Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting of 14th January 2020 held at 7.00 pm. in The Reading Room, Buxted.
Present: Cllrs. Rose (Chairman), Blandford, McQuarrie, Cox, Roberts and Clerks – Claudine Feltham and Beccy Macklen. Also present Cllr Bolton.
Two members of public present at this meeting. They advised they were present as applicants of item 4.1 of this agenda and were present should the Cllrs have any questions.
Apologies: were received and accepted from Cllr Humphrey.
Minutes: The minutes of the meeting of 10th December 2019 were approved and signed as a correct record by the Chairman.
Declaration of Members Interests in respect of items on this agenda.
Cllr McQuarrie, Cllr Rose and Cllr Blandford declared personal interest in respect on item 4.1 of this agenda as they know the applicants.
Cllr Rose and Cllr Coxon declared personal interest in item 6.1 of this agenda as they know of the neighbour who was objecting to this application.
4.1 Application no: WD/2019/2456/O
Location: ABBEY HOUSE AND GRASMERE, FRAMFIELD ROAD, BUXTED TN22 4LE
Description: outline planning application with all matters reserved for the development of 5 no. dwellings and associated access, parking and landscaping.
Buxted Parish Council response to Wealden District Council: the parish council considered the possible impact on the traffic and parking. The access would be between the two houses onto Framfield Road. The parish council commented that it is sometimes difficult to consider an outline application as there is very limited detail. The parish council feel that 5 dwellings would be over development, but maybe three dwellings would be more suitable. However, development of this site would have a negative impact on the neighbour for loss of privacy and view. The parish council reached a unanimous decision to object to this application due to the over development of the site and the lack of detail on the application.
5 Planning applications considered by email consultation, due to the deadline set by Wealden District Council for the parish council’s response:
5.1 Application: WD/2019/2401/F
Location: HURST FARM, BURNT OAK ROAD, HIGH HURSTWOOD, BUXTED TN22 4AE
Description: Single and two-storey additions to existing property. Alterations to existing layout and new entrance porch.
Response from Buxted Parish Council to WDC: The parish council would like to request that these additions could not be used as a separate dwelling. No objection, recommend approval.
5.2 Application: WD/2019/2486/F
Location: SPINDLES, HOWBOURNE LANE, BUXTED, UCKFIELD, TN22 4QB
Description: DETACHED 3 BAY GARAGE WITH ANNEXE AND MACHINE STORE
Response from Buxted Parish Council to WDC: No objections, recommend approval.
- To discuss any planning applications received from Wealden District Council after the publication of the agenda that are available on the District Planning website.
6.1 Application: WD/2019/2306/F
Location: FOXWOOD HOUSE, BUXTED WOOD LANE, BUXTED, TN22 4QE
Description: Demolition of existing triple garage and workshop and replacement new double garage with home gym and guest room above. Please note the scheme has been reduced in height, and elevations altered.
Buxted Parish Council response to Wealden District Council: parish council have been made aware of the objection from the neighbours. The new design is built on the footprint of old garage and is being pushed forward 3 metres towards the boundary (Buxted Wood Lane). The height of the proposal will be similar to a 2/3 storey house and it will obscure the views across the valley for the neighbours.
The parish council object to this application and would like to re iterate the same comments as previously submitted to WDC: The parish council object to this application on the height of the proposed development, and its proposed position so close to the boundary and the impact it would have on the neighbouring property
6.2 Application: WD/2019/2689/F
Location: SPRING COT, FRAMFIELD ROAD, BUXTED, TN22 4LE
Description: Single storey rear extension, loft conversion with roof dormer and driveway to front of house.
Buxted Parish Council response to Wealden District Council: no objections, recommend approval.
- Applications that have previously been considered by the Parish Council but were held by District Council because of awaiting the outcome of the Local Plan.
From Chris Bending, WDC: I am writing to you in connection with the below applications for planning permission since you have previously lodged representations about the proposals.
Whilst the applications have been submitted for some time now, they remain as live applications. We have not processed the applications for various reasons, not least because of the evolution of the preferred strategy in the Submission Wealden Local Plan 2019. That Plan has recently been declared unsound and the Examining Inspector has recommended it be withdrawn.
If you have any further comments to make about the proposed applications, then please submit them by 21st January 2020. ‘For the avoidance of doubt, it is not necessary to repeat any comments already lodged since we have these and will take them into account when reaching a decision’
7.1 Application: WD/2018/0765/F (NOW WITHDRAWN)
Description: Demolition of existing dwelling and removal of lawful use caravan. Erection of 2 no. new dwellings and associated landscaping.
