THE MINUTES OF FRANT PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING MEETING HELD AT FRANT MEMORIAL HALL ON MONDAY 8 JANUARY 2007 AT19:30

Present: Councillors Crookshank (Chairman), Gray, Mrs Harris, Hewes, Mrs Howell and Rowland.
Also in attendance: six members of the public.

1. TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES AND REASON FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received from Cllrs. Hall, Jeal and Mrs Myers; reasons noted and accepted.

2. OPEN FORUM
Frant Grange
Concern that the proposed development is excessive and out of character with the existing building and not suitable for the Conservation Area. The description for the garage as single storey is incorrect. Covenants dating from the sale of the property by the Church concerning building, height and trees are not being adhered to. Concern at the proposed loss of a mature Yew tree.

Reflex
Report of problems with existing owners using site for recreational purposes at weekends causing disruption to local residents. Site not considered appropriate for multiple users. Concern that C81 not suitable for increased/heavy vehicles; also issues on drainage, power supply, parking on site and the safety of a possible new entrance.

3. TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
It was resolved to respond to the planning applications as follows:

WD/2006/3422/F Frant Grange, Church Lane, Frant – demolition of existing side extension and garage building and erection of single storey side extension for grange, pool enclosure, orangery and gym with au pair accommodation in roof void with dormers.

Frant Parish Council strongly objects to this application for the following reasons:
• The overall scale, style and mass of the proposed extension are out of proportion with the original Georgian building.
• No additions should be permitted to the east in front of the existing building in order to protect the appearance of the building and preserve the natural gap/view between dwellings.
• The description of the garage as single storey is incorrect as there is a two bedroom flat within the roof space. The garage is too close to the adjacent land being only one metre away from the boundary. The dormer windows would also overlook the adjacent site.
• The removal of an established Yew tree is not appropriate and enquiries are to be made to see if the tree can be protected with a TPO.
There is strong local objection against the current proposal. Any alterations must be sympathetic to this important property which is in the centre of the village and in the Conservation Area. Conditions must also be applied to regulate working times/days to minimise disruption to neighbouring residents.

WD/2006/3480/PO Reflex House, Bells Yew Green – application to vary S106 Agreement which precludes the sale or lease of any part of the property subject to the Agreement.

Frant Parish Council objects to any change in the S106 Agreement. Complaints have been received about the existing activities being carried out on site; a change to the S106 Agreement could lead to multiple users operating from this site which would not be appropriate in this rural environment close to residential properties. It is questioned whether the existing infrastructure for drainage and power supply could cope with additional industrial users.
There are serious highways issues associated with an expansion of the site. The entrance to the site is on the C81 which is a busy narrow road used as a cut through between the B2169 and the A267. Heavy vehicles would have difficulty in entering and leaving the site safely and would cause an unacceptable traffic hazard for other road users.

4. To note decisions from Wealden District Council.
None.

5. To receive report from District Councillor.
None.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 20:20