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GOUDHURST PARISH COUNCIL
Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green

at Goudhurst Parish Hall on Monday 12 January 2015 at 7.30 pm

PRESENT:    Councillors Antony Harris (Chairman), Ed Bates, Mrs Angela Broom, David Boniface, Alan Foster, Philip Kirkby, Barry Noakes, Tony Richards, Clive Roberts, Stephen Wickham and
John Ward.   

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE 
325/14    Cllr Guy Sutton (holiday).  County Cllr Alex King       

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST
326/14    Cllr David Boniface declared a prejudicial interest in planning application 14/50439 as a close neighbour.  He expressed an opinion briefly but as no decision was taken he did not leave the meeting.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
327/14    It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 08 December 2014, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed as a correct record.

QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC
328/14    There were no members of the press or public present.

PLANNING COMMITTEE  
It was resolved to note the following Decisions from TWBC and agree the Representations:
329/14    DECISIONS
14/504881       The Old School West Road Goudhurst
                        Trees in Conservation Area Notification:  1 No Lime near No 8 The Old School – Reduce crown by 20% or back to previous pruning points and to crown raise the lower sucker growth; 1 No Silver Birch outside No 3 The old School and 3 No outside 5 The Old School – Reduce height by 20% to 25%
                        No objection
14/504361       Chequer Tree Farmhouse Mile Lane Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent: Addition of new en-suite bathroom in the master dressing room
                        Approved
14/504374       Brandfold Terrace Cottage North Road Goudhurst
                        Replacement of existing dwelling with new
                        Approved
14/504153       Lidwells House North Road Goudhurst
                        Reinstatement of the front door to existing east elevation with the addition of a porch.  The reinstatement of a north elevation gable to complete the existing      ridge line.  Removal of the south elevation porch and substitute a window for the existing front door.  Minor internal alterations.
                        Approved
14/504156       Lidwells House North Road Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent: Reinstatement of the front door to existing east elevation with the addition of a porch.  The reinstatement of a north elevation gable to complete the existing ridge line.  Removal of the south elevation porch and substitute a window for the existing front door.  Minor internal alterations.
                        Approved
14/506028       Transmitter mast adjacent to BT Tower Lady Oak Lane Flimwell
                        Install electronic communications apparatus
                        No objection
14/503284       Lamberts Church Road Goudhurst        
                        Trees:  1 - Bay Tree trim 30-40%, 2 - Lamberts cobnut trim, 3- Beech trim,  4 - Horse Chestnut fell and plant replacement,  5 - Horse Chestnut reduce by 50%,             6 - Oak trim, 7 - Horse Chestnut remove lower limb and tidy, 8 - Horse Chestnut reduce lower limbs,  9 - House Chestnut reduce by 25% and monitor; Walnut – reduce by 25% in plane of lean.
                        Approved
14/503683       Riseden Oast Ranters Lane Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent:  Installation of a multi-fuel stove and external flue
                        Approved
14/501522       Bricklayers West Road Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent:  Removal of existing oak post and brick plinth and strengthening works to existing beam
                        Approved
14/504813       Pinehurst West road Goudhurst
                        Addition of balcony and glazing to existing detached annex
                        Approved
14/504080       Whites Bedgebury Road Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent: Install eyelet window to kitchen roof to match existing adjacent
                        Refused
14/501496       Whites Bedgebury Road Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent:  Replace dilapidated stable block, yard and ménage; divert footpath; install automatic gates/security lighting and associated improvements.
                        Planning permission not required
14/3526           Home Farm Cottage Lady Oak Lane Goudhurst
                        Replace garden room with orangery, loft conversion with dormer windows, porch and associated alteration works
                        Approved
14/5470           Chequer Tree Farm House Mile Lane Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent:  Alteration to wall plate and landing ceiling and conservation roof light
                        Approved
330/14    APPLICATIONS
14/503543       Stable Cottage Home Farm Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst
