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Planning Comments

Felbridge Parish Council consider planning applications at both full monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month and at planning meetings held the third Thursday of each month.  The applications for consideration at each meeting can be found on the Agenda.  Felbridge Parish Council share their comments with the planning department at Tandridge District Council who recognise the considerable local knowledge, planning expertise and understanding of the local area which councillors are able to provide.  The final decision on all applications rests with Tandridge District Council or with the Planning Inspectorate should an application go to appeal.  To view each application in detail please visit http://tdcws01.tandridge.gov.uk/ArcusPlanning/

3rd June 2021

2021/711 10 Copthorne Road, Felbridge, RH19 2NS 

Resolved:  No Action

2021/732 Carousel, Herons Close, Copthorne, RH10 3HF

Resolved:  No Action

2021/719 Five Oaks, Domewood, Copthorne, RH10 3HD

Resolved:  No Action

2021/772 Land east of Woodcock Hill, Felbridge, RH19 2RD

Resolved:  No Action      

2021/571 The Boathouse, Twitten Lane, Felbridge, RH19 2NZ

Resolved:  No Action

6th May 2021

2021/521 Ferndale, Domewood, Copthorne, RH10 3HD

Resolved:  No Action

2021/412 Land at Pixiewood Farm, Rowplatt Lane, Felbridge, RH19 2PA

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council are concerned about the erosion of open amenity space which could potentially be further eroded in future.  Tandridge District Council are asked to secure the remaining amenity space in perpetuity.  While not a specific planning matter, officers' attention is drawn to the congestion created on Rowplatt Lane during earlier construction on this site since the narrow access prevents HGVs from unloading on site. A detailed CTMP is required to address this matter.

2021/568 Derry Beg, Domewood, Copthorne, Crawley, Surrey, RH10 3HD

Resolved: No Action

2021/626 Snowhill Business Centre, Snow Hill, RH10 3EZ (CLPUD)

Resolved: No Action

2021/687 Pendinas, Herons Lea, Copthorne, RH10 3HE (CLPUD)

Resolved: This application has failed to provide the documented evidence to support that the proposal meets to permitted development requirements.

1st April 2021

General comments regarding applications at Chester Lodge, Woodcock Hill, Felbridge, RH19 2RD 

Felbridge Parish Council wish to formally object to several issues relating to the presentation of recent planning applications by the owner of this site.  

The way in which the applicant 'red lines' their plans within the property boundary shows a sub division of the plot. The 'red lines' should continue to the ownership boundary of the site showing its true neighbours.  This is currently leading to a failure to notify the true neighbours to the plot as they appear not to share a boundary.  Up to 2017, the entirety of the plot was included within the 'red line' boundary with the fields to the north recorded within the 'blue line'.  In the last year, the owners appear to have deliberately chosen to show a restricted area within the site as the 'red line' area which is considered to be misrepresentation in terms of the avoidance of neighbourhood consultation. This issue is evidenced by the different 'red line' areas shown on the two applications below for the same site.  Furthermore, the location plans do not show the required 'blue line' stating the land under common ownership. 

It is also noted that different addresses are used for the same site which means that a search on the TDC Planning Portal no longer shows all applications as intended.  This includes the two applications below.  TDC should amend the Planning Portal records so all planning applications are listed when selecting the 'search all applications' option.  

Finally, it is noted that despite retrospective application 2016/1666 being refused, there are no planning enforcement notices associated with this site.

TA/2021/391 1 Chester Lodge, Woodcock Hill, Felbridge, RH19 2RD (CLEUD)

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council can no longer support a business which flouts planning laws and continues to make retrospective planning applications in the Green Belt.  

TA/2021/405 Offices, Chester Lodge, Woodcock Hill, Felbridge, RH19 2RD 

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council strongly objects to this proposal as inappropriate development in the Green Belt.  The proposal is for a very large extension to a dominant building within the site which is industrial in appearance rather than rural.  This objection is in line with the appeal decision (3175824) which was specifically for this building and this site.  Felbridge Parish Council refer officers back to the original appeal which was dismissed due to this scale of development being inappropriate in the Green Belt.   

