Plans for seven new homes in Blackboys back on agenda

Plans for seven new homes in Blackboys which were refused by Wealden Council and also turned down at appeal are back on the agenda.

A letter accompanying the re-submitted plans for land next to Blackboys Recreation Ground says the only outstanding issue at appeal related to the council’s policy on the Ashdown Forest.

It says: “The council’s position in respect of this has been found to be wrong by Inspector Nurser.

“I trust you now have all the information you need to positively determine the planning application.”

The letter is referring to a decision by a Government planning inspector to reject the Wealden Local Plan.

One of the reasons for “significant failings” in the plan was that the council, in trying to protect the forest, relied on an emissions model which did not allow for emission improvements over time, a position which was “in scientific terms lacking credibility”.


A design and access statement submitted with the planning application says six of the seven new homes would be semi-detached. The seventh would be detached.

A new access would be created just to the east of the site’s frontage and the statement says there would be ample room on the site to provide 17 parking spaces required by East Sussex County Council.

“It is likely this will be made up of two spaces per dwelling within the double garage serving each property and two further spaces per dwelling on the driveway of each property. This would result in a total of 20 parking spaces to serve the development.”

Read more about planning application number WD/2020/0048/O on the Wealden Council website.

More about rejection of Local Plan:

Wealden must build more houses, says planning inspector

Planning inspector says Wealden Council failed to co-operate with other authorities

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