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    The Council

    Meet The Council

    Sarah Dobson, Chair

    Sarah moved to Sarratt in 2001 having grown up in Ruislip. She has been a member of the Parish Council since 2016, taking on the role of Vice Chair in 2018, and became Chair in May 2019.
    Sarah is married to John Gill, who is Treasurer of the Sarratt Horticultural Society. They have two sons, Oliver and Samuel, who both attend St Clement Danes School, plus two labradors. Sarah has worked at BP since 1987, and in 2010 moved from working full time to part time. When not working, Sarah runs the Sarratt Cub Pack and is an assistant leader with Sarratt Explorer Scouts. Sarah is also a member of the Sarratt Youth Group steering team. She has previously been involved in other initiatives in the Village including development of the 2012 Parish Plan, the Sarratt Village Day and served on the KGV Committee for 3 years.
    As SPC Chair, Sarah’s goal is for the Parish Council to continue preserving the things so many members of the community love about Sarratt, as well as supporting the future development of the Parish in a way which protects what residents and visitors to the area treasure, whilst enabling it to continue to grow and thrive.

    John Rugg, Vice Chair

    We have lived in the parish of Sarratt for over 20 years and I have held various roles as a Parish Councillor both in Sarratt and previously in Cheshire.
    Having recently relinquished my role as a Trustee of an International Conservation Charity I continue to maintain a keen interest in the protection of the environment on land and sea.
    Prior to retirement I had a long career in British industry, most of it spent with ICI Plc, gaining business experience in sales, marketing, export logistics, trading, and process management. After retiring from I sat on the Board of two Not For Profit organisations and was a committee member of the British Horse Society and a local Sailing Association. I retain an interest in and enjoy being further educated on the history, architecture and art of the UK and Europe.

    Lee Farman, Planning Lead

    Lee has lived in S.W. Herts all his life and moved to Sarratt with his family in 2010 when he had the rare opportunity to build an eco house.  He recently retired from a career as an IT director and now spends time as a youth drama leader and arts venue management.  He is the Chair of the Pump House Theatre and Arts Trust in Watford and founder of the Watford Fringe.
    Lee is a passionate environmentalist focusing on practical solutions to reduce our impact and to live sustainably. He enjoys living in Sarratt as a place that takes good care of its environment and has a strong, proud community. As a councillor he hopes to be able to provide some useful support to help Sarratt continue to be a great place for all its community.

    Flo Garvey, Lead for Sustainability

    I am delighted to be your parish councillor for sustainability.  Ecology, sustainable living, and particularly soil science are my passions, and I have a first class BSc in Environmental studies. My family and I have lived in Sarratt for 12 years, during which time I feel I have walked every footpath and treasured every tree!  I lead the Sarratt Community Garden, (which started life in October 2019 and fills my time and thoughts), keep a few colonies of bees, and tutor GCSE students in Maths, Chemistry, and Biology. I feel that Sarratt is a fabulous community that has enough energy and determination to preserve and improve the glorious environment that we are lucky enough to live in, and as councillor, I would like to be a part of that process.

    Iain Christie

    Iain moved to Sarratt from London in 2021 and is keen to contribute to the preservation and development of this beautiful parish for the benefit of its residents and visitors.  
    A barrister by background, Iain now practises as a mediator, coach, facilitator and legal consultant. He has just finished a 2 year assignment as the Lord Chancellor’s Policy Fellow at the Ministry of Justice and holds regulatory and quasi-judicial roles on the Bar Standards Board and the Parole Board. He has also trained as a professional actor.
    Iain’s partner Lisa is from Ukraine where her parents still live and they are grateful for the support of the local community at this time. Iain has two grown up daughters and he and Lisa are expecting a baby in the summer of 2022.

