Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Council News January 2017

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


at The Jessel Room on Monday 09 January 2017 at 7.30 pm 

PRESENT:  Councillors Antony Harris (Chairman), Mrs Carol Ash, Mrs Angela Broom, David Boniface, Alan Foster, Barry Noakes, Mrs Susan Newsam, Guy Sutton and Stephen Wickham.


289/16 were accepted from Cllrs Sean Gilder (away filming), Phil Kirkby (unwell) and Tom Malt (away on business).  Also County Cllr Alex King.


290/16 The Chairman reminded Members of their responsibility for any Declarations of Interest on Agenda items for this meeting and for any changes to their Register of Interest Declarations.


291/16 It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2016, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed by the Chairman as a correct record.


292/16 There were no questions from the press or public


293/16 Council welcomed Mr Colin Willis, Chairman of the Goudhurst Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) and Mr Craig Broom who is Secretary and Administrator of the group.  They reported briefly on progress so far.  The steering group has met 4 times on matters of process and preparations for the important Questionnaire that will be distributed to all businesses and private dwellings in the Parish in May/June 2017.  So far there are 4 working groups; Business & Development, Social & Community, Traffic and Landscape Character Assessment.   A website has been established http://ndp.goudhurst.co.uk/ so that news on the project is easily available.  It was resolved to appoint Mr James Boot MSc as Consultant to the Goudhurst Parish Neighbourhood Plan.  It was resolved to allow Mr Craig Broom expenses of up to £1,000.00 annum in his role as Secretary and Administrator to the NDP Group.


294/16 Cllr Noakes drew Members attention to Item 10 on the Agenda for this meeting.  This is the Parish Chairmen’s Meeting Notes of 29 November 2016 with the main points of current Town Hall activity.


The Chairman of the Amenities Committee reported:

295/16 Balcombes Hill Toilets.  There has been some problems with the electronic locks and the faulty time clock.  It was resolved to replace the timer at an estimated cost of £160.00 including installation.

296/16 Glebe Fields.   Following Minute 258/16. Chairman of the Amenities Committee has spoken to the Diocesan Land Agent about progress on the long outstanding  promised lease to Council.  The Diocese has passed the draft lease to their legal advisers.

297/16 Kilndown Millennium Green.  It was noted that a meeting with the Kilndown Millennium Green Trustees has been arranged for 26 January to discuss their request for grant funding to maintain their children’s play equipment and, possibly, the grounds maintenance of the Millennium Green..  Cllrs Wickham, Kirkby and Mrs Newsam with the Clerk will attend.

298/16 Kilndown Quarry Pond – Kilndown Fishing Club.  Minute 203/16.  It was resolved that the Clerk should approach those local residents in Kilndown whose homes are close to the Pond to seek their views on whether the Fishing Club should re-start.

299/16 Kilndown Quarry Pond – Maintenance Plan.  It was noted that the Chairman of the Amenities Committee has been in touch with the Kent High Weald Project for them to give some advice on future maintenance of the Pond area.


300/16 Land adjacent to A262 Station Road to the east of Blue Coat Lane.  It was resolved that the Clerk will approach the landowner of the ‘swale’ with a view to obtaining permission for Council to establish a ‘permissive’ path across this parcel of land.

301/16 Speed Indicator Device (SID).  Minute 179/16.  It was noted that Council is awaiting confirmation on the sites at which the poles on which the moveable SID will be placed.  Clerk was requested to seek to establish who might deal with the ongoing operation of the SID and the cost of that.

302/16 Cycle Path on Forestry Commission land adjacent to Lady Oak Lane.  It was resolved that Council should approach the Forestry Commission again on this subject and the Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest Masterplan Meeting on 17 January 2017 at which Council will be represented could be an opportunity to raise the matter.  Post Meeting note:  Mr Patrick West, Bedgebury Manager, Forestry Commission England, will attend Council on 13 February to brief Council on their plans.


303/16 CCTV.   Minute 264/16.  Noted: The Clerk expects to receive further details of the Sunstone quote soon.


It was resolved to note the following Decisions from TWBC published in December 2016:


16/06374 Oakwater Farm North Road Goudhurst

Construction of a temporary dwelling for an initial period of three years on site of previously demolished hopper huts.


16/06423 Chingley Wood Oast Hastings Road Lamberhurst

Proposed garage and extension of existing driveway

Finally disposed of.  Not determined due to inaccurate or insufficient information.

16/06866 Chingley Wood Oast Hastings Road  Lamberhurst

Proposed garage and extension of existing driveway

Refused permission

16/06942 Carolyn Balcombes Hill Goudhurst

Single storey side and rear extension.  First floor modification to enlarge existing accommodation. Pitched roof over existing kitchen. New roof finish and internal alterations.


