Updated 21-May-07............... in alphabetical order of street name
1696/2004. land off
Booths Close. Erect bungalow
(re-submission of S6/2002/686/.OP). The
appeal was dismissed on
1705/2004. White Lodge Farm, Bulls Lane. Convert
building into residential annex. Permission was refused on
1741/2003. land at rear 2,2a,&
915/2005 High Dene, Great
North rd, Welham Green. Erect a 19m
phone mast. We objected as being in
the Green Belt and the recent approval to increase the height of a nearby mast
1192/2004. Rookery Caf้,
120/2004. Rookery Cafe,
1701/2003 Friday Grove,
2005/625. Friday Grove,
An enforcement order has been issued to stop the house being used as the setting for this TV series. The reason is a change of use to a dwelling and film set. An appeal was dismissed on 22 Nov 2005 as being a change of use requiring planning permission, and nuisance to neighbours..
466/2005/LU. Land at
2005/692. Station Road,
98/2005/ 1 Swanland Rd, North Mymms. Extension & loft conversion. We commented that it was very large, and it was refused by WGDC on 23.3.05.
1759/2003. land at end of Welham Manor. Nine 2-bed dwellings and garages. The appeal was dismissed on 9 February2005.
180/2005. 4 Welham Manor, Welham Green. Change use of adjoining land to residential and enclose with a fence. We objected on Green Belt grounds. Permission was refused on 13 April on Green Belt grounds and the fence would be out of character with the area. Refused by WHDC on 13.4.05 on Green Belt grounds
338/2005. Firs Cottage, Woodside Lane, Bell Bar. Erect 2.8 high gates. In Green Belt, and we objected as too high. Refused by WHDC in May 2005. A gate has been erected but below the 2m maximum.
Essex and Herts County Councils took the government to Court. They claimed the government was trying to circumvent the planning process to push through its plan for a second runway at Stansted airport. The councils claimed there should be a proper examination at a planning inquiry. They also challenged the commercial viability of the ฃ4billion scheme which would increase flights from 180,000 a year to 500,000 by 2030. The White Paper breached planning law by laying down the exact location of the runway and how many movements should be permitted. The action also challenged the White Paper’s approval of a scheme to extend the runway at Luton airport even though the option was not included in the earlier consultation paper.
This started on
See item below. Click here for a response drafted by the Ramblers Association. As a result of our actions, 391 people sent responses through us, and an unknown number sent their responses direct to the East of England Regional Assembly. EERA say they received over 26,9000 responses in total.
Sue Sida-Lockett, Chair of the East of England Regional Assembly said: “We would like to thank all individuals and organisations who took the time to respond to the draft East of England Plan. The level of responses went far beyond our expectations and we are very pleased with the interest people across the region have shown in the draft Plan. All responses will be studied and form a part of the Assembly’s final analysis of the public consultation. We would also like to thank all councils for their help in arranging and promoting the consultation exercise.” Details are on www.eera.gov.uk.
Summary of points
EERA = East of England Regional Assembly
EEP = draft East of England Plan
WH = Welwyn Hatfield
EEP covers the period 2001 to 2021
EERA withdrew support for its own plan when government money was not forthcoming to fund the necessary infrastructure.
EERA paid consultants to produce a ‘sustainability appraisal report’. This report concluded that although the great majority of the impacts were positive it would be very difficult to implement the plan.
EEP replaces County Structure Plans and will dictate future for each District.
Region is 3rd most prosperous in England after London and SE, and 28th in Europe. EERA want to be in the top 20
On current trends, there will be about 200,000 new jobs in the region.
EEP predict new 421,500 jobs in the whole region, including 55,800 Herts. There are already many job vacancies with regional unemployment at only 1.4%.
People want to move into region from the North & Midlands to fill job vacancies, and from London where housing is too expensive. Immigrants arrive at airports and seaports and tend to settle near their point of first entry..
On current trends there will be another 420,000 dwellings in the region by 2021. But is this sustainable? The EEP target is 478,600.
Herts – natural growth 66,000 (52,000 on brownfield and 14,000 on green field sites). EEP requires 79,600 with 52,000 on brown fields and 28,000 on green field sites (25,000 on Green Belt)
EEP target for WH is 5,800 which may be achievable without building on Green Belt, due to more houses than expected on Hatfield Aerodrome. Most Districts in Herts may meet EEP targets but not East Herts and North Herts.
Government plans to demolish 400,000 houses in the North and Midlands.
Many commute across Herts into London. Major trunk roads – M1, M11, M25, A1(M), A14 to ports, Railways – East Coast Main Line, commuter traffic, Channel Tunnel traffic crosses Herts. Stansted & Luton generate passenger and goods traffic across region, expansion of Stansted and Luton now set back due to High Court decision.
No money or plans for more junctions on the M11, or A1(M) widening to 3 or 4 lanes. Railways – no intention to widen the Digswell Viaduct which is a bottleneck preventing any increase in capacity.
Infrastructure = Roads, public transport, offices, industry, schools, hospitals, doctors, dentists, leisure facilities, fire brigade, police, social services, waste disposal, etc.
Current deficit in funding plus funds needed for future growth. Ion 2004 EERA bid ฃ1.5 billion for 3 years. Same figure needed every 3 years but that will not fund the existing deficit.
Three Valleys Water will provide water supply, but at a cost. The region is the driest in England, and the Environment Agency and water companies say it will be extremely challenging to meet future water demands
Flood plains are causing a problem as to where to develop. Insurance companies have recently warned government that housing and other developments on flood plains will not be insurable.
Green Belt policies are acknowledged as a very successful planning policy. Metropolitan Green Belt is 50 years old.
Over half of Hertfordshire is Green Belt. All of WH is Green Belt except for the built-up areas (WGC, Hatfield, and the towns and villages).
Should the EEP concentrate development in Thames Gateway South Essex, north of Harlow, upper Lee Valley and Bishop’s Stortford, and west of Stevenage? This is all Green Belt. One alternative is smaller, scattered, development adjoining many towns and villages. An example would be to expand Welham Green.
For the latest information, visit their website www.eera.gov.uk