    Michael Lowry, Policy and Resources

    Michael has now lived in Sarratt for two years recently moving from nearby Croxley Green where he lived with his wife and teenage son for over twenty years.  
    A qualified accountant, he has spent most of his career in the large accountancy practices providing client advisory services to both private and public sector organisations. Most notably, his public sector experience includes projects within the former Department of Social Services, Ministry of Defence and the Department of Education. More recently, he has been providing consultancy and project management advice to a newly formed organisation formed from two large local government authorities providing pension administration services to other local authorities.
    Michael is currently working remotely from home for a Glasgow based charity and consequently his commute has changed to the daily school run between Sarratt and Rickmansworth. This Scottish charity is supporting and enabling the Government’s ‘Kickstart’ scheme in providing work opportunities for young people both in Scotland and the Northeast of England within the current climate.

    John Gell, Highways

    I joined the Parish Council in 1987 and served as Chairman four times and was Lead Member for Highways from 1992-2019 and now Deputy Leader. I represent the Council on the London Green Belt Committee, the Village Hall Committee and the local Residents Association.

    I was a Three Rivers District Councillor for Croxley Green and Sarratt at various times between 1982 and 1998.

    I was appointed as a Governor of two schools in Croxley Green in 1975 serving as Chairman for 15 years and subsequently a Herts County Council Schools Appeals Panellist.

    I owned and operated a Stock farm near Harefield from 1965 to 1995.

    I am married to Barbara and we have four daughters and twelve grandchildren.

    Contacting Us
    Contact the Clerk:
    or telephone (01923) 262025

    All email correspondence should be addressed to

    Visit the Parish Office:

    (Located behind the Village Hall)

    Any temporary alterations of these opening times will appear below
    Where to Find Us

    SPC Meetings take place in the back room of the village hall on the second Tuesday of the month, starting at 7:30. Meetings are open to the public and the Press.

    Here, you can read the formal Agenda of the next meeting, the formally-approved Minutes of the previous meeting and a SPC's most recent summary report, as published in Spotlight

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    Sarratt Parish Council Meetings2022/23 Schedule

      Agenda (Next Meeting)
      Agenda of the Next Meeting

      To all Members of the Parish Council:


      Flo Garvey

      Angela Coakley

       Iain Christie

      John Gell

      Simon Diggins

      Lee Farman

      Michael Lowry

      John Rugg

      Copy to:        District Councillor Reed

                  County Councillor Williams

      Note:              Public and Press are welcome.

      Parishioners and other interested individuals are invited to attend and take part in the proceedings.

      Dear Councillors,

      You are hereby summoned to attend the meeting of the SARRATT PARISH COUNCIL to be held in the BACK ROOM, SARRATT VILLAGE HALL, THE GREEN SARRATT, on TUESAY 12TH JULY 2022 AT 19:30 pm, when it is proposed to transact the business specified in the following AGENDA.



      335/22 The Chair is absent due to pre-notified holidays.  

      The Clerk asks the Vice Chair, Cllr John Rugg to Chair the meeting.

      “The Chair of the Council, if present, shall preside at a meeting. If the Chair is absent from a meeting, the Vice-Chair of the Council (if there is one) if present, shall preside. If both the Chair and the Vice-Chair are absent from a meeting, a councillor as chosen by the councillors present at the meeting shall preside at the meeting.”


      336/22 To receive any declarations of interest from Councillors and to ask for any special dispensations    


      337/22    Mr Jeff Ford would like to speak about signage for the Village Shop and Community and Café.


      338/22     To confirm and sign the minutes of the last Council Meeting on 12th July 2022.



      340/22 Cllr Diggins will give a report of the Joint Parish Council Meeting on the 7th July 2022, attended by himself and the Clerk.

      341/22    CLERK’S ACTIVITES













          See item 350/22










      The date of the next Council meeting is Tuesday 13th September 2022

      Minutes(Last Meeting)
      Most Recent formally-approved Minutes
      Minutes of the Sarratt Parish Council Meeting held on 12th April 2022

      In attendance: Cllrs: Sarah Dobson
      John Rugg
      John Gell
      Simon Diggins
      Lee Farman
      Michael Lowry

      Councillors Garvey, Christie and Coakley apologised for their absence in advance.



