Key matters arising from Sarratt Parish Council (SPC) meeting on Wednesday 18 August were as follows:
- The commemorative plaque for the log bench created from oak tree 666 felled last year has now been fixed to the bench.
- Nuts that had come lose on the new KGV play equipment have been replaced with locking nuts and a full inspection by Pentagon, the equipment manufacturer, has taken place following the work.
- Wood and materials have been purchased to refurbish the two bus stops on The Green and the railings around the duck pond. Work on these will commence shortly.
- The Parish Warden and Andrew Whitewood have cleared the drainage ditch at the top of Sarratt Green to prevent flooding.
- Hedges have been cut back along the footpath behind KGV down to the Christmas Tree Farm, as well as clearing branches along Commonwood bridleway and footpath.
- No incidents of fly tipping were reported in the past month.
Woodland Management Plan
The procedures and methodology to obtain a grant from the Forestry Commission for the upkeep and maintenance of the three areas of woodland owned by SPC is in progress. One of the criteria to fulfil is a survey of the woods to support the grant application which has been completed.
The Queen’s Green Canopy – this is a tree and hedge planting project tied into the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year. Its objectives are to increase the level of woodland planting within Parish boundaries. Initial approaches have been made to several landowners to see if they would be willing to donate and convert some of their land to woodland forestry. Some positive responses have been received and additional contacts are being made.
Policy & Resources
- SPC’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) has been sent to the External Auditor and SPC’s accounts for 2020/21 are available to the public until 5 August.
- The annual inspection of the allotments has been completed and tenants whose plots do not appear to be being maintained will be contacted by the Parish Clerk.
- Several of SPC’s policies were due for their annual review. The following were reviewed and adopted subject to amendments agreed during the meeting.
- Financial Risk Assessment
- Complaints Procedure
- Press and Media Policy.
- 21/1498/PDA: Adams Nursery, rear of 47 Church Lane, Sarratt. Conversion of agricultural building to five residential dwellings.
No objection on the basis that this is a permitted development. It includes some smaller properties which are needed in Sarratt and hopefully some affordable homes.
- 21/1622/FUL: KGV Pavilion, Sarratt. Amendments to widen ancillary uses of the pavilion to include operation until 23:00 (maximum 8 events per calendar year), charitable functions/club organised events (limited number of events per year) beyond those restricted to sporting purposes
No objection, providing the extended hours are limited to a small number of occasions per year. If approved we ask that the applicant applies extra, careful preparation and management of these extended events to minimise any disruption or disturbance to the local residents.
- 21/1657/FUL: Great Sarratt Hall Cottage, The Green, Sarratt. Demolition of existing extension and conservatory and construction of single-storey rear extension.
- 21/1830/FUL: Great Sarratt Hall Cottage, The Green, Sarratt. Creation of new vehicular access with closure of existing access.
SPC objects to the relocation of this entrance as there appears to be a loss of wildlife habitat and biodiversity with the removal of hedgerows and the potential safety implications as highlighted by Herts County Council (HCC) Highways Dept., with no clear rational given to justify this change.
- 21/1783/FUL: Potten Farm Stables, Chandlers Lane. Demolition of existing stables and change of use of remaining stable buildings on site to studio units (Use Class B1) with associated parking areas.
- 21/1607/FUL: Land to the rear of the Woodyard, Sarratt Green. Demolition of existing buildings, change of use of land to residential, conversion of building to 1-bedroom detached dwelling.
SPC objects strongly to this application on the grounds that it is backland development creating a new dwelling in The Green Belt for which no special circumstances have been made. The Parish Council request that the application is called into Committee if officers are minded to approve.
- 21/1816/PDNA: Redheath Farm Bungalow, Finches Avenue, Redheath. Construction of agricultural steel portal framed building.
- 21/1835/FUL: 1 Micklefield Green Cottages, Sarratt Road. Erection of stable building.
