Arising from a requirementby the East of England Regional Assembly,
Welwyn Hatfield is ‘required’ to provide 17 pitches (one per family
and may contain one or two caravans).Consultants have identified only one possibly suitable site in the whole
of Welwyn Hatfield, located on Bulls Lane, Bell Bar.Consultation is due in Spring
2008.This Society is examining the
evidence in the consultants report to see if there are grounds for opposing
this proposal.Our MP Grant Shapps is
holding a public meeting at on Friday 7th
December ( deferred to 18th January 2008 because of a local
by-election) in the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre, Station Road, Welham Green
on this subject.
Herts County Council, like all county
councils, is having to reduce the amount of waste
which is tipped into landfill holes.Research has been carried out and further research is being done, to
identify the best sites for new facilities.There is a need to reduce waste, increase recycling to 50%, and deal
with what is left, minimising the amount having to go into landfill..At the moment the
county has to dispose of 3 million tons of waste a year, pf which 600,000 tons
is domestic waste, and this will increase as more homes are built, and more
businesses created.One potential site
is New Barnfield, Travellers Lane, Welham
Green.The access is via the roundabout
on the A1001 South Way, South Hatfield
– the same access road used by Mitsubishi and Tesco.The land is owned by the County Council and
is a brownfield site within the Green Belt.At this stage it is too soon to speculate as to whether the site will
prove suitable, and for what type of waste disposal facility.
The owner lost his appeal against refusal
of planning permission for a large house on this site, situated at the junction
of Hawkshead Road, Hawkshead
Lane, and Bluebridge
Road, just south of BrookmansPark.The 21 acres were offered for sale at an
auction but failed to reach the minimum price being sought, and was withdrawn
from the auction.
East of England Plan.
The final version of this Plan has been delayed due to further research
to check for compliance with an EU Directive.In November 2007 the Go-East has started
consultation on the changes arising from that research.The Final EEP is now expected in Spring 2008.
North Mymms District Green Belt
Soc hosted a party of 7 Koreans on Monday 7th May 2007.Through
this website we were contacted by Mrs. Way Lee, who is a senior researcher at the the
Department of Urban and Landuse Planning in Gyonggi Research Institute(GRI) . GRI was founded in 1995 by the government of GyonggiProvince that surrounds Seoul, the capital city in South Korea. GRI’s main function is to establish policies for
competitiveness of the Province and for the welfare of its people through
professional and systematic research on various fields such as landuse planning, transport, governance, and environment
The Korean capital has similarities to London in that it is a magnet for people. About 20
million live in the Greater Seoul area, which is 45% of the whole
population of South Korea. The green belts around the capital and 5 or
6 other large towns are under similar pressures as the 14 Green Belts in England.
Way Lee is working on a
project to improve the green belt in GyonggiProvince. She is interested in the management of green belts
and the development in green belts in other countries. She and some
colleagues are visiting London and Paris to see their green belts. We showed
them examples of what they are looking for being:
SalisburyVillage, Hatfield which was in the Green
Belt and is now housing including affordable housing, plus the HatfieldBusinessPark,
Former workshops at Potterells, off Station
Road, between Brookmans Park and Welham Green which is now housing,
Former farm buildings at Home Farm, NorthMymmsPark which is now housing
Angerland Common, South Way, Hatfield. It was just
football pitches and is now being developed as a Park and Ride and
also a stadium for Hatfield Town Football Club, plus other foorball pitches and a cricket ground.
This is an example of transport and leisure facilities in the Green
ParkfieldPark off High Street, Potters Bar where the WatlingChaseCommunityForest has been carrying out improvement
work since 2002.
The party were entertained
for lunch by our chairman, Mrs Claire
Taylor and her husband Jeremy, at their home.After their London visit they moved on to Paris to see their green belt.
East of England Plan.
See our Newsletter 2007 (above) for our actions on the Government’s
Proposed Changes to the draft East of England Plan which was issued in December
827 residents have returned the letter of objection, some having added
their own comments.They have all been
sent to the Government Office-East at Cambridge who
received them on Monday 5th March. This is well before their 9th
March deadline for comments.We thank
everyone for this massive demonstration of opinion about the latest proposals
in the East of England Plan.We shall
now have to wait until summer at the earliest for the final version of the
EEP.Let us hope that the Government has
taken due note of the points raised.
