Land off Clavering Walk, Bexhill

Six day s78 inquiry into a proposal for up to 85 houses on the edge of Bexhill. The local planning authority did not have a 5 year supply of housing land.  The site was attractive countryside on the edge of Bexhill and the authority contended that it should be regarded as a ‘valued landscape’ within the meaning of NPPF paragraph 170.  The site had been part of a First World War training camp for Sussex regiments and the authority argued that this was an ‘association’ relevant to valued landscape status.  Run off from the site would enter the Pevensey Levels SSSI and the Inspector was required to make an appropriate assessment for the purposes of the Habitats Regulations. Richard Langham appeared for the local planning authority.

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