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Cllr J Vine-Hall (Chairman of the Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Council)

Cllrs Glew, Mitchell, Rand, Reynolds

Cllr V Wright (Chairman of the Council)




P11/12.23 To receive apologies and reasons for absence.

To receive disclosures of personal and prejudicial interests from Councillors on matters to be considered at the meeting in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct 2007.

Councillors should state:

  1. The Agenda number (last number only - the remainder of the number is the financial year).
  2. Whether the interest is
    1. personal (remain in the meeting for the whole agenda item) or
    2. personal/prejudicial (leave the meeting for the public involvement and Council debate on the agenda item.
  3. The reason for the interest.
  4. Whether, if the Chairman permits, they will, at the appropriate time, make representation, answer questions or give evidence to the Council regarding any item where they have declared a prejudicial interest.

Please note:

  1. If a member becomes aware, during the course of a meeting, of an interest that has not been disclosed at the start of the meeting, he/she must immediately disclose it.

  2. A personal interest is prejudicial if a member of the public with knowledge of the relevant facts would reasonably regard it as so significant that it is likely to prejudice a member's judgement of the public interest AND it relates to a financial or regulatory matter.

  3. Members should repeat the declarations when the agenda items are announced by the Chairman.
P11/12.25 Public participation session. Chairman to ask any members of the public whether they wish to make representation, answer questions or give evidence with regard to items on the agenda. At the Chairman's discretion, the public will be allowed to make their representations etc. at the beginning of the appropriate agenda item, after prejudiced members' participation. The Chairman should inform the public that their names will be recorded and representations etc. minuted.
P11/12.26 Minutes. To Resolve: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 24/05/11.
P11/12.27 Planning Applications
27.1 RR/2011/852/P Little Swailes Green Farm, Compasses Lane, Swailes Green TN32 5QU. Retrospective application to use oast as residential unit associated with existing furniture manufacturing business.
27.2 RR/2011/853/L Little Swailes Green Farm, Compasses Lane, Swailes Green TN32 5QU. Retrospective application to use oast as residential unit associated with existing furniture manufacturing business.
27.3 RR/2011/999/T The Cottage, The Street, Sedlescombe TN33 0QE. Lawson Cypress x 2 - fell due to roots causing damage to sewer pipe and path.
27.4 RR/2008/3175/MA 1 and 2 Tilly House, The Street, Sedlescombe. Non-material amendment to RR/2008/3175/P - construction of disabled ramp to comply with Part M of the Building regulations (retrospective).
27.5 RR/2011/600/P Sharewood Farm, New England Lane, Sedlescombe. Removal of agricultural occupancy condition on dwelling (A69/206).
27.6 RR/2011/1168/FN Lower Jacobs Farm, Brede Lane, Sedlescombe TN33 0PN. Proposed agricultural barn.
P11/12.28 Appeals

Planning applications still awaiting decision. To note the following:

  1. RR/2011/940/P Bulmer Lodge, The Green, Sedlescombe. Removal of conditions 2, 3 and 5 re RR/2008/1676/P - erection of detached garage with art/hobby room over including addition of dormers. Contrary to the Parish Council's recommendation, the Planning Officer wished to approve. The following was sent to District Councillor Ganly from Mr Peter Cornfield, Planning Officer. The Parish Council objected on the grounds of a possible increase in parking with a reduction in the space available, overlooking and the need to protect neighbours' amenities. Mr Cornfield has written as follows:

    With regard to the first issue (parking), the condition was indeed imposed due to the concern of loss of off street parking. However, this was on the basis of the limited parking shown on Dwg. No. BL001 of RR/2008/1676/P. However, the new plan (Dwg. No. 094.04) shows additional parking allocated between the garage and the dwelling able to accommodate two vehicles. The condition was not set to preclude re-use of the building, simply a controlling element should change be required.
    In considering the second matter, the proposed changes are limited to the blocking up of the garage door aperture and insertion of two rooflights in the western roof slope. Having visited the site previously, these will afford overlooking to the private access drive, garage block and the rear aspect of the properties on the main road. However, please be mindful that these are to be fitted with obscure glass as the first floor will be served by the two previously approved dormers on the eastern roof slope.

