Firm to fight council over controversial homes plan in Polegate

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Controversial plans for a housing development have been rejected by district planners – just weeks after Polegate residents rallied against the scheme.

Wealden District Council’s (WDC) planning department has refused an application for up 40 homes on land to the north of Greenleaf Gardens, Polegate.

But a spokesman for applicants Knight Development Ltd vowed to continue their fight to build on the land, saying they will either appeal the council’s decision or submit revised plans.

Andy Stevens, planning consultant at ASP, said his client was committed to the site.

He said: “The officers’ report on the application was very long and there were lots of issues so we are disseminating from that which are the important ones and how to react to them.

“It seems to us that some can be overcome but some are not so it might be a case of having to appeal or take further action or one sort or another.”The proposed site’s location and lack of affordable housing were among the reasons cited by the council for the refusal.

But Polegate Residents Association (PRA) and the town council’s planning chairman, Cllr Michael Clewett, have welcomed the refusal decision.

It follows a meeting at St John’s Hall where 100 residents gathered to speak out against the plans.

Cllr Clewettt said: “The residents in Polegate will be absolutely delighted and as a council we are too.

“The reaction is one of delight but no doubt the developers will apply again so it’s not over yet, but we will keep opposing it.

“I would hope the district council and its councillors listed and took note so I’m sure they passed on what was said at the meeting because they are there to represent the will of the people.”

Terry Wright, chairman of PRA, said: “As far as we are concerned it’s a victory because it’s been turned down.

“At the meeting 100 per cent of people were against it so I think this proves how strongly people around this area really feel.”

The full application, and details of WDC’s refusal, can be seen at www.planning.wealden.gov.uk/ .

The reference number of the application is WD/2012/1638/MAO