The Case Officer, Sally Robbins, introduced the report to Members and said that the application had been referred to the Committee, as the applicant is a DBC member of staff.
It was proposed by Councillor Durrant and seconded by Councillor Douris to GRANT the application.
For: 8 Against: 0 Abstained: 2
Resolved: That planning permission be GRANTED.
That planning permission be GRANTED
Condition(s) and Reason(s):
1. The development hereby permitted shall begin before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.
Reason: To comply with the requirements of Section 91 (1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended by Section 51 (1) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
2. No development (excluding demolition/ground investigations) shall take place until details of the materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of the development hereby permitted have been submitted and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details.
Reason: To ensure satisfactory appearance to the development, to safeguard the visual character of the area, and preserving heritage assets and Green Belt openness in accordance with Policies CS5, CS11, CS12 and CS27 of the Dacorum Borough Core Strategy (2013) and Paragraph 130 and Chapters 13 and 15 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2021).
3. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended) (or any Order amending or re-enacting that Order with or without modification) no further enlargement of the building or outbuildings, additional hardstanding or means of enclosure shall occur or development falling within the following classes of the Order shall be carried out without the prior written approval of the Local Planning Authority:
Class A, Class AA, Class B, Class E of Part 1, Schedule 2
Reason: To enable the Local Planning Authority to retain control over the development in the interests of safeguarding the residential and visual amenity of the locality, preserve heritage assets and Green Belt openness in accordance with Policies CS5, CS11, CS12, CS27 of the Dacorum Borough Core Strategy (2013) and Paragraph 130 and Chapters 13 and 15 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2021).
4. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans/documents:
01 Rev K (Location and Block Plan)
02 Rev L (SE and S Elevations)
03 Rev N (W and N Elevations)
04 Rev M (NW and NE Elevations)
08 Rev J (Proposed Lower Ground)
09 Rev M (Proposed Ground Floor)
10 Rev K (Proposed Roof)
Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.
1. Working Hours Informative: Contractors and sub-contractors must have regard to BS 5228-2:2009 "Code of Practice for Noise Control on Construction and Open Sites" and the Control of Pollution Act 1974.
As a guideline, the following hours for noisy works and/or deliveries should be observed: Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5:30pm, Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Sunday and bank holidays - no noisy work allowed.
Where permission is sought for works to be carried out outside the hours stated, applications in writing must be made with at least seven days' notice to Environmental and Community Protection Team email@example.com or The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN. Local residents that may be affected by the work shall also be notified in writing, after approval is received from the LPA or Environmental Health.
Works audible at the site boundary outside these hours may result in the service of a Notice restricting the hours as above. Breach of the notice may result in prosecution and an unlimited fine and/or six months imprisonment.
2. Construction Dust Informative: Dust from operations on the site should be minimised by spraying with water or by carrying out of other such works that may be necessary to supress dust. Visual monitoring of dust is to be carried out continuously and Best Practical Means (BPM) should be used at all times. The applicant is advised to consider the control of dust and emissions from construction and demolition Best Practice Guidance, produced in partnership by the Greater London Authority and London Councils.
3. Waste Management Informative: Under no circumstances should waste produced from construction work be incinerated on site. This includes but is not limited to pallet stretch wrap, used bulk bags, building materials, product of demolition and so on. Suitable waste management should be in place to reduce, reuse, recover or recycle waste product on site, or dispose of appropriately.
4. Air Quality Informative: As an authority we are looking for all development to support sustainable travel and air quality improvements as required by the NPPF. We are looking to minimise the cumulative impact on local air quality that ongoing development has, rather than looking at significance. This is also being encouraged by DEFRA.
As a result as part of the planning application I would recommend that the applicant be asked to propose what measures they can take as part of this new development, to support sustainable travel and air quality improvements. These measures may be conditioned through the planning consent if the proposals are acceptable.
A key theme of the NPPF is that developments should enable future occupiers to make "green" vehicle choices and (paragraph 35) "incorporates facilities for charging plug-in and other ultra-low emission vehicles". Therefore an electric vehicle recharging provision rate of 1 vehicle charging point per 10 spaces (unallocated parking) is expected. To prepare for increased demand in future years, appropriate cable provision should be included in the scheme design and development, in agreement with the local authority.
Please note that with regard to EV charging for residential units with dedicated parking, we are not talking about physical charging points in all units but the capacity to install one. The cost of installing appropriate trunking/ducting and a dedicated fuse at the point of build is miniscule, compared to the cost of retrofitting an EV charging unit after the fact, without the relevant base work in place.
In addition, mitigation in regards to NOx emissions should be addressed in that all gas fired boilers to meet a minimum standard of 40 mg NOx/Kwh or consideration of alternative heat sources.
5. Invasive and Injurious Weeds: Weeds such as Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogsweed and Ragwort are having a detrimental impact on our environment and may injure livestock. Land owners must not plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild any plant listed on schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Developers and land owners should therefore undertake an invasive weeds survey before development commences and take the steps necessary to avoid weed spread. Further advice can be obtained from the Environment Agency website at:
With reference to the above planning application, please be advised Environmental Health would have no objections or concerns re noise, odour or air quality. However I would recommend the application is subject to informatives for waste management, construction working hours with Best Practical Means for dust, air quality and Invasive and Injurious Weeds which we respectfully request to be included in the decision notice.
6. Planning permission has been granted for this proposal. The Council acted pro-actively through positive engagement with the applicant during the determination process which led to improvements to the scheme. The Council has therefore acted pro-actively in line with the requirements of the Framework (paragraph 38) and in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2015.