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PLANNING MINUTES

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE OF SEDLESCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN SEDLESCOMBE VILLAGE HALL COMMITTEE ROOM 2 ON TUESDAY 24 MAY 2011

MEMBERS PRESENT: Councillor Vine-Hall (Chairman), Cllrs Glew, Mitchell, Rand, Reynolds, Cllr Wright (Chairman of the Council)

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Mrs P Raymond

Also present: 9 members of the public

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P11/12.13 Apologies and reasons for absence. None, all present.
P11/12.14

Disclosures of personal and prejudicial interests from Councillors on matters to be considered at the meeting in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct 2007. None received.

P11/12.15 Public participation session. Several members of the public gave notice that they wished to speak re agenda item 17.1, RR/2011/859/P proposed development of land at rear of Ivy Cottage, Brede Lane.
P11/12.16 Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 17/05/11.
P11/12.17

Planning Applications

17.1

RR/2011/859/P Ivy Cottage - land rear of, Brede Lane, Sedlescombe. Construction of a pair of two-bedroom semi-detached and two three-bedroom detached cottages.

 

The Chairman allowed representation as follows:

  1. John Beck of 14 Park Shaw. Objects to the proposal which would inevitably affect the trees, animals, birds and insects. The development would spoil the view from his property.
  2. Ted Cornford of 12 Park Shaw. Objects to the proposal and has real concern that the removal of the trees on this already wet land would increase the possibility of flooding of the area, including activation of springs.. The increase of traffic, with probably at least 8 extra cars, and the limited parking on the site could exacerbate the existing problems in Brede Lane.
  3. Dan Brockelhurst of 23 Gorselands. Objects to the proposal and has fears regarding emergency access to the proposed restricted site. He described the application as "garden grabbing", which he said had been outlawed by 2008 legislation.
  4. Kevin Beswick of 19 Gorselands. Objects to the proposal. Spoke about the existing traffic congestion in Brede Lane which forces cars to be driven onto the pavement.
  5. Sean Wilson of 2 Park Shaw lives next to Ivy Cottage with a water course between the two properties. With Ivy Cottage ground at a higher level he fears flooding of his property. He considers the proposal to be over-development of the site which would affect about ten surrounding homes. He spoke of the loss of an ancient yew hedge and garden area and also mentioned the traffic problems in Brede Lane.
  6. Zoe Pevet of 21 Gorselands whose garden is the other side of the public footpath at the end of the Ivy Cottage garden. The proposed dwellings would overlook her garden. The ground is very boggy and is a haven for wildlife. She fears flooding and considers the proposal backland and over-development.

The Chairman thanked the local residents for coming to the meeting. They were reminded to send their comments to Rother District Council as planning authority. The Chairman reported on his inspection of the site. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports refusal of the application for the following reasons:

  1. The development would not be in keeping with and would unreasonably harm the amenities of adjoining properties contrary to Policy GD1(ii).
  2. The development would be contrary to Policy GD1(iii) it that it does not include appropriate parking provision with only two spaces allowed/dwelling and would result in unacceptable traffic conditions in Brede Lane. This area is close to a busy school, several housing estates including a development of 5 new properties and the Doctors' Surgery and driving and parking are already difficult, particularly at certain times of day.
  3. The development would be contrary to Policy GD1(iv) and (vi) as it would detract from the character and appearance of the locality which is currently a mature overgrown garden area. The views of this tree-filled garden are highly valued by those living in surrounding properties.
  4. The development would be contrary to Policy HG2(v) in that it would be intrusive in the landscape.
  5. The development would be contrary to Policy GD1(v) as it would not be compatible with the conservation of the natural beauty of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  6. The development would be contrary to Policy GD1(vii) as the garden is currently a wildlife refuge and corridor. The proposed development would destroy the existing habitats of ecological value.
  7. The development would be contrary to Policy GD1(xv) in that the flooding risk to this and other areas of the Village would be likely to substantially increase by removal of mature trees and covering the garden with concrete and buildings. The ground is already boggy with springs and there is concern about increasing the flow of a small water course running between this property and 2 Park Shaw.
17.2

RR/2011/940/P Bulmer Lodge, The Green, Sedlescombe. Removal of conditions 2, 3 and 5 re RR/2008/1676/P - erection of detached garage with art/hobby room over including addition of dormers (proposed change of garage into residential accommodation). Cllr Wright reported on her inspection.

RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports refusal of the application to remove conditions attached to RR/2008/1676/P in order to allow the garage to be used as residential accommodation for the following reasons:

  1. Condition 3 was attached in order to ensure provision of adequate on site parking facilities. Turning the garage into further residential accommodation could increase the amount of parking needed but reduce the space available for it.
  2. Condition 5 was attached in order to preclude overlooking and to protect the residential amenities of the neighbouring occupiers.
P11/12.18

Appeals. None.

P11/12.19

Results

RR/2011/429/P Lyndale, Churchland Lane, Sedlescombe Erection of two sheds and a greenhouse Approved conditional

 

P11/12.20

Enforcement List

ENF/SED/2011/43 Whydown House, Whydown Hill, Sedlescombe Stationing of mobile home Application requested
ENF/SED/2011/192 Swailes Green - land at Sedlescombe New access and caravans New complaint

 

P11/12.21

Local Development Plan. The Chairman remind the Committee that Rother District Council is still working on the LDF and, further consultation on the Core Strategy will take place between end July and 09/09/11. The Chairman of the Council and the Clerk had recently had a meeting with Roger Comerford, Senior Planning Officer at Rother DC concerning alterations to the housing numbers proposed in Sedlescombe up to 2028 and other issues raised by the Parish Council during earlier consultation.

 

The Site Allocations Document will be issued after the Core Strategy consultation period. Currently Sedlescombe has two new sites in the SHLAA ie in Brede Lane (up to 20 houses and, possibly, a pre-school building) and at East View Terrace (new site identified for 8 houses - local rumours are that a block of flats is proposed by Amicus).

P11/12.22 Times of Planning Committee meetings. RESOLVED: That stand-alone meetings of the Planning Committee will start at 1800.
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