A planning inspector has thrown out an appeal against refusal of planning permission for a Morrisons convenience store to be built on land next to the Highlands Inn.
The inspector, C.A Newmarch, says: “Although the convenience store would contribute to economic and social roles of development, these are outweighed by the material harm identified to the character and appearance of the area.
“The adverse impacts of the development would, therefore, significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.
“I have taken account of all other matters raised, including the support for the proposal from some local residents, but these do not outweigh the conflict with the development plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.”
The full appeal decision can be seen here.
Jon and Sue Gothard, owners of Ridgewood Post Office, were delighted to hear the appeal had been dismissed. They fought long and hard against the plans and feared for their livelihood if it was built.
“We are ecstatic, delighted, not only for the future of the Post Office but we were also against it as residents. We didn’t think it was the right thing to do up there,” said Sue.
Wealden district councillors went against a recommendation from planning officers when they refused planning permission for the store to be built.
There’s more about that original decision here: Plans for a Morrisons in Uckfield are refused.
The planning inspector’s decision comes as moves were being made to register the Highlands Inn as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. Read about those moves here.