Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 18th December, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Lewes. View directions

Contact: Simon Bailey  Democratic Services Officer

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Items
No. Item

23.

Minutes of the meeting held on 13 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

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23.1     The Committee approved as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 13 November 2019.  

24.

Apologies for absence

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24.1     Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Bob Bowdler, Councillor Pat Rodohan and Councillor Barry Taylor.

 

24.2     It was noted that Councillor Nigel Enever was in attendance as a substitute for Councillor Bowdler and that Councillor Chris Dowling was in attendance as a substitute for Councillor Taylor.   

25.

Disclosures of interests

Disclosures by all members present of personal interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the member regards the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct.

 

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25.1     Councillor Godfrey Daniel declared a prejudicial interest in item 5A in that he is a friend of one the objectors, so left the Chamber during consideration of the item.

26.

Reports

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26.1     Reports referred to in the minutes below are contained in the minute book.

 

27.

Variation of Condition 2 (Approved drawings) of planning permission RR/741/CM seeking retrospective permission for amendments to the layout and fencing at the pumping station at Fourteen Acre Lane. Three Oaks Wastewater Pumping Station, Fourteen Acres Lane, Three Oaks - RR/834/CM pdf icon PDF 179 KB

Report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport

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27.1     Councillor Godfrey Daniel left the Chamber during consideration of this item.  

 

27.2     The Committee considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport. 

 

27.3     Simon Tomlinson, Head of Wastewater Delivery, on behalf of the applicant, Southern Water spoke in support of the report’s recommendations.

 

27.4     Councillor Carl Maynard, the Local Member, spoke to encourage consultation by Southern Water on enhancements to the proposed mitigation.  

 

27.5     The Committee agreed to include an additional Informative, in order to set a clear expectation that Southern Water consult and engage with local residents, Guestling Parish Council, and the local District and County Councillor, in developing the submission that will be made in pursuant of Conditions 2 and 3. 

 

27.6     Members have considered the officer’s presentation and report, together with the comments of the public speaker and Local Member, and agree with the conclusion and reasons for recommendation set out in paragraph 7 of the report, with the additional Informative. 

 

27.7     The Committee RESOLVED to grant planning permission subject to the completion of a variation to the s106 Agreement dated 30 June 2016 between East Sussex County Council, Southern Water Services Limited and Gordon Harrison and the s278 Agreement dated 7 June 2018 between the same parties and to the following conditions:

 

1.         The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the drawings listed in the Schedule of Approved Plans.

           

            Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

 

2.         Notwithstanding the planting and landscaping details submitted for the pumping station site, further details of the planting scheme shall be submitted to the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport for written approval within one month of the date of the planning permission. The approved details shall be carried out in full during the first available planting season following approval.

           

Reason: To secure appropriate landscaping at the site in the interests of the amenity of the locality and the landscape character of the AONB, in accordance with Policies WMP25 and WMP27 of the East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Plan 2013. 

           

3.         Within one month of the date of the planning permission, the applicant shall submit details in writing to the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport for written approval for the design of the proposed close boarded fencing on the front gates and the timber screen around the kiosk at the pumping station including a timetable for their installation. The details shall demonstrate that the High Weald Colour Study (2017) has been used to assist in the identification of colours for the structures at the pumping station site in Fourteen Acre Lane. The approved details shall be carried out in full.

           

Reason: In the interests of visual amenity and the landscape of the High Weald AONB, in accordance with Policies WMP25 and WMP27 of the East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Plan 2013.

 

4.         Planting and landscaping works at the treatment works site off Butcher's Lane shall  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Retention of deposited inert building waste. Appletree Cottage, Beacon Lane, Cripps Corner, Staplecross, Robertsbridge, TN32 5QP - RR/828/CM pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport

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28.1     The Committee considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport. 

 

28.2     Mr Hugh Willing, the applicant, spoke against the report’s recommendations. 

 

28.3     Members have considered the officer’s presentation and report, together with the comments of the public speaker, and agree with the conclusion and reasons for recommendation set out in paragraph 7 of the report.

 

28.4     The Committee RESOLVED to refuse planning permission for the following reasons:

 

1.         The site is within the countryside and the development conflicts with Policies RA2 (viii) and RA3 (v) of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy 2014 which seeks to conserve, inter alia, the intrinsic value and the natural and ecological resources of the countryside and provide for appropriate development.

 

2.         The site is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its use for the disposal of waste is contrary to conserving and enhancing the landscape quality and character of the area, thereby conflicting with Policy WMP27 (a) of the East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Local Plan 2013, Policy EN1 (i) of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy 2014, paragraph 172 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 and the overall objectives of the High Weald AONB Management Plan 2019.

 

3.         The site is within a wooded area adjacent to an area of designated ancient woodland and the deposited waste materials are on a steep slope encroaching into a long established pond. These habitats are important for wildlife. As such, the use of land for the disposal of waste conflicts with Policy WMP27 (b) of the East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Plan 2013, Policies EN1 (viii) and EN5 (viii) of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy 2014, paragraphs 175 and 178 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 and the overall objectives of the High Weald AONB Management Plan 2019.  

 

4.         The site adjoins a public right of way and historic routeway and the development results in an adverse visual effect to the amenity of users of the path due to the damage caused to the woodland, thereby conflicting with Policy OSS4 (iii) of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy 2014, Policy WMP25 (a) and (d) of the East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Plan 2013 and Objectives OQ3 and OQ4 of the High Weald AONB Management Plan 2019.

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