Plans for an Olympic standard shooting facility at Northall Clay Pigeon Club, Fletching, are recommended for refusal by Wealden councillors.
The planning application is due to be considered by the council's development control, north, sub-committee on Thursday.
Reasons for the recommendation of refusal include the site being in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The scale, height, form and noise-generating nature of the proposed use ”would result in a significant, alien and unacceptable intrusion into the landscape”, says a report to councillors.
“The application submissions do not consider the scope for locating this major development elsewhere, particularly outside of the AONB, or meeting the need for it in some other way.
“Whilst it is acknowledged that the proposed facilities would be of national importance to the sport of clay pigeon shooting the development would fail to conserve and enhance the character and natural beauty of the AONB and it is not considered there would be an over-riding national and public interest to justify siting the development in this location.”
There is also concern that the scale and standard of the proposed facility could lead to future demands for more intensive use than envisaged in the planning application.
In addition: “It is considered that local residents would experience noise and disturbance from the high number of trips of heavy lorries required to bring spoil to the site over a significant period of time and the excavation and construction works on the site itself. The proposals would therefore have an unacceptable impact on the rural and residential amenities of the locality.”
The planning application is opposed by Fletching and Danehill parish councils, the Board of Conservators of Ashdown Forest, the National Trust (owners of Sheffield Park Garden and adjoining land), the Ramblers Association. There were about 200 letters of objection to the proposal mainly from local residents.
There were about 360 letters of support from users of the Northall CPC and supporters of clay pigeon shooting disciplines. There was also a petition of support carrying 120 signatures collected between 2007 and 2011. Sporting bodies including Sport England and Active Sussex support the proposals.
Here is the report we carried on the Uckfield News website when the application was first submitted: Olympic standard shooting facility planned at Fletching.