50 homes plan is rejected for the third time

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Plans for around 50 homes near Pease Pottage have been thrown out for the third time in less than two years.

Developers had seen their previous two applications rejected by Horsham District Council in 2013 for land south of Buchan Hill Reservoir.

A third for 48 homes was unanimously refused by councillors last Tuesday night.

Officers said they would not be accepting any future applications for the site that were the same or roughly the same under guidelines in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

Ted Croucher, one of the objectors, described the plans as proposing ‘wanton destruction on the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.

He added: “It’s an urbanising development that will change the whole character of Colgate parish.”

Cllr Liz Kitchen (Con, Rusper and Colgate), chairman of HDC’s Development Control North Committee, said: “I honestly think this comes down as tantamount to bullying by the applicant. This is the third time in several years they have come in.”

She continued: “What do they think they are playing at?”

One of the previously refused applications went to appeal and the planning inspector agreed with HDC and awarded costs against the developer.

Cllr Ian Howard (Con, Southwater) added: “Is it the same applicant as last time? If it is the charges against them were not sufficient to show them that this is not a good idea.”

All three applications were submitted to HDC by Rural Eco Ltd and Hyde Housing Association.