Update: The application to build 119 homes on Eridge Road next to Goldsmith Rec was approved by a 7-5 vote of Councillors.
It was the only application on the agenda of Planning Committee North on 10th July. You can watch a video of the meeting here:
Refused Development to be Reconsidered
An application to build a major housing development in Crowborough, is to be re-determined by the Planning Committee next week.
The planning application for 119 homes on land next to Goldsmiths Rec was narrowly refused in a 6 to 5 vote at a committee meeting on 5th March.
Shortly after the meeting, Wealden District Council received a complaint from lawyers acting on behalf of the applicant Fairfax Acquisitions Limited. It appears that a councillor participated in the decision-making process in breach of the Code of Conduct for Members. Having obtained external legal advice, the Council are bringing the application back to committee for re-determination.
The committee report, written by the Head of Planning who is also the case officer, tells Councillors that they must come to Committee with an “open mind”, otherwise the decision is susceptible to challenge by Judicial Review:
…the Committee and its Members must consider the item afresh and with an ‘open mind’. In doing so, Members need to avoid any appearance of bias or of having predetermined their views before taking a decision on the planning application (as resubmitted to the Committee) or on planning policies.
The report goes onto reminds Councillors the Planning Code of Good Practice within Part 5 of the Council’s Constitution applies to all members of the Planning Committee.
A “virtual” meeting of Planning Committee North will be held at 10am on Friday 10th July. The application for outline planning permission is the only item on the Agenda. Click to watch the remote meeting.
Click to read previous articles about this housing development: