Old Parsonage site Appeal Decision Published

The result of the appeal on the Old Parsonage site, which was heard in May has been published.

The main issues in the appeal were:

 The effect on the character and appearance of the Goudhurst Conservation Area and the setting of nearby listed buildings.

  • The effect on the character and appearance of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including effects on existing trees and landscaping.
  • The effect of the proposal on the living conditions of the occupiers of Fairmead, Laurels and future occupiers of the proposal, with particular regard to privacy.
  • Whether or not the proposal falls within Use Class C2 or C3 and the implications of that for the provision of affordable housing.
  • The effect of the proposal on highway safety, with particular regard to visibility and pedestrian access.

The appeal was rejected. Representations and support from the local community seem to have won the day. The submission from the borough seem not to have carried too much weight.

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If you want to read the full judgement it can be found here