Planning

Every month we comment on a number of planning applications. Some of the ones we commented on recently are:

  • We supported the application for the restoration of the Rose and Crown
  • We objected to four applications
    • an outline application to build up to 190 new dwellings on land between the Alban Way and Colney Heath Lane which is Green Belt land where there is no current access and concern about the impact on local infrastructure and impact on traffic on a narrow road;
    • significant extension to a property in Springfield Road which we consider to be overdevelopment;
    • an application to vary conditions to planning permission to build three new properties in Prospect Road that was granted on appeal where significant changes are proposed to the permission granted;
    • an application to convert a property in Stapley Road to a House of Multiple occupancy where we considered that this was over-division leading to cramped rooms.

What do we object to?

Here are some of the reasons why we submit objections:

  • Overdevelopment in a Conservation Area
  • The property is locally listed and the proposed changes will be detrimental to the appearance of the property
  • The proposal is inconsistent with the overall street scene
  • Overdevelopment in an already crowded site or will contribute to traffic congestion
  • Too tight a triangular plot and too close to the surrounding houses
  • Inadequate garden space and unacceptable over-looking to the detriment of the residents of surrounding houses
  • Proposal fails to meet the requirement of District Plan Policies 69 and 70 and so permission should be refused
  • Illuminated fascia signs on St Peters Street
  • UPVC replacement windows in the conservation area

We object to proposals to create gated communities and deny access for surrounding residents to the public garden square which formed an integral part of the planning application consented for the original development. Creating pedestrian permeability with new routes through the site was promoted as a new public amenity which would be beneficial to the immediate neighbourhood and the wider city.

Useful Information

If you want to comment on planning applications, here are some links to useful sources of information

Upcoming Events

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Awards

Do you know of a project that might deserve recognition in the Society’s Awards? These can be for new developments, large or small, but could be for a small extension, restored windows on a period property, or a rebuilt wall. Its not just about buildings either. Remember the Society’s Awards cover things that enhance the quality of St Albans environment or amenities and the Trevelyan Award is presented for a conservation project.

Get looking about now. Send your nominations to us stalbanscivicsociety@gmail.com Please provide a brief description and thoughts on why it should be considered.