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PLANNING MINUTES

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE OF SEDLESCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN COMMITTEE ROOM 2 OF SEDLESCOMBE VILLAGE HALL ON TUESDAY 13 JULY 2010, 18:00-19:15

PRESENT: Councillors Marland, Martin, Mitchell
Cllr Wright (Chairman of the Council), Cllr A Rand (Vice-Chairman of the Council) from agenda item P10/11.26.1

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Mrs P Raymond

1 member of the public (part of meeting)

 

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P10/11.21 Apologies and reasons for absence. Cllr Wheatley (domestic commitment), Cllr Rand (late)
P10/11.22

Disclosure by Members of personal interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the member regarded the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct. None disclosed but, later, Cllr Martin declared a personal interest in P10/11.26.3, Pestalozzi International Village, by virtue of his daughter being the Marketing Manager at Pestalozzi.  

P10/11.23 Prejudiced members' participation. None.
P10/11.24 Public participation session.The Chairman allowed a member of the public, Jackie Dollar, to address the Committee regarding Planning Application RR/2010/1393/P (26.5). Ms Dollar explained that the proposed extension to the first floor of Claytons would block any natural light into her ground floor entrance and first floor bathroom and bedroom and should, therefore, be refused. She mentioned that a loft conversion of Claytons, approved several years ago, could provide additional accommodation without damaging the amenities of her home.
P10/11.26.5 RR/2010/1393/P. Claytons, The Green, Sedlescombe. First floor extension and conservatory. It was agreed that this agenda item should be taken next. Cllr Marland reported on his inspection. He explained to the Committee that, although the plans for the proposed extension do not appear to be out of keeping, the proposal is likely to affect the neighbouring properties on both sides. Representations to Rother from Ms Dollar of 1 Forge Cottages and from Mrs Russell-Parnell of Forge House were read by the Clerk. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council objects to the proposal because the development would be contrary to Policy GD1(ii) in that it would unreasonably harm the amenities of properties on either side of Claytons. The volume of the proposed development would mean a loss of light to 1 Forge Cottages to the north. The volume of the proposed roof area could exacerbate the existing rainwater problems of Forge House to the south.
P10/11.25 Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 06/07/10.
P10/11.26

Planning Applications 

26.1

RR/2010/1131/P Park View, The Street, Sedlescombe. Construction of four detached houses and cartlodge garage with bin and cycle store. Cllr Wright reported on her inspection.

 

RESOLVED: That the Parish Council objects to the proposal because

1. It would be contrary to Policy DS1.1 as the proposal does not make the best use of previously-developed land.

2. It would be contrary to Policies GD1.2 and TR3.1 and 13 as the proposal would unreasonably harm the amenities of adjoining properties because insufficient space has been allowed on the site for visitors' vehicles and turning arrangements are inadequate. Turning would be especially difficult for large vehicles such as removal lorries, fire engines etc. Despite what the Inspector said in the past, the entrance to the site is too narrow to take the number of extra vehicles that would be accessing the site bringing them into conflict with existing users.

3. It would be contrary to Policy GD1.4 as the proposed houses are too tall, too big and too dark in colour and would detract from the character and appearance of the locality.

4. It would be contrary to Policy GD1.8 because the large buildings would be very noticeable on the approach to Sedlescombe Village and would prejudice the character, appearance and setting of the listed buildings and the Conservation Area.

5. It would be contrary to Policy HG4.1 as the proposed buildings would not relate well to the existing street pattern.

 

If the development is approved: The developer should approach the Parish Council regarding a replacement bus shelter as proposed by East Sussex County Council. The hedge on the southern boundary of the site should be retained.

26.2 RR/2010/1193/P 21 Park Shaw, Sedlescombe. Erection of summerhouse (retrospective). Cllr Marland reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.
26.3 RR/2010/1264/P Pestalozzi Village, Ladybird Lane, Sedlescombe. Proposed relocation of approved conference block to site of approved administration block. Cllr Martin declared his personal interest in this application by virtue of his daughter being the Marketing Manager at Pestalozzi. He remained in the room and took part in the discussions. Cllr Wright reported on this application. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval of the proposal.
26.4 RR/2010/1392/P Springfield Cottage, Brede Lane, Sedlescombe. Proposed extension, alterations and replacement garage. Cllr Mitchell reported on her inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval of the proposal. However, the roofing of the replacement garage should be grey slate to match the existing house.
26.5 RR/2010/1393/P Claytons, The Green, Sedlescombe. Proposed first floor extension and conservatory. See above.
26.6 RR/2010/1404/P Lyndale, Churchland Lane, Sedlescombe. Removal of holiday caravan and timber holiday chalet and replacement with single timber holiday chalet. Cllr Martin reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval. However, Rother DC to be informed that the pink planning notice is not visible on site and neighbours are not apparently aware of this proposal.
26.7

RR/2010/1501/P Cheyne Down, Hurst Lane, Sedlescombe. Demolition of existing dwelling and outbuildings - erection of new private dwelling. Cllr Rand reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval as

  1. The proposal appears to be in accordance with Policy GD1.
  2. The proposal appears to be in accordance with Policy HG10 in that it will be on a similar footprint but at a lower level to the existing bungalow. Despite being two-storey, it should therefore blend into the landscape
26.8 RR/2010/1437/P 23 Gorselands, Sedlescombe. Decking and gazebo to house hot tub. Cllr Mitchell reported on this application. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council objects to this proposal because the proposal is not in accordance with Policy GD1(ii), (iv) and (v) in that it is not in keeping with surrounding gardens and would unreasonably harm the amenities and views of adjoining properties.
26.9 RR/2010/704/P The Bothy, Sedlescombe. The Committee notes the change to the parking area and that East Sussex County Council has withdrawn its objection on parking grounds.
P10/11.27

Appeals

27.1

RR/2010/12/P Budget Car Company, The Street, Sedlescombe. Erection of storm port on existing car sales area (part retrospective by virtue of design changes). Awaiting results of appeal. Final comments by 08/07/10.

 

The Clerk reported that the officer's recommendation re the Enforcement Notice is as follows:

To cease the use of land outside of the approved area under planning permission RR.80.2363 for the parking and display of vehicles for sale and removal all vehicles from the land outside of the approved area.  

P10/11.28 Results
28.1 RR/2010/1099/P 39 Gorselands, Sedlescombe. Proposed loft conversion with dormers and conversion of garage to habitable accommodation. Planning permission granted.
 

 

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