TA/2021/425 Collingwood, Rowplatt Lane, Felbridge, RH19 2NY

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council object to this application. Tandridge District Council have refused development at single storey within 1m of the boundary line and this application extends right up to the boundary at single storey.  They are also very concerned about the presence of a first floor window so close to the boundary line with opening lights overlooking the neighbouring property less than 1m away.  Further concerns relate to the Juliet balcony at the rear overlooking neighbouring properties in Tithe Orchard.

TA/2021/370 Bathsheba, Herons Lea, Copthorne, RH10 3HE

Resolved:  While Felbridge Parish Council have no objection in principle to the creation of an additional detached garage, they are very concerned that this would be almost touching the boundary with Gnome Cottage.  Because of the slope of the site, it would be dominant in the street scene from their property.  Felbridge Parish Council would prefer to see a lower roof apex and the building moved further away from the boundary.

18th March 2021

TA/2021/277 Woodland Farm, Copthorne Road, Felbridge, RH19 2QG

Resolved: No Action

TA/2021/280/TPO Hestia, Herons Lea, Copthorne, RH10 3HE

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/1289 Camla, 55 Copthorne Road, Felbridge, Surrey, RH19 2PB

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2021/242/NH Derry Beg, Domewood, Copthorne, RH10 3HD.

Resolved:  No Action

4th March 2021

TA/2021/204 146 Copthorne Road, Felbridge, RH19 2PD

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council are concerned that this building may have already been extended and the proposed additions are quite large in area. This application would double the building's floor area.

TA/2020/2272 Long Acres Caravan and Camping Park, Newchapel Road, RH7 6LE

Resolved:  While Felbridge Parish Council would be unhappy with that area within the Green Belt being used for commercial enterprise, it is considered that forestry activity sits well within the Green Belt as an agricultural activity.  It is requested that any permission granted restricts the use to agricultural.  Felbridge Parish Council are concerned about an increase in vehicle users, shared use of the bridleway and increased use.  It is noted that the 1995 application only refers to drivers crossing the bridleway (needing signage) rather than drivers using the bridleway.  

TA/2021/245 Partney Oak, Domewood, RH10 3HD

Resolved:  No Action

18th February 2021

TA/2020/2229 Chestnuts, Herons Close, Copthorne, Surrey, RH10 3HF

Resolved: No Action

TA/2021/120 Chester Lodge, Woodcock Hill, Felbridge, Surrey, RH19 2RD

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council do not approve of retrospective planning applications in the Green Belt as they may have already irreversibly caused harm to the Green Belt by not first determining whether this might happen by going through the appropriate planning process.  We do not have any objection to the replacement of the stable with a similarly sized unit for the intended purposes as we do support this site for use as an equine vets. Felbridge Parish Council object to the use of MOT1 material for the ramp.  Whilst being permeable, this is not a 'Green Belt friendly' surface.  It would therefore fail to conserve and enhance landscape character of the Green Belt.  We would prefer to see permeable paviours being installed with a suitable infill soil.  This technology is the cellular replacement to Grasscrete and is suitable for HGVs and will maintain the landscape of the Green Belt.  

21st January 2021

TA/2020/2231/TPO: 4 Eden Gardens, Felbridge, RH192SQ

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council ask that the Tree Officer identify a suitable height for a mature tree in that setting

TA/2020/2257 Fairways, Mill Lane, Felbridge RH19 2SQ

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council objects to this application.  Councillors are concerned that following the approval of the recent application to extend the house, this additional building would make the amassing of structures on the site far greater in the street scene.  Felbridge Parish Council are very concerned that this is effectively a 12m long single storey extension on the front of the house immediately adjacent to the boundary.  This would present a considerable forward projection of the property and would lead to building in front of the traditional building line not built upon in that area of Mill Lane.  This application is for a detached garage replacing what was formerly an internal garage and we believe that Tandridge District Council have policies and guidance stating that it is not permitted to remove an internal garage to then replace it with an external one.   