    One objection has been received from the occupier of Bulmer House to the north-west of the garage building. Comments include the loss of a view, which under Planning Legislation cannot be taken as a material consideration. Also they mention overlooking, but on the basis that only two rooflights with obscure glass, one being set over the staircase, are proposed, I do not consider there will be undue overlooking of the neighbours property. Furthermore, while the issue of overlooking is a material consideration, the fact that the building has been previously approved and lies within a built up area, overlooking may inevitably occur.

    The submission is to use the building as an annexe to the dwelling and not as a separate dwelling. Therefore, the use of the driveway and buildings should only result in such vehicle movements as associated with a single dwelling unit.

    Correspondence continued and included information that a residential annexe does not have to be joined to a dwelling and can be self-contained. Cllr Ganly visited the site and was content that there will be space for six vehicles (two of which will need to reverse out) and that, therefore, parking is not an issue.

    Four neighbouring properties have objected strongly to the application for the following reasons:
    1. Garage height exceeded. One neighbour has made a complaint to the Head of Services regarding Rother's refusal to take any action regarding this matter.
    2. Huge roof interferes with character of the Grade II listed buildings around.
    3. No view except buildings and roofs.
    4. Garage roof dominates the view.
    5. Bathroom and bedroom overlooked by windows in dormer roof.
    6. Removal of the restrictions leaves the building open to being turned into a second home.
    7. Only room for 2 cars.
    8. Parking spaces reduced by two consequent upon the garages being no longer available.
    9. Immediately outside the property is turning space for four properties that surround Bulmer Lodge.
    10. Visitors already spill out into the lane making it difficult sometimes for manoeuvring other vehicles.
    11. No indication of ownership of access way.
    12. Congestion at rear of existing properties.
    13. Demonstrable harm to the setting of the Sedlescombe Conservation Area as the significant view between Bulmer House and Barrack Cottage is lost.

  2. RR/2011/859/P Ivy Cottage - land rear of, Brede Lane, Sedlescombe - four new properties. The Parish Council wished to see refusal of this application. Thirty-one letters of objection have been sent to Rother, some of which have been copied to the Parish Council.


02/06/11 RR/2011/737/P 32 Park Shaw, Sedlescombe, extensions 32 Park Shaw, Sedlescombe, extensions
09/06/11 RR/2011/278/P
1 Manor Cottages, The Street, Sedlescombe. Conservatory

Approved conditional

Listed building consent




Enforcement Complaints received by Rother or with changed status

24/05/11 ENF/SED/2011/195 Dinos, Churchland Lane, Sedlescombe - builders yard To be visited
02/06/11 ENF/SED/2011/192 Swailes Green, land at - new access and caravans Information requested
07/06/11 ENF/SED/2011/212 Whydown House, Sedlescombe Caravan (additional complaint)



Pestalozzi Country Park Estate and temporary uses of land. Please see Clerk's Briefing Note.

To resolve: That, because of the annoyance being caused to Sedlescombe residents by temporary events, the Parish Council should ask Rother District Council to ensure that the Pestalozzi Country Park Estate is being operated in accordance with

  1. Its permitted development rights under the "28-day rule".
  2. The correct number of Temporary Events Notices.
  3. Permitted uses of buildings.

Budget Car Company. To consider what action to take on the following:

  1. Dismissal of appeals to the Planning Inspectorate. To resolve: That the Parish Council closely monitors Budget Car Company's compliance with the Planning Inspectorate's decisions and ensures that Rother District Council swiftly moves to prosecution of the offender(s) if the proper action is not taken.
  2. Removal of tree(s) without Conservation Area authorisation.

Other outstanding matters, eg cars for sale parked on the highway, fence in front of site, trade effluent etc. are not planning matters.


Mrs P Raymond
Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer, Sedlescombe Parish Council
01424 870508, sedlescombe@freezone.co.uk, www.sedlescombe.org.uk