Planning committees across Hertfordshire are busy as ever, with plenty of applications and appeals coming through.

We've compiled a list of just some of the applications that are currently pending or have been approved in our areas.

Here are some that might have gone under the radar.

1. Hitchin pub's supermarket plans

A pub in Hitchin could be set for huge changes, including the construction of a supermarket, after plans were submitted to North Herts Council.

A planning application launched by Greene King would see work done both inside and out at The Anchor Inn pub on Cambridge Road.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: The Anchor in Hitchin could be set for widespread changes.The Anchor in Hitchin could be set for widespread changes. (Image: Google Maps)

As part of the proposal, land at the rear of the building currently occupied by hedges, grass and a play area, would be turned into shop and warehouse, "occupied by Sainsburys and functioning as a Sainsbury’s Local", according to a planning statement submitted by Walsingham Planning.

As for The Anchor itself, the application describes the pub as "tired and dated and in need of investment", with big changes planned, including the reconfiguration of the garden and the demolition of a number of outbuildings, to make way for a garden pergola providing covered outdoor seating, and four timber huts for private and family outdoor dining.

2. Club 85 demolition proposal

A planning application has been submitted that would see Hitchin's much-loved music venue, Club 85, demolished to make way for flats.

The plans, submitted by the owners of Club 85, would see the Whinbush Road spot knocked down, and replaced by 16 apartments, including five one-bed and 11 two-bed properties, with vehicle access provided off Whinbush Road.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Club 85 could be demolished if plans are approved.Club 85 could be demolished if plans are approved. (Image: Google Maps)

The 300-capacity venue has played host to the likes Neville Staple from The Specials, and Glenn Matlock, a member of punk rock icons the Sex Pistols, establishing itself a renowned spot for independent, grassroots music.

in a statement, landlords Jas and Ranjit Lidder have revealed they plan to retire by 2025, and that developing Club 85 is the "best choice".

Manager Bob Mardon admitted that while the future of Club 85 looks uncertain, work has already begun on finding a new location for the venue.

3. Stevenage town centre flats a step closer

Approval has been given for the change of use of office units and one retail unit in Stevenage town centre to residential use, to pave the way for 71 new flats.

The plan is to create new flats above the shops at 58-90 Queensway and Forum Chambers, with the development spanning the stretch of units between the two main entrances to the Westgate shopping centre.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: New flats could be coming to Stevenage town centre.New flats could be coming to Stevenage town centre. (Image: Brooks Murray/Stevenage Borough Council)

The development would replace office space and, with access to the flats via 80 Queensway, part of the ground floor unit previously occupied by BrightHouse would no longer be available for retail use.

As part of the development, two storeys would be added to the building, which is currently three-storeys tall.

The plan includes 55 one-bedroom flats, 14 two-bedroom flats and two three-bedroom flats.

4. Great Wymondly's massive solar farm

AGR 4 Solar Limited has applied for permission to build an 88-hectare solar station, bigger than 136 Premier League football pitches, at Priory Farm and Great Wymondley.

The plans feature around 150,000 solar panels to feed 49.995MWe (Megawatt Electric) into the grid.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Plans for the solar farm have been met with opposition.Plans for the solar farm have been met with opposition. (Image: Axis)

North Herts Council green-lit the plans last November, but levelling up secretary Michael Gove “called in” the proposal, triggering an inquiry which began on Tuesday, September 12.

Paul Harding, a Great Wymondley resident since 1982, objected to the proposals and said the applicant would need to do away with the “green lung” between Hitchin, Letchworth and Stevenage.

5. Quarry plans for Hatfield Aerodrome

A second application to build a quarry on former Hatfield Aerodrome land has been submitted.

An initial application by Brett Aggregates was refused by Hertfordshire County Council, with the Planning Inspectorate dismissing an appeal in January 2022.

A new 'consultation only' application was submitted to St Albans City & District Council by the same company on August 8.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: An application for the site has already been rejected.An application for the site has already been rejected. (Image: Brett Aggregates / St Albans City & District Council)

The application includes the establishment of a new quarry at the site, access onto the A1057, aggregate processing plant and "other ancillary facilities".

Material would be extracted from the site in seven stages, with each stage being "stripped of soils and vegetation in advance of working".

The removal of sand and gravel would then take place, before the land is restored and extraction begins in the next stage's area.

The initial application for the land, which sits between Smallford and Ellenbrook, would have extracted up to eight million tonnes of sand and gravel over a 32-year period.