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The Government has unveiled the details of the new regime for larger house extensions. These grant new rights to build larger extensions without submitting a planning application to the Council (permitted development). Although consent under the Building Regulations and other legislation is still required for these for rear-of-house extensions. These rear extensions are up to 6 metres in depth for terraced and semi-detached properties and up to 8 metres for detached houses. The new rights will come into force on 30 May. The rear extensions can be built for a period of three years between 30 May 2013 and 30 May 2016. However, these larger extensions will be subject to a neighbour consultation scheme. You can find out more about the permitted development rights for house extensions and access details of the neighbour consultation scheme on the Planning Portal
At the same time as larger house extensions the government also brings into force changes which allow larger extensions to commercial properties and changes of use from offices (Use Class B1(a)) to residential (Use Class C3) without the need for a planning application to be submitted to the council. Full details of the changes can be found at (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/1101/contents/made) . These changes come into force on the 30th May 2013.
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.
10 April 2013 - 17 The Avenue, Welwyn -Traveller pitch appeals decision issued by Communities and Local Government
The planning application and enforcement notices for the gypsy site at 17 The Avenue, (Welwyn planning application N6/2011/1628/FP) which were called in by the Secretary of State have all been dismissed.
The Council's Cabinet report (pages 29 - 38) approved the approach that was recommended for dealing with roof alterations including the provision of solar panels on dwellings within the Estate Management Scheme of Welwyn Garden City. The policy approach will be advertised to residents within the Scheme.
The planning application for the incinerator at New Barnfield, Hatfield has been called in by the Secretary of State and a public local inquiry will now be held starting on 10th September 2013. The inquiry will be held over 12 days. Comments from interested parties should be sent to the The Planning Inspectoratebefore the Inquiry.
After consideration by the councils planning control committee planning permission has been granted for new leisure facilities in Stanborough park, Welwyn Garden City - N6/2010/3120/DC3 following the completion of a legal agreement to secure transport improvements. The application involves the redevelopment of former Splashlands complex in two phases. Phase 1 includes the construction of high ropes adventure course, supporting ticket kiosk and clearance of former lido area. Phase 2 is the redevelopment of former lido site to provide a wet play area, cafe, education room, ticket office, landscaping with access improvements.
The council is putting together the evidence base for its Site Allocations and Development Management Policies planning document, which will form part of the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan. As a part of the evidence base, the council is undertaking preliminary work to identify potential sites that may be suitable and available for future use by travelling communities.
Details of the trees the council will be felling this month are now Trees in Welwyn Hatfieldwithin the 'Tree Felling February' List.
Winter Woodland Work Starting in Sherrardspark Wood, Welwyn Garden City
Woodland contractors will be arriving soon to begin start in Sherrardspark Wood.
The works will include:
a) Removal of sycamore trees close to Digswell Place Mews to restore locally native mixed woodland. The contractor will also create some 'scallops' along the edge of the bridleway to improve the structure of vegetation and thin an area where holly is preventing the regeneration of oak seedlings.
b) Ride enhancement southeast of Six Ways by creating 'scallops' on the south side of the track leading to Sherrardspark Road including removing some over-mature sweet chestnut and a small number of poorly-grown or dying oak. Younger birch and hornbeam will be coppiced. This will let the light in on a currently shaded track which will help it dry out during the summer (hopefully!) plus encourage good shrubby habitat for birdlife.
Most of the felled trees will be taken to areas and stacked. The trees are to be used as woodfuel in a traditional brickworks near Chesham and timber. Further details and a map of the works can be found on Sherrardspark Wood
After consideration by the Councils Planning Control Committee and the Secretary of State planning permission has been granted for a new training academy at Ponsbourne Park Hotel, Newgate Street following the completion of a legal agreement to ensure the developer pays towards transport and footpath improvement as well as completing a Green Travel Plan and Landscape Management. Details of the application can be found on our online planning database - application number S6/2011/2822/MA.
Secured by Design has launched a new online design resource to aid developers, architects and planners of commercial properties. The interactive guide sits alongside the residential guide launched last year, and aims to highlight best practice solutions to 'design out crime' in the planning stages. The guide is free to use on the Secured by Design website http://interactive.securedbydesign.com/
A huge thank you to everyone who has responded to the consultation. The consultation period ended on 31 January after the deadline was extended specifically to make sure that everyone had a chance to have their individual say. In excess of 3,000 representations, including 4 petitions, have been received.
The volume of objections and comments over the last few days of the consultation means that it will be some time before we can analyse all of them. Everyone's feedback will be carefully considered. We will, over the next few weeks, publish the representations on the council's website. The next stage, in the Spring, will be to report to members the future timetable for the Core Strategy. A report on all the consultation responses, including when any necessary changes will be made to the Emerging Core Strategy, will be considered by the Council's Cabinet Housing and Planning Panel later in the year. It will then go out for public consultation for a second time.
From the 31st January, the Development Management Procedure Order is being amended to reduce the amount of information that is required to be submitted for Outline Planning applications. Full details of the change may be found within updated legislation and guidance within the consultation response from the Department for Communities and Local Government - please click on this link for further information.
22 January 2013 - Standard Application Form: merging agricultural land declaration and ownership certificates
The Government is proposing to merge the application form requirements for agricultural land declarations and ownership certificates. The new certificates will simplify the application form and reduce the number of applications which are invalid on the basis of a technicality.
This page was last updated on 20/05/2013