Wealden District Council

Wealden victory at Court of Appeal

Media Release : 02 February 2017

Wealden District Council has welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling which supports the decision by the Council’s Planning North committee to refuse a planning application to build 103 homes at Steel Cross, Crowborough.

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“A year ago, we were successful at the High Court in overturning a Planning Inspector’s decision which went against the Council, and would have allowed a development which, without suitable mitigation, would have damaged Ashdown Forest,” said Councillor Ann Newton, Cabinet member for Planning and Development at Wealden District Council. “We have been called upon again to protect the Wealden countryside, this time in the Court of Appeal.
“On 1 February, the Court of Appeal dismissed two appeals calling for the Planning Inspector’s decision to stand, and refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.”
“It is important for Crowborough and the people of the District that their elected representatives continue to guide development within the District through the accepted planning processes.”


The Court of Appeal hearing, before Lord Justice McFarlane and Lord Justice Lindblom, took place on the 18 and 19 October, 2016. The Appeal was brought by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Knight Developments.