updated 21 May 2007
In street name order.
441/99 - Swan Yard, Bell Lane, Bell Bar - outline application for a
dwelling. - plans
refused by the Council.
See 'Actions 2000' page for details.
847/99 - Swan Yard, Bell Lane, Bell
Bar, Hatfield -
residential caravan pitch for one gypsy family (two caravans) with ancillary
amenity block - Update 5.12.99 - application refused by the Council - see the
'Actions 2000' page for details.
395/99 - 25 Bullens Green Lane, Colney
Heath - erection of a
double garage and extension to driveway. - plans
passed by the Council. We have queried the need for this substantial
building on land which is at the rear of the adjoining properties.
389/99 - White Lodge Farm, Bulls
Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield - single storey extension, detached amenity building, formation of a
lake for fish breeding and syndicate fishing -
application withdrawn. We have queried whether fish breeding is an agricultural
activity (it is according to the Chief Planning Officer), and whether syndicate
fishing is a leisure activity, or are they commercial activities (it is
commercial according to the CPO). New
commercial activity is not a permitted development within Green Belt policies.
We queried the apparent lack of car parking provision.
840/99 - Cock o'th'
North public house, Gt North Rd, Bell Bar - illuminated signs - we
expressed our concern that the signs should be in keeping with the rural nature
of the area. We now understand that the signs will not be an eyesore and the plans have been approved by the Council
. The work has been completed and the pub re-opened in December 1999
371/99 - Cock o' the North public
house, Gt. North Rd, Bell Bar, Hatfield - extension to the bar, kitchen and toilet facilities and
external pergola. We do not believe that such extensions of commercial
property are permitted within the Green Belt. Also there is no provision for
extra car parking which is likely to be needed because of the expected increase
in trade. - plans approved
by the Council. Work completed in December 1999 and the pub has re-opened.
580/99 - Leggatts Park, Great North
Road, Brookmans Park, Hatfield - Demolition of existing building and hardstanding and construction of
a 18 hole golf course, associated clubhouse, staff accommodation, tennis
courts, replacement swimming pool and car park - Planning permission for a
golf club was approved several years ago but did not proceed, and it looks as
though the approved housing development has been abandoned. We are concerned
about some fairways near the back gardens of some neighbouring properties, and
the danger of road accidents because of the entrance being close to a fast
double bend on the A1000. Update 29 June 2000 - plans refused by
Council. Too much was not related to a golf club and the buildings would have a
greater visual impart on the openness of the countryside than the existing
802/98 - San Felice restaurant,
Great North Road, Bell Bar, near Hatfield - plans refused by the Council to turn part of the
building into a private club. A successful petition and many letters of
objection was organised by a neighbour.
258/99 - Aylmer Motor Works, Gt. North Road, Bell Bar. application for certificate of lawfulness for
existing use of land for open storage and repair of vehicles without complying
with condition 2 of planning permission E894/64. Update 24.12.99 - Cert. of lawfulness issued for the use of this use of the
building, and parking vehicles, but not the storage of vehicles. (storage meaning long term).To obtain
such a certificate the user must be able to show at least 10 years of that use.
We have sent the Council a copy of their letter to us dated January 1992 which
states that the permitted use of the building is for the storage and
distribution of vehicle parts, and that the land in front of the premises can
be used for parking of staff and delivery vehicles only. We consider that this
is evidence that there has not been 10 years of the existing use and permission
should be refused. We wrote to the Council last November regarding application
666/98 for a cert. of lawfulness for the storage of vehicles using the same
evidence. The Chief Planning Officer advised us that if firm evidence is not
available then there has to be sufficient evidence to come to a balanced view.
81/99 - Advert in a
satellite dish at the BBC transmitting station,
Great North Road, Brookmans Park, near Hatfield. we objected
on the grounds that the advert should not be visible if the landscaping is
successful in concealing these dishes. Therefore the advert is redundant. Plans refused by the
753/99 - BBC, Great North Road - 4 satellite dishes - We wrote
to the Council of our increasing concern about the effects of microwaves. We
asked the Council to advise us whether this topic has been raised with the
applicant, and what assurances the Council may have received on the safety
levels of microwave radiation. Is there a limit to the concentration of such
dishes on this site?
