Planning Comments

Below is a list of recent comments submitted to Rother District Council. These decisions are made at Full Council. If for any reason comments need to be submitted sooner or there is not a planned Council meeting the Proper Officer has delegated authority in consultation with the Cllrs to submit comments on behalf of the Council.

Please click here to view planning applications to be discussed at the next full council meeting.

COMMENTS MADE BY DELEGATED AUTHORITY TO THE PROPER OFFICER
  • RR/2022/1491/P – Land at Compass Park, Junction Road, Staplecross, TN32 5BS. Development of a new unit for a Sui Generis ‘members only’ retail club for Plymouth Brethren Christian Church community to replace existing temporary building. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Councils Comments –
    • Rother Decision – UNDECIDED
  • RR/2022/902/P – The White Dog Inn, Village Street, Ewhurst, TN32 5TD. Full permission for use of land for camping & marquees in association with public house between months of April and September (previously given temporary approval under RR/2017/1158/P). Click here to view application.
    • Parish Councils Comments –
    • Rother Decision – UNDECIDED
Comments made by Council in June 2022
  • RR/2022/1349/P – Appletree Cottage, Annexe, Beacon Lane, Cripps Corner, TN32 5QP. Removal of condition 3 imposed on RR/2006/3026/P to allow the use of annexe for holiday or longer-term rental accommodation. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Councils Comments – SUPPORT – The Parish Council supports this application.
    • Rother Decision – WITHDRAWN
  • RR/2022/1127/P – 3 Rosefield Cottages, Northiam Road, Staplecross, TN32 5QJ. Vehicular access and crossover. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Councils Comments – SUPPORT – The Parish Council supports this application.
    • Rother Decision – UNDECIDED.
Comments made by Council in May 2022
  • RR/2022/820/P – Madamses Farm, Bodiam Road, Staplecross, Ewhurst TN32 5RJ Erection of single storey extension to kitchen/breakfast room. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Council’s Comments – GENERAL COMMENTCouncillors would support conservation officers report.
    • Rother Decision – APPROVED CONDITIONAL.
  • RR/2022/821/L – Madamses Farm, Bodiam Road, Staplecross, Ewhurst TN32 5RJ Erection of single storey extension to kitchen/breakfast room. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Council’s Comments – GENERAL COMMENT Councillors would support conservation officers report.
    • Rother Decision – APPROVED CONDITIONAL.
  • RR/2022/735/P – Quarry Farm, Bodiam Road, Ewhurst TN32 5RA Erection of front and rear 2 storey extensions. New front porch and roof structure. Replacement of windows and doors. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Council’s Comments – SUPPORT The Parish Council supports this application.
    • Rother Decision – APPROVED CONDITIONAL.
  • RR/2022/746/P – 1 Forge Close, Bridle End, Staplecross, Ewhurst TN32 5QF Proposed extensions and alterations, loft improvements with new dormers, and addition of entrance porch. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Council’s Comments – SUPPORT The Parish Council supports this application.
    • Rother Decision – REFUSED.
  • RR/2022/612/P – Gate House Farm, Northiam Road, Staplecross, TN32 5RP Change of use of land for seasonal camping (between 1st May and 30th September) comprising three bell tents and converted horse box (sleeping up to 15 people at any one time) with portable shower and W/C unit within another horse box. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Council’s Comments – OBJECT – The parish Council OBJECTS to this planning application based on the following reasons:
    • Concerns about prolonged use of site outside the proposed times and temporary buildings/equipment being left on the site all year round rather than clearing the site without any trace.
    • Site is clearly visible from several public footpaths and has a distinct impact on the landscape within the AONB.
    • Cllrs do not feel that the application adheres to Policy RA2 General Strategy for the Countryside. It does not support the agricultural industry within the area. Nor does it do anything to reinforce the local distinctiveness, landscape character and ecology in the area. Any tourism is supposed to maintain or improve the landscape character and ecology. This application will do neither. The increase usage will lead to increased noise and lighting in the area
    • There are great concerns about the impact the new hot shower and WC Horsebox facility. There is no indication how many people the horsebox can suitably use. A hot shower and WC facility for up to 15 people seems a lot of waste and water. No details on design and capacity to ensure water from shower is not just run off into the field or capacity of WC or details of where this waste and water will be legally emptied. It is not similar to a motorhome or caravan due to the number of people using this facility in a commercial capacity.
    • DaSA Policy DEC2 (Holiday Sites) state all sites should safeguard intrinsic and distinctive landscape character and amenities, paying particular regard to the conservation of the High Weald AONB. Due to the scale and length of time the site will be in use it is not conserving the AONB nor is any details given on how the biodiversity will be protected. The ‘planning statement’ says there will be no impact but does nothing to outline the mitigation re noise, waste and light pollution.
    • Whilst the field maybe unused there is no reason why the site could not be used for agricultural needs.
    • Rother Decision – APPROVED CONDITIONAL.
  • RR/2022/927/P – Brewery House, Bodiam Road, Staplecross, Ewhurst TN32 5QB Proposed single storey rear extension. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Council’s Comments – GENERAL COMMENT– Councillors would support if the conservation officers report supports the application.
    • Rother Decision – APPROVED CONDITIONAL.