16/06955 Great Horden Barn Horden Road Goudhurst

Proposed extension to existing garage

Refused permission

16/06957 Birches North Road Goudhurst

Alterations to existing single storey building including a new pitched roof with front and rear dormers and roof lights to new rooms within roof space


16/07034 Whites Farmhouse Bedgebury Road Goudhurst

Extension of existing 20th century two-storey rear (south) extension

Granted permission

16/07035 Whites Farmhouse Bedgebury Road Goudhurst

Listed Building Consent – Extension of existing 20th century two-storey rear (south) extension

Granted permission

16/07052 Old Parsonage Cottage Back Lane Goudhurst

Demolition of existing entrance hallway and rear lean to extension, erection of proposed canopy over new entrance door, alterations to external fenestration, internal alterations to layout, enlargement of windows to south elevation, proposed attic conversion, proposed dormer windows, proposed window within gable end over new staircase, removal of redundant solar panels to south roof, proposed gates and fence to replace existing, double garage/ancillary building.


16/07242 Five Ash Down Garage London Road Flimwell

Proposed valeting building


16/07405 Wagtail Farm Jarvis Lane Goudhurst

Prior notification for the erection of an agricultural building (covered shelter for cows)

Withdrawn by applicant

305/16 APPLICATIONS considered by the Parish Council Planning Committee in December 2016 with representations approved by Council::

16/07176 Etchinghill Farmyard Gore Lane Goudhurst

Minor Material amendment to planning application 16/501882/FULL – amendments to fenestration and timber decked area to rear.

Recommend approval

Goudhurst Parish Council notes the removal of the underground elements of the proposal and considers the other amendments to be acceptable.

16/07510 Land off Chequers Road Goudhurst

Outline (All matters reserved) – Residential development (bungalows for older residents)

Recommend refusal

Whilst recognizing that currently the strict limitations which applied to sites for housing development cannot be applied, most of the reservations expressed by Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) on application 15/501216 are still relevant.   The site, which is not a ‘brown field’ site, is in the AONB.   Residents from the site must cross the busy B2084 Chequers Road to walk to the shops and facilities in the village centre.   With increasing age, it is likely that residents would resort to using cars.   There is no explanation as to how occupation of the proposed dwellings would be restricted to the elderly.

On a more positive note, it would appear that the applicant is prepared to take steps to limit the impact of the proposal on the locality and the AONB, and increase safety by seeking to extend the 30 mph limit, beyond the access to the site.   GPC would regard these as essential, if approval is granted.

16/07488 The Coppers, Chicks Lane, Kilndown

Variation of Condition 2 of 15/504460.   Relocation of vehicular access to that approved under 13/03566. – To allow the inclusion of 2 velux windows.

Recommend approval

The proposed changes are minimal and will have little impact on the locality and the AONB.


306/16 Mr Craig Broom, Secretary to the Goudhurst Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan will attend the KALC Communication and Social Media Conference at East Malling on 19 January 2017.


307/16 Members noted a wide range of topics discussed at the meeting held on 29 November 2016.


308/16 It was resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:

DDR BT Broadband CCTV camera High St/Parish Hall £182.64

3983 AVB Farnfield December 16 pay and expenses £2,266.20

3984HM Revenue & CustomsClerk PAYE & NI Dec 16£849.73

3985 Capel Groundcare Chequer Field etc grounds maint contract Dec 16 £865.27

3986 Tenterden Twilight Cleaning Balcombes Hill public toilets contract Dec 16 £559.00

3987 Pearsons Landscapes The Plain and Pond maint Dec 16 £103.20

3988 Goudhurst Parish Hall Meeting Room hire Oct 16 – Mar 17 £375.00

3989 Microshade Business Consultants Citrix Inv 9461 £54.30

3990 Peter Watkins Oil for PROW equipment maint £32.40

3991 Austin Contract Services Ltd Pond de-silting tests £84.00

3992 JK Business Machines Photocopying costs £105.60

3993 Pearson’s Landscapes Tattlebury Triangle leaf clearing £184.80

DDR Veolia Environmental Services Burial Grounds bin December 16 £144.54

DDR E.On UK plc Energy Kilndown kiosk and Plain light £15.65

309/16 Receipts in December 2016

Burial Board£710.00

NatWest interest£0.27

CCLA interest£8.16

310/16  Bank reconciliationResolved to accept the Clerk’s explanation of the reconciliation of accounts to the

end of December 2016 and noted that Council’s cash book balance was:

Nat West Current a/c£2,560.44

Nat West Business Reserve£29,829.90

CCLA Public Sector Deposit Fund£35,101.84


Clerk indicated that he will reduce Council’s exposure to CCLA over the next two months.


311/16 13 February 2017.   Parish Council Meeting in the Jessel Room at 7.30 pm


312/16 – Lord Lieutenant of Kent Civic Service at Rochester Cathedral on 14 March 2017.  Cllrs Mrs Angela Broom and Mrs Susan Newsam will attend to represent Goudhurst Parish Council.

The Meeting closed at  9.15 pm  .

Clerk to the Parish Council Anthony Farnfield MBE

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