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PRESENT: Cllr Martin (Chairman), Councillors Wheatley, Mitchell, Marland
Cllr Wright (Chairman of the Council)

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Mrs P Raymond

Also present: 7 members of the public and District Cllr Tony Ganly

P09/10.69 Apologies and reasons for absence. Cllr Rand (working)

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. Cllr Martin declared his personal/prejudicial interest in agenda item P09/10.77 by virtue of his daughter exercising the applicant's horses.

P09/10.71 Prejudiced members' participation. Cllr Martin gave notice that he would make representation to the Committee re agenda item P09/10.77.

Public participation session. The Chairman asked the public whether they wished to make representation, answer questions or give evidence regarding any item on the agenda. The Chairman reminded the public that their names would be recorded and representations etc. minuted. Notice was given as follows:

Mr J Vine-Hall P09/10.77
Mr J Reynolds P09/10.77

The Chairman informed the public that they would be allowed to make representation prior to agenda item P09/10.77.

P09/10.73 Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 06/10/09.
P09/10.74 Planning Applications
74.1 RR/2009/2316/L Asselton House, The Green, Sedlescombe TN33 0QA. Proposed single storey rear extension. Cllr Wheatley reported. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.

RR/2009/2379/P Poppinghole Farmhouse, Poppinghole Lane, Sedlescombe TN32 5BN. Demolition of dwelling and outbuilding and erection of new dwelling and detached garage. Cllr Martin reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.

74.3 RR/2009/2410/P 16 Park Shaw, Sedlescombe Tn33 0PP. Alterations to existing garage roof (part retrospective). Cllr Mitchell reported on her inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.
P09/10.75 Appeals. None.

Results. None


RR/2009/2093/P Hurst House, Hurst Lane, Sedlescombe TN33 0PE. Proposed sand arena. To consider revised plans, design statement and additional objections to the development. Members had been provided with the Clerk's Briefing Note.


Cllr Martin's representation. Cllr Martin had declared his personal/prejudicial interest in this planning application. In accordance with the Parish Council's adopted Code of Conduct, he was permitted to speak on the subject before the Committee discussions: Cllr Martin said that he had lived in Hurst Lane for forty years. He had looked at the letters of objection and noted that an increase in traffic had been put forward as an objection. Cllr Martin had run a business over many years from his home address with twenty vehicles. He had had no complaints about the amount of traffic using the Lane. He believes that the activity proposed is a country pursuit and that there will always be some objections from people moving into the countryside about country noises. For example, he had had complaints in the past about noise from his donkey, geese and cockerel. Cllr Martin then left the meeting and Cllr Wright took the chair.


Mr Reynold's representation. Mr Reynolds spoke of his surprise at the content of the letters of objection. Although he would object if a rodeo was planned, he believed that the quiet personal use of the sand arena is a reasonable country pursuit.


Mr Vine-Hall's representation. Mr Vine-Hall is the applicant. He apologised that the first plans had shown the incorrect siting of the arena. He suggested that the objections raised covered access, traffic, noise, visibility, amenity, location and AONB. He briefly addressed these issues as follows and showed a short video of himself riding in a sand arena:

  1. Access will be through his own land from the stables to the site, not via the field gate from the Lane.
  2. Traffic - no additional traffic will be generated as the arena will be for personal use.
  3. Noise - a horse on sand will not create noise. The closest road is nearly 100 metres away. There is already, at times, considerable traffic noise.
  4. Visibility - the construction of the arena, cut into the land on sloping ground, will restrict the view from the properties in Hurst Lane. Wildflowers will be planted on the earth bund screening the area.
  5. Amenity - the amenity of properties in Hurst Lane will not be affected.
  6. Location - there is no other flat field without tree roots available.
  7. AONB - no objection had been made by any member of the public or the Parish Council to the construction of a sand arena at Luffs Farm, Chapel Hill, Sedlescombe. 2500 trees have been planted on the 450 acres of the Hurst Estate without government subsidy. Environmental bodies have audited use of the land without complaint. Further trees will be planted. Sand is not a foreign material as suggested because, within the Estate, there is Sandpit Wood. Urban creep has been suggested but the keeping of horses is a countryside pursuit enjoyed by many people.

Mr Reynolds and Mr Vine-Hall were thanked for their representations.


Parish Council Planning Committee deliberations. Cllr Marland reported on his inspection pointing out that the revised plan shows the arena further away from Hurst Lane and screened by an earth bund, being cut into the land and tree planting. He pointed out the diagram on the plan which shows the sight line from Hurst Lane to the arena. It appears that the arena will have very limited impact on the amenities of the area. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval because the revised plan and design statement now show the sand arena further away from Hurst Lane with a bund of earth and wildflowers, together with additional trees, further ensuring that the residents' amenity will not be unreasonably affected.  The Council would suggest that conditions are imposed regarding the necessity of the tree planting and the limiting of the hours of use to 0830-1830 daily.