  • RR/2022/928/L – Brewery House, Bodiam Road, Staplecross, Ewhurst TN32 5QB Proposed single storey rear extension. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Council’s Comments – GENERAL COMMENTCouncillors would support if the conservation officers report supports the application.
    • Rother Decision – REFUSED
  • RR/2022/949/P – New Morgay Farm, Cripps Corner Road, Staplecross, TN32 5QR Demolition of existing stables and erection of residential annexe. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Council’s Comments – OBJECT The Parish Council does not feel that this is an annex but in fact is a new residential building converting a former stables into a two bedroom dwelling.  The Parish Council feels that this does not comply.   The development is also outside the development boundary. The Parish Council also feels the application does not apply to policy DHG2: Rural Exception Sites “In exceptional circumstances, planning permission may be granted for small scale residential development outside development boundaries in order to meet a local need for affordable housing in rural areas.” – This application does not meet this need. Policy RA3 Development in the Countryside – Allowing the creation of new dwellings in extremely limited circumstances.  This application does not meet any of the criteria outlined in this policy. Policy RA2 General Strategy for the Countryside – The overarching strategy for the Countryside: Maintain the farming capacity of the district, and support the agricultural industry, including diversification within farming; Encourage agricultural practices, land-based economic activities and woodland management, and related agri-environmental schemes, that reinforce local distinctiveness, landscape character and ecology; Strictly limit new development to that which supports local agricultural, economic or tourism needs and maintains or improves the rural character.  This application does not comply with any of the above.
      • Rother Decision – REFUSED
Comments made by Council in February 2022
  • RR/2022/161/P – Hillcrest, 1 Forge Lane, Staplecross, Ewhurst TN32 5QE. Creation of new two-storey extension and porch to property. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Councils Comments – GENERAL COMMENT – Due to the sympathetic design of the extension and in keeping with the overall character of the area the Parish Council has no objections to this planning application.
    • Rother Decision – REFUSED.
  • RR/2021/2913/P – Northpoint, Compass Park, Staplecross, Ewhurst TN32 5BS. Extension of the existing 1461m2 B1, B8 Use building to provide 973m2 of production space and 1210m2 of external storage to the rear of the building. Additional hardstanding to the front of the building for vehicle loading / unloading and manoeuvring. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Councils Comments – SUPPORT – The Parish Council has no objections to this planning application.
    • Rother Decision – UNDECIDED.
Comments made by Council in November 2021
  • RR/2021/1251/P – Sakura Valley Oast House, Beacon Lane, Cripps Corner, TN32 5RX – Construction of two storey rear extension, alterations, reordering and associated works. Click here to view planning application.
    • Parish Councils Comments – GENERAL COMMENT – No comment on this planning application.
    • Rother Decision – APPLICATION WITHDRAWN
Comments made by delegated authority in October 2021
  • RR/2021/1319/P Catts Green – Woodland track to the south of the B2089, Brede High Woods, Ewhurst – Resurface the existing forest road. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Councils Comments – GENERAL COMMENT – No objection.
    • Rother Decision – APPROVED CONDITIONAL
  • RR/2021/1944/P EWHURST – 11 Dagg Lane, Long Croft, Ewhurst Green, TN32 5RD – Replacement tractor shed for general storage & home office & change of use of land to residential curtilage. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Council Comments – OBJECT – The proposed application it seems needs to first have a change of use agreed from agricultural to residential usage. Policy RA3 supports the conversion of farm buildings into employment use. However this should be of small scale. The two level layout only shows the top floor being utilised for a ‘home office’ and therefore does not seem to conform to the requirements for employment use. The proposed designs are more inline with a small residential building rather than a home office. The increase in roof line will have a significant increase impact on the surrounding landscape and AONB compromising it rather than maintaining it. For these reasons the Council objects to this planning application.
    • Rother Decision – REFUSED
  • RR/2021/1998/P – Wattle Hill Oast, Beacon Lane, Cripps Corner, Ewhurst TN32 5QP – Proposed removal of an existing car port. Proposed construction of an out-building to store implements and animal feed. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Council’s Comments – OBJECT – The Parish Council has no objection for the removal of the car port. However the proposed building is not on the same footprint and would be a wholly new building next to the main house. The size of the proposed outbuilding is two stories high with a very large footprint at 12000 by 8000. The roof elevation is not clear but would seem significantly high with such a large footprint. There has been no evidence of need for such a large outbuilding which will significantly compromise rather than enhance the surrounding landscape which is set in the AONB. The industrial design of the building will have further negative impacts on the landscape which can be seen by the roadside and by a public footpath. For these reasons the Council objects to this planning application.
    • Rother Decision – APPROVED CONDITIONAL
  • RR/2021/2193/P – Prawles Court, Shoreham Lane, Ewhurst Green, Ewhurst TN32 5RG – Installation of an outdoor tennis court. Click here to view application.
    • Parish Council’s Comments – GENERAL COMMENT – No objection.
    • Rother Decision – APPROVED CONDITIONAL