A planning application has been submitted for land adjoining Sacombe Road, to vary plans that were approved in February 2019.
“3/20/1809/NMA | A non-material amendment to planning permission ref: 3/18/0572/FUL – Variations to approved house types to reflect alternative method of construction. | Land Adjoining Sacombe Road Waterford Hertford Herts”
We have submitted the following response:
- The land above is within the Bengeo Neighbourhood Plan Area. The Regulation 16 consultation closed on the 10 September and the draft Plan is currently at the examination stage.
- Residents have expressed concern about the condition of this land and are keen for progress to be made in it being developed for housing.
- The proposed revisions, including the replacement of the two-bedroom dwellings with three-bedroom ones, the use of different building materials, and the revised external designs, look to be materially different to those approved under planning application 3/18/0572/FUL.
- A Neighbourhood Plan response was not submitted to the March 2018 planning application (Ref: 3/18/0572/FUL) as the draft Neighbourhood Plan policies were not published until June 2019.
We have submitted a response to the planning application for the redevelopment of Hartham Leisure Centre.
We consider the revised external design of the proposed two-storey extension, with its curved roof on the south elevation and some lighter timber-effect cladding, to be an improvement on the 2019 designs.
We also welcome the proposals to refurbish the pool hall and wet and dry changing facilities (including accessible changing), and the plans to extend the pool spectator area.
With construction scheduled to commence in April 2021 (subject to planning consent), it’s essential that works are completed on time, with minimal interruption to the provision of community facilities.
Read our full response here
The Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan Steering Group have responded to the public consultation on plans for the redevelopment of Hertford Theatre.
Although Hertford Theatre is primarily within Hertford Castle Ward, a small section of it (part of the current café seating area) falls within Hertford Bengeo Ward. Based on information provided in the consultation material, the new side elevation, housing the proposed café and bar on the ground floor and Cinema 1 on the first floor, is likely to project further into the Bengeo Neighbourhood Plan Area.
We welcome the proposals to:
- increase the connectivity between the theatre and its surroundings, particularly with the River Lea and Hertford
- retain as much of the existing building as is practicable
- improve and increase the range, volume and quality of facilities for the local community and wider population
- use (where possible) sustainable electricity
- landscape using ‘bee friendly’ native species
Subject to plans being approved, we understand that construction is scheduled to commence in August 2021 and complete in April 2023. As Hertford Theatre is such a key community building, it’s vital that the project is delivered to schedule so that disruption to local roads is minimised and to enable Hertford’s residents and visitors to Hertford to benefit from the proposed enhanced community facilities.
We will submit a response to the full planning application
A planning application has been submitted to East Herts District Council for the conversion of St Nicholas Hall and the School Room and the first floor of the Verger’s House from A1 (retail) to C3 (residential) use to provide one self-contained dwelling and one first floor residential flat. There are no proposed changes to the retail frontage along St.Andrew Street.
St.Andrew Street falls within Bengeo ward and the BNAP Community Steering Group has issued a response to the proposals.
We broadly welcome the proposals in this planning application, subject to them being consistent with the policies in the draft Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan, and with relevant Local Plan, Conservation Area and Listed Building policies and guidelines.
Read our full response here
The public consultation closes on 8th October 2020.
Hartham Leisure Centre is within the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan (BNAP) boundary. On the 15 October 2019, the BNAP Community Steering Group submitted a response to the initial Hartham Leisure Centre planning application (3/19/1882/FUL).
On the 8th January 2020 the Development Control Committee of East Herts District Council voted to defer a decision on the planning application to enable Officers to liaise with the applicant in respect of the visual impact and the sustainability of the proposed development.
Substantially revised plans have now been published and a public consultation launched.
We welcome the proposals outlined in this consultation to:
- integrate a ‘living wall’ on the south side of the building
- recycle masonry from the old building within the gabions and surrounding landscape
- aim to achieve an ‘excellent’ BREEAM sustainability accreditation
In our response to the original planning application, we expressed concern about the exterior design of the proposed extension, particularly its impact on the surrounding landscape. The inclusion of a ‘living wall’ in the revised design should go some way towards softening this impact and, as such, we consider it to be an improvement on the initial design. More, however, could be done to ensure the external appearance of the building sits well within its Green Belt setting, and alongside the proposed refurbished Hartham play area.
We look forward to the publication of the revised planning application and will submit a response to it.
East Herts District Council consult residents on the neighbourhood plan
The new consultation now taking place (up to the 10th of September) is a part of the statutory process under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the consultation period will run for 8 weeks to take account of any disruption caused. All documents relating to the consultation are available online at the East Herts website:
The comment form is available directly from the link below:
Please take this opportunity to comment on the plan if only to agree with it. It is important that people take part so that the feedback truly reflects opinion in Bengeo.
If you have any questions please do contact us directly on email@example.com
Alternatively visit the Love Bengeo Facebook Group.
We have submitted a response to the planning application for six new detached homes on the site of the Tree Heritage nursery in North Road between Hertford and Waterford.
The site falls within the boundary of the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan and is in close proximity to Waterford Marsh and the Waterford Heath Nature
» Read our full response
We have submitted a response to the District Council’s Affordable Homes consultation.
Comments made during the consultation will be considered by the Council and used to inform the next iteration of the Affordable Homes Supplementary Planning Document that forms part of the council’s overall District Plan.
Read our response here
We have submitted a response to the planning application by Chase New Homes for the mixed-use redevelopment of Bircherley Green in the town centre, including up to 4,694 sqm of retail floorspace, an 86-bed hotel and 70 residential flats.
We generally welcome the proposed development which will hopefully provide long term benefits for residents and visitors
Read our full response
Update 16th September 2020: Planning permission has since been granted for the redevelopment of Bircherley Green.
We have submitted our response to the county council’s rail consultation, focusing mainly on car parking at Hertford North station and conectivity between the town’s two stations.
Response to rail consultation