Kingston: Spring Barn Farm planning appeal

Earlier this year the SDNPA Planning Committee supported local residents by refusing a planning application which would seen the building of a large (1084 sq m) ‘warehouse’ type building over 25 feet high on farmland in the South Downs valley between Kingston & Lewes parishes amongst other building.

This existing barn to remain and a new building to be built next to it - approx double it's size and over 25 feet high
This existing barn to remain and a new building to be built next to it – approx double it’s size and over 25 feet high

Now the developers have appealed against that development. Here is the summary:

Town and Country Planning Act 1990 Appeal by Mr Tom Carr Site Address: Spring Barn Farm, Kingston Road, LEWES, East Sussex, BN7 3ND

SDNP/12/02520/FUL | Demolition of existing barn used for children’s farm park activities, demolition of storage barn and removal of mobile home and erection of five residential dwellings with garages and associated parking and construction of barn for children’s farm park activities/tea room and farm shop and relocation of existing farm shop for use as shower block for previously approved camp site

Public comments must be made by: 17 July 2015

To see the documents go to: http://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/

And put in the application number: SDNP/12/02520/FUL

Here you will see the inspector’s letter and all the application documents.

Email: teamp13@pins.gsi.gov.uk www.planningportal.gov.uk/planninginspectorate

Appeal Ref: APP/Y9507/W/15/3024061

 

Here is a summary of the development since 2003:

Spring Barn Valley Developments

Here is an extract from my objections:

The principle of a children’s play area (though a little expensive for the average parent) a farm shop and cafe constructed a few years ago has been a great addition to the area.

However, many people don’t like the large 3 story residential building which detracts from the beautiful valley scene. However that past planning mistake is past history now.

This new application was submitted 2 ½ years ago, which very few people seem to know about, is for the building of 3 detached houses, 2 two semi-detached houses and the construction of a very large building further out into the valley near the agricultural barn which itself was only built a few years ago. Key concerns about this development are:

1)    The development is adding more buildings in a small, beautiful valley in the South Downs. The large industrial style building set further out into the downland valley is out of keeping and destroys the rural nature of the area. The large, 1000 sq m, 7.65m high, industrial style building will be a prominent permanent eyesore in the once beautiful, peaceful and tranquil valley. I hope the members and officers appreciate its size and scale – it is approximately 2 ½ times the size of the existing large farm barn next to where it will be sited.

2)    The building of houses further extends residential development on the land between Lewes and Kingston. This could set a precedent for further development.

3)    The NPPF does not seem to be adhered to by the developer with respect to consulting and working with the community: “66. Applicants will be expected to work closely with those directly affected by their proposals to evolve designs that take account of the views of the community”.

4)    The development contravenes para 115 of the NPPF, namely: where it says “Great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty in National Parks, …………, which have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty. ………….”

 

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