      Item 340/22: Cllr Dobson advised that she had since been told there is a paper recycling bin at the Village Hall which is located in the kitchen behind the other bins.
      Otherwise the minutes of the previous meeting were agreed as a true and accurate reflection of the meeting.
      Proposed: Cllr Gell; Seconded: Cllr Diggins

      The Annual Parish Meeting is a statutory requirement and represents an opportunity for the Parish Council to share a summary of what has happened over the previous financial year and to present the Grants awarded for the forthcoming year. In preparation for the meeting the Agenda and the SPC Annual Report needs to be made available on the SPC website and as hard copies for the meeting itself. Councillors who had not already submitted their reports for the Annual Report were asked to do so by 15 April, which should include highlights of the year and any topical items. The Financial Report should include a summary of spending. Other areas include the Neighbourhood Plan, the Clerk’s and Chair’s report.
      As the Grants are now paid by bank transfer, certificates will be produced for the Grant recipients to be presented at the meeting. The meeting is open to all Parishioners. Refreshments (cheese and wine) will hopefully be supplied by Trudi. Cllr Farman to confirm she is able to help again this year.
      Council were advised the May SPC meeting is also the Annual Statutory Meeting where Councillors’ positions on the Council are proposed and approved.
      Action: Clerk to issue the SPC meeting dates for the 22/23 year to Councillors and display these on the SPC noticeboard and website.


      Cllr. Gell attended former District Councillor Tony Barton’s funeral and was pleased to see that there was a good attendance.

      Cllr. Gell attended the recent Village Hall Committee Meeting:
      • Derek Kent, architect for the extension of the Village Hall, has resigned and a replacement architect needs to be found.
      • Car park levelling to the disabled parking spaces is to be done in house as will the replacing of the batteries in the roof blinds. The exterior notices of enquiries and bookings is to be improved.
      • The condition of tables/chairs/ etc. - John Daly, the Caretaker has been cleaning some of the blue chairs. He will separate the very unclean ones. Stacking of the chairs and tables is becoming difficult as they have run out of storage space. When the storage is rejigged, they will be less precariously stored. Cllr. Rugg noted Flaunden Village Hall used their Covid Grant to replace their chairs and tables – investment is required in Sarratt Village Hall.
      Action - Chair will write to Jenny again to raise the subject.
      • The Village Hall is dealing with the shortcomings of the sound system etc. Cllr. Dobson advised the projector system also needed overhauling.

      Cllr. Gell advised the Chandlers Cross Residents Association is planning a Hog Roast, provided by the Cart & Horses on Thursday 2 June for the Queen’s Jubilee.

      Cllr Rugg and Cllr Farman attended a meeting on Monday 11 April regarding the Deed of Variation currently with TRDC for the KGV Pavilion. The objective was to understand the status of the application as SPC had not been officially informed or consulted about the Deed of Variation. The Heads of Terms proposal that will inform the Deed of Variation appears to conflict with the current constitution of KGV. The meeting managed to bring clarity to several issues. The planning consultant was also unaware of the dire state of the KGV finances. The result of the meeting was positive, and it was agreed SPC would write to the Planning Officer with the amendments required to the Heads of Terms document.
      Action – LF and JR to draw up the amendments to the KGV Planning Consultant who is negotiating the revisions with the TRDC, the Heads of Terms for the Acting Clerk to send to the Planning Officer.
      Cllr Diggins raised again the concept of crowd-funding or a “Sarratt Bond” to help with the KGV finances which should be discussed with KGV Management Trustees when they next meet.

      341/22 CLERK/RFO REPORT
      Freedom of the Parish Board – need to add Carol Chorley (2019).
      Action – Clerk to ask David Turner who did the sign writing.

      342/22 ACTION LOG
      The Clerk talked the Councillors through progress on the Action Log. Cllr Dobson asked for the new litter bins being purchased to replace those being filled with household rubbish on the Green opposite the Boot to be added to the Action Log.
      Those items reported as completed at this meeting would now be removed for the Action Log.


      Cllr Farman advised Council that whilst TRDC have their own planning agenda, consistency is important in SPC’s approach to planning applications, and as such we would continue to use the ‘checklist’ agreed at SPC’s meeting in January to assess applications affecting the Parish, and represent the views expressed by many of the local residents in the 2018 Parish Plan conducted by SPC and more recently the Neighbourhood Plan survey.


