Agenda item

DC/19/1362 - Sussex Topiary, Naldretts Lane, Rudgwick

Ward: Rudgwick

Applicant: Tim Bloxham

Minutes:

The Head of Development reported that this application sought permission for the retrospective change of use of land for the stationing of caravans for four gypsy pitches, along with the formation of hardstanding and four utility/day rooms.  There would be on-site parking or 12 vehicles. Hedging and other planting along the north and east of the site was proposed.

 

The application site was located in a countryside location approximately 850 metres from the built-up area of Bucks Green and over a kilometre from Rudgwick, with access off Naldretts Lane.  It was a former horticultural nursery adjacent to paddocks, including the site of application DC/19/0897.   There was some sporadic residential development nearby. 

 

Works had already commenced, with hardstanding in place, and one of the day rooms erected.  These works were not in accordance with the approved plans attached to permission DC/13/2170 for four gypsy pitches, and an enforcement notice had been served in September.

 

Officers advised that amendments to conditions 3, 4, 5 and 6 were recommended to ensure that these conditions were discharged within three months of the permission.

 

The Parish Council objected to the application. The Rudgwick Preservation Society had also objected.  There had been 11 representations from eight households objecting to the scheme, including one received after publication of the report.  Three members of the public spoke in objection to the application and a representative of the Parish Council also spoke in objection to it.  The applicant’s agent addressed the Committee in support of the proposal.

 

Members considered the officer’s planning assessment which indicated that the key issues for consideration in determining the proposal were: the principle of development; landscape character; amenity impacts; impact on highways; and ecology.  Members noted that, until a new Gypsy and Traveller policy is adopted, the Council is unable to demonstrate a five-year land supply of deliverable Gypsy and Traveller pitches.

 

Members noted the concerns of local residents and considered the DC/13/2170 appeal decision to grant four pitches on the site.  Members concluded that the benefits of the scheme in contributing towards the five-year supply of pitches outweighed the concerns and the proposal was therefore acceptable.  

 

RESOLVED

 

That planning application DC/19/1362 be granted subject to the conditions as reported, with amendments to conditions 3, 4, 5, and 6 to ensure that these conditions be adhered to within three months of the date of this decision as set out below:

 

3        Regulatory Condition: Within 3 months of the date of this decision a schedule of materials and finishes and colours to be used for external walls, windows and roofs of the approved building(s) shall have been submitted to the Local Planning Authority for its written approval.  All materials used in the construction of the development hereby permitted shall conform to those approved.

         

4        Regulatory Condition: Within 3 months of the date of this decision full details of all hard and soft landscaping works shall have been submitted to the Local Planning Authority for its written approval.  The details shall include plans and measures addressing the following:

 

-  Details of all existing trees and planting to be retained

-  Details of all proposed trees and planting, including schedules specifying species, planting size, densities and plant numbers and tree pit details

-  Details of all hard surfacing materials and finishes

-  Details of all boundary treatments

 

          The landscaping scheme shall be fully implemented in accordance with the approved details within the first planting season following the written approval from the Local Planning Authority.  Unless otherwise agreed as part of the approved landscaping, no trees or hedges on the site shall be wilfully damaged or uprooted, felled/removed, topped or lopped without the previous written consent of the Local Planning Authority until 5 years after completion of the development. Any proposed planting, which within a period of 5 years, dies, is removed, or becomes seriously damaged or diseased shall be replaced in the next planting season with others of similar size and species unless the Local Planning Authority gives written consent to any variation.

 

5        Regulatory Condition: Within 3 months of the date of this decision the parking, turning and access facilities necessary to serve the development shall be implemented in accordance with the approved details as shown on plan 001 and shall be thereafter retained as such. 

 

6        Regulatory Condition: Within 3 months of the date of this decision details for the storage of refuse/recycling for each pitch shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for its written approval.  The refuse / recycling facilities shall be provided in accordance with the agreed details within one month of such approval and shall thereafter be retained for use at all times. 

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