TA/2020/1689 Unit 54a, Hobbs Industrial Estate, Newchapel, RH7 6HN

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/2280 Fir Tree Cottage, Domewood, RH19 3HD (CLPUD)

Resolved:  No Action

7th January 2021

TA/2020/2240 Plyewell, Mill Lane, Felbridge, RH19 2PE

Resolved: No Action

17th December 2020

TA/2020/2108 Land adjacent to 72 Copthorne Road, Felbridge, RH19 2NU

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council object to this application on the grounds that the very special circumstances required to justify development in the Green Belt have not been met. The proposal suggests that a special circumstance for development within the Green Belt is the provision of a single additional house to meet the local housing need.  Felbridge Parish Council contends that the housing need should not be met by piecemeal construction causing harmful reduction in openness of the Green Belt surrounding Felbridge. Rather, additional housing should be provided within the built-up area.  It should be noted that within the ‘defined village’ 21 net additional dwellings were approved between 2015 and 2020, and 18 net additional dwellings approved between 2010 and 2014. This is without taking into account the 121 units consented to the land south of Copthorne Road and Crawley Down Road on the border of Felbridge and Mid-Sussex which the Inspectorate states should be considered in support of the housing need in Tandridge. [ref APP/M3645/W/18/3198090] Para 15 “The housing would also contribute to provision within the housing market area which includes Tandridge District, and thus the housing land supply position in that district is also relevant.” A previous application [TA/2019/155] on land further to the south and therefore closer to the defined settlement boundary was refused on the basis that:

1 "The proposed development would not be ‘infilling’ within a Defined Village or redevelopment of previously developed land. As such, the development would constitute inappropriate development in the Green Belt and would cause harm to the Green Belt.”

2. "No very special circumstances have been demonstrated that clearly outweigh harm to the Green Belt by reason of inappropriateness and any other harm. Felbridge Parish Council believe that as this latest proposed development would encroach further into the Green Belt than 2019/155 it would generate a greater harm to the openness of the Green Belt and should be refused as inappropriate development within the Green Belt".

TA/2020/2160 Jacaranda, 11 Wembury Park, Newchapel, RH7 6HH

Resolved: No Action

3rd December 2020

TA/2020/1959 Brook Nook, Lake View Road, Felbridge 

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council object to this application. Councillors feel it is detrimental to the openness of the Green Belt to move areas away from the existing buildings and structures into the open areas to the north closer to the SSSI.  We are repeatedly told by the Inspectorate that it does not matter if it is hidden from public view, the harm to the Green Belt still exists; therefore any reduction in visibility created by the fence and vegetation does not reduce the harm. It is of concern that the proposed new area is at high risk of surface flooding as demonstrated on the government website (map attached).  The existing use specified in the planning statement includes workshop buildings necessary for spraying and valeting but there is no reference to such buildings at the proposed new location. If Tandridge District Council are minded to permit this proposal, we would request that strong conditions are applied to prevent future construction of buildings ancillary to the permitted use of this area.

10th November 2020

TA/2017/1290/cond1 15-39 Crawley Down Road, Felbridge, RH19 2PP Development Land

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council object to this application as it does not address all the conditions imposed by the Planning Inspectorate to minimise the affect on local residents.  Condition 4 imposed by the the Planning Inspectorate requires that as part of the Construction Transport Management Plan, 'traffic routing' must be in place before works can commence. The information previously provided by Felbridge Parish Council is repeated below and a map is attached (map can be found uploaded at the bottom of this page)

Due to the narrow width of Crawley Down Road it is not possible for HGVs to wait in the road before entering the site. Therefore, vehicles are to wait in suitable locations away from the site and be called to approach when they will be able to enter the site immediately upon arrival.  The map indicates the acceptable routes for HGVs approaching and leaving the site. The reasons for the routing restrictions are:

