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CPRE Sussex have supported the re-opening of the Countryside Centre at Beachy Head, Near Eastbourne.

Monday, 23 February 2009 11:03


Written by Local Group Web Manager: Penny Hudd

February 2009

CPRE Sussex has welcomed the refusal by the Secretary of State of three housing application appeals on the edges of Uckfield. The sites are Downlands Farm, Bird in Eye North and Bird in Eye South. All of the sites fall outside the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

After many months of intense campaigning with the Hastings Alliance we regret the decision by the Minister of Transport to allow the contraversial Hastings to Bexhill link road to go ahead.This road will cause immense damage to the beautiful and unique Coombe Valley.

We have responded to the initial consultation document published by the Environment Agency, and Chichester and Arun District Councils, for sectors between Pagham Harbour and East Head. This makes proposals for the management of the coastline in the face of climate change (which will unarguably bring a rise in sea-levels and greater extremes of weather), and the local allocation of resources within a national strategy. Three alternatives are given for each sector: No active intervention / Hold the line / Managed realignment.

CPRE Horsham District Group have objected to a planning application to increase the capacity of this site by 500,000tonnes by raising its height by 4 metres and extending its tipping period from 1st April 2008 to October 2010. The proposed increase in height amounts to landraising which is excluded from West Sussex waste policies. The proposal will lead to an unacceptable impact on nearby communities. The original planning permission stipulated that site restoration would follow completion and the finished ground surface levels were to merge into the surrounding area.Thus creating the appearance of a natural extension of the local landscape. The proposed increase in height does not comply with this objective and would create an alien landscape feature.

We await with interest the Inspectors' Report following the South East Plan Examination in Public (EiP) Hearings. We have highlighted our concerns in our submissions to the questions posed by the panel of experts who lead the EiP. It is anticipated the EiP will lead to final approval of the SE Plan in early 2008.

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