Plans for gipsy site at Hadlow Down

Plans have been submitted to use land in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Hadlow Down as a gipsy site.

Permission is being sought from Wealden District Council to put one mobile home, two touring caravans and a timber day room on the land in Stonehurst Lane.

Adjoining land at Five Badgers already has planning permission for occupation by members of the same family who have lived there for 13 years.

A design and access statement says about the latest planning application: “The application is retrospective. The applicants have been living in their caravans on this site for over two years in association with Five Badgers.”

The statement says permission is sought on behalf of Mr Joe Moore, 58, his wife Patience (Pashey) Moore, 56, their son Sam, 20, and their daughter Patience, 26, who is a single mother of three children, Jack, four, who attends the local nursery school, Pashey Ann, two, and Lucy Jane, one.

Mr and Mrs Moore are the parents of Elijah John Moore who occupies the adjoining site at Five Badgers with his wife and children.

Mr Joe Moore is a horse dealer and bought the land with his son in 2002 to have somewhere to keep their horses.

The statement adds that up until two years ago Mr and Mrs Moore were stopping on a socially provided site at Thistlebrook, Abbeywood, in Greenwich but they left after a dispute with neighbours.

Their daughter Patience had lived on a site owned and occupied by her uncle at Argos Hill but had to leave because he needed the space for his own family.

The statement said neither national or local planning policies prevent the location of gipsy sites in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in principle.

“The proposed development would not compromise the essential features of the AONB and would not add noticeably to traffic if consent is granted on a personal basis having regard to the fact permission is sought for an extended family who have part-owned the land since 2003 and have been visiting the site four to five times a week for the last 12 to 13 years to help look after the horses kept on the land and to visit family.”

See all the documents relating to the planning application on the Wealden Council website.

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