Plans to build 30 studio flats off Bradfords Lane, Little Horsted, have been refused by Wealden Council.
The flats, at Old Farm, would have been used as accommodation for staff working at East Sussex National Hotel.
Reasons given for refusal included:
- The site lies outside any designated development boundary and is within open countryside where the provision of new housing is restricted without special justification.
- It was not demonstrated that the scale and form of the development would meet existing or future demand.
- The accommodation would be 1.5km from the hotel complex and the site is inaccessible by public transport. It was also said, by the council, to be undesirable for walking because there are no designated footpaths along Bradfords Lane, meaning there would be heavy reliance on the private car.
- The plan failed to demonstrate the development would not cause harm to designated heritage assets and not result in adverse drainage impacts.
- And, the council added, it would cause harm to the visual amenities and character of the Low Weald area, so representing an unsustainable form of development.
Read more about the planning application in another Uckfield News story published in August: Thirty studio flats could be built in Little Horsted.
Full details of the planning application, WD/2020/0747/MAJ, and the refusal decision notice can be found on the Wealden Council website.