EHDC have received notification of an appeal from the owners of Crookley Park ( Blendworth Fabrics) who had applied to build up to 15 dwellings within the estate.
Like Chalk Hill Road about which Sara has recently blogged, the land is not in the Allocations Plan. The Appeal has been submitted just days before the end of the 6 month appeal window. This appeal will be by written representation but we expect a site visit by the Inspector to be held in 12 to 14 weeks time- early February 2016.
The site is densely wooded with most of the trees protected by tree preservation orders. Importantly, the trees form the backdrop and setting for both the Horndean and Blendworth Conservation Areas. This was a major concern for the case officers. The application was very much an outline application with no information on layout etc. The application did not demonstrate that anything could be built without considerable damage to the trees. It is a fact that a TPO does not necessarily protect a tree as on an appeal against a refusal to fell/ prune or otherwise deal with a tree covered by such an order, an order can be made against the Councils’ wishes.
EHDC was also worried about the loss of an employment site to housing.
To view the original application, drawings and appeal information please visit the Crookley Park Planning Application Link The documents tab has the appeal files at the bottom. New information will be added here as this progresses. I will blog again with details of the site visit and appeal as well as what neighbours can do to help us fight the appeal.