      • 22/0438/FUL: Heather Cottage, Penmans Hill, Chipperfield, WD4 9DJ -
      First floor side extension, alterations to existing dormers and insertion of front window
      SPC: As this extension results in more than 40% increase in size we would be minded to oppose this application as over development in Green Belt. However the fallback permitted development extension option would cause more damage and impact on Green Belt, so we would not oppose this application in an effort to avoid the worse fallback option being implemented. If this application does go ahead we would strongly request that the applicants take the opportunity to improve the insulation and energy use of this dwelling, significantly better than what is required by current building regulations.

      • 22/0489/FUL: Nasus, Dunny Lane, Belsize, WD4 9DE - Loft conversion including hip to gable roof alterations, front and rear dormer windows and front rooflights, front porch, single and two storey rear extensions
      SPC: No objection on the basis that this extension is less than 40% in size. We request that further permitted development rights are removed if this application is approved. If this application does go ahead we would strongly request that the applicants take the opportunity to improve the insulation and energy use of this dwelling, significantly better than what is required by current building regulations.

      • 22/0547/FUL: Grove Lodge, Fir Tree Hill, Chandlers Cross, WD3 4LY - Demolition of an existing dwelling, stables and outbuildings, and the construction of a net zero replacement dwelling with biodiversity enhancements
      SPC: Strongly object to this application. We recognise the positive efforts presented relating to net zero and biodiversity, however these do not negate the sheer size of the proposed development. This application represents huge overdevelopment within Green Belt and is not in keeping with the local area. If officers are minded to approve, then we request this application is brought to the planning committee.

      • 22/0117/RSP: The Mulberry Bush Farm, Dawes Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6BQ - Part Retrospective: External alterations to former agricultural buildings following the change of use to flexible commercial use (Class C1 hotel / holiday accommodation) including the insertion of rooflights, windows and doors, alterations to openings, addition of external balustrade and re-cladding of the exterior walls
      SPC: In addition to our previous response, we would like to request if officers are minded to approve, then we request that this application is brought to the planning committee.


      • 21/2307/FUL The Grove Grove Mill Lane Grove Mill WD3 4TG - Erection of a maintenance shed
      SPC: No Objection   TRDC: Approved
      • 21/2301/FUL  The Grove Grove Mill Lane Grove Mill WD3 4TG - Erection of a polytunnel - SPC: No Objection   TRDC: Approved 
      • 21/2505/LBC  Wayside The Green Sarratt WD3 6BH -  Listed Building Consent: Replacement windows and front door
      SPC: No Objection   TRDC: Approved 

      • 21/2504/FUL Wayside The Green Sarratt WD3 6BH - Replacement windows and front door 
SPC: No Objection   TRDC: Approved 
      • 21/2720/FUL 12 Deadmans Ash Lane Sarratt Rickmansworth Hertfordshire WD3 6AL - 
Removal of rear conservatory, construction of single storey front, side and rear extensions
      SPC: SPC Object to this refurbishment. It is an overdevelopment and encroaches upon the neighbours.  
TRDC: Approved

      • 21/2885/FUL The Old Rectory Church Lane Sarratt WD3 6HJ - Single storey extension to existing garden room, installation of roof terrace and alterations to fenstration
      SPC: No objection to the minor extension. We do want raise a concern that the external design and especially the windows may not be in keeping with the rest of the building. 
      TRDC: Approved
From the TRDC officers report - “The proposed fenestration would be modern and frameless and would not match the existing fenestration of the host dwelling. It is noted that concern regarding the fenestration were raised by the Parish Council. However, whilst modern, it is not considered that the proposed fenestration would result in harm to the character and appearance of the host dwelling given its scale, appearance and siting”

