Hertford Regional College - Ware Campus

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The Herts Regional College/Charles Church planning appeal is on the agenda for tonight's Ware Town Council Planning Committee meeting - while WTC is not the Planning Authority it can express a view to East Herts - as it has done before.

Let's hope that our elected members maintain the robust stance they took on the previous plans, and don't shrink under appeal.

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It's now perfectly legal to film the Ware Town Council Meetings.*
If anyone is able to get down there, perhaps they could film it to share with the community.

*Source BBC

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Very supportive meeting of Ware Town Council's Planning Committee last evening, where this Appeal by the site owners (Herts Regional College) and its developers (Charles Church Homes) was discussed. A member of the Scotts Road residents' committee spoke against the grounds for the Appeal, which states there is no problem with the size, scale or design of the block of flats proposed at the front of the site, nor any issues with parking, amongst other things.

It was pointed out that the majority of residents have no objection to appropriate and non-intensive residential development of the site, provided that adequate parking is provided within the confines of the site as ALL roads around it are heavily parking controlled already. The forward position of the block of flats, plus the planner-inspired balconies over the main road, were raised as continuing issues, plus the inadequate parking (one space per 2 bed flat). The planners misuse and misrepresentation of their own parking guidelines was pointed out in detail.

There was full agreement from the councillors, including comments from Councillors Ros Standley, Phyllis Ballam and Mark Pope. spoke. The Town Clerk was asked to write to EHC and register these comments, particularly on parking.

It has been confirmed that this is not a different application, just raising the original one again and questioning its refusal. Which is really weird, as one major element of the application has to all intents and purposes been superseded by a new application purely for the College development alone, which is now well in hand.

It was confirmed that if the Planning Appeal does go ahead it will be held in public, probably in January or February 2015.

Hope the Mercury was there to report on this. The town seems to be under assault from developers, who just will not take a No from the Planning Authority for an answer. Seems as though they keep appealing, until eventually you wear down the opposition, due to legal threats and potential for costs. Well not in this case :)

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Just to clarify - appeals are heard by The Planning Inspectorate, not the council. The Planning Inspectorate is an agency of The Department of Communities and Local Government and are based in Bristol.

All comments submitted to the local council as part of the original planning application are taken in to account as part of the appeal process.

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Scottman wrote: Hope the Mercury was there to report on this. The town seems to be under assault from developers, who just will not take a No from the Planning Authority for an answer. Seems as though they keep appealing, until eventually you wear down the opposition, due to legal threats and potential for costs. Well not in this case :)
Have there been other appeals? I only know of one recently (Ermine Court) and EHDC bottled out on that one.

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Steve wrote:Just to clarify - appeals are heard by The Planning Inspectorate, not the council. The Planning Inspectorate is an agency of The Department of Communities and Local Government and are based in Bristol.

All comments submitted to the local council as part of the original planning application are taken in to account as part of the appeal process.
I'm not sure that's entirely so, Steve. EHC will review its opposition to the original application on 15 October, and seems to have the option to renege. It absolutely should not do so on this occasion, as its reasons for rejection are completely sound, but the threat of a court case for costs is a powerful disincentive.

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The Masked Woler wrote:Have there been other appeals? I only know of one recently (Ermine Court) and EHDC bottled out on that one.
EHDC had a run-in with developers in Buntingford earlier in the year.
East Herts Council to pay Wheatley Homes £115,000

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craig wrote:
The Masked Woler wrote:Have there been other appeals? I only know of one recently (Ermine Court) and EHDC bottled out on that one.
EHDC had a run-in with developers in Buntingford earlier in the year.
East Herts Council to pay Wheatley Homes £115,000
Not Ware though, also seems to be a powerful incentive for EHDC to withdraw their objection - as they did at Ermine Court.

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The appeal has been lodged with The Planning Inspectorate, ref APP/J1915/A/14/2222974.

Where are you getting your 15/10 date from? I don't disbelieve you, I just can't find any reference to it.

And what threat of a court case?

:)

The appeal details can be found at
http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pc ... id=2214770
Scottman wrote:I'm not sure that's entirely so, Steve. EHC will review its opposition to the original application on 15 October, and seems to have the option to renege. It absolutely should not do so on this occasion, as its reasons for rejection are completely sound, but the threat of a court case for costs is a powerful disincentive.

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