No Objection, providing the stable is for private and non-commercial use. If officers are minded to approve this application, we request that a restriction is added that prevents future change of use to residential or any other type of accommodation. We also ask that it is checked and clarified that no hedgerows will be removed or damaged as part of this application
- 21/1864/FUL & 21/1865/LBC: The Cock Public House, Sarratt. Erection of oak framed entranceway, new porch extension, replacement of existing canopy with pergola, replacement paving, alterations to external materials, alterations fenestration and installation of a flue and internal alterations
- 21/1654/FUL: Chandlers Cottage, Fir Tree Hill. Conversion of stable block into an annexe
No Objection. If officers are minded to approve this application, we request that a restriction is added that prevents this annexe from being sold or rented separately to the main Chandlers Cottage property and that the converted annex cannot be extended or be subject to a change of use without going through a full planning application.
Recent Planning Decisions
Application No: 21/1090/FUL: Morar, Dimmock’s Lane, Sarratt. Conversion of existing garage to self-contained annexe including excavation of surrounding land and construction of retaining walls.
SPC decision: No objection providing that a condition is applied to any approval such that the annex must remain ancillary to the main property and cannot be sold as a separate dwelling.
TRDC decision: Approved
- Application No: 21/1242/FUL: Inglewood, Poles Hill, Belsize. Conversion of existing garage to self-contained annexe including excavation of surrounding land and construction of retaining walls.
SPC decision: No Objection
TRDC decision: Approved
- Application No: 21/1417/PDF. Mulberry Bush Farm, Dawes Lane, Sarratt. Prior Notification: Change of use of agricultural buildings to a flexible commercial use Class C1 hotel/holiday accommodation.
SPC decision: SPC strongly objected to this application and requested it be called into Committee if the Planning Officers were minded to approve.
TRDC decision: Approved contrary to SPC Consultee Comments. For clarity, the powers to call in applications does not extend to prior approval or certificates of lawfulness applications.
TRDC provided a list of enforcements which were reviewed by Councillors before the meeting. These can be viewed on the SPC website.
Councillor Gell reported that two notifications had been received for planned road works, namely:
- Sarratt Road opposite York House School for 2-3 days at the end of August. Then at the same location, for 2-3 days in early September. The HCC Highways Dept. has provided the locations, however unfortunately not the exact dates.
- Utilities work by Affinity Water on Dawes Lane, with the date to be determined. Expected duration of works to be 2-3 days.
It was noted that a gas repair was carried out in Dimmock’s Lane which has now been completed.
Several members of the public present at the meeting questioned recent road works in which notifications had been issued on planned tarmacking from Quickmoor Lane to Old House Lane in Buck’s Hill where the actual tarmacking performed went in the opposite direction towards Chipperfield. The Parish Clerk will check the date when the HCC Highways Dept. expect to complete the rest of the tarmacking as planned.
- Several members of the public attending the meeting expressed their concerns at a religious event ‘Light and Life Mission’ which was held on land adjacent to Blenheim Cottage in Bucks Hill from Monday 26th July to Friday 30th July. Concerns were raised on the level of disruption, noise in the evenings, sometimes to 1.00am, litter dropped, glass broken in a nearby telephone box and additional vigilance that residents felt they needed to apply. Councillor Rugg explained that SPC unfortunately have no enforcement rights over land which they do not own, however he recommended the approach which had been undertaken by similar communities in Essex where this type of event had sometimes occurred. Joint co-ordination by the District Council and County Council on issuing enforcement notices; co-ordination with planning departments; and if necessary, policing has managed the incidences to reduce their disruption. Currently, an enforcement notice has been issued to the landowner by TRDC on the unauthorised works of removing the hedgerow; widening of access; and unauthorised use of the land for an event/caravan site. District Councillor Reed said he would co-ordinate with his counterparts in the County Council to capture lessons learnt following this event and to determine what collective steps they could take if such incidences should occur in the future.
- A letter was received from a local resident on recent noise levels emitting from the Boot Public house during social events in the evenings and weekends. Similar comments have been received by several other residents. It was noted a noise abatement notice has been issued to the Boot by TRDC.
Date of Next Meeting
The next SPC meeting will take place on Tuesday 14 September in the Back Room of Sarratt Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The agenda will be posted on the SPC noticeboard outside the Village Hall and on the SPC website a few days beforehand.