Oaklands 150 homes appeal is quashed

Plans to build more than 150 homes in Hailsham have been quashed on appeal by the Secretary of State.

The residential development proposed for Oaklands in Ersham Road also included plans for a new doctors’ surgery.

The proposal would have also provided new access routes including a new roundabout junction to serve Ersham Road.

The planning application was refused outline planning permission by Wealden District Council last year.

The appeal was recovered by the Secretary of State for his own determination in November last year.

A public inquiry was held by Inspector Christine Downes between February 12 and March 7 this year.

There was a significant level of local oppostion to the proposal which was noted by Inspector Downes.

In a report published on Wednesday (June 19) the inspector recommended the appeal be dismissed.

The Secretary of Stare agreed with the recommendation.

The Secretary of State agreed that the development would cause a ‘significant change of character’ of a semi rural area.

But noted that it would not have an impact on the town itself.

The report said: “Whilst he recognises the many advantages that it would have to offer, he agrees with the inspector that the benefits would not demonstrably outweigh the harm and would be insufficient to justify the granting of planning permission.”

To look at the proposal visit the council’s website and find WD/2012/0942/MAO