  • Rowplatt Lane has been designated unsuitable for HGVs by Surrey Highways and therefore should not be used for these vehicles.
  • Due to the acute turn into Crawley Down Road from the eastbound A264 (Copthorne Road), HGVs are to approach Crawley Down Road from the Star Junction, they must also exit Crawley Down Road towards the Star Junction. Vehicles approaching the area from the west, for example from the M23/A264 should therefore take the B2028 to Newchapel and then the A22 south to the Star Junction to approach the site from the Star Junction.

There are no routing restrictions for vehicles smaller than HGVs which can use any classified road to approach the site. For clarity, the map indicates the three local routes that are not classified roads, these can only be used by cyclists or pedestrians.  To avoid conflicts with the start and end of school. HGV movements into and out of the site are not to take place between 0815 and 0915 in the morning and 1500 and 1600 in the afternoon during the school term. Felbridge Primary School operates staggered start and finish times to reduce congestion.  Felbridge Parish Council request that a copy of a monthly report of the routine noise and dust monitoring specified within the mitigation strategy is provided for their information.

TA/2020/1619 Clannaborough, Domewood, Copthorne, RH10 3HD 

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/1768/TPO 16 Whittington College, London Road, Felbridge, H19 2QU 

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/1775 Fairways, Mill Lane, Felbridge, RH19 2PF

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council object to this application.  There is a predominance of bungalows and chalet bungalows on this side of Mill Lane and the proposed height and elevations are not in keeping with the street scene.  The proposal is overly large and the lack of separation would have an overbearing affect. The roof window to the rear could have an impinging affect on the privacy of neighbouring properties.

TA/2020/1689 Unit 39, Hobbs Industrial Estate, Newchapel RH7 6HN

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/1828 Thornhurst Place, 1 Rowplatt Close, Felbridge RH19 2RJ

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council are not adverse to an extension to this property but are concerned about the proposed location which is right against the roadside boundary.  As such, this would restrict rural views, remove vegetation screening on entering Rowplatt Close and be overbearing on the road. Felbridge Parish Council wish to retain a rural characteristic within the village.

TA/2020/1823 Applegarth, Mill Lane, Felbridge RH19 2PE

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/1665 Felbridge Showground, Copthorne Road, Felbridge RH19 2NU

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council support this application to expand a much used equestrian facility.

TA/2020/1774 Yerba Buena, Herons Close, Copthorne RH10 3HF

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/1896 146 Copthorne Road, Felbridge RH19 2PD

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/1958 Farmside, Mill Lane, Felbridge RH19 2PE

Resolved:  No Action

15th October 2020

TA/2020/1595 Little Sandford, Snow Hill, Crawley Down West Sussex, RH10 3EY

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council are concerned about the east facing dormer window overlooking the boundary and would prefer to see obscure fixed glazing.  Councillors would also like to see the option of establishing a condition to prevent any future splitting of the plot enforced.

TA/2020/1675 Derry Beg, Domewood, Copthorne RH10 3HD

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/1553 Tree Tops, 85 Copthorne Road, Felbridge RH19 2PB

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/1612 Casa Inca, 47A Copthorne Road, Felbridge RH19 2NX

Resolved: Despite Surrey Highways' approval, Felbridge Parish Council wish to repeat their concerns regarding the reduction in sight lines due to the 2m fence in place of the bell mouth design which was originally approved.

1st October 2020

TA/2020/1582 Pinecroft, 144 Copthorne Road, Felbridge RH19 2PD

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/1450/TPO Lovell Oaks, 120 Copthorne Road, Felbridge RH19 2NU

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council are concerned about the loss of trees and whether the removal could exacerbate the problem.The property was built with the trees in position so the foundations should have been designed accordingly.  The NHBC report is inconclusive.  The proposal to underpin appears to be designed to prevent damage from trees so once those works have been completed they will presumably protect the property from trees.

