Planning

Current planning applications

The parish council has no planning powers (the planning authority is Rother District Council), but it does have a statutory right to be consulted.  Indeed, the planning authority seeks comments from the parish council to gauge local feeling.  However, it is Rother’s core strategy (see notes below) which sets the criteria against  which all applications are judged and the parish council supports that strategy.

Here are details of planning applications in the recent past. To view more details, click the reference number of any entry below. You will also then see a direct link to that application on Rother District Council’s planning portal.  Applications which have been decided will be removed periodically from this page but continue to be available at the district council’s planning portal.

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RR/2020/1737/P and RR/2020/1738/L 15 Jan 2021

Old Brew House, Brown Bread Street, Ashburnham TN33 9NX
Replacement front door with like for like. Creation of opening between existing bathroom and toilet by removing part of wall. Construction of 750mm high stone or brick wall to retain bank as part of garden landscaping to include timber deck, timber shed and wood storage area. New wood fencing above wall.

Parish Council position:
No position taken
RDC decision:
Due by 23 Mar 2021
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RR/2020/2198/P 10 Nov 2020

Hill Farm, Penhurst Lane, Penhurst TN33 9QS
Proposed erection of single storey extension, alterations to rear porch and demolition of modern garden shed.

Parish Council position:
Supported
RDC decision:
Due by 29 Jan 2021
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RR/2020/1742/P 8 Oct 2020 (updated 1 Feb 2021)

Court Lodge Farm, The Forge, Ashburnham, TN33 9PJ
Proposed flat roofed link between farmhouse and Oast and conversion to provide further accommodation.

Parish Council position:
Neutral but commented
RDC decision:
Due by 3 Dec 2020
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RR/2020/1721/P 1 Oct 2020

New Buildings Farm, Church Road, Ashburnham, TN33 9NU
Change of use of buildings from agricultural to bespoke Class B8 storage of light equipment and timber materials.

Parish Council position:
Neutral but commented
RDC decision:
Due by 10 Dec 2020
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RR/2019/1694/P 23 Oct 2019

Brays Hill Farm House, Brays Hill, Ashburnham TN33 9NZ
Two storey extension to rear of property and first floor side extension. Internal re modelling of kitchen and bedroom. Construction of detached double garage with storage space above. Alternative to RR/2018/1400/P.

Parish Council position:
Due by 28 Nov 2019
RDC decision:
Due by 18 Dec 2019
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ENF/107/18/ASH 16 Jul 2018 (updated 1 Feb 2021)

Oak Bank Farm, Farthing Lane, Ashburnham, Battle, TN33 9PB
Breach of condition of RR/2012/1053/P

Parish Council position:
Supported
RDC decision:
No decision yet
Enforcement:
Prosecution

Information last updated: 1 February 2021

Breaches and enforcement

Whenever Rother District Council (the Planning Authority) becomes aware or is made aware of a breach of planning regulations it investigates and, if it thinks there is a case to answer, it creates a Notice of Breach.  This might lead to an Enforcement Order or to a No Further Action (not in the public interest) decision.  The Parish Council is notified weekly of new notices and updates on existing ones.  RDC planning portal does not enable the public to search these (though you can search Planning Appeals) and the Parish Council does not publish them here either.  However, they are always reported in full to Parish Council meetings and the minutes are in the public domain and may be inspected here..

Need planning permission?

If you are thinking about carrying out any work on your property, please read these notes on Planning Permission, Listed Building Consent and Tree Felling before starting work.

Our local planning authority is Rother District Council (RDC).  The Parish Council does not have any authority  to grant planning permission, but it does have a statutory right to be consulted about Planning and Listed Building Consent applications made within the parish. The statutory time limit for responses from the parish council is 21 days, although RDC will often agree to an extension of the time limit.

Planning Permission is required before you build something new, make any major change to a building, change its appearance or change its use. If work is done without permission you risk receiving an enforcement notice from RDC ordering you to reverse the changes that have been made.

Bear in mind that permitted development rights are extremely complex and heavily restricted in our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  RDC’s Planning Handbook is very helpful, as is RDC’s detailed Core Strategy.  If you’re not sure whether planning permission is needed,  you can submit a planning enquiry to Rother District Council.

Listed Building Consent is required for all proposed changes to listed buildings. The carrying out of unauthorised works on listed buildings is a criminal offence.

Tree Felling requires 6 weeks’ advance notice to be given to Rother District Council, giving the authority time to impose a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) if appropriate. Even where there is no TPO, there are fairly low limits on the amount of timber that may be felled without a licence. It is always best to ask first.