      • 21/2910/FUL  Quickmoor Cottage Commonwood Sarratt WD4 9BB - Demolition of existing conservatory and construction of single-storey extension 
SPC: No Objection   TRDC: Approved 
      • 21/2912/FUL 27 Church Lane Sarratt WD3 6HN - Demolition of existing front porch and erection of front porch, two storey side and rear extensions,single storey rear extension, alterations to external finish to be white render and alteration to fenestration detail.
      SPC: We object to this application on the grounds that this significant enlargement of the property is overdevelopment in a Green Belt area and reduces the already very limited and needed stock of smaller family properties in the Parish.  
TRDC: Approved (removal of further development rights has been added to the restrictions)

      • 21/2947/PDT  Hollymead Bucks Hill Kings Langley Hertfordshire WD4 9AT - Prior approval: Enlargement of the dwellinghouse by the construction of one additional storey (2.839m in height) to result in an overall height of 7.364m (Class AA) 
TRDC: Approved 
      • 22/0067/CLPD  Little Paddock Little Windmill Hill Chipperfield WD4 9DG - Certificate of Lawfulness Proposed Development: Erection of outbuilding to rear
TRDC: Approved 
      • 22/0068/CLPD  Little Paddock Little Windmill Hill Chipperfield WD4 9DG - Certificate of Lawfulness Proposed Development: Construction of detached garage 
TRDC: Approved 
      • 22/0189/CLPD  27 Church Lane Sarratt Hertfordshire WD3 6HN - Certificate of Lawfulness Proposed Development: Single storey rear extension. 
TRDC: Approved
      • 21/2896/OUT Land To The Rear Of 76 And 78 Church Lane Sarratt WD3 6HL - Outline Application: Construction of up to 20 residential dwellings (Use Class C3) with new access to Church Lane and proposed pedestrian link to existing public footpath. (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale reserved). -
      SPC: The minor highway related alterations to this amended application has no impact on the basis of our objections including the unacceptable impact on sustainable transport as reported by HCC highways. Our stance on this application is that we remain very strongly opposed.
TRDC: Refused

      346/22 ENFORCEMENTS
      A full list of this month’s Enforcement Orders will be made available on the SPC website. Cllr Farman drew attention to the following ones:
      • Traveller’s Site Chandler’s Cross – an appeal on this site is pending so nothing is going to be decided on this matter quickly.
      • A number of possible Planning Contraventions at the Mulberry Bush are under investigation by TRDC.
      • Vine Cottage: adjoining fence – there has been no response from Mr Cooke’s son because the house is still in probate. TRDC Planning does not know who to serve.
      Action – Clerk to see if TRDC considers this a Health & Safety issue.


      Cllr. Rugg advised very few trees were affected by the recent storms. He had also had a lengthy site visit with Patrick Stileman, the independent arborist. The trees on SPC land alongside the boundary with Mr Baker’s land have now been surveyed by Joe Brownsell and Patrick Stileman. Both concurred that there are no signs of extensive Ash dieback. There is however an enormous amount of Ash die back elsewhere in Commonwood.
      SPC have also been advised not to chop the stems from Ivy, until it starts to overwhelm the supporting tree because it is a great environment for wildlife.
      Council were advised the HCC RoW team will pay for the repairs to the deteriorating steps on the footpath that crosses the top of Moor Lane from Dawes Common to Rose Hall Farm.
      The footpath from Rosehall Farm to Valley Farm has been blocked for some time by the landowner.
      Action – Clerk to contact Julian Thornton to see if he will act on this issue.

      The outcome of our application to the Forestry Commission for a grant to support our 10-year Woodland Management Plan is still awaited.

      Cllr. Garvey was absent from the meeting, but provided a report in advance
      Action - Cllr. Garvey to provide an update on the siting and purchase of bike racks at the next meeting.

