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THE WEALD OF KENT PROTECTION SOCIETY

 

WHO WE ARE

WKPS is a non-political environmental pressure group, registered charity 261992.   We have three main aims:

  • To protect and enhance the character and environment of the Wealden towns, villages and countryside
  • To safeguard the amenities of the Weald of Kent
  • To cultivate a wider interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of the Weald of Kent
 
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PLANNING NEWS – JUNE 2016

PLEASE SEE END OF THIS NEWSLETTER FOR INFORMATION ON
THE AGM LATER THIS MONTH
AND
WKPS’ VISIT TO THE SOMME IN SEPTEMBER

The Planning Committee met early June in High Halden. This bulletin contains news relating to applications dealt with and decisions handed down since the last meeting in early May, as well as proposed future action on some current applications.

MATTERS ARISING FROM MAY MEETING

Housing & Planning Bill. Unfortunately, the House of Commons was sympathetic to the Bill but dismissed it. Therefore, there will be no right for a parish council with a neighbourhood plan to appeal against a borough council decision.

REPORT ON WKPS SUBMISSIONS TO LPAs SINCE MAY 2016

16/00154/AS The Cloth Hall, Water Lane, Smarden TN27 8QB – Demolition of extension and erection of single storey rear extension. Reinstatement of principal entrance door and infilling of current doorway, replacement of external timber ladder and amendments to existing wall. Objection: listed building, overpowering.

16/00677/AS 1 Court Lodge Road, Appledore, Ashford TN26 2DD – Proposed residential development of four detached houses, with garages/car ports and associated landscaping. Objection: cramped proposal, not in keeping with surrounding property.

16/00546/AS Luckhurst, Lower Road, Stone, Tenterden TN30 7JJ – Conversion curtilage listed stable building to holiday let including changes to windows. Should be restricted to use as holiday let.

16/00646/AS Cullens Farm Buildings, Maytham Road, Wittersham – Provision of 2 no. tourist accommodation cottages including change of use of land. Use to be limited to holiday let.

15/501537/FULL/MA Maplehurst Lane, Frittenden Road, Staplehurst – Change of use of land for the permanent stationing of a mobile home, utility room, stable block and touring caravan for gypsy family. (Part retrospective.) WKPS objection.

16/00608/AS Kippington, Redbrook Street, High Halden TN26 3QU – Two storey side extension and extension/alteration to roof. WKPS objection.

REPORT OF LPA DECISIONS WHERE WKPS HAS COMMENTED

15/00769/AS Cob Tree Meadows, Brook Street, Woodchurch TN26 3SZ – Variation of condition 1 to remove personal reference to Ms S Bristow and Mr C Turner and replace with gypsy/traveller family and removal of reference of temporary to allow for permanent occupation of planning permission reference 11/01048/AS. WKPS objected. ABC GRANTED 3 YEAR TEMPORARY PERMISSION.

16/00261/AS The Coach House Clinic, 155A High Street, Tenterden TN30 6JS – Installation of externally illuminated hoarding sign. WKPS objected. ABC REFUSED.

16/00022/AS Chart Court Farm, Pluckley Road, Little Chart, Ashford TN27 0QH – Change of use of, and alterations to, existing barn into 3 no. 2 bedroom holiday lets including part demolition and change of use of existing stables into garage and day room with single storey link to barn. WKPS supported with provisos. ABC PERMITTED

PLANNING ITEMS FOR COMMENTS, JUNE 2016

IMPORTANT NOTE: This paragraph deals with actions planned rather than already taken. Readers are asked to note that the opinions and action points are those expressed by the planning committee as a whole. They are not always final decisions. Many items discussed at meetings require further research before we reach a final decision on action to be taken.

16/503953/FULL/TW Former Cranbrook Engineering Site and Wilkes Field, Stone Street, Cranbrook TN17 3HF – Mixed use development comprising of demolition of unlisted buildings (Buildings A, B, D, E, F, G, H, I on former Cranbrook engineering Site and Building J on Wilkes Field) and construction of a new Community Centre, 28 no. residential dwellings, including conversion of a listed building to residential use involving internal and external alteration, 1 no. retail unit, together with parking, access, landscaping and ancillary works. Very controversial application. It was decided that WKPS would comment strictly in planning terms. Parking is inadequate for the housing and specifically for the community centre. Relying on the public car parks will potentially cause problems. Tricky site because of the slope at the community hall end. Small, terraced units, attractive design and appearance in keeping with the surrounding property. Solar tiles on roofs is appreciated. Query adequacy of access for emergency and refuse vehicles. WKPS to object.

