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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

CommitteeDateApplications/reportsCommittee papers
Development Management Committee09 October 2014

S6/2014/1284/MA

S6/2014/1052/MA

S6/2014/1680/FP

Agenda

Cabinet Housing and Planning Panel25 September 2014  
Development Consultation Forum10 September 2014  Report Pack
WGC Estate Management Appeals Panel3 November 2014  

13 October 2014 - New guidance on the care and repair of traditional windows released by English Heritage

10 October 2014 - Local Plan News Issue 5

19 August 2014 - Change to duty planning officer advice service

30 July 2014 - New Fees for Change of Use of Shops/Financial and Professional Services to Dwellings and from Agricultural Buildings to Dwellings

8 July 2014 - Application at New Barnfield refused

25 June 2014 - Proposed Neighbourhood Plan Area for Northaw and Cuffley

6 June 2014 - The Commons Local Nature Reserve Draft Management Plan consultation now open

09 May 2014 - Monks Walk, Welwyn Garden City

09 May 2014 - Tree Planting across the Borough

09 May 2014 - First Neighbourhood Plan in the Borough

07 May 2014 - Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

07 May 2014 - Better Business for All

07 May 2014 - Singlers Marsh Draft Management Plan

2 May 2014 - Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, New Barnfield, Hatfield

11 April 2014 - Local Plan News Issue 4

10 April 2014 - Welwyn Garden City Town Centre North Draft Supplementary Planning Document - consultation now closed

6 April 2014 - Further Permitted Development Rights Come Into Effect

6 November 2013 - Historic planning application address search in council reception

16 September 2013 - Keeping updated on planning applications with the Alert-It tool


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

The council has published the fifth pdf icon Local Plan Newsletter [899KB] to provide local residents with information about progress on the Local Plan.  We welcome your comments on the newsletter.


19 August 2014 - Change to duty planning officer advice service

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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09 May 2014 - Monks Walk, Welwyn Garden City

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.

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09 May 2014 - Tree Planting across the Borough

We have completed the tree planting for winter season 2013 - 2014.  330 new trees have been planted across the borough.

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09 May 2014 - First Neighbourhood Plan in 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.

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07 May 2014 - Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

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.

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07 May 2014 - Better Business for All

'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.

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07 May 2014 - Singlers Marsh Draft Management Plan

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.

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2 May 2014 - Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, New Barnfield, Hatfield

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.

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11 April 2014 - Local Plan News Issue 4

The council has published the fourth pdf icon Local Plan Newsletter [648KB] to provide local residents with information about the Core Strategy as it progresses.  We welcome your comments on the newsletter.

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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.


6 April 2014 - Further Permitted Development Rights Come Into Effect

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.

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6 November 2013 - Historic planning application address search in council reception

It is now possible to complete a planning history search by address or postcode for all planning applications at the council's reception in Welwyn Garden City. This will enable anyone to find details of all planning applications going back to 1948, including copies of plans and decision notices. Details of how to use the new software is provided within information sheets within reception.

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16 September 2013 - Keeping updated on planning applications with the Alert-It tool

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.

Sign Up here

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