Actions, appeals and
planning applications in 2007, in alphabetical order of street name
5 Bell Lane, Bell Bar.Extensions.We objected
as apparently being an overdevelopment in the Green Belt.However the net increase in size over the
original dwelling turned out to be 36% which is acceptable.The application was approved by the council
on 18 Jan 2007.
8 Bell Lane, Bell Bar.New garage.An appeal
has been dismissed on 25 May
2007 against refusal of permission to demolish the feed
store (now a garage) and erect a new garage.A condition in the original approval to convert the stables into a
bungalow required demolition of the feed store because the floor area had been
incorporated into the proposed dwelling.The bungalow would have been 87% larger than the stables but by using
the feed store area this reduced the increase to 29%, which was an acceptable
Pet Farm, Bell Lane, Bell Bar.2007/1405.New
entrance gates from Gt
North Road.In the
Green Belt.We did not
object but it was withdrawn 22.11.07.
Land at the Chapel, Bell Lane, Bell Bar.Change of use to residential, demolish stables, erect
an extension.We have objected on Green
belt grounds but we do note that the stables opposite were given permission for
conversion to a bungalow a few years ago.Approved 12.3.07
Flint Cottage, Blackhorse Lane,South Mimms.2007/1323.Change use
to residential and livery stables.We
objected as a commercial enterprise on Green Belt land, not in keeping within
the densely wooded location and lack of grazing land.It was refused on 20.12.07.
Bluebridge Road.Demolish and erect flats.Overlooking the Green Belt, this
application was refused.A new
application 2007/1477 for 5 flats was made and we objected again.It was approved 17.12.07.
Bluebridge Road, BrookmansPark.The Public Inquiry arising from the appeal
was held on 5th , 6th and 25th
June in the Council Chambers, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, and was open to
the public.We attended all three days
and spoke, as did the North Mymms Parish Council and Gobions Woodland Trust
decision report is due about 16th July.The appeal was dismissed on Green Belt
Raybrook Farm, Bluebridge Road2007/305.Demolish
dwelling and erect replacement dwelling.We objected since this will create two dwellings on the same plot where
there is only one.It will reduce the
openness of the Green Belt and increase the visual impact.We will question whether or not two sets of
Council Tax are being levied.Refused
adjoining Raybrook Farm, Bluebridge Road, BrookmansPark.We drew
attention of the council to the apparent permanent occupation by someone at
these stables.The council visited the
site and found nothing that would qualify as permanent residential use.
Linden Lodge, Bulls Lane, Welham Green.2007/1094 and 2007/1097.Change use to residential and erect new garage and store.We objected in line with previous
objections.Both were refused on
White Lodge Farm, Bulls Lane,, Bell Bar.2007/1540.remove condition re annexe.We objected to this annexe being clased as a
separate dwelling but it was approved.
40 Dixons Hill Road, rebuild detached garage with
is on a large plot of land.We asked for
a condition that the room should not be used for habitable purposes to prevent
it subsequently becoming the basis for a separate dwelling.Permission was refused on 17 Jan 2007.A new application 2007/1636 was
submitted with a lower roof and it was approved 14.2.08.
Gardens, BrookmansPark.2007/1337.Demolish and erect block of 4 flats.Not in
Green Belt.We objected as
overdevelopment and inappropriate at that location.Refused 7.11.07.
4-6 Georges Wood Road, BrookmansPark.2007/1235.Demolish and erect 9 flats in two blocks.Not in the
Green Belt but we objected as an over-concentration of flats at this busy
Rookery Cafe, Gt North Road.Car wash.This unauthorised car wash is still operating
and we have chased the council for action.It seems as though planning laws are unable to stop this operation and
environmental polices may be used instead since the used water runs off into a
RVC, Hawkshead Lane 2007/426
did not object but drew attention to the light pollution caused by the lights
left on at night in the main building.The application was approved.
