PROPOSALS for a housing development in Herstmonceux have been rejected by Wealden planners.
On Thursday (14 July) Wealden District Council’s South Planning Committee considered an application to build three new houses on a small patch of land between Chestnut Close and the West End Meteorological Station.
The application, while recommended for approval, had been brought up for debate by local councilor Pam Doodes, who argued the project was an over-development of the site, an unjustified loss of agricultural land and was at odds with Herstmonceux’s neighborhood plan.
Cllr Doodes said at the meeting: “Herstmonceux Municipal Council has worked very hard and for a long time on its neighborhood plan. They produced it after much thought, lots of research and a large amount of on-site consultation.
“This proposal does not fit into their neighborhood plan at all. What is the point of all these locals coming up with plans to protect and improve their local community?
“What’s the point of spending hours and hours on a neighborhood plan just to have it happen at the planning level? I find it quite disappointing.”
Cllr Doodes also argued that development would result in dangerous road access. Similar objections were also raised by Herstmonceux municipal council and local residents.
While officials disagreed with this assessment of the proposals, the majority of the committee felt that the program would have an unacceptable impact on the nature and character of the area. As a result, the application was rejected by a majority.
For more information see application reference WD/2021/2197/F on the Wealden District Council website.
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