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Victory at Polegate

Monday, 23 May 2011 10:51

May 2011

CPRE Sussex is celebrating the news that the Secretary of State has dismissed the appeal by Pelham Homes for 520 houses at Honey Farm in the countryside west of Polegate.

Throughout a Planning Inquiry in January and February this year, environmental groups led by CPRE Sussex fought alongside local residents, parish councils and Wealden Council to demonstrate the unacceptable impact on the landscape, local amenity and environmental sustainability.

Stuart Meier , Director of CPRE Sussex said "Working with other groups and local residents we demonstrated just how bad this plan was. We are delighted it has been firmly kicked out because it would have had horrendous consequences for the countryside, the Downs , the local people and not least the proposed residents themselves."

He continued "CPRE support good development, but this was simply the wrong plan for the wrong houses in the wrong place. Had the proposal not been blocked, these houses would have been stranded on the wrong side of the busy A27. The residents would actually have been fenced in with anti-climb fences 'for their own safety'!"

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