Our Horsted Keynes
The purpose of this website is to keep residents informed about the current status of local planning matters relating to potential development sites within the parish of Horsted Keynes. To contact the website manager (Phil Miles) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sledging Field Appeal
In December 2017 the developers submitted a planning application for 38 houses on land behind Peacocks in Church Lane, locally known as the "Sledging Field". The community response was overwhelming, with over 300 individual objections and not a single letter of support. The planning authority refused the application in June 2018 on very strong grounds.
The developers then appealed this decision in December 2019 and the community group "Save Our Sledging Field" launched into action. Assisted by a barrister and a number of expert professional witnesses, we amassed a formidable case against the developer, having spent several thousand pounds raised by the community. However, not long before the inquiry was due to take place, the developers backed out of the appeal siting the evidence that was being brought by the community as their reason for withdrawing.
Unfortunately that was not the end of the matter and the developers then submitted a second application for 9 houses on the same site in August 2019, with a long access road off Church Lane. Again the community responded with an impressive number of objections and this second application was also refused by MSDC on similar grounds.
Undeterred by the massive objection from the community and the robust planning reasons for refusal, the developers are now having another go by appealing this second application.
The date for the Hearing was scheduled for 21 May 2020 but this has now been postponed and we are currently waiting for the Planning Inspectorate to advise if it can be held by video conference.
Details of this latest appeal and comments that have been made to the Inspector can be viewed on MSDC's planning appeal register, click on the link below:
Draft Development Sites Map
Extract from MSDC's draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document October 2019
Land behind St Stephen's Church
Planning application anticipated from Rydon Homes
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