THE MINUTES OF FRANT PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING MEETING HELD AT

FRANT MEMORIAL HALL ON MONDAY 29TH MARCH 2010 AT 7.30 PM

Present: Councillors Crookshank (Chairman), Gray, Rowland and Wright

No members of the public were in attendance.

1.            TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES AND REASON FOR ABSENCE

Apologies received from Cllrs. Mrs Best, Hall and Harris.

2.            DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

None.

3.            OPEN FORUM

None.

4.            TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED

WD/2010/0511/F 1-3 The Estate Yard, Eridge Road, Eridge Green – change of use of existing offices/workshops to children’s nursery (up to 80 children) (use class D1) with associated alterations to access and parking arrangements, external appearance of existing buildings and site fencing/enclosure.

It was resolved to respond as follows:

There is no objection to the proposed physical alterations to 1-3 The Estate Yard as the external changes are minimal. However, there is serious concern that the change of use to a children’s nursery will create a considerable increase in traffic on a stretch of road where visibility is restricted. Motorists wishing to access the site from the direction of Tunbridge Wells will have to turn right at the top of a steep hill and a concealed bend – during peak times cars may have to queue in order to cross the A26 and this will create an unacceptable traffic hazard. The entrance to the site is outside the speed restricted area of the centre of Eridge Green.

The assessment of the anticipated number of traffic movements during peak times quoted in the traffic statement dated 26.02.10 is questioned as it is considered that most children will be dropped off and collected during peak traffic times.

WD/200917171 – premises licence application Eridge Park

An application has been submitted to alter the existing premises licence application. Comments can only be accepted under the following categories:

  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • prevention of a public nuisance
  • prevention of children from harm

Members considered that previous events have been well organised with strict controls and liaison with the Police.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 7.50 pm.