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PRESENT: Councillors Marland, Mitchell, Vine-Hall

Cllr Wright (Chairman of the Council)

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Mrs P Raymond


P10/11.100 Apologies and reasons for absence.Cllr Martin (ill), Cllr Rand (other commitment). RESOLVED: That, in the absence of Cllr Martin, Cllr Marland should act as Chairman of the Committee for this meeting. Cllr Marland in the chair.

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 disclosed.

P10/11.102 Prejudiced members' participation. None.
P10/11.103 Public participation session. No public present.
P10/11.104 Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 21/12/10.

Planning Applications

105.1 RR/2010/2979/P Pestalozzi International Village, Sedlescombe. Temporary Abseiling tower. Applicant: Travel Class Ltd. Temporary approval to erect a tower was approved by Rother previously despite an objection from a near neighbour.As far as is known, no complaints have been received since the tower has been in operation. However, it was noted that the tower is shown on the plan in a different position to that approved in 2009. RESOLVED: The the Parish Council supports approval of the tower in principle with it being built in the same position as previously where no complaints were made about its use (NB the site in 2011 is different to that on the approved amended plan of 2009).
105.2 RR/2010/2718/P Orchard Farm, Battle Road, Whatlington. New vehicular access to serve the agricultural yard and residential dwelling. This is to improve access for large vehicles and improve safety due to restricted sight lines of current driveway. Applicant: Mr A M Collie. Cllr Martin had sent details of his report on the site and Cllr Marland had also inspect the site. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval because the existing entrance is in a dangerous position.
P10/11.106 Appeals. RESOLVED: That the following three Budget Car Company appeals are noted and it is agreed that comments should be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate in accordance with the Committee's previously-stated views.
106.1 Budget Car Company, The Street, Sedlescombe. Appeal submitted against the Enforcement Notice issued on 06/09/10. This notice stated that a change of use of the land for parking and display of vehicles for sale outside the approved area had taken place without planning permission and that use of the land for this purpose should be ceased within one week. Budget Car Company is appealing to The Planning Inspectorate on the grounds that one week is not a reasonable amount of time.
106.2 Budget Car Company, The Street, Sedlescombe. Appeal submitted following refusal of planning permission to extend the existing authorised sales area (retrospective) (RR/2010/2211/P).

The Parish Council submitted the following reasons for support of a refusal of the application:

  • Highly visible and prominent position in Sedlescombe Conservation Area.
  • Intensification of car sales is contrary to the spirit of the original planning application and does not respect the character and appearance of the locality.
  • Prejudices the character, appearance and setting of listed buildings, some of which are 15th century.
  • Can be prominently viewed from Village Green and is very noticeable from the Queen's Head garden.
  • Unacceptable traffic conditions are produced because of poor visibility near the river bridge.
  • Parking cars for sale on the concrete road prevents easy emergency access to the pumping station by Southern Water Authority.
  • Parking on the concrete road means that Southern Water Authority employees have to find somewhere else to park.
  • No turning facilities on the site.

Rother had refused permission for the proposed use because

  1. The extension of the car sales and display area is damaging to and out of keeping with the character, appearance and setting of the conservation area.
  2. The extended car sales and display area does not provide an on site turning area or any physical structure to prevent vehicles reversing into or out of the extended site. Forward visibility to the south onto the B2244 is hampered by the existing bridge wall structure. The proposal introduces slowing, stopping, turning and reversing traffic which is contrary to highway safety.

Thirty four objections to the original planning application had been sent to Rother by the general public which demonstrated the strong feelings of the Village against the activities of the Budget Car Company, although most did not clearly focus on this particular application.

106.3 Budget Car Company, The Street, Sedlescombe. Appeal submitted against Enforcement Notice issued on 03/11/10. This notice stated that a storm shelter had been constructed without planning permission and that it should be removed within one month. Budget is appealing to The Planning Inspectorate on the grounds that one month is an unreasonable amount of time.


RR/2010/2749/P RR/2010/2750/L

The Cottage, The Street, Sedlescombe. Endless pool Approved conditional
RR/2010/2709/P 1 Suntrap Cottages, Meadow Lane, Sedlescombe. Extension Approved conditional
RR/2010/2672/P Sheridene, Hurst Lane, Sedlescombe. Extensions Approved conditional
RR/2010/2648/T 1 Manor Cottages, The Street, Sedlescombe. Trees No objection
RR/2010/2500/P Spilstead Farm, Stream Lane, Sedlescombe. Retention of holiday accommodation in grain silo. Retrospective. Approved conditional
RR/2010/2889/P Petley House, Marley Lane, Sedlescombe. Variation of condition 11 imposed on RR/2005/2847/P to allow for other B2 use and specifically historic vehicle restoration (Swift Lite Charcoal Works). Approved conditional



LWA Bodyshop, new building. The Clerk reported receipt of a copy e-mail from a local resident to Rother Planning regarding the erection of a new commercial paint spray booth at LWA Bodyshop adjacent to her property. Cllr Wright had also received a complaint from this and another neighbour.


The Parish Council had alerted Rother Enforcement during the building process in November 2010.