17th September 2020

TA/2020/1449 Stubpond Fisheries, Stubpond Lane, Newchapel, RH7 6HU

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/1524 Oakhurst, Effingham Road, Copthorne, RH10 3HY

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/1417 Fir Tree Cottage, Domewood, Copthorne, RH10 3HD

Resolved: While the modern architecture in this proposal is welcomed, Felbridge Parish Council are concerned about such a significant volume increase in the Green Belt.   Further concerns relate to the east views from the balcony and windows which overlook a very close neighbouring property.

3rd September 2020

TA/2020/895 Pendinas, Herons Lea, Copthorne, RH10 3HE

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/1491 Pooks Hill Cottage, Domewood, Copthorne, RH10 3HD

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/1505 Pooks Hill Cottage, Domewood, Copthorne, RH10 3HD

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/1459 TPO Hestia, Herons Lea, Copthorne, RH10 3HE

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/1435 TPO In front of houses along Twitten Lane, Felbridge, RH19 2NZ

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council object to works being undertaken on the historically significant Evelyn Chestnut trees at this location without the provision of full and detailed evidence of the need for all such works.  The trees are referred to only as Group 1 with generic data rather than data specific to each tree.  A second opinion would provide reassurance that the best quality of tree care will be provided.  

20th August 2020

TA/2020/1297 Copthorne Stud, Effingham Road, Copthorne, RH10 3HY

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council (FPC) objects to the application to build nine flats at Copthorne Stud, Effingham Road, RH10 3HY. FPC has reviewed the application and in particular the Design and Access Statement.  FPC considers that the construction of nine flats is ‘inappropriate development’ which would encroach on the countryside, result in material harm and cause a serious impact to the openness of the Green Belt. The applicant has not put forward a case for ‘very special circumstances’ as set out within the NPPF. The development does not accord with the Tandridge Local Plan Policies DP10, or DP13 as the proposed development is not within a Defined Village, or the replacement of an existing structure of the same use. CSP1 states that the location of development should take place in built up areas (which are listed) and where there is a choice of mode of transport, but this application does not accord with this policy. There are no substantial changes in the emerging local plan that would alter the position so far as this application is concerned. FPC reiterates that it does not consider this location to be ‘sustainable’ for housing within the meaning of the NPPF. Haskins garden centre and a Public House/Restaurant are close-by, but the provision of any basic amenities and services is approximately two miles away in Copthorne Village. There is no bus service along Effingham Road, and the nearest bus stop (with the exception of an infrequent service to East Grinstead from West Park Road) is at The Duke’s Head which is about 20 minutes walk. The development is therefore totally dependent on the use of the private car. FPC raised no objection to the application 2018/1871 (Demolition of the existing single storey front element and the erection of a replacement structure with rear extension to the main sand-school building and formation of new access), as this was a leisure amenity to be provided within the Green Belt under Paragraph 89 of the NPPF, and mirrored in the Local Plan. The applicant has attempted to show that the proposed development would have less of an impact on the Green Belt than the extant consent. However, the images in the Design and Access Statement supporting this claim are misleading and bear no relation to the consented building.There are no supporting ecological and biodiversity surveys with the application, and FPC considers such information to be essential before considering any development in the Green Belt. Felbridge Parish Council objects to this planning application to build nine flats and asks that the application be rejected for the reasons above.

TA/2020/1289: 132 Copthorne Road, Felbridge, RH19 2PD

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/1295 The Lodge, Little Hedgecourt, Copthorne Road, Felbridge RH19 2QQ

Resolved:  No Action

1st August 2020

TA/2020/1052 Garthfield Barn, London Road, Felbridge, RH19 2QZ

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council support the use of redundant buildings and the provision of smaller dwellings. However, Felbridge Parish Council are concerned about the sustainability of this location. It is considerably more than the 800m recommended walking distance from facilities and is therefore likely to cause a reliance on car based transport [ref:APP/D3830/W/16/3156544].  Vehicular access would be across an unmade track with no passing spaces and there would be a lack of residential amenity for the two dwellings with no garden being provided for the dwellings despite them being within a rural setting. It is also noted that this application would result in the loss of stables when applications to build stables elsewhere in the district and in Mid Sussex continue to be submitted, we are therefore concerned that removal of the stables could give rise to the construction of additional stabling within the Green Belt to fulfil this rural need. 