      Cllr Diggins provided a summary of the River Chess Special Water Catchment Project, being led by Thames Water and Affinity Water. The project aims to protect the river flow of 3 key waterways of which the Chess, and the Crane are two, with the Chess being the highest priority. Key is the continuing flow of water from the aquifers beyond Chesham that are potentially threatened by the HS2 project and new housing. Quality is also an issue and for the River Chess this is impacted by regular discharges from the Chesham Sewage Works. With regard to nature in the rivers, work continues to remove non-native species such as American mink, crayfish and demon shrimp, Japanese knot weed and Himalayan Balsam. There is an otter in the Chess, which is very encouraging news. The project must involve many more people, perhaps through the Citizen Science Project. Local schools feed into this. Later this year there will be £50,000 available for ideas with grants available. Local community groups can obtain individual grants of up to £5,000. However, one of the issues is most of the riverbank is in private landowner hands. Cllr Diggins also talked about the ’dry gardens’ theme - but there is lots of information on this that needs to be reviewed so proper action can be informed and taken.
      Action: Cllr. Diggins to provide an article for Spotlight on the River Chess Strategic Water Catchment Project with an electronic link to the full report.


      Cllr Lowry advised SPC had received its precept for the first half of the 22/23 year from TRDC. Once the March month end has been closed, Cllr. Lowry will undertake the Year End close and the budget will be re-set for 22/23 by the end of May.
      Cllr. Lowry advised he had agreed with Mike Edmund to increase the amount of storage space in the cloud for the Parish email addresses as we are close to our quota for data storage and email capacity. As we need to keep data for some period of time, SPC will need to look at archiving email and documents. This is a housekeeping exercise that will streamline our storage of data.

      Bank transactions to the sum of £4,496.75, plus salary payments were approved.
      Proposed: Cllr. Rugg; Seconded: Cllr. Farman


      • Cllr Diggins asked everyone to use the on-line system to identify up-coming road closures. As works are booked some 18 months in advance, there is little warning of each job under the larger spending umbrella. This is why some advance warnings of closures are so late.
      • Cllr. Diggins advised Parishioners should contact HCC Highways to alert them that road closure signs are not being taken away in a timely manner by their contractors.
      • Tree at the entrance to the village – SPC will plant the tree in October. The Chair of HCC has told SPC to go ahead.
      • Site meeting with the Woodland Trust regarding the flooding in Redhall Lane arranged for June 6th. Cllr. Diggins will contact all parties to make progress on this.
      • Information on why drainage channels were installed on the stretch of Sarratt Road between Micklefield Hall and Coltspring Stables – a stretch of road that does not flood – rather than further down Sarratt Road towards York House School where road flooding is a persistent problem remains a mystery.
      Action: Cllr. Diggins to progress

      354/22 FINGERPOSTS
      Orders have been placed for the 3 remaining fingerposts. However there are issues with the recently purchased fingerposts from the same supplier, which after just 2 months of installation are splitting down the middle because they are made of two bits of joined wood, rather than being a solid post. The Clerk was requested to cancel the new order immediately and ask the supplier what they intend to do about the recently purchased posts, which may warrant a formal complaint.

      A request had been received from a member of the public suggesting the Ukrainian flag be flown from the flagpole on Sarratt Green. Cllr Dobson advised there were strict protocols in place for what / when a flag could be flown from a flagpole managed by a local government body, but SPC would look into what other Parish Council’s are doing. In the meantime, the resident might wish to consider approaching the Village Shop or one of the pubs on the Green.
      Action: Clerk to find out what other Parish Council’s are doing with respect to demonstrating support for Ukraine.

      The Clerk had received an email from a resident regarding a parking issue. As this is a domestic dispute between neighbours, SPC are not able to intervene.


      The date of the next meeting will be TUESDAY 10th MAY 2022

      358/22 PART II
      To pass a resolution that the Press and Public may be excluded due to the confidential nature of the business under Section 1 Sub Section (2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meeting) Act 1960 from any items on the Agenda which are deemed to relate to exempt information.
      Spotlight Report
      SPC Spotlight Report (draft minutes of last meeting)


      The following report covers the key points arising from the Sarratt Parish Council (SPC) meeting held on Tuesday 12 Ju ly.


