Enforcement notice leads to Rotherfield appeal

An appeal has been lodged into Wealden District Council’s decision to issue an enforcement notice against owners of a farm in Rotherfield.

The council says there has been a breach of planning control at Briar House Farm, Dewlands Hill.

The notification says the use of a barn has been changed from its designated agricultural purpose and is now also used for weddings, functions, events and parties.There is also an unauthorised building on the site.

Planners say the land lies within the 7km buffer zone for the boundary of the Ashdown Forest and also add the development of the land is considered to lead to an increased traffic hazard on Dewlands Hill and nearby roads.

They believe planning permission should not be given and have asked owners to stop using the land and barn for functions, remove window glazing, window frames and glass doors and replace with doors more suited to agricultural use.

A patio should be removed, car parking stopped and all materials removed from the site.

The appeal asks for permission to be given and ‘lesser steps to comply with requirements’ would satisfy objectors. All comments must be received by January 10.