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19/02876/FUL - Land Adjacent To Melita Nursery, Chalk Lane, Sidlesham

Meeting: 13/05/2020 - Planning Committee (Item 70)

70 SI/19/02876/FUL - Land Adjacent To Melita Nursery, Chalk Lane, Sidlesham pdf icon PDF 429 KB

Change of use of land to travellers caravan site consisting of 4 no. pitches each containing 1 no. mobile home and ancillary development.


Refuse (Contrary to officer recommendation).



Mr Power presented the item to members. He explained that mitigation details had been received.


The Committee received the following speakers. The Chairman explained that more objectors had been allowed to speak as all speakers were being combined for this item and the next item.


·         Tricia Tull – Sidlesham Parish Council

·         Terry Franks – Objector – written statement read on behalf of

·         Claire Risby – Objector – written statement read on behalf of

·         Mark Gordon – Objector – written statement read on behalf of

·         Mrs Yeates – Objector

·         Angus Murdoch - Agent


Mr Power responded to members comments and questions. He explained that with regard to sustainability concerns members should be minded of Local Plan Policy 36 and the uncertainty of whether the council can produce its five year supply of pitches. He confirmed that ancillary buildings are not proposed on this occasion. He also confirmed that there was no enforcement on the application site. He explained that it would be unreasonable for the council to condition the water consumption of the caravan/s on site. He clarified that approximately 15 pitches across the district that had planning permission are unused. With regards to drainage the Drainage Officer considers soakaways would control drainage on the site. In addition the hardstanding is intended to be porous. He explained that additional bins would be stored in the current bin storage area.


Mr Whitty then referred to some members concerns regarding human rights. He explained that the rights of all those involved should be considered in a proportionate way.  


Mr Briscoe proposed refusal due to the impact on the character of Chalk Lane, the dominance on the immediate locality and sustainability. Mr Oakley seconded the proposal.


In a vote members approved the proposal.


Refuse (Contrary to officer recommendation).