Planning inspector dismisses Isfield appeal

A planning appeal against a Wealden Council decision to refuse permission for an earth bund to be built on land at Isfield has been dismissed by a Government inspector.

The proposal was to build the bund at September Farm, Rose Hill, with the aim of reducing noise levels from the A26 for the benefit of horses at the farm and to enhance equine training.Rose Hill cropped

But the planning inspector said the introduction of a bund “would constitute an unnaturally imposing and extensive angular feature that would appear unduly incongruous and unacceptably detract from the predominantly flat and natural beauty of this part of the Low Weald countryside.”

The inspector added: “I consider that the existing and proposed landscaping, even if well maintained, would not be extensive enough to produce an effective all-year round screen for the size of bund that is being proposed.”

The inspector concluded that while there were a range of benefits in favour of the proposal it did not outweigh the harm unsympathetic and unnatural form of development would have upon this area of countryside.

A claim for a full award of costs against the council was dismissed.

Here’s a report previously carried on when Wealden councillors were recommended to refuse the planning application for the bund: Rose Hill earth bund plans recommended for refusal

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