Planning appeal win for eco-campsite in Wealden

Plainview Planning have secured planning permission at appeal for a 3 hectare eco-campsite near Chiddingly, Sussex.

Wealden District Council refused the application on the grounds of flood risk, but we undertook a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) incorporating a full review of the Sequential and Exception tests.

The Inspector concluded that despite the Flood Zone 3 classification the proposal was acceptable:

“I conclude that the FRA demonstrates to my satisfaction that the proposed change of use would be sufficiently safe for its lifetime…. The proposed development would provide an additional opportunity for tourism and has been welcomed by a number of persons who use such facilities in the surrounding area”

The project took a year and was subject to vociferous local objections, but we are glad the Inspectorate finally agreed with us that the proposal was of benefit to local tourism and the enjoyment of the countryside.

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