Update 5.12.99 - The Council advise
that all applications conform to the master plan so they have to be approved,
subject to unobtrusive siting of the dishes. The safety aspects are a matter
for the Health and Safety Executive and DTI. The station operators must go
through a licensing process which involves compliance with safety guidelines
restricting human exposure to electromagnetic waves as laid
down by the National Radiologiocal Protection Board.
This Board have indicated that within their safety guidelines no adverse health
affects have been proven. See 'Actions 2000' page for later
Folly Arch, Hawkshead Road, Little Heath - updated on the 'Actions - 2000'
page. See last item on this page for a
photo of Folly Arch.
668/99 - Hawkshead Rd Osborne
Farm House, Little Heath
- erect new dwelling house & agricultural buildings (renewal of planning
permission S6/0842/93). Update 5.12.99 - plans passed by the Council. The original planning application
- S6/0842/93/FP - was for a new dwelling house and agricultural buildings, and
this was renewed by application 1110/98. It is apparent that the agricultural
nature of this development has now been dropped in favour of a purely
residential development. This current application must therefore ignore any
past considerations which enabled the Council to approve the previous
current application is now simply a backland development which is not usually
favoured by the Council. For such a large property, housing so many people, we
consider that the amenity area is insufficient, and below the normally expected
standards. The property itself is to be built very close to the rear boundary
of the site, and will, therefore, be a visual encroachment
on the Green Belt.
942/98 - Spey Cottage, Hawkshead Road, Potters Bar. The
original application was rejected, and was for 4 houses on the site
of the existing cottage. This new application was approved being for 3
bungalows spread more evenly on the site, and further from the boundary with
the adjoining property. They must be single storey dwellings so that windows do
not overlook the adjoining properties. The site overlooks the Green Belt.
849/99 - Spey Cottage, Hawkshead Road, Little Heath - replace
existing cottage with 3 dwellings. Update 10.12.99 - approved - the Council decided that the amended plans proved that any
loss of privacy by adjoining properties would be insufficient to warrant
rejecting the plans. Had the Council refused consent, the applicant would most
likely have won an appeal. Planning permission was
granted earlier in 1999 for 3 bungalows with a restriction that there should be
no habitable space in the roof. This new application includes dormer bungalows.
We have objected since it will reduce the privacy of the adjoining properties.
336/98 - Tanum Farm, Hawkshead Road, Potters Bar. The owner proposed to
build a detached house on land behind the existing house. A plan refused by the Council and an appeal was dismissed. The Inspector
could find no justification for this proposal on Green Belt land.
Holloways Lane, Welham Green - outline application for one detached bungalow and
garage. Although not in the Green Belt, this is a back-land development which is
not something favoured by us, or the Council. Update 28.1.2000 - plans rejected by the Council
Holloways Lane - erect bungalow to the rear. Refused
by the Council. We objected being a backland development and therefore not in keeping
with the District Plan. An appeal was rejected by the Planning Inspectorate on 27 March 2000.
Potters Bar Golf Club - It was rumoured that the
landlord of the Golf Club wanted to put housing on up to 10 acres of the
southern part of the existing golf club land, and shift the golf club
northwards, with an access from Hawkshead Lane. Little Heath.
The whole golf club is on Green Belt land. The attraction is its closeness to
shops and transport - 5 minutes walk to Potters Bar station, and it is a 'greenfield' site
which is easy and cheap to develop.
Update 28 Sept 2000 - Golf
course to remain in Green Belt - The Inspector's
report into objections to Hertsmere's new Local Plan was published in March
2000. He said that there was no justification to include this site for housing
with the consequent loss of a pleasant landscape and an important leisure
facility close to the centre of Potters Bar. Hertsmere Council agreed.
