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

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Mrs P Raymond

2 members of the public up to the end of agenda item P10/11.123.1.


P10/11.118 Apologies. None, all present.

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 Wright disclosed her personal interest in P10/11.123.5 by virtue of her previous involvement in campaigns regarding the Spilstead Airstrip. She remained in the room.

P10/11.120 Prejudiced members' participation. None.
P10/11.121 Public participation session. Mr Barnes and Mr Jordan gave notice of their wish to make representation with regard to item P10/11.123.1 on the agenda. The Chairman agreed that they should be allowed to speak prior to the Committee's consideration of Planning Application RR/2010/3020/P LWA Bodyshop, new commercial paint spray booth.
P10/11.122 Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 08/02/11.

Planning Applications


RR/2010/3020/P LWA Bodyshop Ltd, Bridge Garage, The Street, Sedlescombe. Erecting of new light commercial spray booth for the purpose of painting motor vehicles, in a controlled environment and replacing old equipment. Applicant: David Barnes, LWA Bodyshop Ltd, Bridge Garage, The Street, Sedlescombe.


The Chairman invited Mr David Barnes, applicant, to speak to the Committee. Mr Barnes explained that he needed a bigger paint spray booth at his long-established business in order to carry out work for Johns Cross Garage and that he wanted it to be installed prior to the rise in VAT on 01/01/11. His supplier had assured him the new booth would be quieter than the old booth, more economical and more environmentally-friendly. Despite the supplier having made adjustments to the fans, Mr Barnes admitted that the noise emanating from it during its operation is still unacceptable and he said that he is in dispute with his supplier over the matter. Mr Barnes is obtaining quotes from a builder for insulating the whole building including the roof in an effort to reduce the noise nuisance. The equipment is, unfortunately, sited at the side near to the closest neighbour (Mr and Mrs Jordan) and the chimney design forces the noise down towards their house. Mr Barnes said the capping will be changed. He also plans to paint the chimney which is currently bright silver. The equipment is virtually brand new and meets all current standards whereas the old equipment is about thirty years old.


Mr Barnes spoke about the reason that planning permission had not been obtained prior to the installation. A planning application had been submitted in November 2010 but, because of holidays of Rother staff and other issues to do with financing the project, problem areas in the application had not been sorted out until after the booth had been constructed.


The Chairman invited Mr Jordan to speak to the Committee. Mr Jordan complained that the noise from the new building is totally unacceptable and that his wife feels forced to leave her home when it starts up. Previously, they had no problems with the use of the old booth. The Environmental Health Officer had visited their home today and taken readings.


Cllr Wright reported on her inspection. Local residents in the vicinity including Gregory Walk had written complaining about the new installation, mostly about the noise nuisance, but also with fears about the fumes and the effect they could have on people's health. The close proximity to the playground was mentioned. Cllr Wright spoke of the importance of employment-generating businesses in the Village. LWA Bodyshop employs three people as well as the owner.


RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports a refusal of this application until the noise issue has been properly addressed, after which the application should be reconsidered.

123.2 RR/2011/242/P Cartref, The Street, Sedlescombe TN33 0QW. Replace extant planning permission RR/2007/3386/P - erection of a terrace of 3 three bedroom houses and associated parking. Applicant: Hyfield Estates Ltd, Quarry House, 49-53 The Quarries, Boughton Monchelsea, Kent. Cllr Martin reported on his inspection. This application appears to be exactly the same as in 2007 (plans still with the same 2007 dates) when planning permission was granted by Rother and is a resubmission of a lapsed approval for part of the Cartref site. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval and would like to see this site developed rather than left in the current untidy state.
123.3 RR/2011/246/P 32 Park Shaw, Sedlescombe. Proposed first floor extension. Applicant Mr and Mrs J Murray, 32 Park Shaw, Sedlescombe. Cllr Mitchell reported on her inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.
123.4 RR/2011/254/P Petley House, Marley Lane, Battle. Alterations to existing building including modified internal layout, new mezzanine floor to workshop, blocking in some windows and door openings, forming new window and door openings and new canopy to loading door. Applicant Mr Chris Keith-Lucas, Unit 1 & 2, Coldharbour Farm Estate, Battle Road, Dallington. Cllr Vine-Hall reported on his inspection. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports approval.

RR/2011/310/P Spilstead Farm, Stream Lane, Sedlescombe. Continued use of land as an airstrip without complying with condition 1 (temporary) and condition 2 (personal) on planning permission RR/2009/17/P. Applicant: Mr W Cole, Spilstead Farm, Stream Lane, Sedlescombe


NB The permission granted under RR/2009/17/P stated that conditions imposed on RR/98/1323/P, together with the flight protocol, remain in full force.


Cllr Wright declared her personal interest by virtue of her previous involvement in campaigns regarding the Spilstead Airstrip. She remained in the room.


In 2009, during consideration of RR/2009/17/P, Rother's planning officer recommended approval of a permanent and not temporary permission in accordance with Government guidance. He also specified that it would not be acceptable for a personal condition to be attached to the approval. However, the Parish Council, after discussions with residents, had sought temporary and personal conditions which were later attached to the grant of planning permission by Rother's Planning Committee.


RESOLVED: That the Parish Council supports refusal of the request for removal of the temporary and personal conditions for the following reasons:

  1. Although breaches of the protocol have been recorded throughout the last 25 years, the temporary nature of the permission has kept the situation mainly under control. If a permanent approval of the airstrip was to be granted, what could be done to close it down if many breaches were to occur?
  2. The use of the airstrip by Mr Cole in connection with restoration of historical planes has been tolerated for many years and has been kept at a reasonable level for a long time. However, a different owner might want to run the airstrip more intensively causing aggravation and disturbance over a wide area. With the personal condition for Mr Cole attached, a new owner would need to make his/her own application which could be considered in the light of their individual proposals.
P10/11.124 Appeals. None and no appeal results.



37 Gorselands, Sedlescombe TN33 0PT

Platform for parking in front garden

Approved conditional
RR/2010/3018/O Old Barn, Hawkhurst Road, Sedlescombe Lawful DC approved


P10/11.126 Rother District Council's Planning Policy Update. Noted.
P10/11.127 Park View, The Street, Sedlescombe. Following the imposition of a temporary stop notice by Rother DC because of the contravention of the archaeological condition, an Enforcement Notice and Permanent Stop Notice was issued. The Clerk's Briefing Note had been updated.
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