Bus dwellers have permission to stay on land in Blackboys

Planning permission has been renewed for a family to continue living in a double-decker bus on land at Blackboys.

The temporary permission also allows them to use land at Quicken Wood, Lewes Road, for agriculture and forestry and use a “lean-to” structure for residential purposes. 

Framfield Parish Council opposed the application and a rural estates consultant concluded that while they acknowledged the 'holistic lifestyle' of the applicants there was no functional requirement for a dwelling on the site.

The consultant told Wealden Council: “The business plan and accounts do suggest that the enterprise is now planned on a more sound financial basis but levels of profit do not satisfy the financial test.”

Wealden District Council has previously tried through the planning process to stop the development, which is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but appeals have been allowed. The last temporary planning permission for one year expired in April this year.

A report to the council's planning sub-committee, north, which met on Thursday, said: “From the appeal decision it is clear that the inspector did not consider a conventional approach to the assessment of these circumstances was appropriate and indeed was critical of the council in this respect.”

It went on to say that he considered there was “overriding justification for retention of the accommodation on site for a further year based on the applicants' holistic, sustainable and subsistence based rural lifestyle, maximising the resources of the appeal site”.

Councillors were told that following careful consideration of submissions and having regard to comments of the inspector it was not considered a recommendation for refusal of the application would be justified.

“In the circumstances it is recommended that a further temporary planning permission be granted, personal to the applicants until December 31, 2011.”

More information can be seen in the report to the planning sub-committee.

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