SEDLESCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE OF SEDLESCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2006 IN COMMITTEE ROOM 2 OF SEDLESCOMBE VILLAGE HALL, 19:30-20:14

PRESENT: Cllr P Martin (Chairman of the Committee), Cllrs W Cameron, N Foord, Mrs J Mitchell, Cllr Mrs V Wright (Chairman of the Council), Cllr A Rand (Vice-Chairman of the Council)

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P06/07.71 Apology for absence. None. All present.

P06/07.72 Minutes. The Chairman was authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 14 November 2006.

P06/07.73 Interests. Members were reminded to disclose personal interests in matters on the agenda as they arose.

P06/07.74 Planning Applications

74.1 RR/2006/3121/T Powdermills, The Street, Sedlescombe. Remove two conifer trees. Cllr Martin (Tree Warden) reported on his inspection of the site. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council ratifies the decision made to support this application.

74.2 RR/2006/3162/P 30 Gorselands, Sedlescombe. Proposed loft conversion to include dormer window, balconette and roof lights. Cllr Mrs Wright reported on her inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports the proposal.

74.3 RR/2006/3167/P Great Sanders Fruit Farm, Beech Farm Road (now known as Hawkhurst Road), Sedlescombe. Removal of part of redundant agricultural unit and erection of single storey timber agricultural dwelling. Cllr Martin reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council objects to the proposal because the area of land is insufficient to support a full-time livelihood and local houses are for sale nearby. [Cllr Rand asked that it should be recorded that he abstained from voting.]

74.4 RR/2006/3234/P Swift Lite Charcoal Works, Marley Lane, Sedlescombe. Erection of detached office building. Cllr Rand reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports the proposal. However, it would like to see the tree screening, that was a condition of the RR/2005/2847/P planning permission, planted as soon as possible. It also notes the comment of the Highways Agency regarding the need for highway works at the junction of the A21 and Marley Lane.

74.5 RR/2006/3276/P Chittlebirch Oast, Junction Road, Sedlescombe. Erection of oak framed double garage. Cllr Martin reported on his inspection of the site. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports the proposal.

P06/07.75 Sale of Southern Water Authority Land. The Chairman reported that he had spoken to an officer from Southern Water Authority asking that the Parish Council is informed if Southern Water Authority land is put up for sale. The Clerk wrote a letter to Southern Water Authority on the same subject.

RESOLVED: That the order of business is varied and Agenda item P06/07.77 is taken next.

P06/07.77 Planning Application results. Members had been supplied with a list of planning application results.

P06/07.76 Planned Redevelopment of the Pestalozzi International Village Site. CLLR CAMERON DECLARED HIS PERSONAL & PREJUDICIAL INTEREST BY VIRTUE OF HIS LIVING NEXT TO THE SITE AND LEFT THE MEETING.

The Clerk reported on the public meeting held in the Village Hall on 24/11/06. About 40 people attended. As well as information re the masterplan for major renovation and renewal at the Village and future uses of the Estate, there was a presentation by the Architects and a model was on display. Discussion ensued on the following subjects: 1) Covenant on the land around Oaklands Manor (Derek Marshall, Chief Executive, had confirmed later in an e-mail that the covenant had been imposed by Pestalozzi on the Manor House and Coach Houses and came into force when they were sold into private ownership some time ago). 2) Change of plans for the roof of Sainsbury House which will now be dark-coloured metal. 3) Demolition of the buildings housing existing business and their relocation. 4) Rother's expected removal of permitted development rights from new houses on the site. 5) The ecological benefits of gardens. 6) The suggestion that an eco-development of affordable housing rather than an estate of luxury houses would more happily fit in with Pestalozzi's ethos and could provide an ongoing income. 7) Access to the site off the B2244/Chapel Hill junction and the necessity for improvements at this junction. 8) The access for construction traffic which should be specified as from the A21 rather than through the Village of Sedlescombe. 9) Concerns about the postion of the parking area and its size. 10) Concerns that views will be spoiled by two-storey bunkhouses near South Lodge. 11) Conservation and relocation of wildlife during the development. 12) The incorporation of swift nestboxes in the new buildings.

The planning application is currently expected to be submitted to Rother District Council at the beginning of February.

People living near the top end of the site are concerned about the possibility of increased noise disturbance from the relocated garden/associated buildings and also noise and fumes from the car park and bin collecting area (these at around 7am). They also believe that a Saxon area of historic interest will be disturbed and that there will be an increase of traffic from Pestalozzi into Cottage Lane and Harts Green Road which is already a dangerous junction. They have written to the Parish Council stating that "it is all very well shielding the buildings from view from the main Sedlescombe village, but we also should be considered". Derek Marshall believes that the top end of the site will be quieter on a regular bais with the removal of all the climbing towers, adventure playground etc.; it will be replaced by gardening as the main activity in this area. The main parking area is screened and dug in by some depth.

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