Wealden planners have approved proposals for a small housing development on the outskirts of Herstmonceux.
Wealden Borough Council South Planning Committee approved proposals to build 21 houses on plots off Hailsham Road adjacent to the Collins Honda site.
In 2016 planning permission was granted to build 17 houses on the same plot, although later plans to build 29 houses there were rejected by the council last year. An appeal is currently underway, with claimants seeking to overturn the decision.
Although the project was recommended for approval, Herstmonceux Municipal Council had raised local objections arguing the site was not a ‘sustainable’ site.
Similar concerns have been raised by District Councilor Ray Cade, who is also a member of the council’s cabinet.
Cllr Cade, reading a joint statement by himself and fellow local councilor Pam Doodes, also a Cabinet member, said: “We oppose this motion primarily because it falls outside local development boundaries.
“National planning regulations state that development must contribute to the protection and enhancement of our natural, built and historical environment, including through effective land use, contributing to improved biodiversity and prudent use of natural resources.
“The property is outside the development boundary in the countryside and therefore clearly does not meet these conditions.”
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However, this argument was disputed by planning officials, who argued that factors such as Wealden’s housing shortage, prior planning permission on the site and improvements provided by conditions outweighed the scheme’s disadvantages.
This view was shared by the majority of the committee, which eventually approved the building permit with six votes in favour, four abstentions. Nobody voted against the proposal.
Suggesting approval, Cllr Paul Sparks (Lib Dem) said: “I think this is a finely balanced application, but keep in mind that this scheme is for a denser layout, a mix of smaller one, two and three rooms homes and has seven affordable units, I would be willing to submit it for approval.”
Before approving the plan, the committee heard that there was an ongoing land dispute over the proposals. Ultimately, however, they were told that this was not a scheduling issue that would justify rejecting or postponing the program.
For more development details see Application Reference WD/2022/1080/MAJ on the Wealden District Council website.
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