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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:48

Brighton & Hove District Report: Winter 2013

Written by Stuart Derwent

The countryside “Urban Fringes” lie between the built up area and the boundary of the SDNP. They are important open areas representing our own countryside close to and in many cases within the areas where we live.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:13

Chichester District Report: Winter 2013

Written by Richard Hill

The District Council has lost control over planning applications.

Under para 47 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the 5 year Housing Land Supply (HLS) is based on the District's housing requirements; if that is too high, so also would be the HLS. A typical example was D/12/04410, which proposed 112 houses in Stockbridge. The developers relied on the Council's proposed 5 year HLS, which was too high. After every Parish Council on the Peninsular objected, as did the CPRE and the Harbour Conservancy, planning permission was refused. But on 21 June 2013 the Council re-convened and granted planning permission, without any reference to the previous refusal on the file. That decision was clearly not for sustainable development as required by the NPPF para 197 (and defined in paras 7 and 8, quoting the three dimensions: economic, social and environmental).

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:03

Horsham & Crawley District Report: Winter 2013

Written by Roger F Smith

Horsham District Council (HDC) in its ‘Horsham District Planning Framework (HDPF) Preferred Strategy - Putting the Economy First’ has proposed a housing target of at least 575 houses per year, amounting to 11,500 in the 20 year period to 2031.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:56

Mid-Sussex District Report: Winter 2013

Written by Michael Brown

The major issue is for 10,000 new homes on precious countryside between Sayers Green and Henfield – ‘Mayfields Market Town’.

An application by the Borde Hill estate owners to build a big housing estate at Penlands Farm on the north western edge of Horsham and another next door at Sugworth Farm (though that seems to be on hold).

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:50

Rother & Hastings District Report: Winter 2013

Written by Stephen Hardy

Rother and Hastings have attracted some national publicity with the protests against the construction of the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road – not quite to the level of Balcombe, but all in vain now as the construction works have started. The impact of this pointless road is being felt in several neighbouring villages and towns like Battle, as well as on site. We live in hope that if careful excavation works are undertaken, items of real historical significance may be found – even the real site of the Battle of Hastings.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:04

Wealden District Report, Winter 2013

Written by John Hurwood

Oaklands Site, Hailsham, 200 homes – we objected, the Inspector has turned the application down. No longer considered a threat.

Heathfield: Land to the Rear of the Police Station, High Street, Heathfield TN21 OUP (WD/2013/0635/MEA): Outline Planning Application by Summertree Estates Ltd and Gleeson Developments Ltd for the erection of up to 115 new residential dwellings of which 40% are to be affordable. This application has been approved, although the decision has not been published. We objected on the basis that no AONB land should be developed for normal commercial housing and are not convinced a robust case has been made for building 75 market houses, a case that would be strong enough to warrant destruction of part of an AONB.

Solar Farms: there has been an explosion of interest in applications for solar farms – 11 potential sites have been identified. We have objected to WD/2013/1664/MEA: land at Wick Street, Berwick BN26 6TH on the basis the development would result in the introduction of engineered, alien features in an otherwise undeveloped rural landscape resulting in a loss of landscape character and adverse visual impact, including potentially from the South Downs National Park to the South. However, the planning officers have recommended this site for approval subject to conditions. The application goes to Planning Committee on 17th October.

Graywood, East Hoathly: an application for the construction of a small camp site in ancient woodland has been opposed vigorously by local residents. Wealden District Council has removed the application awaiting further information. We have registered our objection in principle and asked to be kept informed.

John Hurwood (planning) & Lesley Wilson – October 2013

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