16/00782/AS Jessamine Cottages, Vesper Hawk Lane, Smarden TN27 8PU – First floor side extension and entrance porch. In conservation area, 2 bed s/d cottage, modest extension to provide 3rd bed. Previous application refused and applicant has addressed the issues. WKPS to support.

16/00721/AS Land to the west of West Hoy Farm, Shenley Road, Smarden TN27 8PS – Proposed farm drive from main entrance, with arterial drives and pens for stock. Insufficient justification for scale of the development, lots of hard surfacing. WKPS to object strongly.

16/00751/AS Breton Court, Grange Road, Tenterden TN30 6EE – Demolition of the west wing involving the loss of 3 bedrooms and the erection of a detached building and associated works to accommodate 24 bedrooms for use in conjunction with the existing care home. Previous application withdrawn. Revised from 3 storey to 2, the link building will have a green roof, emergency access resolved but parking spaces are inadequate. WKPS to support with proviso on car parking.

MATTERS OF GENERAL INTEREST

Gypsy Sites & Government Policy

Government Policy is contained in ‘Planning policy for traveller sites’ (PPTS) published in August 2015.

A Staplehurst resident has kindly shared the opinion of a QC on the gypsy site applications in Maplehurst Wood, Staplehurst, and this has revealed some very important points, as has the appeal decision from the Planning Inspector on the Hatchentan, High Halden site.

Notes of the committee’s discussion of this topic follows:

  1. It is essential that traveller status is established. That is, they must be of a nomadic habit of life; gypsy bloodlines are no longer taken into account.
  2. The effect on the countryside must be considered.
  3. The balance of the settled community and traveller families has been considered in the appeal decision on Hatchentan.
  4. The PPTS explicitly states that a shortfall in the 5 year supply of gypsy sites is a material consideration for the grant of temporary planning permission.
  5. The intentional unauthorised development/settlement of a site can lead to a refusal of permission.
  6. ABC allocates 2 sites per year until 2030 on windfall basis, i.e. after land is occupied and an application is made. If the site is ok then permission would be granted. Once 2 sites per year is accomplished then other sites will be refused. Large sites with multiple pitches are not desirable as it leads to disputes and fights.
  7. Smarden PC often receives complaints about the welfare of gypsy horses, but these cases should be referred to the RSPCA rather than the planning or local authorities.

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR
INFORMATION ON
THE AGM LATER THIS MONTH
AND
WKPS’ VISIT TO THE SOMME IN SEPTEMBER

WKPS Annual General Meeting, June 29

WKPS Annual General Meeting
will be held at
Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Nr. Tenterden
On Wednesday, 29 June 2016
At 7.15 p.m. (Doors open 6.45 p.m.)

MEMBERS ARE WARMLY ENCOURAGED TO BRING
A GUEST

AGENDA

Welcome from the President

  1. Apologies for absence (to the Society Secretary please: Mrs M Cooper (01580 893937)
  2. Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting (24.06.15) - available at the meeting or in advance, on request with SAE from the Society Secretary.
  3. Matters Arising.
  4. Annual Report from the Chairman.
  5. Honorary Treasurer’s Report. (statement of accounts available on the WKPS website www.wkps.org.uk or on request with SAE. to Society Secretary)
  6. Approval of revised WKPS Constitution
  7. Membership Dues — 2017 onwards
  8. Election of the Council for 2016/17
  9. Members’ Questions.
  10. Close of AGM


WKPS Visit to the Somme, September 25-26

The Somme

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016

Accrington Pals Trench & Queens Cemetery, Wilfred Owen and the Serre Road

Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont Hamel

Thiepval Memorial & Museum, Somme 1916 Museum Albert

Tank Memorial Pozières. Australian Memorial Cemetery Pozières. ‘Glory Hole’ , Lochnagar Crater, Fricourt Deutsche Cemetery. Devonshire Trench

£250 per person (based on two sharing)*

*Includes guide, handbook, hotel, all travel, dinner and lunches

Please make your booking by July 15, 2016

For further details and bookings:

Call: 01580 212920; Email: peter@greatwarbattlefields.com

Website: www.greatwarbattlefields.com

 
 

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