MEETING ON TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2013, VILLAGE HALL COMMITTEE ROOM 2, 18:00 TO 18:30
Chair - Cllr John Reynolds
Members - Cllrs Roy Chapman, Jenny Mitchell, John Parsons
Ex-officio member - Cllr Jonathan Vine-Hall (Chairman of the Council)
Clerk - Mrs Pauline J Raymond
4 members of the public for the full meeting and 1 for part of the meeting (up to and including agenda item 97.2
92 APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE was received from Cllr Pauline Glew, attending another meeting on behalf of the Council.
93 DECLARATIONS OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS. None.
94 WRITTEN REQUESTS FOR DISPENSATION. None.
95 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION. The Chairman agreed that Mr Ken Weston and Mr Tony Skinner should be allowed to speak regarding the proposed flagpole on the Village Green (Agenda item 97) at the appropriate time.
96 MINUTES. RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 08/01/13 are signed as a correct record.
97 PROPOSED ERECTION OF FLAGPOLE (AND FLAGS) ON THE VILLAGE GREEN RR/2013/2508/P. Two Clerk's Briefing Notes are available - No.13-12 Flags and No.3-13 Flagpoles and Village Greens. The Clerk reported that the consultation period for the flagpole planning application had brought forward various comments which are summarised in Briefing Note No.3-13. One of the objectors had cast doubt on the legality of allowing a flagpole to be placed on the Green. The Council had obtained legal advice which was that whatever is done on a Village Green must be in furtherance of the better enjoyment of the land for public recreation and that, as the erection of flagpoles has no obvious connection with public recreation, it would be contrary to the Commons Act 1876 to allow one to be erected on the Green.
The Clerk reminded members that the Terms of Reference of the Planning Committee did not allow any decision to be made on this matter, but that it was in order for councillors to speak on the planning comments. The matter will be on the agenda of the Council Meeting on 19/03/13.
The Chairman allowed the members of the public to speak.
Mr Weston spoke on behalf of the Sedlescombe Branch of the Royal British Legion and explained that, although originally the plan had been to fly the Union Flag all the time on The Green, it had been agreed that it should be restricted to certain specified days and then only between sunrise and sunset. In answer to the Chairman's question, he also said that the Royal British Legion are promoting the flying of the Union Flag which it is believed sends out a strong message of support for the country.
Mr Skinner explained that he had been the objector who had written to Rother. He said that he is not unpatriotic but believes that the Green would be completely the wrong place for a flagpole and that the vibration of a pole of that size, even without the flag, would be noisy. It would dominate the Green and would not improve the enjoyment of it for the public.
Councillors made various comments, mostly opposed to having the flagpole on the Green.
98 SPILSTEAD FARM AIRSTRIP
- Update on comments made on RR/2012/2398/P Spilstead Farm, Stream Lane, Sedlescombe. Remodel land to improve visibility on airstrip. The High Weald AONB Unit had written noting concerns that the development may affect the components of natural beauty identified by the High Weald AONB Management Plan 2004, in particular the landform and geology of the site. Raising the ground level by up to 5m and changing the profile of the landscape may have a major impact on the character of the site and location in the AONB. Any change to the natural landform may introduce a formal feature into the landscape out of character with the natural and undisturbed rural location.
The Senior Planning Officer at Rother had been in correspondence with the applicant's agent asking for more details of how the proposal would improve safety and visibility on the airstrip. It was noted that no changes of operational requirements of the site are planned. The agent has been asked to arrange a site specific flood risk assessment to be carried out.
- Request from a resident that the Parish Council should inspect logbooks at the Airstrip in accordance with Condition 10 of RR/98/1323/P. The Clerk explained that, when the Approval was changed from temporary to permanent, all the conditions attached to the 1998 Approval remained in place. The Committee agreed that Mr Cole should be asked to provide the relevant logbooks.
99 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
- RR/2013/182/P 1 Old Schoolmasters House, Great Sanders, Sedlescombe. Proposed 2-storey side extension and double garage. Cllr Reynolds reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.
- RR/2012/2500/P and RR/2012/2501/L The Dairy, Barnes Farm, Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge. Proposed single storey side extension to provide additional accommodation. Cllr Parsons reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.
- RR/2013/209/P Site at Pestalozzi International Village, Sedlescombe. Variation of condition in respect of approved plans - amendments in relation to fenestration. Cllr Chapman reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.
100 APPEALS. None.
101 RESULTS. The following application has been approved with conditions - RR/2012/243/P PESTALOZZI INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE - LAND AT, SEDLESCOMBE. Variation of condition 17 imposed on RR/2010/1671/P to allow a revised alignment and height of front boundary wall at Plot 6.
102 ENFORCEMENT LIST. LWA Bodyshop did not make an appeal against the Enforcement Notice so it has taken effect. The relevant department at Rother has been notified by the Planning Officer that the matter needs to be pursued.