                        Infill extension between two gables.  Alterations and reinstatement of original single dwelling house
                        Recommend approval 
                        A well-conceived scheme which has no impact on the setting or the AONB.
14/503544       Bedgebury Park Equestrian Centre Lady Oak Lane Goudhurst
                        Conversion of disused barn to form a dwelling with incorporation of existing and separate dwelling named The Dovecot
                        Recommend approval
                        A well-conceived scheme which makes better use of the building with minimal impact on the setting or the AONB.
14/504444       Shepherds Lawn West Road Goudhurst
                        Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of a new dwelling
                        Recommend approval
                        A well-designed scheme which, due to its modest height, will have less impact on the conservation area and the AONB.   Subject to there being no volume increase which conflicts with policy,  GPC is content that approval is granted
14/504748       Whitestocks Bedgebury Road Goudhurst
                        Two storey side extension with pitched roofs over
                        Recommend approval
                        A satisfactory scheme which will impact only on the immediate locality.   Subject to there being no volume increase which conflicts with policy, GPC is content that approval is granted
14/505439       Fir Bank School Road Goudhurst
                        Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of replacement dwelling with additional subterranean level and integrated garage
                        Recommend refusal
                        There are a number of anomalies which need to be addressed before this scheme can be approved:
•     There are inconsistencies and errors in the submitted plans;
•     The orientation of the replacement dwelling has been set so that the access to the subterranean garage crosses land which is in the ownership of the neighbour at Chestnuts;
•     This not only entails the erection of a retaining wall within a few feet of the base of an important tree, which will surely undermine its stability, but also the removal of the neighbour’s hedge which forms an important barrier between the two properties;
•     Some of the proposed windows, particularly those in the roof may unreasonably overlook neighbouring properties, Middle Tree and Sylvanna.   They may need to be conditioned to be non-opening or obscure glazed;
•     On the retaining wall on Tattlebury Lane there is a plaque which commemorates Goudhurst Ladies College.   Any works to this wall should be conditioned to ensure that this plaque is replaced;
•     The application mentions photoelectric cells and/or a heat pump but does not indicate the location of either.   The latter can give rise to noise nuisance, so the siting must be such that neighbours are not adversely affected by this.
                        This application should not be approved until all these matters have been satisfactorily resolved.
14/505455       Triggs Farm Cranbrook Road Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent – Reinstatement of the structure and fabric of Triggs Farm House following fire damage
                        Recommend approval
                        GPC is content that the conservation officer determines this scheme
14/505470       Chequer Tree Farm House Mile Lane Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent: Alteration to wall plate and landing ceiling and conservation rooflight
                        Recommend approval
                        GPC is content that the conservation officer determines this scheme
                        Delegate
14/505638       5 Cliffe Cottages North Road Goudhurst
                        Erection of detached oak framed garden room
                        Recommend approval
                        GPC notes that this revised scheme brings the proposed garden room within the limits to build.   Subject to officers being satisfied that the local impact is not unsatisfactory, GPC is content that approval is granted
                        Delegate
14/505717       Ladysden Farm Winchet Hill Goudhurst
                        Change of use and renovation of existing outbuilding to Class B1 use.  Demolition of precast concrete garage block and erection of a two storey farm building for agricultural use 
                        Recommend approval
                        Subject to these proposals complying with TW policy on use/re-use of farm buildings, GPC is content that approval is granted
14/505973       3 Morebreddis Cottages Chequers Road Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent:  Alterations to the staircase and ground floor partition and overlaying the chipboard flooring to the upper floor with hardwood boarding (works carried out)
                        Recommend approval
                        GPC is content that the conservation officer determines this scheme

