MEETING ON 27/08/13 IN COMMITTEE ROOM 2 OF THE VILLAGE HALL FOLLOWING ON IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE COUNCIL MEETING WHICH WILL START AT 19:00
Chair - Cllr John Reynolds
Members: Councillors Chapman, Parsons
Ex-officio members: Cllr J Vine-Hall (Chairman of the Council), Cllr P Glew (Vice-Chairman of the Council)
40 INTERESTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE 2012 CODE OF CONDUCT
41 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION RE MATTERS ON THE AGENDA AT THE CHAIRMAN'S DISCRETION
42 MINUTES. To resolve: That the Chairman is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 30/07/13.
43 PLANNING APPLICATIONS
- RR/2013/1568/C Felon Field, Marley Lane, Sedlescombe TN33 0RE. New ESCC Highway Maintenance Depot with Salt Barn, 10 No. Vehicle Garages, Vehicle Washdown, Materials Storage Bunkers and Office/Welfare Facilities.
- RR/2013/1548/P The Dairy, Barnes Farm, Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge TN32 5BN. Variation of condition imposed on RR/2012/2500/P - development to be carried out in accordance with site plan, 1202/2 REV C, 1202/04 REV B, 1202/05 REV A.
- RR/2013/1605/P The Old School House, Balcombe Green, Sedlescombe. Demolition of detached outbuilding and erection of single storey extension with rooms in roof. Replacement of two existing roof lights to dormer windows with pitch roofs.
- RR/2013/1626/P Sedlescombe Vineyard, Hawkhurst Road, Staplecross. Improvement of the site access to Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard by re-locating same 90m north of the existing.
- RR/2013/876/P The Street - Car Sales Site. Temporary change of use from car sales to car wash and valeting with 'in-out' drive through (six year temporary period). RECOMMENDED FOR REFUSAL BY PLANNING COMMITTEE
- RR/2013/1280/P and RR/2013/1281/L Pump Cottage, The Green, Sedlescombe. Proposed lean-to type extension to replace existing smaller addition. APPROVED
47 CONSULTATION ON MAJOR AND MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE CORE STRATEGY
48 PARISH COUNCIL COMMENTS ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS. To note that, following the increased emphasis on the presumption in favour of sustainable development in the NPPFand in accordance with the Planning Committee's wishes, RALC has been asked for an agenda item to be added to their next meeting so that a discussion can take place about Rother parish councils' action when there could be a difference of opinion between the Planning Officer and the parish council on an application. The e-mail was also sent to Rother clerks.
Arising from these e-mails, a Mountfield Parish Councillor contacted the Clerk with the following information:
NEW PLANNING LEGISLATION UNDER THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLEANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) (AMENDMENT No.2) ORDER 2012. An amendment to existing legislation requires a planning authority, when making a decision about an application, to include in the decision notice "a statement explaining how, in dealing with the application, the local planning authority have worked with the applicant in a positive and proactive manner based on seeking solutions to problems arising in relation to dealing with a planning application". The Committee will remember that the Planning Officer refused to tell Sedlescombe PC what discussions he had had with the car wash applicant prior to the submission of the application.
The Mountfield councillor has referred his report to his Council with comments regarding what could arise from this change including the following:
- "It puts unhealthy pressure on the planning officers. If they continuously work with an applicant over a period of time, it will surely become more difficult to recommend refusal of an application".
- "The logic of this amendment is that, barring intransigence or stupidity on the part of the applicant, any planning application can, over whatever period of time it takes, be whittled and wheedled into planning permission."
- "We need to get our heads round this new way of working. Planning applications will often be more of an opening negotiating position."
- He is suggesting to his Council that they try to anticipate what changes could be negotiated so that their comments remain relevant and valid despite changes that might be made to the plans. Also that they should monitor ongoing applications and be more alert in getting applications referred to the Planning Committee by one of their District Councillors (NB most Rother Parish Councils have 2).
Pauline J Raymond
Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer
Sedlescombe Parish Council