A two-day Judicial Review was completed in the High Court last week following a challenge to the Wealden District Council Core Strategy Local Plan.
The challenge was brought by the Ashdown Forest Economic Development partnership, a group of owners of rural estates including the Nevill Estate Company, Baycliffe, the 9th Earl De La Warr 1963 Discretionary Settlement Trust and Birchgrove Houses Estate.
It was defended by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Wealden District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority.
Wealden District Council said in a press release that the outcome of the review, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 4 and 5, was expected to be known in a few months time.
The council said it was defending its core strategy against an action which could increase the number of houses that can be built in Wealden in the future.
Cllr Ann Newton, cabinet member for planning and development, said in the press release: “Throughout the Local Plan process we have been at pains to balance the need for sustainable new housing and, with it, continued economic growth, with the need to protect Wealden’s outstanding natural heritage, including Ashdown Forest and Pevensey Levels.
“Our plan was upheld after Public Examination by an independent inspector in 2011. The housing numbers will be reviewed again in 2014. We continue to work with environmental experts to support further business and tourism development in the north of the district which meets our European responsibilities to protect Ashdown Forest.”