Plans for ten homes to be built in The Street, Fairwarp, following the demolition of two look set to be refused by Wealden Council today.
The planning sub-committee, north, is advised to refuse it because the site, Fairmay and Rock-a-Nore, lies within 29m of the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area.
Together with the nearby Wealden Heaths Special Protection Area and Thames Basin Heath Special Protection area the Ashdown Forest forms part of a complex of heathlands in southern England that support breeding bird populations of European importance.
It was classified under an EU Directive known as the Birds Directive which was designed principally to protect two rare and vulnerable bird species, the nightjar and the Dartford warbler.
Natural England has objected to the proposals saying development would affect the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area and could not be mitigated.
It said: “If your authority resolves not to follow this advice then it must notify Natural England of the permission, the terms on which it is proosed to grant it and how, if at all, it has taken our advice into account. You must then allow a further period of 21 days before the development can commence to allow us to consider any further action.”
Maresfield Parish Council opposed the scheme and 58 other objections were received from local residents.
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