REVISED APPLICATIONS
14/503251       Maypole Farm Maypole Lane Goudhurst
                        Demolition of existing stables; Erection of a new stable range; Hard and soft landscaping
                        Recommend refusal
                        Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) is pleased to see that the application has been amended to include the building which is currently used for stabling.   However, there remain a number of anomalies.
•     The provision of the buildings as per the application will entail the provision of accommodation of 5 loose boxes plus 3 stalls in the older building.   There is nothing in the application which explains why this amount of accommodation is required.   If the older more remote building were to be removed, a better balance would be achieved.   Might approval of the new building be conditioned by agreement to remove the older building.  If not, then the rebuilt stables should be reduced in number.
•     The application states that a mature tree, which currently makes an important contribution to the landscape, needs to be removed in order to remove the risk of its collapse onto the rebuilt stables.   GPC would ask that the TW tree officer attends to confirm that this is the case.   An alternative to its removal might be the re-siting of the stables to a point where they are not threatened by the tree.
                        Committee
14/504236       Cedar Gables London Road Flimwell
                        Conversion of former agricultural barn and surrounding associated land to ancillary residential accommodation in connection with Cedar Gables
                        Neutral
                        GPC were unable to determine from the submitted plans, how this scheme differed from the original.   Officers should determine.

Site Allocations Development Plan Document Workshop
331/14    This is to be held on Tuesday 03 February at 6.00 pm in the Town Hall.  Cllrs Guy Sutton and Stephen Wickham will attend together with the Clerk.

Planning Application TW/14/502123 The Mobile Home at Crowbourne Orchard Goudhurst
332/14    Following Minute 284/14 of  08 December 2014.   Cllr Clive Roberts reported that he and 3 concerned local residents had met with TWBC Planning Officers at the Town Hall on 15 December.  The Goudhurst representatives had expressed disappointment  that the TWBC Planning Committee had approved the application for 4 years with the condition that it applied to Mr George Smith alone.  It was noted that TWBC will not be taking any action on assessing needs and locating sites for Gypsies and Travellers until the current Government consultation on this is determined.   Goudhurst representatives had urged TWBC to start work on locating sites which will be needed whatever the outcome of the Consultation.   

GLOBE & RAINBOW, KILNDOWN
333/14    Kilndown Parish Ward Councillors had expressed some concern on behalf of local residents on the future of the Globe & Rainbow Pub and Restaurant.  They believe the current tenants are leaving at the end of January 2015.  No clear announcement has been made about new tenants.  Council will monitor the situation.                      

ELECTIONS 2015
334/14    The Chairman reminded Members that the forthcoming Goudhurst Parish council elections will be held on 07 May 2015 and he urged all to suggest names of likely candidates.  It was agreed that we should aim to have sufficient candidates so that an election is held.  The Clerk has obtained a stock of explanatory leaflets “Local Councils – What do they do” and “Being a local Councillor – What’s it all about”  for distribution to potential candidates.

ACCOUNTS
335/14    It was resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:
DDR    BT                                                       CCTV and broadband High St                                   £174.76
3538    AVB Farnfield                                      December 14 pay and expenses                             £1,167.45
3539    HM Revenue & Customs                      December 14 PAYE and NI                                     £365.54
3540    Pearsons Landscapes                            PROW maint & Tattlebury leaf removal                 £189.90
3541    David Denton                                      Christ Church Churchyard maint                                £38.25
3542    SLCC                                                   Membership 2015                                                    £167.00
3543    Commercial Services Trading               Chequer Field & Lurkins Rise ground maint              £205.33
3544    Helping Hand Co (AVBF)                     Litter picking equipment                                          £222.00
3545    Workwear & Safety Ltd (AVBF)          Litter picking safety jackets                                     £128.03
3546    Microshade Business Consulting           Citrix invoice 7980                                                    £51.60
3547    KALC                                                  Election leaflets                                                         £13.10
DDR    South East Water                                 Chequer Field pavilion water                                      £90.78
DDR    E.ON                                                   K’down phone kiosk & The Plain light power           £11.40
DDR    Veolia                                                  Burial Grounds bin Dec 14                                        £140.82

336/14    Receipts in December 14      
               Burial Board                                                                       £1020.00
               HM Revenue & Customs VAT reclaim Apr – Sep 14          £4061.72
               NatWest: Interest December 2014                                           £2.46
337/14    Bank reconciliation to end December 14Noted that Council’s cash book balances total £71,583.52
338/14    Statement of expenditure and receipts against budget for April to December 2014.   Members noted
               that there are no significant unexplained variations from Budget.

CLERK’S CONTRACT TERMS AND CONDITIONS
339/14    Clerk’s Pay.  It was resolved to accept the NALC/SLCC memorandum E03-14 of November 2014 relating to relating to the 2014 - 2016 National Salary Award.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING                                                                            
340/14    Monday 09 February  2015.        7.30 pm in the Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall.   

ITEMS FOR INFORMATION

  • Lord-Lieutenant of Kent Civic Service at Rochester Cathedral on 10 March 2015.  Cllr Tony Richards and the Clerk will attend to represent the Parish Council.
  • Kent Association of Local Councils “The Parish News” December 2014 was noted.  It was noted that Cllr Alan Foster has volunteered to take on the role of inspecting the KFRS Fire Hydrants in the Parish and to report any defects.
  • Goudhurst Village Fete will be held on 13 June 2015.

The Meeting closed at  8.35 pm.

Anthony Farnfield, Clerk

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