      Outline Planning Applications 22/OUT/0601 & 22/OUT/0602 relating to the development of 78 houses, plus a Scout HQ and new Doctor’s Surgery on land adjacent to Church Lane and a 9 house development further down Church Lane – SPC noted a large number of objections to these applications had been lodged by Sarratt residents on the Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) planning portal. The statutory deadline for TRDC’s decision is the 19 July. SPC has requested that should the Planning Officer be minded to approve the linked applications they should be referred to the TRDC Planning Committee. 

      Planning Applications

      • 22/1187/FUL: Chandlers Cottage, Fir Tree Hill, Chandlers Cross, WD3 4LZ - Conversion of stable block into an annexe and construction of single storey front extension to building including extension to hard-surfacing.

      SPC comment - No Objection. We note the footprint expansion in this application as not being generally desirable action in a Green Belt area, but also note the mitigating reasons based on accessible use. 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.

      • 22/1141/CLED: Micklefield Hall Farm, Sarratt Road, WD3 6AQ - Certificate of Lawfulness Existing Use: Erection of a marquee for ancillary use in connection with the wedding venue at Tithe Barn.
        SPC comment - Noted. We also note there have been noise issues in relation to events using the marquee and we encourage the applicant to minimise use of the marquee and to use indoor facilities to minimise any disturbance where possible.
      • 22/1011/CLED: Commonwood Cottage, Commonwood, WD4 9BA - Certificate of Lawfulness Existing Development: Use of outbuildings for domestic storage. 

      SPC comment – Noted. 

      Recent planning decisions:

      • 22/0853/FUL: Little Westwood House, Bucks Hill, WD4 9AR - Single storey rear orangery extension including alterations to fenestration  
        SPC: No objection on the basis that this extension appears to be proportionate to the overall size of the dwelling. We do note that this still represents a significant extension and request any further permitted development rights are removed on successful application. We request that the applicant insulates the extension more than is required by current building standards to help significantly improve the energy efficiency of the dwelling.

      TRDC: Approved

      • 22/0650/PDT: Hollymead, Bucks Hill, WD4 9AT - Prior approval: Enlargement of the dwellinghouse by the construction of one additional storey (3.014m in height) and raising of ridge to result in an overall height of 7.814m (Class AA)

      SPC: Noted. However this is a significant enlargement of this property in the Green Belt, that will generate another large house in an area that already has enough properties of this size for the identified housing needs.

      TRDC: Approved

      • 22/0117/RSP: The Mulberry Bush Farm, Dawes Lane, Sarratt, WD3 6BQ - Part Retrospective: External alterations to former agricultural buildings following the change of use to flexible commercial use (Class C1 hotel / holiday accommodation) including the insertion of rooflights, windows and doors, alterations to openings, addition of external balustrade and re-cladding of the exterior walls

      SPC: We note that a retrospective planning application has been submitted (22/0117/RSP) for the work already done on the barns. It is of course disappointing that developments continue on this site ignoring planning rules to then seek to cover this disregard with retrospective applications. It must make planning control and your jobs very hard to conduct. This application clearly shows first floor decking and balconies as part of the conversion and part of the commercial use. The approved change of use application 21/1417/PDF clearly excludes these areas in the change of use. So going from submitted plans for 22/0117/RSP the total floor space for this C1 commercial use is 538m2 which exceeds prior approval and planning rules. So we are hoping this application is refused and this will be part of the further action you will be taking.

      TRDC: Refused (reason: …fenestration material, design and introduction of greater openings and the addition of external balconies and balustrades materially harms the character and appearance of the former agricultural barns and detracts from the rural setting and special characteristics of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)


      Contact has now been established with the Forestry Commission Regional Office based in Brandon Suffolk and their Woodlands Officer responsible for Hertfordshire who has agreed to visit Sarratt and provide advice on the management of any signs of Ash Die Back in the mature trees at Commonwood, plus update the Council with the Commissions recommended approach to Ash Die Back. It is also hoped she will be able to provide an update on the 10-year Woodland Management Plan from her colleagues at the Regional Office who received the plan some time ago and are assessing both the plan and the application for a Forestry Commission grant to undertake the improvement work.

      Several tree related issues resulting in trimming or work on removing potentially dangerous branches on SPC land in the Parish have been or are being dealt with by the Clerk.

