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
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.
We have submitted our response to the planning application for Hartham Play Area.
Response to Hartham Play Area plans
We have submitted our response to the planning application for the redevelopment of Hartham Leisure Centre.
» Response to Leisure Centre Proposals
Update: East Herts District Council have since deferred a decision on these proposals and more recently unveiled revised plans.