Tanum Farm, Hawkshead Road, Little
Heath.Change of use from stables to offices.We objected on Green Belt grounds and the application was withdrawn on 15 Feb 2007.
Hawkshead Road.2007/380/LUCert of lawfulness for existing use of
detached building as a single dwelling house.We will question if it has been used as a dwelling for 4 years.We checked previous correspondence and the
Enforcement Order item at a recent Welwyn Hatfield Council planning
meeting.(File shows the barn was erected in 2003 and then used as a dwelling so
the 4-year period may, or may not have expired.Enforcement action was approved in December 2006). No action can be taken until an
appeal has been decided which is being held on 22/23 July 2008.
Home Farm Rd, North Mymms.2007/1653.Double garage.We objected since the original development
used all the allowance for floorspace, and it would be highly visible from the
cricket field.It was refused 20.12.07.
5 Kentish Lane, BrookmansPark.Outline application to build a
6-bed house in the rear garden with access to the A1000.We objected on Green Belt grounds and the
dangerous access onto the A1000 at that point.Permission was refused on 8.3.07.
5 Kentish Lane, BrookmansPark.2007/1622.New entrance gates and front wall.We objected since the gates did not appear to
be set back sufficiently from the roadway.It turned out to be incorrect measurements on the plans and it was
erect new dwelling.We commented that
the replacement house would be more than 50% larger than the current
house.The application has been
erect new dwelling.We commented that
the replacement house would be more than 50% larger than the current
house.The application has been refused.
application 2007/1242 – we objected as an increase of more than 50% on
the original building.It turned out
that the increase was less than 50% and it was approved 16.10.07.
The Willows, Marshmoor
Lane.2007/382/LUChange use to single dwelling house. We objected on Green
Belt grounds.No decision has been made.
& District Angling Club, Shepherds Way, BrookmansPark.2007/383.25m mobile phone mast.We objected on Green Belt grounds, visible from all directions being
surrounded by open countryside and mentioned the appeal dismissed for a 15m
mast at the Rookery Cafe, Gt North
Rd.Refused on 2 June 2007.
Mymwood House, Shepherds Way.2007/421 & 422Remove prefab building a d erect
extension.We objected on Green Belt grounds
as overdevelopment.(It will add a net 37% onto the original building which is usually
acceptable but the design is out of sympathy with the original Listed building) Approved 13.6.07
House, Lysley Place, Shepherds Way, BrookmansPark.Extensions.We objected as apparently being
an overdevelopment in the Green Belt.However the net increase in size over the original dwelling turned out
to be 46% in floor area including stables, which is acceptable.The application was approved by the council
on 18 Jan. 2007.
Road, BrookmansPark.Demolish buildings at the livery stables and
erect two detached dwellings.In the
Green Belt, we have objected as being significantly larger than the currently
occupied building, and it is located at a very narrow neck of Green belt.It was refused 13.7.07.A new application 2007/1441 was refused on
23.11.07 and an appeal dismissed on Green Belt grounds.
Swanland Rd, North Mymms.Extensions.In the
Green Belt and we have commented that this plus previous extensions may cause a
total increase of more than 50 over the size of the original dwelling.
Permission refused 3.7.07.
Little Heath.Change of
use to offices.We have objected as a
loss of a valuable residential dwelling in the Green Belt. Permission was given
on 5 Feb 2007 but
restricted to Realtime Plant Hire use.
of hours of operation for this industrial unit.Two appeals were lodged against
refusal of permission – one for 24 hour operation and the other for an
extension on the hours.The appeal
allowed the extension of hours of operation.
Maypole, Warrengate Road.2007/1135.Gazebo smokers’ shelter.We objected as being out of
character with the ListedBuilding.The application waswithdrawn on 13.9.07.
Unit 3, Woodside Lane, Bell Bar.Parking for 15 coaches and buses, and poster fabrication in the
depot.We objected on Green Belt
grounds and permission was refused on 16 January 2007.An appeal has been lodged in June 2007 against an enforcement
order.Also a new planning application
has been lodged which is identical except the poster sign work will only be in
part of the building.The application
was refused and the appeal dismissed, restricting the use of the land to the
parking of buses and coaches.