Wealden councillors have approved their own retrospective planning application 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.
Members of the district council’s planning committee north, who met on Thursday, were told the distance between the two sites was not significant.
Cllr Brian Redman, Mayfield, asked what was going on. He had been to see what was being talked about, fought his way along single track lanes where the council had gone to the expense of building passing places, and he didn’t understand what it was all about.
Bits of land
He said: “What are we doing? We are buying up bits of land no-one wants and spending a fortune on sticking car parking in the wrong place. If we don’t know where to put a car park ourselves what are we up to?”
Head of planning and environmental services Chris Bending said the land was being provided as Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS) to mitigate the effect of development on the Ashdown Forest.
He said it was somewhere people could go to walk other than the Ashdown Forest.
Cllr Helen Firth, Uckfield New Town, proposed the retrospective plan was approved and Cllr Peter Roundell, Danehill/Fletching/Nutley said the car park was in a better position that where it should have been.
Members approved the application.
There’s more detail about the retrospective planning application in this earlier Uckfield News story: Wealden Council submits retrospective plan to move car park.
Read more about Horsted Green Park here: Work progresses on new country park near Uckfield.
Read how SANGS will help protect the Ashdown Forest from the impact of a growing number of visitors: Wealden Council ready to proceed with SANGS.
A recording of the discussion about the retrospective planning application to move the car park can be found on the Wealden website here.