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Solar Plant update

Aldenham Parish Council (APC) is continuing to fight the Solar Plant application on 320 acres of Green Belt land surrounding Hilfield Farm and land north of Butterfly Lane.

APC’s Statement of Case was submitted on Tuesday 26 July and it can be viewed here:  https://aldenham-pc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/2022.07.26-Statement-of-Case-on-behalf-of-Aldenham-Parish-Council-Final.pdf

The Planning Inspector will be holding a Case Management Conference on 11th August ahead of the Inquiry in October. 

APC will continue to keep the community updated as and when there are any further developments to report.  

GREEN FLAG AWARD WINNERS – PHILLIMORE RECREATION GROUND

Phillimore Recreation Ground awarded the coveted Green Flag Award as it is officially recognised as one of the country’s best parks

In a record-breaking year Phillimore Recreation Ground is raising its prestigious Green Flag Award

Today, Aldenham Parish Council is celebrating after receiving a Green Flag Award for Phillimore Recreation Ground one of 2208 UK winners.

The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

After two years that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that Phillimore Recreation Ground has achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that make the green space a great space that everyone can enjoy.

“We are really pleased to have been awarded this for the 2nd year running. It has been a great team effort which has been supported by the Council.”

Commenting on the news that Phillimore Recreation Ground has met the Green Flag Award standard, Keep Britain Tidy’s Accreditation Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Phillimore Recreation Ground worthy of a Green Flag Award.

Phillimore Recreation Ground is a vital green space for the community in Hertfordshire. This award is testament to all the hard work of staff and volunteers, who do so much to ensure that it maintains the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

A full list of Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces is available here

SOLAR PLANT UPDATE FROM ALDENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Aldenham Parish Council (APC) is continuing to fight the Solar Plant application on 320 acres of Green Belt land surrounding Hilfield Farm and land north of Butterfly Lane. 

The Ecologist employed by APC to write the report for the Appeal in October, visited the site last week, and whilst they were there commented on the sheer size of the application, as well as the impact on the landscape and the numerous public footpaths that run across the site.

They were also surprised to see that there were many crops being grown in the fields that, if approved, would be lost to the solar panels at a time when more food production is required.

The Ecologists report’ should be sent to APC’s Barrister by 25th July 2022, as there is a Case Management Conference on 11th August to be held by the Planning Inspector ahead of the Inquiry in October.

APC’s Planning Committee also reviewed the revised planning application from the developer at their meeting on 4th July 2022, and reached the same conclusion as they did on the first application. When making their comments to Hertsmere Borough Council (HBC) members also added that APC do not think that this revised application should be considered until the outcome of the Appeal is known.

APC will continue to keep the Community updated as and when there are any further developments to report.

Planning Committee Meeting Cancelled

The Planning Committee Meeting on Monday 18th July at 7.30pm at The Radlett Centre has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Consultation on revised solar farm proposal

A map of the area with markings to show the proposed solar farm site.Members of the public have a month to comment on some amended plans to create a 67-hectare solar farm near Aldenham.

Another planning application has been submitted by Elstree Green Limited seeking permission for the construction and operation for a grid-connected solar photovoltaic farm with battery storage and other ancillary infrastructure on land north of Butterfly Lane and surrounding Hilfield Farm, and west of Hilfield Lane (map of the location is pictured above left and available on our website). The application is a revised version of one which was submitted and refused permission in November last year. A planning appeal against this decision is currently underway and is due to be decided by public inquiry in the autumn. The current live application can be viewed by going to the HBC website www.hertsmere.gov.uk/planningsearch and searching for either Butterfly Lane or reference number 22/0948/FULEI.

Comments should be submitted before Saturday 23 July via the Hertsmere Borough Council website or by e-mailing consult.planning@hertsmere.gov.uk and quoting the case reference number. Please also copy in Aldenham Parish Council (manager@aldenham-pc.gov.uk) who will be discussing the plans at the Planning Committee meeting on 4th July 2022 at The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue Radlett

Further protection for bungalows in Radlett as a result of the Radlett Neighbourhood Plan

New rules are being implemented by Hertsmere Borough Council to protect a number of bungalows across Radlett, which are deemed of value in the recently adopted Radlett Neighbourhood Plan. This follows recent changes in national legislation which allow for an extra storey to be built on homes, without the need for planning permission, as long as it complies with certain criteria.

A copy of the new Article 4 directions for Radlett and a set of frequently asked questions can be found at www.hertsmere.gov.uk/RadlettArticle4 The new directions will come into force in May next year. Until then all interested parties can give their views in a public consultation by emailing at local.plan@hertsmere.gov.uk. Responses can also be submitted in writing to Planning department, Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood WD6 1WA. ​ ​

Solar Farm – 22/0948/FULEI

Another planning application has been lodged for the solar farm. Please look at the new plans and make your comments to Hertsmere Planning Dept.

If you wish to make any comments about this application, you can do this by:

Logging onto the website using this link https://www6.hertsmere.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application

Emailing consult.planning@hertsmere.gov.uk please quote the application number 22/0948/FULEI

Posting your comments to The Planning and Economic Development Department, Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1WA, please quote the application number 22/0948/FULEI

Your comments need to be received by 23rd July 2022.

Aldenham Parish Council are committed to at the same time to appeal the original application when the planning inspector considers the developers appeal in October and have employed a barrister to represent it.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2022

ALDENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2022

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)

NOTICE
  1. Date of announcement____13 June 2022__________________________

2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:  

Peter Evans — Parish Council Manager First Floor, The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, RADLETT, WD7 8HL Tel: 01923 856433 mobile — 07833251115 E-Mail: manager@aldenham-pc.gov.uk_        
commencing on  __Tuesday 14 June 2022_______________________  
and ending on  ___Monday 25 July 2022______________________  

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:   The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; andThe right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.   The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.  

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is:   PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team) 15 Westferry Circus Canary Wharf London E14 4HD (sba@pkf-littlejohn.com)  

5. This announcement is made by Peter Evans   (Council Manager)____  

Solar farm – Appeal against refusal of permission APP/N1920/W/22/3295268

The developers of the proposed solar farm on land North Of Butterfly Lane, Land Surrounding Hilfield Farm And Land West Of Hilfield Lane, Aldenham  have appealed  to the planning inspector against the decision by Hertsmere Borough Council to refuse planning permission.  

At Full Council on  Monday 30 May Aldenham Parish Council (APC) agreed to employ a planning barrister to act on its behalf at the inquiry later this year. APC has now applied for,  and been approved to be a considered an interested party to the appeal process, under rule 6.

APC is asking all of you who oppose the solar farm to send your objections and any photos you may have of the site, to the planning inspector at

https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3295268

Many of you sent comments previously and it is important that you do so again, so that the inspector can accurately judge the level of public opposition to the proposals. 

Comments must be received by 7 June at the latest, so time is very short. 

If you do not have access to the internet, you can send your comments to:

Kerr Brown,

The Planning Inspectorate,

Temple Quay House,

2 The Square,

Temple Quay,

Bristol,

BS1 6PN

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