“Land at Dens Wood” (stables along Kent Lane) – 2nd planning appeal

A second appeal against refusal of planning permission on this site has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.  The application was for a large stable block on the site shown in the map below.

This was the second planning application for building of a stable block on the site.  The first application was turned down by Rother District Council on 14th March 2013.  The applicant appealed against this refusal; the appeal was dismissed on 12th December 2013.  Meanwhile the applicant made a second, almost identical application and this was refused by Rother District Council on 20th June 2013; it is this second application that is now the subject of appeal.

Members of the public who wish to comment on the new appeal have until 29th January 2014 to do so.

Comments can be submitted by email to teamp11@pins.gsi.gov.uk Quote case reference APP/U1430/A/13/2210476 and be sure to include your name and address in the email.

Alternatively, comments can be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate website at this page: Planning appeal APP/U1430/A/13/2210476 – once you have the page then at the bottom of the page there are two links “Comment on this case” – you need the first of these two links – the one above the heading “LPAs only”.  You can either just type your comments straight onto the web page form, or you can prepare your comments in advance in any convenient format (Microsoft Word, pdf etc) and then upload them using the above-mentioned page.  NB: on the comment page, under “Your details”, select “Interested party / person”.

Any comments must be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate via one of the above methods – not to Rother District Council.

Details of the planning application can be seen on Rother District Council’s website at this page: Planning application RR/2013/836/P

DACS is urging all members to submit comments to the Planning Inspectorate.  We need to remind the planners that this is a much-loved landscape that is being damaged by developments such as this.  The proposed development – not just a stable block but also a stable yard and parking area for two cars – would have a damaging effect on the High Weald AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), which is entitled to protection.  The proposed development would have no agricultural or tourism value.

At around the time of the refusal of the second planning application, the applicant went ahead anyway and constructed a small set of stables, a yard and car park.  None of this development has planning permission.  The stables that have been constructed are smaller than those in the planning application – if the appeal is successful the applicant could remove these small stables and replace them with the much larger one described in the planning application.  If the appeal is unsuccessful then Rother District Council could be expected to take enforcement action against the smaller building that has been constructed without permission.

Once the inspector has all the comments, a decision will be made based purely on the documents.  There is no public hearing.  A decision is expected by, at the earliest, mid-March 2014.

For full planning history at this site, click here.

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