923/97 - Marshmoor Lane, Welham Green, near
Hatfield. There is
an unauthorised mobile home on land at Marshmoor
Lane in the Green Belt. A planning
application for a mobile home was refused by the Welwyn Hatfield Council in
December 1997, and an Enforcement Order served. The owner's appeal was
dismissed, but he was given 12 months to remove the mobile home i.e. by 18 November 1999. However
action is being taken by the Highways Department in respect of the hardcore
deposited on highway land. In July 1999 the Council took action on the unauthorised storage on this site. Update 24.12.99 - Council to obtain a Court Order requiring the removal of the mobile home. Update
6 June 2000 - mobile home now removed.
564/99 junction of Mymms Drive and Great
North Road, Brookmans Park - erect 10m high mast with mobile phone antenna and street lamp - plans passed by the Council. Mobile
phone masts up to 15m high have 'deemed' planning consent so there is little we
can do about it. We wrote to the Council pointing out that this site is in a
dip so the coverage would be small.
723/99 - Queenswood Home Farm, Shepherds Way- conversion of main barn etc - We did not object but the plans were refused by the Council
mainly because of the swimming pool.
67/99 - 20 Shrublands, Brookmans Park, near Hatfield - an application to remove trees
covered by Tree Preservation Orders. The removal would be in contravention of
the TPOs. - Plans passed by the Council.
393/99 - Potterells, Station Rd, Welham Green - fell oak tree (T10) and replace
with 1-12cm girth oak on the field boundary covered by TPO70. Update 24.12.99 - refused by the Council. We
queried this application coming less than a year after the completion of the
work to convert the industrial units into housing. We noted two other TPO
applications 778/97 and 1018/98 relating to this tree.
396/99 - 1 Potterells, Station Rd,
Welham Green -
erection of a garden shed.- application withdrawn. The plan
was somewhat vague in our opinion. On the face of it, at about 20ft by 10 ft,
it would appear to be rather substantial for a 'garden shed'. If it is to store
equipment for the maintenance of the Potterells grounds we would have expected
this to have been taken into account in the original application to redevelop
the Potterells, where the building work has only recently been completed.
361 and 392/99 - The Woodman public house, Warrengate Rd, North Mymms - various extensions to the
restaurant, cellar, kitchen and toilet facilities. We do
not believe that such extensions of commercial property are permitted within
the Green Belt. This is a Grade 11* listed building and we have queried whether
or not English Heritage have been consulted. Revised
plans have now been submitted which we are considering.
- plans passed because of the sympathetic nature of
the design, and the extension was mainly to the rear of the existing property.
1096/98 - Welham Manor, Welham Green
near Hatfield - application
for a vehicle bodyshop on Green Belt land. Plans refused by the
Council. No new
buildings are allowed on Green Belt land except in certain narrowly defined
categories. A neighbour organised a very successful petition signed by over 80%
of the residents of this quiet cul-de-sac edging onto the Green Belt.
813/99 - land at Welham
Manor - application for a certificate of lawfulness of existing use of site as
a workshop for repair and maintenance of motor vehicles including paint
spraying together with access and associated parking. We have
objected to this application. The applicant submitted an application
(S6/1096/98/FP) in December 1998 for a new building on this site for use as a
workshop, paint spraying etc. which was rejected. At that time we drew
attention to the narrowness of the roadway, and the obsolete plan which failed
to show the further houses built at the end of Welham Manor adjacent to this
site (application S6/0516/94/FP).
also pointed out the fire hazard caused by the storage and use of acetylene for
welding of car bodies, and cellulose for spraying. This is inappropriate for
such a location at the end of a narrow cul-de-sac, and a fire engine could be
prevented from reaching the site because of parked cars. UPDATE 6
June 2000 - the Cert of lawfulness has been
issued by the Council. We are investigating further and will let you know when
we have more news - on the 'Actions 2000' page.
1019/98 - Swan Stables, Woodside
Lane, Bell Bar, near Hatfield. This is Green Belt land, and we have objected to the siting of a mobile
home in place of a caravan on the site. Update 24.12.99 - refused by
the Council who are seeking a Court Order for the removal of the mobile home
put on the site.
Arch, Hawkshead Road,
Potters Bar. This is the most well
known landmark in the area and it forms part of the North Mymms Parish Council
coat of arms. This picture was taken many years ago when there was a lodge
keeper living in the house shown in the right-hand side of the picture - you
can see him standing at the gate between the Arch.
This lodge became derelict and was pulled down in 1993, when the present owners
replaced it with a much larger property.
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