Wealden Council has applied to itself for retrospective planning permission to relocate a car park and access to the 70 acre Horsted Green Park, at Little Horsted.
Originally the car park was to have been next to the boundary of a property called Oakwood, in Horsted Pond Lane, but it was built further along the lane.
A statement to the council’s planning committee says: “It was felt that the presence of a busy car park adjacent to their land would be an unnecessary intrusion in addition to that of park users around their land.
“By moving it further along the lane it has allowed a wooded area to be provided between the car park and their boundary to provide a visual break, also space for a bunded area to minimise noise nuisance.”
The statement says the location selected for the new entrance for the car park was already an established field entrance with a gateway and field fencing at its boundary. In addition the verge drain had been piped and filled in to form a crossing.
“This provided a more cost effective entrance to the site allowing more funding to be used for the creation of the park itself.”
The retrospective planning application was submitted by Lawson Queay who said in the statement: “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise on behalf of Wealden District Council for making this application retrospectively.”
Horsted Green Park – which initially was given the name Owlsbury Park – was provided within plans for 1,000 new homes at Ridgewood Farm as Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space to divert people away from the ecologically sensitive Ashdown Forest.