Members are requested to attend and take part in the business to be transacted

MEMBERS:  Cllr P Martin (Chairman of the Committee), Cllrs C Wheatley, W Cameron, Cllr V Wright (Chairman of the Council), Cllr A Rand (Vice-Chairman of the Council)


P07/08.75 To receive apologies and reasons for absence.

P07/08.76 To receive declarations of the existence and nature of councillors’ interests, whether personal/prejudicial, with regard to items on the agenda.  Members are reminded to repeat the declarations when the item is announced by the Chairman.

At this point, prejudiced members may make representation, answer questions or give evidence to the Committee on agenda items after which they must leave the room if members of the public want to speak on the same subject.

P07/08.77 Public participation session with respect to items on the agenda – please note that names will be recorded and representations etc. minuted.

P07/08.78 Minutes.  To resolve:  That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 13/11/07.

P07/08.79 Matters arising from previous Minutes.  To receive an update.

P07/08.80 Planning Applications

80.1 RR/2007/3076/P Brookside, Crazy Lane, Sedlescombe.  Proposed 2-storey side extension and conservatory
80.2 RR/2007/3141/P Woodlands, Churchland Lane, Sedlescombe.  Alterations to the elevations, replacement windows, re-clad of elevations in brick work and timber weatherboard.
80.3 RR/2007/3247/P The Lodge, Great Sanders, Hurst Lane, Sedlescombe.  Erection of Single Storey rear extension.
80.4 RR/2007/3214/T 14 Orchard Way, Sedlescombe.  Reduce one oak tree by approximately 30% and reshape.

P07/08.81 Appeals

P07/08.82 Results

RR/2007/2254/P Marley Lane Business Park - plot adjoining Block B, Marley Lane Proposed detached office building replacing matching floorspace granted under planning permission RR/2005/2847/P

Parish Council supports approval but insists that the proposed trees are planted in this planting season PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED BY ROTHER DISTRICT COUNCIL - [Rother report]

RR/2007/129/P Marley Lane Business Park, Marley Lane, Sedlescombe Formation of lake and stream associated with drainage installation

Parish Council suggests that possible pollution of the River Line from this development should be considered. The Line flows into the River Brede and through Sedlescombe close to a children's playground and a sportsfield where children have been known to enter the water.ROTHER DISTRICT COUNCIL GRANTED CONDITIONAL PLANNING PERMISSION [Rother report]

RR/2007/2711/P Sandrock, Sandrock Hill, Sedlescombe TN33 0QR Construction of outbuilding replacing previously demolished outbuilding (retrospective application)

Parish Council supports approval
[Rother report]

RR/2007/2839/P The Old Barn, Hawkhurst Road, Sedlescombe


Erection of a single storey utility room extension to the side of the property

Parish Council supports approval

P07/08.83 Rother Local Development Framework Core Strategy.  Four out of the five current members of this Committee attended the Rother Planning Seminar on 14/11/07 and heard presentations by officers.  Copies of the presentation have been provided and the Council is asked to consider the following:

83.1 Do you have any comments on the direction of the draft “strategic objectives” for development and change in Rother?  The District-wide draft objectives are:
·         To maintain the high quality and improve the stewardship of the natural and built environment
·         To continue to support and further develop vibrant, safe and inclusive communities
·         To increase educational and skills levels in concert with growing the local business base and range of local job opportunities
·         To further improve the relationship between housing supply and local needs
·         To provide a higher level of accessibility to jobs and services, including healthcare and leisure.

The Bexhill draft objectives are to fulfil a strategic housing and employment role, linked to new infrastructure and greenspace, and supporting a more balanced demographic profile, within an integrated approach to the economic regeneration of Bexhill and Hastings.

The High Weald draft objectives are to effectively conserve the ‘natural beauty’ of the AONB and to meet the needs of its communities in a way consistent with its distinctive landscape character and cultural identity.

The countryside draft objectives are to protect and promote its character, its role as a living and working landscape and as an ecological, leisure and tourism asset.

The coastal areas draft objectives are to protect coastal communities from flooding and manage risk, protect and manage the high quality ecology, support economic development, including leisure/tourism.

The Battle & Rye draft objectives are to maintain and enhance their ‘market town’ roles consistent with their important historic and environmental character and setting.

For Battle:  to increase opportunities for people to work locally, improve the use of the town centre and accessibility by non-car modes.

For Rye:  to improve learning and economic opportunities, support the Port of Rye and to manage development, tourism and traffic within and around the historic Citadel area.

The Villages draft objectives are to continue to promote strong, supportive rural communities, with improved access to a mix of housing, local shops, services, learning and job opportunities, including by public transport, and to retain their essential character and relationship with their surroundings.

83.2 Do you have any comments on the approach that is being adopted by Rother to development in rural settlements?  This is currently being based on taking an individual approach to the settlements regarding a range of issues specific to the local area.  The circumstances of rural settlements are being judged against 1) Service level indicators ie what services are already available?  2) Travel patterns and accessibility, 3) Economic indicators, 4) Environmental constraints and 5) Housing and community needs.  Rother intends to assess all settlements and then produce a hierarchy of Service Centres and Local Service Villages with potential to accommodate some additional development.

An alternative approach would be for Rother to allocate levels of development to settlements based on them being large (ie can take more development), medium size (can take some development) and small (can take a little development).

P07/08.84 Pride of Place.  This is the Integrated Sustainable Community Strategy for East Sussex, developed by the six Local Strategic Partnerships in East Sussex in partnership with their Local Authorities.  It sets out a shared vision for East Sussex in 2026 – “a place where everyone can prosper, be safe and healthy, and live in a high quality environment”.  Consultation continues until 12/02/07.

P07/08.85 Guide to Development Control Practice for Town and Parish Councils. To note that a new copy has been received and is available for members.

P J Raymond
Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer
Sedlescombe Parish Council
28 November 2007