Plans to turn the garden at Maltmead Cottage, in Olives Yard, Uckfield, into a small home have been refused.
Wealden District Council made the decision because the plan represented an “overdevelopment of a restricted backland site”.
The council’s decision notice said the application appeared to be an “attempt to introduce a total two houses on to a site that is simply not big enough to accommodate development of this scale”.
The report went on to say the “contrived” parking arrangements added to the cramped characteristic.
“In terms of providing an additional dwelling, the proposal would provide only one additional unit and benefits of a social, economic and environmental nature are thus very limited, and do not outweigh the harm identified to the character of the immediate area,” the report said.
It added: “It has also not demonstrated that it can achieve the necessary mitigation measures in respect of the air quality and recreational pressures on the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation.”
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