall

Contact: Ian Smith  Email: democraticservices@watford.gov.uk

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Conduct of meeting

Prior to the start of the meeting agenda, the Chair explained the procedure for the virtual meeting and the method he would employ to ensure the voting was accurately completed.  The Chair also ensured that all participants were introduced. 

 

1.

Apologies for absence

    Minutes:

    There were no apologies for absence.

2.

Disclosure of interests

    Minutes:

    There were no disclosures of interest.

3.

Minutes

    The minutes of the meeting held on 26 May 2020 will be signed at the next non-virtual meeting.  The minutes were verbally agreed by the committee.

    Minutes:

    The committee agreed the minutes of the meeting held on 13 May and would be signed once members and officers returned to the Town Hall. 

     

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20/00300/FUL - Land Rear Of 250 St Albans Road pdf icon PDF 391 KB

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    Minutes:

    The Chair introduced the item to the committee and invited the Development Management Team Leader to present his report. 

     

    The Development Management Team Leader summarised the report for the committee and referred to the update sheet and a revised drawing that had been received. The Chair invited Ms. Angela Banderas to address the committee. 

     

    Ms. Banderas explained that from the outset, the application had caused confusion amongst local residents by the change of address to 250 St Albans Road, when in fact the address was, to all practical extents, in Cromer Road.  She added that the road was very tight on space and further obstructed by bins from the nearby shops.  Ms. Banderas also complained that the people responsible for the application had left a car in Cromer Road for five months, in a road that was already over-crowded and this application would result in increased parking congestion. 

     

    Ms. Banderas then dealt with her concerns over the proposed building and stated that she felt the garage was too small to hold a vehicle, the windows overlooked her property and also the Balmoral Road property to the rear.  She added that the dormers and higher roofline would block her light.  She added that the property was never used as a workshop and that the workshop building was used merely as a cynical stepping stone to the current application. 

     

    Ms. Banderas concluded by imploring the committee to refuse the application as it was causing considerable upset to her and the other local residents.

     

    The Chair thanked her for her comments, summed up the salient planning points of the submission and asked the Development Management Team Leader to address the four main planning issues raised. 

     

    The Development Management Team Leader addressed the points:

    1.     The confusing change of address – any change of address would require an application to the Post Office and the council, but accepted that it may well end up as a Cromer Road address.  The application referred to where the land was sited. 

    2.     Bins obstructing the road - it was not possible for planning to control where bins were left by other properties.  But the application detailed both bin and cycle storage. 

    3.     Parking issues- the proposal had an integrated garage and the garden area to one side of the property could hold a further vehicle if required.  Thus the application was in accordance with the maximum parking standards for a two-bedroom dwelling. 

    4.     Overlooking- the dormer windows were to the front of the property, facing directly down the turning head.  Thus, the Balmoral Road property to the rear was not overlooked at all, nor were properties in Cromer Road as the dormer windows faced directly down the turning head.  Accordingly, the size and positioning of the windows was considered acceptable.

     

    The Chair invited Councillor Ian Stotesbury, Ward Councillor for Callowland, to address the committee. 

     

    Councillor Stotesbury thanked Ms. Banderas for her comments and confirmed that the application had caused confusion amongst the residents and generated strong  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

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20/00356/FUL 807 St Albans Road Watford WD25 0LE pdf icon PDF 645 KB

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    Minutes:

    The Development Management Team Leader summarised his report to the meeting, including the relevant planning history of the site, and advised the committee of one additional representation that had been received from 7 Gwent Close.

     

    The Chair noted that there were no speakers and commented that the application seemed policy compliant and that the scale of the proposed development seemed to fit well within the location.  He also noted that it was a mixed development area. 

     

    There was comment from the committee that supported the application.  The committee particularly welcomed the fact that the application was for family housing. 

     

    The Chair then proposed a vote to approve the application in accordance with the officer’s recommendation.

     

    In accordance with Standing Committee Procedure Rules, paragraph 4.2, Councillor Peter Jeffree requested that it be recorded in the minutes how members cast their votes.

     

     

     

    Those members voting for the motion:

    Councillors Bell, Collett, Jeffree, Johnson, Mills, Pattinson, Sharpe, Smith and Watkin.

     

    Those members voting against the motion:

    None

     

    The motion was declared to be CARRIED by nine to none with no abstentions.

