MEETING ON TUESDAY 25 JUNE 2013 IN COMMITTEE ROOM 2 OF THE VILLAGE HALL 18:30 TO 19:25
Chair - Cllr J Reynolds
Members: Cllrs Chapman, Mitchell, Parsons
Ex-officio Members: Cllr J Vine-Hall (Chair of the Parish Council) and Cllr P Glew (Vice-Chair of the Parish Council)
Mrs P J Raymond (Clerk)
1 member of the public (Minute 12 to 16.4 inclusive)
12 APOLOGIES. None, all present.
13 INTERESTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE 2012 CODE OF CONDUCT. None disclosed.
14 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION. The Chairman invited Peter Sax to comment on his application at agenda item 16.4.
15 MINUTES. RESOLVED: That the Chairman is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 28/05/13.
The Clerk read a reply from Greg Barker MP to her letter authorised at Minute 11.2 re housing numbers. Mr Barker, whilst understanding the Parish Council's concerns about the substantial increase in its expected housing allocation to 2028 and appreciating the problems of poor transport infrastructure and services, said that ".....we must recognise that the South East is a good place to live and, as well as new people wanting to move to our area, our future generations will need to find good affordable homes in which to live and to bring up their families." Mr Barker has written to Nick Boles MP, Minister for Planning and Derek Stevens, Chief Executive of Rother District Council, copying the Parish Council's correspondence on this issue.
16 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
- RR/2013/876/P The Street - Car Sales Site, Sedlescombe TN33 0QB. Temporary change of use from car sales to car wash and valeting with 'in-out' drive through (six year temporary period). Cllr Glew reported. The Clerk had written both to Matthew Worsley (Planning Officer) re some incorrect statements made in the application and to Chris Stanyard, East Sussex Highways, to alert him to the possibility of the Parish Council having a highways objection to this application. Matthew Worsley had confirmed that he had asked the agent to make the necessary amendments to the application, including amendment to the plan which incorrectly showed part of the Powdermill driveway in the ownership of Mr and Mrs Durling.
RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports a refusal of this application on highways and damage to the amenity of near neighbours grounds. The Clerk was asked to add a rider that, if Rother does approve the application, the hours of business should be reduced and should exclude Sundays.
- RR/2013/998/P Orchard Cottage, Chapel Hill, Sedlescombe TN33 0QX. Erection of workshop building (part retrospective). Cllr Chapman reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports a refusal of this application on the grounds that the building will be large and unsightly and a fire risk being wooden and used for welding.
- RR/2013/1076/P Cherryburn, Balcombe Green, Sedlescombe TN33 0QL. Construction of standalone car port, construction of single garage, conversation of integral garage to form habitable accommodation and erection of open sided canopy porch. Cllr Vine-Hall reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval of this application.
- RR/2013/1112/P The Dairy Sheds, Bowlings Corner, Marley Lane, Sedlescombe TN33 0ND. Development of current agricultural land and building to a new agricultural warehouse, production area and office for use by Battle Wine Estate Ltd.
Peter Sax, the applicant, briefly explained the reasons behind the application. Points mentioned included:
- Highways Agency does not support any retail sales from the building and the applicant has no intention of introducing any.
- Good visibility.
- To be built on footprint of existing building at the corner of Marley Lane which is being used for storage, and a slightly bigger additional area than that which used to have a building on it. Foundations are still there.
- Use local labour in the vineyard. Plan to employ 3 full-time staff with 1 to manage the vineyard and 4-5 for temporary shows.
- Want to increase production of fruit liqueurs which are made from frozen concentrate.
- Currently sell products to English Heritage and National Trust and at local shows.
Agreed with Environment Agency that it is agricultural land.
- Designed to look like a barn. No windows on the roadside.
- No large signage is planned.
- More tree planting is planned.
- May run jam-making classes from the premises but parking is not a problem because there is ample space opposite.
- Not in the flood zone. Is 4.5 metres above the stream.
- Would like to transport items across the fields along the route of the public right of way to vineyard in Whatlington in order to avoid difficult junctions on roads.
- Want to use more of their own farmland to grow their own fruit.
- Discussions have taken place with Graham Burgess, Economic Development Manager at Rother and Andy Rowland, Rother Planning Officer.
Cllr Parsons reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval of the application for relocation of a local business in a traditional style building.
- 9/13/96 Brede Barn Farm, Brede Lane, Sedlescombe. Modification to Section 106 obligation: to remove field 8669 from area of land not allowed to be disposed of separately from farmhouse; to add larger field to the legal agreement to replace field 8669. Cllr Reynolds reported. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval of this application.
- RR/2013/1134/O. Application for a Certificate of Lawful Use for 41 Gorselands, Sedlescombe - conversion of existing garage to habitable accommodation. Cllr Mitchell reported on her inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval of this application.
- RR/2013/1471/P Cheyne Down Cottage, Hurst Lane, Sedlescombe. Extension to residential curtilage and erection of decking (retrospective). NB The decking has now been approved RR/2013/968/P and the appeal will, therefore, be on the extension of the residential curtilage.
- RR/2013/471/P Cheyne Down Cottage, Hurst Lane, Sedlescombe TN33 0PE. Extension to residential curtilage and erection of decking (retrospective). Refused - appeal lodged 04/06/13.
- RR/2013/968/P Cheyne Down Cottage, Hurst Lane, Sedlescombe TN33 0PE. Decking (retrospective). Approved.
- RR/2013/823/P Cheyne Down Cottage, Hurst Lane, Sedlescombe TN33 0PE. Extension. Approved.
The Committee noted that although the Parish Council had objected to 2 and 3 above, Rother had approved them. The District Councillor had not, in accordance with the usual arrangements, contacted the Parish Council regarding the possibility of referring the applications to the Rother Planning Committee for consideration.
- RR/2013/960/T. Homestall, The Street, Sedlescombe. Felling of 6 cherry/conifer trees situated in the middle of the front garden. Approved.
- ENF/SED/2010/61 Cartref, The Street, Sedlescombe. Untidy Site. Enforcement Notice served on 18/06/13. Compliance one month from 03/08/13. Required to i) remove the site fencing adjacent to The Street (B2244) and ii) remove all building material, waste and rubbish from the land.
- ENF/SED/2013/152 Coombe Wood, Sandrock Hill, Sedlescombe. 2 residential caravans. Action 21/06/13 - cease use.
- ENF/SED/2013/180 Crazy Lane Caravan Park, Crazy Lane, Sedlescombe. Permanent residential use of caravan site. No further action - no breach of planning control.
- ENF/SED/2013/221 Layby by A21 Sedlescombe, Near Marley Lane junction. Roadside Advertisement (Burger Van). For further inspection.
- ENF/SED/2013/230 5 Manor Cottages, The Street, Sedlescombe. Infilling in front of outbuilding to the rear west boundary. Application requested 18/06/13.
20 PROBITY IN PLANNING. The Government has recently issued a new guidance note. Members noted the statement on page 16 that it is not best practice for councillors to visit sites of planning applications on their own because it can lead to the perception that the councillor is not impartial.