Land Adjoining Sacombe Road

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. Residents have expressed concern about the condition of this land and are keen for progress to be made in  it being developed for housing.  
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.

Hartham Leisure Centre Response

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

Theatre proposals welcomed

The Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan Steering Group have responded to the public consultation on plans for the redevelopment of Hertford Theatre.

Artists impression of redeveloped 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
    Castle Gardens
  • 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

Verger’s House Response

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.

Photo of The Verger's House in 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 Consultation

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.

Make your views known

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:
https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/planning-building/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning-activity-east-herts/hertford-bengeo-ward

The comment form is available directly from the link below:
https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/planning-building/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning-activity-east-herts/neighbourhood-plan-online-comment-form

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 chair@lovebengeo.org.uk

Alternatively visit the Love Bengeo Facebook Group.

Bircherley Green Response

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.