Rose Hill earth bund plans recommended for refusal

Fresh plans to build an earth bund on land next to the A26 at Rose Hill, Isfield, look set to be refused just as a similar proposal was in 2012.Rose Hill cropped

A report to Wealden Council’s planning committee north says the aim of the proposal is to reduce high noise levels from the A26 for the benefit of horses at September Farm and to enhance equine training.

Council officers agree that would be the case but say the benefits would not outweigh the visual harm of the bund.

A report to the planning committee north says: “Officers are of the view that the proposal would have a detrimental effect on the character of the Low Weald and would not represent sustainable development.”

Little Horsted Parish Council favours the planning application and 15 letters of support have been received.

The earth bund would be built along the eastern boundary of land adjacent to the west side of the A26 at Rose Hill. The A26 sits at a higher level than the site but is separated from it by a hedgerow and ditch.

The bund would be about 275 metres long and set back at least three metres from the field boundary. It would have a maximum height of 4.5 metres and a width at its base varying between nine metres and 14 metres.

The report to the planning committee says: “On its western aspect, the bund would incorporate a stepped path to ride upon, which it is advised would allow horses to experience varying terrains as encountered in eventing.

“Within the field there would be two ramped end bunds to provide access to the lower level riding path. A third central spur would be formed to emulate the Hickstead wall.”

Councillors are due to consider all the arguments at a meeting on Thursday.

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