BSCF objections to amended planning application for Bishop's Stortford South New!

Development Management
East Herts Council
Wallfields
Pegs Lane
Hertford
SG13 8EQ
23 February 2019

Sent by email

Dear Sir or Madam

BISHOP'S STORTFORD SOUTH Your ref: 3/18/2253/OUT

I am writing on behalf of the Bishop's Stortford Civic Federation to object to this amended application. The amendments leave the substance of the scheme unchanged and do nothing to address the grounds of objection set out in our letter of 14 November 2018 and which for your convenience are summarised below:

We understand that a consultation period of only two weeks has been allowed to enable this application to be treated as a matter of routine business at the March meeting of the Development Management Committee. This is wholly unsatisfactory. For other planning applications of this scale (such as Bishop's Stortford North and the Station Goods Yard) a special meeting of the Committee has been held in Bishop's Stortford to enable that application to be examined as a single item of business and a much longer time than a token three minutes allowed for supporters and objectors to address the Committee. We see no reason for treating this application differently, particularly in view of the shortcomings in the Master planning process which we set out in our previous letter of objection. We also find it surprising, in view of the conspicuous shortcomings in the transport assessment that, at the time of writing, no formal response from the Highway authority appears on the EHDC website.

As explained in our previous letter of objection, there is no objective justification for this scheme, and certainly no urgent need to bring any part of this site forward for development. We therefore suggest that the Council postpones consideration of this scheme until a special meeting can be arranged in Bishop's Stortford. This would have the added benefit of allowing a longer period of consultation on the amendments to the scheme as well as giving respondents the opportunity to reflect of the advice of the Highway authority when it is received.

Failing that, if the Development Management Committee is asked to consider the application at its March meeting, we trust that planning permission will be refused.

Yours faithfully

John Rhodes
President