We have submitted a response to an application to vary the approved plan for the construction of 8 homes in Sacombe Road.
The proposal is: “Variation of conditions 2 (approved plans), 9 (Landscaping), 10 (Fencing and hedges) and 12 (external materials) of planning permission: 3/18/0572/FUL (Construction of 8 sustainable homes on land previously used as storage depot and associated vehicle / machinery workshops) – Provision of gables, bay windows and timber framed porches. Internal layouts amended.”
The response of the Bengeo Area Neighbourhood Plan is:
The land above is within the Bengeo Neighbourhood Plan Area. The draft Plan is currently at the Examination stage.
On the 6 October 2020, a response to application 3/20/1809/NMA was submitted to East Herts District Council by the Neighbourhood Plan Chair.
The applicant’s request for a variation to Conditions 2, 9,10 and 12 of planning permission 3/18/0572/FUL is noted and we await the planning department’s decision.
Revised plans for the tree nursery in North Road were recently submitted to East Herts District Council.
It is noted that this application has revised the volume of dwellings down from 6 to 5, and that they are now all single storey. It’s also noted that the cumulative volume, and the gross external floor area, is marginally less than that of the existing commercial buildings, though two of the proposed buildings would be closer to North Road than the existing buildings.
Despite the reduced ridge height of the proposed dwellings to the rear of the site, the negative impact on the openness of the Green Belt, particularly when viewed from Waterford Marsh, remains a significant concern.
The Neighbourhood Plan supports the appropriate development of Brownfield land over encroachment on the Green Belt. Residential development on this site, particularly given its proximity to Waterford Marsh, described in Hertfordshire County Council’s ‘Local Character Assessment’ as ‘one of the best examples of wetlands in Central Hertfordshire’, would set an unwelcome precedent of such encroachment.
A planning application has been submitted to convert offices at 46-48 St.Andrew Street to residential flats.
The property falls within the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan boundary. The Regulation 16 consultation on the draft Plan closed on the 10 September and the Plan is currently at the Examination stage.
It’s understood that the commercial space within this building has been vacant for some time. Whilst the loss of commercial space is regrettable, it isn’t beneficial for buildings within the Plan Area to remain unoccupied for lengthy periods, therefore, it’s preferable for the building to be converted for residential use.
The submitted plans suggest that studio space (possibly a legacy from when the building was occupied as an art gallery?) is being retained. If this is the case, we would encourage its use as a community space.
The submitted plans indicate that there are 6 parking spaces to the rear of the building. It’s unclear whether designated vehicle parking spaces will be allocated to residents of the flats. It’s important that no additional on-road parking burden is placed on local roads. It’s strongly recommended as per criterion I c) of Neighbourhood Plan Policy HBH3: Landscape Design, that sufficient, secure, covered, cycle parking is provided for occupants of the flats, to encourage active travel.
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.
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.
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.
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.