Location: CYPRESS WOOD HOLDINGS, HOWBOURNE LANE, BUXTED, TN22 4QD
Buxted Parish Council original response to WDC: July 2018:
The parish council appreciate the design of the new properties and believe it would be an improvement to the site. The parish council recommend approval for this application, providing all the relevant criteria are met for WDC.
7.2 Application: WD/2018/0233/F
Description: Proposed extension of existing hurstwood view care home to create 8 new bedrooms, additional day space and 17 car parking spaces.
Location: HURSTWOOD VIEW, LINUM LANE, FIVE ASH DOWN, UCKFIELD, TN22 3FH
Buxted Parish Council original response to WDC: March 2018: From various points in High Hurstwood this development is already quite prominent within the landscape and would be concerned if there were to be any additional development. The parish council do not object to this application.
Update: the parish council would like to add how this site is very prominent at night with the lighting and would respectfully request that the lighting impact is considered for the surrounding areas.
7.3 Application: WD/2019/1114/O
Description: Outline application for the erection of up to 9 no. dwellings, access and other associated infrastructure.
Location: LAND AT QUEENSTOCK LANE, BUXTED, TN22 4AR
Buxted Parish Council original response to WDC, July 2019: Recommend refusal due to overdevelopment of the site and the site falls outside development boundary in the emerging Local Plan.
|8. WDC Planning Application Decision Notices received|
|Application||Location||Description||Decision by WDC|
|WHITE COTTAGE, BURNT OAK ROAD, HIGH HURSTWOOD, TN22 4AE||
PRIVATE STABLE AND TACK ROOM BUILDING.
See footnote 1 for comments from WDC.
|LAND ADJ TO TAMARISK, PARK VIEW, BUXTED, TN22 4LS||PROPOSED DETACHED BUNGALOW AND RETAINING WALL||Approved|
76 FIVE ASH DOWN, UCKFIELD, TN22 3AN
NEW DETACHED SINGLE STOREY ANNEXE, SINGLE STOREY SIDE EXTENSION, CONNECTING
PURGOLA AND 2M FENCE
See footnote 2 for comments from WDC.
|PARKHURST FARM, PERRYMANS LANE, HIGH HURSTWOOD, BUXTED, TN22 4AG||
CONSTRUCTION OF A 20M X 60M EQUESTRIAN ARENA. WORKS TO INCLUDE A SMALL
AMOUNT OF CUT AND FILL, NEW LAND DRAINS, MEMBRANE, STONE BASE, SILICA SAND AND
Footnote 1 – White Cottage, Burnt Oak Road, High Hurstwood
Comment from WDC: The Parish Council’s comments and concerns are duly noted. However, as discussed later in this report, it is considered that the proposed position of the stable, which has been amended slightly to try and alleviate the neighbour’s concerns, is a suitable location taking into account the requirement for it to be sited close to existing buildings rather than an isolated form of development. It will be close to the main dwelling for security reasons and in case of emergency at night, as well as for access to water and electricity services, and will in fact have a minimal impact on neighbouring properties. The adjoining property, Cobbetts, sits side on to the private lane which runs between it and the application site, with mature trees and two dense hedgerows separating the two sites on either side of the lane. There are no windows in the side elevation of Cobbetts and the first-floor bedroom windows face away from the application site with a view towards the southeast. As such it is considered that the views from Cobbetts will not be impacted upon by the proposed development
Footnote 2 – 76 Five Ash Down
Response to Parish Council: The Parish Council’s concerns are duly noted. However, whilst the footprint of the proposed building does appear quite large when viewed in comparison to that of the existing dwelling (which is a small semi-detached cottage), it is important to bear in mind that the proposed development is single storey only. The proposed annexe would contain just one bedroom, a lounge, shower room and small kitchenette, and has a gross internal area of just 42.5 sq m. With dimensions of 10.9m (w) x 5.7m (d) and a maximum ridge height of 4m, its size could be compared to that of a domestic triple garage building but with a lower ridge height.
Any other matters properly notified:
Flooding in the area of Binky’s Farm – Cllr Rose
The parish council had concerns that when the planning application for this site was originally submitted, they raised concerns over this site being on a flood plain. Now the area has flooded and it has caused problems. Effluence was going straight into the river when the area recently flooded. WDC (environmental services) should be liaising with the NRA National Rivers Authority about this. The animal on site were knee deep in water and it was very dangerous, and they were not moved for quite some time. RSPCA were informed at the time. The pigs are now back on site.
The WDC Local Plan – rejection of the plan by the Inspector.
The plan has been rejected by the Inspector mainly due to a severe shortage of housing, the data about the impact of Ashdown Forest and for WDC not cooperating with the neighbouring authorities fully.
Cllr Blandford commented that she had a meeting with WDC recently and they commented that they do listen and take note of the comments made by the parish council/the local knowledge.
Announcements – a) Chairman of the Committee; b) Clerk to the Council