Today Wealden District Council won its legal fight in the High Court to stop a developer building in the High Weald.
In her judgement today Mrs Justice Lang said that fumes from additional cars would have a detrimental effect on the Ashdown Forest. She also felt the Government’s own Planning Inspector hadn’t adequately assessed whether other more suitable sites were available for housing.
The planning battle began in 2013, when Knight Developments submitted their planning application to Wealden District Council. Councillors on the Planning Committee refused the application primarily because it would encroach into open countryside, but also because of concerns about access to the site from Green Lane for cars. But Knight Developments used their prerogative to appeal the decision to the Planning Inspectorate, an executive agency of the Department for Communities and Local Government. Planning Inspector David Nicholson was persuaded to overturned Wealden District Council’s decision.
Warren Saville is one of the local residents who has been campaigning against the development over the last couple of years. His wife Louise spoke at the appeal hearing held at Hendall Manor Barns:
Today is a good day, it’s been a long three-year battle..
We are delighted that the High Court has overturned the Planning Inspectorate decision to allow Knight Developments to destroy our countryside with their 103 homes development. You see it wasn’t a waste of time!!! as was printed in The Courier a couple of weeks back.
At this stage I don’t know if there are any other avenues that the developers can pursue, so we will wait and see before we get the champagne out of the fridge.
Can I also thank everyone that supported this important cause with their letters and time. You see some things are still worth fighting for!!
You can download the full judgement here: Wealden DC v Secretary of State.
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