THE MINUTES OF FRANT PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING MEETING HELD AT

FRANT MEMORIAL HALL ON MONDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 2010 AT 7.30 PM

Present: Councillors Crookshank (Chairman), Gray, Hall, Harris, Hewes and Mrs Myers.

No members of the public were in attendance.

1.            TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES AND REASON FOR ABSENCE

Apologies received from Cllrs. Mrs Best, Burgess and Wright; reasons noted and accepted.

2.            DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

None.

3.            OPEN FORUM

None.

4.            TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED

WD/2010/0016/F Frant Lakes, Bells Yew Green – warden’s residence.

It was resolved to respond as follows:

Frant Parish Council objects strongly to this application for a residential dwelling in this rural location within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the proposal is contrary to Policy NE5 of the Non-Statutory Wealden Local Plan.

 

The council is not aware of the security issues referred to in the Design and Access Statement despite receiving regular reports of incidents in the parish from the Police at monthly council meetings. The continued use of a security company would provide a less intrusive way of managing any problems with security; patrols could be undertaken at intervals during the night whereas this may not form part of a warden’s duties.

 

The financial information accompanying the application indicates a profit of £21,500 for 2009; several years’ of net profits would be required to fund the building of a dwelling which would be an unsustainable drain on reserves. The applicant states that the cost of using a security company is prohibitive; the accounts put this expenditure at £2000 last year which would appear to be a minor expense compared to the salary of a warden.

 

Section 4 of the Design and Access Statement refers to Wealden Policy DC2 and employment in Agriculture or Forestry. Fishing is not within this category and is a recreational sport. Permission has already been given for a fishing pavilion to provide facilities for the fishermen and this should be more than adequate to provide shelter and facilities for minor first-aid.

 

It is, therefore, considered that the criteria of Policy DC2 of the Non-Statutory Wealden Local Plan are not met.

 

The council also wishes to comment that the scale and massing of the proposed dwelling creates a substantial family home and is considered to be far too large for a warden’s residence. If permission should ever be granted for a dwelling on this site, a condition must be imposed stipulating that the occupant be employed solely by Frant Lakes

5.            TO CONSIDER ANY ITEMS TO BE REPORTED TO PLANNING ENFORCEMENT

None.

6.            TO NOTE DECISIONS FROM WEALDEN DISTRICT COUNCIL

None.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 7.55 pm.