Wealden Council to defend Morrisons planning refusal at appeal

Wealden District Council is standing by a decision to refuse planning permission for a Morrisons Local convenience store on land next to the Highlands Inn, Uckfield.

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A plan on display at a consultation earlier this year about plans for a Morrisons Local next to The Highlands car park.

An appeal has been launched against the decision but the council has reaffirmed its view “that the scheme falls considerably short of the relevant policy and associated guidance on design and appearance”.

In a letter to the developers’ representatives the council’s principal planning officer, development management, Stacey Robins, says: “The council fully intends to vigorously defend this aspect of the refusal.”

But Mr Robins said the council was withdrawing two other reasons for refusal, one about retail use in an out of town location and the other about highway safety and parking.

He said: “I am able to confirm therefore, that the council no longer relies upon those aspects of the refusal and in the event of an appeal would not  contest the scheme in regard to those aspects.”

The letter was sent after a meeting of the planning committee, north, held on Thursday, when the planning application was discussed in a private session following the exclusion of members of the public.

Mr Robins said in the letter to Julian Sutton of Signet Planning that he was he was writing following an email Mr Sutton regarding instructions to pursue an appeal against the refusal of planning permission.

UckfieldNews.com carried a story when the planning application appeared in the exempt section of the planning committee, north, agenda. See: Morrisons Local Plan for Ridgewood back on the agenda.

Here is the story Uckfield News carried when the planning application was refused: Plans for a Morrisons in Uckfield are refused.

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