      The Clerk has also dealt with the reported issue of interference with a badger set on the inner side of the hedge line on Sarratt road on the land currently subject to a planning application for housing development. 

      New litter bins are to be purchased for Commonwood Car Park as picnickers are causing a great deal of litter.

      An inspection has recently been carried out on the allotments. At present there are 5 vacant plots, and several others currently leased to tenants are in a poor state of neglect. Letters have been sent to the tenants of those plots needing work, giving a month’s notice to carry out specific improvements (eg removing rubbish/blackthorn/strimming the paths). If remedial action is not undertaken these plots will be taken back from the tenants. The next inspection will be in 3 months’ time and repeated quarterly thereafter.


      • Cycle Racks at KGV – The location for the cycle racks at KGV has been agreed. These are being funded by SCCF, with their installation paid for by SPC. 
      • Queens Green Canopy - Planning is ongoing with a local resident for an approx. 0.5acre new Woodland. This should hopefully take shape this Autumn. Any other residents keen to plant a tree or trees should contact Councillor Garvey.


      • Councillor Lowry presented a summary of the Quarter 1 expenditure to-date (April – June) which saw a high level of expenditure for the first few months due to grants being issued to local organisations and additional costs around the transition between Parish Clerks. It is expected expenditure will return to the usual £6-8,000 per month from now on.
      • There were initial discussions on support for the KGV Pavilion building, which is in need of urgent repair e.g. work is required on the pavilion roof and gutters, and there is a long standing water leak inside the KGV gates 
      • New batteries have been purchased for the defibrillators on the side of the Village Hall and the KGV Pavilion. These will shortly be serviced as part of a new contract to service them annually. An option to install a defibrillator at the Chipperfield end of the Green is also being assessed.


      • Safer Sarratt, Reducing Speed - As part of the desire to make Sarratt’s roads safer for all pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and drivers, SPC have been looking at options to reduce speed around the area. While some roads have 30mph limits, some of our busiest and most dangerous roads operate under the National Speed Limit of 60mph.  SPC wishes to check residents’ views before taking action – see separate article in this edition of Spotlight from Councillor Diggins.
      • Cycleways - Councillor Diggins and the Clerk attended a recent TRDC Joint Parish Council Meeting on 7 July 2022, at which Councillor Diggins raised the issue of safe cycleways for the rural parts of the District, not just the urban routes. Councillor Diggins was not able to attend the SPC July meeting and will give a full report of the cycleways discussion at the Joint Parish Council Meeting at the next SPC meeting in August. 
      • Water Leak: Fir Hill, Chandlers Cross.  Councillor Diggins contacted Affinity Water and explained that not only was this a potential road hazard, as braking was harder, it set a very poor reputational example at a time when the South East has a water shortage and Affinity Water, our clean water supplier, is running campaigns to save water. The leak has now been repaired.
      • Roadworks and Diversions: Major roadworks and diversions planned in our area are published on the ‘One.Network’ website: (or simply Google Hertfordshire Roadworks and select One Network). Please note that if Parishioners need to plan ahead, this website allows a user to view any planned works, 2 weeks, 3 or 12 months ahead; a simple ’sign-in’ is required (email and password) but the system then remembers your preferred view. For those without access to computers, then Parishioners can ask the SPC Office to provide the details required.
      • Road-Faults and Repairs:  Parishioners are requested to report damaged roads as soon as possible. SPC’s mechanism for reporting is via the HCC fault reporting portal, here: This covers: road damage, potholes, fly-tipping, broken lights, flooding, in short, anything to do with roads. This portal is open for all to use and does work (ie Herts CC do respond). Alternatively, please contact the SPC Office and we will report it, but it will be slower.
      • Fingerposts – following the remedial work on the 4 new black & white fingerpost signs, an order has now been submitted for the 3 remaining fingerpost signs in the Parish that need replacing.

      The next SPC meeting will be held on Tuesday 9 August at 7:30pm in the rear room of the Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend.


    Agenda of the Next Meeting

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    Most Recent Minutes

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    SPC Spotlight Report

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