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Thirty beech trees in Monks Walk, Welwyn Garden City will be felled before Christmas due to severe infection and extensive decay.
The Planning Enforcement Plan has been formally agreed by Cabinet on 5th November and replaces the earlier Planning Enforcement Policy. The Plan has been adopted in accordance with National Planning Policy Framework, paragraph 207, which states "Local planning authorities have discretion to take enforcement action, when they regard it as expedient to do so having regard to the local development plan and any other material considerations. This includes a local enforcement plan, where it is not part of the development plan." This means that that the Planning Enforcement Plan will be a material consideration in decision making for planning.
It is now possible to complete a planning history search by address or postcode for all planning applications at the council's reception in Welwyn Garden City. This will enable anyone to find details of all planning applications going back to 1948, including copies of plans and decision notices. Details of how to use the new software is provided within information sheets within reception.
The council has published the second Local Plan Newsletter [984KB] to provide local residents with information about the Core Strategy as it progresses. This is in response to consultation feedback received. We welcome your comments on the newsletter.
A new 'Alert-it' tool gives people the chance to sign up for automatic email alerts, informing them of planning applications within certain limitations, for example a distance of up to 500 metres of where they live or within a Ward.
The number of emails those signed up will receive depends on the types of planning application notifications residents want to be informed of, including neighbours' extensions, a change to a business or housing developments.
This service makes the notification process quicker than receiving a letter about an application. Residents can also choose to receive notifications on behalf of someone else in the borough, allowing them to stay informed for relatives or those without access to the internet.
This new service does not affect residents' rights to be notified of applications made by immediate neighbours, which will be done regardless of whether or not someone has signed up for the Alert-it service.
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Details of the trees the council will be felling this month are now showing in Trees in Welwyn Hatfield webpage within the 'Tree Felling September' List
Thank you for all the comments on the Councils draft Validation checklists for planning and estate management applications. The comments on the validations checklists for Planning Applications were considered by the Council's Development Management Committee at its meeting on 15th August. A number of changes were made to the checklist. A copy of the report (page 85 onwards) can be seen here. The validation checklist for Welwyn Garden City Estate Management Applications will be considered by the WGC Estate Management Appeals Panel on 07 October 2013.
Thank you for all the comments on the Councils draft Management Plan for Danesbury Local Nature Reserve. These comments and a revised management plan will be considered by the councils Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 9th September. A copy of the report, consultation responses and draft revised plan can be seen here.
The Government has unveiled details for increased permitted development rights for electronic communications. The changes include allowing existing freestanding masts to be altered or replaced to become masts up to 20 metres high and up to a third wider than the existing mast, but not within conservation areas. Additionally, certain buildings and structures will be permitted to have larger dish antennas and more antenna systems attached to them. Up to three additional dish antennas and three non-dish antennas, subject to size limits, may be attached to existing communications apparatus within conservation areas. Other proposals also apply. Prior approval for the siting and appearance is required for some of the proposed changes from the planning authority. You can find out more about the permitted development rights for telecommunications through the following legislation. These changes come into force on 21st August 2013
Hertfordshire County Council submitted its Waste Site Allocations document to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination in June 2013. The Planning Inspectorate has appointed an independent Planning Inspector who will examine the document on behalf of the Secretary of State. The examination will take place on 3, 4 and 5 September and 5 and 6 November 2013. Information about the Waste Site Allocations examination is on Hertfordshire County Council's website.
The planning application by Veolia for a recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF) for the treatment of municipal, commercial and industrial waste at New Barnfield, Hatfield has been called in for determination by the Secretary of State. The inquiry will open on 10 September 2013. Information about the public inquiry is available on the public inquiry website.
Welwyn Hatfield Council have confirmed their commitment to protect heritage assets in their area and have agreed to join forces with other agencies, such as the Police and English Heritage, to do so.
Heritage assets are not only irreplaceable but are also really important to the borough. Attractions such as Hatfield House promote tourism and jobs in the district and other assets, such as conservation areas, foster local feelings of pride and community.
Heritage crime, such as lead theft from church roofs and damage caused to listed buildings, is a serious problem nationwide. Should crimes be committed against heritage assets, members of the 'Heritage Crime Initiative' have all agreed to work closely together to investigate and prosecute those responsible.
Last Thursday the Council formally signed up to the scheme, introduced by English Heritage, and now join Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire County Council and the Crown Prosecution Service, who have also signed the agreement.
The council has published it's first Local Plan newsletter [776KB] to provide local residents with information about the Core Strategy as it progresses. This is in response to consultation feedback received. We welcome your comments on the newsletter.
7 May 2013 -Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council awarded 'Smarter Planning Champion' status by Planning Portal
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has been awarded Smarter Planning Champion status by the Planning Portal for improvements to our website and our commitment to deliver a faster, more transparent planning application service.
This page was last updated on 02/12/2013