Plans to build an earth bund on land immediately to the west of the A26 at Rose Hill, Isfield, near Uckfield, are recommended for refusal by Wealden councillors.
The applicants say the bund would ameliorate road noise and enhance equine training facilities but a report to members of the planning committee north, which meets on tomorrow, Thursday, August 23, says submissions “lack any meaningful justification to demonstrate the rationale for the size and position of the bund, and ultimately its effectiveness in reducing noise levels at the site”.
The planning application has been referred to the committee for a decision because the local member Cllr Roy Galley said the application relating to September Farm, Little Horsted, “looks fine to me”. He added it seemed to accord with council policies.
The bund would measure about 275m in length, have a height of 4.5m and the base width would vary between 7m and 11m.
The officer’s report to the planning committee says: “Its scale and form would significantly change the character and appearance of the Low Weald countryside at this point, resulting in an alien and unacceptable intrusion within the landscape.”
It adds: “The submissions lack any meaningful justification to demonstrate the rationale for the size and position of the bund, and ultimately its effectiveness in reducing noise levels at the site.
“The development would be contrary to the provisions of adopted policy and guidance and refusal of the application is recommended.”