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Planning Application No. CB/18/03090/FULL (Stotfold & Langford)
Address: 51 Hardy Way, Fairfield, Hitchin, SG5 4GL
Single storey rear extension, loft conversion and raised decking area.
Applicant: Mr Hull
The Committee had before it a report regarding Planning Application No. CB/18/03090/FULL for a single story rear extension, loft conversion and raised decking area at 51 Hardy Way, Fairfield, Hitchin, SG5 4GL.
In advance of consideration of the application the Committee’s attention was drawn to representations from public speakers.
The public speaker included a representation in objection from Parish Councillor Chris Bidwell.
Committee Members discussed the following points:
• The public speaker noted that he had received complaints from neighbouring properties about the overbearing impact the application could have on their properties. The Planning Officer had not received any neighbour objection.
• A Ward Member discussed the commitment to great design the committee should have going forward using Fairfield as an example. Members agreed it was important to keep the character of the area but noted the extension was to the rear of the property lessening the impact on the character and appearance of the area.
• The Planning Officer noted that the plans feature a rear dormer and this could be constructed under permitted development rights so therefore the committee could not refuse that element even though it is contrary to policy 1 of the Fairfield neighbourhood plan. It was noted that many properties within Fairfield do not have permitted development rights to protect the character of the area. The applicant’s property does have these rights.
• Members agreed to move as set out.
On being put to the vote for APPROVAL, 9 voted in favour, 2 against and 1 abstention.
That the Planning Application No. CB/18/03090/FULL at 51 Hardy Way, Fairfield, Hitchin, SG5 4GL, be approved as set out in the schedule attached to these minutes.