Battle to build 100 houses at Steel Cross moves to the High Court next week

Last July a Planning Inspector gave the go-ahead for Knight Developments to build 103 homes at Steel Cross in Crowborough.

Palesgate Lane street sign in CrowboroughWealden District Council had orginally refused to grant outline planning permission because the development is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and outside the development boundary, but the developer appealed the decision.

Next week the Council will argue their case in the Royal Court of Justice.  The hearing is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and last up to three-days.

The Council is challenging the decision on five grounds including the likely effects on the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation.  The Council is concerned about the wider implications on planning policy in the North of the District.  They believe Inspector David Nicholson was wrong to conclude there were no alternative sites to meet housing needs in Crowborough.

The decision of the Planning Court will be delivered in due course.

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