CRANBROOK & SISSINGHURST PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES OF THE PLANNING & PRESERVATION COMMITTEE HELD ON 1ST AUGUST 2023
Declaration of Interests, Dispensations and Predetermination:
Members are required to declare any interests, dispensations or predetermination on items on this agenda. Members are reminded that changes to the Register of Interests should be notified to the Clerk.
Present: Cllr. Bunyan (Chairman), Cllrs. Hatcher, Swinson and Gilbert
Apologies: Cllrs. Kings and Somers
4 Camden Cottages Sissinghurst Road Sissinghurst Kent TN17 2HP
Installation of 12 solar panels to the front roof of property
The Parish Council recommended APPROVAL proposed by Cllr. Bunyan, seconded by Cllr. Hatcher and agreed. The committee felt they had to weigh up the production of much needed solar energy against the sensitivity of the position in the conservation area. They noted that the PV panels would be in two equal sets of 6 and would be neatly placed on the roofs.
Bull Farm Glassenbury Road Cranbrook Kent TN17 3QE
Extensions to garden room porch and two story side extension
The Parish Council recommended APPROVAL proposed by Cllr. Gilbert, seconded by Cllr. Swinson and agreed.
Snowfields Academy Cranbrook Angley Road Cranbrook Kent TN17 2PJ
Demolition of a part single storey/part double storey teaching block. New parking area with drop off zone. Widening of access roads, new canopy, relocation of existing cycle stands
The Parish Council REFUSED this application for the following reasons:
- Highways Issues as highlighted by Highways comments.
- The Parish Council are also concerned about the unsafe route through the car parks to exit the site.
- The loss of the community asset as the hall could be a usable space.
- Lack of a masterplan for the whole site.
- There are alternative areas available on site for additional car parking without demolishing the hall There is no justification for the large number of parking spaces.
- In the application for the demolition and rebuilding of the High Weald Academy (17/02797) there was an undertaking “to offer a comprehensive mix of facilities for the local community. By creating a school complex with a focus on community use, the site will better serve local residents.”
If TWBC are minded to approve this application, could the young trees that were relatively recently planted in the area to become new parking, be replanted elsewhere on the site.
Proposed by Cllr. Hatcher, seconded by Cllr. Bunyan and agreed.
Buckhurst Farm Sissinghurst Road Sissinghurst Kent TN17 2AA
Demolition of existing Atcost building; proposed conversion and extension of existing Dairy building into residential dwelling, together with associated garage and landscaping (alternative scheme to that approved under 21/02289/FULL)
The Parish Council recommended APPROVAL proposed by Cllr. Bunyan, seconded by Cllr. Gilbert and agreed. The Parish Council were disappointed that this new dwelling did not fulfill the need of the Parish which is for smaller dwellings. Concern was expressed regarding utility supplies and lack of non-selective secondary school. The Parish Council would like to see the new dwelling built to Passivhaus standards.
5 Cramptons Sissinghurst Kent TN17 2HY
Trees: 9 no. LAWSON CYPRUS – fell
The Parish Council agreed to leave this decision to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Tree Officer. However, they commented that images of the trees would have been beneficial.
Allowed – APPEAL REF APP/M2270/W/22/3308174 Mount Ephriam Farm Freight Lane Cranbrook Kent TN17 3PG Planning Application Ref 22/00586/FULL Demolition of disused agricultural outbuildings and the erection of a new 3 bedroom dwelling
Allowed – APPEAL REF APP/M2270/W/20/3257410 3 Hartleylands Swattenden Lane Cranbrook Kent TN17 3PS Planning Application Ref 19/03123/FULL Variation of Condition 3 (No. of stationed caravans)
Headcorn Neighbourhood Plan – Regulation 14 – Consultation: The Committee agreed to forward the Consultation to the NDP Committee for them to make comments. Cllr. Hatcher agreed to collate responses and forward them on.
Street naming- 23/00078/NEWDEV- Site of St Georges Institute & land, The Street, Sissinghurst:
The Committee discussed possible names for the new development at Sissinghurst. In order of preference:
- Georges Meadow
- Georges Close
- Georges Gardens
The Committee agreed to write to Kent County Councillor Seán Holden requesting that the yellow lines planned for Sissinghurst should be Primrose colour as it is in the Conservation Area.
The Clerk was asked to write to Fernham Homes regarding the parking access for Oliver Cottages as Fernham had agreed to provide rear access if KCC Highways insisted on yellow lines in The Street outside the cottages.
TWBC PLANNING DECISIONS:
23/01227/FULL 4 Spring Bank The Tanyard Cranbrook Kent TN17 3HT Cladding to gable and first floor level of western elevation of property
23/01308/FULL Farm Corner Angley Park Angley Road Cranbrook Kent TN17 2PN
Proposed single storey extension (Amendment to 23/00265/FULL)
23/01261/FULL Watchmans Thatch The Common Sissinghurst Cranbrook Kent TN17 2AF
Erection of a two storey Passivhaus dwelling with new vehicular access
23/01430/FULL 8 Frythe Walk, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3BD
Sub-division of dwelling into 2 no. dwellings including conversion of the garage to habitable use with first floor side extension over
23/01354/FULL Angley Farm Oasthouse Glassenbury Road Cranbrook Kent TN17 2QJ
Amended curtilage, access and parking arrangements (refers to 22/02382/FULL and 02/01819/FUL)
23/01405/FULL Angley Farm Glassenbury Road Cranbrook Kent TN17 2QJ
Relocation of driveway, parking arrangements and new garage
23/01409/FULL OS Plot 7153 Bishops Lane Cranbrook Kent TN17 2ST
Demolition of existing stable. Construction of wooden stables and food/hay storage
23/01430/FULL 8 Frythe Walk Cranbrook Kent TN17 3BD
Sub-division of dwelling into 2 no. dwellings including conversion of garage to habitable use with first floor side extension over.
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