July 16th 2020

TA/2020/1121 Wychwood, Mill Lane, Felbridge RH19 2PF

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/825 Edenbrook, Wire Mill Lane, Newchapel, RH7 6HJ

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council are unable to comment on this application which will be determined by the Tandridge District Council legal team

TA/2020/1064 Ferndale, Domewood, Copthorne, RH10 3HD

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council are concerned about the large increase in floor area and volume in the Green Belt. Additional concerns are raised regarding the potential impact on the neighbouring property of the long, flanking extension with windows.

TA/2020/1069 Churchill Stud, West Park Road, Newchapel RH7 6HT

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/1147 Hunters Oak, 102 Copthorne Road, Felbridge RH19 2NU

Resolved: No Action

July 2nd 2020

TA/2020/909 17 Copthorne Road, Felbridge, RH19 2NR (Advertisement)

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council object strongly to such a prominent advertising sign in an Area of Special Advertisement Control and note that previous similar signs in Felbridge were removed immediately.

TA/2020/831 Herons Bonsai, Wiremill Lane, Felbridge RH7 6HJ

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council support this type of proposal by a local business in the Green Belt supporting local employment.

TA/2020/999 Pooks Hill Cottage, Domewood, Copthorne RH10 3HD

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council are concerned by the footprint increase caused by the proposed new garage.

TA/2020/788 Land to West of Arlington, Woodcock Hill, Felbridge RH19 2RB

Resolved: In principle, Felbridge Parish Council have no objection to the works, but wish to highlight that this application has been validated without a Heritage Statement.  A Roman Road runs across the site so works should not take place without Heritage advice.

June 2020

TA/2020/893 Casa Inca, 47A Copthorne Road, Felbridge (full response in document at foot of page)

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council object to this proposal. We are concerned that the amended existing and proposed plans for the application submitted on the 3rd of June show a material change to the front boundary of the property which has already been partially implemented, but the application description is only for additional drop kerbs.  Our reason for objection is on the grounds of impact upon Highway Safety. By the reduction in visibility sightline as a result of the change to the front boundary treatment which is not as per the approved landscaping plan approved by application 2016/299/Cond1 which approved the construction of a bell mouth brick entrance with railings above providing wider visibility splays, in particular to the east which is the nearside approaching traffic on the A264.

TA/2020/712 Woodland Farm, Copthorne Road, Felbridge RH19 2QG

Resolved:  No Action

21st May 2020

TA/2020/555 15-39 Crawley Down Road, Felbridge, RH19 2PP

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council would request that a planning condition is applied that appropriate signage is erected to ensure that 6 parking spaces specifically allocated to benefit the school drop off times (5.4 of the design and access statement) remain available for that purpose. For example, no parking 0730-0800 & 1430-1500 would prevent them being used for the whole day by residents, whilst retaining them for short duration visitors outside of the school drop-offs. Whilst enforcement of this could be difficult, we would prefer that something is put in place.

TA/2020/724 15 & 38 Crawley Down Road, Felbridge, RH19 2PP

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council are concerned that the group of dwellings in the north east corner of the site will have a greater massing effect upon the existing dwellings in Crawley Down Road. The latest layout shows a group of dwellings have been rotated in comparison with the outline layout, increasing the visual impact. We are also concerned about the loss of the bungalows from the housing mix as this was something that we had specifically requested during the community engagement as it was identified as a housing need in Felbridge.

