A Rodmell Glamping Site?

A controversial planning application has been lodged for a Glamping site of “five timber and canvas safari tents along with a permeable parking/turning area, recycling/waste, cycle storage and Electric Vehicle Charging Point with associated footpaths, landscaping and an underground water treatment plant for drainage treatment”. It is situated to the rear of several properties on the Street, the vehicle access being straight onto the C7 just on the Lewes side of the Abergavenny.

A number of villagers came to the Parish Council meeting on 20th July to express their reservations about it. The development would have an obvious effect on the properties closest to it, but as a villager pointed out, there are potentially many reasons to think that it may be harmful to village life and to the stated aims of the South Downs National Park in which we all live, so you don’t have to live next door to object. Various concerns cited were parking, highway access safety and increased traffic, noise, design and appearance of the buildings, nature conservancy and the fact that the site is outside the development boundary and is in a Conservation Area.

The Parish Council has limited influence on the planning process and certainly no power to block developments. If you have concerns about this you need to lodge you own objection online. The more people who do this the greater the pressure on the planners.

Here’s how to go about it:

Go to https://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/

Where it says “Enter a keyword….” Enter SDNP/21/03009/FUL

On the page that comes up you will be able to see the full details and also other people’s comments on it. To make your own submission, click Comments. You will then have to register if you haven’t done so before, after which you can say what you think.

The best advice is to keep your comments dispassionate and factual, and don’t make claims you can’t back up. If you’d like a list of what you can and can’t object about, click Valid objections to planning apps

Final Word: the last date for making a submission is Monday August 2nd.

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