THE MINUTES OF FRANT PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING MEETING HELD AT FRANT MEMORIAL HALL ON TUESDAY 4TH MAY 2010 AT 7.30 PM

Present: Councillors Mrs Howell (Vice-Chairman), Gray, Harris, Mrs Myers, Rowland and Wright.

One member of the public was in attendance.

1.            TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES AND REASON FOR ABSENCE

Apologies received from Cllrs Mrs Best, Crookshank and Hall.

2.            DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

None.

3.            OPEN FORUM

The applicant for the Wish Wood application explained the need to expand his rural industry and why an unauthorised pole barn had been installed.

4.            TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED

WD/2010/0701/LB Pococksgate Farm, Frant – repairs to central fireplace and chimney.

It was resolved to respond as follows:

Frant Parish Council supports this application to carry out essential repairs to this listed building.

 WD/2010/0809/LB Pococksgate Farm Barn, Frant – repairs to timber frame of barn.

It was resolved to respond as follows:

Frant Parish Council supports this application to carry out essential repairs to this listed building.

WD/2010/0758/F Wish Wood, Bells Yew Green – erection of pole barn, alteration and refurbishment of existing storage building and extension of period during which firewood processing can be carried out.

It was resolved to respond as follows:

The plans for this application are unclear and further clarification is required. The Appeal Decision dated 26.03.09 refers to a new pole barn having been completed and attached to an existing barn to create one structure. There is no indication within the application which part of the existing pole barn is authorised and which is subject to an enforcement investigation following the dismissal of the appeal; this is misleading.

Item no. 29 of the Planning Statement and Design & Access Statement refers to the removal of the timber office and mess building; these structures are still shown within the proposed site plan (no. Rd216.2).

 Frant Parish Council objects to this application for the following reasons:

  • Over intensification of the site.
  • The development would have a detrimental impact on the natural beauty and character of the AONB.
  • All materials for wood production are to be brought onto the site which will require the use of large vehicles and create heavy traffic movements and a potential traffic hazard close to the centre of the village.

If permission is granted the following conditions should be applied:

  • No external lighting to be permitted.
  • Time/days of operation to be limited to protect nearby residents.
  • No living on the site.
  • The business operation to be limited to forestry activities.
  • The buildings to be removed if the business ceases to exist.

It is recognised that it would be beneficial to tidy up and control the activities on the site and a possible way forward would be to remove all sundry buildings/containers/sheds and permit one pole barn and one other building/welfare facility.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.07 pm.