MEETING ON TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2014 IN COMMITTEE ROOM 2 OF SEDLESCOMBE VILLAGE HALL 18:30 to 18:50
PRESENT: Cllr J Reynolds (Chairman)
Cllr P Anson, R Eldridge, R Chapman
Ex-officio members: Cllr J Vine-Hall (Chairman of the Council); Cllr P Glew (Vice-Chairman of the Council)
Parish Clerk: Pauline J Raymond
86 APOLOGY received from Cllr Parsons.
87 INTERESTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH 2012 CODE OF CONDUCT. None received.
88 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION RE MATTERS ON THE AGENDA AT THE CHAIRMAN'S DISCRETION. No public present.
89 MINUTES. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 04/02/14.
90 PLANNING APPLICATION
- RR/2014/161/P By the Way, Sandrock Hill, Sedlescombe TN33 0QR. Conversion of workshop/studio building to provide self-contained Holiday let and ancillary living accommodation. Cllr Reynolds reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval subject to completion of a 106 Agreement to tie the building to the property in line with the application.
91 UPDATE INCLUDING ESCC'S HIGHWAYS COMMENTS.RR/2014/147/P Land at Brede Lane, Sedlescombe. Erection of 18 residential dwellings with associated access, car parking and open space together with the transfer of land to be used as school playing fields.
- Leaflet. The Parish Council had distributed a leaflet throughout the Parish. The leaflet reminded residents that the Parish Council is working on a Neighbourhood Plan for Sedlescombe Parish and that, by submitting this application ahead of the completion of the Neighbourhood Plan, the developer is trying to dismiss the Plan and ignore the wishes of the community about where houses should be built. Residents were encouraged to object to the application because the site is outside the Sedlescombe Development boundary and because of the emerging Neighbourhood Plan. Armstrong Rigg Planning had written to the Clerk on behalf of MJH Executive Homes objecting to the leaflet and requesting that the Parish Council removes content from its website and includes a disclaimer clarifying the position. No action.
- Environmental Impact Assessment. Sarah Shepherd, Rother Service Manager for Strategy and Planning had written to Armstrong Rigg Planning on 14/02/14 with a Screening Opinion that an Environmental Impact Assessment would not be necessary as, although (Reason 1) "located in the High Weald AONB, the site is on an area of agricultural grassland within a field that otherwise bounds the village development boundary to its west, north and east sides. It is largely concealed by the surrounding landscape with additional proposed planting to the boundaries. The new development as such is not therefore considered to represent a harmful environmental impact upon the AONB."
- Flood Risk. A letter from the Environment Agency to Rother Planning dating 17/02/14 states "It should be noted that the site is within Flood Zone 1 and situated close to an area which is considered at high risk to flooding. Therefore, we would recommend as a precautionary measure, that all floor levels are set at least 300mm above the existing ground level."
- Objectors. Almost a hundred objections to the application have been posted on Rother's website with just two letters of support. There have been none on behalf of the School.
- Revised plans. The Clerk reported that several amended documents were posted to the Rother website on 24/02/14 by the developer. Additional planting around boundaries is proposed and the proposed footway from Oakhurst to Gammons Way has been removed from the Plan.
- Highway Comments. It was reported that Chris Stanyard from E.Sussex Highways had suggested that he would be commenting that the proposed access to the new Estate should be moved towards the west to give space between it and the Oakhurst driveway. It was agreed that the Committee should comment on E.Sussex Highways' views, if appropriate, citing concerns about incursion into the area of the field that Rother had said should remain undeveloped, the view from the valley of the road and the close proximity to the dangerous junction of Gorselands and Brede Lane.
92 RESULTS. None reported.