TA/2020/744 Park Farm, Woodcock Hill, Febridge, RH19 2RB

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/811 Park Farm, Woodcock Hill, Felbridge, RH19 2RB

Resolved: No Action

7th May 2020

TA/2020/621 Long Ridge, Herons Close, Copthorne, RH10 3HF

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council consider this proposed extension to constitute inappropriate development.  Having gone from a bungalow to a two storey property, this extension would result in a 28.3% increase on the original dwelling which does not comply with DP13 Part E.

TA/2020/718 18 Warren Close, Felbridge, RH19 2PR

Resolved:  Felbridge Parish Council considered this revised application and found it suitable for approval. 

April 2020

TA/2020/643 Land between the Laurels and Oakview, London Road, Felbridge RH19 2QZ

The application is similar to a previous application to build three, albeit larger, detached houses submitted in November 2013 (2013/1637), which was refused by Tandridge District Council on 17th January 2014, and dismissed at appeal (APP/M3645/A/14/2219304) on 22nd October 2014. A further application (2015/2133) to build three houses was made by the applicant in December 2015 and refused by Tandridge District Council on 8th February 2016. The decision was not appealed.

Felbridge Parish Council (FPC) considers that the construction of three houses in the Green Belt is ‘inappropriate development’ which would result in material harm to the openness of the Green Belt. The applicant has not put forward a case for  ‘very special circumstances’ as to why the development should be granted consent. The development does not accord with the Tandridge Local Plan Policies DP10, or DP13 as the proposed development is not within a Defined Village, or the replacement of an existing structure. There are no substantial changes in the emerging local plan that would alter the position so far as this application is concerned.

The NPPF states that the construction of new buildings within the Green Belt will be considered inappropriate, unless ‘very special circumstances’ exist. There are certain exceptions to this but none of these apply in this case. The applicant appears to be relying on ‘limiting infilling within villages’. However the land in question clearly falls outside the built up area. The scattering of properties to the North does not form part of the built up area, or defined village.  The proposal would merge the village with the mainly rural properties surrounding and including Wards Farm, therefore creating a ribbon of development along the east side of the A22. This would cause harm to the openness of the Green Belt contrary to the NPPF.

FPC wish to draw attention to statements made by the Inspector in the 2014 appeal:

Para. 15: “Nevertheless, my impression is that the site does not display sufficient visual and practical characteristics, in terms of its physical proximity and relationship to key community features, to suggest it to be a discernible part of a village.”

Para.16: “The site comprises a substantial area of open land beyond this Defined Village boundary and its presence, far from reading as an undeveloped frontage within the village, marks some degree of transition from it to open countryside, in spite of the more sporadic pattern of residential development further to the north.” “I similarly find that the houses to the north also do not read as part of the village”.

 Para. 22: “I therefore conclude that the presence of the dwellings would result in a harmful reduction in openness and, accordingly, the development would be contrary to the Framework which seeks to ensure that the openness of the Green Belt is maintained. I attach substantial weight accordingly.”

 The applicant draws attention to housing need and how this will be met. The Examination of the TDC Local Plan was due to report just as the Covid-19 lockdown started. Therefore it would be premature to progress this application until such time as the Inspector has reached a conclusion relating to housing delivery.

In any event, FPC contends that the housing need should not be met by piecemeal construction causing harmful reduction in openness of the Green Belt surrounding Felbridge. Rather, additional housing should be provided within the built-up area.  It should be noted that within the ‘defined village’ 21 net additional dwellings were approved between 2015 and 2020, and 18 net additional dwellings approved between 2010 and 2014. This is without taking into the account the 121 units consented to the land south of Copthorne Road and Crawley Down Road on the border of Felbridge and Mid-Sussex

Felbridge Parish Council objects to the application and requests that it be refused.

