Item 15, Page 48
Stanley Farm, Headcorn Road, Staplehurst
Parish Council Representation
The Parish Council make the following comments relating to the crossroads:
“The Parish Council adheres to its previously expressed opposition to the proposals and highlights specifically that in its opinion:
· implementation of the revised proposals would make matters worse, exacerbating the problems already encountered by users of the crossroads;
· proposals for relocation of the High Street northbound bus-stop and the High Street crossing point present unacceptable risks to road and footpath users alike, particularly given the proximity of the bend on the High Street;
· the proposed relocation of the High Street crossing would take it away from the 'desire line' of pedestrian traffic and would increase the risk of users taking chances at alternative points;
· the proposals and particularly the proposed guard rail are incompatible with the preservation of the rural character of the village as set out in Objective 06 of the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan: 'The crossroads is about more than just moving cars across and through the village; it marks an historic place and is part of the rural fabric of Staplehurst';
· implementation of proposed measures could harm the protected horse chestnut trees on the southwest corner of the junction;
· use of the land on the southwest corner of the junction is constrained by restrictive covenants and by the presence of utility service infrastructure; the proposals do not address these constraints.”
1 additional representation has been received raising the following (summarised) points:
· There is no development permitted in this area in the Neighbourhood Plan.
· The landowner has allowed hedges and trees on the site to grow and block views from the site.
· Contrary to the NP.
Most of the points have already been raised and considered in the main report. The works would be carried out entirely on highways land and are not prevented by any covenants etc. The proposed works on the west side of the High Street would be on existing developed highways land, and notwithstanding this, any works could be carried out in a manner to ensure no harm to protected trees is caused.
My recommendation remains unchanged:
THAT THE PLANNING COMMITTEE INFORMS THE PLANNING INSPECTORATE THAT HAD THE APPEAL NOT BEEN SUBMITTED, THE COUNCIL WOULD HAVE REFUSED PLANNING PERMISSION