Planning and Committee News
Local and national planning news plus details of forthcoming committee meetings including links to reports and committee papers.
Forthcoming and recent meetings
|Development Management Committee||14 July 2015|
|Cabinet Housing and Planning Panel||25 September 2014|
|Development Consultation Forum||10 September 2014||Report Pack|
|WGC Estate Management Appeals Panel||15 June 2015||Agenda|
Over the past year the Planning and Land Charges Departments have been developing and installing a new back office IT system. We are going live with this new software on 20 July 2015.
This software has more functionality for the public than the previous software, including the ability to open more than 1 pdf at a time; able to download multiple documents in one go for viewing; and for those applications submitted through the Planning Portal, the ability to measure dimensions.
As further enhancements are made it will be possible, through the planning application search facility, to view all proposals since 1948 as well as view their locations on the Council's Community Map. It is hoped that this will be available towards the latter part of this year.
There may be a few teething problems and we hope that you will bear with us during the transition.
4 February 2015 - Annual Monitoring Report 2013-2014 published
The Council has now published its 2013/14 Annual Monitoring Report, which sets out the planning and development progress in the borough between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. It includes information on new development which has taken place, the health of the borough's places and people, and how the Council is planning for the future including future development projections for the borough.
13 October 2014 - New guidance on the care and repair of traditional windows released by English Heritage
New guidance on the care, repair and upgrading of traditional windows is available to download from the English Heritage website - www.english-heritage.org.uk/traditionalwindows
This new guidance covering both timber and metal windows, builds on existing research and is aimed at building professionals and property-owners.
10 October 2014 - Local Plan News Issue 5
7 October 2014 - Northaw and Cuffley Neighbourhood Plan Area designated
On 7th October 2014, Cabinet designated the Northaw and Cuffley Neighbourhood Area. This is the first stage in the preparation of Northaw and Cuffley Parish Council's Neighbourhood Plan.
From Wednesday 27th August, the duty planning officer advice service in reception and on the phone will be changed to mornings only between the hours of 0900-1300 Monday to Friday. The change is due to resourcing issues and will be reviewed after 1 month to see the impact upon service provision. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.
30 July 2014 - New Fees for Change of Use of Shops/Financial and Professional Services to Dwellings and from Agricultural Buildings to Dwellings
The government has introduced fees which will come into effect on 1st August 2014 for the above changes of use which fall within Classes IA and MB respectively of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. From the 1st August, these applications will be subject to a fee of £172. Details of this may be found through http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/2026/pdfs/uksi_20142026_en.pdf
8 July 2014 - Proposed incinerator in Hatfield - application refused
The application for a Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility on land at New Barnfield has been refused. The Secretary of State has agreed with the Inspector's conclusions and his recommendation.
25 June 2014 - Proposed Neighbourhood Plan Area for Northaw and Cuffley
Northaw and Cuffley Parish Council has applied to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council for designation of a Neighbourhood Plan Area under Part 2 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
The consultation is open from Wednesday 25 June 2014 to Wednesday 13 August 2014.
6 June 2014 - The Commons Local Nature Reserve Draft Management Plan consultation now open
We are consulting on The Commons Local Nature Reserve Draft Management Plan 2014-2024 which outlines the land management proposals for the site. The consultation is open from 6 June to 18 July 2014.
Following the felling of 30 Beech trees, due to severe infection and extensive decay, replanting has now taken place. The 40 young trees planted will now be watered all season to ensure they establish well.
We have completed the tree planting for winter season 2013 - 2014. 330 new trees have been planted across the borough.
A request has been received from Northaw and Cuffley Parish Council to designate the Parish as a Neighbourhood in preparation for the development of the borough's first neighbourhood plan. The council will shortly be consulting on the proposed area to be covered by the Neighbourhood Plan.
Thank you to everyone who submitted information on potential housing sites within the borough by the end of April. This will be fed into the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) review for residential land and sites outside urban areas before it is published in the Autumn.
'Better Business for All' is Hertfordshire regulators' response to reducing regulatory burdens on business and aims to support growth, by building stronger relationships between businesses, local regulators and other interested parties. The 'Better Business for all' web pages are now available at www.hertfordshirelep.com/Better-Regulation.aspx for feedback and comment.
Singlers Marsh Draft Management Plan - consultation now closed
Thank you to all those who submitted comments on the Singlers Marsh Draft Management plan. Consultation on this draft document closed on 12 March 2014 and we received 9 responses which have now been processed and are available to view on our Consultation Portal. We are now considering the feedback we have received and the changes to be made to the document before it is put forward for adoption later this year.
The Secretary of State has written to the Council advising that a decision on the proposed facility will be made on or before Thursday 26th June. In the meantime, the Secretary of State is asking selected parties for their comments by 19th May on:-
i) The Planning Inspector's report into the Hertfordshire County Council Waste Site Allocations Document;
ii) Hertfordshire County Councils intention to retain Southfield School on its new site;
iii) Any relevant parts of the recently published Planning Policy Guidance.
The Secretary of State has emphasised that he is inviting representations on these issues to enable him to come to a fully informed decision and the letter should not be read as any indication as to his attitude to the appeal.
10 April 2014 - Welwyn Garden City Town Centre North Draft Supplementary Planning Document - consultation now closed
Thank you to all those who submitted comments on the Welwyn Garden City Town Centre North Draft Supplementary Planning Document. Consultation on this draft document closed on 10 March 2014 and we received over 100 responses which have now been processed and are available to view on our Consultation Portal. We are now considering the feedback we have received and the changes to be made to the document before it is put forward for adoption later this year.
The Government has unveiled details for increased permitted development rights permitting agricultural buildings, shops or financial and professional services to change use to a dwellinghouse, subject to meeting certain criteria. In addition, shops may change use to become deposit takers and agricultural building may also become schools or nurseries. These permitted development rights are subject to meeting certain criteria and, in most instances, the submission of an application for prior approval. You can find out more about the permitted development rights for these proposal through the following legislation. The changes come into effect on 6 April 2014.
A new 'Alert-it' tool gives people the chance to sign up for automatic email alerts, informing them of planning applications within certain limitations, for example a distance of up to 500 metres of where they live or within a Ward.
The number of emails those signed up will receive depends on the types of planning application notifications residents want to be informed of, including neighbours' extensions, a change to a business or housing developments.
This service makes the notification process quicker than receiving a letter about an application. Residents can also choose to receive notifications on behalf of someone else in the borough, allowing them to stay informed for relatives or those without access to the internet.
This new service does not affect residents' rights to be notified of applications made by immediate neighbours, which will be done regardless of whether or not someone has signed up for the Alert-it service.