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MEMBERS PRESENT: Councillor Vine-Hall (Chairman), Cllrs Glew, Martin, Mitchell, Reynolds, Cllr Wright (Chairman of the Council)

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer: Mrs P Raymond


Also in attendance: Sue Walton


P11/12.122 Apologies and reasons for absence. All present.

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. None.

P11/12.124 Public participation session. None.
P11/12.125 Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 03/01/02.
P11/12.126 Planning Applications
126.1 RR/2011/2499/P Tamar, The Street, Sedlescombe TN33 0QF. Replace extant planning permission RR/2008/3046/P - demolition of existing timber outbuilding and construction of single storey residential annexe. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council should make "no comment".

RR/2012/155/P Plot 4, Cartref, The Street, Sedlescombe. Replacement of consented 5 bedroom dwelling with a pair of semi-detached two-bedroom dwellings. It was RESOLVED: That the Parish Council will support this application subject to there being sufficient parking space for at least 14 vehicles. In the absence of any overall current plan for the site, it appears that, if this application is approved, seven properties could be built on the site (a terrace of 3x3-bed houses at the rear of the site - approved RR/2011/242/P, a pair of 3-bed semis at the front of the site on the southern side - approved RR/2004/3635/P and a pair of 2-bed semis at the front of the site on the northern side - RR/2012/155/P).

126.3 RR/2012/167/L Sherrald, The Street, Sedlescombe TN33 0QE. Proposed removing of internal wall. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council should make "no comment".

Appeals. None.



RR/2011/2273/A 10 Park Shaw Conservatory Approved conditional 08/02/12
RR/2011/1448/P 11 Orchard Way Prefabricated garden office Approved conditional 31/01/12
RR/2011/2364/P Little Orchard, Meadow Lane Replace extant planning permission RR/2008/1243/P, Chalet Bungalow Approved conditional 24/01/12
RR/2011/2490/P East View Terrace - garages to rear Demolition of garages and erection 4 flats, 4 x 2-bed semis, 1 x 2-bed bungalow Refused 19/01/12
RR/2011/2456/L Beech Farm House, Hawkhurst Road Minor alterations to revise the layout of approved bathrooms List BC granted 18/01/12
RR/2011/2464/P Eastlands, Sandrock Hill 16 solar photovoltaic panels to stable roof Approved conditional  
RR/2011/2367/P Chittlebirch Oast, Sedlescombe Demolition of double garage and erection of replacement triple garage Approved conditional 03/01/12



Budget Car Company update. It was noted that, on 31/01/12, the Budget Car Company had pleaded "not guilty" at Hastings Magistrates' Court to various charges made by Rother District Council relating to planning offences and the Environmental Protection Act. A trial has been arranged for April.


Since the last meeting of the Planning Committee, Budget Car Company had left the car lot in The Street. The site had been tidied and a ranch-style fence had just been erected around the car sales area.

P11/12.130 Crazy Lane Caravan Park car business. A neighbour of the Caravan Park had visited the Clerk again complaining about car-related activities on the site. RESOLVED: That Rother Enforcement Department should be asked to investigate the possibility of car-related activities taking place at the Crazy Lane Caravan Park.
P11/12.131 Tree Works Notifications in Conservation Areas. The Committee noted that from 01/03/12 Conservation Area Tree Works Notifications will not be advertised. Decisions will be sent monthly to parishes and members for information only. This will ensure that decisions are taken within six weeks as required by statute.
P11/12.132 Autumn Rother Planning Event. Members were asked to note that the autumn planning event will be held on 03/10/12 in Bexhill Town Hall at 14:00. The agenda and details will follow nearer the date.

Core Strategy Housing Numbers for Sedlescombe. The Committee noted that:

  1. Following representations made by DPP at a late stage where they asked for the housing numbers for Sedlescombe to be amended upwards and more emphasis to be placed on educational development, the Clerk asked Rother DC whether a Sedlescombe representative will be able to speak at the Core Strategy Inquiry whenever that may be held. According to Roger Comerford, Principal Planning Officer, interested parties will only be able to participate at Examination on matters related to their own representations and then only if invited by the Planning Inspector. He thinks it will be difficult to link Sedlescombe PC's own representations to the post-consultation points made by DPP. However, Rother DC will be able to highlight errors or inconsistencies and/or outline the Parish Council's views. Rother believes the level of new housing (8-25 new allocations) envisaged for Sedlescombe is broadly correct having considered all relevant factors.
  2. Roger Comerford has also said that Rother would not support any application on the Street Farm site prior to the site going through the full Site Allocations DPD process.
  3. The Director of Children's Services at the County Council has given some information regarding allocation of school places. Further information is awaited.