Cider House Farm, Lewes Road, Blackboys.

Plan for 28 holiday lodges to be sited in Blackboys

Twenty-eight static ‘holiday lodges’ could be sited on land in Blackboys that is currently used for touring caravans.

A planning application has been submitted to Wealden Council to change the use of the site at Cider House Farm, Lewes Road; to extend the season from ten to 12 months, and to install a private sewage treatment plant.

One of the documents submitted with the planning application says the site extends to 1.97 hectares and forms part of a larger land holding, of 31.5 hectares, within the control of applicant Mr G. Abbott.

It says the site is surrounded by well-established trees and hedgerows that provide effective screening of the existing caravan site.

It adds: “The wider land around the site provides opportunities for visitors to enjoy informal recreation including walking and dog walking, as well as providing an attractive setting for this tourism facility.”

The land lies to the east of B2192 and about 0.8km to the south of Blackboys. To the east the land holding adjoins the long distance footpath Vanguard Way and the Weald Way lies to the south.

It is located outside the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within a short distance of Heathfield and Uckfield.

One of the conditions of the current planning permission for 28 touring caravans is to ensure the site does not become residential in character and so it must not be used between January 6 and March 10.

The main difference for the future would be the change from touring caravans to holiday lodges that would remain on site all year round.

“The intention is also to extend the season to embrace 12 month usage recognising that holidays and short breaks now occur year round.”

A condition could be implemented which would require any occupier to have a main home address elsewhere and to provide evidence of this to the authorities when requested.

The planning document says: “It is considered that these proposals are supported by the main tourist strategy within the district to improve visitor facilities and to increase the visitor spend to the benefit of the local economy.

“In this regard, the upgrading of this facility to provide a higher standard of holiday accommodation and the extension of the season will help to meet these objectives.”

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