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PRESENT: Cllr Martin (Chairman), Councillors Wheatley, Mitchell, Marland
Cllr Rand (Vice-Chairman of the Council)

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Mrs P Raymond

P09/10.57 Apologies and reasons for absence. Cllr Wright (other engagement).

Disclosure by Members of personal interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the member regarded the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct. None declared.

P09/10.59 Prejudiced members' participation. None.
P09/10.60 Public participation session. No public present.

Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 08/09/09.


When the Clerk informed the Committee that she wanted to speak about the proposed sand arena at Hurst House, Cllr Martin declared his personal/prejudicial interest as his daughter exercises the applicant's horses. He left the meeting for the remainder of agenda item P09/10.61.


Cllr Rand in the chair. The Clerk reported that the applicant had requested that the Council's Planning Committee considers the revised plan and design statement relating to the application for a sand arena. It was agreed that a meeting would be held next Tuesday, 13 October and the plan and design statement would be included on the agenda. In the meantime, Cllr Marland was given the plan and design statement and the Clerk's Briefing Note to study etc. and report on at the meeting.

P09/10.62 Planning Applications
62.1 RR/2009/2209/P The Meadows, Harts Green, Sedlescombe. Extension and alterations. Cllr Rand reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.

RR/2009/2213/P The Queen's Head Public House - land adj. Brede Lane. Erection of two semi-detached three-bedroom dwellings and erection of one four-bedroom detached dwelling including formation of new vehicular access pursuant to outline planning permission RR/2008/3237/P. Cllr Marland reported on his inspection.


The Clerk informed the Committee that Cllr Dellow had suggested that a small part of this land should be earmarked for a meeting room. Members agreed that the proposed development does not warrant a Section 106 Agreement and anyway that there is insufficient space on the site for construction of a meeting room.


Members of the public had complained when the site was completely cleared of trees prior to the archaeological survey (nothing of note found within the four trenches that had been dug on the site). A reply to a complaint from the Clerk to the Enforcement Officer stated that "at least one tree had been felled which, at this time should have been retained". However, the Tree Officer had pointed out this this tree "would have been removed eventually to allow the development to continue".


The objection to the development raised by Dr Stern because of the close proximity of one of the proposed houses to the wall of the surgery which might compromise patient confidentiality was noted. Members agreed that moving the proposed detached house to the south would not help the situation as land next to the surgery would become garden which would not help the problem of confidentiality.Cllr Marland reported that he had been told that, following a meeting of all parties, the developer had agreed to carry out some work to the surgery building and that, he understood, that all the points raised by Dr Stern have now been addressed.


The erection of close-boarded fencing on the site was not considered appropriate for the Conservation Area.


RESOLVED: That the Parish Council will support the application for approval of reserved matters as long as the points raised by the Doctors regarding proximity of the surgery to the development are satisfactorily addressed and more appropriate boundary treatment for a Conservation Area is
adopted eg hedging and/or local brickwork.

RR/2009/2234/P Ariel, Churchland Lane, Sedlescombe. Removal of existing caravan and chalet structures and erection of replacement holiday chalet and garden shed. Cllr Martin reported on his inspection

RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.

62.4 RR/2009/2316/L Asselton House, The Green, Sedlescombe TN33 0QA. Proposed single storey rear extension. RESOLVED: That consideration of application RR/2009/2316/L is deferred until the meeting to be held on 13/10/09.
P09/10.63 Appeals. None.

Results. None.

P09/10.65 Removal of trees during development without planning permission. The Committee agreed to Cllr Wright's request that the Committee should make a complaint to Rother DC regarding removal of a tree at the rear of Queen's Head site when it was shown as retained on the approved plan and the comment of the Tree Officer that the trees would have to be removed anyway.

Budget Car Company, shelter, tree. A shelter had recently been erected next to the Budget Car Company Sales Office. The Enforcement Officer had visited the proprietor and told him to apply for planning permission within 28 days.


The Clerk had written to the proprietor asking him to remove the light and flags attached to the Council's tree. He (Mr Jon King) had replied as follows: "The light in question was fixed to the tree before we came here and has been there for many years. The flags tied to the tree what is the problem will it pull the tree down? 99% of the people in the village are happy with the car site saying it looks 100 times better than the previous people who were here there are 1% of people in the village who seem hell bent on causing problems over nothing." The County Council will be visiting the proprietor regarding the flags attached to a road sign.

P09/10.67 2009 Rother Planning Seminar at Battle Memorial Hall on Wednesday 04/11/09, 18:45 to 21:30. The following councillors would like to attend: Cllrs Wheatley, Mitchell, Glew, Martin and Clerk Pauline Raymond. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council should ask a question about trees and development.

Spilstead Farm, alleged flying breaches reported to Rother DC. The Clerk reported that she had added a new page to the website containing the alleged flying breaches that have been reported to the District Council. To date the following had taken place:

  1. 21/02/09 12:00 reported by Whatlington Parish Council (landing after flying across Whatlington exclusion zone)
  2. 06/03/09 11:10 reported by Whatlington Parish Council (landing after flying across Whatlington exclusion zone)
  3. 06/05/09 15:05 reported by Sedlescombe Parish Council (take off in northerly direction)
  4. 23/08/09 15:40 reported by Whatlington Parish Council (landing after flying across Whatlington exclusion zone)
  5. 27/09/09 15:50 reported by Whatlington Parish Council (landing after flying across Whatlington exclusion zone)