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

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Mrs P Raymond

Also present: District Cllr Tony Ganly and Jeremy Green (Business Manager, Ten Sixty Six Enterprise)


The Cl
P10/11.39 Apologies and reasons for absence. Cllr Wheatley (holiday), Cllr Marland (harvesting)

Disclosure by Members of interests in matters on the agenda. None disclosed.

P10/11.41 Prejudiced members' participation. None.
P10/11.42 Public participation session. The Chairman agreed that Cllr Ganly and Mr Green could address the Committee before applications RR/2010/1933/FN and RR/2010/1954/P were considered (P10/11.44.4 and 5 below).
P10/11.43 Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 10/08/10.

Planning Applications


RR/2010/1629/P South Lodge, Cottage Lane, Sedlescombe. Detached garage and store within extended grounds of dwelling. Cllr Wright reported on her inspection.

RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports this proposal. It meets Policy HG8 as it will be in keeping with the character of the existing dwelling and its surroundings it terms of its size, style, design and materials and protects and meets other relevant criteria in Policy GD1.


RR/2010/1700/L Strawberry Hill Farm, Poppinghole Lane, Sedlescombe TN32 5QY. Renewal of listed building consent RR/2004/2197/L - Renewal of RR/1999/1590/L for conversion of barn to a single dwelling. Cllr Martin reported on his inspection.

RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.


RR/2010/1864/P 1-3 The Paddock - land rear of, Brede Lane, Sedlescombe. Erection of pair of semi-detached dwellings. Cllr Marland (absent) had carried out the inspection of the site and had made no adverse comments. The Clerk reported that objections had been sent to Rother DC by a neighbour and by Dr Stern.

RESOLVED: That the Parish Council objects to this proposal. Although within the Sedlescombe Development Boundary, the proposal would create over-development and urbanisation of the site. Instead of additional housing, the gardens belonging to the existing properties in The Paddock should be extended. If the development is approved, special care should be taken to ensure hedges and trees are protected and new trees planted as proposed in the plan - trees were removed that should have been retained when the front part of this site was developed. recently.


Public Participation

Cllr Ganly and Mr Green have been helping Mr and Mrs Rowlands, applicants of RR/2010/1933/FN and RR/2010/1954/P (Chittlebirch Yard) below to put together a business plan. Mr and Mrs Rowlands are very experienced organic farmers who have worked this farm since 1973. The farmers need to live on site to protect it; recently, a major theft of equipment has taken place at the Yard. They also need to be on hand to treat the apple trees at the right time against weevill infestation. The farm must remain organic because of its position in the Reservoir catchment area and this is also in the Title Deeds of the property. The buildings are very dilapidated and the plan is to build the steel barn over these buildings and demolish the old buildings in due course, probably in the next 12-18 months.


RR/2010/1933/FN Chittlebirch Yard, Great Sanders Fruit Farm, Hawkhurst Road, Sedlescombe. Erection of agricultural steel building to grade and pack top fruit produce.

Cllr Mitchell reported on this application.

RESOLVED: That the Parish Council objects to the erection of this agricultural steel building which is not in keeping with the area. It does, however, agree in principle to the replacement of the dilapidated buildings on the site but a different design needs to be found.


RR/2010/1954/P Chittlebirch Yard, Great Sanders Fruit Farm, Hawkhurst Road, Sedlescombe. Siting of mobile home for occupation by farm owners.

Cllr Mitchell reported on this application.

RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports the proposal as it is in accordance with Policy HG10(iii) as it has been demonstrated that the applicant must live on site for the effective running and safeguarding of the organic farm. It also meets Policy GD1(xi) in that it will deter crime ie safeguard farm machinery some of which has been stolen from the farm recently.

P10/11.45 Appeals. None.
P10/11.46 Results. Rother District Council has granted planning permission for the following applications:




RR/2010/1193/P, 21 Park Shaw, Sedlescombe. Summerhouse.

RR/2010,1437/P, 23 Gorselands, Sedlescombe. Decking, gazebo with hot tub.

RR/2010/1709/P, 43 Gorselands, Sedlescombe. Extension and garage conversion.


RR/2010/1131/P Park View, The Street, Sedlescombe. Construction of four detached houses and cartlodge garage with bin and cycle store. Called in by District Councillor for decision by Rother Planning Committee.


Budget Car Company Planning Issues

  1. Removal of Storm Port. The storm port was built without planning permission; planning permission was refused on two occasions by Rother DC; an appeal was made by Budget Car Company to the Planning Inspectorate which was refused; the time allowed for demolition of the storm port has passed and Rother Planning is currently preparing a second enforcement notice for the demolition and removal of the storm port.
  2. Waving Balloon Man. According to Rother Planning, under advertising regulations, the inflatable advertisement does not fall within the interpretation of a balloon. Arrangements are in hand to check that the surface area does not exceed a permitted advertising sign.
  3. Permitted parking area for car sales. Planning contravention notices were served on all interested parties in early August 2010. An enforcement notice is currently being prepared by the Rother Legal Department re the sale/display, parking of vehicles on the land where it has not been approved. This includes the drive to the pumping station and land bordering the River Brede. Although Southern Water believe that they are unable to prevent parking on the access road, according to Rother Planning, this parking should not include vehicles for sale, which it currently does.
  4. Access to B2244 from site. The access via the grass verge will be included in the Rother enforcement notice. The Parish Council has asked East Sussex County Council to ensure that the proper width verge is maintained ie not less than 1.5 metres at the Bridge Garage end and not less than 2 metres at the River Brede end, and that, if a licence is not granted to Budget to cross the grass verge, ESCC should take steps to ensure that this use ceases. County Councillor Jones supports the Parish Council's request.

For the sake of completeness, the Clerk also reported:
Exposing vehicles for sale on the highway. Rother DC Environmental Enforcement Officer has served a second Fixed Penalty Notice on Budget for exposing more than one car for sale in Sedlescombe within 500m. Following the serving of the Notice, Budget Car Company continued to have up to five cars for sale on the highway and Rother intends to take further action under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act. The maximum fine is £2,500.

P10/11.49 Spilstead Farm Planning. Requested planning application has not been submitted and, therefore, a Planning Contravention Notice was served on the owner in the week beginning 16/08/10 giving 21 days to respond. If no response is received, enforcement action will be commenced.
P10/11.50 Notice under Section 215 of Town & Country Planning Act 1990 RE 81 East View Terrace, Sedlescombe. Abandoned end of terrace dwellinghouse. The gardens to the front, side and rear are overgrown to the detriment of the local amenity. 1 month has been given for the gardens to be cleared of vegetation, fences repaired and resultant material removed from the site.
P10/11.51 Planning Policy in Rother District Update August 2010. Update available here. The Clerk drew attention to the exclusion of private residential gardens from the definition of previously developed land and the deletion of the national indicative minimum density requirement of 30 dwellings per hectare. In addition, she mentioned the emerging Devolution and Localism Bill which is anticipated this winter and is expected to introduce new legislation shifting power from Central Government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. It is envisaged that planning will play a central role in this new direction of governance.