In one of the biggest turnouts in Mountfield Parish Council’s history, the Council unanimously voted at a special meeting against a proposed “palace” in a historic area of outstanding natural beauty.
Attended by nearly 70 local residents, who battled deep snow and ice, villagers complained there had been no notice or consultation before the plans were submitted.
Residents complained the plans were vulgar, on a green field site, against policy and would destroy the treasured area forever at a meeting overtly hostile to the developer who chose not to turn up.
The Council told irate villagers that Rother District Council had given a guarantee that claims by the developer that a deal had already been done with the planning authorities, were untrue. Residents were assured due process would be followed.
When faced with angry comments that the developer and his family were living in multiple dwellings on the site without permission, the Council admitted that the District Council enforcement unit was investigating the situation.
There was also huge resentment to the plans by the developer to move a public footpath a huge distance away from the “best views in the village”.