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. Stevenage Costa store approved

Plans for a Costa Coffee outlet on Stevenage Leisure Park have been approved by the borough council.

The Comet: What the approved new Costa in Stevenage could look like.What the approved new Costa in Stevenage could look like. (Image: Legal and General)

Complete with a drive-thru, the new outlet on the Kings Way leisure park will be sited where the Eastern Corner restaurant used to be, before it was demolished in 2020.

The council's planning officer said: "It is considered the proposal demonstrates high standards of design in keeping with the commercial character of the leisure park."

Costa Coffee already has outlets in Stevenage High Street, Queensway, 9Yards retail park - formerly the Roaring Meg - and Stevenage Railway Station.

2. Welwyn Garden City Safestore plans

A planning application has been submitted to build a Safestore unit and warehouses in Welwyn Garden City.

The Comet: The proposed Safestore site in Welwyn Garden City.The proposed Safestore site in Welwyn Garden City. (Image: Jefferson Sheard Architects)

The proposals, submitted by Safestore Properties Ltd, would see the Norton Building in Bridge Road East demolished and redeveloped with three units, associated car and cycle parking, landscaping and associated works.

"The larger of the three buildings has been designed to accommodate end user Safestore, who provide self storage solutions," the planning and design statement reads.

"The remaining two buildings will seek to supplement demand for small and medium commercial space for both local and non local businesses."

3. Welwyn Garden City flats

A planning application has been submitted for three news flats in Welwyn Garden City town centre.

The Comet: The proposed flats in Howardsgate.The proposed flats in Howardsgate. (Image: Viewbridge Properties Ltd)

The plans, submitted by Viewbridge Properties Ltd, propose the "erection of an additional storey to accommodate three residential units" at 31A Howardsgate.

According to the plans, the new flats will be a mix of one-bedroom and two-person single occupancy units, and despite another storey being added, "the existing fabric, features and architecture of the building are to be retained".

"Great care has been taken to design the scheme so that it enhances the existing building while also providing additional flat accommodation," a planning and design statement reads.

4. 100-home Harpenden development

Plans submitted to St Albans City & District Council could see 100 new homes constructed in Harpenden.

A screening opinion application was submitted to the local authority's planning committee last Tuesday (May 7), concerning the proposed dwellings at the town's train station's East Side Car Park.

A screening opinion application allows developers to discover whether the council would require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed development.

If the development goes ahead, two four-storey residential buildings would be created at the north of the site.

A station plaza will be created, with a new station drop-off zone, and a single-storey parking deck at the south of the existing car park would replace "a number of the parking spaces" lost as a result of the new homes.

5. 189-home Borehamwood development

Plans have been submitted for 189 new homes to be created on Green Belt land.

The Comet: The land which could be used to create 189 homes.The land which could be used to create 189 homes. (Image: Google Maps)

If accepted, the application would see 151 "affordable dwellings" created, along with 38 market homes.

The site - at Lyndhurst Farm, between Borehamwood and Shenley - has been identified as an area to be released from the Green Belt as part of Hertsmere Borough Council's draft Local Plan.

Existing structures would be demolished at the site, prior to the construction of the new homes, community building and creation of open spaces.