     

    RESOLVED –

     

    That planning permission be granted subject to the conditions listed below:

     

    Conditions

     

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

     

    2. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the following drawings, unless otherwise approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The following drawings are hereby approved:

     

    20-68-01 Existing Plans

    20-68-20 Rev F Proposed Plans

    20-68-21 Rev F Proposed Elevations

     

    3. Prior to the commencement of the site works the applicant shall submit a construction management plan setting out details on any demolition works, removal of materials from site, parking for all contractors, subcontractors, visitors and delivery vehicles, storage of materials to be approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority in consultation with the Highway Authority and that area shall be maintained available for use at all times during the period of site works.

     

    4. A 2mx2m pedestrian visibility sight splay, free from obstruction between a height of 600mm and 2.0m and relative to the back of the footway shall be provided on both sides of vehicular access prior to the operational use and thereafter.

     

    5. Before being brought in to use new parking areas shall be surfaced in tarmacadam or similar durable bound material and arrangements shall be made for surface water from the site to be intercepted and disposed of separately so that it does not discharge into highway.

     

    6. Prior to commencement of the proposed development works the existing gates at the two access points should be removed permanently to avoid vehicles parking on a busy highway a main distributor road for gates to be opened and closed.

     

    7. No external facing materials shall be installed on any building of the development until full details and samples of all the materials to be used for the external surfaces of the buildings have been submitted to and approved  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

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20/00121/VARM - 7-15 Bridle Path pdf icon PDF 392 KB

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    Minutes:

    The Chair introduced the item to the committee and invited the Development Management Team Leader to present his report. 

     

    The Chair thanked the Development Team Leader and, noting there were no speakers, invited any comments from the Committee.  There were no comments, so the Chair then proposed a vote to approve the application in accordance with the officer’s recommendation.

     

    In accordance with Standing Committee Procedure Rules, paragraph 4.2, Councillor Peter Jeffree requested that it be recorded in the minutes how Members cast their votes.

     

    Those members voting for the motion:

    Councillors Bell, Collett, Jeffree, Johnson, Mills, Pattinson, Sharpe, Smith and Watkin.

     

    Those members voting against the motion:

    None

     

    The motion was declared to be CARRIED by nine to none with no abstentions.

     

    RESOLVED –

     

    That planning permission be granted subject to the completion of a legal agreement under s.106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to secure the planning obligations listed below and the following conditions:

     

    Section 106 Heads of Terms

    i) To secure the following works within the public highway, as shown in

    principle on approved drawing no. 1321-GTA-ZZ-XX-PS-A-0001 Rev.

    P04:

     

    a) The closure of the existing access at the eastern end of the site and the reinstatement of the footpath within the public highway.

    b) The closure of the existing access at the western end of the site and the reinstatement of the footpath within the public highway.

     

    Conditions

     

    1. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance

    with the following approved drawings:-

     

    1321-GTA-ZZ-XX-PS-0001_Rev P04

    1321-GTA-00-PG-A-0002_Rev P01

    1321-GTA-3Z-ZZ-GA-A-0001_Rev P05

    1321-GTA-3Z-ZZ-GA-A-0002_Rev P04

    1321-GTA-3Z-ZZ-GA-A-0003_Rev P04

    1321-GTA-3Z-ZZ-GA-A-0004_Rev P04

    1321-GTA-3Z-ZZ-GA-A-0005_Rev P04

    1321-GTA-3Z-XX-GE-A-0001_Rev P04

    1321-GTA-3Z-XX-GE-A-0002_Rev P02

    1321-GTA-3Z-XX-GE-A-0003_Rev P04

     

    2. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the following

    external materials, window reveals and patterned brickwork, as

    approved under application ref. 17/00295/DISCON, unless otherwise

    agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority:

     

    Drawing nos. 4156/WD/220D, 221E, 222D, 240B, 241A, 242A, 460

    Ground floor facing brick - Vandersanden Neo Magnolia

    Upper floors facing brick - Hoskins Brick Ledbury

     

    3. The foundations of the development shall only be constructed utilising flight auger piling, in accordance with the following details approved under ref. 17/00295/DISCON, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the

    Local Planning Authority:

     

    24761_T_DRAFT - Topographical Survey

    14414-10 T2 - Piling Layout

    14116:SK02 - Sewer and Pile Location Plan

     

    4. If, during development, contamination not previously identified is found to be present at the site then no further development shall be carried out until the developer has submitted to, and obtained written approval from, the Local Planning Authority for a remediation strategy detailing how this unsuspected contamination is to be dealt with. All works shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details.

     

    5. The development shall only be carried out in accordance with the surface water drainage scheme, as approved under ref. 17/00295/DISCON, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority:

     

    Drawing nos. 14116:101 T2, 102 T1, 103 T1, 104 T1

    Drainage Maintenance Plan dated 02 June 2017 (ref. DS/14116) by

    Simpson Consulting Engineers.

     

    The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

 

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