CRANBROOK & SISSINGHURST PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE PLANNING & PRESERVATION COMMITTEE
HELD ON 6th JUNE 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. Fletcher, Gilbert, Hatcher, Kings and Swenson
Apologies: Cllr. Somers
The Vicarage, Waterloo Road, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3JQ
Erection of four dwellings alterations to existing
The Parish Council recommended REFUSAL for the following reasons:
- Does not meet local housing need of 2/3 bedroom affordable homes
- Site is not in the emerging Local Plan
- There is no local non-selective secondary school
- The loss of amenity space
- Highways issues as highlighted by Highways comments.
If TWBC are minded to approve this application:
- Improve sustainability – Solar panels, air source heat pumps, EV charging points, U values
- Increase parking spaces on site for visitors
- Improve turning area
- The gates should be omitted
- The chimney in plot four should be a real working chimney with a flue and fireplace
Proposed by Cllr. Bunyan, seconded by Cllr. Hatcher and agreed.
6 Kirby Close, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3HT
Erection of a new garage
The committee felt that the access to the garage was not suitable for a car, and were therefore unable to make a decision due to lack of information on the use of the garage. It was agreed to defer the decision pending more information.
Watchmans Thatch, The Common, Sissinghurst, Kent, TN17 3HT
Erection two story Passivhaus dwelling
The Parish Council are delighted that the carbon saving results of building to Passivhaus standard are becoming more widely understood, and recommended APPROVAL. Proposed by Cllr. Gilbert, seconded by Cllr. Kings and agreed.
4 Spring Bank, The Tanyard, Cranbrook Kent TN17 3HT
Cladding to gable and the first floor of western elevation
The Parish Council recommended APPROVAL proposed by Cllr. Kings, seconded by Cllr. Gilbert and agreed.
The committee suggested the cladding be extended to include the ground floor level.
TWBC PLANNING DECISIONS:
Hemsted Forest Golf Club, Golford Road, Benenden, Cranbrook, TN17 4AL
Change of use of a former driving range car park
Conversion of former ticket office to new dwelling with associated planting and landscaping
Glen Cove, The Common, Sissinghurst, TN17 2AJ
New 3 bed single story dwelling with associated parking and landscaping
The Parish Council were disappointed at the inconsistencies in decision making especially since there is an extant permission on the site, the proposed dwelling, being small, would meet local need and was to be built to Passivhaus standard.
ITEMS FOR INFORMATION: