Retrospective plan for sheds and shelters at Herons Ghyll

Sheds and shelters that are the subject of a retrospective planning application are to the bottom right of this Google Earth image, at the end of an access road, next to the A26. The road going off to the left, top of image, leads to Hendall Manor Barns.

A retrospective planning application has been submitted for sheds and shelters on a field off the A26 road at Herons Ghyll.

The application follows a complaint from a neighbour and an investigation by Wealden Council’s enforcement department.

The field is described as part of a registered agricultural holding, known as Woodside Farm, which totals nearly 30 acres.


The statement says there are two approved farm gates and accesses into the site to the east of the A26 which is the subject of the planning application. It is about an acre in size.

The statement adds: “The southern part of the site with its own access, where the buildings are situated, is tree-screened on all sides and no part of the buildings are visible from either the highway or any other nearby buildings or dwellings.”

Permission was given in 2012 for a large agricultural storage barn on the north field, followed by a county approval for land improvement and importation of soils in 2013.

The land improvement was carried out under an Environment Agency Permit which was then surrendered.


The planning statement says the base for the barn was created during these works but, due to financial circumstances, full construction has not yet taken place.

The sheds and poultry shelters, along with a container, measure a combined total of 34.5 sq m.

The statement says: “It is maintained that these mainly portable agricultural small scale shelters on agricultural land have no detrimental effect on either the local area or the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in general.”

It continues: “Due to continued ill health the applicant has been unable to realise the full potential of the entire holding.

Egg production

“However he has planted fruit trees, grazed sheep during the winter months, brought down from Duddleswell common ground and introduced ducks, chickens, and geese for egg production.

“These small ad hoc buildings and shelters accommodate both poultry and secure storage for tools and feed.”

The statement concludes: “It is essential for the agricultural holding to be able to care for and shelter livestock. 

“The land is currently in use for the grazing of animals and poultry for eggs, along with horticultural planting, and the proposed agricultural shelters will continue this use.”

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