TA/2020/405 Churchill Stud, West Park Road, Newchapel RH7 6HT. Erection of agricultural barn 

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/528 Lewiston , 107 Copthorne Road , Felbridge RH19 2PB . Single storey rear extension

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/620 Derry Beg, Domewood, Copthorne RH10 3HD. Single storey rear extension (CLUED) 

Resolved: No Action

2nd April 2020

TA/2020/353 11 Rowplatt Lane, Felbridge RH19 2PA

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/402 Haskins Snowhill, Snowhill Lane, Copthorne RH10 3EY

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/477 Taroona, Herons Lea, Copthorne, RH10 3HE

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/527 Lewiston, 107 Copthorne Road, Felbridge, RH19 2PB

Resolved:  No Action

19th March 2020

TA/2020/370 Chester Lodge, Woodcock Hill, Felbridge RH19 2RD

Resolved: Felbridge Parish Council support this proposal.  Councillors believe that the moderate enlargement to the office building does not represent inappropriate development in the green belt as it is directly supporting a rural business.

TA/2020/243 Pendinas, Herons Lea, Copthorne RH10 3HE (Revised Site Plan).

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/357 Long Acres Caravan and Camping Park, Lingfield RH7 6LE (CLUED)

Resolved:  No Action

TA/2020/352 Little Sandford, Snow Hill, West Sussex RH10 3EY

Resolved: FPC support this application as long as a suitable planning condition is applied to prevent the future subdivision of the plot such that the use of the new accommodation remains ancillary to the main property.

TA/2020/467 Ferndene, Lake View Road , Felbridge RH19 2QE

Resolved: No Action

TA/2020/86 Copthorne Stud, Effingham Road, RH10 3HY. Erection of nine dwellings with associated garages, access, parking and landscaping

Felbridge Parish Council objects to the application to build nine houses at Copthorne Stud, Effingham Road, RH10 3HY. FPC has reviewed the application and in particular the Design and Access Statement. However, Felbridge Parish Council would have liked to see the applicant lodging a clear plan showing the proposals and how they sit in respect of the whole site and the existing uses and the extant planning consent. From the information provided, FPC assumes that the existing framework of the barn building is demolished, but again there is no proper plan to compare showing the whole site as existing.

Felbridge Parish Council considers that the construction of nine houses in the Green Belt is ‘inappropriate development’ which would result in material harm to the openness of the Green Belt. The applicant has not put forward a case for  ‘very special circumstances’ as set out in Paragraph.145 of the NPPF. The development does not accord with the Tandridge Local Plan Policies DP10, or DP13 as the proposed development is not within a Defined Village, or the replacement of an existing structure of the same use. CSP1, to which the applicant also refers, states that the location of development should take place in built up areas (which are listed) where there is a choice of mode of transport, but this application does not accord with this policy. There are no substantial changes in the emerging local plan that would alter the position so far as this application is concerned.

Although the applicant has put forward a case that the site is ‘sustainable’, Felbridge Parish Council does not consider this location to be ‘sustainable’ for housing within the meaning of the NPPF. The applicant points out that Haskins garden centre and a Public House/Restaurant are close-by, but the provision of any basic amenities and services is, by the applicant’s own admission, approximately two miles away in Copthorne Village.

There is no bus service along Effingham Road, and the nearest bus stop (with the exception of an infrequent service to East Grinstead from West Park Road) is at The Duke’s Head which is about 20 minutes walk. The housing is therefore totally dependent on the use of the private car.

The Introduction to the Design and Access Statement states that the scheme would have regard to housing mix and affordable housing. However, in 6.27, the application states that the number of dwellings is under the threshold for the provision of affordable housing and therefore such provision is not required. The mix of housing is somewhat limited, being 9 x 3-bed dwellings and 1 x 4-bed dwelling.

Felbridge Parish Council raised no objection to the application 2018/1871 (Demolition of the existing single storey front element and the erection of a replacement structure with rear extension to the main sand-school building and formation of new access), as this was a leisure amenity to be provided within the Green Belt under Paragraph 89 of the NPPF, and mirrored in the Local Plan.  However, Felbridge Parish Councillors object to this planning application to build nine dwellings and asks that the application be rejected for the above reasons.